There’s a line-up at the Royal Alexandra Theatre on Thursday, but it has nothing to do with getting tickets for a play. Instead, those assembled have come with pent-up emotions and pen-filled hands to sign the official condolence book for Ed Mirvish.
There has been an unprecedented outpouring of grief for the Honest Ed’s founder usually reserved for a political or religious leader. Mirvish wasn’t either, but his impact on the city has been incalculable. He died Wednesday at the age of 92. Since the book was opened at 11am, hundreds of people have already come down to sign it – and more are expected to follow.
Some weren’t even aware of the opportunity, but took it once they discovered it was being offered. “Actually I was coming down for lunch with friends and I knew they said there would be a place to sign at the Alexandra Theatre,” recalls Leslie Muccino. “So I decided I’d pop in and sign the book.”
The book will be available from 11am-to-6pm at the famous stage Mirvish saved from destruction back in 1962. There have been a lot of stars who passed through its halls since then, but few who have been lauded quite so much. If you can’t get down to add your name to the list, you also enter your thoughts online, or call (416) 351-1229 extension 422 to leave a verbal message. It will be transcribed and given to the family.