Bravo! Canada is set to debut a documentary about music wunderkin, Kyle Riabko, on March 15. Directed by Gemini Award-winning Jeff Newman, the piece documents Riabko as he tests his Broadway chops in the production of Spring Awakening. (Thanks to our friends at On Screen Manitoba and Lori Stefaniuk for the tip.)
It also features a bit of screen time for a couple of Winnipeggers. Producer and artist manager Chris Burke-Gaffney, who shepherded Riabko in his successful career as a singer/songwriter, makes an appearance in the doc. So does sogwriter Luke McMaster, formerly of popular Winnipeg-based pop act McMaster & James.
Spring Awakening - New York's hottest show. Groundbreaking. Tony award-winning. Starring a dynamic cast of astoundingly gifted young performers. And it's about to be taken over by a kid from Saskatchewan. Kyle Riabko: The Lead is a thrilling TV documentary following aspiring musician Kyle Riabko as he takes a detour from his dream of becoming a rock star to take on the lead role in the hit Broadway musical: Spring Awakening. Unprecedented Broadway access. Heartbreaking, uplifting stories from audience members' real lives. This show captures the essence of the power of contemporary theatre.Check it out on Bravo! Canada on March 15 at 7pm CST and MArch 20 at 6pm CST.