Every subscription season has a purpose and it only takes one glance at the 2016-2017 Mirivsh entertainment platform to see how. The company has announced 7 productions that further proves why our beloved city deserves a world theatre destination honour.
The Broadway blockbuster Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, London’s West End The BodyGuard, the North American premiere of Strictly Ballroom The Musical and Mrs. Henderson Presents.
Fiona Reid will star in The Olivier and Tony Award-winning drama The Audience while The 7 Fingers tingles audiences with a the new theatrical marvel Cuisine & Confessions.
Off-Mirvish shows including Fight Night, My Night With Reg, and Butcher.
THE 7 FINGERS’ CUISINE & CONFESSIONS
Directed by Shana Carroll and Sébastien Soldevila
November 1 – December 4, 2016 – Princess of Wales Theatre
Storytelling through food… this is the sweet taste of childhood, of a summer breeze through a screen door. Or the hot chocolate-dampened lips of a first kiss.
Life happens in the kitchen. Late night confessionals over tea and a jar of Nutella. Elaborately choreographed family meals. Lessons learned, secrets exchanged, bonds forged, reinforced by our most visceral of senses. Accompanying the usual eye-popping flight of acrobatic choreography and pulsating music are the other three senses — the touch of hands in batter, the smell of cookies baking, the taste of roasted oregano — leading us through a span of times and countries, all the while the iconic kitchen our common meeting point.
From the creators of this past season’s smash hit Traces, comes CUISINE & CONFESSIONS, a culinary and acrobatic treat that will satisfy the senses!
COME FROM AWAY – A NEW MUSICAL
Book, Music & Lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein
Directed by Christopher Ashley
November 15 – January 8, 2017 – Royal Alexandra Theatre
COME FROM AWAY is the breathtaking new musical that played record-breaking engagements in La Jolla and Seattle — and now it’s coming to Toronto prior to its Broadway run. Written by Canadians Irene Sankoff and David Hein (My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding), this is the stunning production from Tony®-nominated director Christopher Ashley (Memphis) that the Los Angeles Times calls “an affecting and stirring new musical.”
On September 11th, 2001, 38 planes with 6,579 passengers were stranded in Gander, a remote town in Newfoundland. The locals opened their hearts and homes, and hosted this international community of strangers for a week — spurring unexpected camaraderie in extraordinary circumstances. When the world stopped, their stories moved us all.
By Peter Morgan
Starring Fiona Reid as Queen Elizabeth II
Directed by Christopher Newton
January 17 – February 26, 2017 – Royal Alexandra Theatre
For over 60 years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each Prime Minister in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses. Canada’s very own television, screen and stage star, Fiona Reid will take the throne in this riveting new play by Peter Morgan, the writer of the Academy Award®-nominated film, The Queen.
THE AUDIENCE takes theatregoers behind the walls of Buckingham Palace and into the private chambers of Queen Elizabeth II as she meets with each of her Prime Ministers through her 60 year reign, from when she was a young mother to now as a Great Grandmother. From the old warrior Winston Churchill, to the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher, through the charm offensive of Tony Blair right up to today’s meetings with the current incumbent David Cameron, the Queen advises her Prime Ministers on all matters both public and personal. Through these private audiences, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch. Don’t miss being a part of THE AUDIENCE.
Screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan
Book by Alexander Dinelaris
Directed by Thea Sharrock
February 11 – May 14, 2017 – Ed Mirvish Theatre
The smash hit musical direct from London’s West End. Former Secret Service agent Frank Farmer is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge — what they don’t expect is to fall in love.
Based on the 1992 Warner Bros. film written by acclaimed, Oscar®-nominated screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and adapted by Academy Award®-winner Alexander Dinelaris, this exciting, thrilling, uplifting and moving production of THE BODYGUARD is headed to Toronto.
MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS
Book and Direction by Terry Johnson
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by George Fenton and Simon Chamberlain
March 12 – April 23, 2017 – Royal Alexandra Theatre
Direct from London’s West End comes the new hit musical MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS.
It’s London, 1937, and recently widowed eccentric, Laura Henderson, is looking for a way of spending her time and money when her attention falls on a run down former cinema in Great Windmill Street. Hiring feisty impresario Vivian Van Damm to look after the newly renovated Windmill Theatre, the improbable duo present a bill of non-stop variety acts. But as war looms something more is required to boost morale and box office… When Mrs Henderson comes up with the idea of The Windmill Girls — glamorous young women posing as nude statues — audiences flock.
STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL
Presented by Global Creatures
Created by Baz Luhrmann
Directed and Choreographed by Drew McOnie
April 25 – July 9, 2017 – Princess of Wales Theatre
Get ready to fall in love with STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL, the dazzling new show based on the much-loved hit Australian film. This joyous musical has audiences dancing in the aisles in a kaleidoscope of colour and fun — and now it’s Toronto’s turn!
This brand new stage production is brought to life by an international team including the original creative duo behind the classic 1992 film, Baz Luhrmann and Academy Award®-winning designer Catherine Martin. STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL is the inspiring story of a championship ballroom dancer who defies all the rules to follow his heart. It features classic songs from the film including Love is in the Air, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps and Time After Time, as well as wonderful new songs from internationally-acclaimed artists such as Sia.
BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical
Book by Douglas McGrath
Words and Music by Gerry Goffin & Carole King,
and Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil
Choreographed by Josh Prince
Directed by Marc Bruni
July 5 – August 20, 2017 – Ed Mirvish Theatre
BEAUTIFUL — The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.
Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including I Feel The Earth Move, One Fine Day, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, You’ve Got A Friend and the title song, BEAUTIFUL has a book by Tony Award®- nominee and Academy Award®-nominated writer Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, choreography by Josh Prince, and took home two 2014 Tony® Awards and a 2015 Grammy®.
For ticket information on any of these shows visit www.mirvish.com or 416-872-1212