Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Christmas in Toronto 2014

If donning your gay apparel and checking out a Christmas show or two is your thing, Toronto has a lot to offer you this holiday season. Below is a list of some shows where you'll be sure to get your Yuletide fix.

Now until January 4

Ross Petty Productions' holiday pantomime version of Cinderella, starring Danielle Wade (The Wizard of Oz), plays at Toronto's historic Elgin Theatre. Petty's shows are fun for the whole family. And yes, Petty appears in drag yet again.

Now until December 27

Soulpepper's production of Michael Shamata's A Christmas Carol has become a Toronto holiday tradition. Follow Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by three ghosts who help him understand the importance of charity during the holiday season in this adaption of the Charles Dickens work.

December 3 to 14

The Civic Light-Opera Company presents The Judy Garland Christmas Show (That Never Was) at the Zion Cultural Centre in North York. Remember all of those Hollywood Christmas TV specials and stars of yesteryear? Well, they're back - with a twist.

December 6

Singing Out, Toronto's LGBTQ community chorus, performs their Closer To The Flame holiday concert in the Jane Mallett theatre at the St. Lawrence Centre. Their mission statement is PRIDE. MUSIC. BELONGING. This mixed-voice and non-auditioned chorus always present a polished show, especially at Christmas time.

December 9 to 21

There's nothing that screams LGBT acceptance louder than a Mormon brother/sister singing act. But seriously, Donny & Marie Christmas In Toronto will probably be a jolly good Holiday show. The Osmonds' longevity in show business is due to their hard work and (God-given) talent.

December 13

David Gale and Randy Vancourt perform Oy To The World at the Flying Beaver Pubaret. The two performers promise to put an irreverent spin on the most beloved Christmas carols and the catchiest of Hanukkah songs.

December 13 and 14

It's time for A Very Chris-terical Christmas Cabaret at Buddies In Bad Times. Once a year, music director/cabaret sensation Chris Tsujiuchi trots out the festive sweaters, defiles beloved carols and puts on a hell of a show as his band of merry musicians help him raise the spirit of the whole season. It's hard to believe but this is Chris's fifth Christmas cabaret!

December 16

Izad Etemadi stars in A Very Leila Christmas at Buddies In Bad Times. Izad had great success with his Love With Leila show this past summer at the Hamilton Fringe Festival. - So much so that Leila has decided to return to the stage with her own Christmas spectacular. It's Persian beauty Leila's first Christmas in Canada and Santa is a no show. Follow Leila to the North Pole on her quest to find the true meaning of Christmas.

December 19 to 21

Married performers Sharron Matthews and George Masswohl present Sharron and George's Super Fun Christmas Sing-A-Long at Buddies In Bad Times. After two hit runs in 2012 and 2013, this acclaimed Canadian musical theatre couple bring us a little whacky Christmas cheer for the third time. Guest artists appearing over the three day run include Michael Hughes, Ari Weinberg, Bruce Dow, Gavin Crawford and Louise Pitre.

Happy Holidays from Gay Theatre Toronto!

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