Broadway Across Canada presents Les Misérables in Vancouver July 10-15, 2018!

TICKETS FOR

CAMERON MACKINTOSH’S ACCLAIMED PRODUCTION OF

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FOR THE VANCOUVER ENGAGEMENT AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE

JULY 10 – 15, 2018

 Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, LES MISÉRABLES, will go on sale Monday, May 7 at 10am for its much anticipated Vancouver engagement at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre direct from a celebrated two-and-a-half year Broadway engagement.  To purchase tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.ca, or call 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. Ticket prices start at $30.50.

With glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking production of LES MISÉRABLESwhich broke box office records during its pre-Broadway tour, has left both audiences and critics awestruck, cheering “Les Miz is born again!” (NY1). 

Cameron Mackintosh said, “I‘m delighted that after a four year absence this glorious production is once again touring the major cities across North America and is more spectacular than ever.”

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, LES MISÉRABLES tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring one of the greatest scores of all time, with thrilling and beloved songs including “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” “Do You Hear the People Sing” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. Along with the Oscar-winning movie version, it has now been seen by more than 130 million people in 44 countries and in 22 languages around the globe. LES MISÉRABLES is still the world’s most popular musical, breaking box office records everywhere in its 32nd year. 

Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Boublil and SchönbergLES MISÉRABLES has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer from the original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, additional material by James Fenton and original adaptation by Trevor Nunn and John Caird. The original LES MISÉRABLES orchestrations are by John Cameron with new orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke, Stephen Metcalfe and Stephen Brooker.  The production is directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, designed by Matt Kinley inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo with costumes by Andreane Neofitou and Christine Rowland, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Mick Potter, musical staging by Michael Ashcroft and Geoffrey Garratt and projections by Fifty-Nine Productions. Music Supervision is by Stephen Brooker and James Moore, with casting by Kaitlin Shaw for Tara Rubin Casting.

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The company of LES MISÉRABLES performs “One Day More.” Photo: Matthew Murphy

“Thrilling, spectacular and unforgettable.”

The New York Times

“**** (4 out of 4 stars). One of the greatest musicals ever created! A gorgeous touring ‘Les Misérables’ is back on the barricades, renewed and refreshed.”

Chicago Tribune

“This ‘Les Miz’ is a winner. Standout cast shines in revamped production.”

-The Providence Journal

“You simply won’t want it to end.”

Boston Globe

“A stirring, thumping, heart-throbbing return of a pop opera whose themes of revolution and righteousness seem particularly well suited to our current turbulent times.”

-Hartford Courant

“Visually stunning! A monumental musical packed with power voices.”

Chicago Sun-Times

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(From L) Josh Davis as ‘Inspector Javert’ and Nick Cartell as ‘Jean Valjean’ in the new national tour of LES MISÉRABLES. Photo: Matthew Murphy

LES MISÉRABLES originally opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on October 8, 1985, transferred to the Palace Theatre on December 4, 1985 and moved to its current home at the Queen’s Theatre on April 3, 2004 where it continues to play to packed houses and is the only version of the original production left in the world. The original Broadway production of LES MISÉRABLES opened at the Broadway Theatre on March 12, 1987 and transferred to the Imperial Theatre on October 17, 1990 running for 6,680 performances.  The original US National Tour began in November 1987 and visited over 150 cities before closing in St. Louis, MO in 2006.  Broadway audiences welcomed LES MIZ back to New York on November 9, 2006 where the show played the Broadhurst Theatre until its final performance on January 6, 2008.

The new production was conceived in 2009 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary, with record-breaking productions in the U.K., Australia, Korea, Japan, Spain, France, Manila, Singapore and Dubai. The new production is currently playing to sold out houses around Japan and in São Paulo with upcoming productions in Mexico and around the U.K.. The North American Tour traveled across the U.S. for two years then played a five month engagement in Toronto before returning to the Imperial Theatre on Broadway in March 2014 for over 1,000 performances.

To date, LES MISÉRABLES remains the 5th longest-running Broadway production of all time.

LES MISÉRABLES is part of the Broadway Across Canada 18/19 Broadway Season and will run in Edmonton July 3 – 8, 2018 at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, and July 17 – 22, 2018 at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.

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PRESALE: Broadway Across Canada presents The Sound of Music in Vancouver Sept 12-17, 2017! 

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A brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC is coming to Vancouver September 12 – 17, 2017 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE! The beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, Edelweiss and the title song. 

Presale timeline: July 21 – 23

Presale Link:  https://www.ticketmaster.ca/venueartist/139293/209813?brand=bac

Presale passcode:  MUSICAL

 

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Kinky Boots Dances into Vancouver February 7-12, 2017!

 

2013 TONY® AWARD-WINNING BEST MUSICAL 

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IS COMING TO VANCOUVER

OPENING FEBRURARY 7-12

AT THE QUEEN ELIZAABETH THEATRE

ON SALE MONDAY, DECEMBER 5TH

 

 Kinky Boots, the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (Book) and Grammy® Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (Tony Award-winner for Best Score for Kinky Boots), opens at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, February 7 – 12, 2017.

 Tickets are on sale Monday, Dec 5 and available at www.ticketmaster.ca or by calling    1-855-985-5000.  Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling 1-800-889-8457.

 Directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots has won every major Best Musical Award and is represented around the world with the Tony Award-winning Broadway company now in its fourth year, a North American First National Tour that launched in September 2014, a London production that opened in September 2015 (where it won the 2016 Olivier Award for Best Musical) and an Australian production that opened in October 2016. Previous productions include an extended run in Toronto, two Korean productions and a Japanese language production. The Grammy Award-winning Original Broadway Cast Recording of Kinky Boots is available on Sony Masterworks Broadway.

 Kinky Boots took home six 2013 Tony Awards, the most of any show in the season, including Best Musical, Best Score (Cyndi Lauper), Best Choreography (Jerry Mitchell), Best Orchestrations (Stephen Oremus) and Best Sound Design (John Shivers). The show also received the Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Broadway.com Awards for Best Musical and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Album, along with many other accolades.

 Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.

Kinky Boots is presented by Broadway Across Canada as part of their 16/17 Broadway Season and will run in Edmonton February 14-19 at the Northern  Alberta Jubilee Auditorium and in Calgary, February 21-26 at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.

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MAMMA MIA! comes to Vancouver March 29 – April 3, 2016!

mammamiaWALKS DOWN THE AISLE OF THE QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE

FOR ONE WEEK ONLY!

ON SALE, MONDAY, JANUARY 25 at 10AM

Vancouver, B.C. – Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returns to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre March 29 – April 3, 2016. Performances begin on Tuesday, March 29 and run through Sunday, April 3.

MAMMA MIA! is one of the most successful musicals of all time, the eighth longest running show in Broadway history and one of only five current musicals to have run for more than ten years on Broadway. The West End production is now in its seventeenth year. The international tour has visited more than 81 foreign cities in 37 countries.

Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA’s songs from “Dancing Queen” and “S.O.S.” to “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me,” MAMMA MIA! is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found.

The performance schedule for MAMMA MIA! at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre is Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, Sunday evening 7:30pm and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm..

Tickets for MAMMA MIA! start at $35 (plus applicable service charges).Tickets are available through ticketmaster.ca or by calling 1-855-985-5000. Reservations for groups of ten (10) or more are now being accepted by calling 1-800-889-8457.

MAMMA MIA! is produced by Work Light Productions, whose other touring productions include Rent 20th Anniversary Tour, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Vocalosity, and Crazy For You.

The original production of MAMMA MIA! was produced by Judy Craymer, Richard East and Björn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal, the creative team responsible for bringing MAMMA MIA! to theatrical life includes some of the most gifted and celebrated talents of musical theatre and opera. With music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, MAMMA MIA! is written by Catherine Johnson and directed by Phyllida Lloyd. MAMMA MIA! has choreography by Anthony Van Laast, production design by Mark Thompson, lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Andrew Bruce and Bobby Aitken, and musical supervision, additional material and arrangements by Martin Koch.

The special edition cast recording of MAMMA MIA! is available on Decca Broadway. For information about MAMMA MIA! visit www.Mamma-Mia.com

 

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Dirty Dancing – Pre-Sale

 

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DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance, and sensational dancing.

Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring the hit songs, “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” London’s Sunday Express says “This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!”

Don’t miss your chance to see this record-breaking live theatre sensation. You will have the time of your life!

Presale timeline – November 27 – 29 @10am

 Link:

http://www.ticketmaster.ca/venueartist/139293/1196389?brand=bac

 Password – MOVIE

***Please note: the pre-sale link will be active Friday, Nov 27 @10am.***

Dirty Dancing comes to Vancouver January 12-17, 2016!

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VANCOUVER ENGAGEMENT RUNS JANUARY 12 –  JANUARY 17, 2016

 

Broadway Across Canada announced today that individual tickets for the Vancouver premiere of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage will go on sale Monday, November 30 at 10am. Tickets are available at 1-855-985-5000 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.ca. Groups of 10 or more can call 1-800-889-8457. The staged musical of this worldwide smash-hit film will play the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from January 12 to January 17.  American Express® Cardmembers have access to some of the best seats in the house for all the Dirty Dancing performances. Advance tickets are available through Front Of The Line® by American Express beginning Monday November 23rd through Wednesday November 25th.

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

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this timeless love story features the hit songs “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.” London’s Sunday Express says “This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!”

It’s the summer of 1963, and 17-year-old Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman is on vacation in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents. Mesmerized by the racy dance moves and pounding rhythms she discovers in the resort’s staff quarters, Baby can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle, the resort’s sexy dance instructor. Passions ignite and Baby’s life changes forever when she is thrown in to the deep end as Johnny’s leading lady, both on-stage and off.

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Gillian Abbott (Baby) and Christopher Tierney (Johnny) in the North American tour of DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE. (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage began as an eight-week staged workshop in Manhattan in the fall of 2001. It was first performed at the Theatre Royal in Sydney, Australia in November 2004 before embarking upon a hugely successful tour of Australia and New Zealand. A new production opened at the Theater Neue Flora in Hamburg, Germany in March 2006 where it broke records for achieving the highest advance in European history.

The production began performances on London’s West End in October 2006 with an £11 million advance and went on to become the longest running show in the history of the Aldwych Theatre. It closed in July 2011 in advance of a two-year UK national tour and then returned to London for a strictly limited season at the Piccadilly Theatre.

The show has gone on to perform across the world in markets as diverse as Utrecht, Holland, Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. Most recently, it has been represented by a new UK tour (which launched March 2014 in Bristol), a German tour (which launched April 2014 in Berlin) and an Italian production (which launched October 2014 in Milan). The show returned to Australia with a new tour that premiered in late 2014 in honor of the stage production’s 10th anniversary.

The North American tour of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is produced by Amber Jacobsen, NETworks Presentations LLC, Grove Entertainment and Col Joye in association with Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), the premier next generation global content leader, and Magic Hour Productions.

 

The Vancouver engagement of Dirty Dancing is presented by Broadway Across Canada and is part of the subscription offering on the Broadway Across Canada – 15/16 Vancouver Series.

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Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story Review + Giveaway [Contest Closed]

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I have something super exciting to share with you musical fans! The publishing company DK Canada has given me the opportunity to review their new anthology: Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story which was released on October 27, 2015. DK Canada has also offered to give one of my lucky readers a copy of their own! This book is a must-have for anyone interested in musicals! DK Canada has this book as part of their 2015 Gift Book Boutique #AwesomeGifts which includes many recommended books for both adults and children to enjoy!

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It is fitting that the forward of this book is by the amazing Elaine Paige who is often referred to as the First Lady of British Musical Theatre. Elaine Page has starred in musical theatre productions for almost 50 years including the originator of the role of Eva Perón in the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber musical: Evita and Grizabella in the original production of CATS.FullSizeRender[1]

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The photography in this book is stunning – the images make you feel like you are in the theatre watching them perform.  This book truly has something for everyone – information on stage productions, storylines, actors, and musicals, both from stage and screen, to even information on the behind-the-scenes including musical theatre choreographers such as the amazing Bob Fosse.

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About the book:

Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story showcases the complete history of the musical on stage and screen, from its origins in ancient Greece to early twentieth century dance halls and vaudeville to the golden age of cinema productions to the record-breaking Broadway musicals of today.

Packed with historical insights, memorabilia, behind-the-scenes gossip, and artifacts, Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story takes you on the ultimate behind-the-scenes tour of the best-loved musicals, such as ChicagoLes MisérablesThe Lion KingThe Phantom of the OperaThe Sound of Music, and many more.

In all, Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story features more than 140 notable stage and film productions and the stories of the people who created them. Throughout, clear infographics, rich black-and-white and color photography, and a clever, informative design make this comprehensive overview of musical theater and movie musicals a true showstopper.

To find out more details about DK Canada, you can connect with them on their website, as well as their FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterest  and Google+ pages!

And be sure to check out their #awesomegifts guide for some amazing Holiday Gift Ideas!dk-gift-boutique-wish-list-2015-button-185x185

Disclaimer: I received this book from DK Canada in order to write this review. The opinions expressed are my own.

 And now, a chance for my readers to win a copy of this book for their very own perusal! It is truly stunning and will have something for everyone!

 

UPDATE! Congrats to the winner, Holly O! 

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