The Best Laid Plans: a Musical

The Best Laid Plans: a Musical

September 19 – October 3, 2015
Previews September 17 & 18

The York Theatre
639 Commercial Dr.


Based on the novel by Terry Fallis
Book by Vern Thiessen
Music and lyrics by Benjamin Elliott and Anton Lipovetsky

Based on Terry Fallis’ award-winning novel, this new musical is the largest and most ambitious production Touchstone has ever mounted. Daniel Addison is a speechwriter who convinces a crusty old Scot to let his name stand in an election he’s sure to lose. But their best laid plans go hilariously awry, as Fallis’ unforgettable characters sing us right off the stage and into Canada’s real federal election.

World Premiere

A partnership of Touchstone and Patrick Street Productions, The Best Laid Plans: a Musical has been in development with both companies for three years.  Growing out of In Tune and a shared desire to invest in the creation of new Canadian musicals, the project has been ushered through a significant development arc to support the book and the music as they evolved together out of the book that inspired them.  

The novel The Best Laid Plans won the Leacock Medal for Humour and CBC Canada Reads.  It was followed up by The High Road and made into a CBC television mini series. Find out more about Terry Fallis and his writing here.

Check out some of the great events happening during the run of the show! 

Cocktails with Vern
An Intimate Pre-Show Chat with playwright Vern Thiessen
Friday, September 18th, 7pm
York Theatre Lobby
In an intimate, casual setting, Governor General's Award-winning playwright Vern Thiessen will read excerpts from his plays and discuss his career milestones, with lots of opportunity for questions and discussion. Vern will chat about the many streams of his work, including original plays, adaptations and librettos, and the process of developing The Best Laid Plans: a Musical. Don't miss this opportunity to chat with one of Canada's leading playwrights, and sample the 'Towering InVERNo' cocktail on offer at the bar!

Tea with Terry
An Intimate Pre-Show Chat with novelist Terry Fallis
Sunday, September 20th, 1pm
York Theatre Lobby
Prior to the Sunday matinee Terry Fallis will tell some stories about the roots of The Best Laid Plans and discuss the adaptation of his work into other mediums. From self-publishing to winning major literary awards, Terry Fallis has done it all, and shares the insights he's gained along the way. A great event for writers and fans of Terry before they take in the World Premiere of the new musical based on his breakout novel. Don't miss this opportunity to meet one of Canada's most beloved writers!

50% off tickets with Food Bank Donation
Tuesday, September 22th

Of Thee, I Sing: Politics in Musicals
A Pre-Show lecture/discussion with director Peter Jorgensen
Thursday, September 24th, 7pm
York Theatre Lobby
The Best Laid Plans: a Musical is just one of many musicals that feature the political world. Peter Jorgensen, director of this World Premiere and Artistic Director of Patrick Street Productions, will give a short lecture detailing some interesting instances of the fascinating history of politics in musical theatre, and then answer questions and lead discussion with attendees. A great pre-show event for musical theatre nerds and general public alike!

Actors Fund Collection
Saturday, September 26th

Post-Show Talk Back
Tuesday, September 29th

Click here to listen to the audience applause from our Tuesday evening performance!

Production Credits

Photo of Andrew Wheeler and Nick Fontaine by David Cooper

Commissioned, Developed and Produced with Patrick Street Productions

Directed by Peter Jorgensen
Dramaturgy by Katrina Dunn
Musical Direction by Jonathan Monro
Orchestrations by Nico Rhodes
Additional Poetry by Hannah Johnson

Starring Patti Allan, Shannon Chan-Kent, Meaghan Chenosky, Steffanie Davis, Nick Fontaine, Zahf Paroo, Gordon Roberts, Hal Wesley Rogers, Andrew Wheeler and Katey Wright.

Set Design by Drew Facey
Costume Design by Jessica Bayntun
Lighting Design by Adrian Muir
Sound Design by Bradley Danyluk
Projection Design by Michael Sider
Props Design by Amy McDougall
Stage Managed by Anne Taylor
Assistant Stage Managed by Marijka Asbeek Brusse

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