Photo Flash: Get A First Look At Sting In THE LAST SHIP In Toronto Photo Flash: Get A First Look At Sting In THE LAST SHIP In Toronto
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2019

The Canadian Premiere of Sting's acclaimed musical, THE LAST SHIP starring and featuring original music and lyrics by multiple Grammy Award® winner Sting is now on stage at the Princess of Wales Theatre through March 24, 2019. (more...)

Nightwood Theatre Announces Andrea Donaldson As Artistic Director Nightwood Theatre Announces Andrea Donaldson As Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2019

Nightwood Theatre's Board of Directors are thrilled to announce Andrea Donaldson as the new Artistic Director. With nearly 20 years of professional experience, Andrea has been a vibrant presence in Toronto's theatre scene. She has worked as a playwright, actor, and producer but most significantly she has focused her career on Directing and Artistic Direction with a strong emphasis on new play development and nurturing women's voices. Andrea will assume her new role in May 2019. Kelly Thornton will remain Artistic Director until April 30, 2019. (more...)

BWW Review: THE VIRGIN TRIAL is Politically-Charged Family Drama at its Finest BWW Review: THE VIRGIN TRIAL is Politically-Charged Family Drama at its Finest
by Isabella Perrone - Feb 2, 2019

Soulpepper's production of Kate Hennig's THE VIRGIN TRIAL, originally produced by the Stratford Festival, brings an investigation of power, morals, and misconduct to the stage. The gripping re-imagining looks at Henry VIII's second daughter Elizabeth I (Bahia Watson), a 15-year-old princess who's a few positions behind in line for the throne and extremely charming, if not untrustworthy. (more...)

BWW Review: ROSE is an Inspirational Look at the Self Despite its Struggle to Balance a Busy Story BWW Review: ROSE is an Inspirational Look at the Self Despite its Struggle to Balance a Busy Story
by Isabella Perrone - Jan 27, 2019

ROSE follows the highs and lows of a nine-year-old on a journey to find herself, with a lively soundtrack and well-rounded cast pushing the plot through a busy storyline. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Let's Do The Time Warp Again...and Again...and Again. The Cast of Stratford's THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW on its Record-Breaking Run BWW Exclusive: Let's Do The Time Warp Again...and Again...and Again. The Cast of Stratford's THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW on its Record-Breaking Run
by Lauren Gienow - Nov 11, 2018

And then there was one... The curtain has fallen on the other 11 productions of the Stratford Festival's 66th season, but THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW is still going strong. Originally set to close on Halloween, the show has been so popular with audiences that it has been extended three times throughout its run and will now close on Sunday December 2. It is officially the longest running show in the history of The Stratford Festival. BWW chatted with several cast members via email and they all expressed gratitude and excitement about the show being extended yet again. (more...)

Photo Flash: MARY POPPINS Flies Into Young People's Theatre Photo Flash: MARY POPPINS Flies Into Young People's Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2018

Everyone's favourite nanny arrives just in time for the holiday season! One of the most successful and beloved Broadway musicals in the world, the YPT Production of Disney and Cameron Macintosh's Mary Poppins will be presented on the Mainstage fromNovember 5, 2018 to January 6, 2019. (more...)

BWW Review: ESCAPED ALONE's Cast is the Welcome Light in a Dark Story BWW Review: ESCAPED ALONE's Cast is the Welcome Light in a Dark Story
by Isabella Perrone - Nov 6, 2018

Caryl Churchill's 2016 work ESCAPED ALONE receives a subtle, simple rendition in its Canadian premiere. Produced by Soulpepper and the Necessary Angel Theatre Company, the piece walks a fine line between mundane and manic for the entirety of its 50-minute view time. (more...)

BWW Review: THE ROYALE Hits Hard on Sport, Sacrifice, and Honour BWW Review: THE ROYALE Hits Hard on Sport, Sacrifice, and Honour
by Isabella Perrone - Oct 26, 2018

Written by Marco Ramirez and directed by Guillermo Verdecchia in this Soulpepper production, THE ROYALE is described as a match told in six rounds. What viewers actually get is a 90-minute whirlwind of emotion packed to the brim with subtle self-reference and a gut-wrenching showdown between a rising boxing star and a legend come out of retirement to defend his title. (more...)

BWW Review: The Stratford Festival's PARADISE LOST Will Be The Apple of your Eye BWW Review: The Stratford Festival's PARADISE LOST Will Be The Apple of your Eye
by Lauren Gienow - Sep 7, 2018

There is a buzz about the Stratford Festival's production of PARADISE LOST that is so intriguing that a ticket is about as tempting as forbidden fruit. Tickets for the oft-sold out production are also a little easier to come by at the moment, as it has been extended by popular demand to October 27th. Get your tickets while you can for this mesmerizing and thought-provoking show! (more...)

BWW Review: Soulpepper's BED AND BREAKFAST is Fully Booked with Love and Laughter BWW Review: Soulpepper's BED AND BREAKFAST is Fully Booked with Love and Laughter
by Isabella Perrone - Aug 19, 2018

Mark Crawford's BED AND BREAKFAST is a two-man show stuffed to the brim with vibrant, interesting characters, that takes place after Brett (Gregory Prest) inherits a family home in some Ontario small-town and packs up his life in Toronto with his partner Drew (Paolo Santalucia) to open a bed and breakfast. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Audiences and Actors alike are being Seduced by The Stratford Festival's THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW BWW Exclusive: Audiences and Actors alike are being Seduced by The Stratford Festival's THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW
by Lauren Gienow - Jul 20, 2018

Stratford Ontario has caught ROCKY HORROR fever with the hit production at the Stratford Festival's Avon Theatre, and BWW had the chance to chat with the performers, the director, and audience members from all walks of life to find out just what magic is at work here! (more...)

Stratford's THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW Extended For Two More Weeks Stratford's THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW Extended For Two More Weeks
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2018

The antici…pation is over! The Rocky Horror Show is being extended for two more weeks at the Stratford Festival. It will now run until November 11. (more...)

BWW Review: Go See THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW at The Stratford Festival...And then Go See it Again! BWW Review: Go See THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW at The Stratford Festival...And then Go See it Again!
by Lauren Gienow - Jun 6, 2018

Saturday night marked the end of Opening Week at the Stratford Festival and there was no better way to wrap up a successful week than with the opening of Donna Feore's thrilling production of Richard O'Brien's THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. Captivating from beginning to end, and guaranteed to feel fresh and new each time it is performed, audiences are bound to have a thrilling time all season long. (more...)

BWW Review: The Stratford Festival Explores Gender Fluidity in a Clever and Funny Production of THE COMEDY OF ERRORS BWW Review: The Stratford Festival Explores Gender Fluidity in a Clever and Funny Production of THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
by Lauren Gienow - Jun 4, 2018

On Friday night, a unique production of Shakespeare's THE COMEDY OF ERRORS was performed at the Studio Theatre-another production, which in any other year, would likely have been performed at the Tom Patterson Theatre, but I must say, it was neat to see it done at the Studio. Director Keira Loughran's production takes place in a completely gender fluid society-accepting of all sexual identities and orientations. Though potentially confusing for those who don't take the time to read the program liner notes, this twist proves to be quite inspired. (more...)

BWW Review: Comedy and High Art Clash in Soulpepper's LA BÊTE BWW Review: Comedy and High Art Clash in Soulpepper's LA BÊTE
by Isabella Perrone - Jun 2, 2018

What happens when a street performer is thrown into a court theatre troupe? In Soulpepper's production of the 1991 David Hirson play, the result includes a lot of body humour, monologuing, and deeper-than-expected political commentary. (more...)

BWW Review: THE MUSIC MAN Hits All the Right Notes at the Stratford Festival BWW Review: THE MUSIC MAN Hits All the Right Notes at the Stratford Festival
by Lauren Gienow - May 30, 2018

Last night marked the opening of the Stratford Festival's production of Meredith Willson's THE MUSIC MAN at the Festival Theatre. In this show, music is responsible for bringing the children of River City back to their parents. Tonight, it also brought patrons of the Stratford Festival back to the theatre. (more...)

BWW Review: INNOCENCE LOST at Soulpepper BWW Review: INNOCENCE LOST at Soulpepper
by Isabella Perrone - May 26, 2018

Soulpepper's production of INNOCENCE LOST: A PLAY ABOUT STEVEN TRUSCOTT is an intense look into a case that changed Canada's judicial system and divided a town. (more...)

BWW Review: MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM at Soulpepper BWW Review: MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM at Soulpepper
by Isabella Perrone - May 20, 2018

A layered stage and stellar cast bring dimension to Soulpepper's production of MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM. Directed by Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu, this adaptation of August Wilson's 1982 play follows an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago where the music takes a back seat to discussions of race and human rights. (more...)

BWW Review: Your Kids Will Love ANNIE at Mirvish BWW Review: Your Kids Will Love ANNIE at Mirvish
by Taylor Long - May 1, 2018

Puzzle pieces cover the stage, invoking a sense of kid-centric wonder in Mirvish's ANNIE. With music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and a book by Thomas Meehan, ANNIE has stood the test of time as one of musical theatre's most beloved shows. Mirvish's production keeps the inspirational story and the hummable tunes - but offers a weird production concept that spends the entire show fighting itself. (more...)

BWW Review: Musical Stage Company's FUN HOME is a Little Show with a lot of Heart BWW Review: Musical Stage Company's FUN HOME is a Little Show with a lot of Heart
by Taylor Long - Apr 22, 2018

The Musical Stage Company has done it again. FUN HOME, presented as part of the off-Mirvish subscription series, is a testament to the power of effective musical theatre. With its gripping exploration of a dysfunctional family struggling with identity - internally and externally - a book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, and music by Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Shrek The Musical), FUN HOME packs a punch. It may be the biggest show in the Musical Stage Company's history, but FUN HOME is really an intimate story about love and acceptance. (more...)

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