TORONTO—In his years as a Broadway actor, Mr. Cowan worked with top stage performers from around the world. Still, he was wowed by the quality of the Divine Performing Arts production he took in Wednesday night at Toronto's John Bassett Theatre.
“It was fabulous. . . It was magical. When is it coming back?” he asked as he left the theatre.
Mr. Cowan, whose Broadway roles included Maurice, father of the beauty Belle in Beauty and the Beast, was prompted to watch the Divine Performing Arts 2009 World Tour by a friend who was attending the show for the second time during its week-long Toronto run.
After the show, Mr. Cowan, who enjoyed the dances most among the performances, could understand his friend’s enthusiasm.
“I mean, there was not a mistake. It was just like clockwork,” Mr. Cowan said of the show. “It’s slick. It’s slick. What talented people—wow!”
Watching the show, Mr. Cowan said he could appreciate both the performances themselves and the preparation and rehearsal that must go into their every detail.
“Hours, hours, hours, hours of meticulous work, back-breaking,” he said. “‘I am glad I am retired’ is what I thought while watching it,” he joked.
Despite one of his companions having already seen the show twice in a week, the three were eager to know when Divine Performing Arts would return.
The Divine Performing Arts New York Company closed out its seven-show run in Toronto Wednesday night to a standing ovation. The company, one of three Divine Performing Arts companies now on tour, will travel next to Montreal and then to New York City for a run at the famed Radio City Music Hall.
The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of the Divine Performance Arts 2009 World Tour. For more information, please visit www.DivinePerformingArts.org