Known as ‘the man of 400 voices’, famed impressionist/comedian André-Philippe Gagnon is bringing his hilarious new show to Toronto. André-Philippe Gagnon: THE ONE-MAN HIT PARADE plays for five performances only, December 1 to 5, 2010 (media night is Thursday, December 2, 7 PM), at the Canon Theatre.
Gagnon’s talent is unique; unlike other impersonators, who reproduce the talking voices of their subjects, Gagnon can perform note-perfect the signing voices of many of the world’s most celebrated singers. A Quebec native, he first acquired international success in 1985 when he participated in the prestigious Just for Laughs festival, impersonating with accuracy every artist from the famous song “We Are the World.” This became Gagnon’s signature number, which he performed on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and in sold-out concerts around the world, from New York to Paris to London to Switzerland.
In subsequent shows, Gagnon has entertained audiences in over 11 countries, performing more than 3,500 shows, in front of over 5 million people. He has broken box office records and won international critical acclaim.
“You simply have to hear it to believe it” raved the New York Times. The Globe and Mail wrote, “The crowd stays on its feet stomping, crying: more, more, more!” Le Figaro, Paris, declared Gagnon “a vocal phenomenon!” CBC Radio found him “Unbelievably, amazingly, side-splittingly funny! A laugh a minute? Try a laugh a second!”
In 1999, Gagnon began two multi-year, smash-hit engagements in Las Vegas – first at the Venetian, and then at Paris. He became one of Vegas’ reigning stars.
With THE ONE-MAN HIT PARADE, the performer now returns to his native country, teaming up with his long-time collaborator Stéphane Laporte and some of the best Canadian comedy writers, including Gord Holtam and Rick Olsen (Royal Canadian Air Farce) and George Reinblatt (Rick Mercer’s Monday Report, Just for Laughs), and with Moment Factory, the multimedia firm behind the last Nine Inch Nails tour and some of Le Cirque du Soleil creations. The result is a combination of music, comedy, technology and creativity – and Gagnon’s most personal show ever.
In THE ONE-MAN HIT PARADE, Gagnon borrows the famous voices of vocalists from around the world to showcase what is, in his opinion, the musical history of the last sixty years. He brings together artists who have never appeared on the same stage before – everyone from Elvis, Barry White, Guns N’ Roses, Justin Timberlake and even Susan Boyle – creating a true parade of hits.
ANDRÉ-PHILIPPE GAGNON: THE ONE-MAN HIT PARADE
Five Performances Only: December 1 to 5, 2010
Wed 8 PM; Thur 7 PM; Fri & Sat 8 PM; Sun 2 PM
The Canon Theatre, 244 Victoria St.
Tickets $50 to $99
Now On Sale by Phone 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333
Online at www.mirvish.com