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Priscilla: Queen of the Desert stops by the Princess of Wales on its trip from Australia to Broadway. Photo by Tristram Kenton.
Today in Toronto: new plays featuring drag queens, sisterhood, and genetic memory, as well as a fashion fundraiser to fight cancer.
FASHION: The Bata Shoe Museum will be using its historic footwear to stomp out cancer tonight at Designed2Give, a charity fashion fundraiser featuring works from Joshua Shier’s design house youth.inAsia. All proceeds from the chic cocktail party and fashion show—produced by fashion blogger Marc Piercey—will go to the Canadian Cancer Society. As an added treat the entire five floors of the museum will be open to fundraiser guests, including a brand new exhibit not yet open to the public. Bata Shoe Museum (327 Bloor Street West), 6 p.m., $15.
THEATRE: Toronto is about to get a little more fabulous, as a very familiar bus unloads a troupe of Australian drag queens at the Princess of Wales Theatre. The stage musical adaptation of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert is Broadway–bound after highly successful turns in Australia and London, but not before stopping by Hogtown to liven the place up a bit first. Olivier Award nominee Tony Sheldon and Tony Award nominee Will Swenson will be joined by a number of Canadian thespians for this North American debut, including C. David Johnson of Street Legal. Princess of Wales Theatre (300 King Street West), 8 p.m., $20–$130.
THEATRE: Priscilla isn’t the only sensation from Down Under to enter the Toronto stage scene tonight—also opening is Radiance, a work by Australian playwright Louis Nowra. Marking the twentieth anniversary of theatre company b current, the story follows the reunion of three half sisters in Queensland for their mother’s funeral. Directed by the company’s artistic director ahdri zhina mandiela, Radiance celebrate’s b current’s mandate to develop voices from the Canadian Black diaspora communities. Performances run for only four nights, so catch one while you can! Wychwood Theatre (601 Christie Street), 8 p.m., $10.
THEATRE: Anyone who’s ever pored over a genealogy website or tried to construct a family tree will likely be fascinated by Imprints, the first installation of Theatre Gargantua‘s Ancestry Project. The multimedia performance focuses on Lily, a woman who unlocks the genetic memory of her ancestors hidden in her DNA. Live music, projections, dance, and video will all factor into the highly physical exploration of Lily’s ancestry, and how such factors shape her sense of identity. The Theatre Centre (1087 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $15–$20.