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BFL Theatre presents Hard Core Logo Live in Toronto,ON @ The Cave above Lee's Palace March 09 - 27 2017. Check out the details and the opening nig...
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BFL Theatre presents Hard Core Logo Live in Toronto,ON @ The Cave above Lee's Palace March 09 - 27 2017. Check out the details and the opening night review.
March 11, 2017
BFL Theatre's Hard Core Logo: Live - A Punk-Ass Play is currently taking place in Toronto running from March 9-26, at The Cave above Lee’s Palace.
Adapted by Michael Scholar, Jr.
Based on the book by Michael Turner and the film by Noel S. Baker and Bruce McDonald
With original music by Joe "Shithead" Keithley and lyrics by Michael Turner
UPDATE: March 09.2017
Opening Night Review:
As the lights went out and the spotlight shone on Hard Core Logo's narrator, she set the scene and the curtains opened up to start the first act. The set is an iconic fixture of the story that is told and set in the atmosphere behind the band Hardcore Logo. What makes this script different from Michael Scholar's playwright is the addition of Ron Jenkins vision and creative adaptation of the original story line but with a refreshing energetic twist. Seth Drabinsky alongside director Tim Lindsay who plays active roles in this stage performance and Jeremy Knowles' knowledge of the music scene and direction bring this creation to life. What brings this story to life is the energetic charisma that bonds the cast, having the ability to musically move the audience with it's raw cut, straight in your face musical score written by none other than Canadian punk legend Joe Keithly. What truly makes the show stand out is quite simply the show itself, the live act that has heart and craft shining through chord after chord and off the floor pure volume punk rock. The brilliant use of stage atmosphere from Corwin Ferguson transports you literally back into the heart of the era. Melissa Joakim's well orchestrated lighting adds that final layer to set the mood. All the cast have memorable tongue in cheek moments and interact with the audience making this show all inclusive. It's also notable that Hard Core Logo is not exclusively reflective of the demographic of punk rock as it tells a tale that anyone unfamiliar with the scene would get a better understanding of the struggles and the stigma of mental health.
A heart wrenching interpretation of truthful struggles with laughter and anguish of broken dreams. This well performed stage adaptation of Hard Core Logo is a truly astounding masterpiece that cannot be missed!
BFL Theatre has cast the following actors in this play that will take place at The Cave above Lee's Palace. Within Punk Zine caught up with Jeremy Knowles (Music Director) to talk about the upcoming production.
"So a couple of years ago I was on tour with D.O.A touring in the van and Joe Kiethly was talking about how he did this Hardcore Logo Live and had written all the music for it" explains Knowles. "Michael Scholar Jr had adapted the screenplay from the novel by Michael Turner which was also a mock documentary film by Bruce Mcdonald. The play was in Edmonton and then again the Vancouver push festival. When Joe Kiethly convinced Knowles he should produce a revisit of the play it was put forth in motion and here we are today."
"So myself and TIm Lindsay and B.F.L assistant director Seth Drabinsky meet with Michael Scholar Jr and go over the script and how to approach this. At that point we knew we needed someone that was a vital part of the Canadian theatre scene so we flew down to New York to meet up with Ron Jenkins. Ron Jenkins is an Edmonton based director and playwright. Ron is thrilled to be working with BFL on HardCore Logo Live. Ron has won ten Sterling Awards as a director and playwright and two Betty Mitchell Awards for Direction for The Black Rider and Playing With Fire. "
"Ron and us sat down and did a work shop and some more editing on the script and now we are ready to do this", said Knowles. "We picked up Melissa Joakim for Stage Manager & Lighting Designer and she is a lighting and projection designer, technician and stage manager in Toronto, Canada. She is well known for : A Side of Dreams (Paper Canoe Projects); This is the Point (Ahuri Theatre with Theatre Centre) Lighting Design: The Whole Shebang: Taken by Night (Dreamwalker Dance Co.); among others.
We have Corwin Ferguson designing the whole set at The Cave above Lee's Palace which in itself is the perfect setting already. Corwin is known across Canada primarily as a video and projection designer. He’s studied animation, is a co-founder/ artistic associate of Awkward Stage Productions, and a storyteller with Forbidden Vancouver Historic Walking Tours. He's done some other really amazing work on The Wizard of Oz, The Great Gatsby, 1984 (Saint John Theatre Company), You Will Remember Me (Ruby Slippers), Playing With Fire (Persephone Theatre), Richard III (Shakespeare Company), Buyer and Cellar (Alberta Theatre Projects), Anne of Green Gables, Evangeline (Charlottetown Festival).
"Ah for the cast we really needed to find that perfect cast that not only could pull it off but also play the songs and that was a bit challenging.
So we found the perfect Cast and so far things are going really great on rehearsal and looking great moving forward.
We needed someone that would really fit the part of Joe Dick and that guy has had some really hard times and triumphs through it all so we found the lead to be with Al Nolan, a Toronto punk rock staple."
Al Nolan has lived that life he has been there and knows first hand what's it like to be in the mindset of Joe Dick and the struggles with the band life.
The Character of Billy talent was a perfect fit with Andrew Fleming Andrew who has been a guitarist for over 20 years, having mostly played in high school cover bands that rarely lasted after 1 gig. Since becoming an actor and moving to Toronto, his selected theatre credits include Rob in 'Stag and Doe' at Lighthouse Festival Theatre and Tom in 'Night of the Living Dead Live' at Theatre Passé Muraille. Andrew has also appeared in Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Dark Matter (Syfy), The Strain (FX) and the upcoming horror feature film The Wanting (Lakeshore.
"Of course the most interesting, dynamic character of Hard Core Logo is Oxenburger, whose fight with mental health and schizophrenia starts to unravel as he loses his medication. We really thought hard on this character, Michael Dufays is a really well known theatre actor that has traveled everywhere. Mike Dufays' stage career has taken him from coast to coast in Canada, to Europe and the UK with the award-winning theatre/dance companies. Favourite theatre credits include: Daniel MacIvor’s Arigato, Tokyo, (Dora Mavor Award nominee “outstanding male performance), Forbidden Phoenix, Flock of Flyers and The Voice of the Turtle (Capital Critics Circle nominee for “Best Actor”) among others. We have full confidence that his personality and acting skills are really going to bring John Oxenburger to life."
"The character of PipeFitter is played by Thomas Scott, a well known actor in "Shorts" and films from 'Beggers can't be Choosers" to "Discontinue" short on Gopher it Productions. He has played a variety of characters from hard edged para military to club goer and is no stranger to stunts and character roles."
"Jennifer Walls will play "Everyone Else". a broad range of characters including some iconic media interviewers. A Toronto based performer, producer and voice actor, Jennifer is thrilled to be part of Hard Core Logo: LIVE with her friends at BFL. Selected theatre credits include RENT, The Rocky Horror Show, High Fidelity and Reefer Madness The Musical as well as three seasons at the Victoria Playhouse Petrolia. She earned critical acclaim for her performance as Liza Minnelli in her solo show Liza Live! and for her newest show Jagged Little Me, an autobiographical, multi-media rock cabaret featuring the music of Alanis Morissette's album Jagged Little Pill. She has also been named one of NOW Magazine's "Artists To Watch." Jennifer is the host of SINGular Sensation, Toronto's premier musical theatre open mic and is the voice of the Family Jr. Channel. She is also a curator of the Sunday Cabaret Series at the 120 Diner. Love and thanks to Seth, Jeremy and Tim of BFL and to the entire cast and crew. "
Hard Core Logo: Live will run from March 9 through 26 in Toronto at Lee's Palace, upstairs in the Cave. Further information on tickets and performances are available through the production's official website.