Archive for April 18th, 2019

I love the look of those old gooseneck lamps with the flared enamel shades. And I love that fine folks like those at Barn Light Electric Company are still producing them in cool looks and designs – like their Rochester Gooseneck Light.

About the Rochester Gooseneck Light from Barn Light Electric Company:

“Meet our newest vintage-inspired gooseneck light — The Rochester! Featuring a hand-spun, RLM warehouse-style shade, this gooseneck light has detailing that harkens back to early 20th century factory lighting. American made from commercial grade materials, this industrial gooseneck light has a high-gloss porcelain enamel finish that lasts for years in interior and exterior areas.”

Find the Rochester Gooseneck Light from Barn Light Electric Company here.

See the whole collection from Barn Light Electric Company here.

One of Toronto’s big draws for me is theater. Following New York and London, Toronto is said to have more live theater in the English language than anyplace else – and that includes L.A., Sydney, and Chicago. Add to that the thriving multicultural theater scene and Toronto is really a stellar theater town.

On this trip I saw four big shows, all Tony award winning Broadway shows, including two big hits, Come from Away and Dear Evan Hansen, both of which are settled in to long run in Toronto.

Come from Away

Come from Away is the smash hit musical about the small town in Newfoundland that found itself dealing with the effects of the 9/11 terrorist attacks when dozens of planes were rerouted to land there. An unlikely setting and story for a musical, but it is well-presented and sensitive to the subject matter. Still running on Broadway, Come from Away is at home in Toronto as the show is very Canadian and it was fun to see with a Canadian audience.

About Come from Away:

“It’s been called the ‘edge of the world.’ The weather is wild, but the locals never lack for warmth. And it’s here, in Newfoundland, where a remote town became the epicenter of a remarkable true story filled with unusual characters, unexpected camaraderie and uncommon generosity. Come from Away is the breathtaking new musical that Toronto has embraced with open arms and has audiences leaving the theatre night after night claiming they are ‘proud to be Canadian!’ Written by Tony-nominated Canadians Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley, Come from Away ‘takes you to a place you never want to leave!’ (Newsweek).”

Come from Away continues at the beautiful Elgin Theatre in Toronto though at least September 2019.

Dear Evan Hansen

Meanwhile, Dear Evan Hansen is a different kind of musical, it’s the story of a young man trying to make sense of his life who gets caught up in a misunderstanding that changes his life. It’s not classic musical theater fare, but Dear Evan Hansen explores how the art form can tell all kinds of stories while it entertains.

About Dear Evan Hansen:

“A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. Dear Evan Hansen is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. Dear Evan Hansen features a book by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson, a score by Grammy, Tony and Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal).”

Dear Evan Hansen continues at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto though at least September 2019.