Broadway Across Canada Presents Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour in Vancouver!

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The International Irish Dance Phenomenon to play Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre April 13-15, 2018!

On Sale Monday, February 26 @10am!

Moya Doherty is proud to announce that Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour, back by popular demand, will play a strictly limited engagement at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 15, 2018. Tickets for the international Irish dance phenomenon go on sale Monday, February 26 @ 10am.  Ticket prices start at $30.50 and are available at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-855-985-5000.  Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling 1-800-889-8457.  Broadway Across Canada Subscribers can visit BroadwayAcrossCanada.ca or call 1.866.542.7469.

Performances run Friday, Saturday evenings at 8pm, Sunday evening at 7:30pm with Saturday and Sunday 2pm matinees.

Celebrating an extraordinary milestone for an incredible show, The Edinburgh Evening News raves about Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour, “As for the flaws? Well, there simply aren’t any. Here’s to another 20 years!”

Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour is composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan. Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour will feature new costumes, new lighting, new projections and the addition of a brand new number, “Anna Livia,” featuring the female members of the Irish dance troupe in an a cappella hard-shoe number.

For the complete Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour North American tour schedule please visit www.riverdance.com.

“The success of Riverdance across the whole world has gone beyond our wildest dreams,” said producer Moya Doherty. “The fact that the show continues to draw and excite audiences is a tribute to every dancer, singer, musician, staff and crew member who have dedicated themselves to the show. This 20th Anniversary Tour is a thank you to our audiences and a celebration of what has been an incredible journey across two decades.”

 Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour is an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures. Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour has set design by Robert Ballagh, lighting design by John Comiskey, costume design by Joan Bergin and sound design by Michael O’Gorman.

For over 20 years, nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance. Riverdance began its journey as the interval act in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, produced for television by Moya Doherty. This electrifying and innovative seven minute dance piece was then developed into a full-length stage show by Producer Moya Doherty, Composer Bill Whelan and Director John McColgan. With its fusion of Irish and International music and dance, the show broke all box office records during its world première run in Dublin in early 1995. When the show transferred to London the reaction was unprecedented. There followed a hugely successful tour starting in New York in March 1996, where 8 sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall heralded the start of 16 years of non-stop touring by Riverdance companies throughout North America. Since its inception Riverdance has packed theatres throughout North America, Oceania, Asia, Europe, South Africa and South America.

 

For more information, please visit:

Website: www.riverdance.com

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/Riverdance

Twitter: @Riverdance

Instagram:  @Riverdance_Official

Snapchat:   riverdance-real

 

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Broadway Across Canada Announces a Spectacular 2018/2019 Vancouver Season!

Broadway Across Canada is thrilled to announce the three musical productions coming to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre as part of the company’s 2018-2019 season. “We wanted to pull out all the stops for our 20th anniversary season,” says Broadway Across Canada’s vice-president, Shana Levin. “The shows we’re bringing include powerful true stories about community, empowerment, and the power of the human spirit,” she says. “They’re stories we could all learn from right now.”

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The 2018/2019 season will begin with the Tony and Grammy Award-winning true story, BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL. Up next, direct from Broadway, comes THE ILLUSIONISTS, a high-tech magic extravaganza. The season concludes with the previously announced homegrown Canadian musical, the uplifting, critically acclaimed COME FROM AWAY.

In addition to your three show package, you can also add these two special additions to the regular line-up, featuring Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of the Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, LES MISÉRABLES.

Back by popular demand after record breaking and sold out engagements in 2014 and 2016, The BOOK OF MORMON returns to Vancouver for a limited one week engagement in 2018.

Additionally, Levin is proud to announce the winner of six 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and 2018 Grammy Award® nominee DEAR EVAN HANSEN will play Vancouver as part of the 2019/2020 season. Subscribers from the 2018/2019 season will have first access to DEAR EVAN HANSEN when they renew their full subscription for the 2019/2020 season. The dates and performance schedule will be announced at a later date.

Declared “One of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history” by the Washington Post, DEAR EVEN HANSEN is a new American musical about life and the way we live it. DEAR EVEN HANSEN features a book by Tony Award-winner Steven Levenson, a score by Academy Award®, Golden Globe and Tony winning composers Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), and direction by 4-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal).

The Original Broadway Cast Recording of DEAR EVAN HANSEN, produced by Atlantic Records, made an extraordinary debut on the Billboard 200 when released and entered the chart at #8 – the highest charting debut position for an original cast album since 1961. A special edition coffee table book from Pasek, Paul, and Levenson, Dear Evan Hansen: through the window (Grand Central Publishing / Melcher) is now available, offering an in-depth, all-access look at the musical, including never-before-seen production photos and cast portraits, behind-the-scenes stories, and a fully annotated script by the authors.

Three show Season packages start at $145 and are available today for existing 2017/2018 subscribers.  Packages go on sale to the general public beginning Monday March 22nd online atwww.BroadwayAcrossCanada.ca or by phone at 866.542.7469 (Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm). 

BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical – November 13 – 18, 2018

BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

 Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song, BEAUTIFUL has a book by and Tony® Award-nominee and Academy® Award-nominated writer Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, choreography by Josh Prince, and took home two 2014 Tony® Awards and a 2015 Grammy® Award.

 THE ILLUSIONISTS – January 15 – 20, 2019

 Direct from Broadway, the world’s best-selling magic show is coming to Vancouver. This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of five of the most incredible Illusionists on earth.  THE ILLUSIONISTSTM – LIVE FROM BROADWAYTM has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage.  This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.

COME FROM AWAY – March 5 – 10, 2019

The true story of the small town that welcomed the world. Broadway’s COME FROM AWAY has won Best Musical all across North America! TheNew York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year’s Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley.Newsweek cheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave!”  ON 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved us all.

 The two season options which can be added to the season subscription are LES MISÉRABLES and THE BOOK OF MORMON.

SEASON OPTION:  LES MISÉRABLES – July 10 – 15, 2018

Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables, direct from its acclaimed Broadway return. Featuring the beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck. “Les Miz is born again!” (NY1). 

SEASON OPTION: THE BOOK OF MORMON– September 25 – 30, 2018

The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” And Entertainment Weekly says, “Grade A: the funniest musical of all time.” Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show calls it “Genius. Brilliant. Phenomenal.” It’s The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award®-winning Best Musical.

This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, The Book of Mormonhas truly become an international sensation.  Contains explicit language.

Broadway Across Canada – 2018/2019 Vancouver Season Subscribers receive exclusive perks, including: priority seating access, guaranteed prices, easy payment plans, guaranteed same seats locations for all season presentations, ticket exchange services, lost ticket replacement, online upgrades and NY ticketing services.

Season ticket packages for the Broadway Across Canada 2018/2019 Vancouver Season vary in price depending on performance, seat location, and date of purchase. For more information, visit www.BroadwayAcrossCanada.ca.

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Pre Sale: Broadway Across Canada welcomes Motown the Musical to Vancouver Feb 6-11, 2018

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The Temptations in MOTOWN THE MUSICAL © Joan Marcus, 2017

February 6 – 11, 2018

Queen Elizabeth Theatre

It began as one man’s story… became everyone’s music… and is now Broadway’s musical. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL!  

Motown is a registered trademark of UMG recordings, Inc.

Presale Timeline:  December 8 at 10am through Dec  10 at 10pm

Presale Link:  https://www.ticketmaster.ca/venueartist/139293/1984012?brand=bac

Presale Passcode: SONGS

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Broadway Across Canada presents MOTOWN THE MUSICAL! in Vancouver at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Feb 6-11, 2018

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ON SALE

Monday, December 11 @10am

  PERFORMANCES February 6 – 11, 2018

AT VANCOUVER’S QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE

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Nya Trysha (Martha Reeves) & Cast of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL © Joan Marcus, 2017

Work Light Productions and Broadway Across Canada, are proud to announce that single tickets for MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will go on sale Monday, December 11, 2017 at 10am.  MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will play at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre February 6-11, 2018. Ticket prices begin at $30.50 and are available at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-855-985-5000. Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling  1-800-889-8457.

Performances run Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, Sunday evening 7:30pm with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm.

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is part of the Broadway Across Canada 17/18 Season and will run in Edmonton, at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, February 13-18, 2018 and Calgary at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, February 20-25, 2018.

Featuring more than 40 classic hits such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” MOTOWN THE MUSICAL tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America.

A full listing of announced tour dates is available at www.MotownTheMusical.com/tour.

Directed by Charles Randolph-WrightMOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more. 

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MOTOWN THE MUSICAL features staging by Schele Williams, choreography re-created by Brian Harlan Brooks, originalchoreography by Patricia Wilcox (A Night with Janis Joplin) and Warren Adams (Toy Story), scenic design by David Korins(Bring It On: The Musical, Annie), costume design by Tony Award® nominee Emilio Sosa (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, “Project Runway”), lighting design by Tony Award® winner Natasha Katz (OnceSister Act), sound design by Tony Award®nominee Peter Hylenski (Rock of AgesThe Scottsboro Boys), projection design by Daniel Brodie (Aladdin), hair and wig design by Charles LaPointe (Memphis) and casting by Wojcik | Seay Casting.

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL’s arrangements and orchestrations are by Grammy and Tony Award® nominee Ethan Popp (Rock of Ages), who also serves as music supervisor in reproducing the classic “Sound of Young America,” with co-orchestrations and additional arrangements by Tony Award® nominee Bryan Crook (“Smash”) and dance arrangements by Zane Mark(Dirty Rotten Scoundrels).

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL was originally produced by Tony Award® winning producer Kevin McCollum (RentIn the HeightsAvenue Q), Chairman and CEO of SONY Music Entertainment Doug Morris and Motown Founder Berry Gordy, in association with Work Light Productions.

 

For more information, visit www.MotownTheMusical.com.

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PRESALE: Broadway Across Canada welcomes Jersey Boys to Vancouver Nov 14-19, 2017

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Broadway Across Canada welcomes Jersey Boys
November 14 – 19, 2017
Queen Elizabeth Theatre

“THE MOST EXCITING MUSICAL BROADWAY HAS SEEN IN YEARS.”  – Chicago Tribune

THE CROWD GOES WILD!” – The New York Times

They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard… and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story — a story that has made them an international sensation all over again.

 Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony Award®-winning true-life musical phenomenon, JERSEY BOYS. From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the musical that’s just too good to be true.

FEATURING THE LEGENDARY TOP TEN HITS:

“Sherry” • “Big Girls Don’t Cry” • “Walk Like A Man” • “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” • “December, 1963 (Oh What A Night)”

Presale timeline:  September 22 – 24

Presale passcode:  NIGHT

 Link: https://www.ticketmaster.ca/venueartist/139293/1551009?brand=bac

 

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The Bar Method: Why I do it and why you should join me! [Offer Code Inside!]

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As some of you may know, I have been taking classes at the Bar Method for a year now and I ABS-solutely love it!

A little bit about The Bar Method:

The Bar Method is a one-hour, non-impact total body workout set to fun music. It starts with a warm-up, free weight exercises and push-ups and then moves to intense isometric leg work at the bar, followed by abdominal work at the bar and on mats. The workout was developed under the guidance of physical therapists to create a workout that reshapes your entire body. It’s intense and challenging but the ultimate result is core strength, lifted mood, increased metabolism, carved muscles, and flexibility!

Why I LOVE it

If you knew me a year ago, you’d see me as a person who had not worked out in forever – I used to do yoga frequently as my “workout” of choice (aka, stress reducing and stretching) but then I experienced a lower back injury, a lovely herniated disc which put me out of commission for EVERYTHING except for physio and massage for 6 plus months. Even after I was recovering from my back injury, I couldn’t do yoga. In fact, I re-injured myself from yoga. I kept hearing over and over “you need to build up your core, work your core”.

I found The Bar Method through their Instagram. They had a contest to win a free month of barre. I entered and WON a month pass for a me and a friend.

Which now brings me to today! My friend and I now go to The Bar Method 3-6 times a week. I have found that for myself, this was the best workout to 1. Rebuild my core strength 2. Build up my muscle strength, 3. Increase my flexibility and 4. NOT RE-INJURE MYSELF! My sleeps are better, my stress is lower and I find I come to class smiling before during and after. I absolutely love the corrections they give – I want to make sure I’m doing the exercise right first so I don’t injure myself. They also push me to exceed my expectations in just right way!

Why YOU should do it

For all the benefits you get above and more!

I have been given the opportunity to offer my friends and family an exclusive introductory deal on classes. My exclusive promotion code will get you 50 days of unlimited classes for $50+tax! This package is only for New Members or members who have not bought a package in more than a year. Here is the link to the deal:

https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=11495&stype=41&sTG=1&prodId=91102032

The 50-Day Introductory package is listed at $250+tax, but at Check Out, put in the promo code: “natalieva” and the price will change from $250+tax to $50+tax! This is not only a great deal, but after you’ve finished your 50 days of classes, you’ll be eligible for the regular Introductory Special, with which you can get ANOTHER 30 days for only $80+tax.

Want to check it out? Come with me! I’m more than happy to do a class with you if I can!

If you have any issues accessing the offer online, please let me know!

You are welcome to forward this offer on to anyone you think may be interested in trying the Bar Method. Anyone who has not been to the studio before or in the last year can use the above promo code to take advantage of this deal.

If you want to investigate a bit more you can find them online at vancouver.barmethod.com, on Facebook @barmethodvancouver and on Instagram @BarMethod_van.

Please note that I was not paid for posting this review. I was asked if I wanted to be a Bar Method Influencer to invite more friends to come check out my favourite workout! 

 

 

Come From Away Touring Broadway Across Canada’s Vancouver 2018/2019 Season

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Junkyard Dog Productions announced June 1, 2017 that the critically acclaimed new musical COME FROM AWAY, which is nominated for 7 Tony Awards including Best Musical, won 5 Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best Musical and 4 Helen Hayes Awards including Outstanding Musical Production, and is nominated for 9 Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, will launch a North American Tour with engagements in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa during Broadway Across Canada’s 18/19 seasons. Additional details, including dates, casting, and a full tour itinerary, will be announced at a later date.

COME FROM AWAY, which has been playing to standing room only audiences, features a book, music and lyrics by two-time Tony Award nominees and Outer Critics Circle Award winners Irene Sankoff & David Hein, direction by two-time Tony Award nominee and Outer Critics Circle winner Christopher Ashley (Memphis), musical staging by two-time Tony Award nominee Kelly Devine (Rocky), and music supervision by Ian Eisendrath (A Christmas Story).

“From the first time we saw Irene and David’s telling of this extraordinary true story, we were passionate to share this tale of hope and humanity with as many people as possible,” said producers

Junkyard Dog Productions, “With the overwhelming emotional response the show has received from critics and audiences alike, we are thrilled to now be setting out on this journey across North America.”

[5]_The cast of COME FROM AWAY, photo by Matthew Murphy, 2017COME FROM AWAY features scenic design by Tony Award winner Beowulf Boritt (Act One), costume design by Tony Award nominee Toni-Leslie James (Jelly’s Last Jam), lighting design by two-time Tony Award winner Howell Binkley (Hamilton), sound design by Tony Award nominee and Outer Critics Circle Award winner Gareth Owen (End of the Rainbow), orchestrations by Tony Award nominee August Eriksmoen (Bright Star), and music arrangements by Ian Eisendrath.

In a heartbeat, 38 planes and 6,579 passengers were forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland, doubling the population of one small town on the edge of the world.

On September 11, 2001 the world stopped. On September 12, their stories moved us all.

Broadway Across Canada 17/18 current subscribers receive automatic renewal to next season and are guaranteed seats to this breathtaking new musical taking Broadway by storm.

For more information on the current subscriptions at Broadway Across Canada please visit BroadwayAcrossCanada.ca.

Following sold-out, record-breaking, critically-acclaimed engagements at La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. and Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre, COME FROM AWAY landed on the “Best Theater of the Year” lists in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Seattle Times, San Diego Union Tribune and Toronto Star, and was featured in The New York Times’ “Memorable Theatre of 2016.”

[2]_The cast of COME FROM AWAY, Photo by Matthew Murphy, 2016What Critics Are Saying:

“IT DOES WHAT ALL THE BEST MUSICALS DO: TAKES YOU TO A PLAY YOU NEVER WANT TO LEAVE. A funny, charming and uplifting celebration. One of the best ensemble pieces in years!” – Newsweek

“A GROUNDBREAKING MUSICAL.” – The Huffington Post

“JOYFUL AND EMOTIONALLY RESONANT.” – Deadline

Please visit: www.ComeFromAway.com.

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