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Ronald H. from Toronto, Ontario
This afternoon I thoroughly enjoyed a preview performance of Garth Drabinsky's production of Sousatzka, featuring the strong vocals of and moving performances by Victoria Clark as Madame Sousatzka and Judy Kaye as the Countess, both refugees from the holocaust and Poland. Jordan Barrow was totally believable as the Soweto refugee pianist prodigy Themba, supported well by the powerful voice of Ryan Allen as his father and by Montego Glover as his mother. John Hillner was comically delightful as a former vaudevillian, and Erin LeCroy poignant as the young Sousatzka. The juxtaposition of Apartheid and Nazi fascism was fascinating. The choreography by Graciela Daniele was wonderful, and the dancers performed with precision and vigour. I wondered if the stranger visit should come before the Royal Hall piano performance for a final scene, but I imagine the work is still in progress. Great afternoon!
Maia from Toronto, Ontario
Grateful to all involved in creation of Sousatzka. Thank you. My favourite musical. I was surprised and deeply touched by the meaningful story line delivered in an entertaining, spectacular performance. I connected with characters of the show as a mother, as an immigrant, as an admirer of music and as an offspring of victims of genocide. Sousatzka's story is a perfect example of how despite life hardships love prevails and love heals. PS. Loved Mother's song
John Conlin from Toronto, Ontario
Such a powerful and moving story. This show is a reflection of the tensions that prevalent today and is truly what the world needs to see right now. The direction is stunning and the set is unbelievable. The cast and storyline moved me to tears multiple times throughout the performance. David Shire, Richard Maltby Jr, and Lebo M have created incredible music with powerful lyrics. As a songwriting major at Berklee College of Music, I paid extra close attention to the music and lyrics and was amazed at how perfectly the two fit together. I highly recommend this show to anyone! The story is great, the music is great, and the message is so important in today's society.
Mike Alexiou from Toronto, Ontario
OUT OF THIS WORLD !!
We loved every moment of this spectacular show! Definitely will a hht on Broadway!
from Toronto, Ontario
Everything stellar but one notable exception: the music by David Shire. Unfortunately just didn't serve the rest of this phenomenal Garth Drabinsky production. Some numbers were also under-orchestrated but from what I read in the New York Post that was probably a contractual issue. I'll do them for free, Garth, if you're reading this; I love the story and what you've done to bring it to stage, just think it needs some music repairs! All other production elements were solid, especially the use of projections and moving elements. Really a great story and well told since I hadn't seen the movie or the book. Congrats! Yes, everybody adolescent and older should see this.
Laura from Toronto, Ontario
I attended the show on March 8th. What can I say that hasn't already been said? I laughed a little and cried a little. What a great and moving musical. Remarkable singing. Bravo!
D. Clark from Toronto, Ontario
SOUSATZKA WAS AMAZING
The show was wonderful, not a dull moment, thoroughly enjoyed it. A must see. The story, the songs and African dance just amazing. I would 100% recommend it and every seat in the theater was a good seat.
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