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Toronto: Hart House Theatre presents “The Gray: A Wilde Musical in Concert” April 20-22

Monday, March 20, 2023

Hart House Theatre is thrilled to announce an in-concert version of the new work The Gray: A Wilde Musical. With book, music, lyrics, & direction by emerging artist and U of T student Anthony Palermo, Hart House Theatre is delighted to support the next stage of this new musical's development. We are overjoyed to be able to produce the second iteration of a new work and bring emerging talents back to our stage and audiences.

About the Show: 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 is inspired by Oscar Wilde’s classic. It follows Dorian Gray, 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.

Meet the Team:

Book, Music, Lyrics, & Direction by Anthony Palermo

Music Direction by Giustin MacLean

Musical Arrangement by Benjamin Kersey

Dramaturgy by Aaron Jan

Stage Managed by Sabrina Weinstein

Costume Designed by Gabe Woo

Projection Designed by Isabella Cesari

Sound Designed by Alison Starkey


Nick Palazzolo as Dorian Gray, Jacob Moro as Basil, Liam Peter Donovan as Henry, Nell Khayutin as Sibyl and ensemble members Stevie Hook and T.Y Jung.

Info & Tickets:

On Stage April 20 - 22, 2023

Evening Performances @ 8 pm

Saturday Matinee @ 2 pm

Adults $20

Seniors $18

Students $15

There will be a Pre-show Artist Chat before the April 22 matinee at 1 pm. Complimentary tea and coffee will be served.

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