• Ane from Boomerang

5 musicals you should catch in Toronto this fall

Updated: Jan 29, 2020

One thing about Toronto: there’s never a dull moment. Anything you can imagine, you can do, especially when it comes to the art scene. Between ballets and the theatre, gallery openings and book launches, Toronto has a rich cultural scene. And you can add musicals to that list.

5 can’t miss musicals coming to Toronto

Here are some exciting musicals hitting Toronto this fall 2019:

1. Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Photo via The Globe and Mail

Where to watch:

Randolph Theatre

Ticket price:

From $165


“Back with more glitter and sassiness than ever before, ebullient cult-hit-movie-turned-Broadway-tuner Priscilla Queen of the Desert is rolling onto the Randolph Theatre stage during a hotly anticipated local revival this fall. Beginning its life as the 1994 Ozzy dramedy starring Guy Pearce, Hugo Weaving and Terrence Stamp, the rollicking tale and its soundtrack full of gay and drag anthems made a glorious transition to the stage thanks to author Stephan Elliott and screenwriter Allan Scott.”

“A dragalicious comedy of errors, as well as a tale of resilience, acceptance and self-discovery, Priscilla Queen of the Desert follows three drag queens who attempt to bring their extravagant drag show to the remote desert town of Alice Springs. After accepting the offer to perform made by his estranged wife, Anthony (AKA Mitzi Del Bra) convinces his friends Bernadette Bassenger and Felicia Jollygoodfellow to join the trek and they embark on the titular pink bus, finding hostility, hospitality and themselves during the vibrant adventure that follows.”

Learn more about Priscilla Queen of the Desert

2. Come from Away

Photo via Toronto.com

Where to watch:

Elgin Theatre

Ticket price:

From $300


“As the full horror of the terror attacks on September 11th, 2001 became apparent, the US closed its airspace grounding thousands of passenger jets globally. Thirty-eight of them were forced to land in Gander, a remote Newfoundland town with a population of just 9,000 people.”

“The musical tells the story of a particular set of passengers from just one of the grounded planes and the hardy Gander residents who wholeheartedly welcomed them into their homes. Among this diverse set of characters is American Airlines’ first female pilot, a gay couple both called Colin, and an Egyptian chef, who fears a frosty reception from the community – only to be proved wrong entirely. Weaving together all of their storylines, the show creates an affirming portrait of human connection in the most trying of circumstances.”

Learn more about Come from Away

3. Spongebob Squarepants

Photo via Variety

Where to watch:

Meridian Hall (formerly Sony Centre for the Performing Arts)

Ticket prices:

From $70+


“The story follows Spongebob on a quest to save Bikini Bottom from complete and utter destruction from mysterious forces from the world above. When chaos erupts, their lives hang in the very balance – all until an unlikely hero rises to the challenge to save the day – with a little help of his friends.”

Learn more about Spongebob Squarepants

4. Taj Express

Photo via Ticketmaster.ca

Where to watch:

Bluma Appel Theatre

Ticket prices:

From $80


“The Taj Express brings the vibrant world of Bollywood musicals to the stage on this extensive tour. Directed and choreographed by sisters Vaibhavi and Shruti Merchant, granddaughters to one of the most famous dance choreographers in Indian movie history, Taj Express is a whirlwind of colorful costumes and dance, and the first Indian musical to have toured for more than five years. If you’ve ever wanted to dip a toe into the world of Bollywood, then this is the show for you.”

“Featuring a cast of experienced Bollywood dancers, Taj Express is built around a thrilling story of romance and adventure that evokes India’s rich cultural history while showcasing an incredible fusion of classical and contemporary dance. Featuring an unforgettable soundtrack by Academy Award-winning composer A.R. Rahman.”

Learn more about Taj Express

5. Lil’ Red Robin Hood 

Photo via Toronto4kids

Where to watch:

Winter Garden Theatre

Ticket prices:

From $177


“Purveyor of fantastic festive family musicals, Ross Petty is back for 2019 – marking their 24th year as one of Ontario’s best holiday traditions with this brand new show! Moving from the Elgin theatre to the 6th floor of the Winter Garden Theatre for the first time in their history, this stunning production promises all the adventure, romance, jokes, songs and participation that audiences of all ages have come to love.”

“Follow our hero Lil’ Red as he heads into the enchanted Sherway Gardens Forest along with Maid Marion, Friar Tuck, and friends to defeat the nefarious Sheriff of Naughtyham! Starring Robert Markus, AJ Bridel and firm favourite Eddie Glen and featuring fabulous sets and costumes, it’s a wonderful way to introduce your little ones to the pure magic of live theatre, providing a memory that’ll last long after New Year’s Eve!”

Learn more about Lil’ Red Robin Hood

Looking for more fall activities? Check out our list of best fall hikes in Ontario.


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