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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Win Tickets to The Lion King in Vancouver [Contest closed!]

BAC_Seasons_15_16_Generic_showimages_288x432_LKDisney’s THE LION KING will return to Vancouver for the first time since its triumphant premiere engagement in July 2010, where the production played a sold-out run at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.  This exclusive 4 -week return engagement at Queen Elizabeth Theatre begins Thursday, June 18, 2015 and plays through Sunday, July 12, 2015.  Opening night is set for Friday, June 19, 2015 at 7:30pm.  Individual tickets for THE LION KING are on sale now! You can purchase tickets here. 

The North American touring productions of THE LION KING have been seen by more than 15 million theatergoers and grossed over $1 billion to date.  Having already played more than 70 cities across North America, THE LION KING now proudly returns to Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

More than 70 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon of Disney’s THE LION KING, and now you can, too, when Vancouver’s best-loved musical returns to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.  Winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, this landmark musical event brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway.  Tony Award®-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals.  THE LION KING also features some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award®-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice.  There is simply nothing else like THE LION KING.

Jelani Remy as “Simba” and the ensemble in “He Lives in You” from THE LION KING National Tour. ©Disney. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus.

Jelani Remy as “Simba” and the ensemble in “He Lives in You” from THE LION KING National Tour. ©Disney. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus.

Win Tickets to The Lion King in Vancouver [contest closed! Congrats to Dilara L!]

I have a set of 4 tickets to give away to The Lion King on Thursday, June 18th for you to take the entire family. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment about which character from The Lion King is your favourite and why (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
Enter to enter to win 4 tickets to #TheLionKing in #Vancouver from @natvana @BACTouring #alittlebitofTheLionKing http://wp.me/p2pexc-bF

(a total of 2 entries per person only – you do not need to do daily tweets/comments!)

I will draw one winner at random from all combined entries at 12:00pm on Monday, April 19, 2015.  Follow Broadway Across Canada on Twitter and Facebook for more information about their shows coming to Vancouver in 2015-2016.

Rules

  • This giveaway is open to residents of Canada.
  • Must be age 18 or older.
  • One entry per household.
  • Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received.
  • Prize includes 4 tickets to the 7:30pm, June 18th, 2015 show of The Lion King at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver. Tickets cannot be exchanged for an alternate night. No transportation or parking is included.
  • Winners will be selected using Random.org. The winner will be contacted via email or twitter. If the winner does not claim the prize within 48 hours, a new winner will be selected.
  • a little bit of Vancouver is not responsible for any prize(s) not received.
  • I will be checking the entries to make sure they are valid!

Note: I have not been compensated for this post in any way. The purpose of this post is merely to share this event and to give my readers an opportunity to win tickets. 

Flashdance is coming to Vancouver! What a feeling! **Giveaway** [Contest closed]

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***Update! Congrats to the winners Tina L. And eleenie! See you at the show!***

Time to break out the eighties clothes! Remember the side ponytails, neon colours, big sweatshirts and legwarmers? (I was a big fan of the hair crimper.) On Nov 11, 2014, Flashdance: The Musical is coming to Vancouver for 8 shows only! (see my earlier post here)

I am giving my readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to opening night on November 11, 2014! I have not one, but two pairs of tickets to give away!

 

How to enter:

Mandatory entry

Comment below with your perfect 80’s outfit and who you would bring with you to the show.  Make sure you include your email address!  (1 entry)

Bonus entries

Follow @natvana and @BACTouring on twitter, come back and leave a comment with your twitter handle (1 entry)

Tweet ” What a feeling!  tix to opening night of in #YVR from    http://wp.me/p2pexc-ay ”   (Only eligible after first bonus entry is done!! 1 entry per day and please, no comments for this, trust me, I’ll find them)

**Extra 5 Bonus entries if you follow @natvana and @BACTouring first and tweet me a photo of you (yes you, not a stock photo) in your best 80’s look, include @natvana and the hashtag #alittlebitofflashdance** and come back and leave a comment with the link to your tweet (5 entries)

 

If you don’t happen to win tickets here, fear not readers! You can also purchase them here

Rules

  • This giveaway is open to residents of Canada.
  • Must be age 18 or older.
  • One entry per household.
  • Contest runs from October 9th until  October 23, 2014,  at 11:59pm.
  • Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received.
  • Prize includes 2 tickets to the 8:00pm, November 11, 2014 show of Flashdance at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver. Tickets cannot be exchanged for an alternate night. No transportation or parking is included.
  • Winners will be selected using Random.org. The winner will be contacted via email. If the winner does not claim the prize within 48 hours, a new winner will be selected.
  • a little bit of Vancouver is not responsible for any prize(s) not received.
  • I will be checking the entries to make sure they are valid!

Note: I have not been compensated for this post in any way. The purpose of this post is merely to share this event and to give my readers an opportunity to win tickets. 

FLASHDANCE – THE MUSICAL in Vancouver, presented by Broadway Across Canada, is part of three city Canadian tour including stops in Calgary (November 18 – 23) and Edmonton (November 25 – 30).

 

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Mary Poppins in Vancouver and a Giveaway! [contest over]

So as June brings us a little bit of a break from some of the larger touring theatre productions, we only have to wait a little bit longer until the production of Mary Poppins comes to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from June 17-22nd, 2012. From what I have heard about it, it has recieved glowing reviews and will be fun for the whole family!

Mary Poppins is only in Vancouver for a short engagement and Broadway Across Canada and I want you to see it! Broadway Across Canada has given me 4 tickets (2 winners) to give away to one of you lucky readers.

Performances run from July 17 – 23, 2012 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Tickets are on sale now! Go to www.ticketmaster.ca or call toll-free 1.855.985.5000. Group orders for 10 or more may be placed by calling 1.800.889.8457. Prices range from $38.40-$155.90 (plus service fees).

Now for the contest:

You have a chance to win 2 tickets to opening night of Mary Poppins in Vancouver on July 17, 2012.

1) Write a comment below and include: (Mandatory Entry)

  • Your favourite song from Marry Poppins;
  • What musical you would love to see come to Vancouver;
  • Your email and your twitter handle (if you have one!)

2) Tweet the following and include the hashtag #MaryPoppinsVancouver (1 extra entry)

I entered to win 2 tickets to #MaryPoppinsVancouver via @natalievana & @BACTouring. http://wp.me/p2pexc-3P RT + COMMENT to Enter. #Win

All submissions will be entered into a random draw. The winners of the contest will be announced via twitter (@natalievana) and posted on this blog. The contest giveaway is to win 2 tickets to the July 17th, 2012 performance of Mary Poppins at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver. There will be 2 winners. Don’t worry if your comment doesn’t come up right away, I need to approve them!

Fine Print:

This contest is open to everyone 13 years of age and older. Contest will run from 12:00am PST June 8, 2012 until 11:59pm PST June 22, 2012. I will draw a winner at 11:00am PST June 25, 2012. Two entries only. Winners must respond with 48 hours. You must be able to travel to Vancouver for the performance. Tickets cannot be resold.

Update: June 25, 2012 – Every entry was assigned a number and then two numbers were chosen by random.org. The winners are Linda O. and Cecilia J.! Congratulations!!! I’ve sent you both an email – please get back to me within 48 hours or I will have to choose another winner.

Update: June 27, 2012 – Linda never got back to me (sorry Linda!). Random.org chose Jen W. as the next winner! Congrats! Check your email and please get back to me within 48 hours or I’ll have to choose another winner (please email me!)

Mary Poppins in Vancouver, presented by Broadway Across Canada, is part of a three city tour in Canada including dates in Edmonton July 24-29, 2012 and Calgary July 31 – August 5, 2012.

For more information, please visit MaryPoppins.com

Step in Time! Photo Credit: Deen Van Meer

Rock of Ages Movie Review and a Giveaway! [contest over]

This past Wednesday I was able to attend the movie screening for Rock of Ages courtesy of Warner Brothers Pictures Canada. I had just seen the touring theatre production (see my review HERE), so I was definitely excited to see what this amazing cast and production team had put together.

This was truly an all-star cast, including Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx, Russell Brand as Lonny, Alec Baldwin as Dennis Dupree, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Patricia Whitmore, Mary J. Blige as Justice Charlier and Julianne Hough as Sherrie Christian.

Here’s the official movie trailer:

I am also a huge fan of the director Adam Shankman and the choreographer, Mia Michaels. Adam Shankman has such a great eye and makes every scene come alive. He also directed the movie-musical Hairspray! – and did you know he’s a choreographer too? Mia Michaels is always fantastic. Anyone who has watched So You Think You Can Dance! knows just how fabulous she is. She brings movement and body to the stage of this movie.

I admit, the movie did start out a little slow and cheesy (think teenybop) – but it grew on me. I thoroughly enjoyed the 80’s music and the dance numbers. For those not necessarily interested in “musicals”, this is a perfect movie to try out! While the actors do just “stop their talking and begin singing”, the songs are awesome rock songs from the eighties. Everything from hits by Journey, Whitesnake, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, and more. Some of the songs from the stage musical were sung but different characters in the movie and also some of the plot was shifted to adapt for “movie magic”. I was actually surprised by some of the “raunchiness of one of the characters – but it suited perfectly for the character’s persona. The highlights were Tom Cruise, Russell Brand and Mary J. Blige. Overall, I really enjoyed myself – I promptly bought the soundtrack have been playing it on my iPod ever since!

After the movie ended, Warner Brothers Vancouver hosted a special “after party” for those who received movie passes. It was held at Roxy Burger in Vancouver and offered some free appys, drinks and the best part, swag!

Giveaway

I asked Lindsay, one of the Warner Brothers staff if I could offer up some of the swag for this blog and she agreed! So here’s what I have for you to win:

  • Movie passes for you and a friend to the Warner Brothers Vancouver screening of Rock of Ages held on June 13, 2012 at Scotiabank Theatre in Vancouver, BC (starts at 7:00pm).
  • 2 t-shirts – a “His – Arsenal Band Shirt” and “Hers – I ❤ Stacey Jaxx Tank Top” (see picture picture below)
  • 1 mini movie poster for Rock of Ages (see picture below)

How to Enter

I’ll make it really easy. Really really easy:

1. Tweet “I want to win #RockOfAges Passes from @natalievana. http://wp.me/p2pexc-4k RT to Enter!”

2. OR Comment on this blog post if you don’t have twitter. (posts don’t show up right away – I moderate)

Good luck!!!!

Note from June 12, 2012 – The winners have been selected by random.org as @brittybritz and GrantQ! Please check your twitter and emails!!!

Fine Print

This contest is open to everyone 13 years of age and older. Contest will run from 12:00am PST June 8, 2012 until 11:59pm PST June 11, 2012. I will draw a winner at 11:00am PST June 12, 2012. Winners must respond with 12 hours or else I’ll redraw. You must be able to travel to Vancouver for the show.Tickets and swag must be picked up at the theatre the evening of the show. Tickets for screenings are always overbooked. Please show up early (I recommend 1.5 hours before the show).

Disclaimer

I went to the screening by winning a contest. I was neither expected to nor paid for writing a review. I asked for screening tickets and the t-shirts to give away on my blog specifically because I enjoyed the movie and want others to see it as well.