Historic West End hotel gets its time in the spotlight with two new one-act musical plays

Two new one-act musical plays look at that most historic of Vancouver hotels, the Sylvia.

In the heart of the West End’s English Bay neighbourhood, the Sylvia was built in 1912. In 1954, it opened Vancouver’s first cocktail bar, the Tilting Room; until 1958, it was the tallest building in the West End. The Sylvia Hotel cat, Mr. Got To Go, inspired three popular children’s books.

Two Views from the Sylvia is the title for the evening of the two musical one-acts. They run Nov. 8-12 at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island (and not, unfortunately, at the Sylvia itself. Then again, parking would be a nightmare).

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Historic West End hotel gets its time in the spotlight with two new one-act musical plays

Star Wars burlesque returns

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Photo courtesy Zemekiss Photography.

A popular burlesque take-off on one of pop culture’s most enduring franchises returns for a run this July.

A Nude Hope is a tribute to Star Wars featuring Luke Skywalker and company in a way you’ve never seen them. From a Death Star dance to a roller-derbying R2D2 and a biker chick Chewbacca, the production entertains with a show that has been described as “Star Wars meets Moulin Rouge and the Muppet Show.” A Nude Hope, which premiered at the Rio Theatre in East Vancouver two years ago, is coming back for an 11 performance run at Granville Island’s Waterfront Theatre July 8 – 19.

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One Man Lord of the Rings this weekend!

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Charlie Ross stars in One Man Lord of the Rings starting tonight (Feb. 6) and running until Feb. 9 at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island. Photo courtesy onemanlotr.com.

Yes, Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy is beloved by millions of fantasy movie fans all over the world. But surely even some of them must have thought, at one point, “If only someone would come along and distill this nine-hour-plus epic into about sixty minutes, with an intermission.”

Well you won’t get your intermission but you will get a version of the trilogy packed into 60 minutes in Charlie Ross’s One Man Lord of the Rings.

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One Man Lord of the Rings this weekend!

Here comes The Number 14…!

Mike Stack, Courtenay J. Stevens, Allan Zinyk and Darlene Brookes in The Number 14. Photo credit: David Cooper

Probably every urban centre thinks it has an infamous local transit route. Thanks to The Number 14, one of Vancouver’s most notorious even has its own play.

Although locals could probably make a strong case for similarly honoring the 99 B-line, the number 20 Victoria and of course the inimitable Skytrain—Canada, Millennium and Expo lines included – it’s the 14 bus, which hurtles and sometimes meanders its way up Hastings Street, that has inspired this hit play.

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Here comes The Number 14…!