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John Cleese Adds Second Winnipeg Show to Tour

John Cleese Adds Second Winnipeg Show to Tour

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John Cleese (BIOGRAPHY.COM)

Actor-comedian John Cleese has added a second Winnipeg date to his upcoming tour.

Cleese’s “Why There Is No Hope” tour will now play the Centennial Concert Hall on Saturday, March 24. The original show is scheduled for Sunday, March 25.

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WSO’s Mickelthwate Sharing Leadership Knowledge at Chamber Luncheon

WSO’s Mickelthwate Sharing Leadership Knowledge at Chamber Luncheon

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WSO music director Alexander Mickelthwate leads an orchestra to record the soundtrack for the Winnipeg Jets’ new game-opening video on Monday, September 19, 2016. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Before Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra music director Alexander Mickelthwate leaves the city, he plans on sharing his reflections on leadership with the local business community.

The maestro will speak to a Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce audience during a luncheon on September 29.

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Review: ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ at Centennial Concert Hall

Review: ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ at Centennial Concert Hall

By Diana Chabai (@dianachabai)

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“The Phantom of the Opera” is on now until September 3 at the Centennial Concert Hall. (MATTHEW MURPHY PHOTO)

WINNIPEG — Close your eyes and think about ‘80s musicals — you can probably hear the opening notes of the Phantom of the Opera blasting in your ears even if you’ve never seen the show (perhaps it’s because the commercials play every 45 seconds on Winnipeg airwaves lately, but I digress). The notes are nothing short of iconic. For the last 30 years, tourists have flocked to the Majestic Theatre in New York City to see the original production of Phantom, and it continues to hold its own on Broadway, despite bigger and newer productions moving in over the decades. I was one of those tourists a few years ago on my first trip to the Big Apple, watching history happen when Norm Lewis took the stage as Broadway’s first black Phantom.

The productions on Broadway and in London are what the biz calls “frozen” — after opening, nothing changes, except for the cast — the sets, costumes, script, and special effects all stay the same, and will until it closes (if it closes). But on tour? On tour is a different story — they do not have the same obligation of loyalty, and I’m thankful they don’t.

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