Joe White and the Seven Divorcées: Toronto 2010 Fringe Preview

From Press Release

From the folks who brought you All Hams on Deck
Brock & John Productions presents
Joe White and the Seven Divorcées
a new musical comedy
book by John Mitchell
music & lyrics by Brock Simpson

Joe White and the Seven Divorcées is the story of an innocent confronting jealousy, a mirror, a poisoned  apple, and seven seriously unhappy women. Joe’s father wants to kill him. The divorcées want to help him. Ultimately, Joe must find his own destiny.

The cast features two of the final five contestants in How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? – Janna Polzin and Marisa McIntyre. Marisa graced the Toronto stage in Mamma Mia and is joined by fellow alumni Denise Ouchechek, Nadine Roden, Nicole Robert and Graham Coffeng, who plays the title character. Denise and Janna
were recently in the run of The Sound of Music, Janna as the Maria alternate. They are joined by film and television veterans Jeanie Calleja and Paul O’Sullivan. Jeanie is best known to Toronto audiences for her work in the comedy troupe The GTOs (nominated for a Canadian Comedy award) and the shows The Trial Of
Thumbelina & Pond Life with her husband Gord Rand. Paul is known for his role in The Producers and performing and directing many Second City shows, as well as the sketch troupe Skippy’s Rangers. Brock Simpson & John Mitchell were a popular musical comedy duo in the 90’s. Their first show was at the 1991 Fringe, An Evening With Brock & John. They have since collaborated on several musicals, including: Honest Ed, The Bargain Musical (with Drowsy Chaperone lyricist Lisa Lambert), People Park (2000 Fringe), and All Hams On Deck (chosen one of the outstanding productions of the 2005 SummerWorks Festival, which included Jeanie
Calleja in the cast).
Brock Simpson’s critically acclaimed musical This Could Be Love (directed by Mitchell) garnered a Dora nomination for lead actress Krista Sutton. It was remounted at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and was recently produced at Lunchbox Theatre in Calgary. Simpson has written several musicals for the Fringe, most recently Lust Labour’s Lost. Mitchell was instrumental in the initial creative development of The Drowsy Chaperone and originated the role of The Groom. He went on to become associate director in charge of musical staging for two Toronto productions, including the Mirvish production under director Daniel Brooks. Mitchell is currently finishing production on his first documentary (with collaborator Jonathan Crombie), Waiting For Ishtar.
Joe White and the Seven Divorcées
presented by Brock & John Productions
as part of
Book by John Mitchell, Music & Lyrics by Brock Simpson
produced by John Mitchell and MK Piatkowski
Directed by John Mitchell, Musical Direction by Brock Simpson
The Bathurst St Theatre
736 Bathurst (the SW corner of Bathurst and Lennox)
Wednesday June 30 @ 10:30pm
Saturday July 3 @ 11pm
Monday July 5 @ 4:45pm
Wed July 7 @ 9:15pm
Thurs July 8 @ 1:45pm
Friday July 9 @ noon
Saturday July 10 @ 7:30pmCalleja in the cast).

All tickets $10 at the door,
or book in advance by calling the Fringe Hotline at 416.966.1062 or online at
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