R&B jukebox show and musicals based on movies head up new Mirvish season

A pre-Broadway jukebox musical about a legendary R&B group and musicals based on three well-known movies are part of Mirvish.


A pre-Broadway jukebox musical about a legendary R&B group and musicals based on three well-known movies are part of Mirvish Productions just-announced 2018/19 season.

Theyre in addition to the first international production of Dear Evan Hansen, the Tony Award-winning musical thats still running to packed houses on Broadway. The show, which was announced last week, starts at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in March 2019.

Aint Too Proud The Life And Times Of The Temptations is the latest collaboration between Canadian director Des McAnuff and Toronto-raised Sergio Trujillo, who worked on hits like Jersey Boys and the Broadway revival of Guys And Dolls. Their current collab, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, is set to open on the Great White Way this spring.

Aint Too Proud tells the story of the Detroit musicians discovery by Motowns Berry Gordy and their rise to fame with songs like My Girl and Just My Imagination during the tumultuous 60s. The show gets a pre-Broadway run at the Princess of Wales October 11 to November 17, 2018.

The movies-to-musicals productions are: Roald Dahls Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (PoW, November 20, 2018, to January 6, 2019 to fill the appetite for holiday shows), School Of Rock (Ed Mirvish Theatre, November 27, 2018 to January 6, 2019) and Waitress (EMT, July 16 to August 18, 2019).

The first uses songs from the original Gene Wilder film as well as new ones by the songwriters of Hairspray the second is Andrew Lloyd Webber, Julian Fellowes and Glenn Slaters adaptation of the crowd-pleasing Jack Black movie and the third is an adaptation of the Keri Russell movie, featuring songs by singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus.

Rounding out the season are two acclaimed plays. Direct from Broadway comes The Play That Goes Wrong (EMT, January 8 to February 10, 2019), a farcical mystery by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields. And from Londons West End comes Girl From The North Country (PoW, February to March, 2019, exact dates TBA), by Irelands Conor McPherson (The Weir, Dublin Carol), set at a guest house in Duluth, Minnesota in 1934, with songs by Bob Dylan woven into the show.

Note: The only show announced to play the Royal Alex, where Come From Away is currently on until October 21, is Dear Evan Hansen, which begins in March, 2019. So that leaves room for another Come From Away extension until February 2019, which would coincide with holiday gift buying.

Mirvishs Off-Mirvish season offers up three edgier shows, all at the CAA Theatre, including the Canadian premiere of Oslo (February 2019), Tony Award winner for best play last year, in a production by Studio 180 A Dolls House, Part 2 (March/April, 2019), a fascinating sequel to the Ibsen classic, in a co-production with Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and the Musical Stage Companys production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Next To Normal (April/May, 2019), to be directed by Philip Akin, featuring Ma-Anne Dionisio.

Bonus shows not included in subscriptions include the already announced Motown The Musical (PoW, May 22 to June 3, 2018) the new version of The Phantom Of The Opera (PoW, June 7 to 30, 2018) the Harry Potter parody Potted Potter (CAA Theatre, June 13 to July 8, 2018) Wicked (EMT, June 20 to August 5, 2018) Mamma Mia! (EMT, August 9 to 19, 2018) and 7 Fingers latest mix of theatre, circus and dance, Reversible (CAA Theatre, December 11, 2018, to January 6, 2019).

Season tickets go on sale today (Monday, February 26) at mirvish.com.

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