Toronto: David Mirvish announces the 2022/23 Mirvish theatre season
Wednesday, June 8, 2022
The 2022/23 Mirvish Theatre Season features 14 shows – 6 Main Season shows; 3 Off-Mirvish Season shows, and 5 Bonus shows.
The Main Subscription Season features six new productions, bringing Toronto audiences award-winning, acclaimed and popular new plays and musicals from London and New York:
• The hit London comedy, The Shark is Broken, based on the true story of the making of the blockbuster film, Jaws.
• Broadway’s hit musical comedy, Mean Girls, based on the iconic film of the same name.
• The new British musical, Fisherman’s Friends, based on a true story about friendship, community and music.
• The Canadian premiere of Pressure, a new drama based on the true story of the planning of the D-Day invasion, written by David Haig and starring Downton Abbey’s Kevin Doyle.
• The Tony®, Grammy®, Olivier and Pulitzer Prize-winning Hamilton.
• The Tony® and Grammy®-winning Best Musical Hadestown.
The Off-Mirvish Season offers three engaging, daring and fascinating shows in partnership with three of Toronto’s most dynamic theatre companies:
• Studio 180 Theatre’s 20th Anniversary production of the Tony® Award-winning play with music Indecent, featuring an all-star Canadian cast.
• 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;
• Crow’s Theatre’s acclaimed production of As You Like It, or The Land Acknowledgement written by and starring Cliff Cardinal.
Bonus shows (not on either subscription season) are:
• Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which is now in previews at the CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre and will open on June 19 for an extended run that will take it into the 2022/23 season and beyond.
• Mike Delamont’s award-winning and hilarious satire, God is a Scottish Drag Queen at the CAA Theatre.
• Chase Padgett’s virtuosic 6 Guitars at the CAA Theatre
• The return of the 50th anniversary production of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Royal Alexandra Theatre.
• The Toronto premiere of Jagged Little Pill, the new Broadway musical based on Alanis Morissette’s world-changing music, directed by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus, with a Tony®-winning book by Diablo Cody, at the Royal Alexandra Theatre.
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MAIN MIRVISH SUBSCRIPTION SEASON
The Shark is Broken
BY IAN SHAW AND JOSEPH NIXON
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
DIRECT FROM THE WEST END & STARRING THE ORIGINAL LONDON CAST
SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER, 2022
ROYAL ALEXANDRA THEATRE
Martha’s Vineyard, 1974: shooting on Jaws has stalled. The film’s lead actors – Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss – are stuck on a boat, at the mercy of foul weather and a faulty mechanical co-star. Awash with alcohol and ambition, three hammered sharks start to bare their teeth…
Nominated for Best Comedy Play at the 2022 Olivier Awards, The Shark is Broken received both critical and audience acclaim when it played an extended run at the Ambassadors Theatre, in London’s West End. Co-written by Robert Shaw’s son Ian Shaw (who also stars in the show, playing his father) and Joseph Nixon, the show also stars Demetri Goritsas as Roy Scheider and Liam Murray Scott as Richard Dreyfuss. This brilliantly funny play, directed by Guy Masterson, reveals the hilarious and moving behind-the-scenes drama on one of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters.
BOOK BY TINA FEY
MUSIC BY JEFF RICHMOND
LYRICS BY NEIL BENJAMIN
DIRECTED & CHOREOGRAPHED BY CASEY NICHOLAW
OCTOBER – NOVEMBER, 2022
PRINCESS OF WALES THEATRE
Direct from Broadway, Mean Girls is the hilarious hit musical from an award-winning creative team, including book writer Tina Fey (30 Rock), composer Jeff Richmond (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), lyricist Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde) and director Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon).
Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. Soon, this naïve newbie falls prey to a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.
New York Magazine cheers, “Mean Girls delivers with immense energy, a wicked sense of humor and joyful inside-jokery.” USA Today says, “We’ll let you in on a little secret, because we’re such good friends: GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!”
Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical
BY AMANDA WHITTINGTON
DIRECTED BY JAMES GRIEVE
CHOREOGRAPHED BY MATT COLE
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE & ORIGINAL U.K. CAST
NOVEMBER 2022 - JANUARY 2023
ROYAL ALEXANDRA THEATRE
Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical tells the story of the world’s most unlikely buoy-band! Based on the true story of the chart-topping Cornish singing sensations and their hit 2019 movie, Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical is a feel-good voyage about friendship, community and music that will give any landlubber a mighty pair of sea legs.
When a group of Cornish fishermen came together to sing the traditional working songs they’d sung for generations, nobody, least of all the fishermen, expected the story to end on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury. They are spotted by a “fish-out-of-water” music manager on a trip from London, who must learn that there is more to life than selling your “sole” for fifteen minutes of fame.
So, climb aboard, set sail and feel the salty sea air rush through your hair with this brand new musical.
WRITTEN BY DAVID HAIG
DIRECTED BY JOHN DOVE
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
JANUARY – MARCH, 2023
ROYAL ALEXANDRA THEATRE
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.
Award-winning director John Dove (Farinelli and the King, Broadway starring Mark Rylance) directs Kevin Doyle (Downton Abbey, Royal National Theatre) as Scottish meteorologist Group Captain James Stagg, in this true story and critical smash hit direct from London’s West End.
Olivier nominee Malcolm Sinclair (Casino Royale, Royal National Theatre) and Laura Rogers (The 39 Steps, West End) reprise their roles as General Eisenhower and Kay Summersby to bring this remarkable story to life. You will not want to miss, Pressure!
BOOK, MUSIC & LYRICS BY LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA
DIRECTED BY THOMAS KALL
CHOREOGRAPHED BY ANDY BLANKENBUEHLER
MUSICAL SUPERVISION AND ORCHESTRATIONS BY ALEX LACAMOIRE
BEGINS FEBRUARY, 2023
PRINCESS OF WALES THEATRE
Hamilton is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, Hamilton has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education. With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography. It has won Tony®, Grammy®, and Olivier Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and an unprecedented special citation from the Kennedy Center Honors.
MUSIC, LYRICS & BOOK BY ANAÏS MITCHELL
DEVELOPED WITH & DIRECTED BY RACHEL CHAVKIN
CHOREOGRAPHED BY DAVID NEUMANN
JULY – AUGUST, 2023
ROYAL ALEXANDRA THEATRE
Come see how the world could be.
Welcome to Hadestown, where a song can change your fate. Winner of eight 2019 Tony® Awards including Best Musical and the 2020 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theatre Album, this acclaimed new show from celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and innovative director Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) is a love story for today... and always.
Hadestown intertwines two mythic tales — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone — as it invites you on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit industry against nature, doubt against faith, and fear against love. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers and singers, Hadestown is a haunting and hopeful theatrical experience that grabs you and never lets go.
BY PAULA VOGEL
DIRECTED BY JOEL GREENBERG
DAVID MIRVISH PRESENTS THE STUDIO 180 THEATRE PRODUCTION
OCTOBER – NOVEMBER, 2023
In 1923, after celebrated European productions, the Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s drama God of Vengeance set the stage for an explosive moment in theatrical history. The evocative work of Jewish culture was praised and criticized for taboo themes of censorship, immigration, and anti-Semitism. Inspired by these true events and the controversy, Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel tells the behind-the-scenes story of the courageous artists who risked their careers and lives to perform a work deemed “indecent.”
A play filled with music and dance, Indecent combines the high entertainment of theatre with the heartbreak of the loss of art and culture for an entire people. An ensemble of actors and musicians portray more than 40 roles in this riveting and richly theatrical backstage drama. This enchanting Tony Award®-winning play is a testament to the transformative power of theatre that is more timely than ever.
The cast of Indecent includes Matt Baram, Dmitry Chepovetsky, Jake Epstein, Jessica Greenberg, Tracy Michailidis, Dov Mickelson, Sarah Orenstein, Emilyn Stam, and John David Williams.
This production of Indecent marks the 20th anniversary season of Studio 180.
Things I Know to be True
BY ANDREW BOVELL
DIRECTED BY PHILIP RICCIO
A CO-PRODUCTION WITH THE COMPANY THEATRE
JANUARY – FEBRUARY, 2023
David Mirvish and The Company Theatre, one of Toronto’s most acclaimed independent theatre companies, present the Canadian premiere of Andrew Bovell’s Things I Know to be True.
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.
With insight and humanity, Bovell has tapped into the poetry, beauty, and tragedy of everyday life to create a deeply moving play that will resonate with anyone who has ever been part of a family.
Andrew Bovell is one of Australia’s most acclaimed playwrights. His plays include Speaking in Tongues and When the Rain Stops Falling.
Founded in 2005, The Company Theatre has produced some of Toronto’s most memorable productions over the last fifteen years, including the Canadian premieres of Bruce Norris’s Domesticated, Annie Baker’s John, and most recently the multiple Dora Award-winning production of Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem, starring Kim Coates.
As You Like It, or The Land Acknowledgement
WRITTEN BY AND STARRING CLIFF CARDINAL
DAVID MIRVISH PRESENTS THE CROW’S THEATRE PRODUCTION
MARCH – APRIL, 2023
In September 2021, just as theatres were starting to reopen after the long pandemic hiatus, Crow’s Theatre, one of the city’s most eclectic and adventurous companies, decided to begin with an audacious new show. They said very little about it. Only that it was a “radical retelling by Cliff Cardinal” of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It.
There were no further details, no cast list, nothing. Of course, most people know As You Like It as one of the bard’s most accessible and whimsical plays. How was Cliff, a young Indigenous playwright and actor acclaimed for his acerbic, mischievous humour and willingness to deal with raw emotions and difficult subject matter, going to retell this classic of Western theatre?
When the show was finally on stage, word spread like wildfire. Its first audiences raved: it was essential viewing, a surprising, powerful, thrilling, and moving piece of theatre they will never forget. As more people saw the show, it became clear that what Cliff was doing with his new work was examining the relationship between the Indigenous community and the rest of Canada. He was showing us what a young and insightful artist from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation sees in the aftermath of the discovery of unmarked graves on the grounds of former residential schools. He was offering us the unvarnished truth of the state of the reconciliation process this country has been attempting for the last few decades. He was using theatre to do what it always had done -- open our eyes to what has been going on before us in plain sight.
Called “the Canadian arts surprise of the year" by the Globe and Mail, Cliff’s brilliant play As You Like It, or The Land Acknowledgement will dazzle and engage you as only the best theatre can.
5 GREAT BONUS SHOWS
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
BY JACK THORNE
BASED ON AN ORIGINAL STORY BY J.K. ROWLING, JACK THORNE & JOHN TIFANNY
DIRECTED BY JOHN TIFANNY
THE 8th STORY IN THE HARRY POTTER CANON
NOW LIVE ON STAGE
CAA ED MIRVISH THEATRE
Nineteen years after Harry, Ron and Hermione saved the wizarding world, they’re back on a most extraordinary new adventure – this time, joined by a brave new generation that has only just arrived at the legendary Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Prepare for spectacular spells, a mind-blowing race through time, and an epic battle to stop mysterious forces, all while the future hangs in the balance.
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a play by Jack Thorne, directed by John Tiffany.
Featuring an all-Canadian cast, this spellbinding spectacular will whisk you back to Hogwarts and beyond your imagination for a one of a kind journey that is everything you hoped for – and more.
Jesus Christ Superstar
LYRICS BY TIM RICE
MUSIC BY ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
DIRECTED BY TIMOTHY SHEADER
CHOREOGRAPHED BY DREW McONIE
AUGUST 10 – 21, 2022
ROYAL ALEXANDRA THEATRE
Jesus Christ Superstar is an iconic musical phenomenon with a worldwide fan base. Originally staged by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and helmed by the acclaimed director Timothy Sheader (Crazy for You, Into the Woods) and award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie (King Kong, Strictly Ballroom), this production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival garnering unprecedented reviews and accolades.
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".
God is a Scottish Drag Queen
WRITTEN BY AND STARRING MIKE DELAMONT
JULY 29 – 31, 2022
A HILARIOUS TWO ACT COMEDY OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS!
God, dressed in a floral power suit, comes down to set the record straight and expound on everything from Noah's Ark to Star Wars and answer humankind's most asked questions in a hilarious and unforgettable night of comedy! Loved by preachers and atheists alike, this show has quickly become one of the most popular one man-shows touring today and has received critical acclaim for its non-stop brilliant look at pop culture and humanity through the eyes of a silly, foul-mouthed, and very loveable Scottish Deity.
WRITTEN BY AND STARRING CHASE PADGETT
AUGUST 2 – 7, 2022
6 Guitars is a pitch-perfect blend of music, comedy, and so much more. Chase Padgett, semi-finalist on Season 1 of Fox’s newest reality singing show Alter Ego, delivers a virtuosic performance as he becomes six different guitar playing characters — each representing a different genre: Blues, Jazz, Rock, Classical, Folk, and Country.
As the show unfolds, the audience is treated to the stories and songs each character has lived and learned over a lifetime of music. From a 20-year-old aspiring rocker to an elderly blues man who’s seen it all, these original characters bring fresh fun to the styles we all love. Packed with plenty of laughs, great tunes, and moving musical stories, 6 Guitars is an unforgettable night out for any music lover.
Jagged Little Pill
LYRICS BY ALANIS MORISSETTE
MUSIC BY ALANIS MORISSETTE & GLEN BALLARD
BOOK BY DIABLO CODY
DIRECTED BY DIANE PAULUS
MOVEMENT DIRECTION & CHOREOGRAPHY BY SIDI LARBU CHERKAOUI
MUSIC SUPERVISION, ORCHESTRATIONS & ARRANGEMENTS BY TOM KITT
JUNE 27 – JULY 3, 2023
ROYAL ALEXANDRA THEATRE
Joy, love, heartache, strength, wisdom, catharsis, LIFE — everything we’ve been waiting to see in a Broadway show — is here in the exhilarating, fearless new musical based on Alanis Morissette’s world-changing music. Directed by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (Waitress, Pippin, upcoming 1776) with a Tony®-winning book by Diablo Cody (Juno) and Grammy®-winning score, this electrifying production about a perfectly imperfect American family “vaults the audience to its collective feet” (The Guardian). “Redemptive, rousing and real, Jagged Little Pill stands alongside the original musicals that have sustained the best hopes of Broadway." (The New York Times).
You live, you learn, you remember what it’s like to feel truly human… at Jagged Little Pill.
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