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Leisa Way and the Wayward Wind Band

Leisa is a native of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, better known as the former nickel mining capital of the world! She started singing at events when she was 9 years old, and at age 12 sang for Queen Elizabeth. Since then, she has performed for every member of the Britain's Royal Family, excluding the young princes! Her studies took her to the University of Toronto where she studied opera, and the Banff School of Fine Arts where she caught her bug for musical theatre.

Leisa took her first professional role in 1981, when she played Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, and she has performed in over 100 professional productions since then, both plays and musicals. In Canada, she is perhaps best known for her starring role as Anne in Anne of Green Gables, a role she played for six years at the Charlottetown Festival, including six tours to Japan and Canadian and U.S.A. tours and over 1,000 performances.

Her 25-year career in theatre has taken her to countries and theatres all over the world, starring in such roles as “Peter Pan” in Peter Pan (both in Canada and the United States, including the Forrest Theatre in Carmel, CA.), as well as playing “Wendy” to Olympic Medallist Cathy Rigby's Peter Pan (U.S.A. Tour), Polly in Crazy For You (South American tour) and Peggy in 42nd Street (Ntl Tour). In Canada, Leisa starred as Magnolia in ShowBoat; as Billie Dawn (the Judy Holiday role) in Born Yesterday; Patsy Cline in A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline; The Woman in Dave Carley's Test Drive; Guenevere in Camelot; Carly in Maritime Star; Maria in The Sound of Music; Josefine/Monica in Romance, Romance; Diana in Lend Me a Tenor; Laurey in Oklahoma; Sally in Me and My Girl; Maggie in Harvest Moon Rising; Eileen in The Invisibility of Eileen; Sandy in Grease!; and as Heather in the Canadian hockey musical, Home and Away.

In the United States, Leisa performed the leading roles in Crazy for You; Forty Second Street, Grease!; TinTypes, Peter Pan; and she also starred in the U.S. National tour of the hit off-Broadway musical, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change!, a show about love and marriage that touches people of every generation. She also did a long run of this show at the beautiful Gem Theatre in Detroit, and returned to her hometown of Sudbury in the show.

Leisa is a great fan of Canadian playwright Norm Foster and has been privileged to star in a few of his plays, including The Long Weekend (in Bermuda and Canada), The Melville Boys, The Love List, (at 6 different theatres), and Race Day, his musical with composer Steve Thomas.

Leisa has performed her one-woman Cabaret shows on various cruise lines including Silver Sea Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Regal Cruises and Japan's Venus Cruise Line. She performs a Judy Garland cabaret, an Evening of Jazz; a Stroll Down Broadway, a cabaret of Latin music, and an old War-time Radio show.

Leisa began another exciting chapter of her career in 2007 when she began producing her own concerts, starting with Sweet Dreams: A Tribute to Patsy Cline. In 2010 Leisa fulfilled another dream, producing Rhinestone Cowgirl, which celebrates the music of the legendary Dolly Parton. Then in 2012, Leisa debuted two more concerts, Country Jukebox: The Best of Country Duets and You Give Me Fever: A Tribute to Peggy Lee, a show which allowed Leisa and her band to return to their love of the music of the Big Band Era. These concerts have now played at over 60 theatres across Canada. In 2013 Leisa debuted Wichita Lineman: The Music of Glen Campbell starring Aaron Solomon, a concert that has garnered much attention, as Glen Campbell recently completed his Farewell Tour. Most recently, Leisa debuted the world premier of Oh, Canada, We Sing For Thee! a concert that celebrates the greatest singers and songwriters of our incredible country. And this Holiday Season, Leisa is excited to debut her 7th concert, Have Yourself A Swinging Little Country Christmas.

What is next? Watch for these fabulous concerts at a theatre near you!

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