Just For One Day The Live Aid Musical - Naomi Katiyo (Jemma) and the Company. Photo by Manuel Harlan

Just For One Day The Live Aid Musical to transfer from London to Toronto

Just For One Day – The Live Aid Musical, the hit new show that recently played at The Old Vic in London, is planning a Toronto run.

According to Baz in Deadline, the musical will play Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre this January 2025 for a limited season. There is also talk of a US regional theatre try-out, and then Broadway.

John O’Farrell (Mrs Doubtfire The Musical) plans to make some changes to his book of the musical for the Toronto production.

London and UK audiences are still waiting for news of a West End transfer for the show. That was teased during BBC’s annual fundraiser Comic Relief last month, with co-host Davina McCall saying that, “Just For One Day will be taking to the stage in the West End, so look out for announcements soon.”

Just For One Day is directed by Luke Sheppard (& Juliet), who took his Leeds Playhouse Roy Orbison musical In Dreams to the Ed Mirvish Theatre last year. Sheppard is also helming the reboot of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mega-hit musical Starlight Express, opening in June at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre.

Canada’s Mirvish Productions, who own the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto, are one of the co-producers of Just For One Day, so it seems natural it would head to Toronto.

The long list of producer credits on the show also include Broadway – and London – theatre owner Nederlander Theatres, who own the Dominion Theatre in London; plus Jamie Wilson Productions (Mrs Doubtfire, Sister Act), Kevin McCollum (The Notebook), Sonia Friedman Productions (The Hills of California, Stranger Things: The First Shadow), Gavin Kalin Productions (Cabaret, Plaza Suite, Player Kings), Kenny Wax Ltd (Six The Musical), the Ambassador Theatre Group (Cabaret, Pretty Woman, Harry Clarke), No Guarantees (A Mirror, The Hills of California), Burnt Umber Productions (Stereophonic, Appropriate), and Stephen C Byrd (Cabaret, Sister Act).

Just For One Day had its world premiere earlier this year at The Old Vic, scoring positive reviews from the critics.

No casting is rumoured for the Toronto run. In London the show’s cast includes Craige Els (Matilda The Musical, Doctor Who, Antigone) as Bob Geldof; Naomi Katiyo (Treason The Musical, Ain’t Too Proud) as Jemma; Julie Atherton (Sister Act The Musical) as Margaret Thatcher; Jack Shalloo as Midge Ure; Hope Kenna (Wendy and Peter Pan) as Suzanne in 1985 and Jackie Clune (Billy Elliot The Musical) as Suzanne 2024; Olly Dobson (Back to the Future) as John; and Joel Montague (Hamilton) as Harvey Goldsmith.

The musical is about Live Aid, the global concert phenomenon that took place in 1985, organised by Rock stars Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise money for the Ethiopian famine crisis. The songs in Just For One Day are many of the hits performed at the Live Aid event, including songs from Bob Dylan, David Bowie, The Who, U2, Queen, The Police, Elton John, Paul McCartney, The Pretenders, The Cars, Status Quo, Paul Weller, Sade, The Boomtown Rats, Bryan Adams, Diana Ross, Ultravox and more.

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👤 📅29 April 2024
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