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3 Betty Mitchell Awards nominations for BOOM
After our sold-out run of BOOM at Theatre Calgary in October of 2016, the Kidoons/WYRD Productions team was delighted to hear that the show has received 3 Betty Mitchell Awards nominations: • OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL (BOOM) • OUTSTANDING PROJECTION OR VIDEO DESIGN (David Leclerc) • OUTSTANDING...Continue Reading
Asolo Rep to present World Premiere of JUNGLE BOOK
BroadwayWorld.com: "Asolo Repertory Theatre announces its final production of its 2017-18 season: the world premiere of JUNGLE BOOK, a boldly re-imagined family friendly stage adaptation of Nobel Prize-winner Rudyard Kipling's classic novel. From the creators of Asolo Rep's June 2017 hit production of Twenty...Continue Reading
BOOM celebrates performance #300 at Thousand Islands Playhouse!
The Kidoons/WYRD Production, created, directed and performed by Rick Miller, reached its 300th show on Tuesday, June 7th, after only 2 1/2 years on tour across Canada. The good people at Thousand Islands Playhouse offered a cake to the audience, and presented Rick with a special gold record. After BOOM closes in...Continue Reading
Craig Francis and Rick Miller visit Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota to Prepare The Show!
Co-creators Rick Miller and Craig Francis met the amazing team in Sarasota for the Florida premiere of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea! The production by Kidoons and WYRD Productions in association with The 20K Collective premieres June 7 and runs until July 1. Starring Serafín Falcón, Suzy Jane Hunt, Marcel...Continue Reading
20K in FLA! Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea @ Asolo Rep Theatre
Preview article in Herald-Tribune Our touring production of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea is about to get its Florida premiere, with a 4-week run at Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, from June 7-July 1 2017. Bring your family to this immersive undersea adventure, which the NY Times called "Magical!... A...Continue Reading
BOOM open's TPI's 35 anniversary with a bang
"BOOM is Dynamite!" Kingston Whig-Standard Review. Breakfast TV interview Rick Miller's BOOM is back on the road, with a three week run in beautiful Gananoque, ON, launching the 35th anniversary season of Thousand Islands Playhouse. The Kidoons/WYRD Production will reach its 300th performance milestone during the...Continue Reading
Kidoons launches episode with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights!
Kidoons has partnered with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights on a fun episode of Topper that teaches about the importance of respecting others. In Winnipeg, Topper the Topmost Mouse receives a beacon from Captain Nemo to assemble with the Animazia team atop the Israel Asper Tower of Hope at the Canadian Museum...Continue Reading
BOOM Springs Across Canada
After 300 + Canadian shows in 2015-16, Rick Miller's BOOM is back on the road. We played Banff on March 11, Charlottetown on Mar 31, and now we head to Sudbury (April 7-8), Oakville (May 3), Fredericton (May 12), Gananoque (May 24-Jun 10), and Saskatoon (Aug 8-20). Bring your parents, bring your kids, and enjoy the...Continue Reading
BOOM in Banff March 11
ONE NIGHT ONLY: BOOM at the Banff Centre, March 11th, 7:30pm. Hear the radio interview at 105.5. After a couple of months off, Kidoons is very excited to be hitting the road again with Rick Miller's solo show BOOM. We played over 300 shows across Canada in 2015-16, and now we're hitting cities that we missed the...Continue Reading
Rick and Craig's Excellent APAP Adventures!
We came, we saw, we sold our shows! Craig Francis and Rick Miller, the creative directors of Kidoons, spent Jan 6-9 2017 at the APAP Conference in New York City's Midtown Hilton Hotel. Our Kidoons/WYRD booth got a ton of visits, despite this being our first year as exhibitors. BOOM, GAME of CLONES and Twenty...Continue Reading
BOOM kicks off 2017 in Duncan, BC, Jan 13th.
Cowichan Performing Arts Centre presents BOOM, Jan 13th, 2017 at 7:30pm. ONE NIGHT ONLY! This is the only BOOM performance in BC this season, after a run of 300 shows in 2015 and 2016, including multi-week stints at the Belfry in Victoria and Arts Club/PuSh Festival in Vancouver. Come see Rick Miller play over 100...Continue Reading
Kidoons Onstage at APAP!
Kidoons and WYRD Productions will be at APAP January 7-9 in New York with 3 amazing shows for any Performing Arts Centre: an award-winning solo show, a sensational family adventure, and a hilarious new parody! Whether for one night or an extended run, we'll help make your season... and all of our shows include...Continue Reading
"*****" (Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun) BOOM Reviews and Stories
"BOOM is a stunning achievement, whether you connect with it as a history lesson, a love story or both. It’s a show that stars and ends, not with a whimper, but with booming inventiveness." (Calgary Herald review) "***** (5 stars) ASTONISHING!... " (Calgary Sun) "One-man show BOOM a treat for parents and...Continue Reading
BOOM's back where it began! @Theatre Calgary, Oct 11-29 2016.
In January of 2014, BOOM was performed in front of a live audience for the first time, as part of the High Performance Rodeo presented by Theatre Calgary and One Yellow Rabbit. That 5-show work-in-progress run led to an incredible tour across Canada in 2015-16, with 251 shows from coast to coast to coast....Continue Reading
"MAGICAL!... JAW-DROPPING!..." (NY Times review for Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea)
"Theatergoers, there’s no need to pack scuba gear or even a snorkel mask to plunge into the ocean deep. In Craig Francis and Rick Miller’s “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea,” a frisky adaptation of the Jules Verne sci-fi saga at the New Victory Theater, a few actors, a few more props and some extremely nifty...Continue Reading
BOOM: Sept 16th at Living Arts Centre, Mississauga
This is the only GTA show in 2016 for BOOM, the most presented new play in Canada last year. Come see Rick Miller play over 100 characters from the baby boom generation, in a multimedia spectacle for all the generations to see together. BOOM at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga Showtime: Friday, September 16,...Continue Reading
BOOM wins Sterling Award in Edmonton.
In a lovely cap to 2015-16, where BOOM toured across Canada for 251 performances, Kidoons/WYRD were proud to accept a Sterling Award in Edmonton for Best Multimedia Design. BOOM opened Citadel Theatre's 50 anniversary season with a bang in September of 2015. From the Edmonton Journal report: "Citadel offerings...Continue Reading
TFO 24.7: Rick Miller découvre des francophones à Vancouver
L'artiste multidisciplinaire Rick Miller est en tournée partout au Canada pour présenter son spectacle BOOM. De passage à Vancouver, il cherche pour une culture des Franco-Colombiens et une culture francophone, qui semble être moins présente qu´ailleurs au Canada. Ses recherches le pousse vers Maillardville, une...Continue Reading
"Stunningly Good!" (CBC) 4 weeks of BOOM in Winnipeg's RMTC
"STUNNINGLY GOOD! Miller provides spot-on impressions of dozens of characters as he covers nearly 25 years of baby boomer history. A spectacular performance." - CBC Winnipeg "A big, bold, ambitious summary of an era" - Winnipeg Free Press. BOOM, the most presented new work in Canada, ends its 2015-2016 season at...Continue Reading
Happy Earth Day! We're #Rooting4Trees
April 22nd is Earth Day! This is the third year that Kidoons has worked with Earth Day Canada on its Ecokids educational program and campaigns. This year, our own Chatterer the Red Squirrel and Deb Doncaster, the President of Earth Day Canada, to talk about #Rooting4Trees campaign. The goal: to plant 25,000 trees to...Continue Reading
BOOM in Montreal: "An explosion of sound, vision and song!"
"A fascinating, kaleidoscopic overview of an era... I was mesmerized!" Montreal Gazette review "Rick Miller's BOOM is the most unique show I have ever seen on stage." Montreal Suburban review "Diablement divertissant, devrait être présenté aux jeunes gens du monde entier." Le Devoir review "CAPTIVATING! Time flies...Continue Reading
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea soars in London!
"GRIPPING! One of the most visually engaging and creatively dynamic presentations to grace the stage in ages!" - Jay Menard, The Beat Magazine - London Free Press preview First review for Kidoons/WYRD Production of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, now onstage at the Grand Theatre in London, ON until March 26...Continue Reading
BOOM at the NAC in Ottawa, Feb 24-Mar 12
BOOM's 16-month Canadian mega-tour moves to Ottawa, with a 3-week run at the National Arts Centre, from Feb 24 - Mar 12 2016. After stints in Toronto, London, Victoria, Edmonton, Whitehorse, Halifax, Markham, and Vancouver, the Kidoons/WYRD multimedia show BOOM heads back to Ontario. UPDATE: the OTTAWA CITIZEN...Continue Reading
BOOM Reviews and Stories from Vancouver
The reviews are in for BOOM's 5 week run in Vancouver, at PuSh/Arts Club (Granville Island stage), to Feb 13 2016. “A MIRACULOUS mirage… solo tour-de-force. Miller is a protean shape-shifter” Vancouver Observer "Simply STUNNING!...Theatric creativity of the highest magnitude!" BrokenLegReviews (theatre blog) “The...Continue Reading
BOOM coming soon to Montreal!
BOOM, the most presented new work in Canada, explodes into the Segal Centre from March 20th - April 10th, 2016. After runs in Toronto, London, Victoria, Edmonton, Whitehorse, Halifax, Markham, Vancouver and Ottawa, the Kidoons/WYRD multimedia show finally comes to Montreal, the hometown of its creator, director and...Continue Reading
TFO 24.7 à Halifax: Rick Miller recherche les acadiens
L'artiste multidisciplinaire Rick Miller est en tournée partout au Canada pour présenter son spectacle BOOM. De passage à Halifax, ou ses ancêtres se sont établis dans le 19e siècle, il découvre une culture acadienne qui pré date les francophones au Québec. C’est quoi un acadien ? Pourquoi les acadiens se sont fait...Continue Reading
BOOM in Vancouver, Jan 14-Feb 13 2016.
BOOM kicks off 2016 with a 5-week run at PuSh/Arts Club (Granville Island stage), Jan 14-Feb 13 2016. After 2015 runs in Toronto, London, Victoria, Edmonton, Whitehorse, Halifax and Markham, the Kidoons/WYRD multimedia show BOOM heads back to the West coast. Vancouver Sun preview Vancouver Province preview Georgia...Continue Reading
Happy BOOM-ing Holidays from Kidoons!
BOOM explodes into Vancouver's PuSh Festival @ Arts Club Granville Island Stage. Jan 13- Feb 13 2016. Come see Canada's most popular new play, in the heart of an 18-month tour that takes us from coast to coast to coast. Rick Miller's latest solo show has played all around BC, but this is its first time in downtown...Continue Reading
Opening Night Audiences and Reviewers Rave About BOOM!
BOOM just opened with a bang at Halifax's Neptune theatre. "A remarkable piece of theatre and a tour de force of technical wizardry. You will laugh and gasp at Miller's brilliance and at memories reawakened. 'I've never seen anything like it before,' was heard more than once during opening night Friday at Neptune...Continue Reading
BOOM in Halifax!
After big runs in Victoria and Edmonton (with a whip through Whitehorse), the Kidoons/WYRD multimedia show BOOM heads to the other Canadian coast. Rick Miller's previous solo shows MacHomer and Bigger Than Jesus were big Halifax hits, and we're delighted to be back at Neptune with BOOM. Previews and reviews below....Continue Reading
Kidoons is in Whitehorse, Yukon!
We had an amazing time Thanksgiving week in Whitehorse. Kidoons and WYRD Productions' BOOM played 3 shows at the Yukon Arts Centre, with standing ovations for Rick Miller! We had a chance to visit with the amazing folks at the MacBride Museum (there's Craig Francis at Sam McGee's original cabin), the Yukon...Continue Reading
Citadel's 50th anniversary kicks off with a BOOM!
Rick Miller and the Kidoons/WYRD team are delighted to be in Edmonton for the launch of the 50th anniversary season at The Citadel Theatre. For the next 3 weeks, we'll be BOOMing onstage, and building online partnerships with local organizations who connect to our themes of history, culture, technology and ecology....Continue Reading
Raves for BOOM at the Belfry!
"Nothing short of brilliant! Miller — working with a terrific team — has managed to meld theatre and technology in an exciting, innovative manner that delights and, on occasion, amazes. That is no small feat. And that is why you need to go see Boom" Times Colonist "Extremely powerful! If you have parents or other...Continue Reading
BOOM opens The Belfry's 40th Anniversary Season
Kidoons and WYRD Productions' hit show BOOM kicks off its big 2015-16 Canadian tour with a 3-week run at The Belfry Theatre in Victoria, BC. This is Rick Miller's first appearance here since Bigger Than Jesus played in 2007. Times Colonist preview article CFAX radio preview Reviews to come... Written, directed and...Continue Reading
Rave reviews for 20Kshow world premiere!
"OUTSTANDING! An entertaining two acts of multimedia magic! If you want an adventure on the high seas with all the high tech trimmings, then take the family to Miller’s version of the Jules Verne Classic." (Scene Changes) "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea takes audiences to a trippy underwater wonderland! The...Continue Reading
WATCH: “Sunken Treasures” Jerry Muskrat and Captain Nemo at the Shipwrecks of the Hamilton and Scourge
Jerry Muskrat drifts from Hamilton to Saint-Catharines and finds he is above a Canadian National Historic site. At the bottom of Lake Ontario is the shipwreck sites of the Hamilton and Scourge, two warships from the War of 1812. Jerry learns how the ships sank from the story by the one surviving sailor, Ned Myers....Continue Reading
5 Days to World Premiere!
TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA WILL BE THE FIRST WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMANCE Commissioned by PANAMANIA, The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Arts and Culture Festival LIMITED RUN FROM JULY 11-15, 2015 TORONTO, ON: The first theatrical performance after the Opening Ceremony of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am...Continue Reading
BOOM en français au Carrefour à QC!
BOOM, the most popular new show in Canada, premiered in French at Le Carrefour International de Théâtre, Quebec City's premiere arts festival. May 28-30 2015. Read the stellar reviews: Le Soleil (review), Le Soleil (2-page preview), Le Journal de Quebec, info-culture, Les enfants du paradis (blog), envapements...Continue Reading
Tickets now on sale for 20K World Premiere! Rick Miller to guest star as Captain Nemo!
Don't miss Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea's World Premiere, July 11-15 2015 at Daniels Spectrum in Toronto. 5 shows only! Limited seating, so order your tickets now! JUST ANNOUNCED: Rick Miller will guest star as Captain Nemo! Board the Nautilus and meet the mysterious Captain Nemo in this modern adaption by...Continue Reading
Montreal student contest winner's drawing turned into a Battery Hero guest star on Kidoons
The world has a new superhero, one who promotes battery recycling and prevents batteries from filling up our landfills. The hero’s name is ‘Battery Bob’, and he was created by Demetrios A., a grade 6 student at Montreal’s Selwyn House School. Battery Bob has a battery-seeking radar, mechanical claw for collecting...Continue Reading
BOOM at The Grand: London Free Press, Mayor Attends, Amazing Buzz
The London Free Press gave Rick Miller the cover, and gave his one-man show BOOM a glowing review. The paper wrote of the KDOONS and WYRD co-production, “Toronto actor and playwright Rick Miller’s one-person BOOM makes for a stunning impact. The multi-media production tells the 1945-1969 story of three baby boomers...Continue Reading
Congratulations to our EARTH DAY Battery Hero Winner Demetrios!
This Earth Day, think about how you can reduce waste, like recycling your dead batteries. We were thrilled to receive over 750 design submissions for the "EcoKids Battery Hero Art Contest"... we were very impressed by the talent and imagination of EcoKids across Canada! The Battery Hero Art Contest was a project...Continue Reading
WATCH: Backstage in the Theatre Part 1 "Setting up a Show"
Rick Miller, BOOM’s writer/director/performer, takes us behind the scenes to show how the touring version is set up. Filmed on location at The Capitol Theatre in Nelson, BC, we see how such a complex multimedia show was adapted for an 8-hour setup by the theatre crew. Learn about the technical set up and how the...Continue Reading
BOOM Opens Tonight!
See @Rick Miller in the KDOONS / WYRD Production BOOM presented by Mirvish at Panasonic Theatre starting tonight, Jan. 15! Don't miss boomtheshow.com. Advance Toronto media coverage PRINT: Toronto Star Feature, National Post Feature, 24h Feature (page 18), Post City Magazines TV: City TV interview, CP24 interview,...Continue Reading
WATCH: Rick Miller on Canada AM for BOOM
Rick Miller stopped by the studio of Canada AM to perform some bits of BOOM, his new solo show presented by Mirvish at the Panasonic Theatre Toronto Jan 15 - Feb 1 WATCH the video on CTV.ca BOOM presents 25 years of history, 25 classic hits, and over 100 influential figures… all performed by one man! Journey from...Continue Reading
BOOM's Toronto premiere, Jan 15th 2015
Don’t miss Rick Miller's new show BOOM premiering at the Panasonic Theatre in Toronto Jan 15th. The explosive new show that captures the defining moments of the baby-boom generation. One man, 25 years, a 100 of the world’s most influential figures. Journey from WWII to Apollo 11, from Perry Como to Elvis to The...Continue Reading
HERITAGE MOMENT DEC 15th: Canadian Maple Leaf flag approved by House of Commons
Stanley and Matheson collaborated on a design that was ultimately passed by a majority vote in the House of Commons on December 15, 1964. Just after this, at 2:00 am, Matheson wrote to Stanley: "Your proposed flag has just now been approved by the Commons 163 to 78. Congratulations. I believe it is an excellent flag...Continue Reading
BOOM sizzles at Mirvish 2014-15 launch
BOOM was part of a jam-packed, star-studded 2104-15 season launch for Mirvish Productions on Sept 16 2014. Canadian icon Elvis Stojko introduced excerpts from all of the new shows, including live performances from some of the big musicals, and videos from Dame Angela Lansbury and Dame Edna! This is a 1-minute video...Continue Reading
WATCH: Audiences react to workshop performance of "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea"
This April, KDOONS creators Rick Miller and Craig Francis held a public performance workshop of their new theatrical production "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea. The invited guests, who ranged from Artistic Directors to families, gave amazing feedback about what worked for them as an audience. This feedback...Continue Reading
38 years ago: John Lennon apologizes for saying The Beatles are "Bigger Than Jesus"
It was March, 1966 when John Lennon said, "Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue about that; I’m right and I’ll be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now. I don’t know which will go first—rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity." CBS Chicago has a piece about how, once the remarks hit the...Continue Reading
Rick Miller co-hosts "We Are Pan Am" one-year countdown
July 11-12 2014: 20K co-creator Rick Miller joins co-hosts Amanda Martinez and Nicole Brooks to launch the official one year countdown to the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games in July 2015. It's called WE ARE PAN AM, an amazing two-day festival of art and athletics at Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square. From the...Continue Reading
Happy Canada Day, eh!
KDOONS Network celebrates Canada Day! July 1st marks the joining of the British North American colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada into a single country called Canada within the British Empire with four provinces (the Province of Canada was split into Ontario and Quebec). The new...Continue Reading
KDOONS production BOOM premieres at the Mirvish 2015 Season!
From the creative team behind MacHomer and Bigger Than Jesus, comes an explosive solo performance that documents the music, culture and politics that shaped the Baby Boom generation (1945-1969). BOOM takes us through 25 turbulent years, and gives voice to over a 100 influential politicians, activists and musicians....Continue Reading
NASA: West Antarctic Ice Sheet Melt Has Begun And Is Unstoppable
A new study by researchers at NASA and the University of California, Irvine, finds a rapidly melting section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in an irreversible state of decline, with nothing to stop the glaciers in this area from melting into the sea. The study presents multiple lines of evidence,...Continue Reading
PANAMANIA: the Toronto 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games Arts & Cultural commissions
Congratulations to our KDOONS creators: after a late night hosting the Glenn Gould Prize at Rideau Hall, Rick Miller flew back to Toronto to host the morning launch of PANAMANIA, the Arts & Culture Program of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. There are 27 new arts commissions for the upcoming Games in...Continue Reading
BOOM premieres in Calgary!
KDOONS and WYRD Productions' new show BOOM is born! First reviews below... Written, directed and perfomed by Rick Miller, BOOM runs from Jan 15-19 2014 at the High Performance Rodeo, Calgary's premiere arts festival, in a work-in-progress run presented by One Yellow Rabbit and Theatre Calgary. "I could go on about...Continue Reading
BOOM workshop #3 under way in Quebec, QC
From Oct 27 to Nov 10th, the BOOM team will gearing up KDOONS and WYRD's latest Rick Miller solo multimedia extravaganza for its first public performances at the High Performance Rodeo (Calgary), Jan 15-19 2014. One Yellow Rabbit and Theatre Calgary present BOOM A KDOONS and WYRD Production An Explosive Solo...Continue Reading
new photos from BOOM workshop #2
These are photos taken from our second workshop of BOOM, a new solo 'documentary' play about the years 1945-1969. "The music, culture and politics that shaped a generation". Taken by David Leclerc and Simon Laplante at La Caserne, Ex Machina, Quebec.Continue Reading