Now Playing:

Remembering Gene Kelly at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 11:25

Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore speaks to Patricia Ward Kelly about the legacy of her late husband Gene Kelly, investigates in-depth details on his most iconic performances, and learns more about her one of a kind stage show celebrating his work.

You know him for this:

And this:

But Gene Kelly’s talents were many; he was a true renaissance man. Along with being one of the true superstars of Hollywood, he was a director, choreographer, poet, singer, lover of culture, spoke multiple languages and a dancer (of course).

Through Gene Kelly, an entire generation discovered the beauty of dance traditions like ballet, but also experienced a creation of a new dance forms that embodied the American spirit. Kelly was a serious jazz lover and jazz musician and used the rhythms and sounds to inspire the movement of his body.

During his career he starred in Tinsel town classics like ‘It’s Always Fair Weather’, ‘An American in Paris’ and, of course, ‘Singin’ in the Rain’. He directed 1968’s ‘Hello Dolly’, the Oscar Award nominated musical.

Gene Kelly was beloved by his industry, honored with just about every award he was eligible for. He passed away in 1996 at the age of 83 with a trophy case overflowing with awards and accolades.

One of Hollywood’s most recognizable entertainers will be remembered on Thursday March 23rd at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto. ‘Gene Kelly: The Legacy’ features his loving wife Patricia Ward Kelly on stage for a night of storytelling, rare film and audio clips, and memorabilia. The event is in support of the Kennedy House Youth Homeless Shelter and Services.

Mark Wigmore met up with Patricia for a revealing conversation about her late husband at the Hilton Hotel Bliss Lounge near Pearson Airport.

‘Gene Kelly: The Legacy’ with Patricia Ward Kelly will be staged at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on March 23rd, 8pm start. For tickers, visit

Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore is heard at 8:40 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays during the JAZZ.FM91 Arts Report. And don’t miss his arts and culture interview and entertainment magazine program, Arts Toronto, Sundays between 8-9 a.m.

To get in touch with Mark it’s

Sorry, you need to register and log in to post a comment.

New York Festivals Awards

The Jazz Messenger

Sign up to receive our weekly e-newsletter, The Jazz Messenger.

Jazz Calendar Login

Forgot your password? Forgot your username?