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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

‘’Da Kink in My Hair’ gets a 20th-anniversary production in TO Live’s fall season by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Weyni Mengesha will direct the Trey Anthony play about clients at a Caribbean hair salon in Toronto.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:10PM
Friday, June 17, 2022

Former prima ballerina Magdalena Popa is retiring as National Ballet of Canada artistic coach by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Romanian-born Popa, who danced all over the world, spent 40 years coaching the company’s dancers.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:04PM
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

The world premiere of ‘Fall on Your Knees’ and Oscar winner Tarell Alvin McCraney’s ‘Choir Boy’ highlight the new Canadian Stage season by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

The works in the 2022-23 season “grapple in different ways with discussions about race, climate and political divisiveness that are dominating global conversations right now.”

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:28PM

Wayne McGregor-Margaret Atwood ballet ‘MADDADDAM’ will finally gets its world premiere in National Ballet of Canada’s new season by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Hope Muir’s first full season as artistic director also includes works by Alonzo King and David Dawson, and the return of “The Nutcracker,” “Cinderella,” “Frame by Frame” and …

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:00AM
Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Mirvish Productions changes the dates of three more shows, including Emma Donoghue’s ‘Room’ by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Changes to the season mean Toronto will also get a hit version of the musical “Singin’ in the Rain” in September.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:23PM
Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Mirvish postpones Jake Epstein’s ‘Boy Falls From the Sky’ due to latest COVID-19 closures by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

“Jake’s superb show deserves the best opportunity to be seen,” says David Mirvish in postponing the solo show to April and May.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:23PM
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

The Stratford Festival will return with 10 productions in four theatres in 2022 by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

A highlight of the season, the festival’s 70th, will be the grand reopening of the Tom Patterson Theatre with ‘Richard III,’ which was postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:00AM
Monday, November 22, 2021

David Mirvish gets ‘sorted’ into a Hogwarts house in honour of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

“Harry Potter” mania appears to be with us once again, what with the 20th anniversary of the first film, the announcement of an HBO Max reunion special and tickets for Toronto’s “Cur…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:00AM
Friday, July 30, 2021

Comedian Eddie Izzard will reopen the CAA Theatre with shows Aug. 7 and 8 by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Izzard, who is in Toronto shooting a TV series, will perform “Eddie Izzard The Remix: 1988-2018’ and ‘Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations’ for Mirvish Productions.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:46PM
Monday, June 28, 2021

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ will be onstage in Toronto in May 2022 by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

The two-part play is being restaged in one part and will reopen first on Broadway in November.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:18PM
Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Mirvish plans first indoor Toronto theatre presentation since the pandemic began with ‘Blindness’ by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

After cancelling a planned November run due to the second wave of COVID-19, Mirvish plans to open a limited, physically distanced staging Aug. 4 at the Princess of Wales Theatre.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:00AM
Monday, August 24, 2020

The Ed Mirvish Theatre turns 100 on Aug. 28 and Mirvish will celebrate with limited guided tours by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

It opened Aug. 28, 1920 as the Pantages vaudeville theatre, became the Imperial during its years as a movie theatre and went back to the Pantages with ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ in 1989.…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:42PM
Monday, July 20, 2020

The ghosts of Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre star in new serialized story and podcast by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

‘Ghosts of the Royal Alex’ takes readers and listeners inside Canada’s ‘most famous haunted theatre’ with biweekly episodes.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:45PM
Monday, June 29, 2020

‘The Brothers Size’ and ‘The Mush Hole’ take five Dora Awards each by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Canadian Opera Company wins four for ‘Rusalka’; ‘Piaf/Dietrich’ is named Best Musical; and ‘Caroline, or Change’ takes the performance awards in the musical theatre category.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 09:00PM
Monday, June 8, 2020

Leading Dora Award nominees include Soulpepper’s ‘The Brothers Size,’ the musical ‘Caroline, or Change’ and ‘Marjorie Prime’ from Coal M by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts announces 243 nominations, with winners to be announced June 29.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 11:43AM
Friday, May 29, 2020

Shaw Festival delays performances again until August by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Niagara-on-the-Lake theatre festival takes an incremental approach to cancellations, whereas the Stratford Festival has already suspended the entire season.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:48PM
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Dora Awards ceremony will proceed virtually on June 29 by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Nominees and further details about the Toronto theatre, opera and dance awards will be announced June.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:00PM
Thursday, May 7, 2020

‘Hamilton’ will return to Toronto, Mirvish tells ticket holders by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

The goal is to have the Lin-Manuel Miranda music back onstage in Toronto within 18 months.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:40PM
Thursday, April 30, 2020
Monday, April 27, 2020

Mirvish will delay theatre season until January due to COVID-19 pandemic by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

“For the health and safety of all the artists, crew and staff working in our theatres, and for that of our audience, I think it is best to begin our new season … in January of the new ye…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 11:09AM
Thursday, April 16, 2020

Toronto production of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ delayed till 2021 by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Coronavirus pandemic has made it impossible to carry out the months of detailed preparations for the Canadian production’s debut in October.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 10:31AM
Sunday, April 12, 2020

Mirvish pays tribute to Canadian actor Victor A. Young by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

The musical theatre veteran died of cancer on April 8 in Toronto.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:36PM
Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Shaw Festival cancels performances until June 30 due to coronavirus pandemic by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Cancellations mean the epic play ‘Mahabharata’ will not be seen in 2020,

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:49PM

Toronto Fringe Festival cancelled for first time in 32 years due to coronavirus outbreak by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Festival looks for ways to support the theatre artists whose Fringe shows won’t go on, so ‘stay tuned,’ it says.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:13PM
Friday, April 3, 2020

Mirvish closes its Toronto theatres until June 30 by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

All remaining performances of ‘Hamilton’ are cancelled, with hopes the musical can return to Toronto at a later date.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:40PM
Thursday, April 2, 2020

National Ballet postpones Karen Kain’s staging of ‘Swan Lake’ by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the new ‘Swan Lake’ has been delayed to June 2021. A new ballet based on Margaret Atwood’s ‘MaddAddam’ books has also been postponed.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:46PM
Friday, March 27, 2020

Canadian Opera Company cancels the rest of its 2019-20 season by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Performances of ‘Aida’ and ‘The Flying Dutchman’ are cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:53PM
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Dora Awards are called off due to COVID-19 pandemic by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

The awards for Toronto theatre, dance and opera will be rescheduled for an undetermined future date.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:43PM

Toronto’s Luminato Festival cancelled due to COVID-19 outbreak by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

The annual arts festival will be pushed back to June 2021.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:52PM
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Theatre artists stage 24-hour virtual telethon to provide emergency aid during the COVID-19 outbreak by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

‘Places, Please,’ co-hosted by Michael Rubinoff, will raise donations to emergency aid organization the AFC.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:33PM

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