Toronto ‘Hair’ still in style

Third holdover was announced this week

TORONTO — Toronto’s “Hair” just keeps on growing.

“Da Kink in My Hair,” which opened Jan. 18 at the Princess of Wales Theater to mixed reviews, has turned out to be the most commercially successful Canadian play presented in the city’s history.

A third holdover was announced this week, taking the show through April 24, at which point it will have to close to make way for the touring production of “Evita.”

By then, it will have played to 100,000 patrons and grossed an estimated C$3.5 million ($2.9 million). For the run of the show, the Mirvishes closed down the balcony of the Princess of Wales Theater, cutting its 2,000-seat capacity in half to allow for a more intimate presentation of the work.

Oprah Winfrey and Louis Gossett Jr. have each shown interest in the project. Winfrey sent reps to a perf last week; Gossett, who is in Toronto filming “Left Behind: World War III,” has been to the show three times and is mulling over involvement with its development.

Hackney possible site

Another strong possible future producer is the Hackney Empire Theater, a restored 1,000-seat music hall in a predominantly Caribbean neighborhood of East London.

The show’s theme of female empowerment in a hairstyling salon run by a black Jamaican would be a perfect fit for the Hackney’s audience. Programmers from the theater attended “Da Kink” twice last week and are weighing their options.

Author trey anthony wrote the show for the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2001, and it subsequently received other successful small Toronto mountings in 2002 and ’03.

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