The season’s hottest movies, theatre, music and dance shows.
The top movies, theatre, music and dance
To May 14 When you wanna dance with somebody, catch a performance of The Bodyguard, the classic love story of a pop star and her protector. This musical version of the 1992 movie breathes new life into Whitney Houston’s pop hits. We dare you not to sing along with “I Will Always Love You.” Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria St., mirvish.com
May 30–June 25 Rebecca Northan’s Blind Date centres on the character of Mimi, who starts the show waiting in a café for a man who never arrives. Each night, Mimi calls upon a different audience member to become her romantic interest in this endearing, cheeky and laughout-loud comedy. Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Ave., tarragontheatre.com
A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald
June 6 & 7 In honour of Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra pays tribute to the late legend’s musical legacy.
The band will play Ella’s swinging jazz tunes, plus a few hits from fellow songstresses, including Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St., tso.ca
June 15–25 Tchaikovsky’s 1877 masterpiece is for many the epitome of classic ballet. In James Kudelka’s lush production,
Prince Siegfried falls in love with Odette, a beautiful woman under an enchantment that turns her into a swan by day, only to have the couple’s happiness thwarted by the schemes of an evil sorcerer. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., national.ballet.ca
June 23–25 The touring hip-hop festival showcases world champion dance crews and cutting edge street-dance companies. This year’s edition features eight Canadian acts alongside artists from South Korea, South Africa and the U.K., culminating in a familyfriendly park jam: an open-air celebration of dance, music and art. Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E., sonycentre.ca
Soulpepper Theatre Company
Ongoing One of Toronto’s most innovative theatre troops turns
20 this year. Soulpepper marks its second decade in the biz by staging 20 all-Canadian plays, including the WWI drama Vimy (opens June 29) and VideoCabaret’s tragicomic Confederation production (Part I: open
June 9; Part II: opens June 23). Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Ln., soulpepper.ca
Ongoing Ahoy, matey! Kids of all ages will enjoy watching young Jim Hawkins face off against Long John Silver in
Treasure Island. Robert Louis Stevenson’s timeless story of high-stakes treasure hunting on the open seas comes to life during this year’s Stratford Festival in a world premier adaptation directed by Mitchell Cushman. Avon Theatre, 99 Downie St., Stratford, stratfordfestival.ca