Bloom: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Fable - 4th Line Theatre presents the world premiere of Beau Dixon’s Bloom: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Fable at the Winslow farm this July. Bloom: A Rock ’n’ Roll Fable follows the lives of two small town best friends from Assumption, Ontario, who share a lifelong love affair with rock ’n’ roll music. From their childhood in the 1950s, to the heady music days of the 1970s, Bloom is based on stories collected from some of Peterborough’s most renowned rock and roll personalities. The play will feature original music written by Beau Dixon and others, with direction by Kim Blackwell.  Says Dixon, “Bloom is a labour of love for me.  I have poured my own behind the scenes experiences in the Canadian music industry into this play.”  Starring are real life bandmates Griffin Clark and Owen Stahn with Kate Suhr as  the breakout vocalist of the band. Tickets, gift certificates and picnics for the production can be purchased by phone (705-932-4445), online at 4thlinetheatre.on.ca or the theatre’s Box Office at 4 Tupper Street, Millbrook) or at the ticket outlet in the Peterborough Museum and Archives at 300 Hunter Street E., Museum Drive, Peterborough.

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

Fool For Love - Some people you just can’t quit. On the edge of the desert, passions are buried deep, and secrets even deeper. Eddie has come to bring May out of hiding and win her back, no matter who stands in the way. In this this celebrated work, a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, playwright Sam Shepard combines his characteristic dark humour with a raw energy that won’t let go. Directed by Frank Cox-O’Connell, featured in the cast are Eion Bailey, Gara Gee, Stuart Hughes and Alex McCooeye. Fool For Love is on stage from July 13 to August 4th, and plays at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts. 50 Tank House Lane, Historic Distillery District. For tickets: 416-866-8666 or 1-888-898-1188. Info@Soulpepper.ca.

Little Black Dress - From Coco Chanel’s 1926 Ford dress, Audrey’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Lady Di’s revenge dress to Liz Hurley’s jaw dropping Versace, the little black dress’ silhouette has changed over the years -- but like the many women who wear them – it’s capacity for reinvention seems limitless. The LBD in every woman’s wardrobe is the inspiration behind, Little Black Dress The Musical, a brand new production featuring an original script and score from the hilarious women of Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody. Little Black Dress makes its Canadian debut at the CAA Theatre (formerly the Panasonic), 651 Yonge Street, Toronto, from June 4 - 9, 2019 before heading out on its first US National Tour. Tickets are available at www.mirvish.com.

Remembering The Winnipeg General - On May 15th, 1919, over half of Winnipeg’s workers walked off the job. What began as a dispute between construction workers and their bosses bloomed into a full scale insurrection. For six weeks the workers of the city fought for better conditions, better wages, and better lives. Worried that a revolutionary spirit might catch fire, the government broke the strike with a combination of violence, murder and illegal arrests.  Written by Thomas McKechnie, Remembering the Winnipeg General uses the style of Brechtian vaudeville to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the strike and the courageous uprising of the working class, especially examining the roles of immigrants and women. Performed by Heather Marie Annis and Ximena Huizi and directed by Erin Brandenburg,  Remembering the Winnipeg General  is an over-the-top celebration that uses humour, music and direct address to highlight the fight of the human spirit against the oppression of capitalism. Hot cabbage rolls served nightly!  Plays from June 26th to July 6th at the Owl's Club,  847 Dovercourt Rd. (Dovercourt and Bloor). 416-532-6920.  

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  

The Big House - From Fringe Festival favorite and award-winning performer Tracey Erin Smith a new show about prison, loneliness and all we do to survive this life. Developed with and directed by Sarah Garton Stanley, this solo show about isolation promises to make you feel like reaching out. These are the facts: 1977 - Toronto's Tracey Erin Smith's father went to prison; 2018 - Tracey Erin Smith walks into a Southern Californian maximum security men's prison as a Dragon's Den style Judge; 2019 - We meet Tracey onstage and discover all the lies that bind. A hilarious and heartbreaking situation that is truly based on a story.  Supported by a seasoned creative team, all well known in the Toronto theatre scene, The Big House is directed by Sarah Garton Stanley, with set and lighting design by Steve Lucas and sound design by Christopher Stanton.  Plays at the Factory Theatre Mainspace, 124 Bathurst St.  from July 4 to July 14. For Tickets:  Online or 416-966-1062.  

The Bonds of Interest - Odyssey Theatre returns for its 34th season of Theatre Under the Stars with the world premiere of a new translation of The Bonds of Interest by Spanish playwright and Nobel Prize laureate Jacinto BenaventeThe Bonds of Interest is a wickedly clever satire about self-interest, greed and corruption in a modern consumer-driven world. The con is on when two penniless con artists arrive in a town of pretenders and concoct a devious scheme to get rich. The townspeople become wise to the machinations of the two crooks, but everyone is so tied up in their vested bonds of interest that no one can afford to blow the whistle. Award-winning director and playwright Laurie Steven will be directing a talented cast of Odyssey veterans and newcomers from Ottawa, Toronto and the UK. Leading the cast as Crispín is renowned Canadian-British actor Ross Mullan, with William Beddoe, Maryse Fernandes, Scott Maudsley, Bruce Spinney and Scott McCulloch, Erin Eldershaw, Mitch Rose, and Toronto actors Soo Garay, Anurag Choudhury and Neta Rose. The Bonds of Interest runs from July 25-August 25, 2019. For more information and tickets: www.odysseytheatre.ca  

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 Lion King - A smash hit virtually right from the start, the theater adaptation of Disney’s The Lion King has captivated audiences all over the world since debuting in 1997. Bringing to life the timeless tale of young Simba, who must find his way back to the Pride Lands to reclaim his throne, The Lion King musical comes equipped with many of the film’s notable characters like Mufasa, Scar, Nala, Rafiki, Timon, Pumbaa, and more, in addition to renditions of iconic songs such as “Circle of Life,” “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King,” and “Hakuna Matata.” Tony Award®-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. The Lion King also features the extraordinary work of Tony Award®-winning choreographer Garth Fagan and some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award®-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice. The Lion King, making its triumphant return to the Princess of Wales Theatre (300 King Street West) opening on June 13th and playing until August 4th, 2019. For tickets: 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333.  

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 Stratford Festival - The Merry Wives of Windsor - Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino brings Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor close to home with a joyous production set in a small town not unlike Stratford, Ontario, in 1953, the year the Festival began. This delightful romp features Geraint Wyn Davies as Falstaff, a portly knight, who pursues two married women at the same time – Mrs. Ford, played by Sophia Walker, and Mrs. Page, played by Brigit Wilson – failing to consider that his targets might, quite literally, compare notes. Nor has he reckoned on the mischievous spirit in which the wives will use their wits and wiles to teach him the error of his ways. Rounding out the all-star cast of this hilarious comedy are Graham Abbey as Mr. Ford, Michael Blake as Mr. Page and Lucy Peacock as Miss Quickly. Says Director Ciolino, “We can’t know that for sure, but we can certainly see that the hero of this play is the community, and that community is led – by example, at least – by two remarkable women. Alice Ford and Meg Page, the ‘merry wives’ of the title, take whatever ill fortune offers them and, through wit, wisdom, and brio, ensure a happy outcome for themselves and those they love. And so much of the healing comes by way of characters using theatre to subvert and delight. This, then, is a production set in a small town, in the not too distant past, where eccentric characters and remarkable women make the world a bit better through play-acting and theatre.” The Merry Wives of Windsor plays from May 11 to Oct. 26, opening June 1, 2019, at The Festival Theatre, Stratford, Ontario. Tickets and further information: stratfordfestival.ca

Tirgan Festival - The Tirgan Festival is excited to announce the arrival of its much anticipated biennial event, taking place from July 25 to 28, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario and presented by TD Bank. Tirgan refers to an ancient Persian/Iranian festival traditionally held in the month of July, also known as Jashn-e Tirgan (The feast of Tire-gan). It coincides with other midsummer festivals, celebrated with music, dancing, poetry, and serving authentic foods!. Over 24 vendors are offering different products including Arts, Crafts, Books, Confectioneries, Jewelry, and more to tempt you! Tirgan Festival 2019 is currently one of the world’s largest celebration of Iranian arts and culture, and includes 230+ artists, 30+ free events, 28 retailers, and 8 restaurants, and 2 traditional teahouses for the over 160,000 visitors who flock to experience this Festival. This year’s theme is UNITY honouring Tirgan’s historical commitment to the celebration of diversity, talent, freedom, and equality. Through music, dance, theatre, culinary delights and more, Tirgan Festival highlights the richness of the contemporary and traditional arts and culture of Iran. A commendable group of 400+ hard-working volunteers makes the Festival happen for four exhilarating days at some of Toronto’s most iconic performance venues including Harbourfront Centre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Art, the Michener Institute of Education, and The Distillery Historic District. Says Tirgan Festival CEO Mehrdad Ariannejad.   “For the first time in the history of Tirgan, we are holding a conference on Iranian Intellectualism,  inviting more than 10 scholars from universities across the globe to discuss the subject on four different panels at the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. In a way, these panels are going to review the modern history of Iran during a cultural festival, combining art and scholarly work.” Tirgan has something for everyone with both ticketed and free events, with child care available for some, from musical masterpieces to kid-friendly entertainment to intellectually stimulating conferences to late night dancing under the stars. Visit https://tirgan.ca/tirgan2019/ for tickets and more information.

Toronto Fringe Festival - Untitled No. 7 - Australian writer and performer Telia Nevile makes her Toronto debut at this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival with her storytelling/cabaret show Untitled No. 7. Untitled No. 7 is a joyously ridiculous fairy tale about the curse of potential and the holy grail of success, and it’s chock full of pop culture poetry, punk rage and a healthy dose of interpretive dance. Is success, as we know it, a myth created by Disney movies, societal expectations and Instagram influencers? Combining storytelling, cabaret, poetry and comedy, this incredibly relatable solo show explores our definition of success, and the way that can come to define our life. Ms. Nevile earned two nominations for Untitled No. 7’s premiere season at last year’s Melbourne Fringe (Best Performance nominee, Melbourne Fringe; Best Cabaret Writing nominee, Green Room Awards). Untitled No. 7 plays at St. Vladmir Institute, July 5, 6, 7, 9,11, 12 and 14th. For further information on this and all upcoming Fringe shows, dates, locale and performance times, please see fringetoronto.com  

Waitress - Meet Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. Pouring her heart into her pies, she crafts desserts that mirror her topsy-turvy life such as “The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie” and “Betrayed By My Eggs Pie.” When a baking contest in a nearby county — and a satisfying run-in with someone new — show Jenna a chance at a fresh start, she must find the courage to seize it. Change is on the menu, as long as Jenna can write her own perfectly personal recipe for happiness. Brought to life by a groundbreaking, all-female creative team, this Tony Award® -nominated hit features original music and lyrics by 7-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles (“Love Song,” “Brave”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland). WAITRESS will play Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre for a limited 6-week engagement from July 9 through August 18, 2019. 244 Victoria Street, Toronto. For tickes: 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333.