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 starred as Jeff the Mannequin in the TVO series Today’s Special which maintained 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 with his favourite leading lady, Karen Kain. IMDB
He has received numerous awards, including three Jessie Awards (Vancouver), two for Best Choreography, the other for Best Director; 5 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 include The Matchmaker, Nutcracker (w/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 B.C.’s ongoing Zone Festivals, and workshops in all crafts. Additionally, he tours to great acclaim, along with Ruth Nichol, in a production of A.R. Gurney’s, Love Letters.
As Artistic Director of Showcase Theatre Festival for five years in Campbell River, he was able to bring to the stage a broad variety of entertainment 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. Jeff is thrilled to have spent autumn 2013 directing and choreographing the debut presentation of the new musical Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen at Presentation House in North Vancouver. He is currently appearing in It’s a Wonderful Life at Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon after enjoying two Christmases at Chemainus on Vancouver Island. The coming year holds more teaching and a new choreographic job about which he is very excited but can currently tell you nothing!