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.

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

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

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

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 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 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.

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

Turandot - After a 15-year wait for music lovers, Puccini’s Turandot returns to the Canadian Opera Company in a striking new production from visionary director Robert Wilson. Princess Turandot has a fierce reputation that precedes her royal name thanks to a high-stakes challenge she has issued: answer her three riddles correctly and win her hand in marriage. Answer incorrectly and pay dearly – with your life. As a steady stream of admirers land face-to-face with the executioner, Prince Calaf takes on the deadly game and has a mystery of his own for Turandot to solve. American soprano Tamara Wilson shares the title role with soprano Marjorie Owens. As the daring Calaf Russian tenor Sergey Skorokhodov shares the role with Bulgarian tenor Kamen Chanev, American bass David Leigh as the daring Calaf shares the role of Calaf’s father, the vanquished King Timur, with Turkish bass, and  Önay Köse, and Lebanese-Canadian soprano Joyce El-Khoury and Colombian-American soprano Vanessa Vasquez share the role of devoted Liù.  Turandot, sung in Italian and presented by the COC with English SURTITLES, runs for nine performances on September 28, October 4, 9, 15, 17, 19, 23, 25, 27, 2019 at The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. 145 Queen Street West. Tickets are available online at coc.ca, by calling 416-363-8231, or in person at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts Box Office (145 Queen St. W.).

Urinetown (The Musical) - Toronto Musical Concerts presents Urinetown (The Musical) In Concert.  In a Gotham-like city, a 20-year drought causes a terrible water shortage, leading to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a Hero decides that he's had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom. The Tony Award-winning musical is an irreverently witty and humorous satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and the genre of musical theatre itself. Toronto Musical Concerts is the only performing arts organizations consistently presenting professional musical theatre concerts in the Greater Toronto Area. The  programming supports emerging artists; represents diverse voices; offers arts access to at-risk and marginalized youth; and presents reimagined musical theatre works as well as new Canadian musicals. Urinetown (The Musical) In Concert is presented on October 25 and 26. 7:30 pm. at the Al Green Theatre, Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, 750 Spadina Avenue. For tickets: https://urinetowninconcert.brownpapertickets.com/; Further Information:647-298-9338.

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.