Apr
10

Introducing…IN THE HEIGHTS

Set in New York City’s vibrant and tough Washington Heights neighbourhood, this electrifying Tony Award–winning musical tells the universal story of finding one’s place in life. Meet Usnavi (Luc Roderique), Vanessa (Elena Juatco), Abuela Claudia (Sharon Crandall), Nina (Kate Blackburn), Benny (Chris Sams), Graffiti Pete (Michael Culp), and many others in this tight-knit community. Pulsing with a variety of musical styles, In the Heights is a heartfelt, contemporary crowd-pleaser.

The cast of In the Heights. Photo by David Cooper

The cast of In the Heights. Photo by David Cooper

“Casting this show with Vancouver-based musical theatre artists was a challenge considering not only the setting for the piece, but also the demands on the type of music and lyrics that Lin-Manuel Miranda has written,” said director Bill Millerd. “Along with musical director Ken Cormier and assistant director/choreographer Lisa Stevens, I’m excited about working with the multi-talented group we’ve assembled; their energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to the material is what will make In the Heights a memorable experience for Vancouverites. The community that we have brought together here, on stage, is every bit as fiercely proud as the residents of Washington Heights.”

The cast of In the Heights. Photo by David Cooper

The cast of In the Heights. Photo by David Cooper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lin-Manuel Miranda is the Tony Award–winning lyricist and composer of In the Heights. A native of northern Manhattan, Miranda is of Puerto Rican descent. While attending Wesleyan University in Connecticut, Miranda began writing the music and lyrics for In the Heights in 1999. After nearly a decade in development, and a celebrated run off-Broadway, In the Heights premiered on Broadway in 2008, with Miranda in the starring role. The play achieved both widespread acclaim and commercial success, enjoying a three-year run on Broadway. Not only were Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes awarded the Tony for Best Musical, but the pair was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

In the Heights starts April 30 at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. Tickets start at $29 and are available online here or by calling 604.687.1644.

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Apr
9

Farewell, my glamourama

I needed a drink. I needed the company of some well-dressed dames. I needed enough cream puffs to put a large man into a diabetic coma. Good thing I was on my way to the opening night of Farewell, My Lovely at the Granville Island Stage where there was plenty of all three. I gotta hand it to the Arts Club. They put on a mean party, but it’s tough for a guy to stay outta trouble in a room like that. I managed to keep my head down, but you can see from the lineup below, some folks weren’t so lucky. At least they have an alibi if they need one.

You can see the rest of these mug shots on Facebook. All photos by Mark Halliday

The cast of Farewell, my Lovely with playwright Aaron Bushkowsky and director Craig Hall

The cast of Farewell, My Lovely with playwright Aaron Bushkowsky and director Craig Hall

Andrew McNee (One Man, Two Guvnors)

Jamie Konchak (Helen Grayle) and Graham Percy (Philip Marlowe)

Andrew McNee (One Man, Two Guvnors)

Andrew McNee (One Man, Two Guvnors)

Mindy Parfitt and Mik Byskof (Armstrong's War)

Mindy Parfitt and Mik Byskof (Armstrong’s War)

Scott Perrie (One Man, Two Guvnors) and Leora Joy

Scott Perrie (One Man, Two Guvnors) and Leora Joy

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Marco Soriano (Don Quixote) and Emma Slipp (Annie Riordan)

Farewell, My Lovely is on now until May 2 at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29! Buy online or call our box office at 604.687.1644.

 

 

 

 

 

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Apr
8

Farewell, My Lovely opens tonight!

Meet Philip Marlowe (Graham Percy), the quintessential hard-boiled private detective made famous by Raymond Chandler and brought to the Granville Island Stage by award-winning, Vancouver-based writer Aaron Bushkowsky. As he investigates the disappearance of Velma, “a blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window,” he encounters all the usual suspects: a heartbroken ex-con named Moose (Beau Dixon), a greedy con-man (Anthony F. Ingram), and his wealthy target (Jamie Konchak), a washed-up, alcoholic lounge singer (Lucia Frangione), and a hardened police detective who’s happy to let Marlowe do all the heavy lifting (Stephen Hair). He also receives a little help from a young and beautiful aspiring detective (Emma Slipp). This cast of characters is sure to keep you guessing until the very end.

Watch the trailer below as well as interviews with cast members Graham Percy and Emma Slipp and writer Aaron Bushkowsky.

Join us in wishing the company of Farewell, My Lovely a happy opening and a successful run!

Farewell, My Lovely is on now until May 2 at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29! Buy online or call our box office at 604.687.1644.

 

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