Monthly Archives: August 2010

13; Awkward Stage (Upcoming show)

Evan Goldman is looking forward to turning 13 and his Bar Mitzvah when his parents divorce and his mother abruptly moves him from New York City to small-town Indiana.  Evan’s subsequent quest for popularity is the basic premise of the coming-of-age musical 13.  While 13 only lasted a few months on Broadway in late 2008, the cast recording has become a favourite on my playlist.


Boasting a teenage cast, band and technical crew, 13 makes its Vancouver premiere as part of the 2010 Vancouver International Fringe Festival and is the debut production from Awkward Stage Productions Society.   Awkward Stage’s mission is to “provide real life performance and production opportunities to youth in that awkward stage of transitioning to professional theatre.”  The show has also been double-cast with a senior and junior ensemble alternating performances.

Book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn, with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years). Directed by Cara Tench and Corwin Ferguson, with musical direction by Andy Toth. Starring Zach Wolfman, Alex Lara, Kristin Bunyan, Alyssa Baker, Quinn Cartwright, Ashlee Kim, Jonathan Hers, Morgan Roff, David Cohen, Dylan Sloane, Fiona McIntyre, Julia Di Spirito, Devon MacKinlay, Eric Dunnill, Jacob Wolstencraft, Yoav Lai, Kai Bradbury, Anna Sutela, Ginny Dunnill, Caitlin Carhoun, Julie Cooper, Katie Coopersmith, Brittany Gee and Maiah Fujino.

Awkward Stage Productions presents 13 from September 9 – 19, 2010 at the Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver. Tickets are available online.

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Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (Upcoming show)

Musicals are often adapted from other media. Movies, television shows, and even comics have provided inspiration for some of Broadway’s biggest hits (and flops).  So it’s really no stretch that the internet could eventually do the same.  Broadway West and Relephant Theatre present the Vancouver premiere of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.

Created and written by Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon, Joss Whedon and Zack Whedon, music by Joss Whedon and Jed Whedon.

Featuring Jon Lachlan Stewart, Shane Snow, Christina Hardie, Steven Greenfield, Jaclyn Rae, Anna Kuman, Kirk Smith, and Samantha Currie. Directed by Steven Greenfield, choreography by Shane Snow, and musical direction by Steven Greenfield.

Broadway West and Relephant Theatre present Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog from September 10 – 19, 2010 at the Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver. Tickets are available online.

Little Women; Broadway Edge (Upcoming show)

Local performing arts and musical theatre studio Broadway Edge presents Little Women, based on the classic Louisa May Alcott novel. Book by Allan Knee, music by Jason Howland and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein. Directed and choreographed by Diana Kaarina and musical direction by Richard Coombes.

Broadway Edge presents Little Women from September 3 – 5, 2010 at the Revue Stage, Granville Island, Vancouver. Tickets are available online.

The Fantasticks; Playhouse (Upcoming show)

The Vancouver Playhouse opens its 48th season with world’s longest-running musical The Fantasticks.

 

Simon Bradbury, Christopher Gaze and Steve Maddock in The Fantasticks at the Vancouver Playhouse.

 

Book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt. Directed and choreographed by Max Reimer (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels , Playhouse), with musical direction by Bill Sample (Beyond Eden, Playhouse). Set design by David Roberts, costumes by Christine Reimer, and lighting by Gerald King.

Starring Steve Maddock (Beauty and the Beast, Arts Club), Colin Sheen (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Playhouse), Bree Greig (Bat Boy, Patrick Street), Mark Burgess (The Drowsy Chaperone, Playhouse), Andy Toth (The Full Monty, Patrick Street), Christopher Gaze (Bard on the Beach), Simon Bradbury (Oliver!, Playhouse) and Jeff Hyslop (The Music Man, Playhouse).

The Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company presents The Fantasticks from October 2- 23, 2010 at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, Hamilton and Dunsmuir.  Tickets are available online or by phone at 604-873-3311.

Grease; Broadway Across Canada (Upcoming show)

That original high school musical, Grease is the word once again.  After a drought of touring productions in Vancouver in recent years, Broadway Across Canada has a steady stream of Broadway shows heading our way.  Up next: Grease.  The current production includes songs from the original stage production as well as popular hits from the movie version, including “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” “Grease,” and “You’re the One That I Want.”
Book, music, and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, with additional songs by Barry Gibb, John Farrar, Louis St. Louis and Scott Simon. Directed by David John O’Brien, choreographed by Joyce Chittick.  Set design by Tony Award winner Derek McLane, costume design by Tony Award winner Martin Pakledinaz and lighting design by Tony Award winner Kenneth Posner.

Starring Tony nominee Eddie Mekka, Alyssa Herrera, Matt Nolan (Grease: You’re The One That I Want), Patrick Cragin, Audrey Filson, Kelly Teal Goyette, Patrick Joyce, Alicia Kelly, Brad Lawson, Ashley Rubin, Lauren Elaine Taylor, Lauren Turner and Marc Winski.

Broadway Across Canada presents Grease from October 26 – 31, 2010, at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 600 block Hamilton St, Vancouver. Tickets are available online or by calling 604-280-4444.

39… and Ticking!; Full Figure Theatre (Upcoming show)

Full Figure Theatre presents the locally-developed musical 39… and Ticking! Written and directed by Sharon Heath, this clown musical deals with issues of dating, aging, raising kids and procreating.

39… and Ticking! made its world premiere last October in Burnaby and is being remounted this summer for Vancouver audiences. Featuring music composed by Ted Hamilton and Joan MacLean, with musical direction by Bill Costin and choreography by Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg.  39… and Ticking! stars Joan MacLean, Lisa Beley, Lisa Bunting and Cheryl Mullen.

Full Figure Theatre presents 39… and Ticking! from August 3 – 8, 2010 at the Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery St, Vancouver. Tickets are available online or by phone at 604-224-8007.