Bridget Ryan's UNDER THE INFLUENCE
Evergreen Cultural Centre 1205 Pinetree Way
Coquitlam, British Columbia
December 15 - 18, 2016
Shows at 8 PM with an added Saturday Mat at 2 PM!
Backstage Theatre 10330 84 Ave
November 3 - November 12, 2016 (Nightly at 730 PM with Saturday Matinees at 2 PM)
Bridget Ryan's UNDER THE INFLUENCE
A HILARIOUS JOURNEY OF WHAT MUSIC CAN MAKE US DO....
with JEN MCMILLAN on the Keys, Andrew Miller on the Drums and Daniel Sedmak on Bass.
Join Bridget for a hilarious musical evening that is full of new songs and stories, inspired by the power of music. Prepare for a unforgettable ride through our musical influences and the impact it has in our lives. Accompanied by the incomparable Jen McMillan and a three piece band full of tight harmonies and toe tapping melodies that will dare you not to get up off your seat and bust a move!
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Bridget Ryan is Under The Influence in her new cabaret
Edmonton Journal, Published on: November 10, 2016
Bridget Ryan, in her cabaret Under The Influence. By Liz Nicholls, Edmonton Journal
How do you know if musical theatre is fatally in your DNA?
Google Schmoogle. There are a number of reliable, time-honoured tests. If you’re eight years old, you’re playing Lady M in your sister’s Grade 3 lunchtime production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and Irving Berlin’s “there’s no business like show business” seems like a worthy addition, this is a powerful sign.
If you can’t stop saying the word “show” over and over with Ethel Merman’s distinctive accent and cadence, savouring the sound like someone smacking a prize chocolate truffle, that’s another.
Here’s one more: you’re in the Kiwanis Festival, nine-to-12 age bracket, musical theatre class, and you amaze the judicator with your choice of song: I’m Still Here, the anthem of the aging, serially divorced showgirl from Sondheim’s Follies.
Under The Influence, Bridget Ryan’s funny, freewheeling, self-deprecating new cabaret, is peppered with anecdotes about growing up in a blue-blood Edmonton theatre family. Her late father Tim was a musical theatre expert, director, mentor, the influential founder of the MacEwan University theatre arts department. Her mother Maralyn Ryan is a notable actor, director, playwright, coach. Her actor/director sister Kate Ryan is the artistic director of the musical theatre company The Plain Janes.
Here’s the clincher: Ryan’s cabaret, about paying homage to our influences in life — pieces of music, moments of theatre, other people — may seem like a maze of diverting, loosely assembled showbiz tangents. But it turns out to be shaped like a chin-up American musical.
Ryan apparently can’t help herself. Tentative beginnings, doubts confronted, then overcome, lessons in empowerment for others: it’s all there, backed up by a crack trio of Jen McMillan (piano/vocals), Andrew Miller (drums) and Daniel Sedmak (bass).
And, I have to say, a cabaret that borrows its life lessons from musical theatre song lyrics is a welcome anecdote to what Ryan rightly called “the worst collective hangover ever” the night after the American election nightmare. It felt good to be reminded that there are things, after all, that America does marvellously well. Like musical theatre, and dads who play the soundtrack of La Cage Aux Folles to daughters the night before the first day of school.
The fun of Under The Influence starts with Ryan’s playful correlation of life’s crucial moments and settings to particular musical genres. Grade 8, boys, young love: suddenly, musicals give way to I Think We’re Alone Now and Somebody To Love. More central to the experience, though, is Ryan’s own easy unforced rapport with the audience she’s talking to. An experienced cabaret artist, the personable Ryan seems constantly amused by the interplay.
The grand finale, therefore, is telling: “You could be the life of the party/ If you were more like me!”
She’s absolutely right.
She's the first to point out the irony, but Bridget Ryan found a new way of battling the disconnect that's part of our screen-based culture by, well, using the Internet. That's where she learned about the five elements of the Chinese zodiac—wood, water, fire, metal, earth—as different ways of looking at our personalities and understanding one another. As to how that fits into In Your Element: Ryan, the TV host/force of charisma leads us through the songs of the '80s as broken into those categorical types, as well as outlining their particular traits. Flanked by Bryce Kulak on keys and Owen Brierley on programming/beats, Ryan delivers a spirited musical revue that's rife with personality and good vibrations the whole way through. It's the only place you'll hear Tiffany segue into Iron Maiden maybe anywhere, and though Ryan points out early on in her set that there's no swearing in the show, it feels merited here: what a fucking delight. —Paul Blinov
EDMONTON SUN THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 2015 BY COLIN MACLEAN,
In her show Bridget Ryan’s In Your Element the performer looks very familiar. It’s as if we knew her since she was a kid. Well, actually we did. I don’t know what age she was when she arrived in Edmonton with her sister Kate (Sterling award winning director)and mother (actor/director) Maralyn Ryan. Her father Tim had just accepted the job as head of the Theatre Arts Program at Grant MacEwan. The entire family was gloriously talented and it wasn’t long before they had woven their way into our cultural tapestry.
Bridget has been omnipresent on television, participated in numerous charities and has been declared Edmonton’s “Woman Of The Year.” And, thank goodness, has continued her lifelong love affair with the stage. Her one-woman shows often sell out.
The theme of this musical cabaret is elements: wood, fire, water, earth and metal. They are just convenient hooks from which to hang her niagara of words. She doesn’t really tell jokes but she is funny and agreeable. The barely contained chaos of her super-sized energy is infectious. Ryan zeros in on the ‘80’s and offers us a full-frontal view of the decade, using her years on stages and in front of cameras to keep things rolling merrily along. She has a terrific voice and the ‘80 hits just keep comin’ as she mashes and bends the music into her own shape, singing them out in that great big voice. The songs included “I Want to Know What Love Is,” “I Just Called To Say I love You,” (performed before a big screen where large African animals were enthusiastically copulating), “Chariots of Fire,” “Fat Bottomed Girls.” “I Want to Ride My Bicycle,” “Eye of the Tiger” and so it goes. In no time she had the audience laughing, clapping and joining in.
In this she is immeasurable helped by her supporting players. Long-time Edmontonian, and now performer for the ages, Bryce Kulak has returned from down east to accompany at the piano and the essential resident DJ/VJ is Owen Brierley. Both are performers in their own right and provide solid musical and comic support. The show is also lifted by the impressive audio/visual effects of the Cook County Saloon.
At the end Ryan had much of the audience up and dancing. We all left with big smiles on our faces. BY COLIN MACLEAN,
ABOUT BRIDGET AND CABARET
Bridget began performing cabaret in NYC back in 1997 and was hooked. After moving to New York City , she discovered this wonderful world of song, story and self expression; a place where anything could happen, and often did; a place where there were no rules, only that it be from the heart. She first auditioned for Sidney Myers at Don't Tell Mama's, where he gave this complete unknown a shot, and giving her 4 dates to 'strut her stuff'. After 'packing' the first show with four people (her dad, boyfriend, Sydney Myer and 'the guy who couldn't get into the sold out show next door') Bridget slowly but steadily built an audience, eventually garnering rave reviews; Peter Filichia (Playbill Magazine) gushed 'she was the one to watch' and Time Out New York said "Bridget Ryan is hilarious'. She went on to play The Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama’s and Rose's Turn with shows 'Rant Control', 'Go Big Or Go home' and 'Have You Met My Sister'. Upon returning to Edmonton in 2002, Bridget continued to share her love of cabaret. Bridget has performed 2 sold out runs at the Citadel Theatre's THE CLUB Theatre: 'Here's To The Ladies Who Laugh' in 2013 and 'In Your Element' in 2014. She recently completed a SUPER EXCITING Western Canadian 46-venue tour of 'Here's To The Ladies Who Laugh', travelling from Fort McMurray, to DaysLand, to Brooks, to Powell River BC and all the villages and hamlets and towns in between!
Bridget Ryan is an actor, singer, playwright, director, and television host in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She graduated from MacEwan Theatre Arts program (and in 2008 was awarded Distinguished Alumni) and then went on to graduate from University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Upon completion, she moved to New York City, performing at several Off-Broadway theatres such as at The Cherry Lane Theatre and The Present Company. She has performed in several national tours before getting off the stage to work alongside producers Richard Frankel, Marc Routh, Darryl Roth and Scott Rudin.
Bridget has performed at theatres all over Canada and written four full length musicals including The Winters Tale Project and Wedlocked: The Musical (both with Chris Wynters) and the plays Myles, The HypoAllergenic Superhero and His Superhero Friends, Counting Americans (with Dave Horak) and has been published by the Playwrights Guild of Canada. She returned to Edmonton in 2001, where she became Co-Host of CityTV’s Breakfast Television thru May 2015, when it rebranded as 'Dinner Television'. In 2010, she was named Woman of the Year by the CCA's in Edmonton. Bridget has proudly MC'd and hosted hundreds of events in Edmonton (and surrounding areas) over the past 13 years and is proud to be a part of such an amazing community.
Bridget has written three children’s book to date: ‘WHO IS BOO: THE TERRIFIC TALES OF ONE TRICKSTER RABBIT’ which launched at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton, Alberta in April 2011. In 2012, URBAN ANIMALS was released in support of the AGA’s TREX Touring show of the same name and this past August 2013, ‘WHO IS BOO 2: The Continuing Adventures of One Trickster Rabbit’ had it’s launch in Canmore. The Boo Series is currently being developed into a Children’s Television series.
In winter of 2012, Bridget and visual artist Jason Carter opened up The Carter-Ryan Gallery and Live Art Venue in Canmore Alberta on Main Street, a place where art and live performance exist happily under the same roof. Jason Carter and Bridget Ryan continue a prolific and exciting partnership with Rabbit In The Yard Productions , a multi-media production company that produces short film, promotional video as well as music video, as seen here with Christian Hansen and the Autistics’ Cocaine Trade.