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
Until October 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.
Until 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.
Until 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.
Until 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.
Until November 30, 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.
Until January 2015 at The Second City
In this hysterical new collection of satiric sketches, songs, and improvisations, Canada’s comedic explorers set out on a mission to amuse, delight, and maybe figure out where humanity has gone wrong. The Second City’s adventurers will defy physics, flout convention, probably stop for directions once or twice, and if they’re lucky, discover a tasty new place to grab brunch.
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!
November 12 – 30, 2014 at the 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)
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.
November 17 – January 1, 2014 at The Second City.
Put all your winter worries on hold, and spend some quality time with The Second City. Holidazed & Confused is a hilarious new collection of satirical sketches and songs that lovingly lampoon all the absurd rituals, stresses, and obligations of the festive season.
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.
December 23, 2014 – February 15, 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.
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.
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!
December 24, 2014 – January 4, 2015 at Princess of Wales Theatre.
Canada’s finest skating artists are being brought from the ice rinks into the legitimate theatre. Elvis Stojko, Shae-Lynn Bourne, Violetta Afansieva & Pete Dack are among the luminaries who will star in this brand new show specifically created for the Princess of Wales Theatre. The massive stage of this state-of-the-art theatre will be frozen to allow these world champions and Olympians to present their brilliant moves to an audience enjoying the comfort of a real theatre. They will be interpreting many of the standards of musical theatre, with a few holiday favourites thrown in. BLADES ON STAGE promises spectacular holiday entertainment for the whole family.
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”!
January 15 – February 1, 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!
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.
February 11, 2015 – March 15, 2015 at Princess of Wales Theatre.
Following the internationally acclaimed sold-out engagements on Broadway and London’s West End, theatre legend, Oscar-recipient and five-time Tony Award-winner ANGELA LANSBURY returns to the stage this winter in her Tony Award®-winning role as Madame Arcati. Researching for his new novel, Charles Condomine invites the implausible medium Madame Arcati to his house for a séance. While consumed in a trance, Madame Arcati unwittingly summons the ghost of Charles’ dead wife Elvira. Appearing only to Charles, Elvira soon makes a play to reclaim her husband, much to the chagrin of Charles’ new wife Ruth. Now if he wants his latest marriage to stand a GHOST of a chance, he’d better conjure up a solution quickly.
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.
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.
March 14 – April 15, 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?
April 9 – 19, 2015 at The Royal Alexandra Theatre.
In a side-splitting, historic finale, Dame Edna Everage is capping a spectacular career spanning 50 years of bravura showmanship in this farewell celebratory, sold-out performances show across the world. With her take-no-prisoners comedy and hijinks, Dame Edna is not going out with a whimper: No one is safe from the Dame’s wicked tongue.
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.
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.
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.
May 20 – June 21, 2015 at Princess of Wales Theatre.
The haunting story of the great ship Titanic is transformed by composer and lyricist Maury Yeston (Nine, Grand Hotel) into a riveting musical in which the hopes and dreams of rich and poor, heroes and cowards, lovers and foes are woven together in a celebration of the human spirit. Before the famed blockbuster movie hit the screens, the original Broadway production proved its might by winning 5 Tony® awards, including Best Musical. Now, Toronto audiences will be the only North American city to experience the launch of this acclaimed London revival at the Princess of Wales Theatre.
Begins June 24, 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.
July 8 – August 16, 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.