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Review By Jeff Nelson

Try this for your next bar bet—what was the first reality television show? If anyone is foolish to take you up, you might clean up as the answer takes us back to the 1950′s. The answer is a game show called "Queen for a Day", one of the many shows that moved from radio to television in the mid-1950′s, but this show was different. It only used women contestants and was formatted, but largely unscripted.

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Favourite TV dad will be singing in Richmond Hill

Best known for his fatherly role as Jason Seaver on the TV show Growing Pains, Canadian and Hollywood star Alan Thicke is genuinely excited to return to Toronto this week to prepare for his big role in Richmond Hill's Queen For the Day: the Musical. Speaking from Los Angeles and squeezing a 15-minute interview into his busy day, Mr. Thicke laughs when asked if he will sing in the key role of Jack Bailey, the iconic host of a 1950s and 1960s Queen for a Day reality show.

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Trio on stage in Queen for a Day

Three Mississauga performers are appearing in Queen for a Day: The Musical, running Sept. 26 until Oct. 7 at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. Denise Oucharek, Lisa Horner and Angela Teek will share the stage with Alan Thicke, who’s back in his native Canada playing game-show host Jack Bailey in the new production. Queen for a Day was an American reality radio and TV show, which ruled the airways for more than 20 years, giving ordinary women the chance to become “Queen For a Day.”

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Ball will be rolling in Queen for a Day

David Ball is bursting onto Canadian theatre's big stage. The 21-year-old Innisfil resident will be part of the ensemble cast of Queen for a Day: The Musical at the state-of-the-art Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. The 12-performance run, featuring an all-Canadian cast including Growing Pains star Alan Thicke, begins Sept. 26.

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Actress stars in new musical making reality TV real

By Chet Greason

St. Marys resident Denise Fergusson has a lead role in world premiere of Queen for a Day. If you're an avid TV watcher, you probably consider reality television either a bane or a guilty pleasure. Formerly educational and quasi-intellectual channels like History and The Learning Channel (now TLC) are now rife with half-hour glimpses into the lives of the illiterate, the obsessive, and the mentally disturbed. Rare shining gems that genuinely seek to educate or to better people's lives are vastly outnumbered by exploitative fare, merciless nastiness, or outright freak-shows...

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Through Thicke and Thin

Jack Bailey never let a woman cry for too long. The dapper host of Queen for a Day knew just how to let her tearfully make the ask (anything from braces for a polio-afflicted child to muskrat traps or 80 muumuus), then deftly calm her just before an audience vote by applause meter. The "Queen" got her wish...

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The Original Real housewives of Toronto

For most 30-somethings, Canadian Allan Thicke, who played Dr. Seaver on Growing Pains, was the dad we all wanted to have. And while that may be your lasting memory of Thicke, he's back in native Canada playing game-show host Jack Bailey in the new musical: Queen for a Day...

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Alan Thicke onstage in GTA

The Toronto Star Richard Ouzounian (August 8, 2012)

An up-and-coming new musical just got itself a big established star. Alan Thicke, the Emmy-nominated Canadian actor, has joined the cast of Queen for a Day: the Musical, which will premiere on Sept 26 at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, the Star has learned.

The musical is based on the reality radio and TV show, which ruled the airways for more than 20 years, giving ordinary women the chance to become "Queen For a Day." Thicke will play Jack Bailey, the host of the show, who was a massively popular media figure in his day.

"I am thrilled to be joining such an amazing all-Canadian cast and creative team for the world premiere of Queen For a Day," said Thicke...

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Local woman behind Queen For A Day, The Musical Maija Hoggett, Staff (July 5, 2012)

ALLISTON - Long before the current onslaught of reality television, there was Queen For A Day. Banting Memorial High School graduate Natalie Bartello is helping to bring that magic back with Queen For A Day, The Musical, which is being staged at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts this fall. For the original television show, mothers took to the stage pleading their case, often for equipment to help a crippled child or money to provide for their family, to be Queen For A Day. After the contestants poured their hearts out, the audience applause would dictate the winner...

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For more information contact Natalie Bartello at 416‐312‐1034 or  //  Press