Feb 13, 2013

By Scott Walker

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Three major Canadian arts organizations are unveiling their new seasons.

Mirvish Productions will kick off its 50th anniversary with a new production of Les Miserables. Mirvish first staged Les Miz  in 1989. The season will include a new Canadian production of Cats, the Tony Award winning Broadway hit Once, and Disney’s new stage version of its animated feature Aladdin, which is on its way to Broadway.

The National Ballet has also unveiled its season. It will open with Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake in November. Three other timeless classics are on the bill as well: Cinderella, Onegin, and The Nutcracker.

But the season also contains a selection of new works. The National Ballet’s Innovation series will present cutting-edge world premiers by Canadian choreographers Robert Binet, Jose Navas, and former artistic director James Kudelka.

And the company will re-mount Sir Frederick Ashton’s A Month in the Country. Originally created for the Royal Ballet, it was first staged for current artistic director Karen Kain and the National Ballet in 1995.

And the Toronto Jazz Festival has revealed some of the headliners for this year’s festival in June. Nikki Yanovsky, Willie Nelson, and Steve Martin are among the stars coming to Toronto this summer.

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