STAGE TUBE: Mirvish Celebrates 50 Years of Toronto Theatre

By: Sep. 19, 2013
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On Tuesday morning members of the press and the Toronto theatre community gathered at the historic Royal Alexandra Theatre to join David Mirvish in celebrating fifty years of the Mirvish family producing theatre in Toronto. The theatre was packed with people eager to hear what new shows were being added on to the previously announced 50th Anniversary Season, but also excited to celebrate the extensive contributions Mirvish have made to the city of Toronto and to our theatre community.
Hosted by Dan Chameroy, the event announced seven additional shows being added to the landmark season, making it their largest ever. Bonus shows which were announced included touring productions of American Idiot, Rain, We Will Rock You and Chicago (with Canadian figure skater and Olympic medalist Elvis Stojko in the role of Billy Flynn, a Toronto Fringe favourite in The Musical of Musicals: The Musical, an Edinburgh Fringe pick in The Two Worlds of Charlie F and an installment from the Henson Company with Puppet Up! Uncensored.

These seven shows join the previously announced eleven shows to make up the eighteen show season.
The event was an emotional one, as attendees were treated to a video montage of some of the highlights of the past fifty years of Mirvish productions. Brian Bedford spoke about his first time on the Royal Alexandra stage, and David gave a touching speech where he paid tribute to his father's love of the theatre and of Toronto.
BWW is thrilled to bring its readers the 50th Anniversary video and we proudly toast the Mirvish organization on their last fifty years as we look to the future and wish them fifty more!

For more information on the 50th Anniversary Mirvish Season, please visit their website at