A Streetcar Named Desire - Soulpepper Theatre presents Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize winning drama, A Streetcar Named Desire. Williams’ most popular work considered to be one of the best and most critically successful plays of the 20th century, dramatizes the life of Blanche DuBois, a southern belle who, after encountering a series of personal losses, leaves her aristocratic background and seeks refuge with her sister and brother-in-law in a dilapidated New Orleans Tenement. As Blanche’s fragile world crumbles, she turns to her sister for solace – but her downward spiral brings her face to face with a brutal, unforgiving reality. Tennessee Williams’ timeless masterpiece is a raging portrayal of what it means to be an outsider in a society where we’re all desperate to belong. Weyni Mengesha directs the production for Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre. Featured in the cast are Amy Rutherford as Blanche DuBois, with Leah Doz, Max Fyfe, Gregory Prest, and Oliver Dennis. A Streetcar Named Desire plays from Soulpepper Theatre is located in The Young Centre for the Performing Arts located in Toronto’s Historic Distillery area. For tickets: Soulpepper.CA or call the box office: 416 866 8666.

Alegria - In light of its 25th anniversary, Cirque du Soleil is revisiting its legendary Alegría through today’s lens—including new costumes and set design, a renewed acrobatic vocabulary and new musical arrangements. With its signature songs, stunning acrobatics, memorable characters and enchanting artistry that have helped define the Cirque du Soleil aesthetic, Alegría is the reincarnation of a classic, reinterpreted for the age, and rekindled to inspire fans—old and new alike. Alegría will be performing under the Big Top at Ontario Place in Toronto from September 12th– December 1st, 2019. Location: Under the Big Top, Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Toronto, Ontario, M6K 3B9, Canada, For more information about Alegría, visit cirquedusoleil.com/alegria.

Alice and the World We Live In - Alice stands frozen on a dangerous mountain pass. Paralyzed, unable to move forward or turn back, she is suspended between multiple possibilities of what could have been and what is. Inspired by the topsy-turvy world Alice encounters in Wonderland when she falls down the rabbit hole, this moving allegory explores a woman’s struggle to push through the grief of losing the love of her life to a random act of terror. Echoing our collective fear of what lies ahead in these tumultuous and uncertain times, the play exalts our indefatigable resilience and endless capacity to love, once we find the courage to let go. Centaur Theatre Company Presents Alice and the World We Live In, written by Alexandria Haber and directed by Eda Holmes with Dramaturgy by Micheline Chevrier, with Daniel Brochu and Jane Wheeler.  Plays from Oct. 15 to November 3 at the Centaur Theatre. Place-d’Armes, Montreal. Tickets 514-288-1229 X 277.

Bang Bang - Who gets to tell your story? Kat Sandler’s Bang Bang is a dark comedy that tackles the representation of policing and race in contemporary culture. Lila (Cassandre Mentor) is a Black cop who shot an unarmed Black man. That event has been interpreted by Tim (Phillip Merriman), a white playwright whose wildly successful play “inspired by” Lila’s story has taken some liberties with the facts. When Tim visits Lila to get her blessing on an upcoming film version, the result is a complex and personal discussion of how to tell stories about policing and race (and who should tell them), all framed by Kat Sandler’s empathic and cutting wit. Bang Bang is a play that raises questions about the responsibilities of representation. It provokes an examination of the role of news media, hearsay, and especially theatre when it comes to the telling and ownership of stories. Whose stories should we be telling? And how do we get it right?  Bang Bang sees the return of award-winning Director Bronwyn Steinberg directing a cast of returning favourites and new faces including  2018’s Prix Rideau Award-winner Lucinda Davis and Michael Ayres from his roles on Star Trek.  Bang Bang is at Ottawa’s Great Canadian Theatre Company from October 22 – November 10. Tickets are on sale now at GCTC’s box office at 1233 Wellington West at Holland, 613-236-5196.

Bend It Like Bekham - Leading live-entertainment company Starvox Entertainment, Bend it Films and Kintop Pictures in association with TO Live, are thrilled to announce the cast of their upcoming North American premiere production of Bend It Like Bekham: The Musical. Arriving in time for the holiday season with a limited engagement from December 7, 2019 to January 5 at the Bluma Appel Theatre at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Performing Arts (27 Front Street East), the musical features a diverse cast of performers from Canada, the UK, and US. A heartwarming musical comedy about bending the rules and living life on your own terms, Bend It Like Bekham: The Musical is a vibrant and colourful story about a teen girl from a South Asian Sikh family who desperately wants to play soccer against the wishes of her traditional immigrant parents. Set in West London, the story follows two teenage girls from different backgrounds who share an aptitude for soccer and pressure from their families to conform. The musical marries contemporary British and South Asian music and dance, the joy of discovering your passion and fighting for it, an irreverent sense of humour, and a healthy dose of girl power. For tickets: For more information and tickets visit www.benditmusical.com

Come From Away - After a sold-out, standing-room only Toronto engagement before heading to Broadway, Come From Away, the “Best Musical” winner all across North America. returns to Toronto due to overwhelming demand!  It’s been called the “edge of the world.” The weather is wild, but the locals never lack for warmth. And it’s here, in Newfoundland, where a remote town became the epicenter of a remarkable true story filled with unusual characters, unexpected camaraderie and uncommon generosity. Come From Away tells the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. On September 11, 2001 the world stopped.  On September 12, their stories moved us all. With Book, Music & Lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein and Directed by Christopher Ashley, and a cast of 18. Come From Away now plays at the Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge St. Toronto. Tickets are on sale online at mirvish.com; by phone 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333. Photo by Michael Murphy. Canadian Company in Come From Away.

Dear Evan Hansen - A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. Dear Evan Hansen is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. Dear Evan Hansen has struck a remarkable chord with audiences and critics everywhere. The Washington Post says Dear Evan Hansen is “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history.” The New York Times calls it “a gut-punching, breathtaking knockout of a musical.” And NBC Nightly News declares the musical “an anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond.” Dear Evan Hansen features a book by Tony Award® winner Steven Levenson, a score by Grammy®, Tony® and Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif. Winner of six 2017 Tony Awards including Best Musical and the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album, featured in he cast are Robert Markus, Evan Buliung, Jessica Sherman, Steph LaRochelle and Claire Rankin.  Performances begin at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, 200 King Street West, on March 5, 2019. For tickets: 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333.416-872-1212 or 1-800-461

Girl From The North Country - A time-weathered guesthouse in the heartland of America. Only a song can shake off the dust for one group of wayward souls—and old dreams may hold the promise of new beginnings. As they pass in and out of each other’s lives, their stories awaken with passion, fury and extraordinary beauty.  Reimagining the music of Bob Dylanas roof-raising ensemble pieces and soul-stirring solos, celebrated playwright Conor McPherson(The Weir, The Seafarer) writes and directs this heartbreaking and universal story about family and love.  After critically acclaimed, smash-hit runs at The Old Vic London, in London's West End, and at The Public Theater New York, Girl From The North Country will bring its rousing spirit to Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre for a strictly limited engagement. Performances begin Saturday, September 28 and run until Sunday, November 24.

Hamilton - HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now. With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.  Hamilton plays from Feb. 11 to May 17, 2020 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre. mirvish.com is the ONLY official ticketing site for the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto and its upcoming engagement of HAMILTON in Toronto. can be purchased online from mirvish.com, by phone at TicketKing 416.872.1212 or 1.800.461.333 or directly from the Ed Mirvish Theatre box office.”  244 Victoria Street Toronto.

In Absentia - A modern day fantasy, DanceWorks In Absentia celebrates the unexpected beauty that blossoms in the aftermath of calamity. Two humans, lost, traverse an ever-shifting landscape. Fragile and torrential, vivid and fantastical, the journey spins a prophetic dream world which helps them divine the consequences and potentials of living in a harrowing time. This ambitious dance piece also features a larger-than-life set design created by award-winning designer Steve Lucas. Turning and twisting like an incoming storm, it is entirely made of cardboard. The production also features original music composition by Allen Cole, projection design by Laura Warren, elaborate costume design by Sonja Rainey, and two petite skeletons that provide hope in a world of treacherous fantasy. DanceWorks In Absentia plays November 21 and 22 at 8pm at Harbourfront Centre Theater, 231 Queens Quay West, Toronto.

Kiss Me Kate - The Civic Light-Opera Co.  presents Cole Porter’s classic musical Kiss Me Kate, playing from Sept. 11-22 at the Zion Cultural Centre in North York. Romance, comedy, sophistication and hilarious behind-the-scenes hijinks abound backstage at Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew”. The score includes such songs such as “So in Love,” “Wunderbar,” “Too Darn Hot,” “Brush up your Shakespeare,” Another, Op’nin’, Another Show,” among others.  Kiss Me Kate features Joe Cascone and Cynthia Peroff as Fred and Lili, plus David Haines, Peter Loucas, Eric Botosan and other CLOC favourites in its 14-member cast.  Performances take place at the Zion Cultural Centre, 1650 Finch Ave. East (at Don Mills) on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm , Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 pm; Sunday matinees at 2 pm. Tickets: -755-1717 or online at: http://www.musictheatretoronto.com

Lightfoot in Song - Troubadour of our landscape and our history, masterful storyteller, Gordon Lightfoot creates a national songscape. The same team that brought you tributes to Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell is back to celebrate another Canadian icon. Bear & Co. unites its heady cocktail of voices and instrumentation with your favourite Lightfoot for an evening of nostalgia and surprise. We don’t know how it could be anything but . . . Beautiful.  Lightfoot in Song plays from October 24 (Preview on Oct. 23) to November 2 at the Gladstone Theatre 910 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa, ON. Tickets Adult, Senior and Students/Artist can be purchased at The Gladstone:  https://www.thegladstone.ca/lightfoot-in-song/; or by phone: (613) 233-4523.

Margaret Trudeau: A Certain Woman of an Age. - Mother of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canadian icon and international mental health advocate Margaret Trudeau will be bringing her critically acclaimed, candid conversation  Margaret Trudeau: A Certain Woman of an Age to Toronto. JFL42 and The Second City proudly brings this one-of-a-kind autobiographical one-woman show, featuring an intimate conversation that follows her startlingly candid accounts of her wild child days, an isolated life as the prime minister’s wife, the tragic family events, and ultimately embracing a mental illness diagnosis, are as surprisingly universal as they are extraordinary. This is an empowering opportunity to be part of living history that audiences of every generation will love. Margaret Trudeau: A Certain Woman of an Age plays from Sept. 19 to 22 at the Jane Mallet Theatre, Meridian Arts Centre (formerly the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts) 27 Front St. East, Toronto. Tickets: St. Lawrence Centre box office or call 1-855-872-SONY (7669). Please let us know in advance if you have any particular accommodation needs. Contact: 416-368-6161, extension 7117 or email info@tolive.com

Mythic - The relationship between a mother and her teenage daughter can be sheer hell – especially if that daughter is a Greek goddess with a taste for the Underworld. Mythic turns the ancient Greek story of Persephone on its side, with the gods as chart-topping rock stars, power-hungry politicians, and professional socialites. This sensational new pop/rock musical for ancient and modern times shakes things up in Montreal’s Segal Centre,  Sylvan Adams Theatre, from October 27 to November 17. The North American premiere features book and lyrics by Marcus Stevens and lyrics by Marcus Stevens and is directed by Brian Hill with choreography by Avihai Haha. On November 16, Mythic will be presented with American Sign Language Interpretation, English performance interpreters onstage. The Segal Centre is located at 5170 Cote Ste-Catherine, Montreal. For Tickets: 514-739-7944 or box office.

No Foreigners - Shopping malls become a portal into surreal worlds that carry the nuanced stories of loss and resilience from the Chinese diaspora. No Foreigners is a multimedia performance that meditates on North American Chinese shopping malls as spaces of cultural creation and clash. Multiple storylines begin in a mall and quickly diverge—catapulting us across cities, between Cantonese and English, in and out of the afterlife, through past, present, and future. Weaving together text, miniatures, digital backdrops and live cameras, No Foreigners examines our changing relationships to these social spaces and the histories, characters, experiences, and ephemera that keep inviting us back.A collaboration between ground-breaking Vancouver interdisciplinary super group Hong Kong Exile and Governor General’s award-winning playwright David Yee of fu-GEN Theatre. No Foreigners plays  September 17-29, 2019. The Theatre Centre presents a Hong Kong Exile and fu-Gen Theatre production. Book tickets:  416-538-0988.

Piaf/Dietrich: A Legendary Affair - Edith Piaf and Marlene Dietrich were two of the greatest names in international show business during the early 20th century. The first of them enchanted the world with her singing, her moving life story, and unostentatious appearance, while the other did the same with her beauty, elegance, and bewitching stare, being one of the first European actresses to become popular in Hollywood. Based on a true story, Piaf/Dietrich is a musical drama that explores the intimate and entertaining portrait of a fascinating friendship between show business legends that began under the most unlikely of circumstances and lasted their entire lives. Featuring 20 of their unforgettable hits including La Vie En Rose, Milord, and Where Have All The Flowers Gone, and starring two of Canada’s leading actors, this will be an unforgettable theatrical experience. Starring Louise Pitre and Jayne Louis and directed by Broadway and West End director Gordon Greenberg,  Piaf/Dietrich: A Legendary Affair is written by Daniel Große Boymann and Thomas Kahry, and adapted by Erin Shields from an English language translation by Sam Madwar. It plays at the CAA Theater (651 Yonge St. Toronto) from Sept. 17 to Dec. 8, 2019. Tickets: available exclusively through mirvish.com; By Phone through TicketKing 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333.

Portia’s Julius Caesar - Hart House Theatre continues to mark its 100th Anniversary Season by  presenting one of Shakespeare's most memorable political dramas...with a big twist. Portia's Julius Caesar keeps all the best parts of The Bard's work and includes the perspective of the women and servants who were embroiled in the political upheaval. Introduced to Toronto audiences by outdoor company Shakespeare in the Ruff in 2018, this production of Portia's Julius Caesar brings the action indoors and takes full advantage of what Hart House Theatre has to offer: featuring showcase performances by trained, emergent talent, who are supported by a professional production team and a dedicated, large audience. Named one of the top shows of 2018 by The Toronto Star after its summer premiere, Portia's Julius Caesar is an unapologetically feminist take on Shakespeare's classic account of political upheaval. Through the eyes of a Roman wife, Portia's Julius Caesar uses a mix of new words and the rich poetry from over 20 of Shakespeare's works to explore the role of women in classic story-telling, ancient Roman society and politics. Portia's Julius Caesar is written by four-time Dora Award-nominated actress and playwright Kaitlyn Riordan, and directed by Dora Award-winning actor, director, creator and  Co-Artistic Director of Shakespeare in the Ruff,  Eva Barrie. Portia's Julius Caesar opens on November 15, 2019 and plays until November 30, 2019 at Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle,Toronto. Located on the campus of the University of Toronto.

Shakespeare in High Park - Canadian Stage’s Shakespeare in High Park, one of Toronto’s favourite summer traditions, returns for its 37th season to the High Park Amphitheatre, July 4-Setpember 1. Audiences will enjoy a magical evening of theatre in the great outdoors with two adaptations of Shakespeare’s most popular and enduring works — the comedic tale of love and desire, Much Ado About Nothing, and the timeless story of morality and power, Measure For Measure.   Whether enjoying a performance with family or friends, or a romantic first date with a special someone, each year more than 37,000 people make seeing theatre under the stars a summer staple. A pay-whatyou-can event, Canadian Stage’s Shakespeare in High Park is an accessible, unforgettable, and convenient theatre experience just steps from the subway.  “Shakespeare in High Park is a crucial element to Canadian Stage’s mission of bringing excellent theatre to our city and we are proud that we are able to keep this experience accessible,” says Canadian Stage Artistic Director Brendan Healy. “We are also thrilled that these two shows highlight the extraordinary talents of our two York University/Canadian Stage MFA in Stage Direction graduates: Liza Balkan and Severn Thompson. It will be a memorable summer in the Park!”  This year Dora Award-winning theatre creators Thompson and Balkan examine themes of gender, misogyny, patriarchy, feminism, deception, power, and politics and their new significance today with the rise of #MeToo and call-out culture. Tickets and Info Web: http://www.canadianstage.com; Box Office: 416.368.3110. High Park Toronto map and driving directions  

Songs in the Key of Oz - First staged in San Francisco in 2011, Songs in the Key of Oz is performed by Toronto musical theatre entertainers Joe Cascone and David Haines. It will be presented on August 15th at the Papermill Theatre, marking 80 years to the date of when the film was initially released. Songs in the Key of Oz chronicles, through song, the past century of stage and screen productions of L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz and its related musical works. From the earliest Broadway musical of 1902, written by Baum himself, through several of his other OZ musicals, to the famous 1939 MGM movie version starring Judy Garland, to more modern works like The Wiz and Wicked! There are also stops at other Oz oddities along the way like some of the delightful animated features and even a North Carolina Theme Park, The Land of Oz. Messrs. Cascone and Haines have a long history with all-things-Oz, and have performed this exciting musical at several Oz conventions throughout the U.S. and Canada, and as part of the theatrical season of Toronto’s own Civic Light Opera Company to great acclaim wherever it has played. The upcoming presentation takes place on Thursday, August 15th at 8 pm at Papermill Theatre, 67 Pottery Road, located in the Todmorden Mills complex. Tickets for Songs in the Key of Oz can be purchased by calling the Box Office at (416) 755-1717 or via the website: www.MusicTheatreToronto.com  

STARS: Together - STARS have spent their 20+ year career being a musical confidant to the innermost secrets of their fans’ lives. They tell the tales we keep in the darkest, and most hopeful parts of our souls. They have persevered as a band, friends, musical and social curators, staying true through countless tours and every imaginable obstacle. A collaboration between Montreal’s beloved indie-rock band STARS, Crow’s Theatre Artistic Director Chris Abraham, and writer and filmmaker Zack Russell, STARS: Together is a theatre/concert hybrid by one of Canada’s most theatrical indie-rock bands. The play meets the band where they live – in their practice space in Montreal. After more than 20 years, 8 albums, and more fights than anyone can remember – the band finally gets real and meets their destiny: to make a play together. STARS: Together is an intimate odyssey about the joys and pains of sticking by the ones you love.  STARS: Together runs November 26 to December 15 at Streetcar Crowsnest (345 Carlaw Avenue) in the Guloien Theatre. Get more information and buy tickets at crowstheatre.com  

The Adventures of Pinocchio - Young People’s Theatre (YPT) presents this year’s holiday musical, the Canadian premiere of The Adventures of Pinocchio.  Multi-award-winning actor Sheila McCarthy returns to YPT after more than 35 years to direct this rollicking new musical, which follows the beloved marionette on his mischievous quest to become a real human being. The Adventures of Pinocchio will be presented on the Mainstage from November 11, 2019 to January 5, 2020.  The Adventures of Pinocchio is written by Canadians Brian Hill (book) and Neil Bartram (music and lyrics) and had its world premiere at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater in 2011. The production has been freshly adapted for its Canadian premiere by YPT. Each production in YPT’s 2019.20 Season explores one of the Seven Ancestral Teachings of the Anishinaabe (Wisdom, Love, Respect, Bravery, Honesty, Humility and Truth), with The Adventures of Pinocchio focused on Honesty. “I love how the story brings Pinocchio to the realisation that honesty is a link between action and consequence - and a quality that binds people together,” said Allen MacInnis, YPT Artistic Director. “Being human is caring about how we affect others.” The Adventures of Pinocchio features Malindi Ayienga, Noah Beemer, Joel Cumber, Susan Henley, Arinea Hermans, Sierra Holder, Connor Lucas (as Pinocchio), Jacob MacInnis, Kelsey Verzotti and Shawn Wright. Recommended for ages 5 and up.  Tickets: Online: youngpeoplestheatre.org. Box Office416.862.2222 x2.  

The Band’s Visit - The critically acclaimed smash-hit Broadway musical The Band’s Visit is the winner of 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, making it one of the most Tony-winning musicals in history.  It is also a Grammy Award® winner for Best Musical Theatre Album. In this joyously offbeat story, set in a town that’s way off the beaten path, a band of musicians arrive lost, out of the blue.  Under the spell of the desert sky, and with beautiful music perfuming the air, the band brings the town to life in unexpected and tantalizing ways.  Even the briefest visit can stay with you forever. The cast of world-class performers is led by award-winning Israeli actor Sasson Gabay, star of the original film and the Broadway production, and Chilina Kennedy, known best for her historic run as Carole King in Broadway’s Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. With a Tony- and Grammy-winning score that seduces your soul and sweeps you off your feet, and featuring thrillingly talented onstage musicians, The Band’s Visit rejoices in the way music makes us laugh, makes us cry, and ultimately, brings us together. The Band’s Visit plays at the Ed Mirvish Theatre from Sept. 17 to October 20, 2019. 244 Victoria St. Toronto. Tickets: 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333.  

The Book of Life - Canadian Stage opens its fall 19.20 season with the world premiere of The Book of Life by internationally celebrated Rwandan artist and humanitarian Odile Garike (Kiki) Katese.  Inspired by the atrocities of the Rwandan genocide when in 1994 one million people were murdered in 100 days, in this ground-breaking collaboration Katese takes the audience on a remarkable journey of resilience and imagination.  A how-to guide on overcoming trauma, this solo work is a moving celebration that offers an understanding of life in the aftermath of incalculable loss. Infused with original music performed and sung by Rwanda’s internationally acclaimed first all-female drumming group, Ingoma Nshya (The Women Drummers of Rwanda), stunning projections, and a collection of letters written by survivors to the dead (orphans to missing parents, wives to husbands, killers to their victims), The Book of Life offers hope and a humane way to forgive and move forward.   Co-Created and Directed by Ross Manson, A Volcano Theatre Production in Association with the Woman Cultural Centre, Rwanda and Why Not Theatre. Presented by Canadian Stage. The Book of Life plays at the Marilyn and Charles Baillie Theatre from September 17 to 29, 2019. 50 Tank House Lane, Toronto’s Distillery District. Tickets and Info Web: http://www.canadianstage.com; Box Office: 416.368.3110.

The Book of Mormon - Initially running at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York, The Book of Mormon broke box office records at the theatre and won 9 Tony Awards from 14 nominations, including Best New Musical, Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical and Best Direction of a Musical. The show made the leap across the pond in 2013 and delighted audiences with its crude, witty satirical humour. The Book of Mormon has book, music and lyrics by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, and the mind behind the hit musical Avenue Q, Robert Lopez. The show follows the journey of two Mormon missionaries who travel to Africa to preach their religion. They share their scriptures with a small village in Uganda, but find it difficult to interest the locals who have much bigger things to worry about: AIDS, famine, and local warlords. It features hilarious songs like “Hello”, “All American Prophet”, “I Believe” and “I Am Africa”. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, The Book of Mormon has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language. The Book of Mormon opens at the Ed Mirvish Theatre on June 12 and runs until July 23rd.  244 Victoria Street.  For tickets: Ticket-Center.com  

The Jillian Jiggs - The Jillian Jiggs ​ stories by ​Phoebe Gilman are rhyming, action-filled adventure stories of Jillian, her sister Rebecca, and their friends Rachel and Peter as they create, explore, learn, and play. This original series of Canadian stories have now moved into the realm of beloved classics as they are passed to a new generation of little ones. In this staged version, the four friends recount their various adventures and try to create a perfect play as a surprise gift for Jillian and Rebecca’s mother’s birthday. Directed by Dahlia Katz and adapted by playwright Derek Genova, featured in the cast are Megan Starkman, Shai Tannyan, Gabriel Vaillant and Nicole McCafferty. The Jillian Jiggs opens at Solar Stage at Artscape Wychwood Barns, on July 6, 2019 and plays until Sept. 1. 601 Christie St. Studio 176. For tickets: 416-368-8031. www.solarstage.on.ca  

The Mush Hole - Young People’s Theatre presents the Toronto premiere of The Mush Hole, a  ground breaking theatre and dance performance exploring the devastating intergenerational impact of Canada’s Residential School system. This compelling dance work explores the impact on children sent to the Hamilton-area Mohawk Technical School. Known as “the mush hole” owing to the watery gruel served at every meal, the Mohawk Institute is Canada’s oldest Residential School. From award-winning choreographer, director and producer Santee Smith and the internationally acclaimed Kahwa:wi Dance Theatre  comes a story of truth, acknowledgement and resilience. Recommended for Ages 11 & up • Runs approx. 65 min. The Mush Hole will be presented on the YPT Mainstage from October 16 to 25. Tickets: Online: youngpeoplestheatre.org  box Box Office416.862.2222 x2

The Office! A Musical Parody - Producers of the sold out, unauthorized Off-Broadway sensation The Office! A Musical Parody announce the North American tour will launch beginning with a 4-week run at Toronto’s CAA Theatre (651 Yonge St.) from July 30 to August 25, 2019. Tickets on sale Saturday April 13th at mirvish.com. Writers Bob and Tobly McSmith are ecstatic about The Office! A Musical Parody to be on track as their most successful New York production in 10 years. Says Tobly McSmith. “The Office! A Musical Parody is now one of the most successful off-Broadway shows in history. As Michael might say, ‘It's been a dream come thru.’” Their third national tour, FRIENDS! The Musical Parody is currently touring North America. It’s a typical morning at Scranton’s third largest paper company until, for no logical reason, a documentary crew begins filming the lives of the employees of Dunder Mifflin. Don’t miss this hilarious, unauthorized parody of your favourite TV show, now coming to Toronto.

The Pianist of Willesden Lane - The Segal Centre is proud to present the stirring and inspiring Hershey Felder Presents production of The Pianist of Willesden Lane in the Sylvan Adams Theatre from September 8 to 29, 2019. The show stars internationally acclaimed storyteller and concert pianist Mona Golabek as she recounts her own mother’s tale of hope and survival during the Second World War. The production is adapted and directed by Montrealer and Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre veteran Hershey Felder and is based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen. Set in Vienna in 1938 and in London during the Blitz, The Pianist of Willesden Lane tells the inspirational story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist who is dreaming about her concert debut at Vienna's storied Musikverein concert hall. However, with the issuing of new ordinances under the Nazi regime, everything changes for Lisa, except for her love of music and the pursuit of her dream. With three daughters and only one passage to safety on the Kindertransport, the “children’s train” that rescued thousands of European children by bringing them to England, Lisa’s mother and father are confronted with a choice. Lisa is selected out of her sisters, separated from her family, and embarks on a moving journey as she strives to keep herself and her goals alive. Featuring the music of such greats as Debussy, Bach, Grie, Beethoven, and Chopin, performed live on a Steinway concert piano. Plays from September 8  to September 29, 2019 at the Segal Centre, Tickets are on sale now at 514.739.7944 or at www.segalcentre.org. 5170 chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Montreal, H3W 1M7.