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2020/21 Mirvish Theatre season features 13 shows, including six new productions
The 2020/21 Mirvish Theatre Season features 13 shows – 6 Main Season shows; 3 Off-Mirvish season shows, and 4 Bonus shows. The Main Subscription Season features six new productions, bringing Toronto audiences new plays and musicals and award-winning revivals of classics from London and New York:
• the Canadian premiere of PRESSURE, written by David Haig and starring Kevin Doyle of Downtown Abbey fame;
• two Andrew Lloyd Webber blockbusters – the new 50th Anniversary production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, and the Canadian premiere of LOVE NEVER DIES the sequel musical to The Phantom of the Opera.
• the North American premiere of & JULIET, the latest musical blockbuster from London in a major new Canadian production;
• the Canadian premiere of the radical retelling of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA!, winner of the 2019 Tony® Award for Best Revival of a Musical;
• and the North American premiere of the Chichester Festival stage adaptation of Agatha Christie’s MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS.
The Off-Mirvish Season offers three engaging, daring and fascinating shows:
• the Canadian premiere of THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE, by celebrated Australian writer Andrew Bovell and starring Canadian favourites Tom McCamus and Seana McKenna, co-produced with The Company Theatre;
• BOY FALLS FROM THE SKY, Jake Epstein’s autobiographical musical look at a young life in the theatre, a smash hit at Toronto’s Fringe Festival;
• the Toronto premiere of the Segal Centre for Performing Arts production of MYTHIC, a new musical that retells the story of Persephone and Hades set in present day and featuring 25 infectious original songs.
Four Bonus Shows – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Come From Away, Miss Saigon, and Les Misérables.
See below for full details, location, show dates, and ticket information.
MAIN SEASON – 6 SHOWS
PRESSURE – Canadian Premiere
Written by David Haig, Directed by John Dove, Starring Kevin Doyle, Malcolm Sinclair and Laura Rogers
SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER 2020
D-Day, June 1944. The Allied forces led by General Eisenhower are poised to launch. 350,000 lives are at stake and the decision of whether to attack comes down to the most important weather forecast of all time.
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics by Tim Rice, Choreography by Drew McOnie, Directed by Timothy Sheader
SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2020
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is an iconic musical phenomenon with a world-wide fan base. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, a new mesmerizing production comes to North America. Featuring award-winning music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes I Don’t Know How to Love Him, Gethsemane and Superstar.
LOVE NEVER DIES – Canadian Premiere
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Directed by Simon Phillips
DECEMBER 2020 – JANUARY 2021
The ultimate love story continues in LOVE NEVER DIES, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding follow-up musical to The Phantom of the Opera. The year is 1907. It is 10 years after his disappearance from the Paris Opera House and the Phantom has escaped to a new life in New York where he lives amongst the screaming joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island. In this new, electrically charged world, he has finally found a place for his music to soar, but he has never stopped yearning for his one true love and musical protégée, Christine Daaé.
& JULIET – North American Premiere
Book by David West Read, Music & Lyrics by Max Martin, Directed by Luke Sheppard
FEBRUARY – MARCH 2021
Brought to life by the iconic music of the internationally acclaimed songwriter Max Martin, & JULIET features some of the most successful songs of the last three decades including Hit Me Baby One More Time, I Want It That Way, Teenage Dream and many more. Experience the songs you know and love in thrilling arrangements by the Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning orchestrator Bill Sherman and story by David West Read (Netflix’s Schitt’s Creek) as & JULIET offers a brilliant new take on the world’s greatest love story. & JULIET proves that when it comes to love, there’s always life after Romeo.
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA! Canadian Premiere
Music by Richard Rodgers, Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein Il, Choreography by John Heginbotham, Directed by Daniel Fish
MAY – JUNE 2021
Stripped down to reveal the darker psychological truths at its core, Daniel Fish’s production tells a story of a community circling its wagons against an outsider, and the frontier life that shaped America. Upending the sunny romance of a farmer and a cowpoke, this Oklahoma! allows the classic musical to be seen in a whole new light.
Agatha Christie’s MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS North American Premiere
Adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig, Directed by Jonathan Church, Design by Rob Jones
JULY – AUGUST 2021
Step aboard the luxurious Orient Express where for one night everyone is a suspect. Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks, by morning one passenger is dead. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, Hercule Poirot must eliminate the suspects and close the case. Join Agatha Christie’s most famous detective Hercule Poirot as he seeks to solve the crime in this sumptuous and riveting murder mystery.
OFF-MIRVISH SEASON – 3 SHOWS
THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE Canadian Premiere
By Andrew Bovell, Starring Tom McCamus and Seana McKenna, Directed by Philip Riccio
A poignant family drama with universal resonance, THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE is the story of a year in the life of the Price family. Bob (Tom McCamus), recently let go from his job at a car factory, and Fran (Seana McKenna), a registered nurse, have raised their four children — Pip, Mia, Ben and Rosie — the best they could.
Now in their 60s, their children grown, they should be slowing down and taking time to smell the roses and enjoy a job well done. But a parent’s job is never finished, and as the seasons change, Bob and Fran find themselves guiding and supporting their children as they each face life-altering changes that shake the foundation of the once-stable family home.
BOY FALLS FROM THE SKY
Written and Performed by Jake Epstein, Developed with and Directed by Robert McQueen, Music Direction by Daniel Abrahamson
The thing about dreams is, they don’t always go as planned. Through a series of funny and revealing stories and songs, ranging from touring the US, to surviving Spider-Man, to enduring steroid shots and Broadway Boos, Epstein shares the rejection, stage fright and heartbreak behind a seemingly successful career in this showbiz tell-all.
MYTHIC – An Immortal New Musical
Musical Direction by Nick Burgess, Choreography Avihal Haham, Directed by Brian Hill
MYTHIC is a modern retelling of one of the greatest stories of all time — the myth of Persephone. The relationship between a mother and her teenage daughter can be sheer hell – especially if that daughter is a Greek goddess with a taste for the Underworld. MYTHIC turns the immortal Greek story of Persephone on its side, with the gods as chart-topping rock stars, power-hungry politicians, and professional socialites.
FOUR BONUS SHOWS
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD Canadian Premiere
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Directed by John Tiffany
Ed Mirvish Theatre – Begins October 2020
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne. It is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.
COME FROM AWAY Book, Music & Lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein
Directed by Christopher Ashley
Royal Alexandra Theatre – Now on stage through September 6, 2020
It’s been called the “edge of the world.” The weather is wild, but the locals never lack for warmth. And it’s here, in Newfoundland, where a remote town became the epicenter of a remarkable true story filled with unusual characters, unexpected camaraderie and uncommon generosity.
Book and Lyrics by Alain Boublil, Concept, Book & Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg
The Princess of Wales Theatre – May 5 – 24, 2020
Experience the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical Miss Saigon from the creators of Les Misérables. This is the story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim who is orphaned by war and forced to work in a bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American G.I. named Chris, but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For three years, Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he’s fathered a son.
LES MISÉRABLES a new production by Cameron Mackintosh
Author/Dramatist Alain Boublil, Book & Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg
The Princess of Wales Theatre – June 16 – August 23, 2020
By popular demand, Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award®-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables returns to Toronto. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an unforgettable story of heartbreak, passion, and the resilience of the human spirit.
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