EVIL DEAD, POTTED POTTER, CANNIBAL! and More Set for Starvox's 10th Anniversary Season
Starvox Entertainment has been wowing audiences for years, bringing the best in entertainment to Toronto and stages around the world. Celebrating ten years in the biz, the company today announced a packed calendar of productions and events, including smash hits, fan favourites and a new partnership with the Randolph Theatre. Get ready for flesh eaters, hot flashes, magic and, of course, a little song and dance.
"It's hard to believe it's already been 10 years," said Corey Ross, president of Starvox Entertainment. "In the past decade we've been fortunate to produce a series of local and internationally acclaimed shows, working with some amazing people along the way. We can't wait to share even more fantastic programming with the audiences in Toronto that helped us get this far."
Starvox is proud to bring the professional premiere of Trey Parker's Cannibal! The Musical to the Panasonic Theatre in February 2015. The latest project from the creator of South Park and The Book of Mormon, it's a raunchy, silly and (of course) hilarious true story of the only person convicted of cannibalism in America. Cannibal! The Musical began as a movie written by Parker while a student at the University of Colorado, and is now a theatrical sensation that bears all the hallmarks of a Parker-Stone collaboration: juvenile humor, complete irreverence, and the slaughter of innocents.
At the Randolph Theatre, just in time for Halloween, Evil Dead - The Musical is baaaaack, proving "you can't stop the dead!" A run-away international success, this Canadian musical comedy has been covering audiences in blood since hitting the Toronto stage in 2003. After playing to sold-out audiences last fall, Starvox took Evil Dead on a successful tour across America. Toronto deadites can celebrate the season in the infamous Splatter Zone.
In December at the Panasonic Theatre, Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience - A Parody by Dan and Jeff is back by magical demand. The show returns to Toronto where it originated its worldwide tour, becoming a critic and audience favourite in New York City, and garnering a Spanish language production in Mexico. Created by two-time Olivier Award-nominees Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, Potted Potter condenses all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into 70 hilarious minutes.
Menopause the Musical, the international hit show that celebrates women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived "The Change" lands at the Randolph Theatre. Audiences fell in love with this laugh-out-loud musical parody, leading to a two year Toronto run. Now it's back, set to classic tunes from the 60s, 70s and 80s, Menopause the Musical, will entertain women of all ages - and men too!
In addition to these theatrical offerings (with even more to be announced in coming months), this fall Starvox takes up residence at the Randolph Theatre, animating the historic venue with a variety of entertaining acts throughout the year. The Just for Laughs Toronto Festival kicks off the partnership in September, with Starvox hosting four side-splitting nights of this world-renowned comedy festival. Then in October, from Brooklyn to Toronto the New York Gypsy All-Stars take over the stage, jumping the turnstiles of Turkish Roots, Balkanalia and Gypsy soul with funky refinement. This quintet of jazz virtuosos play regularly in New York and throughout the European jazz festival circuit. Additional comedy and live music events in this brand new series will be announced shortly.
Full details for each production are outlined below. Tickets are now on sale for Potted Potter at the Panasonic Theatre Dec. 18 to Jan. 11. For more information, visit starvoxent.com or follow on Twitter: @Starvoxent.
About Starvox Entertainment: Starvox Entertainment, founded by Corey Ross, produces, manages, represents and promotes cross-over performing arts shows that tour the world. Twice named to the PROFIT 500 ranking of Canada's Fastest-Growing Companies (and the only live entertainment company on the list), Starvox has toured shows across Canada and the United States, as well as México, China, the Middle East and Europe. Highlights of Starvox's international projects include presentations for the Shanghai International Arts Festival (China); the Tamaulipas International Festival (México); the launch event for the 50th Anniversary of the Casino du Beirut in Lebanon; and a production at France's opulent theatre Le Casino du Paris. The company's most recent projects include the Toronto production of CATS, the Canadian tour of John Malkovich in The Giacomo Variations, Hope Rising!, a concert benefitting the Stephen Lewis Foundation, featuring Annie Lennox, Sarah McLachlan, Alicia Keyes, Harry Belafonte and Angelique Kidjo; and the Toronto run of the acclaimed Alberta Ballet production of Love Lies Bleeding, a modern ballet based on the life and music of Sir Elton John.
Evil Dead -- The Musical
October, dates to be announced
By George Reinblatt
This hilarious live stage show takes all the elements of the cult classic horror films, Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness, then combines them to make one of the craziest theatrical experiences of all time.
Five college students go to an abandoned cabin in the woods, and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. It's all up to Ash (a housewares employee, turned demon-killing hero), and his trusty chainsaw to save the day. Blood flies. Limbs are dismembered. Demons are telling bad jokes... and all to music.
The songs in the show are completely off the wall as well. Titles like "All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons," "Look Who's Evil Now" and "What the F@#k Was That" will have you rolling in your seats and screaming for more and more blood.
Menopause the Musical
October to December, dates to be announced
by Jeanie Linders
Four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the '60s, '70s and '80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for 13 years!
Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience -- A Parody by Dan and Jeff
Dec. 18, 2014 to Jan. 11, 2015
By Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner
Potted Potter has garnered rave reviews from New York to Nashville, Chicago to Mexico City and Critics' Picks from the New York Times, New York Magazine, Time Out London, Boston Globe, Chicago Daily Herald and the New York Post!
Playing to sold out houses all over the world, Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. This fantastically funny show features all your favorite characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic!
Even if you don't know the difference between a Horcrux and a Hufflepuff, Potted Potter will make you roar with laughter. This brilliant family entertainment is perfect for ages six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed).
Trey Parkers' Cannibal! The Musical
Feb. 10 to Mar. 8
By Trey Parker
From the creator of South Park and The Book of Mormon, comes the "All Singing! All Dancing! All Flesh Eating!" Trey Parkers' Cannibal! The Musical live on stage.
Raunchy, silly and hilariously funny, Cannibal! The Musical is the true story of the only person convicted of cannibalism in America. Beginning as a movie written by pre-South Park and The Book of Mormon Trey Parker, when he was at the University of Colorado, it's now a theatrical sensation that bears all the hallmarks of a Parker-Stone collaboration: juvenile humor, complete irreverence, and the slaughter of innocents.
With songs like "Shpadoinkle" and "Hang the Bastard," this parody of classic American musicals fuses the traditions of Oklahoma and Friday the Thirteenth Part 2 into one vulgar and deliberate cheesy gem.
Starvox at the Randolph Theatre
Just for Laughs Toronto Festival
Sept. 24 to 27
This world renowned comedy festival always attracts some of the biggest and most promising names in comedy. Artists to be announced.
New York Gypsy All-Stars
New York Gypsy All Stars unites multi-instrumental virtuosi raised on the lush sounds of Macedonian, Greek, Turkish, and American roots music. With a madcap relish for ill and crunky sounds, the quintet of crack musicians tear through barriers separating the regions' interlocking sounds.
Pictured: Jeff Turner and Daniel Clarkson in Potted Potter The Unauthorized Harry Experience -- A Parody by Dan and Jeff.