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Matilda comes to Toronto as part of Mirvish's '15-'16 season

By Richard Ouzounian
March 04, 2015 - 0 comments

Two Tony Award-winning musicals and a hit London play are among the productions in the Mirvish 2015-16 season.

The 14 shows on offer include A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, which won the Best Musical Tony and three others in 2014, and Matilda, which took four Tonys in 2013, including Best Book of a Musical.

Matilda is one of three Mirvish shows that will feature all-Canadian casts. The others are Theresa Rebeck’s provocative comedy Seminar, starring Tom McCamus, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar.

A Gentleman’s Guide (coming in May 2016) is based on the same source material that inspired the classic Alec Guinness movie comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets. It combines comedy, music and mayhem in a successful cocktail that is in its second year of packed houses in New York.

Matilda, which begins in July 2016, has won more than 50 major awards internationally. It’s based on the beloved Roald Dahl saga of a beleaguered young girl who takes her destiny into her own hands.

Directed with flair by Matthew Warchus and featuring a witty score by Tim Minchin, it would be attractive enough on its own, but the fact it will be an open-ended run with an all-Canadian cast (like the current Once and the upcoming Kinky Boots) makes it even better news for Toronto.

Another Broadway import is part of Mirvish’s seven-show subscription season: If/Then(April 2016), the new musical from the creators of Next to Normal. It starred Idina Menzel on Broadway.

Also included is the hit London production of The Judas Kiss (March 2016), which stars Rupert Everett as Oscar Wilde and is directed by Australian Neil Armfield, who has credits in stage, film and opera.

Family entertainment will include the national tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (December 2015), which recently closed a successful Broadway run (Carly Rae Jepsen played the lead at one point).

The long-running jukebox hit Motown: The Musical (September 2015) will sizzle its way into town and a new British production of vintage thriller Gaslight (January 2016) will also find its way into the main season.

The off-Mirvish season will feature Seminar (November 2015) and Disgraced (March 2016) as well as the internationally acclaimed Bigmouth (January 2016), created, directed and performed by Belgian artist Valentijn Dhaenens.

There will also be four bonus shows that aren’t part of the regular subscription season, including a return visit of the longest running show in Toronto history, The Phantom of the Opera (December 2015), as well as Traces by Seven Fingers (December 2015), which includes acrobatics and dance as well as theatre; Oh Canada, What a Feeling! (August) and The Australian Bee Gees Show (January 2016).

Go to mirvish.comEND for information or phone 416-593-4225 about subscription packages.

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