This marks the Mirvish family's 45th presenting season in Toronto.
Five acclaimed musicals and one classic drama — as well as two bonus musicals — are on the schedule, which launches in October with the Canadian premiere of producers Andrew Lloyd Webber, David Ian and David Mirvish's new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The Sound of Music, at the Princess of Wales Theatre.
This is the North American bow of the recent London production for which a reality-TV competition/audition netted a leading lady. A Canadian TV show, again called "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?," will determine who plays Maria this fall.
The 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.
The season includes:
The Canadian premiere of the current hit Broadway revival of the musical A Chorus Line, in its touring version, with a score by Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban and book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, November-December 2008 at the Canon Theatre.
Canadian stage star Seana McKenna in Euripides' Medea, "freely adapted" by Robinson Jeffers, directed by Miles Potter and featuring Scott Wentworth as Jason, January-February 2009 at the Canon Theatre. Produced by David Mirvish in co-production with the Manitoba Theatre Centre.
The Canadian premiere of the Broadway musical, The Color Purple, in its national tour, with book by Marsha Norman (based on the novel by Alice Walker), lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis & Stephen Bray, and music by Russell, Willis & Bray, March-April 2009 at the Canon Theatre.
The Canadian premiere of the Tony Award-winning 2007 Broadway musical, Spring Awakening, in its national tour, by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, inspired by the Frank Wedekind play, April-May 2009 at the Canon Theatre.
The Canadian premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton's revision of the 2001 Irish soccer musical, The Beautiful Game, now dubbed The Boys in the Photograph, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, book and lyrics by Ben Elton, June-July 2007 at the Canon Theatre.
As a non-subscription bonus show, the tour of Monty Python's Spamalot, in a return to Toronto, Sept. 9-Oct. 5 at the Canon Theatre.
As a non-subscription bonus show, the Canadian premiere of the London and Broadway musical, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, in a new touring version, Dec. 24, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009 at the Canon Theatre. For more information, visit www.mirvish.com.