Get the drama: Toronto's best musicals this year

Summer time is musical time in Toronto and this year sees a return to the classics. Book your tickets at the Mirvish Theater to catch these heat-stopping, feet tapping spectaculars.

West Side Story: 8 May to 3 June 2012

The musical Romeo and Juliet is a classic story of love in complex world. The score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim features a collection of classic hits including ‘Tonight,’ ‘America,’ ‘Maria,’ ‘I Feel Pretty’ and ‘Somewhere’. Add to this extraordinary, Tony-winning choreography by Jerome Robbins and legendary direction from Mr. Laurents; West Side Story provides a spectacular night of fun, drama and music to remember.

Rent: 15 May to 3 June 2012

Rent is a classic tale of young artists struggling to survive in the big city. Through their struggle, they find their voices and give the performance of a lifetime. This incredible event is brought to you by the graduating class of Sheridans College’s prestigious Music Theatre Performance Program. Directed by Lezlie Wade with music directed by Bob Foster and choreographed by Marc Kimelman.

Bring it On: 2 May to 3 June 2012

Appealing to a younger crowd, Bring it On is the story of two cheerleading squads from rival schools. The competitive cheerleading meets lead to drama and romance in this explosive musical comedy. The fantastic choreography is surpassed only by the breathtaking feats of gymnastic prowess. Music and lyrics by Tony Award-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, music by Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning composer Tom Kitt and lyrics by Broadway lyricist Amanda Green. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler.

Flashdance: 31 July – 19 August

If you love dancing, then this spectacular extravaganza of hits will have you jiving in the aisles. Directed and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, Memphis, The Addams Family), Flashdance features all your favorite hits from the movie including What a Feeling, Maniac, Gloria, and I Love Rock & Roll.

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