“Something for everyone…”
That, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls of all ages (as the ringmaster would declare with megaphone in hand) is how to best describe the 2011/12 Mirvish Season.
Something for everyone!
In a new “theatre” behind the Roundhouse one of the most successful shows in recent times, THE RAILWAY CHILDREN, will kick off the season. Ostensibly a children’s musical, this unique show will tug at every emotion that any theatre goer may have, no matter what your age. Let’s be perfectly clear here though: you can bring your children, grand children and anyone else who likes good theatre!
This marvelous show has just been nominated for two Olivier awards (London’s equivalent of the Tony) The audience will sit on either side of the railway tracks and watch the star of the show, an 85 ton vintage steam locomotive, enter and exit the theatre.
Best known for her sassy role in SEX IN THE CITY, Kim Cattrall will star in Noel Coward’s comedy PRIVATE LIVES. Directed by Richard Eyre this is bound to be one of the highlights of the theatrical season here in Toronto, as well as on Broadway.
CHESS is a collaborative effort between the guys from Abba and Tim Rice, who has collaborated with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber on some of the most memorable musicals ever. This allegorical tale is set in cold war times and pits an American chess player against a Soviet master. This is a totally new production which will go directly to London’s West End immediately following its Toronto engagement.
Disney and Cameron Mackintosh have the credentials between them to guarantee that MARRY POPPINS will no doubt warm your hearts and get your toes tapping as she flies through the theatre and thrills audiences of all ages with some of the most ingenious effects seen on stage.
As we said: Something for everyone! For those of you who have heard of Robert Lepage, you will understand that THE BLUE DRAGON is an event you will not be able to resist. Currently acclaimed as one of the most creative and ingenious directors in the world, he has had audiences and critics on their feet following every production he has undertaken in the last 10 years. Whether on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera or the new Sony Centre, a Lepage event is never to be missed.
WAR HORSE is a drama with music and song. Winner of the Olivier Award, it has at its heart astonishing life sized puppets created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company. These enormous and amazing creations bring breathing, galloping and charging horses to life on the stage. This is an example of sophisticated theatre in our city. To quote the London Times “Its sheer skill and invention are simply awe-inspiring.” We are all anxious to experience this one!
In case you still feel that there is nothing for you, here comes a brand new production of one of the most beloved musicals to come out of a decade where only the youth knew what was happening. HAIR is what was happening, and this 2009 Tony winner for the best revival will conclude one of the most robust seasons ever brought to our fair city. You may have you own memories of the musical HAIR, but this brand new production will provide new memories for a lifetime!
There are also three bonus shows, each of which is making a return to the Toronto stage.
Check out www.mirvish.com for details.