Steven Gallagher & Anton Lipovetsky. Photo by McKenzie James


On August 14th, 2003, Toronto was sent into chaos when the largest blackout in Canadian history left millions stranded in the dark and unable to reach or connect with their loved ones.

Inspired by real events, Blackout depicts three stories of connection that unfolded when the city was dark and strangers banded together to find the light. A new Canadian musical by two of Canada’s most exciting voices, Blackout is a story of hope, resilience and community.

Originally developed through The Musical Stage Company’s innovative musical development initiative Launch Pad, a selection of this new work was first seen in 2019 as part of REPRINT.


Commissioned with funding by the Aubrey & Marla Dan Fund for New Musicals

Originally commissioned by The Musical Stage Company (Mitchell Marcus, Artistic & Managing Director; Robert McQueen, Director of New Musical Development)" and Yonge Street Theatricals (Linda Barnett and Natalie Bartello, Producers) as part of Launch Pad.


Book by
Steven Gallagher

Music & Lyrics by
Anton Lipovetsky

Director & Dramaturg
Ann Hodges

Music Supervisor
Wayne Gwillim


Frequently Asked Questions

Show Calendar


              – Developed through the 2019 Launch Pad program. under its former title ‘CYGNUS’

              – Private Workshops with actors (Feb 2020, April 2020).


              Produced in association with Canadian Stage, BLACKOUT is set to have its full-length premiere in May 2021 at the Berkeley Street Theatre as part of Canadian Stage’s 2020-21 season.