Queen of the Road: the Calypso Rose Musical

Presented by The Queer and Trans Research Lab

Sat, Jun 17, 2023
  • Written and Directed by Rhoma Spencer
  • Musical Direction by Roger Gibbs
  • Dramaturgy by Rawle Gibbons
Run Time: 2 hours
Intermission: 1 (15 min)
Venue: Hart House Theatre
  • Tickets
Door Sales / Will Call:
  • The Will Call window is located through the main theatre entrance.

  • Opens at 5 pm for evening performances and 11 am for matinees.

  • 416-978-2452

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Queen of the Road is a musical showcase chronicling the life of the "Mother of Calypso," Calypso Rose, queer Trinidadian vocalist, musician, songwriter, and activist.

The musical provides a retrospective of her life from the moment she wins the Victoire de la Musique Award (French Grammy) in Paris in 2017. Relayed through a series of flashbacks, including her iconic thank you speech ("I Thank Thee"), spiritual invocations of her great grandmother, and scenes from her early life in Tobago and Trinidad, Queen of the Road recounts the struggles and triumphs of Calypso Rose as she moves through a world where for many years, she was the lone woman on a male-dominated stage.

Capturing the spirit and vitality of the undisputed Calypso Queen of the World's music and life, this jukebox musical reveals the power of art to transform society.

In Partnership with Tobago Performing Arts Company and Canadian-Caribbean Arts Network.

Tobago Performing Arts Company (TPAC)

    The Tobago Performing Arts Company Limited is Tobago’s multi-disciplinary arts institution. The company represents the apex of human creativity, cultural expression and performing arts excellence, reflective through the disciplines of Dance, Drama, Music and Film. The company is committed to Tobago’s cultural preservation, the development of its Cultural Tourism product, Orange industry sustainability and Human Capacity Development through education, community outreach and by fostering regional and global partnerships under the Artistic Direction of Rayshawn Pierre-Kerr.

Covid Policies

Hart House strongly encourages the wearing of masks.

Effective July 1, masks are no longer required to be worn in all indoor spaces of Hart House, including the Hart House Theatre, Hart House Fitness Centre, and the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at Hart House.

We ask everyone to respect others' decisions, comfort levels & health needs. For up-to-date protocols on visiting U of T campuses, please see the Covid planning update on the U of T website. If you do not have a mask, one will be offered to you at the Information HUB or Fitness Information Desk. Please see U of T's latest statement on masks.

Getting Here

Parking and Drop Off:

  • Due to ongoing construction as part of the U of T Landmark project, there is no parking in the immediate vicinity.
  • It is recommended that if you are arriving by car/Uber/Taxi you are picked up and dropped off in the 18 Queens Park Crescent West Loading Dock, where there is roundabout access.
  • An alternative drop off is the Hoskin Avenue/Tower Road intersection.
  • Please note – there is no roundabout for vehicles on Tower Road.
  • Both drop off locations have ramp access to the elevator on the first floor of Hart House which leads down to the Theatre by hitting the (T) button.
  • Hart House Circle from the Wellesley St underpass is closed to vehicles.
  • The closest parking to the Theatre is a 6-minute walk away.
  • Please visit the Parking Services website for more information about parking on the U of T campus.
  • Please visit TTC Service advisories for posted interruptions to TTC service.
  • The closest subway stop is Museum Station.

We encourage you to plan ahead and give yourself extra time if you are thinking of driving or parking.

More information is available through our Visitor Info page.