The Drowsy Chaperone
The Drowsy Chaperone is a musical with book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar and music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. It is a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s; the story concerns a asocial musical theatre fan. The Drowsy Chaperone debuted in 1998 at The Rivoli in Toronto and opened on Broadway on 1 May 2006; the show was nominated for multiple Broadway and London theatre awards, winning five Tony Awards and seven Drama Desk Awards. The show has had major productions in Toronto, Los Angeles, New York, London and Japan, as well as two North American tours; the Drowsy Chaperone started in 1997, when McKellar, Lambert and several friends created a spoof of old musicals for the stag party of Bob Martin and Janet van de Graaf. In its first incarnation, there was no Man in Chair, the musical styles ranged from the 1920s to the 1940s, the jokes were more risqué; when the show was reshaped for the Toronto Fringe Festival, Martin became a co-writer, creating Man in Chair to serve as a narrator/commentator for the piece.
Following the Fringe staging, Toronto commercial theatre producer David Mirvish financed an expanded production at Toronto's 160-seat, independent Theatre Passe Muraille in 1999. Box office success and favourable notices led Mirvish in 2001 to finance further development and produce a full-scale version at Toronto's 1000-seat Winter Garden Theatre. During that production, Linda Intaschi, Associate Producer of Mirvish Productions, invited New York producer Roy Miller to see the musical. Miller saw potential in the show and he optioned the rights. With Canadian actor and fund-raiser Paul Mack, Miller produced a reading for the New York's National Alliance for Musical Theatre on 5 October 2004 – and invited Broadway producer Kevin McCollum; the reading captured McCollum's interest and resulted in Miller, McCollum and Bob Boyett, Stephanie McClelland, Barbara Freitag and Jill Furman committing to producing the play. An out-of-town engagement followed at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, after alterations, The Drowsy Chaperone opened on Broadway on 1 May 2006.
The Man in Chair, a mousy, agoraphobic Broadway fanatic, seeking to cure his "non-specific sadness", listens to a recording of the fictional 1928 musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone. As he listens to this rare recording, the characters appear in his dingy apartment, it is transformed into an impressive Broadway set with seashell footlights, sparkling furniture, painted backdrops, glitzy costumes. Man in Chair provides a running commentary throughout the show from the stage, though he is on the audience side of the fourth wall, invisible to the players; this commentary sporadically reveals aspects of his personal life, such as his failed marriage and implied attraction to Drowsy's leading man. In the opening number, "Fancy Dress", the premise and characters of the show are introduced: it's the day of the wedding of oil tycoon Robert Martin and Broadway star Janet Van De Graaff, who plans to give up her career for married life; those in attendance include aging hostess Mrs. Tottendale; the gangsters reveal to Feldzieg that their boss has invested in the Follies and wants to make sure the show is a financial success, which it will not be without Janet.
They tell Feldzieg that he must make sure Janet stays in show business. Feldzieg enlists the vain manipulated Aldolpho to seduce Janet and spoil her relationship with Robert. Meanwhile, in his room, Robert realizes. To get rid of his "Cold Feets", he tap dances, George, nervous, joins in the dance. George notes that tap dancing could be injurious, so he suggests that Robert go roller skating in the garden instead, while wearing a blindfold to keep him from seeing Janet. Outside by the pool, Janet tells reporters that she is happy to be getting married and ostensibly doesn't want to be an actress anymore, but her song evolves into a big production number. In Janet's room, Janet is having doubts about whether Robert loves her, she asks the Chaperone for advice; the Chaperone responds with the extemporaneous "As We Stumble Along", a "rousing anthem to alcoholism", Man in Chair explains, the original actress playing the Chaperone insisted on including in the show. More helpfully, the chaperone tells Janet that she is feeling "drowsy" and must take a nap, giving Janet the opportunity to ask Robert if he loves her.
Janet leaves for the garden, Aldolpho enters, mistaking the Chaperone for Janet. The Chaperone pretends to be Janet and allows Aldolpho to "seduce" her. Janet meets the blindfolded and roller-skating Robert in the garden, she pretends to be a French woman, "Mimi," "from ze middle part, where zey make ze toast." She asks Robert how he met his bride, he describes their lovestruck first meeting. Carried away by his emotions, Robert kisses "Mimi". Janet furiously storms off because Robert has "kissed a strange French girl". Kitty, hoping to take Janet's place in the Follies, tries to demonstrate her min
Saul Rubinek is a German-born Canadian character actor, director and playwright, known for his work in TV, stage. His first roles were in Murder Sees the Light, he had roles in notable films including Against All Odds, Oliver Stone's Wall Street, The Bonfire of the Vanities, the Academy Award-winning Western Unforgiven. Rubinek's first play, Terrible Advice premiered in September 2011, he is known for his role as Artie Nielsen in the Syfy TV series Warehouse 13. Rubinek was born in Föhrenwald, Germany, the son of Polish Jews and Israel Rubinek, a factory worker, theatre company manager, Yiddish Theatre actor, Talmudic scholar. Rubinek's parents were hidden by Polish farmers for over two years during World War II and moved to Canada in 1948. Early in his career Rubinek gained the attention of Canadian audiences when he starred as detective Benny Cooperman in two TV films, The Suicide Murders and Murder Sees the Light, which are based on books in author Howard Engel's popular series of mystery novels set in the Niagara Region of Canada.
Rubinek starred as the antagonist, in Obsessed. In another TV film, Liberace: Behind the Music, he played Seymour Heller, the long-time friend and manager of Liberace. In 1982, he played Allan in the sexually-themed romantic comedy Soup For One, directed and written by Jonathan Kaufer and produced by Marvin Worth. Rubinek appeared in Taylor Hackford's Against All Odds, Oliver Stone's Wall Street, as a lawyer, The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick, as a fun-loving rabbi, Brian De Palma's The Bonfire of the Vanities, again as a lawyer, in a lead part as a rabbi in The Quarrel, he is noted for his performance in Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven as a pulp fiction writer. He had a notable role in Tony Scott's True Romance as a cocaine-addicted film producer, he co-starred in the 1993 Emmy Award-winning American made-for-television docudrama And the Band Played On as Dr. Jim Curran. Rubinek played the character Kivas Fajo in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Most Toys". Rubinek, an ardent Star Trek fan, abruptly took over the part after David Rappaport, the actor, cast in the role, attempted suicide shortly after filming of the episode had begun.
Another science fiction role portrayed by Rubinek was as a documentary film director named Emmett Bregman, on the seventh season of the Canadian-American military science fiction television series Stargate SG-1, in a two-part episode called "Heroes, Parts 1 & 2". He played Donny Douglas in several episodes of the American sitcom Frasier, he appeared, in two episodes of the 1995 revival of The Outer Limits. He played the role of Louis the Lion on YTV's The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon, he had a cameo appearance as a casino pit boss in the film Rush Hour 2. Rubinek played Alan Mintz opposite Nicolas Cage in the 2000 film The Family Man. In 2000, Rubinek played Detective Saul Panzer in The Golden Spiders: A Nero Wolfe Mystery, the series pilot for the 2001-02 A&E TV series A Nero Wolfe Mystery, in which he would subsequently play the recurring role of reporter Lon Cohen. In 2005 he appeared in the short-lived American television series Blind Justice, has appeared from 2006 to 2012 in the supporting role of Hasty Hathaway in the Jesse Stone series of TV films, starring Tom Selleck.
His single-episode guest appearances during the 2000s include two 2004 episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm, the "Adrift" episode in the beginning of Lost's second season in 2005, the 2006 "Invincible" episode of Eureka, the 2007 episode of the TV series Masters of Horror "The Washingtonians", a 2008 episode of the TV series Psych. That same year he guest-starred as Victor Dubenich, the antagonist in the pilot episode of Leverage, reappearing in 2012 for the last two episodes of season 4. In 2013, he guest-starred in two subsequent episodes of the TV series Person of Interest. In 2005, he directed Cruel but Necessary; the following year he appeared in a supporting role in the 2009 Canadian feature comedy The Trotsky. Rubinek starred in the Syfy series Warehouse 13 as Artie Nielsen, a covert agent employed by a secretive council to recover mystical artifacts with his team; the series finale was aired on May 2014 on Syfy. His first play, Terrible Advice premiered in September 2011 at the Menier Chocolate Factory Theatre in Southwark, starring Scott Bakula, Sharon Horgan, Andy Nyman and Caroline Quentin.
1982 Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, for role in film Ticket to Heaven. Jerry and Tom Club Land Bleacher Bums aka The Cheap Seats Cruel But Necessary Toronto Star biography of Saul RubinekSaul Rubinek on IMDb
Michael Hogan (Canadian actor)
Michael Hogan is a Canadian actor known for his roles as Colonel Saul Tigh in the 2004 Battlestar Galactica series, Billy in The Peanut Butter Solution, the voice of Armando-Owen Bailey in the Mass Effect series and villainous werewolf hunter Gerard Argent in Teen Wolf. Hogan was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario in 1949, raised in North Bay and studied at National Theatre School of Canada. Hogan began his career in 1978 and has starred in numerous TV shows, radio dramas and operas, he got his start in plays at the Shaw Festival. Hogan starred as Colonel Saul Tigh, Executive Officer of the Battlestar Galactica on the Sci Fi Channel television program Battlestar Galactica. Among his prior television work is his role as Tony Logozzo in Cold Squad, Hogan starred in the 1985 children's film The Peanut Butter Solution. Hogan won the Genie Award for Best Supporting Actor, for Solitaire, he had been nominated in that category the previous year for Diplomatic Immunity. Hogan was nominated for the Gemini, for Best Actor in a Dramatic Program or Miniseries, for the 2003 telefilm Betrayed.
He made his film debut in the Peter Fonda trucker picture High-Ballin'. He and his wife soon became a popular television couple, as the stars of the 1983 Canadian series Vanderberg and the 1986 Canadian-German series The Little Vampire. Hogan has starred on the hit Canadian police series Cold Squad, his movies include Road to Saddle River, Stella, Cowboys Don't Cry and The Cutting Edge and the telefilms Dead Man's Gun, Shadow Lake, Shadow Realm and Nights Below Station Street, for which he received the Manitoba Motion Picture Industry Association's Blizzard Award for Best Leading Actor. He has guested on such series as Millennium, The Outer Limits, Cold Squad, The L Word, Dollhouse, Numb3rs, in the two-hour premiere of Monk, he plays Myka's father on the SyFy series Warehouse 13. Hogan has lent his voice to the video game industry, providing the voice of Captain Armando-Owen Bailey in the RPG, Mass Effect 2, as well as the opening character, Doc Mitchell, in Fallout: New Vegas. Hogan voiced the character General Tullius in the RPG, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
He appeared in the dark tale Red Riding Hood. Most he reprised his role as Commander Bailey in Mass Effect 3, lent his voice as Samael in the American release of the Korean MMORPG, TERA, he had a recurring role on the hit MTV show Teen Wolf as Gerard Argent, the werewolf-hunting grandfather of Allison Argent and the latest nemesis of main protagonist, Scott McCall. Hogan guest starred as Scott, Brady Kelly's father, in the third season of the acclaimed sitcom Husbands. Michael Hogan on IMDb Michael Hogan at TV Guide
Newfoundland and Labrador
Newfoundland and Labrador is the most easterly province of Canada. Situated in the country's Atlantic region, it comprises the island of Newfoundland and mainland Labrador to the northwest, with a combined area of 405,212 square kilometres. In 2018, the province's population was estimated at 525,073. About 92% of the province's population lives on the island of Newfoundland, of whom more than half live on the Avalon Peninsula; the province is Canada's most linguistically homogeneous, with 97.0% of residents reporting English as their mother tongue in the 2016 census. Newfoundland was home to unique varieties of French and Irish, as well as the extinct Beothuk language. In Labrador, the indigenous languages Innu-aimun and Inuktitut are spoken. Newfoundland and Labrador's capital and largest city, St. John's, is Canada's 20th-largest census metropolitan area and is home to 40 percent of the province's population. St. John's is the seat of government, home to the House of Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador and to the highest court in the jurisdiction, the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal.
A former colony and dominion of the United Kingdom, Newfoundland gave up its independence in 1933, following significant economic distress caused by the Great Depression and the aftermath of Newfoundland's participation in World War I. It became the tenth province to enter the Canadian Confederation on March 31, 1949, as "Newfoundland". On December 6, 2001, an amendment was made to the Constitution of Canada to change the province's name to Newfoundland and Labrador; the name "New founde lande" was uttered by King Henry VII in reference to the land explored by the Cabots. In Portuguese it is Terra Nova, which means "new land", the French name for the Province's island region; the name "Terra Nova" is in wide use on the island. The influence of early Portuguese exploration is reflected in the name of Labrador, which derives from the surname of the Portuguese navigator João Fernandes Lavrador. Labrador's name in the Inuttitut language is Nunatsuak, meaning "the big land". Newfoundland's Inuttitut name is Ikkarumikluak meaning "place of many shoals".
Newfoundland and Labrador is the most easterly province in Canada, is at the north-eastern corner of North America. The Strait of Belle Isle separates the province into two geographical parts: Labrador, a large area of mainland Canada, Newfoundland, an island in the Atlantic Ocean; the province includes over 7,000 tiny islands. Newfoundland is triangular; each side is about 400 km long, its area is 108,860 km2. Newfoundland and its neighbouring small islands have an area of 111,390 km2. Newfoundland extends between latitudes 46°36′N and 51°38′N. Labrador is an irregular shape: the western part of its border with Quebec is the drainage divide of the Labrador Peninsula. Lands drained by rivers that flow into the Atlantic Ocean are part of Labrador, the rest belongs to Quebec. Most of Labrador's southern boundary with Quebec follows the 52nd parallel of latitude. Labrador's extreme northern tip, at 60°22′N, shares a short border with Nunavut. Labrador's area is 294,330 km2. Together and Labrador make up 4.06% of Canada's area, with a total area of 405,720 km2.
Labrador is the easternmost part of the Canadian Shield, a vast area of ancient metamorphic rock comprising much of northeastern North America. Colliding tectonic plates have shaped much of the geology of Newfoundland. Gros Morne National Park has a reputation as an outstanding example of tectonics at work, as such has been designated a World Heritage Site; the Long Range Mountains on Newfoundland's west coast are the northeasternmost extension of the Appalachian Mountains. The north-south extent of the province, prevalent westerly winds, cold ocean currents and local factors such as mountains and coastline combine to create the various climates of the province. Northern Labrador is classified as a polar tundra climate, southern Labrador has a subarctic climate, while most of Newfoundland has a humid continental climate: cool summer subtype. Newfoundland and Labrador has a wide range of climates and weather, due to its geography; the island of Newfoundland spans 5 degrees of latitude, comparable to the Great Lakes.
The province has been divided into six climate types, but broadly Newfoundland has a cool summer subtype of a humid continental climate, influenced by the sea since no part of the island is more than 100 km from the ocean. Northern Labrador is classified as a polar tundra climate, southern Labrador has a subarctic climate. Monthly average temperatures and snowfall for four places are shown in the attached graphs. St. John's represents the east coast, Gander the interior of the island, Corner Brook the west coast of the island and Wabush the interior of Labrador. Climate data for 56 places in the province is available from Environment Canada; the data for the graphs is the average over thirty years. Error bars on the temperature graph indicate the range of daytime highs and night time lows. Snowfall is the total amount that fell during the month, not the amount accumulated on the ground; this distinction is important for St. John's, where a heavy snowfall can be followed by rain, so no snow remains on the ground.
Don McKellar is a Canadian actor and filmmaker. He was part of a loosely-affiliated group of filmmakers to emerge from Toronto known as the Toronto New Wave. McKellar was born in Toronto, the son of Marjorie Kay, a teacher, John Duncan McKellar, a corporate lawyer, he attended Glenview Senior Public School, Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute and studied English at the University of Toronto's Victoria College. McKellar married his longtime partner, Canadian actress Tracy Wright, on January 3, 2010. Wright died from cancer on June 22, 2010. McKellar was a founding member of Toronto's Augusta Company, along with his future wife Tracy Wright and Daniel Brooks. McKellar made his first screen appearance in 1989 in Bruce McDonald's film Roadkill, for which he wrote the screenplay. McKellar's work on Roadkill earned him Genie Award nominations for best supporting actor and best screenwriter, attracting the attention of many in Canada. Roadkill won the Toronto-Citytv Award for best Canadian feature. McKellar collaborated again with McDonald for his 1991 film Highway 61, writing the screenplay and playing the starring role as the barber Pokey Jones.
Again McKellar's work solicited wide praise, earning him a second Genie nomination for best screenwriter and a nomination for best actor. McKellar's most recent collaboration with McDonald spawned the cult classic television series Twitch City, in which McKellar played the starring role of Curtis, a television addict and shut-in. Since his entry into Canadian cinema, McKellar has been involved in numerous projects, he appeared in Atom Egoyan's films The Adjuster and Exotica, the latter of which earned him the Genie for best supporting actor. McKellar collaborated with François Girard, authoring the screenplays for his films Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, the Academy Award winning The Red Violin, in which McKellar starred alongside Samuel L. Jackson, he appeared alongside Jude Law and Jennifer Jason Leigh in David Cronenberg's 1999 film eXistenZ. McKellar has emerged as a filmmaker in his own right. In 2001, he played the role of Oliver Tapscrew in the TV children's drama series, his second film, opened in 2004 at the Toronto International Film Festival to enthusiastic reviews.
McKellar starred in the animated sitcom Odd Job Jack as the titular hero, Jack Ryder, which ran for four seasons between 2004 and 2007 on The Comedy Network. McKellar has appeared in all three seasons of television's Slings & Arrows, as Darren Nichols, a theatre director; the show is co-written by Bob Martin, who collaborated with McKellar on the musical The Drowsy Chaperone. Martin and McKellar cocreated the Canadian television sitcom Michael and Thursdays, scheduled to debut on CBC Television in fall 2011. In 2006, he appeared in Ken Finkleman's miniseries At The Hotel. In June 2006 he won the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical for The Drowsy Chaperone, he received a Gemini Award nomination for his role as socialist politician Clarence Fines in Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story. McKellar hosted the CBC Radio One series High Definition, he wrote the 2008 screen adaptation of José Saramago's 1995 novel Blindness. In 2016, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada "for his contributions to Canadian culture as an actor and director".
The Red Violin Last Night Childstar Cooking With Stella The Grand Seduction Zoom Meditation Park Blood Honey Through Black Spruce Twitch City Slings and Arrows Odd Job Jack Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays Sensitive Skin Don McKellar on IMDb Don McKellar at the Internet Broadway Database Bravo! FACT: shorts starring and directed by Don McKellar available for viewing online Production: The Drowsy Chaperone - Working in the Theatre Seminar video at American Theatre Wing.org, April 2006 Canadian Film Encyclopedia Official Alliance Atlantis trailer for Blindness
Canadians are people identified with the country of Canada. This connection may be residential, historical or cultural. For most Canadians, several of these connections exist and are collectively the source of their being Canadian. Canada is a multilingual and multicultural society home to people of many different ethnic and national origins, with the majority of the population made up of Old World immigrants and their descendants. Following the initial period of French and the much larger British colonization, different waves of immigration and settlement of non-indigenous peoples took place over the course of nearly two centuries and continue today. Elements of Indigenous, French and more recent immigrant customs and religions have combined to form the culture of Canada, thus a Canadian identity. Canada has been influenced by its linguistic and economic neighbour—the United States. Canadian independence from the United Kingdom grew over the course of many years since the formation of the Canadian Confederation in 1867.
World War I and World War II in particular, gave rise to a desire among Canadians to have their country recognized as a fully-fledged sovereign state with a distinct citizenship. Legislative independence was established with the passage of the Statute of Westminster 1931, the Canadian Citizenship Act of 1946 took effect on January 1, 1947, full sovereignty was achieved with the patriation of the constitution in 1982. Canada's nationality law mirrored that of the United Kingdom. Legislation since the mid-20th century represents Canadians' commitment to multilateralism and socioeconomic development; as of 2010, Canadians make up only 0.5% of the world's total population, having relied upon immigration for population growth and social development. 41% of current Canadians are first- or second-generation immigrants, 20% of Canadian residents in the 2000s were not born in the country. Statistics Canada projects that, by 2031, nearly one-half of Canadians above the age of 15 will be foreign-born or have one foreign-born parent.
Indigenous peoples, according to the 2011 Canadian Census, numbered at 1,400,685 or 4.3% of the country's 33,476,688 population. While the first contact with Europeans and indigenous peoples in Canada had occurred a century or more before, the first group of permanent settlers were the French, who founded the New France settlements, in present-day Quebec and Ontario. 100 Irish-born families would settle the Saint Lawrence Valley by 1700, assimilating into the Canadien population and culture. During the 18th and 19th century; this arrival of newcomers led to the creation of the Métis, an ethnic group of mixed European and First Nations parentage. The British conquest of New France was preceded by a small number of Germans and Swedes who settled alongside the Scottish in Port Royal, Nova Scotia, while some Irish immigrated to the Colony of Newfoundland. In the wake of the British Conquest of 1760 and the Expulsion of the Acadians, many families from the British colonies in New England moved over into Nova Scotia and other colonies in Canada, where the British made farmland available to British settlers on easy terms.
More settlers arrived during and after the American Revolutionary War, when 60,000 United Empire Loyalists fled to British North America, a large portion of whom settled in New Brunswick. After the War of 1812, British and Irish immigration was encouraged throughout Rupert's Land, Upper Canada and Lower Canada. Between 1815 and 1850, some 800,000 immigrants came to the colonies of British North America from the British Isles as part of the Great Migration of Canada; these new arrivals included some Gaelic-speaking Highland Scots displaced by the Highland Clearances to Nova Scotia. The Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s increased the pace of Irish immigration to Prince Edward Island and the Province of Canada, with over 35,000 distressed individuals landing in Toronto in 1847 and 1848. Descendants of Francophone and Anglophone northern Europeans who arrived in the 17th, 18th, 19th centuries are referred to as Old Stock Canadians. Beginning in the late 1850s, the immigration of Chinese into the Colony of Vancouver Island and Colony of British Columbia peaked with the onset of the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush.
The Chinese Immigration Act placed a head tax on all Chinese immigrants, in hopes of discouraging Chinese immigration after completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The population of Canada has risen, doubling every 40 years, since the establishment of the Canadian Confederation in 1867. In the mid-to-late 19th century, Canada had a policy of assisting immigrants from Europe, including an estimated 100,000 unwanted "Home Children" from Britain. Block settlement communities were established throughout western Canada between the late 19th and early 20th centuries; some were planned and others were spontaneously created by the settlers themselves. Canada was now receiving a large number of European immigrants, predominantly Italians, Scandinavians, Dutch and Ukrainians. Legislative restrictions on immigration that had favoured British and other European immigrants were a
Street Legal (Canadian TV series)
Street Legal is a Canadian legal drama television series, which aired on CBC Television from 1987 to 1994 before returning with six new episodes starting March 4, 2019. Street Legal was the longest-running one-hour scripted drama in the history of Canadian television, holding the record for twenty years before being surpassed by Heartland's 125th episode on October 18, 2014. Street Legal focused on the professional and private lives of the partners in a small Toronto, Ontario law firm; the primary stars were Sonja Smits, Eric Peterson and C. David Johnson, the cast included Julie Khaner, Albert Schultz, Cynthia Dale, Maria del Mar, Ron Lea, Anthony Sherwood and Diane Polley; the series was distinctively Canadian, in the use of Canadian court procedures. Much of the show's music was composed by Eric Robertson, nominated for a Gemini Award in 1987 for his work on the show. In the early episodes, the show's three core characters were Carrie Barr, Leon Robinovitch and Chuck Tchobanian, partners in the small downtown Toronto law firm of Barr and Tchobanian.
The three did not always see eye to eye on things: Tchobanian was a flashy and conservative lawyer, most interested in taking high-profile cases that would get his name into the media. According to series producer Maryke McEwen, "if you want to label the characters I'd call them Liberal, Conservative and NDP."Characters introduced included Mercedes, the firm's no-nonsense office manager. In the 2019 revival, Olivia loses her job with a Bay Street firm, joins RDL Legal, a boutique firm with whom she was competing to land a major case. Sonja Smits as Carrington "Carrie" Barr C. David Johnson as Charles "Chuck" Tchobanian Eric Peterson as Leon Robinovitch Cynthia Dale as Olivia Novak David James Elliott as Nick Del Gado Julie Khaner as Alana Newman Robinovitch Anthony Sherwood as Dillon Beck Albert Schultz as Rob Diamond Maria del Mar as Laura Crosby Ron Lea as Brian Malony Alison Sealy-Smith as Mercedes Cynthia Dale as Olivia Novak Cara Ricketts as Lilly Rue Steve Lund as Adam Darling Yvonne Chapman as Mina Lee The original series pilot aired on CBC Television in 1986 as Shellgame, a television film written by William Deverell which starred Brenda Robins as a lawyer defending accused murderer André.
The film was not well received by audiences or critics and the project was retooled and recast before premiering as a series in 1987. The series debuted on January 1987, with a six-episode run that season. Maryke McEwen was the executive producer. Early critical response to the series compared it to the contemporaneous American series L. A. Law, with some reviewers coining the dismissive epithet T. O. Law; the series returned for a longer second season in September 1987. From the third through the seventh seasons, Brenda Greenberg was first senior producer executive producer, with Nada Harcourt taking over for the final season; the show's last regular weekly episode aired on February 18, 1994. Production wrapped up with the two-hour television film Last Rights, which aired on November 6, 1994. Loosely based on the case of Sue Rodriguez, an assisted suicide activist who died a week before Street Legal's final regular episode aired, the film centred on Olivia's criminal trial after helping a terminally ill friend commit suicide.
The film drew 1.6 million viewers. The concept for a 2019 revival of Street Legal was first discussed during a lunch including Cynthia Dale and Sally Catto, CBC’s general manager of programming. During a subsequent lunch, producer Bernie Zukerman and Catto began to plan specifics for a relaunch; the series centres on Olivia Novak, joining a small boutique law office, RDL Legal, after losing her job with a powerful Bay Street firm. In addition to Dale reprising her original role, the cast will include Cara Ricketts, Steve Lund and Yvonne Chapman. Peterson and Anthony Sherwood are slated to make guest appearances reprising their roles as Leon Robinovitch and Dillon Beck, but are not part of the full-time cast. Actors Allan Hawco, Patrick Labbé, Leni Parker, Rosemary Dunsmore and Tom McCamus were scheduled to appear; the new season of six episodes is set to premiere on March 2019 on CBC Television. After each episode is broadcast, it will be available for viewing on the CBC Gem streaming service.
The primary theme of the six episodes is the opioid crisis in Canada, including a class action lawsuit against a major pharmaceutical company that manufactures a addictive drug. In April 2019, the CBC announced; the creators of the 2019 series are Bernie Zukerman. The series is co-produced by IGP Productions and Broken Clown Company; the executive producers are Zukerman and Smith while the producers are listed as Cynthia Dale and Rayne Zukerman. Filming of the six episodes was completed in Montreal with some work done in Toronto. Street Legal on IMDb