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Hey Broadway Fans! Time To Hear Some Great Live Song And Dance With The 66TH Annual Tony Awards


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I am adding this blog topic while watching the fabulous cast from the highly acclaimed musical, The Book Of Mormons, perform the opening number on tonight’s live telecast of The Tony Awards.

Oh my goodness! How I have missed this calibre of performing from my television experience. No gimmicks, no lip-synching, no auto-tune! Just pure unadulterated singing and dancing at its very best.

Apparently, former So You Think You Can Dance finalist, the great Alex Wong, will be performing in a number from the musical Newsies at approximately 8:13 P.M. or so. He spilled the beans on Facebook – got to love social media.

So, my Broadway buddies, are you all settled in and watching the Tonys? If so, share your favorite moments in the comments section.

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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

2 Responses to “Hey Broadway Fans! Time To Hear Some Great Live Song And Dance With The 66TH Annual Tony Awards”

  1. I was thinking about you Rosanne and how this would please you. It pleases me too!

    Oh my goodness! How I have missed this calibre of performing from my television experience. No gimmicks, no lip-synching, no auto-tune! Just pure unadulterated singing and dancing at its very best.

    This was worth repeating! I believe there is a whole generation of youth that accept the calibre of entertaining that you’ve described. It was good to see Christian receive his Tony for Best Actor. It gives excellent credit to his role on SMASH! That show is my guilty pleasure!

    Yes, I really did enjoy the show! I am taking my older Granddaughter to a production of Xanadu this week. It will be her first exposure to a “Broadway” type performance. Then, I will rent the video for us to enjoy together!

    Do any of your Grandbabes display theacterical talent, MCL? It seems right now, the littlest of my crew might like performing! :o)

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  2. Oh Kariann – my grandchildren are musical theatre buffs at the ages of 6.5 and 2.5. My 16-month-old grandson is getting there. Haha

    My 2-year-old grandson is glued – and I do mean glued – to White Christmas. It is like some crazy addiction. My 6 year old granddaughter loves all the musicals, particularly Funny Girl, Bye Bye Birdie, Singing In The Rain and, of course, White Christmas.

    I was a White Christmas junkie when I was their age, so this gives me immense pleasure. Haha

    So happy your grandchildren are loving the theatre – how great to share your love of the theatre with them. They will thank you forever.

    I was so happy to see Christian receive a Tony. Oh, I corrected your insertion of “splash” to “smash”. A little typo. Hope you don’t mind.

    Loved the Tonys. Great live performances!

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