Fringe success stories
We thought it was a good time to sum up the success stories that have been surfacing again and again for recent Toronto Fringe artists. We are so proud of their achievements, and we are glad to have provided a platform along the way. Help artists like the ones featured below by making a donation to Fringe.
All images below are pictures taken from previous Toronto Fringe program books!
Come From Away
As we're sure you've heard, Come From Away is the new darling of Broadway. Receiving rave reviews from The New York Times and 7 Tony Nominations in 2017, co-creators Irene Sankoff and David Hein had their first big break at the Toronto Fringe. Their first show, My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding was the hit of the 2009 Toronto Fringe Festival, where it was picked up for a successful commercial run in Toronto by Mirvish Productions.
This story just keeps getting better and better! Not only are they heading to Broadway later this year, one of the main actors (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, who starred in the original 2011 Toronto Fringe version as well) just picked up a Canadian Screen Award for Best Actor in a comedy series. You can read more about his win, and the beautiful speech he gave, here.
Britta Johnson's new Canadian musical was a hit of the 2016 Toronto Fringe and won the Paul O'Sullivan Prize for Musical Theatre. It has recently been announced that Johnson's work will be co-presented by The Musical Stage Company (formerly Acting Up Stage) and Canadian Stage in fall of 2017. Congrats Britta! Buy tickets here.
Princess Sparkly Butt
"The Crazy Space Adventures of Princess Sparkly Butt & The Hot Dog Kid" at the Toronto Fringe in 2015 - which won Best of FringeKids - has received Bell Funding to make a TV show for Teletoon. You can watch episodes here.
I wanted to see my play on stage just once.Ins Choi
More highlights from the Fringe’s many decades of success
The Drowsy Chaperone (Bob Martin and Don McKellar): was in the Toronto Fringe Festival in 1999. Following the Fringe staging, Toronto commercial theatre producer David Mirvish financed an expanded production at Toronto's 160-seat, independent Theatre Passe Muraille in 1999. It went on to Broadway in 2006.
‘Da Kink in My Hair (Trey Anthony): was in the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2001. Mirvish Productions picked it up for their 2005 season. It went on to runs in the US and UK after Mirvish. They also ran a TV series based on the show on Global TV from 2007 – 2009.
My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding (David Hein and Irene Sankoff): was in the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2009. It was picked up by Mirvish Productions in 2009 and went on to an extensive North American tour.
The Musical of Musicals: The Musical (Eric Rockwell & Joanne Bogart): was in the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2013. It was picked up by Mirvish Productions in 2013.
Kim’s Convenience (Ins Choi): started at the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival and was picked up by Soulpepper for numerous runs. Soulpepper and Thunderbird Films are now collaborating on a film and TV deal for the show.
Toothpaste and Cigars (TJ Dawe & Michael Rinaldi): was in Toronto Fringe 2003. It has been made into a feature film which premiered at TIFF 2013 under the title “The F Word”, and has now been released commercially under the title “What If?” – it stars Daniel Radcliffe & Zoe Kazan.
Top Gun! The Musical (Scott White): was in the 2002 Toronto Fringe Festival. It went from Toronto Fringe to commercial production at Factory Theatre, then was one of the shows that launched the first New York Musical Festival.
Killing Kevin Spacey (Elan Wolf Farbiarz): was in the 2009 Toronto Fringe Festival. It went from Toronto Fringe to long run off-Broadway.
Michael Healy: got his start at Fringe (with a play called Kicked in the 1996 Fringe) and went on to pen one of the most-produced plays in Canadian history, The Drawer Boy.