From Press Release
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE! DIRECT FROM LONDON’S WEST END!
THE HARDER THEY COME
PERFORMANCES BEGIN TOMORROW!
David Mirvish presents the Theatre Royal Stratford East and UK Arts production of the smash hit musical THE HARDER THEY COME, by Perry Henzell, at the Canon Theatre for a strictly limited engagement, July 21 through August 23, 2009. Tickets are now on sale.
Based on the iconic 1972 film by Perry Henzell that launched Jimmy Cliff and reggae music onto the world stage, this exhilarating musical tells the story of Ivanhoe Martin (played by the superb Rolan Bell), a country boy who makes for the bright lights of Kingston, Jamaica. With a head full of songs, including You Can Get it if You Really Want, Many Rivers To Cross, Higher and Higher, Rivers of Babylon and The Harder They Come, he dreams of becoming a reggae star. When the harsh reality of the music scene drives him into a fast and furious life as an outlaw, he would rather die than kill his dream.
This new musical production by the esteemed Theatre Royal Stratford East in London, England, is staged in the spare, Brechtian style for which the company has become internationally famed. The performers, almost all of Jamaican descent, tell this cautionary tale with a passion that energizes the audience as only few shows have ever done.
When the production first opened, it was loudly acclaimed by both critics and audiences. It transferred to the prestigious Barbican Bite Festival, but the demand for tickets was so high that it was moved again, to London’s West End. Toronto is the first stop on an international tour.
“A superb production that faithfully captures not just the movie’s music and characters, but also, its soul” – Evening Standard
“Astonishing! Scorching! Swaggering!” – The Guardian
“Irresistible! Thrilling! Tremendous!” – The Telegraph
“Exuberant! Extraordinary! You’ll want to see it again and again!” – Daily Mail
THE HARDER THEY COME stars: Delroy Atkinson, Rolan Bell, Cavin Cornwall, Jacqui Dubois, Derek Elroy, Victor Romero Evans, Joanna Francis, Lain Gray, Zalika King, Joy Mack, Matthew Newtion, Kirk Patterson, Marcus Powell, Susan Lawson Reynolds, Simone Richards and Chris Tummings.
The book is by Perry Henzell, direction by Kerry Michael and Dawn Reid, original costume design by Sally Henzell, choreography by Jackie Guy, lighting design by Jo Joelson and sound design by Stefan Lumsden. The score includes many of the legendary songs that have defined reggae music, including many of Jimmy Cliff’s international number one hits (You Can Get It If You Really Want, Many Rivers to Cross, The Harder They Come , Sitting in Limbo, Higher and Higher ), and songs by The Maytals (Pressure Drop, Sweet and Dandy), The Melodians (Rivers of Babylon ) and other great, pioneer Jamaican artists.
THE HARDER THEY COME is the first show of the 2009-10 Mirvish Subscription season. Air Canada is the presenting Season Sponsor.
TICKETS ON SALE
CANON THEATRE, 244 Victoria Street
Performance Schedule: Tuesday to Saturday at 8:00 PM; Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00PM
Tickets $25.00 to $95.00
AT EACH PERFORMANCE THERE WILL BE 300 SEATS AVAILABLE IN THE MEZZANINE AT
$25.00 (weekday performances) and $30.00 (weekend performances)
Available online at www.mirvish.com or by calling TicketKing at 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333
or in person at the Box Office Theatre Groups call 416-593-4142 or 1-800-724-6420