TRACY TAKES ON...
Funny lady Tracy Dawson contacted me after last week's opening of She Loves Me, the romantic musical at the Shaw Festival.
Seems lyricist Sheldon Harnick flew in from Manhattan to catch the show.
"He told me I was a wonderfully strong performer," says Dawson, whose snazzy style and smart stage presence should make her first year at Shaw a success.
She's got a small role in the remount of Easy Virtue, and is in the ensemble of She Loves Me, understudying one of the leads.
"I almost started crying."
She's got another reason to cry, since she was just nominated for a Dora Award for the collectively written Second City show Nude Beach Wear 100% Off.
"I'm not leaving empty-handed at the Doras," she says. "I plan to bring zip-locks to take hors d'oeuvres home after the reception."
It's fundraising and donation time for most theatre companies.
Last week, the Factory Theatre received a donation of a different sort.
"It was a pair of green and pink metallic thong underwear, with these little wiggly things on them," says administrator Steven Moore, who unsuspectingly opened the mysterious package.
"New. Size medium."
It turns out a long-time Factory patron sent the gift.
"We've always gotten a chuckle out of the really tacky undies your actors wear, especially in the Suburban Motel series," read an accompanying note. "When we saw these, we couldn't resist contributing them to your costume department. Enjoy."
Only question: What play to use them in?
MONEY, MONEY, MONEY
Looks like the winner takes it all, after all. Mamma Mia!, the ABBA musical (review, page 149), is outselling even The Lion King, according to a spokesperson at Mirvish Productions.
The Toronto run has already been extended from its original September closing to November 4.