Priscilla to Play Toronto Later Than Expected; Legally Blonde and Additional Titles Revealed

News   Priscilla to Play Toronto Later Than Expected; Legally Blonde and Additional Titles Revealed
 
The London musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert will not strut its stuff in Toronto in spring 2010, but will materialize at the beginning of the 2010-11 season, Canadian producer David Mirvish said.
Becky Gulsvig in Legally Blonde
Becky Gulsvig in Legally Blonde Photo by Joan Marcus

No reason was given for the postponement, but Toronto theatregoers won't lack for a musical. In the show's place will be the Canadian premiere of Legally Blonde the Musical, July 6-Aug. 8, 2010, at the Canon Theatre.

The spring 2010 arrival of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the Musical by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott was to be the North American premiere of the Australian musical based on the Oscar-winning film. It tells "the story of a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio: Tick, Bernadette and Felicia. Traveling across Australia in a battered old bus (nicknamed Priscilla), the three agree to take their show to the middle of the outback. In a heart-warming, uplifting adventure, these three fish out of water, searching for love and friendship, end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed. Priscilla features a dazzling array of spectacular and colorful costumes and a score of dance-floor classics, including: 'I Will Survive,' 'Don't Leave Me This Way,' 'Finally,' 'I Love The Nightlife,' 'Color My World' and 'Shake Your Groove Thing,' all brought to life by the big sound of the live Priscilla band."

This production will be staged in Toronto with an all-Canadian company.

Mirvish stated, "We have wanted to present Legally Blonde the Musical from the moment we saw it on Broadway. With Priscilla pushing its dates into the following season we finally had the opportunity to do so."

No precise arrival date for Priscilla was mentioned, but fall 2010 looks to be the case. Other details about the 2009-10 Mirvish season were also announced on July 28, including:

 

 

  • The return of four musicals to the season as special off-subscription presentations: (in chronological order) Stomp (Oct. 20-25), Rent: The Broadway Tour (Jan. 19-24, 2010), the new production of Grease starring American Idol winner Taylor Hicks (April 7-18, 2010) and Mamma Mia! (April 27-June 27, 2010), all the Canon Theatre.  

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  • The dates and venues of three shows in the current 2009-10 season were announced: The Boys in the Photograph (Sept. 22-Nov.1 at the Royal Alexandra Theatre); Stuff Happens (Nov. 14-Dec. 23 at the Royal Alexandra Theatre); the farewell tour of Topol in Fiddler on the Roof (Dec. 8, 2009-Jan. 10, 2010, at the Canon Theatre). To purchase subscriptions, call (416) 593-4225 or (800) 771-3933 or visit www.mirvish.com.

     

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