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!

5 Can’t-Miss Plays in Vancouver This Month

Mies Julie is playing at the Cultch Theatre this month.  Photo sourced from thecultch.com.

Mies Julie is playing at the Cultch Theatre this month. Photo sourced from thecultch.com.

Spring is springing in Vancouver … and with it a new season of theatre in the city.  Here’s a look at five can’t-miss plays premiering in Vancouver over the next month:

Floyd CollinsThe newly restored York Theatre on Commercial Drive is the setting for this Broadway musical. The action centres around the true story of a man who becomes trapped 100 feet underground while exploring a cave in 1925 Kentucky.  A media frenzy ensues while his friends and family frantically try to free him.  March 11-March 30; York Theatre; tickets start at $19

Chelsea Hotel – The Songs of Leonard CohenBack for another run is this popular musical inspired by the life and works of Canada’s own bard, Leonard Cohen.  Six performers play 17 different instruments in a tribute to the exceptional songwriter and a bygone world of Beat poets, artists and musicians.  March 18-March 29; Firehall Arts Centre; tickets start at $15. (A travelling version of the production can also be seen at various venues outside Vancouver through March 15.)

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5 Can’t-Miss Plays in Vancouver This Month

New musical revue salutes Broadway’s greatest songwriting team

Out of a Dream

Out of a Dream featuring (L-R): Catriona Murphy, Warren Kimmel, Kazumi Evans, Sayer Roberts. Credit: David Cooper.

Of Broadway songwriting team Rodgers and Hammerstein, Time magazine once said that their partnership “has not yet been equalled. It probably never will be.” Going by the number of productions that their songs made so memorable, the duo is indeed one of musical theatre’s greatest gifts.

In tribute to the legends, Patrick Street Productions is bringing a brand new revue to Vancouver. Rodgers & Hammerstein: Out of a Dream runs from Feb. 5 – 16, 2014 at the York Theatre on Commercial Drive. And it’ll be packed with Broadway hits.

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Theatre Under the Stars’ Legally Blonde

Breanna Arrigo plays Elle Woods in Theatre Under the Stars' production of Legally Blonde, on now 'til Aug 17 at Malkin Bowl. Also pictured: Scott Walters (left) and Peter Cumins. Photo: TUTS.

Breanna Arrigo plays Elle Woods in Theatre Under the Stars’ production of Legally Blonde, on now ’til Aug 17 at Malkin Bowl. Also pictured: Scott Walters (left) and Peter Cumins. Photo: TUTS.

Bring a blanket! It gets chilly at night.

That’s about the only caveat this blogger can think of when it comes to Theatre Under the Stars’ production of the Broadway hit Legally Blonde. With wildly entertaining singing-and-dancing numbers, a talented young cast and some genuinely funny moments, the musical comedy is a pink-frosted good time.

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Theatre Under the Stars’ Legally Blonde

Original Vancouver musical comedy returns

The cast of Riverview High returns to the Firehall Arts Centre, Aug 7 - 24. Photo: Riverview High The Musical website.

The cast of Riverview High returns to the Firehall Arts Centre, Aug 7 – 24. Photo: Riverview High The Musical website.

Riverview High: The Musical, an original production that was a hit at the 2012 Fringe Festival, is returning for a run at Firehall Arts Centre Aug. 7-24.

The local theatre press has been overwhelming in its praise of the show, which could be said to be loosely based on the adventures of a redheaded comic-book character known for a love triangle similar to the one depicted in Riverview High…

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Naughty puppet musical comes to the Arts Club

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The cast of Avenue Q. Photo credit: Emily Cooper.

Avenue Q, the hit Broadway musical featuring potty-mouthed puppets, comes to Vancouver beginning June 20.

The Arts Club Theatre Company’s production runs June 20 – Aug. 3. If you’re not sure what Avenue Q is, or why you should see it, read on…

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Naughty puppet musical comes to the Arts Club

Tom Waits tribute at the Rio Theatre June 6

Company B Jazz Band with BECKstravaganza at the Rio Theatre, Vancouver, Jan 17 2013. Photo credit: Christopher Edmonstone

Company B Jazz Band with BECKstravaganza at the Rio Theatre, Vancouver, Jan 17 2013. Photo credit: Christopher Edmonstone

Some of Vancouver’s top music and burlesque talent pay tribute to Tom Waits June 6. In The Piano Has Been Drinking (named after a Tom Waits song, of course), comedian Travis Dudfield hosts a lineup that includes CR Avery, Jess Hill, Company B, Corbin Murdoch (The Nautical Miles),The Broken Mirrors, Burgundy Brixx, April O’Peel, and more.

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Tom Waits tribute at the Rio Theatre June 6