With the return of award-winning composers, Anika Johnson and Britta Johnson (Brantwood, 2015), to the Canadian Music Theatre Project, paired with Canadian theatre legend Morris Panych, there is much anticipation that they will bring a true insider’s perspective to Small Wonder.
Ambrose Small, the famously disappearing Toronto theatrical entrepreneur, faced with debts and obligations to both the gangsters and the cops, decides to cash in his considerable holdings and escape, somehow by magic, into thin air. Set in 1919, the musical embraces a period of Toronto history, seemingly upright and sober, whose underbelly is anything but. Ambrose Small is in the final planning stages of his departure, when a young woman from a small town shows up looking for a part. It’s what else she’s looking for that places her centre stage in this criminal misadventure.