Here comes Come From Away!

The cast of COME FROM AWAY, Photo by Matthew Murphy, 2016.

It’s taken three years for the smash hit Canadian musical to come to town. But tickets for the first-ever Vancouver performances of Come From Away finally go on sale this coming Monday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m.

The across-the-board success comes to Queen Elizabeth Theatre March 5-10. Find out more about this Tony Award-winning must-see musical below.

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Here comes Come From Away!

Musical version of Canadian classic Anne of Green Gables features cast of 22 and PEI setting

The Anne of Green Gables phenomenon refuses to die. Last year, the CBC aired a new adaptation. Now, a local company is presenting the musical version of the iconic Canadian story.

Prince Edward Island-born Lucy Maud Montgomery was 34 when she published her first novel, Anne of Green Gables. It was an immediate success, and Montgomery followed it with a number of sequels.

In 1956, a musical version of the book was produced for television. In 1965, the musical was performed onstage for the first time at the Charlottetown Festival. Since then it’s been performed every year at the festival, making it Canada’s longest-running musical. Versions have been produced in London, Japan, and New York. Over the years, more than 18 actors have played Anne in the musical.

From March 15-24, Exit 22 Company Productions presents Anne of Green Gables: The Musical. A cast of 22 and an eight-piece orchestra are bringing the show to life. The set has been designed to evoke images of Prince Edward Island, the story’s setting.

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Musical version of Canadian classic Anne of Green Gables features cast of 22 and PEI setting

All-teen cast rocks 13: The Musical, starting tonight

Cast of Bring on Tomorrow Co.’s 13: The Musical. Anita Alberto photo.

Either 13: The Musical is a phenomenal entertainment, or there’s a lot of young musical theatre talent in town—or perhaps both. Because, for the second time this year, a local theatre company is mounting the show.

Jason Robert Brown’s 13: The Musical was a hit when it opened on Broadway with an all-teenage cast in 2008. The show offers a rare opportunity for an adolescent cast to show what it can do in a laugh-and-song-filled story about the trials and tribulations of the teenage years. In July, Eternal Theatre Collective presented its version; beginning tonight (Sept. 28), Bring On Tomorrow Co. is presenting its take on the musical, featuring a cast of TV-vet teen actors and a live band.

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All-teen cast rocks 13: The Musical, starting tonight

New Year’s resolution? See more Dirty Dancing!

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The story of Johnny Castle and Baby comes to the Vancouver stage in January.

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is the live musical version of the 1987 hit movie Dirty Dancing, which starred Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey as, respectively, the hot dance instructor and his innocent protege. The film gave the world the hit song “(I’ve Had) the Time of My Life,” and has also generated a devoted following worldwide. The stage version riffs on the original story, with the same songs and even more dirty dancing.

According to London’s Sunday Express, “This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!”

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New Year’s resolution? See more Dirty Dancing!

Musical Theatre in Vancouver’s Great Outdoors: Theatre Under the Stars

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Vancouver’s Stanley Park is famous for its old-growth forests, Pacific beaches and incredible views. But during the summer months it adds another, unexpected attraction: Theatre Under the Stars.

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Musical Theatre in Vancouver’s Great Outdoors: Theatre Under the Stars

Theatre Under the Stars 2012 at Stanley Park: The Music Man & TITANIC

TUTS at Stanley Park. Photo: TUTS

Stanley Park’s Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) is back for Summer 2012 with two new musical productions, The Music Man and TITANIC, starting July 8.

One of Vancouver’s largest musical theatre companies, TUTS performs two musicals every summer at Stanley Park’s outdoor Malkin Bowl, where you can sit in traditional seating or bring your picnic blanket and watch from the grassy lawns. It literally is “theatre under the stars.”

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Theatre Under the Stars 2012 at Stanley Park: The Music Man & TITANIC

Vancouver Opera Performs West Side Story

You’ve probably seen the billboards around town: Vancouver Opera (VO) is doing something very different for their 2011/2012 season opener. Rather than open with a traditional opera, they’re bringing the full-scale, Broadway-show version of the popular musical West Side Story to Vancouver for eight performances, starting this Saturday, October 22.

West Side Story brings the thwarted romance of Romeo and Juliet to the streets of 1957 New York. In this version, the lovers separated by their opposing families are Tony, an Irish Catholic affiliated with the street gang Jets, and Maria, a Puerto Rican whose family is involved with the street gang Sharks. Tony and Maria’s secret love sets up a show-down between the rival Jets and Sharks that involves some of the most acclaimed choreography in Broadway history, choreography that the VO brings to life in its entirety.

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