Praise the theatre Gods, The Book Of Mormon, the most hard-to-get-a-ticket show on Broadway, is coming to Toronto.
As expected when news hit last night that the show's composer, Robert Lopez, was in Toronto, the Mirvishes are bringing the touring production of Broadway's massive hit to town.
They announced it during their 2012-2013 all-musical season launch at the Ed Mirvish Theatre this morning.
The show, about mismatched Mormon missionaries in Africa, is the rude, crude and hilarious collaboration between Avenue Q creator Lopez and South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone. I saw The Book Of Mormon shortly after it opened last March on Broadway and loved it. It manages to critique first-world ignorance about third world poverty, send up Broadway clichés and get laughs about genocide, yet still be almost old-fashioned in its story and affection for its characters.
The show's been sold out for months, with hundreds waiting in a daily lottery for a handful of seats.
It arrives at the summer of 2013. I can't wait to see it again, although I'm curious about casting; it'll be hard to match the chemistry of the Broadway leads Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad.
Five other musicals are included in the Mirvish season. The most exciting news is that the West End hit The Wizard Of Oz (with new material by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, no slouches in the musical department) will arrive with a homegrown Canadian cast.
Hmm... wonder if Elicia MacKenzie, who won the musical reality show How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? and was subsequently cast in a production of The Sound Of Music (and later Rock Of Ages), will play Dorothy when the show taps its ruby slippers here January/February 2013.
Another nice surprise is the revival of La Cage Aux Folles, the Tony Award-winning musical based on the 1970s French farce about a drag entertainer, his partner and their the ultra-conservative family of their son's fiancée. The North American tour arrives here October/November 2012 and stars the perma-tanned George Hamilton and Broadway veteran Christopher Sieber (Monty Python's Spamalot).
And continuing in their tradition of offering audiences pre-Broadway glimpses of shows like Hugh Jackman In Concert and Private Lives, the Mirvishes offer a look at Jason Robert Brown's new musical version of the movie Honeymoon In Vegas. Brown is the composer of acclaimed works like Parade, Songs For A New World and The Last Five Years, all of which have seen recent local productions.
The musical stars Tony (Who's The Boss?) Danza, who attended the presser. But can the dude sing? Well, his Frank Sinatra impression's not half bad. Take a look at this clip at 3:00.
Sister Act, a musical based on the Whoopi Goldberg movie (and produced by Goldberg), arrives here in its North American tour.
Also in the season is Backbeat, the West End hit about the Beatles.
A couple of non-subscription shows round out Mirvish's season, including Theatre20's musical Bloodless, and Flashdance, like Sister Act and Honeymoon In Vegas, another movie-to-musical adaptation.
So haul out those leg-warmers and get ready to stamp your feet to What A Feelin'. Anticipation for the all-musical Mirvish season has begun.
For tickets visit mirvish.com.