Big news local theatre fans. Mirvish has announced their 2016/2017 season. And if there is one thing it isn't short on, it's shows. There are seven productions in the subscription for this season, three "Off Mirvish" productions, and four additional non-subscription show. A total of fourteen. The season includes several Canadian plays, an out of town Broadway preview, two North American premieres and a legend of stage and screen.
Come From Away is the obvious coup. A Newfoundland set musical, from Toronto-based David Hein and Irene Sankoff. The show is a heartwarming story about stranded 9/11 passengers and is Broadway bound. It is wonderful that a new musical is previewing here before heading to the Great White Way. Friends who saw workshops early on have said, "it is a terrific story and already a wonderful show." Really looking forward to that one in November/December of 2016.
For an idea of how great this show is going to be check out this little behind the scenes.
Also exciting is the latest work from Quebec circus troupe The 7 Fingers. I don't know much about them but I think the trailer speaks for itself.
Look for this one as part of the main stage subscription in the fall. Then in January of 2017 Toronto audiences will take a peek inside the private rooms of Buckingham Palace in the Olivier and Tony Award®-winning drama The Audience.
The Audience will star Canadian stage and screen legend Fiona Reid as Queen Elizabeth II.
The "Off-Mirvish" line up looks strong too. Studio 180 theatre and Mirvish Productions team up again for the Canadian premiere of Kevin Elyot’s My Night With Reg, a 1994 Olivier-winning comedy set amidst the AIDS crisis of the 1980s.
Another highlight is local hit Butcher, which was a critical and audience success last year for Why Not Theatre at the Theatre Centre. Butcher is a confrontational masterpiece by Governor General Award-winning playwright Nicholas Billon, and is part of the three show "Off-Mirvish" season. Although it may not be everyone's cup of tea, its inclusion shows Mirvish has been paying close attention to work being created locally. I'd say the "Off-Mirvish" subscription, while awkward branding, is a very exciting part of the 2016/17 season. You'll have to wait for Butcher until 2017 but here's a little taste.
Those two North American premieres we mentioned? Mrs. Henderson Presents, straight from the west end, which should be a crowd pleaser, and the Australian spectacle Strictly Ballroom The Musical. Look for Baz Luhrmann's stage adaptation of his classic film, to debut in North America, here in Toronto next May.
Also next summer Toronto audiences will have their chance to see Beautiful the Carol King Musical. The jukebox hit will finish off the 2016/2017 subscription season and audiences here are sure to enjoy the familiar tunes in this Tony Award winning show.
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