Toronto: Great White North Way

When Show Boat opened on Broadway in 1927, it heralded the birth of the modern musical. It was a story with a message, not merely a variety show. So it's only fitting that a revival of Show Boat, acclaimed as the most ambitious production since the original, might make history again. This time, the $6 million show, which opened in Toronto in October, could proclaim Live Entertainment of Canada Inc.'s arrival as a major player on the world stage. Then, as Show Boat goes to Broadway next fall and across the U.S., Europe, and Australia, it could gross $1 billion, boasts LivEnt Chief Executive Garth Drabinsky.

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