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Stephen Sondheim, the man behind Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, Assassins, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and so many more. Photo by Dianne Brogan.
In today’s Urban Planner, an evening with a Broadway legend and a vigil to remember the Montreal Massacre, plus politically motivated theatre, charity-motivated music, and comedy-motivated competition.
VIGIL: It’s been twenty-one years since the Montreal Massacre, and the shooting’s anniversary remains a locus for groups combating violence against women. Women Won’t Forget is hosting a candlelight vigil this evening, with musicians and speakers, including Judy Rebick. Philosopher’s Walk (South side of Bloor, west of Avenue Road), 6 p.m., FREE.
INTERVIEW: Mirvish and the Stratford Festival are teaming up to present A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to the Forum later this month, and they’re proudly hosting an evening with legendary composer and writer Stephen Sondheim. The eighty-year-old dynamo will be speaking with The National Post‘s Robert Cushman about his life’s work and new book. Princess of Wales Theatre (300 King Street West), 8 p.m., $22–$69.
ACTIVISM: Tonight’s the night before Mayor Rob Ford’s first City Council meeting, and The Wrecking Ball is convening for a night of new (and short) theatre to ask an intentionally broad question: “Now what?” Judith Thompson, Jovanni Sy, Anthony Furey, Edwige Jean-Pierre, Yvette Nolan, and Darren O’Donnell and The Torontonians have all written playlets to be performed by some of Toronto’s best actors. Like Trampoline Hall (which also has an edition tonight), this show always reaches capacity, so show up early. The Theatre Centre (1087 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., PWYC.
BENEFIT: Did you and your friends change your Facebook profile to a cartoon over the weekend? The hijacked “campaign against child violence” meme may have been fun, but it was pretty ineffective. Do some real good for kids by attending tonight’s H.E.A.R.T. Benefit for Kids Help Phone, featuring music from Robyn Dell’Unto, The Pigott Brothers, host Mandippal Jandu, and more. Supermarket (268 Augusta Avenue), 8 p.m., $5.
COMEDY: There’s a great line-up of funny ladies at Press Club 7, and Hard Times at the Hard Luck has their biggest show yet, with award winners Falcon Powder and Mike Rita. But our pick of the night is Stand Up Showdown, an elimination night where comics are mercilessly critiqued on their all new material. The show’s being retired by busy judge Mark Forward and host Craig Brown, but not before tonight’s swan song, entitled Clash of the Comedians. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 9 p.m., $5.