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Recent Articles
Teddy Boy
Book & Lyrics: Robert Gontier  
Music: Izo FitzRoy
Workshops/Readings: Guildford School of Acting, BEAM: 2016 Festival in London, UK produced by the MUSICAL THEATRE NETWORK & MERCURY MUSICAL DEVELOPMENTS
Central Park Tango
Book: Robert Gontier  
Music: Nicky Phillips
Lyrics: Robert Gontier & Nicky Phillips

Workshops/Readings:  Human Race Theatre, Canadian Music Theatre Project, Theatre Aquarius, Square One Series


Central Park Tango is based on the real life story of Roy and Silo, two male chinstrap penguins from the Central Park Zoo who wish to have a family of their own.  In this new family musical we learn how Roy and Silo meet. We see how their relationship grows and how the penguin community around them challenges and reacts to their union. A penguin musical about the modern day family.

Training & Award Nominations
In Flanders Fields
Book: Robert Gontier  
Music: Nicky Phillips
Lyrics: Robert Gontier & Nicky Phillips

​Premiere: Smile Theatre, 2009

Additional Productions: Lunchbox Theatre, 2010; Golden Apple Theatre, 2012; Smile Theatre 2014


In Flanders Fields is a musical based on the extraordinary life of Major John McCrae – soldier, doctor and poet – writer of the legendary elegy, “In Flanders Fields”.  Set during the great Battle of Ypres in WW1, the story weaves through his life as John shares his past with his dear friend Lt. Helmer. In this one act musical we see why John is propelled to write the most famous war poem in history.



Johnny Jackson
Johnny Jackson & His Heavenly Passion
By Robert Gontier  

Premiere: Toronto International Fringe Festival, 2008


Johnny Jackson is about an eleven year old boy asking many of life’s most important questions about puberty, death and butterflies. He is on a mission to find his sister who he loves and misses dearly.  The play uses both comedy and tragedy to tell the tale of his older sister who is diagnosed with cancer.  Johnny believes that heaven is a tangible place and goes on a mission to find her there.  This is a one-man show about hope through the eyes of a child. A breathtaking story that truly delves deep into the world of loss and perseverance.

  • Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project

  • Lehman Engel Advanced Workshop Series for Musical Theatre, Scriptlab

  • Writer’s Lab, Royal Conservatory of Music

  • Craft of Musical Theatre Writing, Scriptlab

  • Performance Foundations, Ryerson University

  • Playwrights Guild of Canada Award - Finalist

  • Betty Mitchell nomination for Outstanding Production of a Musical

Writing Agent

For professional writing inquires:

Michael Petrasek

The Talent House

500A Bloor Street West, 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON, M5S 1Y3


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