Stage Door Listings
The Shaw Festival presents the musical Brigadoon at the Festival Theatre, Niagara-on-the-Lake, May 25 to October 13.
Illustration: Poster for Brigadoon. © 2018 Keygordon.com.
All of Us (ballet) by Jean Grand-Maître to music of The Tragically Hip. Two warring clans battle to inherit the earth. Opens May 30, runs to Jun 1. Sony Centre, www.sonycentre.ca.
La Bohème (opera) by Giacomo Puccini. The lives and loves of starving artists in 19th-century Paris. In Italian with English surtitles. Opened Apr 17, runs to May 22. Four Seasons Centre, 1-800-250-4653, www.coc.ca.
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (musical) by Douglas McGrath. King's rise to fame as a songwriter and her second rise to fame as a singer-songwriter. Apr 9 to May 5, Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.
Come From Away (musical) by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. On September 11th, 2001, 38 planes with 6,579 passengers are stranded in Gander, Newfoundland. Opened Feb 13, 2018, booking to Jun 30, 2019. Elgin Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com. Runtime: 1h40m. ✭✭✭✭✭
Dear Evan Hansen (musical) by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul. A high school senior with social anxiety fabricates a lie after the death of a classmate. Opened Mar 28, runs to Jun 30. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.
887 (drama) by Robert Lepage. Lepage charts the social and political moments that shaped both our country and his identity. Opens May 3, runs to May 12. Bluma Appel Theatre, www.canadianstage.com.
Otello (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. Iago tires to destroy his commander by instilling him with jealousy. In Italian with English surtitles. Opened Apr 27, runs to May 21. Four Seasons Centre, 1-800-250-4653, www.coc.ca.
Next to Normal (musical) by Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey. A mother's struggle with bipolar disorder and its effect on her family. Apr 26-May 19. CAA Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.
Return to Grace (revue). Steve Michaels presents a tribute to Elvis Presley from his beginnings to his Aloha concert. Runs May 7 to May 12. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.
The Sound of Music (musical) by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II. A nun becomes the governess to seven children. Runs May 28 to Jun 2. Princess of Wales Theatre,1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.
Tchaikovsky. PRO et CONTRA (ballet) by Boris Eifman to music by Tchaikovsky. A ballet about the Russian composer's tormented life. Opens May 9, runs to May 11. Sony Centre, www.sonycentre.ca.
Uptown International Children's Festival (festival). The best of international theatre, circus, music and dance for young audiences and families. Opens May 16, runs to May 19. Toronto Centre for the Arts, www.sonycentre.ca.
Uptown Moves (dance). A double bill of works by Human Body Expression (Canada) and Art Project BORA (Korea). Opens May 11, runs to May 12. Toronto Centre for the Arts, www.sonycentre.ca.
Smaller Theatres (Professional)
Antigone: 方 (children) by Jeff Ho. A new adaptation of the Greek tragedy inspired by the 1989 Tiananmen Square uprising. For ages 12+. Runs Apr 29 to May 16. Young People's Theatre, 416-862-2222, www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca.
August: Osage County (drama) by Tracy Letts. When their father vanishes, three daughters return home to support their mother. Previews from May 18, opens May 24, runs to Jun 19. Young Centre, 416-866-8666, www.soulpepper.ca
Beautiful Man (comedy) by Erin Shields. A scathing satire about the portrayal of women in film and television. Previews from May 4, opens May 9, runs to May 26. Factory Theatre, 416-504-9971, www.factorytheatre.ca.
Becoming Dr. Ruth (comedy) by Mark St. Germain. The story of Dr. Ruth from fleeing Germany to fighting in Israel to surviving in America. Previews from Apr 30, opens May 2, runs to May 16. Toronto Centre for the Arts, 1-855-985-2787, www.hgjewishtheatre.com/index.html.
The Brothers Size (drama) by Tarrell Alvin McCraney. Music and ritual intertwine with Yoruba mythology in this explosive story of a prodigal brother’s return. Previews from May 4, opens May 10, runs to May 26. Young Centre, 416-866-8666, www.soulpepper.ca.
By Heart (drama) by Tiago Rodrigues. During this play about memory Rodrigues teaches 10 audience members to memorize a Shakespearean sonnet. Opens May 30, runs to Jun 2 in English; May 29 in French. Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs, 416-368-3110, www.canadianstage.com.
Copenhagen (drama) by Michael Frayn. In 1941, as nations race to perfect The Bomb, two scientists meet in occupied Denmark for a conversation that will change the course of history. Opened Apr 12, runs to May 1. Young Centre, 416-866-8666, www.soulpepper.ca.
Écoutez nos défaites END (drama) by Agathe Bioulès. A stage adaptation of the novel by Laurent Gaudé about two spies, each determined to expose the other. In French with English surtitles. Opens May 1, runs to May 4. Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs, 26 Berkeley St., 416-534-6604, theatrefrancais.com.
Guarded Girls (drama) by Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman. A complicated relationship formed between two female prisoners and their guard. Opened Apr 3, runs to May 5. Tarragon Theatre Extraspace, 416-531-1827, www.tarragontheatre.com.
Hand to God (comedy) by Robert Askins. At a church puppet club one of the puppets suddenly turns satanic. Opened Apr 24, runs to May 12. Coal Mine Theatre, 1454 Danforth Ave., www.coalminetheatre.com.
I swallowed a moon made of iron (我咽下一枚铁做的月亮) (song cycle) by Njo Kong Kie. A musical setting of Xu Lizhi poetry about working on an assembly line. Opens May 16, runs to May 26. Berkeley Street Theatre Downstairs, 416-368-3110, www.canadianstage.com.
Knishes 'n Grits (revue) by Thom Allison & Micah Barnes. A survey of popular music produced when Black rhythms meet Jewish melodies. Previews from May 21, opens May 23, runs to Jun 2. Toronto Centre for the Arts, 1-855-985-2787, www.hgjewishtheatre.com/index.html.
Lilies (drama) by Michael Marc Bouchard. Prison inmates stage a story about two gay boys falling in love. Previews from May 4, opens May 9, runs to May 26. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St., 416-975-8555, buddiesinbadtimes.com.
Magic Tonight (magic). James Alan presents a weekly live magic show with guest magicians. Every Sunday. The Cage, 292 College St., 416-995-1736, www.magictonight.ca.
Merry Munsch Pyjama Party (children). Some favourite Robert Munsch stories acted out by actor in pyjamas. For ages 4+. Runs Feb 9 to May 5. Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St., 416-368-8031, solarstage.on.ca.
Night Games (variety) by Katherine Hill. An evening of madrigal comedy with works by 16th-century composers and a colourful array of singers, players, dancers and actors. Opens May 3, runs to May 5. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. West, 416-964-6337, www.torontoconsort.org.
Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story (comedy) by Hannah Moscovitch. A Cape Bretoner visits his old childhood pal after an absence of 25 years. Opened Apr 24, runs to May 26. Tarragon Theatre Mainspace, 416-531-1827, www.tarragontheatre.com.
OUT (comedy) by Greg Campbell. Campbell plays 22 characters to tell a hilarious story about coming out of the closet in 1970’s Montreal. Runs Apr 24 to May 5. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St., 416-975-8555, buddiesinbadtimes.com.
The Really Real Adventures of Scott Free and Will Do (children). Two best friends discover they're actually imaginary best friends. For ages 4+. Runs May 11 to Jun 30. Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St., 416-368-8031, solarstage.on.ca.
SPIN (performance) by Evalyn Perry. The relation of the bicycle to the history of women's liberation. May 8 only. Jane Mallett Theatre, www.sonycentre.ca.
Wedding at Aulis (drama) by Sina Gilani. In order for his fleet to sail for Troy, Agamemnon must sacrifice his daughter Iphigenia. Opened Mar 28, runs to Apr 14. Young Centre, 416-866-8666, www.soulpepper.ca.
WeeFestival (festival). An international contemporary arts festival dedicated to early childhood. Opens May 11, runs to May 20. Various venues, 416-537-4191, weefestival.ca.
Welcome to My Underworld (drama) by Rare Theatre Company. Eight blazing new short-works are woven into a single journey. Preview May 8, opens May 9, runs to May 25. Young Centre, 416-866-8666, www.soulpepper.ca.
Smaller Theatres (Community & Student)
Mamma Mia! (musical) by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus. A young woman invites her three possible fathers to her wedding. Preview May 2, opens May 3, runs to May 18. [community] Scarborough Village Theatre, 416-267-9292, theatrescarborough.com.
Opening Night (comedy) by Norm Foster. For their anniversary, a middle-aged couple goes to the premiere of a new play. Opens May 31, runs to Jun 15. [community] Scarborough Village Theatre, 416-267-9292, theatrescarborough.com.
To Kill a Mockingbird (drama) by Christopher Sergel. A stage adaptation of Harper Lee's famous novel. Opens May 16, runs to May 25. [community] Fairview Library Theatre, 416-299-5557, www.stagecentreproductions.com.
Music for the Changing Voice / Newfie Electra (plays) by Alyssa Wright / Allison Basha. A double bill – one show about growing up in Don Wright's shadow, one resetting Sophocles' tragedy in a Newfoundland outport. Opened Apr 26, runs to May 4. Five Points Theatre, 705-792-1949, www.tift.ca.
True Confessions from the 9th Concession (comedy) by Dan Needles. Tales from Needles and songs from Ian Bell take us through a journey on Larkspur Farm. Opens May 23, runs to May 25. Memorial Hall, 1-877-862-5984, blythfestival.com.
Glory (comedy) by Tracey Power. In 1933, four women set out to show the nation that Canada’s favourite pastime isn’t just a sport for men. Preview May 15, opens May 16, runs to Jun 8. Hamilton Family Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.
Where You Are (comedy) by Kristen Da Silva. Sisters Glenda and Suzanne live a peaceful retirement on Manitoulin Island until Suzanne's grown-up daughter Beth arrives for a visit. Opens May 21, runs to May 25. Theatre Collingwood, 1-866-382-2200, www.theatrecollingwood.ca.
BOOM X (performance) by Rick Miller. A one-man survey of historical and pop cultural events from 1969 to the present. Preview May 28, opens May 29, runs to Jun 15. Springer Theatre, 1-866-382-7020, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com.
Freaky Friday (musical) by Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey. A mother and daughter magically swap bodies for a day. Opened Apr 26, runs to May 18. Dofasco Centre, 1-800-465-7529, www.theatreaquarius.org.
KITCHENER / WATERLOO
Bat Boy: The Musical (musical) by Laurence O'Keefe. A musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, WV Opens May 2, runs to May 18. [community] Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre, 519-886-0660, kwlt.org.
Kinky Boots (musical) by Cyndi Lauper. To save his father's shoe factory, Charlie converts manufacture to footwear for drag queens. Opens May 26, runs to May 27. Centre in the Square, centreinthesquare.com.
Outside Mullingar (comedy) by John Patrick Shanley. In Ireland, Rosemary has been in love with the farmer next door all her life, but he is unaware of her feelings. Opens May 1, runs to May 4. Conrad Centre, 36 King St West, Kitchener, www.lostandfoundtheatre.ca.
Cabaret (musical) by John Kander & Fred Ebb. The McManus Stage becomes the Kit Kat Club in Berlin in the 1930s where an American writer meets a British cabaret star. Opened Apr 12, runs to May 7. Grand Theatre, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com.
Dirt (comedy) by Stefannie Flannigan. Jen and her sister Lucy work together to dispose of the body of someone Jen may have murdered. Opens May 8, runs to May 11. TAP Centre for Creativity, 203 Dundas Street, tapcreativity.org.
Mamma Mia! Musical) by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus. A girl invites her three possible fathers to her wedding on a Greek island. Opened Apr 26, runs to May 11. Grand Theatre, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com.
Skin Flick (comedy) by Norm Foster. A middle-aged couple decide to make their own porno film to make some quick cash. Opens May 14, runs to May 18. TAP Centre for Creativity, 203 Dundas Street, tapcreativity.org.
Sharron Matthews Superstar (cabaret) by Sharron Matthews. A show that delivers jaw-dropping vocals, pop-culture punches and hit-melody mash ups. May 10 only. Living Arts Centre, 905-306-6000, www.livingartscentre.ca.
Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show (revue). Two hours of all-Canadian music; from Maritime folk songs to modern pop. Runs Apr 20 to Oct 19. Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show, 8585 Lundy's Lane, 1-800-467-2071, www.ohcanadaeh.com.
Wild Magic (magic) by Greg Frewin. Frewin performs stunning large-scale illusions including one with a white Siberian tiger. Runs Jan 2 to Jun 30. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, gregfrewintheatre.com.
THE SHAW FESTIVAL 2019:
The plays run in repertory from Apr 6-Dec 22 in Niagara-on-the-Lake, two hours south from Toronto. For tickets and information phone 1-800-511-7429 or visit the website at www.shawfest.com.
At the Festival Theatre
Brigadoon (musical) by Frederick Loewe & Alan J. Lerner. Tommy meets a girl who lives in a magical village that appears only once every century. Previews from May 5, opens May 25, runs to Oct 13.
The Horse and His Boy (children) by Anna Chatterton. Shasta and his talking horse flee a life of servitude and fight to save Narnia. Previews from Apr 6, opens May 26, runs to Jul 21
At the Royal George Theatre
Getting Married (comedy) by G.B. Shaw. Edith and Cecil call off their wedding after they read a pamphlet about the dangers of marriage. Previews from May 10, opens May 25, runs to Oct 13.
Rope (drama) by Patrick Hamilton. Two college students commit murder and host a party for the victim's friends. Previews from Apr 12, opens May 24, runs to Oct 12.
At the Studio Theatre
The Glass Menagerie (drama) by Tennessee Williams. Tom is asked to find a boyfriend for his painfully shy sister so that she won't end up dependent on their mother. Previews from May 22, opens Jul 7, runs to Oct 22.
Where You Are (comedy) by Kristen Da Silva. Sisters Glenda and Suzanne live a peaceful retirement on Manitoulin Island until Suzanne's grown-up daughter Beth arrives for a visit. Preview May 2, opens May 3, runs to May 19. Theatre Orangeville, 1-800-424-1295, www.theatreorangeville.ca.
Avant l'archipel (children) by Danielle Le Saux-Farmer. Lénaïque la Magnifique pleure tous les jours afin de nourrir les fruits-dragons. For ages 11+. In French with English surtitles. Opens May 24, runs to May 25. La Nouvelle Scène, 1-866-850-2787, www.nouvellescene.com.
Between Breaths (drama) by Robert Chafe. The final moments of East Coast whale researcher Jon Lien, who save over 500 whales' lives. Previews from May 7, opens May 9, runs to May 18. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.
The Fiddle and the Drum (ballet) by Jean Grand-Maître to music by Joni Mitchell. The Alberta Ballet celebrates Joni Mitchell by dacing to 14 of her songs. Opens May 15, runs to May 16. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.
Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells) (drama) by Rose Napoli. Laura is writing a memoir about the time when she was an underage student sexually involved with her teacher. Previews from Apr 30, opens May 2, runs to May 17. Great Canadian Theatre Company, 613-236-5196, www.gctc.ca.
Lysistrata (comedy) by Aristophanes. Women hold a sex strike to prevent their men from constantly fighting wars. Opens May 9, runs to May 17. The Gladstone, 910 Gladstone Ave, 519-672-8800, www.thegladstone.ca.
Mending Fences (comedy) by Norm Foster. Harry Sullivan's son Drew comes to visit his father after a 13 year absence. Runs Mar 29 to Jun 15. [community] Ottawa Little Theatre, 400 King Edward Ave., 613-233-8948, www.ottawalittletheatre.com.
A Murder Is Announced (drama) by Leslie Darbon. When an announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur, Miss Marple is there. Runs Apr 24 to May 11. [community] Ottawa Little Theatre, 400 King Edward Ave., 613-233-8948, www.ottawalittletheatre.com.
Nell Gwynn (comedy) by Jessica Swale. In the Restoration, Nell Gwynne rises from orange-seller to England's most famous actress. Preview May 29, opens May 30, runs to Jun 5. The Gladstone, 910 Gladstone Ave, 519-672-8800, www.thegladstone.ca.
Néon boréal (drama) by Louis Philippe Roy et al. Deux cris – l’un veut vivre la nuit interminable de Vegas au Nevada, l’autre la noirceur sans fin de Barrow en Alaska. In French. Opens May 8, runs to May 11. La Nouvelle Scène, 1-866-850-2787, www.nouvellescene.com.
The Pigeon King (drama) by Rebecca Auerbach at al. The fact-based story of how Arlan Galbraith, intentionally or not, created a Ponzi scheme among pigeon-breeders throughout the world. Opened Apr 26, runs to May 5. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.
Pinocchio (children) by Joël Pommerat. A stage adaptation of the story of a wooden puppet who longs to be a real boy. For ages 8+. In French. Opens May 29, runs to Jun 1. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.
Scary Poppins (musical) by Brett Kelly & Trevor Payer. There is something strange and supernatural about the new nanny. Opened Apr 24, runs to May 4. The Gladstone, 613-233-4523, www.thegladstone.ca.
Thief Society (comedy) by Under the Table. Three thieves plan to steal a famous painting. Preview May 21, opens May 22, runs to May 25. The Gladstone, 910 Gladstone Ave, 519-672-8800, www.thegladstone.ca.
Threshold (dance) by Le Patin Libre. Ice dancing meets contemporary dance. Opens May 10, runs to May 11. Minto Skating Centre, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.
You've Got a Friend (revue) by Mark Payne & David Rogers. A celebration of the music of James Taylor and Carole King. Previews from Apr 30, opens May 4, runs to May 18. Victoria Playhouse, 1-800-717-7694, thevpp.ca.
Do Not Disturb (comedy) by Billy Van Zandt & Jane Milmore. A sex comedy set in a hotel suite featuring illicit meetings, an imperfect wedding and a Viking porn star. Opened Mar 29, runs to May 11. Herongate Barn Theatre, 1-866-902-9884, www.herongate.com.
Last of the Red Hot Lovers (comedy) by Neil Simon. Middle-aged and married, Barney Cashman wants to join the sexual revolution before it’s too late. Opens May 17, runs to Jun 30. Herongate Barn Theatre, 1-866-902-9884, www.herongate.com.
Sexy Laundry (comedy) by Michele Riml. After 25 years of marriage a couple buys Sex for Dummies to help spice up their love life. Preview May 22, opens May 23, runs to Jun 8. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, 1-888-779-7703, lighthousetheatre.com.
Guys and Dolls (musical) by Frank Loesser. A gambler falls in love with a Salvation Army girl. Opens May 21, runs to Jun 16. Capitol Theatre, 1-800-434-5092, capitoltheatre.com.
Like Father Like Son? Sorry. (comedy) by Chris Gibbs. Gibbs explores the fears, worries, and surprises of being a new father. Opens May 28, runs to Jun 1. Port Stanley Festival Theatre, 1-855-782-4353, www.psft.ca/index.htm.
The Wildest Town in Canada (drama) by Jeff Culbert. Songs and stories paint vivid pictures of the famed Lucan Donnellys and their infamous part in regional legend. Opens May 21, runs to May 25. Port Stanley Festival Theatre, 1-855-782-4353, www.psft.ca/index.htm.
Songs of the City (performance). Three speakers from United Way share their stories of struggle and followed by original compositions written and performed by some of Canada's finest singers and songwriters. May 1 only. FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 905-688-0722, www.firstontariopac.ca.
The Miracle Worker (comedy) by William Gibson. A tutor tries to help a young girl blind, deaf and mute since infancy. Opened Apr 26, runs to May 12. St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.
THE STRATFORD SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL 2019:
The plays run in repertory from Apr 16-Nov 3 in Stratford, two hours west from Toronto. For information and tickets phone 1-800-567-1600, visit the website at www.stratfordfestival.ca.
At the Festival Theatre
Billy Elliot (musical) by Elton John & Lee Hall. A young boy in a coal mining town discovers he has a talent for dancing ballet. Previews from Apr 16, opens May 28, runs to Nov 3.
The Merry Wives of Windsor (comedy) by William Shakespeare. The fat knight Falstaff tries to woo two married women at the same time. Previews from May 11, opens Jun 1, runs to Oct 26.
Othello (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. Spurred on by Iago, Othello starts to believe his wife is unfaithful. Previews from May 3, opens May 27, runs to Oct 27.
At the Avon Theatre
Little Shop of Horrors (musical) by Alan Menken & Howard Ashman. A meek florist raises a plant that feeds on human flesh. Preview from Apr 29, opens May 31, runs to Nov 2.
The Neverending Story (children) by David S. Craig. A stage adaptation of Michael Ende's book about a boy who literally gets drawn into the adventure novel he's reading. Previews from May 16, opens Jun 15, runs to Nov 3.
Private Lives (comedy) by Noel Coward. Ex-spouses discover they have booked adjacent honeymoon suites with their new spouse. Previews from Apr 24, opens May 30, runs to Oct 26.
At the Studio Theatre
Henry VIII (history play) by William Shakespeare & John Fletcher. England’s king defies papal authority by seeking to divorce his wife, Katherine of Aragon. Previews from May 7, opens May 29, runs to Oct 12.
Mother's Daughter (drama) by Kate Hennig. Henry VIII's daughter Mary is haunted by the ghost of her mother, Katherine of Aragon. Previews from May 18, opens Jun 14, runs to Oct 13.
Nathan the Wise (drama) by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing. In 12th-century Jerusalem, a wealthy Jew whose daughter loves a Christian faces a dangerous question from the Muslim sultan. Previews from May 25, opens Jun 15, runs to Oct 11.
Mots de jeux (children) by Sarah Migneron. A baby discovers the sounds of the world around it. For ages 18 months to 4 years. In French. Opens May 22, runs to May 25. Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario, 705-525-5606 x 4, letno.ca/en.
Boeing Boeing (comedy) by Marc Camoletti. A Parisian Lothario has three fiancées who work as stewardesses for three different airlines. Opened Apr 25, runs to May 11. Magnus Theatre, 807-345-5552, magnustheatre.com.