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If I Loved You

Gentlemen Prefer Broadway – An Evening of Love Duets

June 14 , 2014

World Premiere

Rufus Wainwright teams up with Grammy- and Tony-winning music director Stephen Oremus to redefine dozens of the most beloved gems in the Great American Songbook, all love songs from Broadway musicals.

Glitzy showbiz thrills of the highest order


In their original productions, these songs were performed as duets by a man and a woman, or by a man singing about a woman. Wainwright's recontextualizations, performed exclusively by men and to men, fortify the song's universality as expressions of love.

Many of these treasured numbers were crafted by some of the Broadway's most legendary gay men: Noel Coward, Cole Porter, Jerry Herman, Lorez Hart. Other songs, like Rodgers and Hammerstein's "We Kiss in a Shadow" from The King and I, have long beel claimed as anthems by the gay community. The groundbreaking evening will showcase Wainwright and an insternational spectrum of pop, rock, classical and musical theatre stars. Drawing on a century of stage hits and featuring a full Broadway orchestra, If I Loved You will also serve as a wonderful prelude as Toronto hosts the first WorldPride ever celebrated in North America.

 

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Reviews

“This has to rank among the highlights of the eighth edition of the festival ... If I Loved You reminds us how lucky Toronto is to have this festival.”
– Toronto Star
“It was one of those unique shows too good to pass up”
– Live in Limbo
“[Rufus Wainwright] birthed what could possibly be a long-lasting gem”
– Examiner

Participating Artists

Artist - Rufus Wainwright
Artist Rufus Wainwright
Rufus Wainwright

Affectionately referred to by Elton John as “the greatest songwriter on the planet” and praised by the New York Times for his “genuine originality,” Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation. The New York-born, Montreal-raised singer songwriter has released seven studio albums, three DVDs, and three live albums, including the fantastic Grammy nominated Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall, which captured his celebrated Judy Garland tribute performance at the London Palladium in 2007, and the album Release The Stars which went Gold in Canada and the U.K.

Artist - Rufus Wainwright
Artist - David Byrne
Artist David Byrne
David Byrne

Known as the force behind Talking Heads and creator of the highly-regarded record label Luaka Bop, Byrne also works as a photographer, film director, author, and solo artist; he has published and exhibited visual art for more than a decade. Love This Giant, Byrne’s collaboration with St. Vincent, was released in September of 2012 and was followed by tour dates across the world. Byrne’s latest book, How Music Works, was also published in September 2012 by McSweeney’s and was released last September in paperback. The theatrical production of Here Lies Love premiered at The Public Theater in New York in April 2013, was extended four times and won an Outer Critics Circle Award, an Obie Award; Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Music, Lighting Design, and Projection Design; and two Theatre World Awards.

Artist - David Byrne
Artist - Brent Carver
Artist Brent Carver
Brent Carver

Brent Carver is an internationally recognized performer having starred in numerous roles throughout Canada, the United States and England in theatre, film, and television.

In 1979 at Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum, Carver played Ariel opposite Anthony Hopkins in Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Displaying versatility and dedication, Carver has performed major roles in Richard III, Cyrano de Bergerac, Tartuffe, Jacques Brel, Cabaret, Much Ado About Nothing, Lord of the RingsMother Courage and Kiss of the Spider Woman for which he won a Tony Award on Broadway. His solo show Brent Carver in Concert played to sold-out venues in both Toronto and Vancouver. Brent was awarded the 2001 Capital Critics Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in Larry’s Party. He has played opposite Christopher Plummer in King Lear at Lincoln Center and received critical praise for his role in Vigil for Canadian Stage. Carver has recently performed in Romeo and Juliet on Broadway and Jesus Christ Superstar, Camelot, Jacques Brel and As You Like It at Stratford.

Carver has also appeared in television movies and series such as This is Wonderland, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Da Vinci: Dream of Flight, Millennium, The Wars, The Song Spinner, Love and Hate and The Twilight Zone. He was critically acclaimed for his role as the Countess in the feature film Lilies, for his title role in Whiskers he received an Emmy nomination and he has won Gemini Awards for his performances in Street Legal, Due South and Elizabeth Rex. Carver’s film work includes Deeply with Kirsten Dunst for director Sheri Elwood, Atom Egoyan’s Ararat, and Thom Fitzgerald’s The Event.

Artist - Brent Carver
Artist - Boy George
Artist Boy George
Boy George

Boy George is universally recognized as one of the music scene’s most iconic artists and for the past 30 years has maintained a strong position at the forefront of this ever-changing, multi-faceted industry. Having gained truly global recognition, the Grammy-nominated singer has created a worldwide presence that transcends age, race, creed, nationality and religion. To date, George has sold over 100 million singles and in excess of 50 million albums as a performer and songwriter with 80’s super group Culture Club and as a solo artist in his own right. He also continues to be one of the world’s most successful and in-demand international DJs, touring extensively across the globe.

Artist - Boy George
Artist - Josh Groban
Artist Josh Groban
Josh Groban

Josh Groban is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, and record producer. His first four solo albums have been certified multi-platinum, and in 2007, he was charted as the number-one best selling artist in the United States with over 21 million records in the nation. To date, he has sold over 25 million records worldwide. With his sixth album, All That Echoes, Josh Groban has at once built on the touchstone artistry that has made him a global pop star for more than a decade and expanded his ambitious reach into richly rewarding new territory. The inspiring first single “Brave” shows off his accomplished, personal songwriting as one of seven songs on the album he co-wrote.

Artist - Josh Groban
Artist - Brennan Hall
Artist Brennan Hall
Brennan Hall

American countertenor Brennan Hall is a native of Orlando, Florida and made his professional debut singing as a soloist in Bach’s Saint John Passion with the American Bach Soloists, under the direction of Jeffrey Thomas. Hall was praised by the San Francisco Classical Voice for his “remarkably rich voice throughout his range… and admirable musical intelligence.” Hall has been a frequent soloist for the Bloomington Bach Cantata Project and the Bloomington Early Music Festival. He has acquired degrees from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and Rollins College. Brennan is also a featured performer in Matthew Barney’s film River of Fundament, also showing at this year’s Festival.

Artist - Brennan Hall
Artist - Ezra Koenig
Artist Ezra Koenig
Ezra Koenig

Ezra Koenig is the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for the New York based rock band Vampire Weekend. In addition to being a part of the band, Koenig is also involved in a number of musical projects. During this year’s broadcast of the 2014 Academy Awards, Koenig accompanied Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on backing vocals and acoustic guitar for her performance of the Oscar-nominated song “The Moon Song” from Spike Jonze’s movie, Her

Artist - Ezra Koenig
Artist - Steven Page
Artist Steven Page
Steven Page

Singer, songwriter, and musical icon Steven Page has made an indelible impression on the international music scene. A witty, endearing, and captivating stage presence, Page enjoyed two decades of success as the lead singer and co-founder of The Barenaked Ladies, the popular band from Scarborough, ON, who toured the globe, dominated MuchMusic & MTV, sold upwards of 14 million albums and went platinum many times over. Throughout 2014, Steven Page continues on his musical journey, touring as a solo artist with the support of his new band mates – multi-instrumentalists Bryden, Jay and Jesse Baird (Feist’s long-time backing band), Kevin Fox and Karen Graves. You can expect that any Steven Page show will feature his powerful and distinctive tenor, his trademark wit, new songs as well as selections from the Barenaked Ladies songbook that we all know and love.

Artist - Steven Page
Artist - Andrew Rannells
Artist Andrew Rannells
Andrew Rannells

Andrew Rannells is an American actor and singer. He is perhaps best known for his work as Elder Price in the 2011 Broadway musical The Book of Mormon, which earned him a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. As a featured soloist on the musical's Original Broadway Cast Recording, he won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. His other Broadway credits include Jersey Boys, Hairspray, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Artist - Andrew Rannells

Creative Team

Stephen Oremus is an American musician who has worked on Broadway theatre productions as musical director and as orchestrator. His credits include arranger and orchestrator for the music for Avenue Q, musical director and arranger for Wicked, arranger and orchestrator for All Shook Up, and musical director for 9 to 5. His orchestrations (with Larry Hochman) for The Book of Mormon won him a Tony Award in 2011, for Best Orchestrations. Oremus also won the Tony Award for Best Orchestrations for Kinky Boots.

Oremus served as orchestra conductor and music director for Rufus Wainwright's 2006 Judy Garland tribute concert, which was released as the 2007 album Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall and DVD Rufus! Rufus! Rufus! Does Judy! Judy! Judy!: Live from the London Palladium.

PERFORMED BY
Rufus Wainwright

MUSICAL DIRECTION BY
Stephen Oremus