Apr
16

THE BOMB-ITTY OF ERRORS opens tonight!

“Listen up close, so you can grab an earful. Some parts’ll make you cheerful and some’ll make you tearful. Don’t be fearful, y’all, it’s no drama, see. Is it a tragedy? NO! Is it a comedy? It’s a new style, it’s whatever we wanna be. So welcome, welcome, welcome to the Bomb-itty.”

And with that, we welcome audiences to The Bomb-itty of Errors official opening night! We’re definitely closing this season’s Revue Stage series with a bang and twist. This fast-paced, musical “ad-rap-tation” of Shakespeare’s comedy of mistaken identities infuses Elizabethan times with hip-hop flavour!

Happy opening night to the cast and creative team, and all the best for a great run! We hope you can see this hilariously entertaining show, now playing until May 10.

Check out the cast’s vlog on YouTube and see how much fun they had at rehearsals. The fun is sure to translate on stage—buy tickets online or call the box office at 604.687.1644.

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Apr
10

2014-2015 season announcement

With our golden anniversary celebration still in full swing, we now look ahead at the next fifty years with today’s announcement of our 2014–2015 season lineup! Get ready for 16 diverse and entertaining productions, including two premieres by Canadian playwrights, five hit Broadway musicals, and three more productions that will tour Metro Vancouver and the province.

“I’m thrilled not only with the great shows next season, but also with the amazing roster of artists we are assembling to bring it to life,” said Artistic Managing Director Bill Millerd. “The shows at the Stanley include the best of Broadway and the West End, as well as the classic Saint Joan, as envisioned by director Kim Collier (Tear the Curtain!) and starring Meg Roe (The Penelopiad). Also at the Stanley, the beloved Nicola Cavendish (Shirley Valentine) returns to star in 4000 Miles, director David Mackay (Boeing-Boeing) brings his comedic sensibilities to One Man, Two Guvnors, and the musical phenomenon Les Misérables returns after its record-breaking 2009 run. The Granville Island Stage has the premiere of Aaron Bushkowsky’s hard-boiled Farewell, My Lovely and Arts Club favourite Janet Wright (Clybourne Park) is back to direct a re-imagining of Martin Luther King’s last night in The Mountaintop. And, at the Revue Stage, playwright Shawn Macdonald’s Sister Judy, a love story, premieres directed by Patrick McDonald.”

“As we look ahead to our 2014–2015 season, we do so equipped with everything we’ve learned from this season’s engaging community programs,” said Executive Director Howard R. Jang. “The workshops, presentations, dialogues, and activities have given us a deeper understanding of the intrinsic relationship we have with our community. We look forward now to building upon these legacies for the next year and beyond.”

Season tickets for the 2014–2015 season lineup, below, are on sale now. Call 604.687.1644 or visit www.artsclub.com.

More information:

STANLEY INDUSTRIAL ALLIANCE STAGE

SEPTEMBER 11–OCTOBER 12, 2014

4000 MILES

By Amy Herzog

An Uplifting Story of Growing Up and Growing Old

Nicola Cavendish stars in this tender, vividly rendered story about a sprightly 91-year-old New Yorker and her 21-year-old grandson. Leo, who has just cycled across the country, shows up on Vera’s doorstep with a bike and no money—and nowhere to go. With time, these unlikely roommates stop squabbling and help each other navigate their changing worlds, forging a life-changing bond in the process.

OCTOBER 23–NOVEMBER 23, 2014

SAINT JOAN

By George Bernard Shaw

The Extraordinary Story of a Legend

A witch? A madwoman? A genius? Or a simple peasant who is visited by angels? George Bernard Shaw’s classic play explores the legend of Joan of Arc and her remarkable rise and fall. How did an illiterate teenage girl inspire an army of men to rid France of its English occupiers, and place a dauphin on the throne? What role did she play in securing her destiny? More than 500 years after her controversial death, the heroine’s passion and conviction continue to capture the imagination.

DECEMBER 5, 2014–JANUARY 4, 2015

DISNEY AND CAMERON MACKINTOSH’S

MARY POPPINS

A musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film

Original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman

Book by Julian Fellowes

New songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe

Co-created by Cameron Mackintosh

The Magical Broadway Musical

Watch Mary Poppins fly over the rooftops of London, and feel like a kid again! Remember, anything can happen if you let it. This family musical features the unforgettable songs from the popular Disney film—“A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”—and catchy new ones. Practically perfect in every way, the tale of everyone’s favourite magical nanny will sweep you off your feet.

JANUARY 22–FEBRUARY 22, 2015

ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS

By Richard Bean, with songs by Grant Olding

The Blissfully Funny Celebration of British Mischief

Roar with pleasure at the worldwide smash hit One Man, Two Guvnors, a side-splittingly hilarious English update of the Italian comedy The Servant of Two Masters. Set in 1963 Brighton, this highly crafted show abounds with a unique blend of satire, songs, slapstick, and sparkling one-liners that will make you feel splendidly silly. Meet a parade of colourful characters and see our hapless hero, Francis Henshall, juggle two jobs, answering to two bosses, when he has only one thing on the brain: fish and chips!

MARCH 19–APRIL 19, 2015

VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE

By Christopher Durang

The Rollicking Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play

Christopher Durang’s witty mash-up of Chekhov characters and smartphones is a delightful new farce for our hyperconnected era. Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia live an angst-ridden, melancholic existence on their family farm. Housecleaner-cum-soothsayer Cassandra, whose hilariously ambiguous prophecies keep them befuddled, provide the only break from monotony. That is, until their glamorous movie-star sister, Masha, swans in for a surprise visit—along with her hunky 20-something boy toy, Spike.

APRIL 30–JUNE 7, 2015

IN THE HEIGHTS

By Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes

The Musical about Home, Family, and Finding Where You Belong

Music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes

Set in New York City’s vibrant and tough Washington Heights neighbourhood, this Tony Award–winning musical tells the universal story of finding one’s place in life. Meet Usnavi, Vanessa, Abuela Carla, Nina, Benny, Graffiti Pete, and many others, and experience the hopes, struggles, and sounds of this tight-knit community. Pulsing with a variety of musical styles, In the Heights is a heartfelt, contemporary crowd-pleaser.

JULY 2–AUGUST 16, 2015

LES MISÉRABLES

By Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil

Based on the novel by Victor Hugo

The Musical Phenomenon

Come hear the people sing in this timeless saga of love and redemption. The spectacular musical that has swept the world features goosebump-raising songs such as “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Bring Him Home,” “On My Own,” and the rousing “Do You Hear the People Sing?” Experience music from the heart that reaches straight toward the heavens!


GRANVILLE ISLAND STAGE

SEPTEMBER 25–OCTOBER 25, 2014

EDUCATING RITA

By Willy Russell

A Big-Hearted Comedy about Life Lessons

Feisty working-class hairdresser Rita is plenty street-smart but not book smart. Not yet. Determined to improve her life, she enrolls in Dr. Frank Bryant’s literature course—and enters his life like a breath of fresh air. While the world-weary academic educates Rita on Shakespeare and Chekhov, she schools him on everything else. Invigorating and life-affirming, Educating Rita just might have a thing or two to teach you.

NOVEMBER 20, 2014–JANUARY 3, 2015

AVENUE Q

Music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx. Book by Jeff Whitty

The Broadway Musical for Adults

Irreverently witty and outright uproarious, Avenue Q is the musical story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college graduate who arrives in New York City looking for love, a job, and his purpose in life. The only neighbourhood he can afford is the multicultural Avenue Q, where Sesame Street-esque puppets rub shoulders with humans. Part felt, part flesh, Avenue Q contains full puppet nudity and other vulgarities that will induce laughter.

FEBRUARY 12–MARCH 14, 2015

THE MOUNTAINTOP

By Katori Hall

Humanizing Martin Luther King

Dr. Martin Luther King’s last night on earth in a Memphis hotel is reimagined in this lively drama that looks both to the past and the present. The Mountaintop, inspired and inspiring like the subject himself, paints a portrait of the civil rights hero in 1968 as a venerable yet flawed, flesh-and-blood man. When a beautiful and sassy maid delivers room service, King responds flirtatiously, until he learns the true purpose of her visit.

APRIL 2–MAY 2, 2015

FAREWELL, MY LOVELY

By Aaron Bushkowsky

Based on the novel by Raymond Chandler

Produced with Vertigo Theatre, Calgary

The Hard-Boiled Detective Tale

PREMIERE

Los Angeles, 1941. Private dick Philip Marlowe. Crooks. Dames. Smoking guns and crystal balls. And more dead bodies than your average graveyard. The action centres around our man Marlowe as he attempts to locate Velma, “a blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window.” Find all your Raymond Chandler favourites here, in the first theatrical adaptation of Farewell, My Lovely.

JUNE 18–AUGUST 1, 2015

GODSPELL

By Stephen Schwartz

Music by Stephen Schwartz. Lyrics by John-Michael Tebelak

The Exhilarating Musical by the Award-Winning Composer of Wicked

Raise your spirits with this timeless tale of friendship, loyalty, and love. Stephen Schwartz’s exuberant pop musical about Jesus and his apostles is one of the most enduring shows of all time for good reason. The Tony-nominated score is filled with hits such as “Day by Day,” “Learn Your Lessons Well,” and “Turn Back, O Man.” You’ll come away from Godspell a believer in the power of musical theatre!


REVUE STAGE

October 9–November 1, 2014

BLUE BOX

By Carmen Aguirre

Love, Lust, and Revolution from Chile to Canada
Based on writer and performer Carmen Aguirre’s remarkable life, Blue Box is a story of terror and romance that takes you from the Chilean resistance movement during Pinochet’s dictatorship to a passionate affair with a Hollywood TV star to present-day Vancouver. Funny, sensual, and moving, Blue Box reveals a woman committed to a cause for which she would have sacrificed everything, and committed to a man who refused to sacrifice anything for anyone.

November 27–December 27, 2014

A TWISTED CHRISTMAS CAROL

By Rock Paper Scissors

Based on the novel A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The Holiday Anti-Classic

A hilarious take on the Christmas favourite! Using your suggestions and Dickens’s holiday classic, a group of talented, nutty, and inspired actors will improvise their hearts out and create a new comedy every night. You’ll never look at Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the rest of the characters in the same way again.

JANUARY 15–FEBRUARY 7, 2015

BULLET CATCH

By Rob Drummond

Presented with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

A Death-Defying Performance

So dangerous that even Houdini didn’t dare it, the bullet catch has claimed many lives since its inception in 1613. In this nail-biter, the acclaimed writer and performer Rob Drummond attempts the death-defying stunt before your very eyes. A theatrical experience unlike any other, Bullet Catch features wondrous acts of mind reading, levitation, and the most notorious finale in show business.

February 26–March 21, 2015

SISTER JUDY

By Shawn Macdonald

A Love Story

PREMIERE

The world of Sister Judy, a popular university theology professor, is rocked when a brilliant new student challenges her notions of love and devotion. What is driving the student’s relentless pursuit of the truth? As Judy unravels, so does the story of her past, revealing old wounds, and new fears.


ON TOUR

OCTOBER­–NOVEMBER 2014

AVENUE Q

Music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx. Book by Jeff Whitty

The Broadway Musical for Adults

Irreverently witty and outright uproarious, Avenue Q is the musical story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college graduate who arrives in New York City looking for love, a job, and his purpose in life. The only neighbourhood he can afford is the multicultural Avenue Q, where Sesame Street-esque puppets rub shoulders with humans. Part felt, part flesh, Avenue Q contains full puppet nudity and other vulgarities that will induce laughter.

JANUARY–FEBRUARY 2015

THE ODD COUPLE

By Neil Simon

The Classic Comedy of Mismatched Roomies at Midlife

Meet Felix Ungar, the neurotic, neat-freak news writer. Meet Oscar Madison, the slovenly sportswriter. When life changes bring them together as roommates, will these two friends learn to meet in the middle? Or will their irreconcilable differences split them apart? The Odd Couple, the now classic play that earned Neil Simon his first Tony Award, is one of the playwright’s funniest and most affecting works.

FEBRUARY–MARCH 2015

THE FOREIGNER

By Larry Shue

An Arts Club Theatre Company presentation of Pacific Theatre’s production

A Top-Secret Farce

All Charlie wanted was a little peace and quiet. So when he arrives at a fishing lodge in Georgia, it seems harmless enough to masquerade as a foreigner who can’t speak English. He soon realizes, however, that people will say the most extraordinary things when they think no one can understand them! An award-winning comedic farce, The Foreigner is both scrupulously clever and outrageously funny.

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Apr
9

Rap and Shakespeare collide in BOMB-ITTY

The Bomb-itty of Errors—the fast-paced, musical “ad-rap-tation” of Shakespeare’s comedy of mistaken identities—starts tomorrow at the Revue Stage! The actors sing, rap, and rhyme catchy and laugh-out-loud songs that retain much of the Bard’s original text—all while a DJ spins original music onstage.

Part play, part rap concert, The Bomb-itty of Errors is a witty and savvy hilarious musical that combines the best of Shakespeare and rap. Here’s a preview of what’s in store for you. Watch the Bomb-itty Vlog on Youtube, a 30-second summary of The Comedy of Errors, and the short history of rap by Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. These videos will pump you up for an evening of rhythmic flow and inspired silliness!

Tickets to this hip-hopping musical start at just $25! Buy online or call the box office at 604.687.1644.

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