The Gray: A Wilde Musical is inspired by Oscar Wilde’s classic, The Picture of Dorian Gray,  follows a young singer-songwriter determined to be a star, as he enters the hottest rock nightclub in Toronto’s Gay Village in the late 70s, David’s Disco.

Catching the eye of Basil, a closeted photographer, Dorian gets a picture taken of himself which he soon becomes obsessed with, and the power it holds over others. After the club’s owner, Henry, makes Dorian the Disco’s headline act and corrupts him into the dark side of nightlife culture, Dorian notices the once beautiful image turning into his inescapable nightmare.

Based on the series of real-life unsolved homicides, missing queer people, and the fire at David’s Disco in Toronto’s Gay Village during the 70s, Dorian’s journey merges this historical setting with Wilde’s timeless tale of morality and the relentless pursuit of beauty. With an original score inspired by the legendary genre of glam rock, The Gray explores self-expression, generational queer trauma, and what it means to find home in LGBTQ+ spaces. 

The original score is inspired by the legendary genre of glam rock and explores self-expression, generational queer trauma, and what it means to find home in LGBTQ+ spaces. Winner of “Best Original Work”, “Best Direction”, and “Best Virtual Show” at the University of Toronto Drama Coalition Awards 2022. 

The Gray: A Wilde Musical in Concert

Hart House Theatre, 1 Hart House Circle, Toronto

Running for FOUR performances only from April 20 – 22, don’t wait, get your tickets now.

Pre-show artist chat before the afternoon performance on Apr 22.

  • Book, Music, Lyrics and Direction by Anthony Palermo
  • Music Direction by Giustin MacLean

Check out the incredible cast that’s overflowing with talent and musical riffs that will have you singing along in your seat.


About the Author

Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist with a focus on travel, lifestyle, entertainment and hospitality. He has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He enjoys discovering delicious eats, tasting spirited treats, and being mesmerized by musical beats.