BWW Interviews: David Mirvish Discusses the 2013-2014 Season

We are thrilled to bring Once to Toronto, and excited that it just took home the Grammy Award this past Sunday for Best Cast Recording. This is a show which has won eight Tony Awards and hasn't been seen by Toronto audiences which is very exciting.

With Heartbeat of Home, both Brian Sewell and John Karastamatis went to see a workshop of it in Ireland and were incredibly taken with the production. I've just returned from speaking with those who were responsible for getting Metamorphosis off the ground and they've had wonderful notices and great success. Sergio Trujillo's Arrabal will play quite well to a younger audience because it is fresh and sexy and unlike anything we've seen before.

I think the best part of the season is how incredibly diverse it is, because with theatre you can never please everyone with one show. For example, it is very different from a sporting event. I go to see a game and I know that one team will win and one will lose but there will be joy in the subtlety of the game. With theatre, you're asking people to buy seven shows knowing that perhaps they only really want to see five of them. But the joy is in the moments when they fall in love with the show they didn't expect, or the show that they wouldn't have otherwise seen.

That's what makes theatre so incredible. It is this collaboration between the audience and the actors. The actors are reading the audience's body language and no single production exists in a vacuum. It's what makes it special and also what makes it dangerous. Of course, some of it is also luck. But I think the 2013-2014 season has something for everyone.

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Kelly Cameron Kelly Cameron's love affair with the theatre began when she was just five years old, on an outing to see the Original Canadian Cast of Les Miserables at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto. She instantly fell in love, and is honoured to be representing the Toronto contingent of BroadwayWorld as Senior Editor overseeing the GTA region.

Her writing career started almost by accident, though it has always been in her blood as her Mom was an English teacher who firmly believed in the importance of being able to turn a phrase. She also loved sharing her love of theatre with her students (and her children), and was a staunch supporter of the arts in Toronto.

When not at the theatre, you can usually find Kelly with a Starbucks in one hand and her BlackBerry in the other, tweeting, reading or doing something quirky and clumsy for the sake of getting that next big story.

She's incredibly grateful to the amazing Toronto theatre community who have embraced her with open arms, giving her the greatest gift a little redheaded theatre geek could ever ask for - getting to be a part of this vibrant arts and culture scene. She may have never had the skills to be on the stage, but is thankful every day she gets to write about the inspiring people who do.

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