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Oct 14, 14
Venus in Fur, one of Toronto's biggest theatre hits of last year, is about to open in Montreal for a 4-week run at Centaur Theatre, Oct 14-Nov 9. It will then return to TO @ CanStage (Berkeley) from Dec 18-28.
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Apr 02, 14
After a late night hosting the Glenn Gould Prize at Rideau Hall, Rick flew back to Toronto to host the morning launch of PANAMANIA, the Arts & Culture Program of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.
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Apr 01, 14
After having played Gould in the Glenn Gould Variations in 2012, Rick was delighted to host and perform at the 10th Glenn Gould Prize at Rideau Hall, honouring his colleague, mentor and friend Robert Lepage.
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Feb 17, 14
MAC is back! Rick Miller will be performing his one-man extravaganza MacHomer for a special week of shows in Sweden.
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Feb 14, 14
On March 1st, join TRAINWRECK for a special fundraising party at BOMB Fitness Studio. All proceeds go to Children's Peace Theatre and every dollar collected will be matched by Business for the Arts' artsVest program.
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Jan 03, 14
On New Year's Eve, 2013, TRAINWRECK played 50 songs in 5 hours, bringing in 2014 at the Linsmore in Toronto. It was an incredible night, full of fun, love community, and rock'n'roll silliness.
 
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Dec 05, 13
The incredible National Theatre of the World team (@MattBaram & Naomi @Snieckus) are joined by Colin Mochrie to improvise from 2 pages of a new RM script. On Dec12th at the Young Centre. #Scripttease, #ImpulseFest.
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Nov 21, 13
Venus in Fur is back, just in time to heat things up for the holidays! This 4-star production is remounting at Canadian Stage's Berkeley Street Theatre. On stage Dec 13-29. Tickets $29-$59.
new Toronto Star article
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Nov 12, 13
HARDSELL (the TV pilot) will get its first public screening on Saturday Nov 16th between 4-5pm at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. The event is called "The Best of BravoFACT, hosted by Richard Crouse", and is presented as part of the CITF (Canadian International Television Festival)
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Nov 11, 13
Rave reviews for MacHomer, presented by Magnus Theatre and starring Jerry Getty.
The Wall-Eye
The Argus
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Nov 03, 13
From Oct 27 to Nov 10th, the BOOM team will gearing up Rick Miller's latest solo multimedia show for its first public performances at the High Performance Rodeo, Calgary's premiere arts festival, from Jan 15-19 2014 (co-presented by Theatre Calgary).
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Sep 30, 13
Rick will give a workshop/performance at EARTH DAY CANADA’S ECOMENTORS YOUTH SUMMIT October 25-27, 2013 at the University of Toronto. Drawing from his solo show HARDSELL and other education-focused projects, Miller will help find creative and entertaining solutions to breaking through cynicism's 'hard cell'.
 
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Sep 30, 13
The much-anticipated original Toronto production of Venus in Fur, on stage at the Bluma Appel Theatre from September 29 to October 27, 2013 and directed by Jennifer Tarver, will star Dora Award-winner Rick Miller (MacHomer, Just for Laughs, Lipsynch) as Thomas and Carly Street (The Good Wife, various productions on Broadway and at The Stratford Festival) as Vanda.  
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Sep 14, 13
A new trailer for Triptyque, the first film adaptation of Robert Lepage's celebrated 9-hour theatre work LIPSYNCH, co-created with Miller and 9 other international artists. Lepage and co-director Pedro Pires have taken 3 of the 9 interconnected stories from the play and woven them into a hauntingly beautiful cinematic experience.
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Sep 10, 13
Rick Miller's new solo show BOOM will have a work-in-progress run at the High Performance Rodeo, Calgary's premiere arts festival, from Jan 15-19 2014, presented by One Yellow Rabbit and Theatre Calgary.
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Sep 06, 13
Triptych is the first film adaptation of Robert Lepage's celebrated 9-hour theatre work LIPSYNCH, co-created with Miller and 9 other international artists. Executive producer Lynda Beaulieu and co-directors Lepage and cPedro Pires have taken 3 of the 9 interconnected stories from the play and woven them into an amazing film experience.
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Aug 29, 13
Do your students hate Shakespeare? Do they hate you for teaching it?  There's help, my friends... Last December, WYRD Productions and KDOONS launched the MacHomer in-school OUTREACH campaign, and it's been a huge success thus far!
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Aug 29, 13
For the first time ever, Rick Miller's MacHomer will be performed by someone other than Rick himself! Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay (ON) have taken on the task of staging the virtuosic solo "Simpsons do Macbeth" in a production directed by Mario Crudo and starring Jerry Getty. 
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Jul 02, 13
Rick guest stars in Season 2 of the popular CTV series, playing a comatose wedding singer/ghost who sings all his lines. Never a dull moment! Tuesday July 2nd, CTV, 10pm.
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Apr 23, 13
These are photos taken from our second workshop of BOOM, a new solo 'documentary' play about the years 1945-1969. "The music, culture and politics that shaped a generation". Taken by David Leclerc and Simon Laplante at La Caserne, Ex Machina, Quebec.
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Dec 22, 12
the Free Press interviews Rick Miller about the upcoming 2nd workshop of The 20K Project in Winnipeg.
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Jul 17, 12
After launching the 60th anniversary season of the Stratford Festival, MacHomer moves on to a one-night only stint at the Huntsville Festival of the Arts, Aug 16th
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Jul 09, 12
The Toronto 2015 Pan-Am Games (TO2015) kicks off festivity, culture and celebration with its three-year community countdown on July 10. The free concert will be co-MC'd by Rick Miller and Sandra Lalonde, with special guest host Jian Ghomeshi.
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Jun 14, 12
It's official: the satirical film Mulroney the Opera will finally be aired on television in Canada, where it was meant to be seen in the first place. The Movie Network will present it on the Mfest Channel, June 19th at 9 pm, followed at 10:15 by Sonya di Rienzo's "Behind the Curtain: The Making of Mulroney the Opera"... Check it out!
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May 28, 12
Chaque fois que Rick Miller présente VENDU il offre son salaire d'acteur à la campagne internationale BECAUSE I AM A GIRL!
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May 05, 12

MacHomer opens Stratford's 60th season!
After its New York premiere, Rick Miller's MacHomer is settling into a month-long run at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Canada's premiere destination for classical theatre. Rick Miller's hilarious mash-up of TV's The Simpsons and Shakespeare's Macbeth opens today, Saturday May 5, and runs to May 26th.  Still some tickets left! Book now…

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Apr 07, 12
Du 12 au 21 avril 2012, le spectacle solo BIGGER THAN JESUS de Rick Miller et Daniel Brooks sera reprise en français à Montréal au Théâtre Denise Pelletier.
Info et billets.
Nouvelles critiques: La Presse, Revue Sequence , Montréal Express (Transcontinental) , Charlebois Post Canada, MonTheatre, Cité Boomers
Critiques en 2010:  Le Journal de Montréal, VOIR, Le Devoir, Le Quatrième.com, monthéâtre.qc.ca, et Radio-Canada et The Gazette (English)
Articles
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Mar 21, 12

At long last, MacHomer and Bigger Than Jesus will premiere in New York City! NYU's gorgeous Skirball Center will host back-to-back weekends of solo performances by Rick Miller.  MAC: March 30-31, BTJ: April 4-7. More info and tickets.
Read the Sunday New York Times preview
BTJ review in Huffington Post
Time-Out NY KIDS, critics pick for Friday
New York Post KIDS pick
Q&A with NYU local

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Mar 06, 12

MacHomer's 2012 Spring Tour has wound its way through Whitehorse (YT), North Bay (ON), La Mirada (CA), Winnipeg (MB).  We're currently in snowy Saskatoon (SK) for a 16-day run with Persephone Theatre.  (March 7-21). Coming up next: Brentwood (NY) and a New York City premiere, and a month-long run as part of the Stratford Festival's 60th anniversary season.  Woohoo!  Persephone ticket info.

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Feb 22, 12
16 years after it made it big on the Canadian Fringe circuit, MacHomer returns to Winnipeg for a 2-week run at Manitoba Theatre for Young People (MTYP).  Besides the slew of school performances, there are a few shows for the general public on Feb 24-25, Mar 2.
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Feb 21, 12

My HARDSELL 2.0 lecture at IdeaCity in Toronto in June 2011. A preview of the full-length play that premiered later that Fall. Had some jaws dropping (especially the sponsors from Eli Lilly!), but it was well worth it.

Next HARDSELL 2.0 dates: the French-language premiere in Quebec City, June 6-10 2012! Festival Le Carrefour.

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Dec 23, 11
Rick Miller and Daniel Brooks' international hit show BIGGER THAN JESUS was ranked among Toronto's "riveting revivals" of 2011 according to Now Magazine.  Read more.
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Aug 26, 11
The 3 plays are running back-to-back for 2 weeks each at Toronto's Factory Theatre.  MacHomer runs from Sept 13-25, Bigger Than Jesus from Sept 28-Oct 9 and a reworked version of HARDSELL from Oct 13-23 2011. 
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May 24, 11

LIPSYNCH, on a world tour that has now taken it to 10 countries, returns to Canada as part of the Carrefour international de théâtre in Québec City, 3 SHOWS ONLY, June 3,4,5 2011.  1pm-10pm.  read Voir Quebec cover story on Rick Miller.  Review in Le Soleil.

Robert Lepage and Ex Machina's epic 9-hour production LIPSYNCH continues to wow the world.  Lepage, Rick Miller and 8 other actor/writers from around the world have created this monumental epic production themed around the human voice: its capability and limitations, its layers of meaning, and the secrets and lies it conceals.  It has now toured Canada, the UK, France, Spain, Australia, Russia, the USA, Austria, Italy and Taiwan.
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Apr 11, 11

2 SCREENINGS ONLY!  Join us in one of 72 Cineplex theatres across Canada on April 16th at 1pm for the world premiere of the film Mulroney: The Opera, starring Rick Miller as Mr. Chin himself.  The encore screening is at 7pm on April 27th. 
Buy tickets
Watch trailer #1.  Watch trailer #2.  
Watch the 1-Minute Mulroney Make-Over (condensing 3 hours of latex into 60 seconds). 
Watch Rick's TV interviews with CTV (3 interviews, incl Canada AM)Canadian Press, Zoomer TV, TFO (RELiEF) en français.
Watch Rick's e-talk TV interview with Ben Mulroney...uh...not bloody likely.
Listen to Rick's radio interviews with CBC's Gian Ghomeshi (Q - April 15 podcast), CBC's Dave Bronstetter, CFRB with Jim Richards (April 14 podcast)

Read the reviews: Globe & Mail, Eye Weekly, National PostLe Soleil, Torontoist.com, Toronto Life, Vancouver Sun
Read the previews: MacLean's, The Toronto Star, Globe and Mail (recent), The Globe and Mail (October 2010), Winnipeg Free PressCBC.caThe Montreal Gazette, Metro News, Whole Note Magazine (cover story!). 



Rhombus Media, the film company behind such movies as The Red Violin and Passchendaele, has invested $3.75-million into creating a full-scale comedic opera, with a score by Alexina Louie and a libretto by Dan Redican.  The film is directed by Larry Weinstein, who also co-produces with Jessica Daniel.

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Jan 24, 11
Another prize for THE LEGEND OF BEAVER DAM, this time an honourable mention at the Sundance Film Festival!
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Sep 01, 10
Sable & Batalion's "The Legend of Beaver Dam", starring L.J. Benet, Seán Cullen and Rick Miller, saw its World Premiere at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and is now playing festivals around the world.  In the short "horror musical film", Rick stars as Stumpy Sam, the evil swamp monster who wields a machete and wails some big rock star high notes.  Watch the trailer.  Read the articles (NOW Magazine, Inside Toronto) Hide your children.
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Jul 25, 10
LIPSYNCH, on a world tour that has now taken it to 10 countries, just opened the Taipei Arts Festival in Taiwan from Aug 21-29 2010. 
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May 13, 10
LIPSYNCH, on a world tour that has now taken it to 8 countries, plays the prestigious Wiener Festwochen in Vienna (Austria) from May 12-16 2010.  If you happen to understand German, check out the glowing reviews from the Vienna press:  Der Standard, Die Presse, Kurier, Falter.at, ORF, a TV review from ORF and more to come.
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Feb 25, 10
LIPSYNCH, the massive international hit, returns to Montreal in its full, 9-hour glory.  It runs from Feb 27-Mar 14 2010 at Théâtre Denise-Pelletier.  For more info, read the reviews in The Gazette, La Presse, Le Journal de Montreal, Montreal Express, Radio-Canada and the preview interviews with Rick Miller in the Montreal Gazette and with Robert Lepage in Voir and Le Devoir.
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Oct 03, 09

LIPSYNCH gets its USA premiere in New York as part of B.A.M.'s Next Wave Festival.  Audience and critical response so far has been overwhelming:  immediate standing ovations and great reviews.  "CLEAR your schedule: 'Lipsynch' is the show to see right now." (NY Post)

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Sep 09, 09

WYRD Productions' artistic producer Rick Miller is proud to announce an exciting 2009-2010 season, featuring continued tours of LIPSYNCH, MacHomer and Bigger Than Jesus, the development of new shows entitled Diamond/Miller and SPEER, and the launch of a new media literacy program at HARDSELL.org.

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Jun 14, 09
"The must-see theatre event of the year!"  After performances in the UK, France, Spain and Australia, Robert Lepage's LIPSYNCH finally received its North American premiere at Toronto's Luminato Festival, running from June 6-14, 2009.  For full Toronto reviews, read on...
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Oct 08, 08

MACHOMER's week-long run in Washington DC sells out before opening night.  Woolly Mammoth Theater Company is presenting 7 performances of Rick Miller's mega-hit from Oct 8-12, 2008, and is now selling a handful of standing-room-only tickets.  For box office info, click here.  Also, read the Washington Post review and feature article.  

MACHOMER has been performed in over 130 cities on 4 continents to half a million Simpsons/Shakespeare fans.  What began as a fringe festival mash-up of the Simpsons and Shakespeare has now evolved into a multimedia spectacular (without losing the silliness of the original idea).  If you have never seen Rick's hilarious retelling of Macbeth using 50 Simpsons characters, what are you waiting for???  If you have seen it, you have never seen it like thisMACHOMER  - call it version 4.0 -  was completely revamped for its 10th anniversary tour in 2006, with new songs, characters, jokes and video images.  Visit the new MacHomer website, unveiled in July.

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May 29, 08
After a 9-year absence, MACHOMER finally returns to its birthplace, Montreal!  The Just for Laughs festival, the world's biggest comedy event, will play host to three performances of MacHomer on July 11-12, 2008 at the beautiful Gesu Theatre.   
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