Shows That Caught Our Eye in Toronto the Week of December 25th, 2017
Merry Christmas Toronto! This week on Toronto’s stages we’re joined by Disney Princesses and some classic holiday characters! Here to choose her most anticipated shows (in red) is our Assistant Editor Jess. Check them out below the cut:
Already reviewed by Mooney on theatre:
Peter Pan. Soulpepper and Bad Hats Theatre present a musical reimagining of JM Barrie’s classic tale, suitable for ages 3 and up. Previews from Dec 8, opens Dec 10 and runs to Dec 31, see website for schedule. $25-$45. At The Young Centre for the Performing Arts. Show Info.
Million Dollar Quartet by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux (Drayton Entertainment). Musical revue inspired by the recording session that brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. Previews Dec 12, opens Dec 13 and runs to Jan 7, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed 1:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $59-$89. At The CAA Theatre. Show Info.
Beauty and the Beast. Young People’s Theatre’s Production of Disney’s Beauty And The Beast. Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice, Book by Linda Woolverton. The musical based on the Disney film about hope and being your authentic self is brought to the stage. For ages 5 and up. Previews from Nov 6, opens Nov 9 and runs to Dec 31, see website for schedule. $10-$49. At Young People’s Theatre. Show Info.
The Illusionists – Live From Broadway (Mirvish). Theatre, magic, comedy and illusions by Darcy Oake, Jeff Hobson, An Ha Lim, Colin Cloud and others. Previews from Dec 12, opens Dec 14 and runs to Jan 7, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm (see website for more times). $59-$139. At The Princess of Wales Theatre. Show Info.
And everything else:
Knockout: Bad and Boujee. Love Letters Cabaret presents glamour, showgirls and comedy hosted by Pastel Supernova and featuring Kage Wolf, Betsy Swoon, El Toro, Petra Queen of the Nile and others. After-party with DJ Johnny B Goode. Dec 28 at 9 pm. $25 at nowtickets.ca. At Lula Lounge. Show Info.
RaPUNzel. The Panto Players present a holiday pantomime about a cat, a girl and her disappointed hare. Opens Dec 26 and runs to Jan 7, Tue-Sat 7 pm (except Dec 28), matinees Dec 27, 28. 30 and Jan 3, 6 and 7 at 3 pm. $25, child $15. At Red Sandcastle Theatre. Show Info.
Cinderella in Muddy York by Ann Powell and David Powell (Puppetmongers Theatre). The fairy tale is reset in 1830s Upper Canada in this all-ages marionette theatre show. Opens Dec 26 and runs to Dec 31, daily at 11 am. $20. At Solar Stage Children’s Theatre. Show Info.
Bravissimo: Opera’s Greatest Hits. The Opera Canada Symphony & Chorus perform popular selections from Carmen, Madama Butterfly, Rigoletto and more. 7 pm. $55-$145. masseyhall.com. At Roy Thompson Hall. Show Info.
Disney on Ice: Reach for the Stars. (Feld Entertainment). Theatrical ice show featuring classic characters like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy plus characters from more recent Disney films. Opens Dec 22 and runs to Jan 1: Fri Dec 22 at 7 pm; Dec 23-30 daily at 4 pm; and Dec 23 and Dec 26-Jan 1 at noon. $20 & up. At The Rogers Centre. Show Info.
Elmer the Patchwork Elephant. Joseph Patrick presents a show for young audiences by Jonathan Rockefeller, based on the children’s book series by David McKee. A colourful elephant shows that it’s okay to be different in this all-ages show. Opens Dec 16 and runs to Jan 6, Sat 11 am and 1 pm. $40. At The Lower Ossington Theatre. Show Info.
Pinocchio – A Merry Magical Pantomime by Caroline Smith (Torrent Productions). Music, magic and characters from the classic tale of the wooden boy. Opens Dec 22 and runs to Dec 31, Thu-Sat 7 pm, mat Tue-Thu & Sat-Sun 2 pm. $35, child (age 5-12) $25. At The Royal Canadian Legion. Show Info.
The Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum, Harold Arlen and EY Harburg (LOT). A Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home in this musical based on the classic film. Opens Dec 8 and runs to Feb 18, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat 3:30 pm, Sun noon and 4 pm. $55-$75. At The Lower Ossington Theatre. Show Info.
Annie: The Musical by Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin, Thomas Meehan (LOT). A plucky orphan finds a home in this family musical. Opens Dec 8 and runs to Jan 14, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat 3:30 pm, Sun noon and 4 pm. $50-$70. At The Lower Ossington Theatre. Show Info.
The Story by Martha Ross (Common Boots Theatre). Story of the nativity as a parable for modern times. The audience follows three wise men as a they go in search of a headstrong young woman and her baby hiding out in the park. Previews from Dec 11, opens Dec 13 and runs to Dec 30, Mon-Sat 7:30 pm (no show Dec 17, Dec 24-26). Pwyc, admission by donation. At Christie Pits Park. Show Info.