The Canadian musical comedy My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, which became the hit of the 2009 Fringe of Toronto Theatre Festival in July, will be expanded for a run beginning Nov. 7 at the Panasonic Theatre in Toronto, reports Playbill News. The new version will include a larger cast and new songs, in addition to the existing number, "Don't Take Your Lesbian Moms to Hooters."
The musical was written by David Hein, a son of lesbian moms, and his wife Irene Carl Sankoff. Other song titles include: "If You Love Me," "You Don't Need a Penis," "Straight White Male," and "A Short History of Gay Marriage in Canada."
If that's not enough to get you excited about it, consider that Hein apprenticed for two years in a Muppet Music studio in NYC, working for Jim Henson, Disney and Sesame Workshop. Here's the description from the new production company, Mirvish Productions:
Based on a true story, My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding tells the story of a mother and her teen-aged son. The mother feels lost in life, wrestling with her identity. A new job brings new opportunities and with it a chance to truly find herself, discovering her sexuality, rediscovering her faith and coming out as a lesbian to her son, ex-husband and homophobic Jewish mother. My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding is for every mother who has ever come out to her children as a lesbian... and a Jew. It is for every girlfriend who has met her future lesbian in-laws... at Hooters. And it's for everyone who's ever been in love.
Sounds like it's almost worth braving the cold of Toronto in November to go see it.
Of course, one of the previous shows that Mirvish discovered at the Toronto Fringe and helped expand and develop was The Drowsy Chaperone. It found its way to New York and won five Tonys. Maybe I'll just wait until MMLJWW hits warmer climes. Below, a video of Hein performing the song, "My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding," before he made it into a full musical.