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Gravy train meets the crazy train in the first ever stage musical tribute to Toronto’s infamous Mayor Rob Ford. The media, the police chief and the city itself are not off limits in Toronto-based writer Brett McCaig’s latest musical comedy.

Rob’s wild ways ruffle the feathers of Toronto’s ruling elite who join forces to take him down. With a little help from his spiritual guide, Rob embarks on his own personal journey to find redemption and the true meaning of leadership. But will he discover what it means to be a good Mayor before it’s too late?

We follow Rob’s rise to stardom with the mysterious gawker video and the scandals that took Twitter and Youtube by storm.

In true Canadian form, this an unabashed, take-no-prisoners comedy tackles the issue head on, through irreverence and fearless self-deprecation. With songs that include ‘It’s Good to be Gay!’ and ‘Ford Nation F* You’, this time Torontonians will apologize for nothing.

**Obviously not suitable for children**

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Writer & Producer

Brett McCaig

Brett McCaig has been an Actor/Writer for almost twenty years. With on stage productions that include Forever Plaid, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Buddy Holly Story. As a writer he started as a Stand-up Comedian and moved quickly into writing musical comedy. Past Productions include : "Bosco & Jones", Toronto's smash hit production of "Nursery School Musical", as well as summer theatre sensation "Not In My Backyard", composed by Anthony Bastianon

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Composer

Anthony Bastian

Anthony enjoys a variety of work as a musical director, composer, educator and pianist and has over 100 productions under his belt. His work has been celebrated coast to coast and he has worked with Canada's most respected theatre companies.

Director

Liz Gilroy

Liz is more than elated to be directing rob Ford the musical. She just directed and choreographed the world premier of Bingo Ladies at the PSFT. This past Christmas she directed a 54 person cast of A Christmas Carol at The Confederation Centre of The Arts in beautiful Charlottetown PEI. Selected other credits include: Sexy Laundry, NIMBY (world premier), The Christmas Express, Joseph and The Amazing ... Coat, GREASE, Rum Runners the musical (world premier), Race Day, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Enjoy the ride on the gravy train!

Associate Producer/Stage Manager

Jennifer Stobart

Jennifer has been an active proud resident of Toronto for over 30 years, calling Parkdale home for the past 15. Naturally she jumped at the opportunity to work on this production. In her 28 year career, Jennifer has stage managed over 120 professional productions which have taken across both Canada, and the US and to Dublin, Ireland. She has worked with Red Sky Performance, Tapestry New Opera Works, Patria Music Theatre, Blyth Theatre Festival, 1000 Islands Playhouse, Upper Canada Playhouse, Victoria Playhouse, Petrolia, The Red Barn, Smile Theatre Company, Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Royal Opera Canada, Fence Post Productions, the night kitchen, Pea Green Productions, Theatre Aquarius, Theatre Orangeville, Lockkeeper Productions, The Citadel, MTYP, Actors Repertory Company, Shakespeare in the Ruins, Buddies In Bad Times, 4½ years with The Second City National Touring Company and 29 productions with the Port Hope Festival Theatre. Thankful to Uwe Meyer for introducing her to Brett McCaig, and for her numerous blessings, as always she sends love to her Mom—her adventuring travel partner.

“Rob Ford”

Sheldon Bergstrom

Sheldon has performed across Canada as an actor, singer and comedian. Originally from Saskatchewan, he has had the opportunity to play such roles as "Edna Turnblad" in Hairspray, "Shrek" in Shrek The Musical, "Franz Liebkind" in The Producers and many more. He is honoured to have performed for the Canadian Forces in Bosnia, Croatia and Afghanistan.

“Doug Ford”

Justin Bott

Justin is pleased to be working with these phenomenal artists on this new cracked out production about a man affectionately known as, our Mayor, Rob Ford. Fave credits: The Foursome (Lighthouse Festival Theatre), Scratch (DragonBorn Films), The Fantasticks (VPP), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Moonpath), [title of show] Dora Nominated (Angelwalk), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Citadel). Thanks to family, friends, Debbie and Elvis (the dog) for their love and support. Follow Justin @jeybott and www.justinbott.com

“Transgression”

Andrew Broderick

Andrew Broderick has performed professionally on stages throughout Canada. A graduate of Sheridan's Musical Theatre program, he's been seen singing, acting, and dancing in a number of shows, some being Hairspray, Dreamgirls, South Pacific, and Stratford's You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

“Police Chief”

Sheldon Davis

A Nova Scotian by birth and a Hamiltonian by choice, Sheldon has been based in Ontario for the past twenty years. In that time, he has appeared on stage in Toronto in Godspell (Bathurst St. Theatre); Road (Equity Showcase Theatre); and Urinetown and Little Shop of Horrors (Canadian Stage Company). Elsewhere in Ontario, he has performed in Lend Me A Tenor (Upper Canada Playhouse); She Loves Me (1000 Islands Playhouse); Weekend Comedy, The Last Resort and The Foursome (Drayton Entertainment); Queen For A Day (April 30th Entertainment); Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Man of La Mancha (Theatre By The Bay); Leading Ladies (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia); The Producers (Stage West Mississauga); A Funny Things Happened On The Way To The Forum; The Miser; Little Shop of Horrors; and The 39 Steps (Sudbury Theatre Centre). Sheldon has also been seen on stage at regional theatres across the country such as Lunchbox Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Stage West Calgary, The Globe Theatre, Theatre New Brunswick, Neptune Theatre, Eastern Front Theatre, Mulgrave Road Theatre, and the Charlottetown Festival.

“Eddie/Ensemble”

Daniel Greenberg

Hailing from Hogtown, Daniel's 'illicit drug-free' performance history includes: We Will Rock You (National Tour, u/s Galileo & Buddy); Legally Blonde (Neptune, Emmett); Hairspray (Rainbow, Fender); All Shook Up (Dennis), The Wedding Singer (u/s Robbie), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Stage West, Benjamin); and Urinetown (Sheridan, Billy Boy Bill). Many thanks to Liz, Anthony, and Brett, TH, mom, dad, Josh, and Nell.

“Margaret Atwood”

Lisa Horner

Lisa is an award winning actor recently seen as Mme Thenardier in Mirvish Productions 25th Anniversary revival of Les Miserables. Previously she played Miss Gulch/The Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, as well as starring in the world premiere of the highly acclaimed fringe hit My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, both with Mirvish Productions. Lisa has spent five seasons with the Shaw Festival and two with Stratford Festival. But she is probably best known as The Ikea Lady in the iconic commercial where she yells 'START THE CAR'.

“Ginger/Ensemble”

Miranda MacDonald

Originally a Newfoundlander, Miranda moved to Ontario in 2007 to attend Sheridan College and recently returned to receive a BAA in Musical Theatre Performance. Her most recent work has been the title role in Pinkalicious The Musical, Back in '59 and a new, Shakespearean creation of Fortune's Fools. She currently works as a musical theatre/dance instructor for a variety of children and teen programs throughout the GTA. Thank you to Anthony, Liz and Brett for this opportunity. Hope you enjoy the madness!

“Ruby/Ensemble”

Marisa McIntyre

Marisa was last seen as April in Theatre 20ʼs production of Company. Past credits include: Mirvishʼs 25th Anniversary production of Les Miserables (Princess of Wales Theatre); Roxie Hart in CHICAGO (Awarded the Calgary Critics award for Best Actress in a Musical); Lana Beutler in the premier of Queen for a Day: The Musical; Cathy in The Last Five Years; Natalie in All Shook Up (Stage West Calgary/ Mississauga); Janet in The Drowsy Chaperone (Thousand Island Playhouse); Jessica/Julia in The Last Resort; He Sang She Sang; Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol; I Love You Youʼre Perfect Now Change (Rose Theatre); Tessie in White Christmas (Manitoba Theatre Centre); Words and Music (Berkeley Street Theatre); Diana Barry in Anne of Green Gables and Anne & Gilbert (Globe Theatre, Thousand Island Playhouse); and Sophie in Mirvishʼs Mamma Mia! (Royal Alexandra Theatre, Queen Elizabeth Theatre). Most recoginzed on T.V for her appearance on Andrew Lloyd Webbers How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria (CBC) where she finished top four. Other Film and T.V credits include: Mulroney: the Opera, The Rick Mercer Report; Rebecca in DOC; The Salem Witch Trials; The Stalking of Laurie Snow and Judy Rogers in Tru Calling. Next Marisa will be seen in The 39 Steps at Neptune theatre.

Costume Designer

Alex Amini

From wigs to wing-tips, and from concept to construction... With a lifetime of experience in the arts, Alex still finds excitement in bringing characters to life through costume. Select theatre credits include: A Light in the Piazza, and Caroline or Change; Acting Upstage, The Glass Menagerie, and The Fantasticks; Red Barn Theatre, Man of LaMancha, Elizabeth Rex, 12 Angry Men, and The 39 Steps; Brampton ACT Productions, Mary Poppins; Port Hope. As always, thanks to Carmen for saving my life.

Assistant Costume Designer

Carmen Amini

Carmen brings with her over 20 years experience on and off the stage, and the uncanny ability to make a hat out of anything. Past favourites include: Altar Boyz, Angelwalk Productions, Just East of Broadway, GIG Productions, Once on This Island; Acting Up Stage Company, The Waves; Harley Dog Productions, and Little Shop of Horrors; The Rose Theatre Brampton.

Lighting Design

Jennifer Lennon

Jennifer Lennon is a Toronto-based lighting designer for live performance of all stripes. Recent designs include the critically acclaimed productions The Container (The Container Collective) and Unknown Soldier (Architect Theatre / lemonTree Creations) at the 2014 SummerWorks Festival, as well as Bingo! (Factory Theatre), Killer Business the Musical (Torrent Productions), Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (BARO Theatre Company), and The Bear / Still Stands the House (Shaw Festival Directors’ Project).

as seen on

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Rob Ford The Musical -- Open Casting
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Performance at Rob Ford the Musical audition
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Toronto Stars Rob Ford the Musical Auditions
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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's Saga To Get The Musical Treatment
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TRR #12: Rob Ford Musical
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Myles Auditions for the Rob Ford Musical
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94.9 The Rock: Rob Ford the Musical
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