‘Mean Girls’ and ‘Hamilton’ part of Mirvish theaters’ Toronto lineup

Canada’s largest theater company this year brings a critically acclaimed string of award-winning productions with 14 shows, including Tina Fey’s straight-off Broadway “Mean Girls” and beloved classic “Hamilton”.

The lineup includes six shows in the main season, three off-Mirvish shows and five bonus stagings, marking the highly anticipated resumption of Toronto’s theater scene after its 16-month hiatus due to the pandemic.

Shows will play at all four Mirvish locations, with the company offering subscription plans that allow customers to purchase seats for six shows in the main season and an off-Mirvish season package for three shows.

Here are the seven productions showcased as part of their main season:

“The shark is broken”

September to November 2022 at the Royal Alexandra Theatre.

“The Shark Is Broken” is a London comedy nominated for Best Comedy Play at the Olivier Awards 2022.

Directed by Guy Masterson and written by Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon, this play centers on the behind-the-scenes drama of the Hollywood classic ‘Jaws’, with a comedic flair.

“Mean Girls”

October to November 2022 at the Princess of Wales Theatre.

Straight from Broadway, Tina Fey’s “Mean Girls” turns the much-loved film into a musical from award-winning composer Jeff Richmond, lyricist Nell Benjamin and director Casey Nicholaw.

The hilarious hit musical follows Cady Heron to the suburbs of Illinois, thousands of miles from her home in the African savanna. Smells like fresh meat, Cady tries to take down the mischievous high school trio led by Queen Bee Regina George, only to be rudely awakened.

“Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical”

November 2022 to January 2023 at the Royal Alexandra Theatre

This musical is a feel-good journey about friendship, community and music written by Amanda Whittington, directed by James Grieve and choreographed by Matt Cole. It features the original British cast.

The tunes of a Cornish fisherman catch on to the ears of a music manager on a trip from London, and the spontaneity doesn’t stop there. The unlikely buoy band tops the charts with their Cornish traditional and generations of working songs landing them on the Pyramid Stage in Glastonbury.

“Busy”

January to March 2023 at the Royal Alexandra Theatre

This will be the Canadian premiere of General Eisenhower’s World War II story on D-Day.

Award-winning director John Dove directs Kevin Doyle of Downton Abbey as Scottish meteorologist Group Captain James Stagg in ‘Pressure’, a true story and critical hit straight out of London’s West End.

“Hamilton”

Begins February 2023 at the Princess of Wales Theater

The Tony, Grammy, Olivier and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical has become a fixture in the theater world with a major impact on culture, politics and education.

Hamilton combines hip-hop, jazz and R&B to give music lovers a revolutionary twist on a moment in American history with founder Alexander Hamilton. Book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, directed by Thomas Kall and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler with musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire.

“Hades City”

July to August 2023 at the Royal Alexandra Theatre.

'Mean Girls' and 'Hamilton' part of Mirvish theaters' Toronto lineup

‘Hadestown’ is a haunting and hopeful theater experience with music, lyrics and book by singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, directed by Rachel Chavkin. The musical won eight Tony Awards in 2019, including Best Musical and 2020 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

The ensemble of actors, dancers and singers of the musical brings to life a world in which two mythical stories are intertwined: the young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and King Hades and his wife Persephone.

In addition to the main season subscription, the company also offers a seasonal subscription outside of Mirvish, which includes three productions:

“Indecent”

October to November 2023 at the CAA Theater.

This production tells the behind-the-scenes drama of the plucky performers who risked their careers and lives in 1923 to perform “God of Vengeance” on Broadway after famous European productions. “God of Vengeance” was an evocative work of Jewish culture that dealt with taboo topics such as censorship, immigration, and anti-Semitism and was considered indecent.

“Things I Know Are True”

January to February 2023 at the CAA Theater.

The Canadian premiere of Andrew Bovell’s “Things I Know to be True” is directed by Philip Riccio and co-produced with The Company Theatre.

One of Australia’s most acclaimed playwrights, Bovell combines poetry, beauty and the tragedy of everyday life to create a moving family drama. The play focuses on a year in the life of the Price family and the life-changing changes that can shake a stable home.

“If you like it, or the recognition of the country”

March to April 2023 at the CAA Theater.

The show is described as a radical retelling by Cliff Cardinal of William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”.

Cardinal’s piece looks at the relationship between the Indigenous community and the rest of Canada. By spotlighting the aftermath of the discovery of unmarked graves on the grounds of former residential schools, Cardinal is offering the public the untapped truth of an attempt at reconciliation in this country.

Five bonus shows in this season include ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘God is a Scottish Drag Queen’, ‘6 Guitars’ and ‘Jagged Little Pill’. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is now live on stage, with some shows starting as early as June 27.

"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" is one of the bonus shows in this season of the Mirvish productions taking place at the CAA Theater.

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