Broadway Hits Coming to Vancouver

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Vancouver has a global reputation for stunning West Coast vistas, incredible skiing and daring fusion cuisine. But Broadway hits?

You might be surprised. This spring and throughout 2014, the hottest musicals and first-rate Broadway performances are on stage at the city’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Here’s what’s in store:

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Broadway Hits Coming to Vancouver

History’s Greatest Sleazeball Comes to Town: Don Giovanni at the Vancouver Opera

Image sourced from Vancouver Opera

Image sourced from Vancouver Opera

The timeless opera about history’s most famous seducer and slimeball has come to Vancouver.

Don Giovanni, the 1787 opera with music by none other than Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is showing at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre through March 9.  Based on the opening night performance on Saturday, the production should be a crowd-pleaser, for opera aficionados and newbies alike.

Don Giovanni is classified as opera buffa, which must have been 18th-century speak for pulp fiction.  It consists of more than three hours of non-stop swordfights, seductions and ribald – even downright raunchy – scenes.

I’m not sure if it was the saucy subject matter or an aggressive marketing campaign by the Vancouver Opera itself, but the Queen Elizabeth Theatre was packed for the premiere: fuller – and much younger – than I’ve ever seen it for an opera performance.

The protagonist and anti-hero of the production is, of course, Don Giovanni.  Giovanni is the Italian incarnation of the infamous Spanish lover Don Juan, and he’s a world-class smooth talker and scoundrel.   Continue reading:
History’s Greatest Sleazeball Comes to Town: Don Giovanni at the Vancouver Opera

Hillary Clinton is Coming to Vancouver March 5 – Book An Exclusive Hotel Package, Including Tickets Today

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Tourism Vancouver is proud to offer a one-time special hotel package including tickets to attend the Vancouver Board of Trade Women’s Leadership Circle’s presentation of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State and Former Senator from New York.

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Hillary Clinton is Coming to Vancouver March 5 – Book An Exclusive Hotel Package, Including Tickets Today

RWB’s Romeo + Juliet coming to Vancouver

Romeo + Juliet features two star-crossed lovers without cellphones. Photo courtesy Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

Romeo + Juliet features two star-crossed lovers without cellphones. Photo courtesy Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

Some stories are timeless. And then there’s Romeo + Juliet.

Let’s face it: Shakespeare’s beloved tragedy would be no tragedy in the age of cellphones. Without spoiling the story, let’s just say a little communication would have gone a long way towards an outcome very different than the one we’re all familiar with.

But put all that aside and you’ll enjoy the the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s version of the classic play, once brought to life by Claire Danes and Leonard DiCaprio (in Baz Luhrman’s 1996 movie version) as well as countless others.

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RWB’s Romeo + Juliet coming to Vancouver

Blue Man Group in Vancouver in 2014!

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Blue Man Group is coming!
Photo: Paul Kolnik

They’re not here until March of 2014, but it’s not too early to get excited for the return of those cosmic clowns of colour – the Blue Man Group!

The group, which started Off-Broadway in New York and has become an entertainment powerhouse, with a Las Vegas show and a touring company, will perform at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (649 Cambie St.) in Vancouver March 25 – 30 2014.

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Blue Man Group in Vancouver in 2014!