Play Listings for the Week of December 30, 2013

Happy New Year! Here is what’s going on in Toronto theatre this week. There are several great shows to catch for the week of December 30th, 2013. ** Shows marked with the double asterisks and in red are the ones that make Wayne, our Managing Editor, wish he could exist in multiple parallel universes so he could check them all out.

Already Covered by MoT…

Aladdin by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin (Disney Theatrical Productions/Mirvish). A young sultan attempts to get his hands on a magical oil lamp in this musical. Previews Nov 1-20. Opens Nov 21 and runs to Jan 5, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat-Sun and Wed 1:30 pm (see website for more shows). $35-$130. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria. 416-872-1212,

Avenue Q by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx (Lower Ossington Theatre). A college grad moves to NYC and transitions to adulthood in this adult musical puppet play. Opens Dec 12 and runs to Feb 23, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm, Sun 4 pm (no shows Dec 23-Jan 2 and Feb 1-13). $49-$59. 100A Ossington. 416-915-6747,

Evil Dead – The Musical by Christopher Bond, George Reinblatt, Frank Cipolla and Melissa Morris (Starvox Entertainment/Jeffrey Latimer Entertainment). The musical based on the Evil Dead film franchise returns home for its 10th anniversary. Previews Oct 24-27, Thu-Sat 7 and 10:30 pm, Sun 3 pm. Opens Oct 29 and runs to Jan 5, Tue-Thu 8 pm, Fri-Sat 7 and 10:30 pm, Sun 3 pm. $19.99-$79.99. Randolph Theatre, 736 Bathurst.

The Little Mermaid: Ontario’s O-Fish-Al Family Musical by Reid Janisse (Ross Petty Productions). The mermaid seeks true love and happiness in this holiday pantomime musical. Previews Nov 22-26. Opens Nov 27 and runs to Jan 4, see website for schedule. $27-$85. Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge. 1-855-599-9090,

**Les Miserables by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg (Cameron Mackintosh/Mirvish). An ex-convict seeks redemption and dodges his nemesis in this musical based on the Victor Hugo novel. Previews Sep 27-Oct 8. Opens Oct 9 and runs to Feb 2, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat-Sun and Wed 1:30 pm (see website for exceptions/extra shows). $35-$130. Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King W.

The Musical of Musicals, The Musical! by Joanne Bogart and Eric Rockwell (Mirvish). Five musicals in one, each with the same plot but done in the style of a different Broadway composer. Previews Dec 18. Opens Dec 19 and runs to Jan 5, see website for times. $19-$79. Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge. 416-872-1212,

**Once by Enda Walsh, Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová (Mirvish). An Irish musician and a Czech immigrant are drawn together by their shared love of music. Previews Nov 26-27. Opens Nov 28 and runs to Jan 5, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun and Wed 2 pm (no shows Dec 24, 25 and Jan 1. See website for more dates). $35-$130. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King W. 416-872-1212,

We Can be Heroes Second City presents a new collection of sketches, songs and improvisations inspired by the world around us. Opens Dec 19 and runs to Dec 31, Tue-Wed 8 pm, Thu and Sun 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat 7:30 & 10 pm (no shows Dec 24-25). $24-$29, stu $15. 51 Mercer. 416-343-0011,

**Weather the Weather by Haley McGee (Theatre Columbus). A young girl must outwit trolls and gnomes in this outdoor production for all ages. Previews Dec 6-10. Opens Dec 11 and runs to Dec 30, daily at 8 pm, mat Dec 21 and 23 at 5 pm (no shows Dec 24-26). $12.50-$32, previews pwyc at the door. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview. 416-504-7529,

And the Rest…

Belleville-Ville: Enter 1975 The Joy of Camping presents an improv soap opera about small-town Canada in the 70s w/ Becky Belton, Adam Bailey, Don Berns and others. Opens Jan 2 8:30 pm. $10. Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton.

Buddies After Hours NYE (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre). Multidisciplinary performances by Tynomi Banks, Scarlett Bobo, Sapphire Titha Reign, host Cassandra Moore and others. Dec 31, doors 10 pm. $25. 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555,

Cool Yule (Famous People Players). The black-light dinner theatre company presents a multifaith celebration of the holidays. Opens Nov 15 and runs to Jan 4, call/see website for times. $40-$62. 343 Evans. 416-532-1137,

DickWitForMayor! (and his Cat) by Rosemary Doyle and Jane Shields (Pink Kitty Co-op). A boy, a cat, a rat king and others feature in this musical holiday pantomime. Opens Dec 26 and runs to Jan 4, Thu-Sun 7 pm, mat Sat 3 pm. $25, stu/srs $20, kids $15. Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen E. 416-845-9411,

Doing It! Moniquea Marion presents a new monthly one-woman comedy show with improv, standup, stories and more. Jan 2 8 pm. $8. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice (Lower Ossington Theatre). This family-friendly musical reinvents the Biblical story of Joseph and his brothers. Opens Dec 19 and runs to Jan 5, see website for schedule. $19.50-$60. Al Green Theatre, 750 Spadina. 416-915-6747,

**The Land of Smiles by Franz Lehár (Toronto Operetta Theatre). A Chinese prince falls in love with a Viennese woman in this operetta about love and duty. Opens Dec 27 and runs to Jan 5, Thu-Sat and Tue 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $72-$145. Jane Mallett Theatre, 27 Front E. 416-366-7723,

Little Shop of Horrors by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Lower Ossington Theatre). A flower shop clerk raises a plant that feeds on human blood in this musical. Opens Dec 5 and runs to Jan 12, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm, Sun 4 pm (no shows Dec 22-Jan 2). $59. 100A Ossington. 416-915-6747,

Miracle on Mercer St. Second City presents all-ages seasonal comedy mixing live-action sketches with puppetry and songs. Opens Dec 21 and runs to Dec 23, daily at 2 pm plus Sun 4 pm. Opens Dec 26 and runs to Jan 1, daily at 2 pm. $14, family 4-pack $45. 51 Mercer. 416-343-0011,

The Nutcracker The National Ballet of Canada presents the traditional holiday ballet. Colonel Chris Hadfield makes his Cannon Doll debut Dec 24 at 1 pm. Opens Dec 14 and runs to Jan 4, see website for schedule. $25-$165. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen W. 416-345-9595,

The Second City Holiday Spectacular (Miracles Not Included)Second City presents sketches, songs and improvisations to celebrate and satirize the holiday season. Opens Nov 18 and runs to Jan 1, Mon 8 pm, Tue-Wed 1:30 pm, Thu 1:30 & 10 pm, Fri 1:30 & 4 pm. $22. 51 Mercer. 416-343-0011,

Singular Sensation: A Music Theatre Open Mic (Jennifer Walls). Sing showtunes with a live band and see previews of upcoming works at this weekly show. Mon 10 pm Free. Statler’s, 487 Church. 416-922-0487.

The Sketchersons 10-Year Anniversary Weekend Comedy Bar presents the best sketches and alumni from 2004-2006, plus a new content mashup. Opens Jan 2 8 pm. $2 adv, $10 at the door. 945 Bloor W. 416-551-6540,

**Listings based on NOW stage listings.