TIFT’s Dani Girl has run extended

Held over by popular demand, Talk is Free Theatre’s production of Dani Girl has had its Toronto run extended for a week, until March 11.
Jeff Madden, a Dora Award winner and a former cast member of the Jersey Boys, plays the character Rafe in Talk is Free Theatre’s (TIFT) production of Dani Girl.
The Barrie troupe is producing the Toronto production with Show One Productions. It’s playing at the Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace, 16 Ryerson Avenue.
Dani Girl, by Christopher Dimond and Michael Kooman, is billed as an original musical comedy – a touching and inspirational story of a girl’s struggle with cancer. With a couple of companions, her teddy bear, an imaginary guardian angel and a socially awkward hospital roommate, the young girl embarks on a “magical quest to reclaim her health.”
Along the way, she discovers the joys of life.
Madden earned his 2009 Dora with his performance of Frankie Valli, in the Jersey Boys. He has appeared in more than 16 productions at the Shaw Festival, and has also appeared at the National Arts Centre, the National Ballet of Canada, the Charlottetown Festival, and other venues.
Gabi Epstein, whose experience includes West Side Story Suite, at the National Ballet of Canada, and Bye Bye Birdie and Napoleon, both at TIFT, is reprising the role of Dani.
Other cast members include Amanda LeBlanc, playing Dani’s mother. She has appeared in The Passion of Adele Hugo, as well as Till We Meet Again (Theatre Panache), and Pride and Prejudice. Jonathan Logan, a cast member of Peter Pan, at the Neptune Theatre, and Dear World, at TIFT, returns as Marty.
Richard Ouzounian returned to direct the production. Musical direction is by Wayne Gwillim, set and costume design by Christine Barrett, and lighting design by Gareth Crew.
Tickets are $33, plus tax, and can be purchased from Arts Box Office, or by phone at 416-504-7529.

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