En­ter­tain­ment

The top mu­sic, the­atre and per­for­mances

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The sea­son’s best mu­sic, sports and shows.

Pro­hi­bi­tion: The Concert

Feb. 9, 10 and 14 Pro­hi­bi­tion, a U.S. law ban­ning the pro­duc­tion, trans­port and sale of al­co­hol dur­ing the Roar­ing ’20s, was prob­lem­atic, to say the least. It’s also ro­man­ti­cized for its iconic gang­sters, flap­pers and jazz mu­sic. Al­bert Schultz and Mike Ross look back on this era in an evening of sto­ries and songs. Young Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts, 50 Tank House Ln., soulpep­per.ca

Come From Away

Feb.13 to Sept. 2 Au­di­ences around the world have been cap­ti­vated by the true-life story of a small Newfoundland town that comes to the aid of air­line pas­sen­gers stranded after the Sept. 11 ter­ror­ist at­tacks. This heart­warm­ing mu­si­cal sold out on Broad­way, was nom­i­nated for seven Tony Awards, and has be­come a source of national pride. Royal Alexan­dra The­atre, 260 King St. W., mirvish.com

Cel­e­brat­ing David Bowie

Feb.18 David Bowie’s 2015 death stunned and sad­dened mu­sic fans world­wide. Cel­e­brat­ing David Bowie takes a page out of the artist’s own book, with fu­tur­is­tic re­work­ings of the artist’s clas­sics that, like the mu­si­cian him­self, look for­ward, never back. Spe­cial guests and long-time col­lab­o­ra­tors such as Carmine Ro­jas, An­drew Belew, Mike Gar­son, Garry Leonard, An­gelo More and Joe Sumner are fea­tured. Dan­forth Mu­sic Hall, 147 Dan­forth Ave., thedan­forth.com

“Weird Al” Yankovic

Mar. 8 and 9 “Weird Al” Yankovic’s Ridicu­lously Self-In­dul­gent Ill-Ad­vised Van­ity Tour isn’t the big prop­filled spec­ta­cle fea­tur­ing hits like “Eat It” and “Amish Par­adise” fans have come to ex­pect. In­stead, the Grammy Award-win­ning singer is de­liv­er­ing a se­ries of in­ti­mate con­certs fo­cus­ing on his orig­i­nal non-par­ody songs—which, as any­one who’s heard them knows, are hi­lar­i­ous in their own right. Dan­forth Mu­sic Hall, 147 Dan­forth Ave., thedan­forth.com

An­i­mal Farm

Mar. 9 to Apr. 7 An­thony MacMa­hon adapts Ge­orge Or­well’s clas­sic 1945 novel. The story about an­i­mals who over­throw their tyran­ni­cal farmer is an al­le­gor­i­cal les­son that, un­for­tu­nately, stands the test of time, ul­ti­mately show­ing the cor­rup­tive na­ture of ab­so­lute power. Young Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts, 50 Tank House Ln., soulpep­per.ca

Power Rangers Live!

Mar. 23 It’s hard to be­lieve 25 years have passed since the Mighty Mor­phin Power Rangers first bat­tled on the small screen. Whether you’re an orig­i­nal fan or the par­ent of a cur­rent one, this live show fea­tur­ing five teens who trans­form into a multi-coloured su­per­hero team to fight evil will im­press with its high-oc­tane stunts and mar­tial arts dis­plays. Sony Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts, 1 Front St. E., sony­cen­tre.ca

Annie

Apr. 3 to May 6 The De­pres­sion-era story of a red­headed or­phan and her mil­lion­aire adop­tive fa­ther has en­ter­tain­ined fam­i­lies for more than 40 years. Kids love Annie’s spunky per­son­al­ity, while chil­dren and par­ents alike en­joy clas­sic songs like “To­mor­row” and “Hard Knock Life.” Ed Mirvish The­atre, 244 Vic­to­ria St., mirvish.com

Fun Home

Apr. 13 to May 6 This Tony Award–win­ning stage pro­duc­tion based on Ali­son Bechdel’s graphic novel mem­oir re­counts Bechdel’s child­hood grow­ing up in a fu­neral par­lour, as she tries to come to terms with her de­ceased fa­ther’s se­cret life as well as her own bud­ding sex­ual awak­en­ing. CAA The­atre, 651 Yonge St., mirvish.com

Video Games Live

Apr. 13 Tommy Tal­larico com­bines his love of video games and clas­si­cal mu­sic to cre­ate a sensory-over­loaded live ex­pe­ri­ence. An or­ches­tra per­forms beloved video game mu­sic, com­bined with light­ing ef­fects, au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion and clips from favourite games, in­clud­ing Halo, Grand Theft Auto, Zelda and Call of Duty, as well as such clas­sics as Sonic, Su­per Mario Broth­ers, Tetris, Space In­vaders and Pac-Man. Massey Hall, 178 Vic­to­ria St., massey­hall.com

Video Games Live

Come From Away

Annie

An­i­mal Farm

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