The 2015 Tony-winning musical Fun Home, which features music by Jeanine Tesori and a book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, will make its Toronto premiere in 2018 at the Musical Stage Company, which was formerly known as the Acting Up Stage Company.
Presented in collaboration with David Mirvish, the critically acclaimed musical based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel will be presented April 13-May 6, 2018, at the Panasonic Theatre. Directed by Robert McQueen with music direction by Reza Jacobs, the production follows “Alison, a 43-year-old lesbian cartoonist, [who] struggles to untangle her complex relationship with her deceased father. Moving between past and present, Alison relives an unusual childhood growing up in a funeral home, her sexual awakening and unanswerable questions about her father’s secret life.” Casting will be announced at a later date.
The 2017-18 season, according to The Globe and Mail, will also include the Toronto premiere of Onegin, which will run May 13-June 4, 2017. Penned by Amiel Gladston and Veda Hille and produced in collaboration with Canada's National Arts Centre, the musical is described as a “thrilling, contemporary adaptation of Pushkin’s timeless poem and Tchaikovsky’s renowned opera… [and] features a high-energy musical score to tell a sweeping tale of unrequited love, infatuation, and intrigue. When the young and innocent Tatyana falls in love with the self-obsessed aristocrat Onegin, he firmly rejects her, arousing passionate love letters, noble duels and second chances.”
The Globe and Mail also reports that Britta Johnson has been given a three-year residency at the Musical Stage Company with a commitment to produce three of her works during that time period. Her first offering, Life After, will run September 23-October 22, 2017. About Johnson, Musical Stage Company Artistic Director Mitchell Marcus told the newspaper, “I believe that [Johnson] is the future of musical theatre in the country if not around the world. She is so intelligent and manages musically to tap into this deep part of the soul that a lot of writers are not able to get to.”