BROADWAY on Argyle St
Off The Leash was thrilled with the reaction to our Summer musical theatre extravaganza.
Neptune Theatre’s MainStage was transformed into New York’s Broadway this past August, as WillPower Theatre and Off The Leash Creative partnered to produce BROADWAY on Argyle St: The Musical of Musicals
BROADWAY ON ARGYLE ST
The 100 year old Garrick Theatre on Broadway has been condemned. Elderly Broadway performer Jack Tanner breaks in to the building the night before the wrecking ball starts wiping away the memories.
It was at the Garrick that Jack and Clara started their long Broadway careers and now, decades later, they have some ghosts to lay to rest, some goodbyes to whisper and just one last night to conjure Broadway magic on that special stage.
BROADWAY on Argyle St. is a musical compilation of the best that the Broadway theatre scene has to offer: song and laughter was top priority as this crowd-pleasing Summer show took over the downtown’s favourite venue.
Photos: Stoo Metz
ORIGINAL CAST: Jordan Bell, Martha Irving, Dayna Tietzen, and Jeremy Webb
Director: Cliff Le Jeune
Musical Director: Lisa St Clair
Stage Manager: Sylvia Bell
Lighting Designer: Jess Lewis
Apprentice Stage Manager: June Zinck
Wardrobe Supervisor: Helena Marriott
The show has closed for the year. Watch this space for news of the show’s return in Summer 2017.
Cliff Le Jeune – Director
Cliff Le Jeune has been a contributor to the cultural life of eastern Canada for over 35 years. He has had a career as an actor, singer, dancer (modern and stage), director, choreographer, teacher/coach and Artistic Director (Stephenville Festival). He has performed across Canada for many companies and created many roles in original Canadian Musicals. As a director he has directed over 60 shows for theatres throughout Eastern Canada (Neptune Theatre, Festival/Theatre Antigonish, Mulgrave Theatre Newfoundland and Stephenville Festival). He has also performed for many years as a cabaret/concert artist and has gained a loyal following for his work performing the songs of Leonard Cohen (with Blue Engine String Quartet), most recently a sold out performance for Cohen’s 80th birthday. Cliff is thrilled to be part of Broadway on Argyle, which takes him on hiatus from his current position as Executive Director of Dance Nova Scotia.
Lisa St. Clair – Musical Director
Lisa St.Clair: Musical Director, Vocal Coach, Arranger, Composer, sound design. Music and theatre Educator (privately: piano, voice, harp, musicianship; Dalhousie and Acadia Universities voice, voice/speech; Neptune Theatre School: voice, Selected credits: ECMA award: co-producer, original cast recording Anne and Gilbert (PEI); Sterling Award (Edmonton) Chicago (best production). Nominations: Betty Mitchell Award: Outstanding Musical Direction: British Invasion (Stage West), Sterling Award: Outstanding Musical Direction: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Mayfield – Edmonton). In the Maritimes: Merrit nomination: Jacques Brel (Chester Playhouse). Some favourites: Opera Nova Scotia: Threepenny Opera; Neptune Theatre: Les Miserables, My Fair Lady, Grease, Blood Brothers; Charlottetown Festival: Dracula, Eight to the Bar. In Alberta: British Invasion, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels , Gypsy, Evita, Carousel . Magnus Theatre (Sudbury) : The Light Gets in: The Music of Leonard Cohen (original arrangements). Lisa lives with her son, Ronan, in Wolfville, Nova Scotia .
Jessica Lewis – Lighting Designer
Jessica has been working in Halifax as a Technical Director, Lighting Designer and Production Manager. She has taken Productions across Canada and throughout the Southern States.
Selected works include: Off the Leash (Under Milk Wood, Fishing, A Christmas Carol, Shakespeare on Trial), Zuppa Theatre (Uncle Oscar’s Experiment, The Attaining Gigantick Dimensions, Slowly I Turn, The Debacle), DMV Theatre (Pageant, The Ugly One).
Special Events Co-Producer at the Atlantic Film Festival for the last 10 years, and Production Manager for the 2014 Magnetic North Theatre Festival and Stages Theatre Festival.
Jessica is also an accomplished musician, preforming as cactus flower (songwriter, lead vocals, guitar), Wet Denim (guitar, bass, vocals), Dark for Dark (bass, vocals).
Sylvia Bell – Stage Manager
Based in Nova Scotia, Sylvia has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Production and has previously been recognized with the Atlantic Presenters Association’s Touring Award as a member of Off The Leash Creative and the Robert E Merritt award for Outstanding Stage Management.
Select theatre credits; Half Apple Production Inc. (Stranger To Hard Work), Fuller Terrace Five (The Pillowman), Mulgrave Road Theatre (Judith Thompson’s Watching Glory Die, Robert Chafe’s As Ever, Daniel MacIvor’s Confession, Mary-Collin Chisholm’s To Capture Light),Off The Leash Creative (Jeremy Webb’s Fishing, Shakespeare On Trial, A Christmas Carol & Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood) Eastern Front Theatre & Home First Productions (Mary Vingoe’s Refuge) Luna Sea Theatre (Colleen Wagner’s The Monument) Home First Productions (Colleen Wagner’s Home), Forerunner Playwrights Theatre (Graham Percy’s Brightest Red to Blue, Bev Brett’s Out the Meadow).
June Zinck – Apprentice Stage Manager
June recently graduated from Neptune Musical Theatre Foundations Program where she played Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown, and is currently working as assistant stage manager in Valley Summer Theatre’s ‘I’ll Be Back Before Midnight’. She was involved in live theatre in Halifax as a musician before moving to Newfoundland where she competed her BA at Memorial University. Previous theatre experience as musician includes ‘West Side Story’ and ‘Pajama Game’ at the Bella Rose Theatre.”
Helena Marriot – Wardrobe Supervisor
Helena has worked at Neptune Theatre 27 out of the last 33 years, as a stitcher, a cutter a costume designer but mostly as Head of Wardrobe.
She couldn’t imagine her life without theatre and is thrilled to be working with an amazing and talented cast and crew on “Broadway”. Musicals are the best!
Lonnie Jones – Drums
Throughout his lifetime of drumming, Lonnie has played a variety of music, from Rock to Blues, Celtic Folk to Punk and Country, in a variety of settings from night-clubs and concert halls to open air festivals and Dinner Theatre. Now in his forty-fifth year at the drums, Lonnie is probably most well-known for his work with the Garrison Brothers, Susan Jacks, Scott Phillips, Reatta, and Highway 125 as well as the television show “Pit Pony.” Lonnie’s experience also includes two seasons with Festival On The Bay, productions with CBU Drama group, and most recently, Glace Bay High School’s production of “BRING IT ON – The Musical.”
Casey Thompson – Bass
Casey Thompson is a graduate of the StFX music program. He plays bass for The Chess Club, Unidentified Funk Object, and Transatlantic Zodiac. Casey also composes for and plays upright bass with Anteater, a jazz group that was nominated for the 2015 Stingray Rising Star award. He can often be found around the HRM playing gigs in restaurants, bars, hotels, weddings, and other venues. Casey lives in Halifax and is currently pursuing an education degree at MSVU.
A regular on the Neptune stage, Martha just finished performing in Sexy Laundry at the Victoria Playhouse, PEI. Recent Neptune credits include Mary Poppins, Oil and Water, Glace Bay Miner’s Museum, La Cage Aux Folles, and The (Post) Mistress. She’s performed across Canada, most recently at Theatre New Brunswick, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, Ship’s Company, the National Arts Centre and LunaSea Theatre. She’s the director of Anne and Gilbert, the Musical in Charlottetown and will direct Anne and Gilbert for the NAC in December. Co-founder of LunaSea, she will direct the world premiere of Shelley Thompson’s Leaving Wonderland for LunaSea this September. She’s the recipient of a Merritt Award for Outstanding Actress for LunaSea’s production of Ghosts and of a Mayor’s Award for Achievement in Theatre. Selected Film: Roaming (ACTRA Maritimes Best Actress nomination); Faith, Fraud, and Minimum Wage; Snow Angels. Selected Television: The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, Call Me Fitz, Haven.
Dayna has been fortunate enough to call Edmonton, Toronto and now New York City “home”. Thrilled to be back for her sixth show in Halifax, she was last seen on this stage as Morticia in The Addams Family. Other Neptune credits include Anita in West Side Story, The Producers, White Christmas, and Beauty and the Beast. As a puppeteer of the life-sized horse puppets, Dayna spent two years with The National Theatre’s War Horse, first in Toronto, then across North America and finally in Tokyo, Japan. Other favourite credits include Fraulein Kost in Cabaret (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre), Columbia in Rocky Horror, A Christmas Carol, Oliver! (Theatre Aquarius); Spamalot, Rocky Horror (Citadel Theatre); Camelot (US Tour/Drayton Entertainment), West Side Story (Portland Center Stage), Houdini (Segal Centre), Victor/Victoria (Stage West). Film and TV: Hellcats, Save the Last Dance 2. Special thanks to Jeremy for this opportunity and for casting Jordan, my “real life” best friend, as the “theatrical” love of my life.
Artistic producer of WillPower & founded Off The Leash Creative in 2009. He moved to Canada, from his native UK, in 1998 after he trained at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Most recent Canadian stage appearances include roles in Rexy! (Neptune), Max Bialystock in ‘The Producers (Rainbow Stage, Winnipeg), First Voice/male roles in Under Milk Wood, ‘Paul Fisher’ in Fishing (OTL, also writer/producer), ‘Beowulf’ in Beowulf (Two Planks), ‘The Wizard’ in The Wizard of Oz and ‘Friar Laurence’ in Romeo & Juliet (Neptune). His one-man version of A Christmas Carol tours every year. Shakespeare On Trial has been touring North America since 2009. His comedy about the perils of internet dating, Fishing, started touring in 2012. In October 2013 Jeremy won the Creative Nova Scotia Established Artist Award. He is proudest of two special productions: his boys Samuel (2 years & 11 months) and Dylan (4 months.) Up next: Great Expectations (Neptune Theatre, Fall 2015.)
Born and raised in Edmonton, Jordan now calls Toronto home. He has spent the last ten years working in theatres across the country, all the way from Vancouver and is now excited to make his Halifax debut! Most recently, Jordan was seen starring as ‘Tony’ in the Rainbow Stage production of West Side Story. Prior to that, Jordan appeared in the original Canadian Mirvish company and subsequent 25 city North American tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz. Jordan spent three seasons at the Stratford Festival appearing in Kiss Me, Kate, Evita, West Side Story, A Funny Thing Happened…Forum (also Mirvish) and Cabaret. Other credits include: ‘Malcom’ in The Full Monty, Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival); ‘Scarecrow’ in The Wizard of Oz, ‘Dick’ in 9 to 5 (Drayton Entertainment); ‘Action’ in West Side Story (Vancouver Opera); ‘Ralph Malph’ in Happy Days and ‘Sparky’ in Forever Plaid, Sweet Charity (Stage West), the Canadian premieres of Edges (Acting Up Stage) and Seussical (LKTYP); ‘Perry’ in Emily (TIFT), Snow White (Ross Petty Productions). He has also worked as a back-up singer and dancer for Juno-nominated recording artist Suzie McNeil.