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

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.

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 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 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 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 Riot Ballet - Amid ongoing cover-ups, conspiracies, spin doctors and fake news, how do you pick a side? What inspires people to make the leap from spectator to player or from clicktivist to activist? How much change can you really make (even if you do get off the couch)?  International theatre companies Jump Current Performance (Vancouver/Montreal), Working Group Theatre (Iowa City) and La Barracuda Carmela (Bogotá) are excited to present the world premiere of this intense collaboration, The Riot Ballet, from August 21-25 at the professional performing arts studios of Concordia’s downtown Molson Building. The Riot Ballet is an ambitious theatrical creation about riot, protest, crowd psychology and our longing to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. Audiences interact with characters and other audience members. The show culminates in a safe but spectacular burgeoning riot, where actions in the moment determine just how intense the riot will become. Concordia University Molson Building, 1450 Guy St. at de Maisonneuve. Tickets available online only: www.theriotballet.com.

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

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.