Mirvish Pulls Back the Curtain on 2012/2013 Subscription Season

The Wizard, The Beatles, and The Book of Mormon are among the 2012/2013 Mirvish subscription season offerings announced this morning at the recently re-named Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto.

David Mirvish, who outlined the upcoming season that begins in July 2012, called it, “one of the most amazing seasons, as there’s something for everyone.”

The six-show season is an all-musical offering, headlined by The Book of Mormon. One of the most highly-praised musicals in recent memory, the comedy, by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q‘s Robert Lopez has been collecting awards and accolades like a kid collects baseball cards. The collection includes nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, last year, as well as the title of “best musical this century,” bestowed upon it by The New York Times.

The season begins in July 2012 with BACKBEAT, which tells the story of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best during their travels from Liverpool to Hamburg, Germany and subsequent shows that came to shape the image, character and music of the Beatles. The show also features some of the band’s earliest hits performed live.

Following that, in October 2012, is a revival of La Cage Aux Folles straight from Broadway, starring George Hamilton and Christopher Sieber. October also features the debut of Sister Act, which begins its North American tour in Toronto.

December 2012 brings the world premiere of Honeymoon in Vegas, based on the film of the same name starring Nicholas Cage. The theatrical version stars Tony Danza as the grieving, yet lustful, Tommy Korman.

The New Year kicks off with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest production The Wizard of Oz, which includes a number of new songs penned by Webber and lyricist Tim Rice. The production is said to be entirely Canadian, with casting specifically taking place in Toronto and the crew also made up of Canucks. The show debuts here in January and runs through February before touring the U.S.

The Book of Mormon caps off the subscription season, beginning in May 2013, though two bonus shows later this year will go on sale to subscribers first. Flashdance – The Musical comes through Toronto in August 2012 before heading for the Great White Way.  As well, Bloodless: The Trial of Burke and Hare, the morbid real-life tale of two Irish in keepers who murder residents and sell the bodies to anatomy schools for profit makes its Toronto premiere in October 2012. The show is directed by Colm Wilkinson.

For more information on the Mirvish 2012/2013 line-up, visit http://www.mirvish.com/.

-Mike Crisolago