The fall’s top movies, theatre, mu­sic and dance.

the top movies theatre, mu­sic and dance

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Lady Gaga

Sept. 6–7 Lady Gaga’s lat­est world tour— cel­e­brat­ing her fifth stu­dio al­bum, Joanne—makes two stops in Toronto this fall. Sing along with old favourites like “Poker Face,” “Born This Way” and “Pa­parazzi,” as well as new hits from the al­bum, in­clud­ing “Di­a­mond Heart,” “A-Yo” and ti­tle track “Joanne.” Air Canada Cen­tre, 40 Bay St., air­canada­cen­tre.com

Volta

Sept. 7–Nov. 12 In­spired by the en­ergy and ac­tion of the world of sports, Cirque du Soliel’s 41st orig­i­nal pro­duc­tion fol­lows Waz, a pop­u­lar gameshow host who goes on a jour­ney of self-dis­cov­ery. Along with Cirque’s sig­na­ture ac­ro­bat­ics, the troupe’s phys­i­cal feats in­clude a skip­ping rope act, a bal­let and a stun­ning BMX bike fi­nale. The Port Lands, 51 Com­mis­sion­ers St., cirque­du­soliel.com

Dream­girls

Sept. 8–Nov. 19

Dream­girls has been a fan favourite and in­ter­na­tional suc­cess since it first opened on Broad­way in 1981. This fall, the Lower Oss­ing­ton Theatre pre­sents the story of the Dreamettes, three young women who get their big break when they are ap­proached by an agent who helps guide their rise to star­dom. En­joy the soul and Mo­town-based score as the pro­duc­tion ex­plores the ups and downs of be­ing fa­mous. Lower Oss­ing­ton Theatre, 100 Oss­ing­ton Ave., loweross­ing­tonthe­atre.com

Wait­ing for Godot

Sept. 9–Oct. 7 Toronto’s largest not-for-profit theatre pre­sents one of the 20th cen­tury’s most im­por­tant plays,

Wait­ing for Godot. Di­rected by Daniel Brooks, the pro­duc­tion cen­tres around two friends, Vladimir and Es­tragon, who joke, spar and con­tem­plate life’s big ques­tions, as they await the ar­rival of the mys­te­ri­ous Godot. Young Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts, 50 Tank House Ln., soulpep­per.ca

Life of Pi

Sept. 19 The Academy Award–win­ning film score from Life of Pi is brought to life by the Toronto Sym­phony Or­ches­tra. This world premier of My­chael Danna’s orches­tral suite fea­tures Cana­dian vi­o­lin­ist James Ehnes,

along with vo­cal­ist Bom­bay Jayashri and per­cus­sion­ist V. Sel­va­ganesh. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Sim­coe St., tso.ca

Ara­bella

Oct. 5–28 The Cana­dian Opera Com­pany pre­sents Ara­bella, the story of a girl from a fam­ily of aris­to­crats look­ing for true love, but who is pres­sured to marry for money af­ter her fa­ther gam­bles away his for­tune. Four Sea­sons Cen­tre, 145 Queen St. W., coc.ca

The Cu­ri­ous In­ci­dent of the Dog in the Night-Time

Starts Oct. 10 Christopher Boone—the lead char­ac­ter in Si­mon Stephens’s stage adap­ta­tion of Mark Had­den’s pop­u­lar novel—is a 15-year-old boy, highly in­tel­li­gent and gifted at math, but who has trou­ble mak­ing sense of ev­ery­day life. When he be­comes a sus­pect in the death of a neigh­bour’s dog he in­ves­ti­gates to find the real cul­prit. Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St. W., mirvish.com

Bat Out of Hell

Oct. 14–Dec. 3 Meat Loaf and Jim Stein­man’s op­er­atic 1977 al­bum, Bat Out

of Hell, meets its stage mu­si­cal roots head on in this en­er­getic post-apoc­a­lyp­tic ex­trav­a­ganza. Set in dystopian Man­hat­tan, the show fol­lows a young man named Strat who falls in love with Raven, the daugh­ter of a pow­er­ful tyrant. Rock out to Meat Loaf ’s great­est hits, like “Par­adise by the Dash­board Light,” “I’d Do Any­thing for

Love (But I Won’t Do That)” and “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad.” Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Vic­to­ria St., mirvish.com

Bat Out of Hell

The Cu­ri­ous In­ci­dent of the Dog in the Night-Time

Cirque du Soliel’s Volta

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