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.
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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
With a heavy heart Mirvish Productions will mark the life of Brent Carver, one of Canada’s most acclaimed actors, by dimming the marquee lights of two theatres on Friday August 7 at 8PM — the Royal Alexandra, in which he performed his solo show of stories and songs in 1995; and the Princess of Wales, in which he starred as Gandalf in the world premiere production of The Lord of the Rings in 2006. ©Marcus Oleniuk (Toronto Star)
Acclaimed musical theatre star Ma-Anne Dionisio performs “The Bottle and the Song”. The six-part serialized story (available in a podcast) and song cycle (released as a music video) continues today with a new chapter and new song release.