Get the drama: Toronto's best musicals this year

Summer time is musical time in Toronto and this year sees a return to the classics. Book your tickets at the Mirvish Theater to catch these heat-stopping, feet tapping spectaculars. West Side Story: 8 May to 3 June 2012 The musical Romeo and Juliet is a classic story of love in complex world. The score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim features a collection of classic hits including ‘Tonight,’ ‘America,’ ‘Maria,’ ‘I Feel Pretty’ and ‘Somewhere’. Add to this extraordinary, Tony-winning choreography by Jerome Robbins and legendary direction from Mr. Laurents; West Side Story provides a spectacular night of fun, drama and music to remember. Rent: 15 May to 3 June 2012 Rent is a classic tale of young artists struggling to survive in the big city. Through their struggle, they find their voices and give the performance of a lifetime. This incredible event is brought to you by the graduating class of Sheridans College’s prestigious Music Theatre Performance Program. Directed by Lezlie Wade with music directed by Bob Foster and choreographed by Marc Kimelman. Bring it On: 2 May to 3 June 2012 Appealing to a younger crowd, Bring it On is the story of two cheerleading squads

Make Your Own Popcorn & Save Big Bucks

You can read a lot of financial advice out there that tells you to cut back and remove unnecessary expenses from your life – but sometimes you just need to treat yourself. A while back, I told you about supplementing your entertainment budget with Netflix instead of hitting the theatre to see movies with your family… now I’m a big fan of saving cash while sitting on my couch – but I miss one big part of the movie-going experience: the popcorn! Microwaved popcorn just doesn’t cut it for me, and somehow I almost always wind up burning it and setting off our smoke detector – leaving me waving a newspaper at our smoke detector, wishing I was at the theatre. But fear not! Leave the microwave bags out of this after checking out this tip: make your own movie-theatre-quality popcorn with four simple (and cheap!) products: • A whirly pop popcorn popper (available in any kitchen section or on Amazon for ~$20) coconut oil • Flavacol (this is what makes movie theatre popcorn taste like movie theatre popcorn) All the big chains buy and use this stuff. Trust me! • Oh yeah… popcorn (the cheapest ingredient!) Just follow the instructions with your whirly