Les Misérables at the Théâtre Mogador in Paris, France received a standing ovation when it opened October 23, 1991. This production closed May 24, 1992.
Three actors from the Montreal production, Stéphanie Martin, Robert Marien & Louise Pitre completed the Paris cast. They can be heard on the Les Misérables Paris cast recording (Disques Tréma).
Les Misérables at the Théâtre St. Denis in Montreal opened January 24, 1991 and closed June 23, 1991 after 183 performances over a 22-week run to 300,000 audience members. Quebec’s first locally produced international mega-musical alternated English performances with French ones. Life behind the scenes at Les Miz was compared to a car-race pit stop; 700 costume changes to play the 340 characters.
Here is an excerpt of a digital archival review by Pat Donnelly published in the Montreal Gazette on January 25, 1991:
>>Last night marked the launching of the world’s first complete French version of this internationally renowned musical. Tonight, a second landmark opening, in English, will demonstrate the versatility of the world’s first bilingual Les Miz cast.<<
Schwartz’s the Musical, written by Rick Blue & George Bowser and directed by Roy Surette, ran at the Centaur Theatre in Montreal from March 29 – April 24 and was remounted July 20 – August 7, 2011
Inspired by Bill Brownstein’s popular book, “Schwartz’s Hebrew Delicatessen: The Story”, comedy duo extraordinaire Bowser & Blue bring the colourful story to life on stage with a full cast of larger-than-life characters who call Schwartz’s “home” and some of the many customers who pass through its doors. Schwartz’s The Musical celebrates the eccentric side of Schwartz’s with lots of humour, wit and heart, while grappling with such issues as the smoked meat and pastrami debate, the food police, the measure of success in tumultuous times and the dreaded F-word: franchise!
In 2009 Stephanie accepted a dare from the Stephen Lewis Foundation to do something bold and audacious to raise funds to help stem the tide of HIV/Aids in Africa. She had once been told by a clairvoyant that her ‘real’ life would not begin until she cut off her curly locks. She decided this was the occasion to do it! Photos from the event at the Trane Studio, November 2009. Rapid hair style transformation by Angel Hair Salon, Toronto.
Photos from touring original music with the band and as visiting artist with symphony orchestras across the US and Canada.
After having witnessed, in shock and horror, the Mexican Gulf oils disaster which began on April 20th 2010, Stephanie and her family decided to take action and change their lifestyle. They got rid of their car. Photos from a ceremonial handing over of the keys and steering wheel of their PT Cruiser at a concert held at the Freetimes Café in December 2010.