Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl’s amazing tale, is now Toronto’s golden ticket! It’s the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including Pure Imagination, The Candy Man, and I’ve Got a Golden Ticket, alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory...to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to burst with colour and confection beyond his wildest dreams. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing joyride through a world of pure imagination. Now’s your chance to experience the wonders of Wonka like never before – get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper! Charlie And The Chocolate Factory plays from Nov. 20 to Jan.6 at the Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St. West. Tickets: 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333.

Children of God - The Segal Centre for Performing Arts and Urban Ink are proud to be coproducing the Montreal premiere of the critically acclaimed Children of God. A work of immense beauty in music and story, Children of God is a powerful musical that has drawn national attention for its message of resilience and redemption. Children of God tells the story of an Oji-Cree family torn apart when the children are taken away to a residential school in Northern Ontario. In it, we meet Rita, a mother who was never let past the school’s gate, and her kids, Tom and Julia, who never knew she came. In its fierce beauty and honesty, Children of God blends ancient traditions and contemporary realities, above all celebrating the resilience and power of the Indigenous cultural spirit. Written and directed by Oji-Cree artist Corey Payette, the show was developed in collaboration with Western Canada Theatre and the English Theatre at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. The show had its world premiere at the York Theatre (The Cultch) in Vancouver in May 2017 before moving to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton. After its run at the Segal Centre, the production will tour British Columbia. “This important and stunning new Canadian musical will be playing in the Segal Centre’s Sylvan Adams Theatre from January 20 to February 10, 2019.  After its run at the Segal Centre, the production will tour British Columbia. “ Tickets: www.segalcentre.com; 514-739-9444. 5070  Cote-Ste-Catherine. Montreal.

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. Twelve more weeks of performances have been added through Jan 20, 2019 after which it will transfer to the Elgin Theatre in mid-February.  Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King St. West, Toronto. Available online at mirvish.com. By phone 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333. Photo by Michael Murphy. Canadian Company in Come From Away.

Grace - Exquisitely told in a stunning blend of documentary theatre, striking visual projections and choreography, Grace is a searing piece that ignites a discussion on the failures and limitations of the legal system. “There was no justice, there was just a legal outcome.” In the wake of a young woman’s disclosure of childhood sexual assault, a family presses charges. A true story about survival, hope, and the pursuit of justice at a time when provability still usurps truth in our courtrooms. From having first developed the piece through Nightwood Theatre’s Write From The Hip play development program, we are deeply proud to present the World Premiere of Grace. “In the #MeToo era, Grace instigates a brutally honest and pertinent discussion about the failure of our legal system by reframing the conversation to involve our lawmakers,” says Kelly Thornton, Artistic Director of Nightwood Theatre. Grace is written by Jane Doe*, directed by Andrea Donaldson and plays January 8 (Opens Jan. 19) to Jan. 26, 2019 at Streetcar Crowsnest (345 Carlaw Ave.), Featuring Michaela Washburn  with Rose Napoli, Brenda Robins and Conrad Coates.  Tickets: are available in person at the Crow’s Theatre box office (345 Carlaw Ave.), at 647-341-7390, or at crowstheatre.com.

Photo by Tanjaa. L to Right Grace Rose Napoli, Conrad Coates, and Brenda Robins.

Hot Brown Honey - Hot Brown Honey turns up the heat, delivering lashings of sass and a hot pinch of empowerment in the smash-hit that has taken the world by storm. Civic Theatres Toronto, in association with Why Not Theatre and Native Earth Performing Arts present Hot Brown Honey at the Bluma Appel Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front Street East  from April 5 - 7, 2019. Part hip hop concert and part pep rally, Hot Brown Honey is presented in association with Why Not Theatre and Native Earth Performing Arts. Hot Brown Honey will make you laugh, cry, clap and shake what your mama gave you. This stellar posse of phenomenal women make noise as they defiantly smash stereotypes and remix the system. Featuring six multi-talented indigenous women from the South Pacific, this neo-burlesque collective perform a full throttle show accompanied by a pounding soundtrack spun by ‘Queen Bee’ Busty Beatz, from atop her glowing hive. Tickets: Online at www.sonycentre.ca, by calling 1-855-872-7669.

Mary Poppins - Jane and Michael’s father insists upon precision and order in their household. But when the children write their own advertisement for a nanny their dreams are answered with the practically-perfect Mary Poppins! The entire Banks Family learns a great deal about each other through Mary who has the uncanny ability to turn everything upside down and, miraculously, just right. The beloved musical arrives just in time for the holiday season. It’s a jolly holiday with Mary! The Young Peoples Theatre presents Mary Poppins,the Broadway musical based on the stories of .L Travers and the Walt Disney Film. Thom Allison directs with choreography by Kerry Cage. Vanessa Sears stars as Mary Poppins with Kyle Blair as Bert. Mary Poppins plays at the Young People’s Theatre Mainstage from November 5 to January 6, 2019.  165 Front Street East. Tickets: 416-862-2222. 

Mary’s Wedding - One of the most celebrated plays in Canadian history, Mary’s Wedding by Stephen Massicotte, will have its first professional production in Toronto at Streetcar Crowsnest, co-produced by Mary Young Leckie’s Solo Productions and by Derrick Chua.  A love story set against the backdrop of the Great War, this is an epic, unforgettable story of love, hope, and survival. The timing for this production was chosen by the creators, in part, to honour the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1. Mary’s Wedding is a moving memorial to both the Great War and great love. When Mary and Charlie unexpectedly find one another sheltering in a barn during a thunderstorm, a tentative love is born. But the year is 1914, and they must surrender their fates to the tumultuous times of the First World War. Their love story extends from the fields of Canada's Prairies to the battlefields of France's Moreuil Wood, as the playwright weaves time, dreams and memory together to remind us that the heart is beautifully resilient.  Mary’s Wedding stars Fraser Elsdon and Kate Ross and  is directed by Kent Staines.  It plays at the Streetcar Crowsnest from January 31 to February 16, 2019. 345 Carlaw Avenue. Tickets: Please visit www.crowstheatre.com.

Reversible - The 7 Fingers returns to Toronto with a brand-new show REVERSIBLE created, written, directed and choreographed by original co-founder and Artistic Director, Gypsy Snider. Through a unique, riveting mix of theatre, circus, dance, music, and acrobatics, REVERSIBLE is dedicated to a generation who forged the world that we live in today and whose stories might hold the key to a better tomorrow.  The 7 Fingers’ first show, Traces played played to critical acclaim and packed houses in December 2015, followed by their next culinary and acrobatic treat Cuisine & Confessions in November 2016.The origins of REVERSIBLE come from writer/director/choreographer, Gypsy Snider, who grew up in a circus family; she’s the daughter of the founders of The Pickle Family Circus. The 8 talented members of the cast of REVERSIBLE are Maria Del Mar Reyes of Spain, Vincent Jutras of Canada, Jérémi Lévesque of Canada, Natasha Patterson of USA, Hugo Ragetly from France, husband and wife Émilie Silliau and Julien Silliau of France, and Emi Vauthey of Switzerland.  Be prepared for moments of pure grace, yielding to rushes of adrenalin, as a cast of multi-talented performers travel through time and space. It will give you goose bumps!  Plays from Dec. 11 to Jan 65th at the CAA Theatre, 652 Yonge Street, Toronto.  Tickets: Online www.mirvish.com; By Phone 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333

Soulpepper’s Family Festival Programming: A Christmas Carol, Peter Pan, Tweet Tweeti, Rose. - Celebrate the joy of the holiday season with the fifth annual Family Festival presented by CIBC and running from Dec. 7 until Dec. 24 at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts. Returning this year is the holiday classic A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens adapted by Michael Shamata with Joseph Ziegler as Scrooge running from Dec. 7 to 24; Peter Pan by Bad Hats Theatre adapted by Fiona Suder and Renne Spitzer, transports the theatre to Neverland Dec. 8 to Jan. 5, 2018. Families with Small children can enjoy a special circus performance for Soulpepper’s youngest audience with Tweet Tweeti.  Rounding out the Family Festival line-up is the high anticipated World Premiere of Soulpepper’s fully original musical Rose by Sarah Wilson and Mike RossRose is a quiet kid from the town of Somewhere, who sees the world a little differently. To discover her place in the world, she must embark on the adventure of a lifetime and conquer the mountain that stands in her way. See just how high Rose can go in this whimsical and inspiring new musical. Recommended for ages 5 to 105. The World Premiere of Rose runs from Jan. 17 to Feb. 10, 2019. Opening Night is January 23. The Soulpepper Theatre is located in the Distillery District, Toronto. 50 Tank House Lane. Tickets:  Box Office: 416-866-8666; boxoffice@youngcentre.ca.

Tartuffe - Canadian Stage is thrilled to give Toronto audiences a chance to see the 2017 smash-hit Stratford Festival Production of Molière’s timeless satire, TARTUFFE, in their own backyard!  Featuring the amazing original Stratford cast, TARTUFFE is on stage at the Bluma Appel Theatre, January 13 to 27, 2019.  Molière’s once-banned comedy is as scandalously relevant today as it was in 1664 as is deftly explores political and religious hypocrisy and how truth becomes blurred in the quest for power. By taking the homeless and holy-seeming Tartuffe under his roof, the wealthy bourgeois Orgon thinks he is harboring a pillar of piety. But in fact Orgon is the one who has been taken in – by a ruthless hypocrites and con artist. With Orgon determined to marry his daughter to Tartuffe – and blind to the latter’s lecherous designs on his wife – it’s up to the rest of the household to expose the fraudster. But revealing the truth it turns out, entails dangers of its own.  Tartuffe by Moliere, is translated by Ranjit Bolt, directed by Chris Abraham, and features the the amazing original Stratford cast starring Tom Rooney and Maeve Beatty. TARTUFFE is on stage at the Bluma Appel Theatre, 27 Front Street East from January 13 to 27, 2019.  Tickets and Info Web: http://www.canadianstage.com. Box Office: 416.368.3110

The Last Ship - The Last Ship, which was initially inspired by Sting’s 1991 album The Soul Cages and his own childhood experiences, tells the story of a community amid the demise of the shipbuilding industry in Tyne and Wear, with the closure of the Swan Hunter shipyard. When a sailor named Gideon Fletcher returns home after seventeen years at sea, tensions between past and future flare in both his family and his town. The local shipyard, around which the community has always revolved, is closing and no-one knows what will come next, only that a half-built ship towers over the terraces. With the engine fired and pistons in motion, picket lines are drawn as foreman Jackie White and his wife Peggy fight to hold their community together in the face of the gathering storm. This personal, political and passionate new musical from multiple Grammy Award winner Sting, is an epic account of a family, a community and a great act of defiance. The Last Ship plays from Feb. 19 to March 14 2019 at the Princess of Wales Theatre (300 King Street West, Toronto) and features an original score with music and lyrics by Sting and is directed by Lorne Campbell, with set design by the Tony Award-winning 59 Productions– team behind the video design for the 2012 London Olympic Games. Tickets:  www.mirvish.com the only authorized online source; by phone through TicketKing at 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333TicketKing is the only authorized phone source. Plays from Feb. 19 to March 14 2019.

The Play That Goes Wrong - What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You’d get The Play That Goes Wrong, Broadway & London’s award-winning smash comedy! Called “a gut-busting hit” (The New York Times) and “the funniest play Broadway has ever seen” (HuffPost), this classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania delivering “a riotous explosion of comedy” (Daily Beast).Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), it’s “tons of fun” (HuffPost) and “comic gold” (Variety) – sure to bring down the house!  Winner of London’s Olivier Award, The Play That Goes Wrong runs from Jan. 8th to Feb. 10th, 2019m at the Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria St. Tickets: 416-872-1212 or 10800-461-3333.

The Wizard of Oz - There’s no place like home… or to put a little twist on Dorothy’s iconic line… there’s no place like Toronto’s Elgin Theatre in December! The favourite destination for Ontario families for 23 years, Ross Petty Productions’ brand new version of The Wizard of Oz will have children and adults alike clicking their heels (more than 3 times) to pop songs, dances, jokes, ad libs and a generous helping of audience participation. Our story begins on Ossington Avenue, but before you can say Emerald City, you definitely won’t think you’re in Toronto anymore. We’re delighted to introduce Ottawa’s Camille Eanga-Selenge as Dorothy, a sensational young talent who recently starred on Broadway and Australia in the mega hit musical The Book of Mormon. Eddie Glen brings his lovable charm back to the Elgin for his 16th production. The Tin Man, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion will Heart-ily welcome you for having the Brains and Courage to participate in all the fun. And of course the Wicked Witch of the West will enjoy sweeping away your tornado of Boos! Plays November 30 to January 5 at the Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street. Tickets: 647-438-5559; Toll Free 1-866-447-7849; Tickets: info@thegrouptixcompany.com

What a Young Wife Ought to Know - It's 1920s working-class Ottawa, and young wife and mother Sophie (Anna Sudac) is the host of the evening. We are immediately situated in her mysterious, somewhat supernatural world where Sophie speaks directly to the audience, desperate for answers about marriage and contraception: What a Young Wife Ought to Know.  Moscovitch plants the play's ending at its beginning, but never gives away the specifics of the stunning conclusion as Sophie's story unfolds. We know her deceased sister (Alexandra Montagnese) will speak to her. We know her stable-boy husband Johnny (Jesse MacMillan) makes very little money. We know that Sophie does not want more children. Theatre Kingston’s new Artistic Producer Rosemary Doyle directs real life couple Jesse MacMillan and Anna Sudac. A hit of the 2018 and 2016 Storefront Fringe, Alexandra Montagnese will play the role of the sister. Alexandra works in Toronto but she is a Kingston native, and coincidentally Jesse and Anna know her well. To complete the cast, Anna and Jesse’s baby will be at rehearsals, and if all goes well Rosemary hopes to have their baby appear in the show! It’s truly a theatrical family affair - but not a show for children!, Depictions of sex, adult themes. What a a Young Wife Ought to Know plays at the Baby Grand Theatre (218 Princess St) from JAN 30 -FEB 17. Tickets: www.theatrekingston.com.  613 530-2050.