Financial fugitive producing Canadian skein
Garth Drabinsky hasn’t exactly been lying low.While he remains a fugitive from U.S. courts in connection with alleged financial misdeeds at now-defunct theater company Livent, Drabinsky apparently believes that the show — and the showman — must go on. In Canada, he’s busy prepping not only for a Dec. 20 court session to set a trial date on 16 counts of fraud relating to the Livent scandal, but also for the launch of a new reality TV show. “Triple Sensation,” airing on the CBC, will feature hopefuls between the age of 16 and 26 vying for a performing arts scholarship of more than $130,000. In addition to originating the concept, Drabinsky is producing the show and will be one of the onscreen panelists evaluating the talent. While Drabinksy may be on shaky ground when it comes to accounting, no one has questioned his expertise and commitment to the performing arts. Panelists on “Triple Sensation” include Adrian Noble, former artistic director of England’s Royal Shakespeare Company; thesp Cynthia Dale; Tony-nommed choreographer Sergio Trujillo; and composer Marvin Hamlisch. Drabinsky’s publicist says that in promoting the show, the producer’s “unresolved issues from his previous career” –beyond a mention in the New York Times — “haven’t even come up.” Meanwhile, Drabinsky is returning to his carney-barking roots, making his way across the country in a grassroots campaign to sell the concept at performing arts schools. Auditions begin at the end of November and run until February.