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February 10, 2014

Category: Performing Arts

Col. Chris Hadfield

“Good morning, Earth.” That is how Colonel Chris Hadfield—writing on Twitter—woke up the world every day while living aboard the International Space Station for over five months.

During his stay in space, Hadfield became something of an extra-planetary media star. He not only tweeted photos, he tweeted Queen Elizabeth, William Shatner, talked to schoolchildren, strummed his guitar and provided videos about daily life on the station. On his last day on the ISS, he posted his farewell music video online—a reworking of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”—it exploded, garnering millions of views in its first hours alone. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the astronaut has done an “absolutely remarkable job as the first Canadian commander of the International Space Station and has brought the miracle of space travel home to Canadians and to the entire world.”

Chris Hadfield’s book, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth will be released in October. Don’t miss an evening with a Canadian icon who is out of this world.

For tickets or details: www.roythomsonhall.com

Venue: Roy Thomson Hall — 60 Simcoe Street

 
Date: February 10, 2014
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Location: Roy Thomson Hall

Così fan tutte

Atom Egoyan explores love, fidelity and the frailties of the human condition.

Celebrated director Atom Egoyan returns to the COC, bringing his signature style to this wry comedy about two couples gambling with faith and desire. Featuring a cast of exciting young opera stars and distinguished, seasoned veterans, this work is full of both farce and folly. Yet Mozart’s sublime musical depiction of the honest and intimate struggles of love and temptation is truly one of the greatest pieces about relationships ever written.

Performance time is approximately three hours, 5 minutes including one intermission.
Sung in Italian with English SURTITLES™.

For tickets: www.coc.ca

Venue: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts — 145 Queen Street West

 
Start: January 18, 2014
End: February 21, 2014
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Location: Canadian Opera Company

Un ballo in maschera

An all-star cast includes Canada’s great diva Adrianne Pieczonka and the exciting tenor Dimitri Pittas.

Composed directly after his hugely successful Rigoletto, La Traviata, and Il Trovatore, Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera depicts a deeply human tale of forbidden passion between two very grown-up lovers. This stunning production sets Verdi’s abiding love triangle in the American south of the 1960s, with its undertones of Kennedy-era tensions and power plays.

Performance time is approximately three hours including two intermissions.
Sung in Italian with English SURTITLES™.

For tickets: www.coc.ca

Venue: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts — 145 Queen Street West

 
Start: February 2, 2014
End: February 22, 2014
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Location: Canadian Opera Company

A Masked Ball

The Canadian Opera Company presents A Masked Ball, Verdi’s bittersweet opera of forbidden passion amidst dramatic political machinations and turmoil. An all-star cast features great Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and American tenor Dimitri Pittas in role debuts as the opera’s two lovers, Amelia and Riccardo, embroiled in political intrigue beyond their control. Russian mezzo-soprano Elena Manistina returns to the COC as the mysterious fortune teller Ulrica, rising star British baritone Roland Wood makes his Canadian debut as Amelia’s husband, Renato, and Ensemble Studio graduate Canadian soprano Simone Osborne is the saucy page, Oscar. Stephen Lord, one of North America’s most distinguished conductors, leads the COC Orchestra and Chorus through Verdi’s thrilling score. This production from directors Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito sets the action in an invented reality that draws on American culture, mythology and visuals from the heightened Kennedy-era politics of the 1960s to the red carpet pageantry of awards shows in the new millennium. Striking period sets and costumes evoke the television series Mad Men, full of the colour, optimism and vitality of the early 1960s, along with the occasional more contemporary detail.

Single tickets for A Masked Ball are $12 – $332 (with specially priced $22 tickets available for people under the age of 30). To purchase, go to www.coc.ca, call COC Ticket Services at 416-363-8231, or visit the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts Box Office, located at 145 Queen St. W., Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For tickets: www.coc.ca

Venue: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts — 145 Queen Street West

 
Start: February 2, 2014
End: February 22, 2014
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Location: Canadian Opera Company

Tribes

The Canadian premiere of this witty, daring, and jarringly emotional play that was the “Year’s Best” in New York in 2012.

A Theatrefront Production produced in association with Canadian Stage. A Canadian premiere.

Billy is deaf but his unconventional family has tried to raise him as part of the hearing world. It’s not until he meets Sylvia, a young woman who is becoming deaf herself, that he finally discovers what it means to be heard. Winner of the 2012 Drama Desk and New York Theatre Critics Circle awards, Tribes is an intelligent, provocative, and jarringly emotional play that gets its Canadian premiere at Canadian Stage.

“Extraordinary.” – The New Yorker.

“Dazzling.” – New York Post.

“#1 New Play of the Year!” – New York Magazine.

For more details: www.canadianstage.com

Venue: Berkeley Street Theatre — 26 Berkeley Street

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Start: February 2, 2014
End: March 2, 2014
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Heartbeat of Home

North American Premiere

From the producers of the international phenomenon, Riverdance, comes a brand new show!

Heartbeat of Home is a music and dance spectacular! A world-class cast of thirty-eight of the best Irish, Latin and Afro-Cuban dancers and musicians will create a dream world of joyous, high-energy, heart-stopping performances.

Modern, mesmerizing, emotionally satisfying and fun! Heartbeat of Home is a crowd-pleaser for a new generation. Toronto audiences will be the first to see this exciting new show before it goes on its North American tour.

Visit www.heartbeatofhome.com for more information.

For tickets: www.Mirvish.com

Venue: Ed Mirvish Theatre (formerly The Canon) — 244 Victoria Street

 
Start: January 21, 2014
End: March 2, 2014
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Location: Mirvish Productions

Metamorphosis

Kafka’s terrifying but bizarrely comic story bursts onto the stage in a theatrically explosive new version.

The ordinary, unremarkable life of the Samsa family is turned upside down when their son, Gregor, the sole provider for the family, emerges one morning to find himself inexplicably transformed into a gigantic insect. His family’s feelings of revulsion turn to resentment with horrifying results.

This hugely acclaimed production combines breathtaking physicality and daring aerial action as the recently transformed Gregor lithely negotiates a gravity-defying split level set. Domestic tragedy or a metaphor for totalitarian brutality? Metamorphosisis fantastic, surprisingly funny and powerfully poignant.

For tickets: www.Mirvish.com

Venue: Royal Alexandra Theatre — 260 King Street West

 
Start: January 28, 2014
End: March 9, 2014
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Locations: Mirvish Productions

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Uptown Abbey & Speakeasy

Come and join the fun, and see if Lieutenant Carumbo can solve the case before everything is turned Upside Downton, in this classic Drawing Room Mystery!
A hilarious spoof of the popular British TV Drama.

Opening April 11th: Speakeasy! A roaring 20′s Murder Mystery:
Flappers and Gangsters and Guns… Oh, my!
Come and join the fun and participate in the solving of a hilarious whodunit?!

For more details: www.MysteriouslyYours.com or toll-free 1-800-NOT-DEAD.

Venue: Mysteriously Yours… Mystery Dinner Theatre — 2026 Yonge Street

 
Start: February 9, 2014
End: April 30, 2014
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Arrabal

ARRABAL, an exciting World Premiere, is an explosive story told entirely through dance and the music of multiple Academy Award® winner Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain, Babel) and his band Bajofondo.

Using a modern tango dance vocabulary never seen before, director Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, Memphis) and choreographer Julio Zurita create a dramatic vision that is emotional, sexual and powerful. With a book written by Tony Award® nominee John Weidman (Contact), follow Arrabal, our heroine, in this coming of age story as she enters the underground world of Buenos Aires’ tango clubs and discovers the violent history that took her father and disrupted a nation. ARRABAL is based on the true story of the political violence that threatened to destroy Argentina in the 1970’s. With a live band and performers direct from Buenos Aires, experience the sensual beauty and political intrigue that is ARRABAL.

For tickets: www.Mirvish.com

Venue: Panasonic Theatre — 651 Yonge Street

 
Start: February 4, 2014
End: May 11, 2014
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Location: Mirvish Productions