Within ‘Chris Mrs.’ at the Winter season Garden Theatre

Calling all Hallmark supporters: this new musical’s for you.

 “Chris Mrs.: A New Holiday getaway Musical” moves into Toronto’s Wintertime Yard Theatre this 7 days. Motivated by the little-town charm of Hallmark Christmas videos and the high electricity of a Broadway musical, “Chris Mrs.” brings with each other a cast of Canadian theatre favourites like Olivia Sinclair-Brisbane (“Rent” at the Stratford Competition), AJ Bridel (“Rock of Ages”) and Andrew Broderick (“Choir Boy”).

 Written and directed by duo Katie Kerr and Matt Stodolak, the show’s been a extensive time coming, starting off as a Kickstarter campaign in 2020 and inevitably growing into a full-scale, in-individual musical.

“This is undoubtedly a display for all,” reported Kerr in an interview with CP24. “It follows multi-generational storylines. We have the grownups, who have their really like triangle, and then a form of teenage romance, and then these two young twins who are producing to Santa to test and assistance their father’s adore life. We adhere to these three various age groups, and we don’t get hung up on any a person particularly for to lengthy. It actually does have a broad enchantment that with any luck , will maintain children engaged, as properly as older people. It really is meant to be appreciated by the complete spouse and children.”

 “Especially due to the fact we ended up producing it by way of COVID, we’re actually checking out what it suggests to be with each other for the holidays,” she additional.

Danielle Wade is a person of the stars of “Chris Mrs.,” perhaps greatest recognized for profitable the 2012 Canadian reality exhibit “Over the Rainbow.” She not too long ago produced her Broadway debut in the phase adaptation of “Mean Girls,” understudying for the roles of Cady and Janis ahead of going on to star as Cady in the initially North American tour of the demonstrate.

 “To have a new, first musical in Toronto is just so remarkable,” she mentioned. “We carry in so several reveals from unique sites. It’s not often you have a truly large solid or organization like this that is all Canadian. It’s so interesting, and requires to be celebrated.”

 “I believe sometimes it’s tough to look at theatre as a enterprise,” added Kerr. “There’s a ton of seriously great non-revenue theatre organizations undertaking good new get the job done and planet premieres. But to be capable to have a theatre like the Wintertime Yard, practically like a roadhouse, is a really fantastic option. We’ve composed the show to be a spectacle, and we’re lucky sufficient to have this major place and a substantial stage that we can fill up with the business.”

 Notably, “Chris Mrs.” is going into the Elgin and Winter season Backyard Theatre Centre, which until eventually this year loaded its holiday break slot with spouse and children-welcoming pantomimes by Toronto theatre legend Ross Petty, who retired at the conclusion of final year’s Xmas year. The crew driving “Chris Mrs.” has higher hopes as the new child on the block in the earth of Christmastime Toronto theatre – but time will notify if the musical will become a annually tradition in the same way the pantomime was.

 “We’d enjoy for this to be a yearly factor,” stated Stodolak. “Hopefully the audiences love it and convey to us that they want us to arrive back. That would be a aspiration occur real for us.”

 “What’s awesome about this present is that it’s nearly a pastiche in conditions of the people and the audio they may possibly pay attention to in their each day lives,” he continued, describing that the musical references in the demonstrate consist of every thing from Taylor Swift to Vanessa Carlton and Stephen Sondheim. “We’re pursuing the gospel of Stephen Sondheim when it comes to building this musical: information dictates variety, a lot less is far more, and God is in the details.”

 Previews for “Chris Mrs.” Commence on Dec. 5, with opening night time on Dec. 7. Tickets are obtainable by way of Ticketmaster.