Mirvish Productions is the premier name in Toronto Theatre, bringing musicals, dramas, comedies and more to the theatre stage for over 50 years.
Today, many of the schools in Toronto reopen. This is another marker that life was it as before the pandemic is slowly returning. Appropriately, Check In From Away checks in with three actors who have played teachers on our stages. It’s an episode you won’t want to miss — full of the charm, humour and honesty that SnL are now famous for.
We also have the final instalment of Ghosts of the Royal Alex. It started with a song that inspired many collaborators: our writer, editors, voice artists, singers, directors, musicians, readers and listeners who in turn shaped where the story would take us. This is the power of storytelling, an art so ancient and compelling that it oozes out of every pore of humanity and has the power to unite us.
We share a new music video from The Rowdymen, a group that includes George Masswohl (aka Come From Away’s Mayor of Gander). The group’s new song, “Bell Island Pony” takes us to Newfoundland and tells the story of the horses that worked in the iron ore mines.
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Today marks the official start of autumn 2020, and if the COVID-19 pandemic had not pressed pause on human activities six months ago, this would have been the week in which Toronto’s illustrious and vibrant theatre, dance and opera companies would have collectively launched the 2020-21 season. And what a season it would have been: hundreds of plays, musicals, dances and operas playing to millions of audience members.
The Ed Mirvish Theatre may be Toronto’s most dramatic venue. Although the building, which celebrates its centennial this year, has spent most of its life as a cinema, it has had more drama and conflict offstage than many theatres have had onstage.
“Come From Away” is the most successful show in Canadian-made musical theatre history. Three years into its run in Toronto, it was still packing houses.
Irene Sankoff and David Hein - Photo STEVE RUSSELL