All posts by Wayne Leung

Wayne is a writer, editor and corporate communications professional who is thrilled to be a part of the Mooney on Theatre team. Wayne has loved theatre ever since his aunt brought him to a production of Les Misérables at the tender age of ten . . . despite the fact that, at that age, the show’s plot was practically indiscernible and the battle scenes scared the bejeezus out of him. Wayne’s current list of likes runs the gamut from opera, ballet and Shakespeare to Broadway musicals, circus and Fringe theatre. Outside of the theatre Wayne’s interests include travel, technology and food.

Announcement: Mirvish to bring Mary Poppins, Chess, Hair and others to Toronto theatres in their 2011/12 season

by Wayne Leung

Mirvish has been the dominant presenter of commercial theatre in Toronto for decades. Indeed, before the arrival of Aubrey Dan’s upstart Dancap onto the scene a few years ago Mirvish was the only major presenter of big broadway-style shows in Toronto.

The healthy competition from Dancap has forced Mirvish to up their game; their past couple seasons have arguably been their strongest in years.

The Mirvish 2011/12 season seems to continue the upward trend. It features an exciting and eclectic mix of musicals and plays. Continue reading Announcement: Mirvish to bring Mary Poppins, Chess, Hair and others to Toronto theatres in their 2011/12 season

The Railway Children: North American premiere of a British smash in a brand new Toronto venue – The Roundhouse Theatre

by Wayne Leung

On the morning of January 26th, inside the historic Canadian Pacific Railway’s John Street Roundhouse (now the home of the Steam Whistle Brewery); Marquis Entertainment and The Touring Consortium Theatre Company announced an exciting, new production of a smash British play; E. Nesbit’s The Railway Children to be staged in a new theatrical venue, The Roundhouse Theatre, located on the grounds of the historic site.

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Theatre 20: Artist led, Story-Driven – A new venture for Toronto’s musical theatre scene

On January 20, Toronto saw the birth of Theatre 20: a not-for-profit, artist-run company with the development, education and celebration of musical theatre at the core of its mandate.

Toronto is a town that loves its musicals. In addition to the big shows presented by Mirvish and Dancap, Toronto’s many not-for-profit theatre companies produce a wealth of musicals every year. So what will this new company bring to the scene?

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