Theatre Guide: What’s On

From dazzling artistry to classic show-stopping production numbers, this is a lineup worthy of a standing ovation.

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Vampire Campfire

Until August 27, 2015 at The Second City.

Summertime laughs for all ages! Through singing, dancing and lots of interactive bits, The Second City cast tells the story of a spooky, silly gang of ghouls forced to spend their summer at a remedial camp for monsters. Recommended for ages 5 - 13. Running time: approximately 60 minutes. Matinee Performances: Every Wednesday & Thursday at 1:00 pm.

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The Best of Second City

Until August 30, 2015 at The Second City.

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 the funniest material from the past fifty years, as well as wild unpredictable laughs inspired by the audience’s suggestions.

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Until August 30, 2015 at Ed Mirvish Theatre.

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.

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Kinky Boots

Until November 8, 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.

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Motown The Musical

September 22 to October 25, 2015 at Princess of Wales Theatre.

It began as one man’s story… became everyone’s music… and is now Broadway’s musical. Motown The Musical is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more.

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Hana’s Suitcase

October 5 to 30, 2015 at Young People’s Theatre.

When a child’s suitcase arrives at the tiny Children’s Holocaust Centre in Tokyo, the curator embarks on an extraordinary journey to uncover the story of Hana and her fate at the hands of the Nazis. This true story, originally a radio documentary and then an international best-selling book, premiered at YPT in 2006 with two of its real-life protagonists in attendance, George Brady and Fumiko Ishioka.

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October 13 to 23, 2015 at Young People’s Theatre.

An epic West African story comes to life in this award-winning production about a mystical young boy’s quest to return water to the land amidst a relentless drought. YPT brings back this audience favourite, which won the Dora Award for Outstanding Theatre for Young AUdiences Production in 2012.

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Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang

November 16 to December 20, 2015 at Young People’s Theatre.

The theatrical Jacob Two-Two returns in time for the 40th anniversary of the book by renowned Canadian author Mordecai Richler. It’s an action-packed musical filled with suspense, comedy and adventure, featuring new music and lyrics by talented young song-writing duo, Britta and Anika Johnson.

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The Phantom of the Opera

December 8, 2015 to January 23, 2016 at Princess of Wales Theatre.

Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal musical success will come to Toronto as part of a brand new North American Tour. Hailed by critics as “bigger and better than ever before,” this production boasts exciting new special effects, scenic and lighting designs, staging and choreography.

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Traces By 7 Fingers

December 15 to 27, 2015 at Panasonic Theatre.

Created in 2006, Traces has been presented more than 1,700 times in 200 cities around the world. The show has been invited to America’s Got Talent twice. Combining traditional acrobatic forms with street elements such as skateboarding and basketball, mixed in with some theatre and contemporary dance, it surprises, awes and delights at every turn.

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Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

December 2015 / January 2016 at Ed Mirvish Theatre.

The Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists!

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February 9 to 19, 2016 at Young People’s Theatre.

Two young neighbours discover they live in worlds that are very far apart in this moving coming-of-age story about how Mistatim – the Cree word for horse – brings them together to form the truest of friendships. Red Sky Performance offers dynamic, movement-based Aboriginal stories for audiences young and old.

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Goodnight Moon

February 29 to March 19, 2016 at Young People’s Theatre.

The Great Green Room comes to life before your eyes in this delightful family musical that stays true to the beloved book. One of the best ways for children to feel cherished and loved is to cozy up with a children’s classic!

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The Wizard of Oz

April 4 to May 15, 2016 at Young People’s Theatre.

In this refreshing new take on the family musical classic, Dorothy once again tries to find her way back home, only to learn she must find ‘home’ within herself.

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