Monday, April 21, 2008

TOT's Mikado....Featuring Wendy as Katisha

I've hardly seen Wendy this month since she's been in rehearsals for the Toronto Operetta Theatre's production of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado, opening tomorrow night at the Jane Mallett Theatre in Toronto. Although Sunday's performance was technically a preview, the reviewers were there (as is increasingly becoming the norm at Toronto previews), and Richard Ouzounian's review of the show appeared in today's Star.

The full cast:

Peter McCutcheon - Nanki-Poo
Rory McGlynn - Pish-Tush
David Ludwig - Pooh-Bah
Gerald Isaac - Ko-Ko
Michele Bogdanowicz - Yum-Yum
Gillian Grossman - Pitti-Sing
Anna Bateman - Peep-Bo
Wendy Hatala Foley - Katisha
Sean Watson - The Mikado

The TOT's Mikado is directed by Guilliermo Silva-Marin with David Speers on the podium. Michael Rose is the repetiteur for the production.

Shows are April 22, 23, 25, and 26 at 8pm, and April 27 at 2pm. Tickets are $78/$58/$39. You can call to reserve tickets at 416-366-7723 or 1-800-708-6754.

Update 4/22:

Colin Eatock's review appeared this morning in the Globe and Mail. What he says about Wendy:

Mezzo Wendy Hatala Foley, as Katisha, burst on stage like a madwoman freshly escaped from an Italian opera: Her powerful voice and stage presence energized every scene she appeared in.

Update 4/25:

A very positive review from Christopher Hoile appeared in Eye Weekly. About Wendy:

Wendy Hatala Foley uses her lovely full mezzo to make Katisha, the woman also in love with Nanki-Poo, not the usual witch but a woman fearing a life without love, a feeling she strongly conveys in Katisha’s two solo meditations that clearly impressed the entire audience.


  1. I was there on opening night (after preview) and thought she was fabulous! Well done!

  2. Thanks, Nathalie. I'll relay your compliments right away.