Barbara Barsky, Steven Gallagher and Thom Allison. Photography: Adam Rankin

Mar 21 – Apr 13, 2014

Elegies is a celebration of life and music penned by Tony Award winning composer and lyricist William Finn. Elegies commemorates the lives of people both real and fictional with rousing theatricality and unforgettable songs. From Finn’s friends, to his mother, to his dogs, to the victims of the World Trade Centre collapse, these characters and their stories will enchant and enrich your spirit in this stunning masterwork that celebrates the human experience and life’s infinite joys.

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by William Finn

directed by

Lezlie Wade

music direction by

Wayne Gwillim

assistant director

Sarah Gibbons


Thom Allison, Barbara Barsky, Steven Gallagher, Joel Gomez, Eliza-Jane Scott


John Hughes

set and costume design

Robin Fisher

lighting design

Siobhan Sleath

assistant set and costume designer

Elizabeth Nutting

production manager

Patrick Lavender

stage manager

Lisa Humber



More profound the second time around. Take yourself to Elegies. Yes, it’s that good! **** (out of 4)

— Richard, Ouzounian The Toronto Star

An encore that years later feels fresh. Pulses with the wonder and delight of being alive *** (out of 4)

— Martin Morrow, The Globe and Mail

A celebration, funny and poignant: truly a tribute to life! ***** (out of 5)

— Michael Englebert, The New AM740

- Barbara Barsky shines. Eliza-Jane Scott scores. You’re guaranteed some laughs and the occasional tear. NNNN (out of 5)

- Jon Kaplan, Now Magazine

The cast of five is wonderful. The show is a gem.

— Lynn Slotkin, The Slotkin Letter

So fined-tuned and spectacularly voiced turn[ing] heartbreak and tears into magic and inspiration!

— Drew Rowsome, My Gay Toronto

Friends and colleagues of the composer’s who have died over the last two decades are resurrected in playful lyrics burstling with internal rhymes that remember them in all their quirky vitality.

— The New York Times

This song cycle provided some of the most powerful moments I’ve experienced in musical theater.

— City Post Magazine