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CBC’s Triple Sensation: Workshop Presentation

This week is the fifth in a series of six Triple Sensation episodes, and my attention is waning.  I’m really ready for this show to be over.   There are eight finalists left to compete before the judging panel.  Wylmari Myburgh, Tess Benger and Vancouver’s own Andrew Cohen and Alyssa Brizzi have already been eliminated over the past two episodes.

After the required recap, the episode starts off with the group song and dance number “They’re Playing My Song.”  David Light goes before the panel performing “Why God Why?” (Miss Saigon).  The judges largely pan his performance.

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Liam Tobin who sings “Maria” (West Side Story) has both the voice and the fresh-faced matinee idol good-looks of a leading man.  The judges are equally divided as to his musical talent.

Kaitlyn Semple’s “I Wish I Were in Love Again” (Babes in Arms) seemed to be over her head.

Hailey Gillis’ “I Had Myself A True Love” was a great piece of musical theatre and she immediately went up in my estimation.  The judges seem on the surface to agree with me.

Cayley Thomas’ “I Feel Pretty” (West Side Story) was strong and full of confidence.

Jen Shaw sings “That’ll Show Him” (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) and is thoroughly trashed by the judges for not catching the subtext of the song.

Glen Mills and Leah Cogan received good reviews for their joint acting scene from A Doll’s House.

Mill’s version of “The Apple Tree [Forbidden Fruit]” (The Apple Tree) was not as universally liked, though I still find him to be a strong performer.

Cogan’s “I Have Confidence” (The Sound of Music) was praised by the judges as has been their custom.

After another group number from The Wild Party and the judging begins.  I thought perhaps that my ears had deceived me when I heard some criticism of can-do-no-wrong Leah Cogan.

In the end it was Glen Mills and Jen Shaw who were eliminated.  I’m a little disappointed to seem them both go.  Mills has had some passionate vocal performances and Shaw’s energy on stage is something special.  But the judges have spoken.

Next week will include guest appearances from Jason Alexander, Albert Schultz and composer John Kander. The winner and runners-up are revealed in the final episode next week of on Triple Sensation, Monday July 27th on CBC.

Previously on Triple Sensation:

Week 4: Master Class (part 2)

Week 3: Master Class

Week 2: Vancouver Auditions

Week 1: Eastern Auditions

CBC’s Triple Sensation: Master Class

In a total surprise (at least to me), Vancouver actor Andrew Cohen was one of the first eliminated from the top 12 on Monday night’s episode of CBC’s Triple Sensation.

After being coached by the likes of Stratford Director/Choreographer Donna Feore and celebrity Acting Coach Patsy Rodenburg, Cohen and Wylmari Myburgh were the first to leave the competition.

Judging based solely on editing and who was heavily featured on last night’s show, it seems that Glen Mills, David Light and Leah Cogan are the favourites to win.  Light was an early standout, and Mill’s emotional performance of “Soliloquy” (Carousel)  made him a powerful contender.   However, Cogan’s top ranking both at midpoint and at the episode’s conclusion, puzzled me.

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Cogan is clearly talented, but whenever a coach/judge pointed out something masterful that she had accomplished, I didn’t see it.  Perhaps it can be chalked up to something lost in translation between live in person to television.  I found so many of the other performers to be far more compelling, albeit in heavily-edited minute-long clips.

That leaves only Burnaby resident Alyssa Brizzi representing BC in the run for the $150,000 first prize scholarship and the Triple Sensation title.

Cohen has already moved on from the experience having recently starred as leading man Gordon in A New Brain (Pipedream) and is currently studying at UBC in the BFA acting program.

Master class continues on Triple Sensation next week in part four of six, Mondays on CBC, through July 27th.

CBC’s Triple Sensation: Vancouver Auditions

Triple Sensation made its way to Vancouver for the Western Canada auditions in its second episode on Monday night.  Last week, I said I’d be keeping an eye out for any familiar faces.

I was struck with déjà vu not once, but twice, by two of the featured auditioners.  Georgia Swinton and Andrew Cohen, who both recently impressed in A New Brain (Pipedream Theatre), were among forty hopefuls trying out for six spots.

Swinton was critiqued for her performance of “Don’t Rain on My Parade” (Funny Girl) by the judging panel.  Composer Marvin Hamlisch (A Chorus Line) arbitrarily panned her song choice and suggested something funnier would have been better suited.  Swinton does have ample comedic charms as evidenced in A New Brain, and will hopefully soon have a chance to show off her range to Vancouver audiences in future roles.

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A New Brain’s leading man Cohen sang a stirring rendition of “The Old Red Hills of Home” (Parade).   His strong vocals, along with his monologue and dance audition, landed him one of the six Vancouver spots in the finals.

Next week the Vancouver and Toronto top sixes join in a master class session, a kind of theatrical boot camp.

Triple Sensation airs in six parts, Mondays on CBC, through July 27th.

A New Brain (Review)

William Finn and James Lapine’s A New Brain ranks highly in my musical theatre playlist and Pipedream Theatre’s production more than lives up to expectations in its Vancouver premiere.

Roger (Tyson Coady) and Gordon (Andrew Cohen) share a hospital bedside moment

Roger (Tyson Coady) and Gordon (Andrew Cohen) share a hospital bedside moment.

Save for a spattering of inaudible lyrics lost to upstage singing and some occasional overly-loud piano, Tuesday’s preview of A New Brain went off with few hitches.

It’s Finn’s semi-autobiographical story of a song-writer, Gordon Schwinn, who is hospitalized with a life-threatening illness and faces the possibility of not being able to finish the songs he dreams of writing.

Andrew Cohen more than holds his own as the lead Gordon, amid a very strong ensemble cast.  Cohen and Tyson Coady, as his lover, Roger, score some tender romantic moments in both “Just Go” and the reprise of “Sailing.”

Georgia Swinton playing multiple roles as an overly-familiar waitress and as nurse Nancy D. is a delight to watch.

Sabrina Prada as Gordon’s mother Mimi, is a stand-out, and neatly steals the spotlight in the tail half with “Throw It Out” and “Music Still Plays On.”  I can’t wait to see her again soon in more Vancouver productions.

William Finn’s score shines best in the ensemble numbers and choreographer Keri Minty (who I last saw this spring as Sheila in Royal City’s A Chorus Line) really makes the most of them in a balancing act of cohesiveness and controlled chaos.

The show runs for approximately 100 minutes with no intermission at Performance Works on Granville Island until June 21st.  Evening performances: Wed-Sat, June 17th-20, 8pm | Matinees: Sat-Sun, June 20-21, 2pm. Tickets available at http://www.ticketstonight.ca. Students: $15.00 | Adults: $20.00.