Film noir musical opens this weekend!

City of Angels Performance Works

Cast members from City of Angels, a Tony Award-winning film noir musical opening at Performance Works July 8.

Warm temperatures, bright blazing sunshine—that can only mean one thing in Vancouver: film noir season!

Next month, Cinematheque presents its annual programme of movies from the golden age (mostly) of Hollywood crime stories. We’ll have a post with more details on Monday.

Meanwhile, a group of committed local (and some out-of-town) actors, actresses and stage technicians are presenting City of Angels. It’s a Tony Award-winning stage musical with original songs and a book by professional wiseacre Larry Gelbart (M*A*S*H, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum). The Vancouver production of the musical, which first hit Broadway in 1989, stars veterans of television, movies and theatre, and opens at Performance Works on Granville Island on July 8. It runs until July 17.

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Film noir musical opens this weekend!

The reviews are in! Bard on the Beach’s summer Shakespeare productions on now

A scene from Bard on the Beach’s 2017 production of Much Ado About Nothing.

The reviews are in for this year’s Bard on the Beach, and they are much ado about something.

In a local publication, theatre reviewer Kathleen Oliver describes The Winter’s Tale as “exquisite.” And critic Jerry Wasserman enthused over Much Ado About Nothing, this summer’s other Bard production. Writing in the Vancouver Sun, Wasserman singled out Amber Lewis as Beatrice and Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg’s “witty choreography.” Both are performed at Vanier Park on alternating days until September.

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The reviews are in! Bard on the Beach’s summer Shakespeare productions on now

With new opera, East Vancouver proves it’s about more than just craft beer

Alma: The Story of the Girl Who Glowed

Allison Cociani (centre) and the cast of Alma, including Martina Govednik, Julie Duerichen, Cameron Killick, Katrina-Gohk.

A brand new, modern opera made in East Vancouver is opening next Thursday, June 22.

Written by local composer Allison Cociani, Alma: The Story of the Girl Who Glowed is a fusion of opera, ballet, and burlesque. Cociani put together a company, East Van Opera, specifically to present the work, which features five singers, five dances and 12 musicians.

Alma: The Story of the Girl Who Glowed runs June 22-25 at Metro Theatre, 1370 Marine Drive. Read more below.

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With new opera, East Vancouver proves it’s about more than just craft beer

Last week of classic musical comedy 42nd Street in Vancouver!

Studio 58’s 42nd Street. David Cooper photo.

This week is your last chance to see a student production of the classic musical comedy 42nd Street.

Local theatre critic Kathleen Oliver has called Studio 58’s production “a big show—a really, really big show” and “a terrific showcase for the ample talent in Studio 58’s current crop of students.” Mark Robins at vancouverpresents.com writes that “The energy and enthusiasm is infectious in numbers such as ‘Getting Out of Town’ and ‘We’re In the Money'”. So if you’re looking for a little pick-me-up this week, 42nd Street awaits.

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Last week of classic musical comedy 42nd Street in Vancouver!

New musical celebrates iconic West End eatery

The Elbow Room Café: The Musical

The Elbow Room Café: The Musical runs March 1-12 at the York Theatre. Emily Cooper photo.

“Refill your own water & don’t bring kids as explicit language is encouraged,” reads one Yelp review for a popular Vancouver restaurant.

Another Yelp reviewer writes, “The food is quite good, the attitude is nasty and fun. If you can’t take a joke them stay away from here… This is the only restaurant I know that should be rated X for adults only. Definitely leave the kids at home.”

Many locals – or at least, residents of Vancouver’s West End – will by now already have recognized the eatery in question: the ever-popular Elbow Room Café. Well, now the iconic restaurant is getting its own musical. And it sounds as though it’s going to be even more fun than a hungover Sunday morning brunch.

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New musical celebrates iconic West End eatery

Moving, funny You Will Remember Me explores memory, identity and youthful idealism

Kevin McNulty and Sereana McNulty in You Will Remember Me. Tim Matheson photo.

For people whose lives and families have been touched by dementia, You Will Remember Me is bound to hit a chord.

A personal and moving play from Quebec playwright Francois Archambault, You Will Remember Me has won acclaim in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Beginning this week, Vancouver’s Ruby Slippers theatre company is remounting their version, which was a hit in 2015 at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre, at Gateway Theatre (6500 Gilbert Rd., Richmond) Feb. 2 – Feb. 11.

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Moving, funny You Will Remember Me explores memory, identity and youthful idealism

The sexy, thrilling Sweat Baby Sweat and four other must-see PuSh Festival shows

Dancers Kimmy Ligtvoet and Steven Michel in Sweat Baby Sweat, on Jan 19 and 20 with PuSh.

The 2017 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival began Jan. 16, but there’s still over two weeks’ worth of shows before the annual event ends Feb. 5. Sexy, thrilling and often thought-provoking, PuSh is a chance to see cutting-edge theatre you won’t get a chance to see anywhere else. Here are a few recommendations.

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The sexy, thrilling Sweat Baby Sweat and four other must-see PuSh Festival shows