Category Archives: News

24 Hour Musicals

Zachary is so excited to be returning as a musical director for the 24 Hour Musicals, the most impossible theatrical event of the year. Four short (15 minute), brand-new musicals will be written, cast, rehearsed, and performed at the Gramercy Theatre in New York over the period of a single day, featuring an all-new all-star line up of Broadway performers, stars from TV and film, great composers and writers, directors and — to top it all off — choreographers and musical directors. The participants will be a who’s who of American musical theatre and film, TV and music, collaborating, crashing, conspiring, and cramming to perform four new musicals in one day. All proceeds from this event benefit the Orchard Project. Click here to learn more about this amazing event.

Gwen Powers Podcast

Zachary and playwright Michael Goldlist recently discussed the upcoming premiere of Gwen Powers on Walk Left: The Podcast. Click here to listen.

Gwen Powers – World Premiere

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Zachary is excited to be directing the world premiere of Gwen Powers, a powerful and provocative new play by Michael Goldlist presented by WORKhouse Theatre. It opens on March 22 at Theatre Passe Muraille’s Backspace and runs until April 6th. Click here for info and tickets.

Shaw Festival 2013 News

Zachary is thrilled to be returning to the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario for their 2013 season. He will be composing original music for Peace in Our Time: A Comedy at the Court House Theatre and Enchanted April at the Festival Theatre. Previews for Peace in Our Time begin on May 19, with the production running in repertory until October 12. Enchanted April begins previews on June 25, with the production running in repertory until October 26. Click here to learn more about the Shaw Festival’s 2013 season and purchase tickets.

The reviews are in – Sheba’s a hit!

Click here for tickets to the show that the Globe and Mail called “quiet but breathtaking”, with Corrine Koslo and Ric Reid giving “the two best Canadian performances I have seen this year” (National Post). The Shaw Festival’s production Come Back, Little Sheba “challenges the heart and provokes the mind” (Hamilton Spectator), and “plays like this are where the company really shines” (Sun Media). Directed by Jackie Maxwell, with design by Christina Poddubiuk and lighting by Bonnie Beecher, the play runs in repertory until October 19.

Come Back, Little Sheba at the Shaw Festival

Zachary is composing original music for Come Back, Little Sheba at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. William Inge’s play launched his career when it premiered on Broadway in 1950 and was made into a film starring Shirley Booth. Jackie Maxwell directs an incredible cast in this rare look at an unjustly neglected classic of the American stage. Previews begin on June 28 and the production runs in repertory until October 19. Click here to learn more about the production and purchase tickets.

The Passion of Adele Hugo wins 2 Merritt Awards

Eastern Front Theatre’s production of The Passion of Adele Hugo took home wins for Outstanding Original Score (Zachary Florence) and Outstanding Musical Direction (Lily Ling) at the 2012 Robert Merritt Awards! The Merritt Awards are given annually by Theatre Nova Scotia to recognize excellence in Nova Scotian theatre. Read the full list of winners here.

The Passion of Adele Hugo nominated for 7 Merritt Awards

Eastern Front Theatre’s production of The Passion of Adele Hugo has been nominated for 7 2012 Robert Merritt Awards! The nominees are as follows:

David Overton: Outstanding New Play by a Nova Scotian Playwright
Zachary Florence: Outstanding Original Score
Lily Ling: Outstanding Musical Direction
Sara Farb: Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Amanda LeBlanc: Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Martin Burt: Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Adam Mackinnon: Outstanding Costume Design

The Merritt Awards are given annually by Theatre Nova Scotia to recognize excellence in Nova Scotian theatre. Read the full list of nominees here.

Between a Word and Thought – February 6 @ 8 pm

Acting Up Stage Company presents a one night only concert of the music of writer/composer Zachary Florence (The Passion of Adele Hugo, Experimental Selves). Complex, passionate, and unexpected, Zachary’s music is restless and deeply theatrical, fusing intricate harmonies and unexpected rhythms.

Between a Word and Thought features some of Toronto’s most dynamic musical theatre performers, led by acclaimed musical director Lily Ling, with Jamie Drake (percussion), Calum MacLeod (bass), and Natalie Wong (violin/viola). Join Thom Allison (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Eric Craig (Edges), Gabi Epstein (To Life), Sara Farb (The Passion of Adele Hugo), and Susan Henley (A Man of No Importance) for an evening of lush music and intimate storytelling.

February 6, 2012 @ 8 pm
Berkeley Street Theatre Downstairs
26 Berkeley Street (Front & Berkeley)

tickets: $20
box office: 416-368-3110
online: actingupstage.com