The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!
This hit parody of Broadway musicals sounds off on The Sound of Music, spoofs Sondheim, riffs on Andrew Lloyd Webber and cracks Oklahoma! corn. Globe theatre critic J. Kelly Nestruck lauded the lyrics. To Jan. 5. $19 to $79. Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge St., 416-872-1212 or mirvish.com.
A lively exile-on-Ossington scene happens every Sunday night in a basement saloon, where the house band revives Creedence Clearwater Revival and covers the Rolling Stones with lean-muscled authority and no silly tribute-band imitation. Dec. 29, 10 p.m. $10. Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., 416-850-4579.
Puppetmongers Theatre: Tea at Palace
Inventive display and folk music mark the work of Ann and David Powell, the popular puppeteers who annually serve Tea at the Palace. The production pairs two parables set in old Russia. Dec. 28 and 29, 2 p.m. $20 to $25. Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Ave., 416-53-1827, tarragontheatre.com.
2013 Cannes Lions Awards: The Worlds Best Commercials
Some of still use the commercial break to raid the refrigerator or to pop into the powder room. That won’t work for this two-hour curated compilation of the world’s snazziest, silliest and most innovative advertising moments. To Jan. 2. $11. Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W., 416-637-3123 or bloorcinema.com.
The Little Mermaid: Ontario’s O-Fish-Al Family Musical!
The mermaid is little, but there’s nothing small scale about Ross Petty’s annual holiday pun fest. The story of this year’s funny fairy tale involves a heroine who lives at the bottom of Toronto harbour. To Jan. 4. $27 to $85. Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge St., 1-855-599-9090 or rosspetty.com.