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Mirvish Season incl. 'Sound of Music, 'Spring Awakening, 'A Chorus Line'

David Mirvish is delighted to present a total of eight shows in the new 2008/2009 Mirvish Theatre Season.  Six of the shows - five acclaimed musicals and one classic drama -  will be available in a subscripton package.  Two bonus shows, both musicals, round out the season.

The 2008/2009 Subscription season:

Andrew Lloyd Webber, David Ian and David Mirvish present
The Sound of Music

October/November 2008 - The Princess of Wales Theatre
North American Premiere of the new acclaimed, smash-hit London production
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Suggested by "The Trapp Family Singers" by Maria Augusta Trapp

The Sound of Music is one of the most beloved musicals of all time. The film adaptation of the original 1959 Broadway production won five Academy Awards, including "Best Picture" in 1965.

The score for The Sound of Music touches the hearts of all ages and brims over with some of the most memorable songs ever performed on the musical stage including My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Edelweiss, Climb Ev'ry Mountain, Sixteen Going On Seventeen, The Lonely Goatherd and of course the glorious title song The Sound of Music.

The role of Maria for this spectacular production will be cast in a cross-country talent search! Audiences can play a part in choosing who this actress will be with the CBC TV show "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?' The TV show will take viewers behind the scenes, where they will get to know the contenders for the role before voting for their favourite.  This unique TV series will be broadcast June and July 2008 on CBC TV.  For more information about the casting search, log on to www.areyoumaria.com

A Chorus Line
November/December 2008 - Canon Theatre
Canadian Premiere of the new Broadway production
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Edward Kleban
Book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante
Conception, Original Direction and Choreography by Michael Bennett
Director and Original Co-Choreography by Bob Avian

In an empty theatre, on a bare stage, casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete. For 17 dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime. It's what they've worked for - with every drop of sweat, every hour of training - every day of their lives. It's the one opportunity to do what they've always dreamed - to have the chance to dance.  This is A Chorus Line, the musical for everyone who's ever had a dream and put it all on the line.  Winner of nine Tony Awards, including "Best Musical" and the Pulitzer Prize for drama, this singular sensation is the longest-running American Broadway musical ever.  Now A Chorus Line returns.  Come meet the new generation of Broadway's best.

Seana McKenna in Medea
January/February 2009 - Canon Theatre
Freely adapted by Robinson Jeffers from the play by Euripides
Directed by Miles Potter
Featuring Scott Wentworth as Jason
Produced by David Mirvish in co-production with the Manitoba Theatre Centre

When love becomes hate… Euripides' great drama of romantic obsession tells the tale of the princess Medea. For the love of Jason, an ambitious adventurer, she has betrayed her father and her people, murdered her own brother and gone into lonely exile in an alien land. Now, casually dismissed by the man for whom she has given her life, she plans a terrible revenge.

Based on his original, acclaimed staging at the Manitoba Theatre Centre, director Miles Potter's production of Euripides' Medea, in the remarkable modern translation by Robinson Jeffers, stars Seana McKenna in the title role, with Scott Wentworth as Jason.

The Color Purple
February/March 2009 - Canon Theatre
Canadian Premiere
Book by Marsha Norman
Lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis & Stephen Bray
Music by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis & Stephen Bray
Based on the novel by Alice Walker
Directed by Gary Griffin
Choreography by Donald Byrd

Oprah Winfrey presents The Color Purple, a soul-stirring musical based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the Oscar-nominated film by Steven Spielberg.  It is the unforgettable and inspiring story of a woman named Celie, who triumphs over tremendous odds to find joy in life, and her true inner beauty.

Nominated for eleven Tony Awards, The Color Purple is a landmark theatrical event.  With a joyous Grammy-nominated score featuring jazz, gospel and blues, The Color Purple is capturing the hearts of young and old, and uniting audiences in a celebration of love. 

Spring Awakening
April/May 2009 - Canon Theatre
Canadian Premiere
Music by Duncan Sheik
Lyrics by Steven Sater
Book by Steven Sater
Based on the play by Frank Wedekind
Directed by Michael Mayer
Choreographed by Bill T. Jones

Broadway's most talked-about new musical is now the biggest Tony Award-winner in years. Spring Awakening is the groundbreaking fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll that has awakened Broadway like no other musical in years.

Winner of eight Tony Awards including "Best Musical", Spring Awakening celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, a poignancy and a passion you will never forget.

The Boys in the Photograph
June/July 2009 - Canon Theatre
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Book and Lyrics by Ben Elton
Produced by David Mirvish in co-production with the Manitoba Theatre Centre

Belfast, Northern Ireland, the late 1960s….Del and John are just two teenaged boys dreaming of nothing more than girls and football. When they find love with Mary and Christine, they become swept up in the tragic events that engulf their community.

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton's The Boys in the Photograph is the story of ordinary people in an extraordinary situation, told with humour and compassion in a powerful and passionate musical - both funny and heartbreaking, it pulls no punches when exploring the reality of sectarian conflict but is nonetheless a joyous celebration of the freedom that love can bring.

The Boys in the Photograph has been developed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton from their musical The Beautiful Game which ran for a year in London's West End in 2001 and received the prestigious Critics Circle Award for Best Musical.

These two shows are not part of the 2008-2009 Six-Show Subscription package, but Mirvish subscribers have access to priority tickets at special discounts.

Monty Python's Spamalot
September 9 - October 5, 2008 - Canon Theatre

The funniest show on earth is back to taunt Toronto for a second time! Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical, Monty Python's Spamalot, the musical comedy sensation lovingly ripped off from the film classic "Monty Python and The Holy Grail", now returns to spread laughter and cheer throughout the kingdom.

Directed by Tony Award-winner Mike Nichols, Monty Python's Spamalot tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. But before they can find their grail, they're taking a little side-trip to the fair city of Toronto.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
December 24, 2008 - January 4, 2009 - Canon Theatre

The Canadian Premiere of Ian Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is everything you could want in a musical - and more. Sensational sets, stunning special effects, an irresistible story and an unforgettable Sherman Brothers score, including memorable classics like Truly Scrumptious, Hushabye Mountain, and of course, the Oscar-nominated title song, all of which add up to a Broadway blockbuster the whole family will love.

Six-show subscriptions are now available, and priced from $90 to $540.  Subscribers save up to 53% off single ticket prices and receive a selection of other benefits, including: first choice of seats for every show; free, easy, flexible ticket exchange; an easy payment plan; parking discounts; and free exclusive subscriber events.

In addition, each subscription (if paid in full by March 31st) will receive a complimentary ticket to a Toronto Blue Jays game at the Rogers Centre this summer. To purchase subscriptions, call 416-593-4225 or 1-800-771-3933 or www.mirvish.com


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