The co-creators of Chris, Mrs. – Katie Kerr (book & lyrics) and Matt Stodolak (score). Photo by Rob Anzit.December is usually filled with the return of shows we think of as old family favourites, so it is exciting when new candidates for that status take a step into the spotlight. One such is new holiday musical Chris, Mrs. making its world premiere debut in December at Toronto’s beautiful Winter Garden Theatre December 5-31.

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A “Charming” music video featuring Hélène (Divine Brown), Natasha (Hailey Gillis), and Anatole (George Krissa). Photo by Hoffworks.I walk into the Crow’s Theatre gallery space, on a mid-November day, excited to be here to sit in on the afternoon’s rehearsal of Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812. The space is familiar to me from stage managing Uncle Vanya and The Master Plan here, but I have never seen it so full of stuff. There are instruments everywhere – a double bass, two cellos, a drum set, two keyboards, two accordions, a clarinet, someone with a guitar...

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Leslie Arden’s "The Lancashire Lass". Photo courtesy of Watershed Music Theatre.The beginning of the summer season is exploding with the openings of new musicals – shows previously delayed by COVID shut downs, new projects and classics revisited – with a little flood in late May, inconveniently early for our May 31 release, but worthy of mention nevertheless.

Read more: Some Enchanted Summer
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