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Drabinsky plans CBC reality TV show

TORONTO (CP) _ Gotta sing? Gotta dance? Gotta act?

Garth Drabinsky wants to hear from you. The entertainment mogul announced plans Wednesday for "Triple Sensation," a reality TV show set to air during the 2007-2008 season on CBC.

"Much of my career has been devoted to the business of discovering talent," Drabinsky said in a statement.

"And it has always been my conviction that a performer who craves a successful and sustained career that encompasses not only the theatre, but television and film as well, must in the first instance commit to a life in that unequalled proving ground _ the rigorous and disciplined world of the live stage."

Drabinsky’s company Livent mounted hits that included "Phantom of the Opera" and "Ragtime," but declared bankruptcy in 1998. He and Livent’s ex-president Myron Gottlieb face fraud charges in a case that has yet to come to trial.

"Triple Sensation" will seek out young Canadians between the ages of 16 and 24 who can dance, sing and act.

During open auditions to be held from late November through February in Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver, competitors will be asked to perform a monologue and a song. Finalists will then be assessed by a panel of judges, including actor Cynthia Dale, Oscar and Tony-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch and Drabinsky himself.

"It is our hope that the talented young competitors who make it past the initial audition phase will be a collection of sexy, irrational, disarming, emotional, funny, dynamic, raw and conflicted human beings who truly reflect the multicultural fabric of Canada," said Drabinsky.

The final 12 competitors will move on to a "master class" in Toronto next June where they will receive instruction from various performers. Viewers will ultimately vote for the winner, who will receive a $150,000 scholarship for theatrical training. Plans for "Triple Sensation" come at a crucial time for the CBC.

The public broadcaster has suffered woeful ratings of late for recent productions including "October 1970" and "Hockey: A People’s History."

Its last stab at a reality show _ "The One," hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos _ proved a public relations disaster. Kirstine Layfield, CBC’s executive director of network programming, stressed Wednesday that "Triple Sensation" is something different.

"What the producers of this show want to make pretty clear is … what they have pitched is quite a departure from the same kind of talent show that ‘The One’ was. This is reaching out to young kids interested in stage, dance, singing."

"Triple Sensation" is to be hosted by Andrew Craig, who can currently be heard on CBC Radio Two’s "In Performance."

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Drabinsky plans CBC reality TV show

TORONTO (CP) _ Gotta sing? Gotta dance? Gotta act?

Garth Drabinsky wants to hear from you. The entertainment mogul announced plans Wednesday for "Triple Sensation," a reality TV show set to air during the 2007-2008 season on CBC.

"Much of my career has been devoted to the business of discovering talent," Drabinsky said in a statement.

"And it has always been my conviction that a performer who craves a successful and sustained career that encompasses not only the theatre, but television and film as well, must in the first instance commit to a life in that unequalled proving ground _ the rigorous and disciplined world of the live stage."

Drabinsky’s company Livent mounted hits that included "Phantom of the Opera" and "Ragtime," but declared bankruptcy in 1998. He and Livent’s ex-president Myron Gottlieb face fraud charges in a case that has yet to come to trial.

"Triple Sensation" will seek out young Canadians between the ages of 16 and 24 who can dance, sing and act.

During open auditions to be held from late November through February in Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver, competitors will be asked to perform a monologue and a song. Finalists will then be assessed by a panel of judges, including actor Cynthia Dale, Oscar and Tony-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch and Drabinsky himself.

"It is our hope that the talented young competitors who make it past the initial audition phase will be a collection of sexy, irrational, disarming, emotional, funny, dynamic, raw and conflicted human beings who truly reflect the multicultural fabric of Canada," said Drabinsky.

The final 12 competitors will move on to a "master class" in Toronto next June where they will receive instruction from various performers. Viewers will ultimately vote for the winner, who will receive a $150,000 scholarship for theatrical training. Plans for "Triple Sensation" come at a crucial time for the CBC.

The public broadcaster has suffered woeful ratings of late for recent productions including "October 1970" and "Hockey: A People’s History."

Its last stab at a reality show _ "The One," hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos _ proved a public relations disaster. Kirstine Layfield, CBC’s executive director of network programming, stressed Wednesday that "Triple Sensation" is something different.

"What the producers of this show want to make pretty clear is … what they have pitched is quite a departure from the same kind of talent show that ‘The One’ was. This is reaching out to young kids interested in stage, dance, singing."

"Triple Sensation" is to be hosted by Andrew Craig, who can currently be heard on CBC Radio Two’s "In Performance."

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Headline, Industry News

Drabinsky plans CBC reality TV show

TORONTO (CP) _ Gotta sing? Gotta dance? Gotta act?

Garth Drabinsky wants to hear from you. The entertainment mogul announced plans Wednesday for "Triple Sensation," a reality TV show set to air during the 2007-2008 season on CBC.

"Much of my career has been devoted to the business of discovering talent," Drabinsky said in a statement.

"And it has always been my conviction that a performer who craves a successful and sustained career that encompasses not only the theatre, but television and film as well, must in the first instance commit to a life in that unequalled proving ground _ the rigorous and disciplined world of the live stage."

Drabinsky’s company Livent mounted hits that included "Phantom of the Opera" and "Ragtime," but declared bankruptcy in 1998. He and Livent’s ex-president Myron Gottlieb face fraud charges in a case that has yet to come to trial.

"Triple Sensation" will seek out young Canadians between the ages of 16 and 24 who can dance, sing and act.

During open auditions to be held from late November through February in Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver, competitors will be asked to perform a monologue and a song. Finalists will then be assessed by a panel of judges, including actor Cynthia Dale, Oscar and Tony-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch and Drabinsky himself.

"It is our hope that the talented young competitors who make it past the initial audition phase will be a collection of sexy, irrational, disarming, emotional, funny, dynamic, raw and conflicted human beings who truly reflect the multicultural fabric of Canada," said Drabinsky.

The final 12 competitors will move on to a "master class" in Toronto next June where they will receive instruction from various performers. Viewers will ultimately vote for the winner, who will receive a $150,000 scholarship for theatrical training. Plans for "Triple Sensation" come at a crucial time for the CBC.

The public broadcaster has suffered woeful ratings of late for recent productions including "October 1970" and "Hockey: A People’s History."

Its last stab at a reality show _ "The One," hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos _ proved a public relations disaster. Kirstine Layfield, CBC’s executive director of network programming, stressed Wednesday that "Triple Sensation" is something different.

"What the producers of this show want to make pretty clear is … what they have pitched is quite a departure from the same kind of talent show that ‘The One’ was. This is reaching out to young kids interested in stage, dance, singing."

"Triple Sensation" is to be hosted by Andrew Craig, who can currently be heard on CBC Radio Two’s "In Performance."

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