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Mirvish moves four shows, but it’s ‘Singin’ in the Rain’

Mirvish Productions is moving four shows from winter to spring and bringing an acclaimed version of the musical “Singin’ in the Rain” to Toronto as it makes changes to its season in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Besides Jake Epstein’s “Boy Falls From the Sky,” whose postponement was announced Tuesday, a musical version of Emma Donoghue’s “Room”; David Haig’s “Pressure,” starring Kevin Doyle of “Downton Abbey”; and a remount of Ted Dykstra’s and Richard Greenblatt’s “2 Pianos, 4 Hands” will all switch dates.

“Room” is now scheduled to run April 5 to May 8 at the Princess of Wales Theatre; “Pressure” April 19 to May 29 at the Royal Alexandra Theatre; and “2 Pianos” June 7 to July 17 at the Royal Alex.

Mirvish will also present Jonathan Church’s “Singin’ in the Rain,” a stage adaptation of the beloved 1952 movie musical about the dawn of talking pictures that starred Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor. Mirvish said Church’s version was a smash hit at the Chichester Festival Theatre and in the West End in London, and has played around the world. It will run at the Princess of Wales Theatre in September and replaces Tom Stoppard’s “Leopoldstadt” in the subscription season.

The changes come on the heels of the permanent cancellation of the Tony Award-winning Canadian musical “Come From Away” after three years in Toronto.

Mirvish says the debut of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” on May 31 at the CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre is not affected; nor is the June 21 start of the new musical “& Juliet” at the Princess of Wales.

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“Health and safety is always our primary concern,” David Mirvish said in a news release. “Indeed, the Ontario government has rightly closed all indoor theatres until Jan. 27. Giving ourselves a buffer of three months before we resume performances is deemed prudent.

“We hope there won’t be any more changes, but if there are any lingering concerns about safety we may very well have to change schedules again,” he added.

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