Theatre Guide: What’s On

From Tony™ award winning musicals to Broadway blockbusters to knee-slapping comedy, this is a lineup worthy of a standing ovation.

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Toronto Theatre Lineup

 

The Best of Second City

Friday Nights until Sept 26th.
The Second City Touring Company comes home to Toronto for an unforgettable night of classic and original sketch comedy and trademark improvisation. Featuring the next generation of talent, The Best of The Second City delivers some of our funniest material from the past fifty years, as well as wild unpredictable laughs inspired by the audience’s suggestions.

 

KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities

Until October 26, 2014 at Port Lands (Under the Grand Chapiteau).
The new Cirque du Soleil® show is coming to Toronto! Delve into a world of curiosity where seeing is disbelieving. The show, KURIOS™ – Cabinet of Curiosities, immerses you in a mysterious and fascinating realm that disorients your senses and challenges your perceptions, leaving you to wonder: “Is it real, or just a figment of my imagination?”

 

Wicked

September 3 – November 2, 2014 at Ed Mirvish Theatre (formerly The Canon).
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Don’t miss this production about the untold story of the witches of Oz, and that which Variety calls “a cultural phenomenon,”. It continues to break box office records across North America and has been winner of over 50 major awards.

 

Our Country’s Good

September 13 – October 26, 2014 at Royal Alexandra Theatre.
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. 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

Opens September 16, 2014 at Princess of Wales Theatre.
Returning to Toronto after its previous success, this Broadway phenomenon from the South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone has been described by various sources as the best musical of the year, the last 25 years and best musical of the century. Winner of 9 Tony Awards, including best musical.

 

Julie Madly Deeply

September 30 – October 19, 2014 at Panasonic Theatre.
A heartfelt homage to Dame Julie Andrews performed by a true super-fan: the award-winning singer, West End actress and international cabaret star Sarah-Louise Young. 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.

 

The Boy With Tape On His Face

October 1 – 19, 2014 at Panasonic Theatre.
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.

 

Falstaff

October 3 – November 1, 2014 at Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.
Falstaff’s life of sport and pleasure comes crashing down when his appetites lead to an ill-advised seduction scheme. Director Robert Carsen lovingly evokes 1950s England in this hilarious production, which recently delighted audiences at Covent Garden, La Scala and the Met.

 

To Kill a Mockingbird

October 6 – November 2, 2014 at Young People’s Theatre.
Racial injustice in Depression-era Alabama through the eyes of a child. An adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Recommended for grades 6 to 12 / ages 11 & up.

 

Madama Butterfly

October 10 – 31, 2014 at Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.
The story of the young geisha Cio-Cio San, her devotion to her American husband, and her subsequent heartbreak, unfold to Puccini’s exquisite score in one of the world’s best-loved operas.

 

Sleigh Bells Ring

November/ December at the Famous People Players Theatre.
Baby it’s cold outside, but we decked the hall with fun and laughter. Elves stuffed the turkey with surprises and Elvis appears from a stocking hung with care. The Queen of Ice will melt your heart, as the sleigh bells ring with JOY!

 

Buyer & Cellar

November 2014 at Panasonic Theatre.
A Canadian premiere! 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)

 

Arcadia

November 4 – December 14, 2014 at Royal Alexandra Theatre.
See this record-breaking, sell-out, hit Shaw Festival production of an Olivier and Evening Standard Award-winner. Arcadia, a Tom Stoppard tale, is 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.

 

James and the Giant Peach

November 24 to December 21, 2014 at Young People’s Theatre.
A rollicking new musical version of the beloved children’s classic. Canadian premiere! Recommended for grades 1 to 5 / ages 6 & up.

 

The Heart of Robin Hood

December 2014/January 2015 at 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.

 

Donny & Marie Christmas in Toronto

December 9 – 21, 2014 at 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.

 

Potted Potter

December 18 – 21, 2014 at Panasonic Theatre.
Playing to sold out houses all over the world, Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. This fantastically funny show features all your favorite characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic!

 

Jersey Boys

December 17 – January 4, 2015 at Ed Mirvish Theatre (formerly The Canon).
Jersey Boys is a Tony®, Grammy® and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical you won’t want to miss! It is a 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! Sing along to “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” and “Oh What a Night”!

 

Boom

January 2015 at Panasonic Theatre.
Part explosive performance, part riveting documentary (and part nostalgia trip), BOOM is a one man tour-de-force that captures the defining moments of the baby-boom generation.Folding the past into the future, with state-of-the-art multimedia, Gemini and Dora Award-winner Rick Miller guides us through 25 years of turbulent history and portrays the world’s most influential politicians, activists and musicians. It’s a mind-blowing experience for audiences of all generations!

 

Snow Angel

February 10 – 19, 2015 at Young People’s Theatre.
Celebrate the magic of winter and the ripple effect of kindness in one little girl’s neighbourhood. Recommended for JK to grade 3 | ages 4 & up.

 

Once

Returns February 10, 2015 at Ed Mirvish Theatre (formerly The Canon).
TONY-AWARD WINNING, SOLD-OUT, SMASH-HIT MUSICAL RETURNS Set in modern day Dublin, ONCE is the story of a Guy who gave up on his music—and his love—and the Girl who inspired him to dream again. This irresistibly breathtaking production is performed by an extraordinary all-Canadian cast of actor-musicians who sing, dance and play their hearts out live on stage.

 

Pinocchio

March 3 - 21, 2015 at Young People’s Theatre.
The timeless children’s classic comes alive in a wildly inventive new production. Recommended for grades 1 to 5 | ages 6 & up.

 

Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike

March/April 2015 at Panasonic Theatre.
What’s in a name? It can be quite a lot… if your parents have named you and your siblings for dysfunctional characters in the plays of Chekhov. Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia are so wallowed in boredom, depression, self-pity and resentment that they can’t even change out of their pajamas… until sister Masha comes home with a new boy-toy in tow. Can the hunky Spike deliver these lost souls from misery?

 

Emily’s Piano

April 13 to May 2, 2015 at Young People’s Theatre.
A search for a beloved family piano reveals the healing power of hope. World premiere based on the evocative children’s novel. Recommended for grades 5 to 10 | ages 10 & up.

 

Tagged

April 21 – May 8, 2015 at Young People’s Theatre.
A party photo goes viral. An investigation of accountability in our social media world. Recommended for grades 7 to 12 | ages 13 & up.

 

Bedtime!

May 6 – 14, 2015 at Young People’s Theatre.
Four phases of childhood told through exhilarating, high octane dance. Recommended for JK to grade 5 | ages 4 & up.

 

Kinky Boots

Begins June 2015 at Royal Alexandra Theatre.
Broadway’s high-heeled hit! KINKY BOOTS tells the story of Charlie, who has inherited his father’s nearly bankrupt shoe factory. Trying to save his family business, he finds inspiration—and much more—in the form of Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos.

 

Newsies

July/August 2015 at Ed Mirvish Theatre (formerly The Canon).
They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines… Direct from Broadway comes NEWSIES, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney! Based on true events, NEWSIES tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. It’s a rousing tale about fighting for what’s right… and staying true to who you are.