The Lawyer Show is Nightwood’s main annual fundraiser. Every year, supported by a team of directors, designers and vocal coaches, over 40 members of the legal community rehearse for three months to be able to stage an exhilarating, entertaining, professionally led production.

Since the Lawyer Show’s inception in 2010,
some 300 legal professionals have appeared in 11 shows
to raise more than $1,265,000 in support of Nightwood.

This season we are producing our first audio recording for the 2021 Lawyer Show!
We invite you to join us June 12th to 30th for The Stars of Mars, a new Toronto-born musical comedy.

The Stars Of Mars

Book and Lyrics by Ashley Botting (Second City Toronto)
Music and Lyrics by Daniel Abrahamson (Musical Director, Boy Falls From The Sky)
Directed by Andrea Donaldson 
Assistant Directed by Sedina Fiati
Music Direction by Paul Moody
Sound Design/Engineering by Emily Porter
Visual Design by Michelle Tracey
Production Facilitation by Hazel Moore
Copyists – Juliette Jones and Jake Schindler
Video editing and Opening Night host… Stream Stage Productions’ Daniel Abrahamson

The Stars of Mars is a new homegrown musical comedy set inside the first human colony on Mars, about a mother and daughter who are worlds apart. When Heather, the first human born on Mars, begins to ask questions about where she’s from, the astronauts and scientists decide to put on a show about the Earth they’ve all left behind. The Stars of Mars is a hilarious feminist musical about family, the future, our precious planet, and the rocket science required to put on a show in space.

This Toronto-born musical was developed for Sheridan College’s Canadian Music Theatre Project – just like another musical you may have heard of, called Come From Away!

Support of the Lawyer Show audio recording of The Stars of Mars will go directly towards supporting local Toronto artists. Click here for information on how you can help champion this project!

2021 cast & Band

Alexandra Mealia – Royal Bank of Canada
Alia Rosenstock – Rosenstock Law Firm PC
Arielle Di Iulio – Hull & Hull LLP
Astrid Mrkich – Mrkich Law
Cathy Bate – Ad Standards
Christian Baes – Mondelēz International
Christine Marchetti – Marchetti Lee Family Law
Courtney Evans – TD Bank Group
Craig Allardyce – CI Financial
Danny Kastner – Kastner Lam LLP
Dany Horovitz – TD Bank Group
David Mills – Mills & Mills LLP
Edina Cavalli – TD Bank Group
Emma Romano – WeirFoulds LLP
Gemma Healy-Murphy – Rogers Partners LLP
Heather Paterson – Shibley Righton LLP
Heidi LeBlanc – Carters Professional Corporation
Henry Gluch – Department of Justice
Ilana Ludwin – Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
James Dunphy – Wagner Sidlofsky LLP
John McGowan – Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
John Rider – Chicago Title Insurance Company
John Sorenson – Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP
Kaley Duff – Cavalluzzo LLP
Kate McNeece Cruess – McCarthy Tetrault
Keri Bennett – Roper Greyell LLP
Khrystina McMillan – Mathers McHenry & Co.
Leanne Goldstein – MK Disability Lawyers LLP
Maggie MacDonald – Groia & Company
Melanie Bradshaw – EY Law LLP
Melanie Herbin – Ministry of the Attorney General
Olivia Danylchuk – Goldenberg Nahmias LLP 
Rona Ghanbari – Stikeman Elliott LLP
Saroja Kuruganty – Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General
Sharlene Atkins – BMO
Tamara Thomas – Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Teja Rachamalla – Government of Canada
Tracy Pratt – Fasken
Valérie Duchesneau – Ministry of Finance
Valérie Lord – Howie, Sacks and Henry LLP

Thank you to the 2021 Lawyer Show donors!


Rona Ghanbari, Brent Vickar


Sharlene Atkins, Catherine Bate, Melanie Bradshaw, Edina Cavalli, James Dunphy, Melanie Herbin, Dany Horovitz, Leanne Goldstein, Danny Kastner, Heidi Leblanc, Ilana Ludwin, Christine Marchetti, John McGowan, Khrystina McMillan, Alexandra Mealia, David Mills, Mills & Mills, Heather Paterson, Tracy Pratt, John Rider, Emma Romano, Russell Silverstein, John Sorensen


Craig Allardyce, Christian Baes, Kerri Bennett, Olivia Danylchuk, Arielle Di Iulio, Daniel Duchesneau, Valérie Duchesneau, Kaley Duff, Courtney Evans, Henry Gluch, Louis Gourdeau, Gemma Healy, Saroja Kuruganty, Maggie MacDonald, Kate McNeece Cruess, Diane Mason, Alia Rosenstock, Tamara Thomas,  Jennifer Whincup


Elizabeth Adamson, Ahmad Afsahi and Azita Gerami, Anusha Aruliah, Amelie Beauregard, Andre Chamberlain, Susan Cruess, Geoff Kolomayz, Lucie Gosselin, Marion Hoffer, James Hugo Aldo Loss-Well, Devin Jarcaig, Leslie Keating, Sherry Kirkpatrick, Carla Marchetti, Mathers McHenry & Co, Ciaran McGovern, Debbie Mealia, John Paterson, Jacqueline Robison, Jennifer Shein, Kleinman Family Law, Zhuo Jian Wang, Richard Worsfold


Anonymous x2, Laura Alescio, Sabrina A. Bandali, David Barrons, Jason Bensimhon, Hollis Bent, Satinder Besrai, David Bristow, Avery Bruenjes, Chris Carrington, Daniela Chang, Janet Chow, Andrew Christie, Geoffrey Cobman, Dane D’Alessandro, Aileen Daley, Brigitte Duchesneau, Ian Farndon, Annie Finn, Robert Fox, Karen Franklin, Barbara Hooper, Dany Horovitz, Maryse Huet, Diane Hyatt, Jacqueline King, Carolyn Knott, Nisha Kumar, Susan Lash, David Lees, Steven Love, Debra Lovinsky, James Luchak, Daniel Ludwin, Nancy Matthews, Carol Mcmillan, Michelle McPhee, Jane Mills, Jannie Mills, John Paul Mills, Karen Mitchell, Emily Petrella, Kerri Pope, Robert Quackenbush, Mira Ray, Jenene Roberts, Gaynor Roger, Grace Rogers, Julia Rogers, Marie Schram, Anne Learn Sharpe, Jane Southren, Kumar Subramanian MD, Soussan Tabari, Suzanne Thompson, Peter Var, Catherine Wiley, Peter C. Williams, Dale Yurka


For more information on how you can support the Lawyer Show with a donation, sponsorship or silent auction prize, please contact Erika Morey, Head of Development, at

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