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Theatre Review: A Little Lin Music: A Lin-Manuel Miranda Cabaret at LIVE! on Elgin

By Samara Caplan and Laura Gauthier on November 17, 2019

Laura and Samara spend their days as non-profit unicorns and fill every spare minute exploring the world of musical theatre as BFFs (that’s Broadway Friends Forever).

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Legacy. What is a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see.

We got a small taste of the legacy Lin-Manuel Miranda is leaving in the world. Lost Baggage Musical Theatre hosted a two night cabaret at LIVE! On Elgin celebrating the work of one of Broadway’s latest darlings.

Miranda shot to worldwide stardom with the smash hit musical Hamilton, telling the story of US Founding Father Alexander Hamilton through a masterfully written show with rap and hip-hop lyrics. What many may not know is that Miranda’s repertoire reaches much wider.

Lost Baggage Musical Theatre highlighted some of Miranda’s well-known work with performances from Hamilton, In the Heights and Moana as well as some pieces many people may not have known about, like Bring It On: The Musical, Mary Poppins Returns and probably the least well-known work, 21 Chump Street.

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Lost Baggage Musical Theatre is a non-profit musical theatre organization that is committed to making theatre more accessible in the Orléans area. Included in the evening, on top of the cabaret event, was a bake sale and raffle with all proceeds from the event going towards funding the theatre group’s programming.

LIVE! On Elgin is the perfect spot for this casual and fun cabaret-style show. The room is intimate, but was packed to the brim, and the energy was vibrant. Although there was very little use of microphones, which sometimes made it hard to hear for those at the back, the performances were engaging, entertaining and tons of fun!

The lesser known 21 Chump Street was the highlight of the evening for us. A 14-minute one-act musical based on an episode of the popular podcast This American Life. The cast brought the production to life, getting big laughs as well as audible outrage and shock throughout the performance. It’s a small, lesser-known piece, that was super engaging to see live.

When all was said and done, the remainder of the evening included karaoke open to everyone, with many memorable audience performances and song choices. (Note: theatre actors make for great karaoke performers!)

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It was definitely a fun way to spend an evening. When theatregoers of Ottawa think of Lin-Manuel Miranda, they’ll tell the story of tonight.

Coming up in February, Lost Baggage Musical Theatre is hosting a cabaret launch party, and in May they will be putting on a production of Clue: the Musical. Stay tuned for more information.

Visit their website or follow @lostbaggagemt on social media for updates and future show listings.