This story is sponsored by The Musical Stage Company.
The month-long event will feature musical performances by Toronto-born Cynthia Dale, a must-see show by Somali-Canadian writer Fatuma Adar and more.
From May 28 to June 25, Torontonians can get their much-needed dose of musical theater at MARQUEE, a citywide celebration of melodic storytelling. Hosted by The musical stage companythe festival brings joyful musical programming to audiences across the GTA.
After getting way too familiar with live theatrical performances throughout the pandemic, you can ultimately attend a show in person. MARQUEE is about to unleash an explosion of musical experiences across Toronto with unexpected moments of musical creativity and spontaneous community gatherings. Not only will the celebration take over some of the city’s traditional arts venues, but it will also put on hugely entertaining shows in parks and other outdoor spaces.
“The 2022 edition of MARQUEE is built around the central theme and guiding principle of resuscitating our city – shaking off the cobwebs of two years of isolation and coming back to life together,” shares Ray Hogg, Artistic Director by The Musical Stage Company.
The month-long event features several electrifying, multifaceted performances by artists eager to share their own personal stories of change. This exploration of self-transformation by some of Toronto’s most imaginative artists reflects this year’s central theme, “Turning Points”.
Along with hearing songs that will no doubt get stuck in their heads, attendees can also revel in the catchy dance choreography and hard-hitting spoken dialogue. While MARQUEE enjoys a impressive range community events and full productions, two of the star-studded performances really can’t be missed.
This new musical, with book, music and lyrics by Fatuma Adar, tells the story of a Somali family who immigrated to Canada in 1991, as civil war began to tear their homeland apart. They settled in Dixon Road, a neighborhood near Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, which is still the heart of the city’s Somali community today. The show features R&B, contemporary verses and traditional Somali melodies.
When writing the book, Adar drew on her own experiences and family dynamics.
“The story revolves around what it’s like to find yourself in a new place and stand up for your dreams,” Adar shares. “Back in Somalia, my father was very revered and worked in politics, but when he came to Canada, he became a taxi driver. I could tell that his job had an impact on his self-esteem – there was a disconnect between how he saw himself and how others saw him. Seeing his sacrifice made it hard for me to admit that I wanted to be an artist. If his dreams couldn’t translate into coming to this country, I didn’t feel like I had the right to follow my dreams.
Dixon Road explores the relationship between a father and his daughter, what it means for your dreams to translate across borders and to feel detached from the place you call home.
“I think there are parallels between the war unfolding in Somalia and the internal wars that family members are going through with each other’s new relationships and perspectives on how to assimilate into Canada,” he said. she. “It’s an extremely relevant story for people in the diaspora.”
The public can view Dixon Road at the High Park Amphitheater from June 1-19. Tickets for the first eight performances (June 1-8) are Pay What You Wish, starting at $5.
Take the moment
One of Canada’s most acclaimed performers, Cynthia Dale, will take the stage at the Winter Garden Theater June 23-25. For just four performances, she will share intimate, personal stories and perform songs from the award-winning artists’ music catalog. composer, songwriter and lyricist Stephen Sondheim.
Take The Moment pays homage to the extraordinary life-changing moments that shape us all.
“When I had to think about the moments that changed me, I knew I didn’t want to focus on the typical stories of things that happened behind the scenes or behind the scenes,” Dale reveals. “They didn’t seem very juicy or interesting to me. Instead, I’m going to share the moments in my life that were truly momentous and meaningful, like my mom and dad dying, growing old, and being told you’re “too old” to work. I talk about going through old photographs and what it means to my life now. The stories are relatable and even though they cover some sad times, there’s a lot of fun stuff in the show.
Although she talks about her experiences as a young child in show business, she wanted to focus on the Major moments that shaped who she is today.
“Even though this is a first-ever kissing story, you might as well pair it with the deepest, richest, most intense and beautiful music you’ll find in the world of theater. musical, and that’s Stephen Sondheim,” says Dale. .
NNOW readers can use code NOW for 30% off tickets to CATCH THE MOMENT. Simply click the unlock button above your desired date, enter the code NOW and the discounted tickets will appear below.
For tickets and more information, visit The Musical Stage Company’s website.