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The Body­guard

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.,

Blind Date

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., tar­ragonthe­

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.,

Swan Lake

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.bal­

Breakin’ Con­ven­tion

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., sony­cen­

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., soulpep­

Trea­sure Is­land

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, strat­ford­fes­ti­

Swan Lake

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