"Toronto actor Brad Hampton has developed an excellent cabaret show with pianist Patti Loach... Hampton is charismatic, he and Loach have excellent chemistry, the songs are just the right mix of funny, touching and irreverent, and the show's timing is impeccable, thanks to director Rae Ellen Bodie's careful guidance."
John Terauds, Musical Toronto.
The host for these shows was artist/social innovator - and Brad and Rae's dear friend - Mariette Sluyter.
"Pianist Patti Loach's home kitchen is a metaphor for her life: open, inviting, eclectic, and dominated by a Steinway semi-concert grand piano. She and musical theatre actor-singer Brad Hampton have toured their excellent show The Picture of Happiness, and are now back at home - offering two performances in her actual Beach-neighbourhood home.
This is a guaranteed treat." John Terauds, Musical Toronto, October 14, 2013
Marcia Whitehead opened the Toronto performances of
The Picture Of Happiness on Saturday October 19th (sold out) and Sunday October 20th!!! Read on...
June 27/28/29 2013 Winnipeg, Manitoba, hosted by Fred Penner
- "My motivation for hosting the show at my house was simply to bring this impressive, intimate production to a Winnipeg audience. I saw it three times in Toronto. I really love the show." Fred Penner, Winnipeg Free Press, June 26, 2013
- “If you’re in a theatre space you’re sort of one step removed,” explained Fred Penner of the experience of watching the show in a home setting. “When you’re in a space like a kitchen… you are literally two steps away from the artist so you’re engaged on a different level than you would be in a more traditional theatrical setting.” Fred Penner, Metro Winnipeg, June 26, 2013
June 6/7/8 2013 at FaBLOOMosity (The Mercer Building) Edmonton, Alberta, hosted by Trevor Schmidt
- "It's what you'd want in a cabaret, it has both humour and heart, and both Brad and Patti are compelling performers. " Liz Nicholls, The Edmonton Journal, June 8, 2013
- "It has been dubbed 'a prairie home tour' by Toronto-based Hampton, his musical collaboratorPatti Loach,a pianist of unlimited musical dexterity, and director Rae Ellen Bodie." Edmonton Journal Preview, June 4, 2013
- Mike Ross article in GigCity, Edmonton
November 14, 2011: Excerpts from The Picture of Happiness at Birdland, New York.
August 18, 19, 20, 2011: The Picture of Happiness at Rebecca Northan's "Le Salon Secret", Toronto. Sold out.
July 30, 2011: The Picture of Happiness, The Beach, Toronto.