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The Second City Fall 2015 Mainstage Revue: Click Bait & Switch

Now on at The Second City Mainstage Theatre.

The Second City’s Click Bait & Switch is a carnival of comedy packed with twists, turns and surprises. Like the ever-titillating web links that inspired the title, Click Bait & Switch is full of absurd characters and meme-worthy scenes that will stretch your understanding of reality. Saucy, satirical and deeply silly, Click Bait & Switch invites you to a weird and wonderful world you’ll want to visit again and again.

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Kinky Boots

EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 20, 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 November 1, 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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Spoon River (Presented by Soulpepper)

November 5 to 22 (select dates) at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts

Winner of the 2015 Dora Award for Outstanding New Musical! Edgar Lee Masters’ seminal poems of the dead are brought to vibrant life in this original musical adaptation. Spoon River’s long-deceased residents raise their voices in song to narrate their own epitaphs, telling of their lives, loves, losses, and hard-earned truths, in an immersive portrait of early 20th-century rural America.

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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 Second City Unwrapped

November 23, 2015 to January 1, 2016 at The Second City Mainstage Theatre.

The Holidays – like you’ve never seen them before! The Second City cuts through all the tinsel to the hilarious un-frosted truths about the holiday season. Toronto’s renown comedy troupe presents fresh and festive collection of satirical sketches and songs.

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A Christmas Carol (Presented by Soulpepper)

December 3, 2015 to January 3, 2016 (select dates) at theYoung Centre for the Performing Arts

Bah Humbug! Soulpepper’s beloved production of Michael Shamata’s A Christmas Carol has become a Toronto holiday tradition. Follow Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by three ghosts who help him understand the importance of charity in the holiday season. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

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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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Parfumerie (Presented by Soulpepper)

December 10 to 27 at Bluma Appel Theatre St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.

By great demand, the award-winning, heart-warming holiday hit returns! In this uproarious comedy for the whole family, that forms the basis for both The Shop Around the Corner and You’ve Got Mail,  two shop clerks kindle a tender love affair through anonymous letters while they unwittingly squabble with one another in person.

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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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A Very Soulpepper Christmas

December 19, 20, 23 and 26 at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts.

You and yours are invited to a family concert full of stories and music, celebrating your favourite sounds of the season with a Soulpepper twist. Featuring Mike Ross and members of the Soulpepper family, with surprise special guests stopping by.

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The Second City Presents The Naughty Listers

December 19, 2015 to January 1, 2016 at The Second City.

A hilarious holiday musical for all ages! The North Pole is thrown into chaos when one of Santa’s most trusted elves goes rogue. To get the holidays back on track, Santa will need the help of some of the naughtiest children ever. The Second City is proud to present The Naughty Listers – a hilarious mix of puppets, live action, and song that all members of the family will enjoy. Even the naughty ones.

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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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