Livent currently has Phantom of the Opera playing at the Pantages, Joseph playing at the Elgin Theatre, and Ragtime at the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts. As well, they are "presenting" the international tour of The King and I, with Hayley Mills and Victor Talmadge, at the Hummingbird Centre (formerly the O'Keefe). As well, Livent has received the go-ahead from the city of Toronto for its finalized plans for its new theatre to be constructed just south of the Elgin Theatre on Yonge Street. Meanwhile, Mirvish has been running Jolson (the London show with Brian Conley) at the Royal Alex Theatre with such success, that the show has been extended in an unprecedented move. The planned production of The Importance of Being Earnest, which was to open the subscription season in September, will be moved to the Princess of Wales Theatre. Jolson will close Oct. 25 to make room for Opera Atelier's new production of Orfeo and Eurydice. This makes Jolson one of the few musicals playing in Toronto this fall, as three of the five musicals will close at the end of August: (Beauty and the Beast, Ragtime will prepare for its Broadway opening, and Joseph with David Burnham, will move on to Vancouver).
-- By Andrea Hodges
Theatre News Canada