Producer's Notes

Something to Believe In

MTR -Musical Theatre Radio is dedicated to playing stage shows from the musical theatre repertoire ranging from the 1890's to now. Shows that are both popular and rare, exposing the listening audience to a broad range of productions from around the world with a focus on supporting new works.

The Origin of Love

I've been involved in musical theatre since before I was born. My parents used to do community theatre and my mom while pregnant with me, was rehearsing 'Oklahoma'. She SAYS I would kick along to the music, but I think she might have be exaggerating a little. (But let's be honest, how cool would that be if it were true). 

Every year, my family would drive two hours to Stratford, Ontario to see a matinee and an evening show with at least one being a musical.  My best memories from those trips was getting Dairy Queen in between shows. What? I got DQ way less than I got to see musicals, so that was a special thing.

In high school I wanted to be a helicopter pilot or program computers. Then in Grade 12 I played Mr. Mushnick in 'Little Shop of Horrors'. My life changed. I decided to pursue a career in theatre. 

From there I went to Sheridan College and got a Diploma in Musical Theatre Performance and became a Triple Threat (Ok, more like a 2.5 Threat. My dancing ain't that great) York University was next for my Bachelors degree in Theatre Studies. There I learned to direct, write, produce and do every other backstage job.

From there I've been able to write a couple of musicals, 'Paradise Island', 'Seven of Us', start a One Act Ply Festival, 'Ground Zero' and be part of the fantastic theatre company 'Vanier College Productions' where I get to work with young performers and help them grow.

And now, here we are with the creation of MTR - Musical Theatre Radio.

 

I started this for 2 reasons:

1) To help promote new artists and shows that don't get the air time they might deserve

2) I get to listen to musicals everyday

I hope you enjoy MTR as much as I enjoy bringing it to you.

 

Jean-Paul Yovanoff

Artistic Director