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Rufus Wainwright is an old-time showbiz composer and performer, his flair being something from another era. (Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail)
Rufus Wainwright is an old-time showbiz composer and performer, his flair being something from another era. (Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail)

TSO to celebrate songwriter Rufus Wainwright Add to ...

Pack up your troubles and just get Rufus. On Friday, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra celebrates the swashbuckling songwriter Rufus Wainwright, someone who deserves such an honour.

A production showcases his interests, from cabaret-pop to songs made famous by Judy Garland, and from Broadway pizzazz to his own French-language opera Prima Donna (with that material handled by the soprano Melody Moore).

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Wainwright is an old-time showbiz composer and performer, his flair being something from another era. He doesn’t sell all that many records; he fills no arenas. But he sings Get Happy in lipstick and heels, and that is never a drag.

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