Toronto musical theatre fans have always found reliable fare in the nearby city of Oakville, Ontario, which hosts the Sheridan College Music Theatre Performance program, but Torontonians have been flocking westward like never before for Brantwood: 1920-2020. The site-specific, immersive show, directed and written by Mitchell Cushman and Julie Tepperman with music and lyrics by Britta Johnson, Anika Johnson and Bram Gielen, uses Sheridan students and four adult actors to mix stories from the school’s 100-year history through the hallways, classrooms, and fields.
Here are 10 reasons why this is a must-see show (one for each decade of the school’s history). More
Now that rehearsals have begun for The Wild Party, we’re checking in with this year’s Banks Prize recipients to see how their development into musical theatre superstars is going… More
Fresh on the heels of winning 2 Toronto Theatre Critics’s Awards, Acting Up Stage Company has been nominated for 6 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, with Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata going head to head with Falsettos for Outstanding Production in the Musical Theatre Division! More
The Book of Mormon
With NINE Tony Awards – including Best Musical – a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album, and top New York critics calling it the best new musical of the century, this is one show you won’t want to miss.
Opens April 30th – The Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto – mirvish.com or 416-872-1212
Check out Falsettos lighting designer Kim Purtell’s work before you see it at Daniels Spectrum. Arigato, Tokyo tells the story from the underground nightclubs of Tokyo to the hallowed stages of Noh Theatre, a visiting Canadian author is pulled into a world of obsession, sex, and longing. 4/4 stars in the Toronto Star and the Sun!
Now On Stage until April 14 – Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto – buddiesinbadtimes.com or 416-975-8555
The Whipping Man
A non-musical pick, but from our co-producers of Falsettos! Also stars the Dora-award winning actor, Sterling Jarvis, seen as the Bus in Caroline, or Change! It is Passover, 1865. The Civil War has just ended and the annual celebration of freedom from bondage is being observed in Jewish homes across the country. One of these homes, belonging to the DeLeons of Virginia, sits in ruins. Confederate officer Caleb DeLeon has returned from the war to fi nd his family missing and only two former slaves, who were also raised Jewish, remaining. Caleb is badly wounded and the two men, Simon and John, are forced to care for him. As the three men wait for the family’s return, they wrestle with their shared past as master and slave, digging up long-buried family secrets along the way as well as new ones. Slavery and war, they discover, warp even good men’s souls.
Now On Stage until April 14 – Toronto Centre for the Arts, Toronto – hgjewishtheatre.com or 416-733-0545
Brad Wheeler chats human connection with Veda Hille in The Globe and Mail.
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