Mickey & Judy is a hilarious pseudo-memoir, chronicling Michael Hughes’ (Mickey’s) childhood obsession with musicals, and his journey from the psychiatric ward to Off-Broadway. Chock-full of comical anecdotes about his childhood spent channeling Judy Garland, dramatic readings from his Psychologist’s charts, and a musical score that borrows from Broadway classics and the Judy Garland songbook, Mickey & Judy is about learning to accept yourself and following your dreams.
The World premiere of Mickey & Judy was “one of the bona fide hits of the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival.” The show played to sold-out audiences and rave five-star reviews, and was named “Best of Fringe”, Critic’s Pick, Outstanding Production and Outstanding Performance (for Michael Hughes) by NOW Magazine, and was nominated for the 2011 Broadway World Award for “Best Independent Theatre Production”, the 2011 Entertainment World Award for “Best Fringe Actor”, and the 2012 Canadian Comedy Award for “Best One Person Show.”
In 2012, Mickey & Judy embarked on a highly acclaimed, award-nominated, international tour to Edinburgh (Scotland), London (England), New York City, and back to Toronto for the 5th Annual Global Cabaret Festival at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts.
At the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the show played to sold-out houses, was named one of the HOT 100 (out of 3696 shows), Editor’s Pick (GT Magazine, ScotsGay Magazine), and was nominated for an MTM:UK Award for “Best Production of an Existing Work.” In New York City, the show received a Broadway World Cabaret Award nomination for Best Male Debut, and won the 2013 Bistro Award for “Outstanding Debut”. In NOW Magazine, theatre critic Glenn Sumi called Mickey & Judy one of his “Favourite Shows of 2012”.
The following year, Mickey & Judy received its regional premiere at Theatre Sheridan, where it broke box office records and had to be extended.
Plans for a 2016/17 Tour are currently underway.