Probably best known for his work in the title role of the Canadian traveling production of The Phantom of the Opera, back in his hometown to direct the Canadian premiere of Good Boys and True, we spent 69 Seconds With Jeff Hyslop, award winning actor, singer, dancer, choreographer and director.
01.Your first job.
My first job was at TUTS – I was 10 and in the chorus of Carousel and Gypsy
02.The job you wanted as a child.
I dreamed about making millions selling life insurance!
03.What gets you up in the morning?
Another chance to get it right…
04.What puts you to sleep at night?
….a bit of an insomniac myself
05.Favourite stage play of all time.
Far too many to recall – Medea with Diana Rigg, Equus at the RSC in London to name a couple.
06.Favourite song and/or artist.
Sinatra, Fred Astaire, and the great Eleanor Powell to name a few
07.One word your best friend would use to describe you.
08.The one thing any visitor to Vancouver simply cannot miss.
Stanley Park, Lions Gate Bridge, the mountains, Vij’s on Granville…..
09.Complete this sentence: On Sunday mornings I…
thank God! I made it through another week!
MEET Jeff Hyslop
Vancouver-born Jeff Hyslop is indisputably one of Canada’s foremost performing artists. Equally masterful as a singer, dancer and actor, he has starred with unqualified success in such landmark musical productions as Cabaret, Kiss of the Spider Women, Jacques Brel, The Music Man, The Producers, and of course, the role of Mike in both the London West End and Broadway productions of A Chorus Line. To many, he is the quintessential Phantom of the Opera, a role he embraced in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical for over 975 performances.
He also starred as Jeff the Mannequin in the TVO series Today’s Special which maintained a huge popularity for over 10 years.
At age 21 Jeff was dancing and singing in Norman Jewison’s film – Jesus Christ Superstar. His numerous television appearances include series for both CTV and CBC-TV. The most memorable of these was his own Dancin’ Man Super Special where he partnered his favourite leading lady, Karen Kain.
He has received numerous awards including three Jessie Awards(Vancouver) – two for Best Choreography, the other for Best Director; five nominations for the ACTRA Award for Best Variety Performer and a Dora Mavor Moore Award in 1984 for On Tap.
Choreography and directing are a real love for Jeff and it shows in productions such as Peter Pan, A Chorus Line, On Tap, Guys and Dolls and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Local productions under his direction – The Matchmaker, Nutcracker (with Danette Bell), Anything Goes, and Stepping Out, all with the community players of Campbell River, B.C.
Continually broadening his career, Jeff is in demand for his teaching expertise in the realm of musical theatre, adjudication for Theatre BC’s ongoing Zone Festivals, and workshops in all crafts.
Showcase Theatre Festival in Campbell River, occupied Jeff’s time for five years. As Artistic Director he was able to bring to the stage a broad variety of entertainment – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Dream on Royal Street, Taming of the Shrew and Kiss Me, Kate!, Cabaret and Waiting for the Parade – as well as developing ‘Adventures in Theatre’ a unique young people’s program. In 2007, Jeff conceived the idea for a stunning new musical – Dancing in the Coal Dust, written by long-time collaborator – David Warrack. He is determined to bring this brilliant new work to audiences across this great country of ours.