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Friday, July 18, 2014

Upcoming shows September to December 2014 at Toronto's Mirvish theatres


SHOW SYNOPSIS

JULIE MADLY DEEPLY
September 30 – October 19 (in rep with The Boy with tape on his face)
Panasonic Theatre
Starring Sarah-Louise Young
Musical director Michael Roulston
Directed by Russell Lucas
Adored by millions, Dame Julie Andrews is a genuine legend of showbiz around the globe. This charming and cheeky musical show features songs from The Sound Of Music, My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins, Victor/Victoria and many more. Julie’s incredible career is celebrated by a true super-fan: the award-winning singer, West End actress and international cabaret star Sarah-Louise Young, who has been named by Time Out as one of London’s Top Ten cabaret performers. The brilliant songs are linked by stories and anecdotes about Andrews’ own life, from her beginnings as a child star to the recent challenges of losing her famous singing voice. What emerges is a delightfully funny and candid love letter to a true show business survivor.

WICKED
September 3 – November 2, 2014
Ed Mirvish Theatre 
By Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman
Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire
Musical Staging by Wayne Cilento
Directed by Joe Mantello 
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Variety calls WICKED “a cultural phenomenon,” and it continues to break box office records across North America. Winner of over 50 major awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony® awards, WICKED is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” – The New York Times Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the Land of Oz. One—born with emerald green skin—is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete—and completely satisfying—musical in a long time” – USA Today.


OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD
September 13 - October 26
Royal Alexandra Theatre 
Directed by Max Stafford-Clark
By Timberlake Wertenbaker
Based on The Playmaker by Thomas Keneally 
In 1788, Britain opened Australia’s first penal colony with 734 men, women and children—criminals—sent into exile “for our country’s good.” This brilliant historical drama tells the powerful, true story of a ragbag cast of those first convicts who put on a play under the guidance of an earnest young marine officer. As the barriers between captors and captives break down, they start to discover each other, both onstage and behind the scenes. On the 25th anniversary of its Olivier Award-winning premiere, original, acclaimed director Max Stafford-Clark brings us his new production of this great classic!

THE BOOK OF MORMON
September 16 - November 2
Princess of Wales Theatre 
Book, Music & Lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone
Co-directed by Trey Parker and Casey Nicholaw
Choreographed by Casey Nicholaw 
MORMON’S BACK!
The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” Entertainment Weekly says, “Grade A: The funniest musical of all time.” And Jon Stewart of The Daily Show calls it “A crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry.” 
It’s THE BOOK OF MORMON, the nine-time Tony Award®- winning Best Musical from the creators of South Park
Contains explicit language.


THE BOY WITH TAPE ON HIS FACE
October 1 – October 19 (in rep with Julie Madly Deeply)
Panasonic Theatre
Starring Sam Wills
This unique silent comedy phenomenon has won standing ovations across the globe, including a sold-out season in London's West End and playing for the Queen as part of the esteemed Royal Variety Performance. Now, The Boy With Tape On His Face comes to Toronto for the first time in this strictly limited season.
'The Boy' is New Zealand's Sam Wills, whose piercing blue eyes stare out above a mouth that remains firmly sealed with gaffer tape throughout the show. Everyday objects are put to incredible new uses, with the help of genius slapstick imagination and a brilliant popular soundtrack. Each carefully prepared scene builds suspense until its hilarious and unpredictable climax... sometimes with the help of audience volunteers!
In The Boy's world of possibilities, the only certainty is laughter. That's why audiences of all ages the world over have been flocking to his shows for five years, with many compelled to return and enjoy it all over again.
Don't miss this unique blend of stand-up comedy with no talking, drama with no dialogue, and punch lines without words. Witness how this global hit speaks for itself through gales of laughter

ARCADIA
By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Eda Holmes 
November 4 - December 14
Royal Alexandra Theatre 
You are in for a dazzling Tom Stoppard tale of secrecy and intrigue that’s been hailed by critics as a masterpiece. It’s a mystery wrapped in a love story, wrapped in a scandal. In its unraveling, the play zigs and zags from mathematics to poetry, from sex to gardening! It’s a time and mind-bending roller-coaster ride that is also one of Stoppard’s funniest and most moving plays. 
We are delighted to bring Toronto this record-breaking, sell-out, hit Shaw Festival production of an Olivier and Evening Standard Award-winner that The New York Times called “Stoppard’s richest, most ravishing comedy to date, a play of wit, intellect, language, brio and emotion.”

BUYER & CELLAR
The Hit Comedy By Jonathan Tolins
Directed by Stephen Brackett
November 12 - 30
Panasonic Theatre
Winner! 2013 Drama Desk Award: Outstanding Solo Performance 
BUYER & CELLAR is an outrageous new comedy about the oddest of odd jobs: “an underemployed Los Angeles actor going to work in Barbra Streisand’s Malibu basement.” (The New York Times)
“A triumph!  The most talked about comedy of the year!” - The New York Times
“Hilarious! Beyond brilliant!  This show will go like butta’!” – Entertainment Weekly
"The funniest comedy of the year!" – The New York Observer
"This show is a crowd-pleaser.” – New Yorker

THE HEART OF ROBIN HOOD

By David Farr
Music by Poor Old Shine
Lyrics by Poor Old Shine and David Farr
Directed by Gisli Örn Gardarsson
December 22 – March 1, 2015
Royal Alexandra Theatre 
Forget everything you ever knew about Robin Hood! Playwright David Farr and director Gisli Örn Gardarsson have reimagined the folklore to create an intelligent and inventive new legend all their own. 
In this spectacular rendition of the fabled tale, Robin and his very unmerry gang of cutthroats may steal from the rich, but it’s never occurred to them to give anything back to anyone! But, as the wicked Prince John threatens all, bold Marion steps up to protect the poor… and convert the thuggish Robin from outlaw to hero. 
Originally commissioned by Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company, our rollicking production of this 2013 U.K. hit is filled with magic, adventure, romance, laughter and music performed by the acclaimed group Poor Old Shine! Just be aware: Don’t blink or you’ll miss the shark! 

DONNY & MARIE CHRISTMAS IN TORONTO
December 9 – 21
Princess of Wales Theatre
In the holiday tradition of the “Osmond Family Christmas” television specials, the legendary Donny and Marie invite you and your family to celebrate the spirit of the season in true Osmond fashion. With a dash of Christmas spirit and their trademark show-stopping production numbers, Donny & Marie Christmas in Toronto features Christmas songs and cheer plus hits from their illustrious careers all mixed with their irresistible chemistry that made them international stars.

JERSEY BOYS
Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice
Music by Bob Gaudio and Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Choreography by Sergio Trujillo
Directed by Des McAnuff 
December 17 – January 4, 2015
Ed Mirvish Theatre 
“TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE!” raves the New York Post for JERSEY BOYS, the Tony®, Grammy® and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide—all before they were 30!  JERSEY BOYS features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”
 

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