The Gray

A Wilde Musical in Concert

Apr 20 – Apr 22, 2023
  • Book, Music, Lyrics and Direction by Anthony Palermo
  • Music Direction by Giustin MacLean
Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
Intermission: 1 (15 min)
Venue: Hart House Theatre
Warning: Mature Content and Language, Violence, Recommended for 14 +
  • Adult
  • Senior
  • Student
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

Event Ended


Winner of “Best Original Work”, “Best Direction”, and “Best Virtual Show” at the University of Toronto Drama Coalition Awards 2022.

The Gray: A Wilde Musical is inspired by Oscar Wilde’s classic, that follows Dorian Gray, a young singer-songwriter determined to be a star, as he enters the hottest rock nightclub in Toronto’s Gay Village in the late 70s, David's Disco. Catching the eye of Basil, a closeted photographer, Dorian gets a picture taken of himself which he soon becomes obsessed with, and the power it holds over others. After the club’s owner, Henry, makes Dorian the Disco’s headline act and corrupts him into the dark side of nightlife culture, Dorian notices the once beautiful image turning into his inescapable nightmare. Based on the series of real-life unsolved homicides, missing queer people, and the fire at David’s Disco in Toronto’s Gay Village during the 70s, Dorian’s journey merges this historical setting with Wilde’s timeless tale of morality and the relentless pursuit of beauty. With an original score inspired by the legendary genre of glam rock, The Gray explores self-expression, generational queer trauma, and what it means to find home in LGBTQ+ spaces.

Production Photography

Pre-show Artist Chat

Come to the matinee early to enjoy an in-depth discussion with director Anthony Palermo. Admission is included in ticket purchase.

  • Saturday, April 22 1:00

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.