HERE'S WHAT IT TAKES
Music and Lyrics By Steven Page
Book by Daniel MacIvor
Additional Music and Lyrics by Craig Northey
Directed and Choreographed by Donna Feore
LIVING FOR THE LOVE OF ROCK-’N’-ROLL
With an original score by Canadian Music Hall of Famer
Steven Page and book by
multiple award-winning Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor, this brand
new musical charts the journey of fictional rock duo Walker and Rhodes, from
their start as children’s entertainers through their reign as pop stars of the
nineties, to their eventual decline and breakup. It’s a roller-coaster ride of
creative highs, living-the-life lows, hidden heartbreak – and great music.
Mature content, including coarse language, sex, drugs and
rock and roll.
Support for the creation of Here's What It Takes was generously provided by The Foerster Bernstein New Play Development Program.
Support for the 2020 season of the Tom Patterson Theatre is generously provided by
Vanessa Sears, Scott Beaudin, Robert Markus, Sean Arbuckle, Dan Chameroy. Creative Direction by Punch & Judy Inc. Photography by David Cooper.
2020: George Rhodes in Here's What It Takes and Father, Ensemble in Frankenstein Revived. 18th season. Stratford (selected): Guys and Dolls, Julius Caesar, The Music Man, A Little Night Music, The Neverending Story, The Crucible, Pericles, King John, The Pirates of Penzance, 42nd Street, Richard III, Titus Andronicus, Three Sisters, The Merchant of Venice, Cabaret, The Trojan Women, The Tempest, As You Like It, Agamemnon, Timon of Athens, The Swanne: Princess Charlotte, London Assurance, Twelfth Night, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Elsewhere: The Immigrant (Harold Green), London Road (Canadian Stage), Othello (Segal Centre), The Winter's Tale (McCarter/Shakespeare Theatre), Humble Boy (Pioneer Theatre), Phèdre (ACT), The Spitfire Grill (George Street, world première), A Christmas Carol, The Turn of the Screw (Grand Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest (Roundabout), Copenhagen (national tour). Film/TV: 12 Monkeys, Murdoch Mysteries, Dark Matter, Reign, Defiance, Law & Order. Training: Juilliard.
2020: Young Walker in Here's What It Takes. Third season. Stratford: Billy Elliot (2019), Little Shop of Horrors (2019), Oliver! (2006). Elsewhere: The Hockey Sweater: A Musical (Segal Centre/NAC), Red Rock Diner (Stage West Calgary), Rock of Ages (Stage West), Forever Plaid (CAA Theatre), Oliver! (Theatre Aquarius). Film: Summerhood, Victoria Day, Your Beautiful Cul-de-sac Home, The Dark. TV: Murdoch Mysteries, Saving Hope, Haven, Sticks & Stones (TV movie), Really Me, Degrassi: TNG, My Babysitter's a Vampire, Life With Boys, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye, Ruby Skye: P.I. (web series). Animation: Peep and the Big Wide World, Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends, Arthur, Franklin, 6Teen, Captain Flamingo, Beywheelz, The Dating Guy, Friends and Heroes, Delilah and Julius, Super Why!, Franny's Feet, The Save-Ums!, Totally Spies. Twitter: @scottbeaudin. Instagram: @scott.beaudin. Thanks to his family, biological and chosen, for a life full of music, play and love.
2020: Billy Flynn in Chicago and Walker Earle in Here's What It Takes. 14th season. Stratford: Dad in Billy Elliot, Orin in Little Shop of Horrors, Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Show, Wanderlust, Henry V, The Winter's Tale, A Funny Thing Happened..., West Side Story, Oklahoma!, Pentecost, The Tempest, Cymbeline, Camelot.Elsewhere: Life After (Musical Stage, Canadian Stage, YST); Toronto and U.S. tour of Matilda - Toronto Critics Award (Mirvish/Dodger); Of Human Bondage, Idiot's Delight, The Barber of Seville (Soulpepper); The Wild Party (Musical Stage); Company (Theatre 20); The Arsonists, Into the Woods (Canadian Stage); The Magic Fire, High Society (Shaw); Beauty and the Beast - Dora Award, The Drowsy Chaperone, Les Misérables (Mirvish). Film/TV: Hotel Transylvania: The Series, Dog and Pony, Let's Go Luna, PURST: Secret Agent Binky.Awards: Dan is a multiple Dora and CSA nominee. For backstage laughs follow him on Instagram: @danchameroy.
2020: Angela in Here's What It Takes and understudy in Chicago. Second season. Stratford: Mum in Billy Elliot, Ronette in Little Shop of Horrors. Elsewhere: Emmie in Caroline or Change, Edwina in Passing Strange (Obsidian Theatre Company/The Musical Stage Company); Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (Young People's Theatre); Flaemmchen in Grand Hotel, Polly Plummer in The Magician's Nephew, Zoe in An Octoroon (Shaw Festival); Narrator in Joseph (Theatre Aquarius); Nicola in Kinky Boots (Mirvish Productions); Loretta/LaRain in Brantwood (Theatre Sheridan). Film/TV: Suits, The Beaverton. Training: High Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre, Sheridan College. Awards: Critic's Pick: Fan Favourite (Mary Poppins), Toronto Theatre Critics Award: Best Supporting Actress (Passing Strange); Critic's Pick: Outstanding Ensemble (Passing Strange); Dora Award: Outstanding Ensemble (The Wizard of Oz). Online: Instagram: @vanessa_sears. Twitter: @nessasears.
2020: Juror in Chicago and Swing in Here's What It Takes. Fifth season. Stratford: Billy Elliot the Musical, The Rocky Horror Show, The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, Romeo and Juliet, A Chorus Line, The Hypochondriac. Elsewhere: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Theatre Aquarius); Funny Girl - META-nominated (Segal Centre); Anne of Green Gables, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Canada Rocks (Charlottetown Festival); Cats - Dora-nominated (Mirvish - Panasonic). Film/TV: Romeo and Juliet (Stratford Festival, 2017), Full Out (2015), Big Fun Weeknights (YTV), Get Up 'N Move (Revolver Films). Awards: Maureen Forrester Award, Guthrie Award (Stratford Festival); Amy Wallis Scholarship (Charlottetown Festival); gold and silver medals (International Tap Dance Championships). Online: Instagram/Twitter: @EricMackAbel. Et cetera: All my love to Mom, Devon, Ian and the TH gang. Performing, with everything I have, for my grandma and my dad - xo.
2020: Aaron in Chicago and appears in Here's What It Takes. Seventh season. Stratford: Ed Gammidge in The Music Man, Phantom in The Rocky Horror Show, Al in A Chorus Line, Henrik Egerman in A Little Night Music, Rolf Gruber in The Sound of Music, Pinball Lad in Tommy, and appeared in Billy Elliot the Musical, Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, Fiddler on the Roof and Carousel. Elsewhere: Johnny alternate in Green Day's American Idiot (first U.S. tour); Hank Majewski in Jersey Boys (Dancap); Gilbert in Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown). Film/TV: Captain von Trapp in the Disney movie The Pacifier starring Vin Diesel. Training: Etobicoke School of the Arts. Online: Twitter/Instagram: @GabrielNacci. Et cetera: Huge thanks to his family, Colin McMurray and Donna Feore. He could not be here without the incredible support of his wife, Robin Calvert.
2020: Bailiff in Chicago and appears in Here's What It Takes. Third season. Stratford: Billy Elliot, Little Shop of Horrors, The Music Man, The Rocky Horror Show, The House of Martin Guerre. Elsewhere: Doody in Grease (Winter Garden); Tom of Warwick in Camelot (Drayton Entertainment); Tommy Sloane in Anne of Green Gables (Grand Theatre); Riff in West Side Story (BMT); What a Wonderful World (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia); Playlist Dancer/Singer with Carnival Cruise Lines. Four seasons with The Grand High School Project, appearing in Footloose, My Fair Lady, Legally Blonde and The Addams Family. Training: Canada's National Ballet School, Dance Steps London, Beal Performing Arts. Online: @thefirmstonator. Et cetera: Love to Ashley, his parents, and Lucy. Huge thanks to Donna and Franklin, Bruce and the wonderful TH gang, and all the mentors who have helped along the way.
2020: Hunyak in Chicago and appears in Here's What It Takes. Seventh season. Stratford:Billy Elliot the Musical, The Rocky Horror Show, Mrs. Dunlop/dance captain in The Music Man, Carmen in Guys and Dolls, Judy in A Chorus Line, A Little Night Music, Crazy for You, HMS Pinafore, The Sound of Music, Carousel, Man of La Mancha. Elsewhere: Dancer in Siegfried (Canadian Opera Company); Cabaret (French version, Tandem Productions); Chantons sous la pluie (Singin' in the Rain, French version, Just for Laughs); Rockette in Radio City Christmas Spectacular; singer in the revue '80s Flashback (Tropicana Hotel Casino, Atlantic City). Film/TV: 42nd Street chorus girl in Warehouse 13, dancer on game show Fidèles au Poste. Et cetera: Bonnie wants to thank her family and friends for always supporting and believing in her. Instagram: @bonbondancer.
2020: Velma Kelly in Chicago and appears in Here's What It Takes. 10th season. Stratford: The Crucible, The Neverending Story, The Rocky Horror Show (Janet), HMS Pinafore (Josephine), A Chorus Line (Maggie), A Little Night Music (Quintet), The Sound of Music, Tommy (Sally Simpson), 42nd Street (Peggy Sawyer), Jesus Christ Superstar, Camelot, Kiss Me, Kate, Evita. Elsewhere: For Yes Theatre: Carrie: The Musical (Chris). For RMTC: Cabaret (Frenchie). For the Charlottetown Festival: Anne of Green Gables (Josie Pye). For the Grand Theatre: Elf. For Ross Petty Productions: Robin Hood. For Theatre Aquarius: Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Training: Music Theatre Performance (Sheridan Institute), Acting (Red Deer College). Online: Instagram @jenridershaw. Et cetera: Thank you, Bruce, TH and Robert. This season is dedicated to the memory of Hugh McRae, a beautiful baritone and a loving grandfather.
2020: Director of The Foerster Bernstein New Play Development Program. Dramaturge of Here's What It Takes, Hamlet-911 and An Undiscovered Shakespeare. 12th season. Stratford: Dramaturgy credits include Mother's Daughter, Paradise Lost, Brontë: The World Without, The Breathing Hole, The Virgin Trial, Bunny, The Last Wife, Christina, The Girl King, Taking Shakespeare, Hirsch. Elsewhere: Artistic Director, Alberta Theatre Projects, Calgary (1999-2009); Co-Director, Banff Playwrights Colony (1997-2009); Artistic Director, Factory Theatre, Toronto (1979-1987). Director of over 75 productions from Cow Head, Newfoundland, to Victoria, British Columbia, and places in between, but mostly in Calgary and Toronto. Training: Loyola College, Montreal, and University of Alberta. Awards: Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD), University of Calgary; eight Betty Mitchell Award nominations and three wins: "Outstanding Direction" (Calgary). In 2018, Bob was awarded the GE Lessing Award for Career Achievement by the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. He is a member of the Order of Canada.
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