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Mirvish Announces 2016/2017 Season Lineup

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Mirvish has announced its lineup of seven mainstage shows, three off-Mirvish shows, and a handful of bonus productions not included in their season subscription service. Notable amongst this new lineup is Come From Away, a Broadway-bound musical written by Canadians Irene Sankoff and David Hein about a small Newfoundland town hosting stranded passengers in the post-9/11 confusion, and Beautiful — the Carole King Musical, for which Jessie Mueller won the Best Leading Actress Tony Award in 2014. We also have some North American premieres, such as Baz Luhrman’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical and Terry Johnson and Don Black’s Mrs. Henderson Presents. Rounding out the list is West End’s The Bodyguard, the Tony-Award winning play The Audience, and a cooking-inspired circus show, Cuisine & Confessions. 

Bonus shows include The Book of Mormon and the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Cabaret. For more information on these shows and Mirvish’s upcoming season, read more under the cut!

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Preview: Forest Fringe Microfestival as part of the 2016 Progress Festival


The 2016 Progress Festival is hosting a microfestival of performances from Forest Fringe.  Forest Fringe is an artist-led organization that creates imaginative and unconventional performance events in the UK and internationally, fostering a diverse community of writers, theatre makers, musicians, dancers and live artists. The Forest Fringe Microfestival will hold performances over this weekend, Saturday January 30 and Sunday January 31 , 2016.

We asked the company’s co-director Andy Field a few questions about the upcoming microfestival. Continue reading Preview: Forest Fringe Microfestival as part of the 2016 Progress Festival

Preview: Dance Ontario’s Dance Weekend 2016

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This weekend will be an exciting time for all dancers and dance-lovers, because this Friday is the beginning of Dance Ontario’s annual event Dance Weekend. Dance Weekend is a virtual smorgasbord of dance. Contemporary, urban, and flamenco are just a sampling of what the weekend will bring. The stage will be graced by multiple performers over the course of the day, switching styles as often as the dancers switch partners.

Attendees of this year’s weekend are lucky to have exciting new additions to the program, like talk-backs with choreographers and an urban dance battle. The Dance Weekend takes place at the Harbourfront’s Fleck Dance Theatre.

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Preview: In Search of Cruise Control (James Gangl)

James Gangl in In Search of Cruise ControlCanadian Comedy Award Winner James Gangl brings his hit one-man Edmonton Fringe show, In Search of Cruise Control, to the Second City John Candy Box Stage this weekend. With dramaturgy and direction by Fringe favourite Chris Gibbs, the show is the true story of Gangl’s attempt to give his teenaged nephew the sex talk.

We asked writer and perfomer Gangl a few questions about the upcoming production:
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Mirvish Announces New Productions and Castings for 2015-16 Season

Photo of cast members from A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder photo by Samantha Wu

What do Alliser Thorne from Game of Thrones, Oscar Wilde, a glass slipper, a Roald Dahl classic, Elvis, and Prince Charming from Shrek have in common? They’ll all be making appearances during the upcoming Mirvish season. On Monday, ticket holders and subscribers filled the Royal Alexandra Theatre for a sneak peek hosted by Luke Kempner from Upside Downton — and to be treated to a few select performances as well.

Take a look under the cut to see what the new season has in store.

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