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CHICAGO And FOREVER TANGO Added To 2018/19 Mirvish Subscription Season

CHICAGO And FOREVER TANGO Added To 2018/19 Mirvish Subscription Season

David Mirvish announces two additional shows to the 16 show 2018/19 Mirvish Subscription Season.

CHICAGO the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical returns to Toronto, starring NFL Legend and Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George making his touring Broadway debut in the role of "Billy Flynn." CHICAGO plays a limited one week engagement, June 12 - 17 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre.

Internationally acclaimed sensation and Toronto's favourite dance show FOREVER TANGO returns for a limited one week engagement, November 6 - 11 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre.

Tickets to CHICAGO and FOREVER TANGO go on sale Saturday March 24, 2018. To purchase tickets online go to www.mirvish.com or by phone at TicketKing at 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333. Group orders of 15 or more save up to 20% and may be placed by calling 416-593-4142 or 1-800-724-6420.

Please note: due to fraudulent tickets from online resellers, we reiterate that mirvish.com is the only official ticket source for legitimate tickets. Be careful when purchasing tickets from all other sources.


BROADWAY'S TONY AWARD-WINNING,

RECORD-BREAKING MUSICAL SMASH

CHICAGO

NFL Legend & Heisman Trophy Winner Eddie George In the role of "BILLY FLYNN"

Ed Mirvish Theatre, June 12 - 17, 2018

Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical CHICAGO starring NFL Legend and Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George making his touring Broadway debut in the role of "Billy Flynn." CHICAGO plays a limited one week engagement, June 12 - 17 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre.

Eddie George makes his touring debut in CHICAGO following a successful limited engagement in the same role at the Ambassador Theatre on Broadway in 2016. Prior to taking the stage in CHICAGO, Eddie appeared in such works as Matthew Lopez's The Whipping Man (Nashville Repertory Theatre), Suzan-Lori Parks' Topdog/Underdog (Amun Ra Theatre) and in the title roles of both Othello and Julius Caesar at the Nashville Shakespeare Festival. His transition to the stage completes the journey that he began following the conclusion of his NFL playing career, which saw him providing commentary and analysis for the Tennessee Titans and FOX's college football coverage. George won screen time in such TV series as NBC's American Dream Builders and in such films as Best Man Holiday and The Game Plan. Since then, George has worked to refine his craft onstage, including not only the credits indicated above, but also work with his Nashville based theatrical troupe, Actors By George, which he founded in 2012. Eddie George won the Heisman Trophy in 1995 while playing for the Ohio State University. That honor served as the prelude to a nine-year career in the NFL, which saw him lead the Tennessee Titans to Super Bowl XXXIV and selected to the Pro Bowl four consecutive years, finishing his career with the Dallas Cowboys under legendary coach Bill Parcells. Since the conclusion of his playing career, George has additionally received his MBA from Northwestern University and founded Edward George Wealth Management Group. He resides in Nashville with his wife, Tamara Johnson, and his family. He is on the board of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville.

With a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, CHICAGO is now the #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history.

Produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, CHICAGO is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording.

The national tour is directed by David Hyslop and choreographed by David Bushman. Walter Bobbie is the director of the original New York Production and Ann Reinking was the original choreographer in the style of Bob Fosse. CHICAGO features set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Billington and sound design by Scott Lehrer. The production also features orchestrations by Ralph Burns, supervising music direction by Rob Fisher.

Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, CHICAGO is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago's slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today's tabloids.

CHICAGO is a production not to be missed. And all the reviewers agree. Time Magazine calls it "A Triumph," Newsweek raves "Smashing" and Entertainment Weekly sums it up by calling CHICAGO "Broadway's Most Electrifying Show."


Internationally Acclaimed Sensation

Luis Bravo'S FOREVER TANGO

Ed Mirvish Theatre, November 6 - 11, 2018

Sensuous and sophisticated, the tango inhabits a world where everything can be said with the flick of a leg, the tug of a hand, the tap of a foot and the arch of an eyebrow.

Created and directed by Luis Bravo, FOREVER TANGO features fourteen world-class tango dancers, one vocalist and an on-stage 11-piece orchestra, including the instrument of the tango, the bandoneon, in an evening that celebrates the passionate music and dance of Argentina. The dances, performed to original and traditional music, are the result of collaboration between each couple and director/creator Bravo. "The tango is a feeling that you dance," says Bravo, "a story you tell in three minutes. It's passionate, it's melancholic. It's tender, violent. You dance it with somebody - but it is so internal, you dance it by yourself. More than just a dance, the tango is music, a drama, a culture, a way of life."

FOREVER TANGO tells the story of the birth of the tango in 19th century Argentina where thousands of men, having abandoned a disintegrating Europe to emigrate to South America, found themselves in the crowded abattoirs (packing houses), the bars and street corners of the arrabales (outlying barrios) and in the enramadas (brothels). The tango was born of this lonely and violent existence. Originally shunned by Argentina society as indecent, the tango became an overnight craze in upper-class Paris when Argentine intellectuals taught it when traveling abroad. The tango quickly spread across Europe and to America, and was eventually re-imported home to Argentina society, though not unchanged. Born in the brothels and bordellos of Buenos Aires, the tango may be Argentina's best-known export.

Creator/director Luis Bravo is a world-class cellist who has performed with major symphonies throughout the world. His distinguished credits include appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Colon Theatre Opera House, the Buenos Aires Philharmonic and other prestigious ensembles around the world.

FOREVER TANGO's design team includes Argemira Affonso (Costumes), Luis Bravo (Lighting), Mike Miller (Sound), and Jean-Luc Don Vito (Make-up). Víctor Lavallén serves as Musical Director/Arranger and composed some of the music in the show.

Since premiering in San Diego in 1990, FOREVER TANGO has toured the world, playing in every major city and every major festival, always to great critical acclaim and ecstatic audience response. In many cities, the show proved so popular that it extended again and again, often staying for record-breaking runs, as it did in San Francisco where it played for 92 weeks, setting a box office record for a touring musical.

FOREVER TANGO opened on Broadway June of 1997 for what was expected to be an eight-week engagement, ran for 14 months and has since been back to New York on Broadway on three separate occasions, the latest being the summer of 2013 at the Walter Kerr Theatre.


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