Friday, April 3, 2020

Mirvish closes its Toronto theatres until June 30 by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

All remaining performances of ‘Hamilton’ are cancelled, with hopes the musical can return to Toronto at a later date.

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

National Ballet postpones Karen Kain’s staging of ‘Swan Lake’ by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the new ‘Swan Lake’ has been delayed to June 2021. A new ballet based on Margaret Atwood’s ‘MaddAddam’ books has also been postponed.

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Second City’s ‘Improv House Party’ creates live show via Zoom on Thursday night by Garnet Fraser - Toronto Star

Comic talents who are couples, and home together anyhow, stage a free show from three different cities on Thursday via Zoom.

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Hamilton-born actor Nick Cordero in hospital undergoing COVID-19 test by Victoria Ahearn - The Canadian Press

Cordero grew up in Hamilton’s west end and attended Ryerson University for acting.

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Virtual studio lets artists isolate and collaborate by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Debuting digital venue Cdnstudio.ca is intended to let creators unite in a safe space online

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Saturday, March 28, 2020

The good news of another Stratford Festival surplus is tempered by layoffs and postponement by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The theatre festival’s executives hope to have an update in mid-April on when the 2020 season can get underway. Performances have been postponed at least until the end of May due to the CO…

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Canadian Opera Company cancels the rest of its 2019-20 season by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Performances of ‘Aida’ and ‘The Flying Dutchman’ are cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Actors, directors produce online theatre amid COVID-19 pandemic by Michael Macdonald - The Canadian Press

The Isolate Nights series is a two-hour compilation of new theatrical work that reflects remarkable ingenuity in a time of crisis.

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Dora Awards are called off due to COVID-19 pandemic by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

The awards for Toronto theatre, dance and opera will be rescheduled for an undetermined future date.

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Toronto’s Luminato Festival cancelled due to COVID-19 outbreak by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

The annual arts festival will be pushed back to June 2021.

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Multiple Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally dies due to coronavirus complications at 81 by Mark Kennedy

The American playwright, known for plays like “Master Class” and musicals such as “Ragtime,” was a lung cancer survivor who lived with chronic inflammatory lung disease.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Tony Awards postponed indefinitely due to coronavirus by Ashley Lee - Los Angeles Times

Ceremony scheduled for June 7 won’t be held until after Broadway theatres reopen again.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Theatre artists stage 24-hour virtual telethon to provide emergency aid during the COVID-19 outbreak by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

‘Places, Please,’ co-hosted by Michael Rubinoff, will raise donations to emergency aid organization the AFC.

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‘Miss Saigon’ won’t land in Toronto due to the COVID-19 outbreak by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

North American tour of the Vietnam War musical that was to play here in May is cancelled due to the coronavirus.

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Can’t get out to the theatre? Order up a play on your phone by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Outside the March Theatre presents ‘The Ministry for Mundane Mysteries’ series. Convergence Theatre has ‘The Corona Variations’ and DopoLavoro Teatrale offers ‘Decameron Today.’ …

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Mirvish cancels the rest of its Off-Mirvish season by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Theatre company says it will reschedule ‘Room’ and ‘Indecent’ when it’s safe to do so.

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Friday, March 20, 2020

What to do when your plays get cancelled amid the COVID-19 outbreak? Nick Green created the Social Distancing Festival by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The festival officially kicks off March 21, with works posted from artists all over the world. ‘This is the most connected I’ve felt to the arts community maybe in my entire career,’ G…

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Flamenco dancers who ‘move between genders’ by Marina Harss - The New York Times

Manuel Liñán’s “Viva!” represents something new to mainstream flamenco audiences: a frank and joyful expression of gay identity.

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Lin-Manuel Miranda shares an unreleased ‘Hamilton’ song to help us get through all this by Tracy Brown - Los Angeles Times

Miranda tweeted that no one has heard the song, “I Have This Friend,” “not even (‘Hamilton’ director Thomas) Kail.”

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

New York shuts down Broadway theatres for a month due to coronavirus risk by Michael Paulson - The New York Times

The industry — central to, and symbolic of, New York — had for several weeks been hoping to avoid mass closings, which are likely to cost tens of millions of dollars to investors and wor…

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‘Summer: The Donna Summer Musical’ is not-so-hot stuff by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Treading lightly is a bad choice in this musical venerating dance music, writes Carly Maga.

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Elena Lobsanova, Guillaume Coté and a cast on fire give us a heart-rending ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

This spectacular and compelling dance-drama by Alexei Ratmansky for the National Ballet of Canada has a real-life urgency that emphasizes the story’s timeless relevance, writes Michael Cra…

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Broadway usher tests positive for coronavirus by Michael Paulson - The New York Times

The usher recently worked at two Broadway theatres, at performances of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” and British musical “Six.”

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Seeking to stay open amid coronavirus pandemic, Broadway suggests stars keep their distance by Michael Paulson - The New York Times

Broadway’s leaders say they are determined to keep their theatres open if at all possible, and anticipate that they would collectively close only if ordered to do so by a government agency.

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Sketch-comedy performers in Dead Parents Society are linked by loss but mine it for mirth and more by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Good grief? It’s good for a laugh, anyhow, at ‘Dead Parents Society,’ doing three nights this week at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival.

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Canadian stars of ‘Harry Potter’ on Broadway come home for Toronto production by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Fiona Reid and Sara Farb will star in ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ at the Ed Mirvish Theatre along with Canadian theatre stalwarts like Trevor White, Gregory Prest, Sarah Afful an…

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Gord Rand’s co-star in ‘The Runner’ keeps him on his toes: it’s a treadmill by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The actor is constantly in motion in the solo show about a member of Israel’s ZAKA disaster volunteer group, now onstage at Tarragon Theatre.

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