Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) invites audiences to and enchanted summer as they fall in love with the timeless classics Disney’s Beauty and the Beast & West Side Story, running July 6 – August 20, 2016 at StanleyPark’s Malkin Bowl.
On alternating evenings, audiences will be swept away by these tales as old as time – the beloved fairytale brimming with magic and mystery, and the Romeo & Juliet inspired story of forbidden love in the unforgiving streets of 1950’s New York. Since 1940, TUTS has been bringing together the best of musical theatre with one of the most spectacular settings in Vancouver. Even after three quarters of a century, TUTS is still as popular as ever.
“The summer of 2015 was our most successful on record: We welcomed more audiences out to the Malkin Bowl than at any point in our long history,” says Naveen Kapahi, TUTS Board President. “We are therefore thrilled to announce the return of both of last season’s much celebrated directors! Shel Piercy will follow-up his beloved Oliver! with the Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast; and Sarah Rodgers, who created 2015’s infectiously fun Hairspray, will direct West Side Story.”
TUTS’ 2016 season features two of Broadway’s most universally acclaimed, smash-hit musicals:
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the first Disney film ever to make the leap to stage. Directed by Shel Piercy and choreographed by Shelley Stewart Hunt, with musical direction by Wendy Bross Stuart. This production features lavish sets, sumptuous costumes, and spectacular musical numbers, including all of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s songs from the Academy Award-winning film, as well as new songs, written for the stage, by Menken and Tim Rice.
West Side Story is a dynamic reimagining of Romeo and Juliet in the turbulent streets of 1950’s New York. Directed by Sarah Rodgers, West Side Story features choreography by TUTS newcomer Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg (2015 recipient of the Chrystal Dance Prize) with musical direction by Chris D. King.
The production carries on the timeless work created by the dream team of Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, and Stephen Sondheim, with Jerome Robbins’ famed choreography style and iconic Broadway songbook.
Theatre Under The Stars at Malkin Bowl presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast & West Side Story
Running alternate nights, July 6 to August 20, 2016. All shows at 8pm, except on Fireworks Nights, when shows begin at 7pm
Buy tickets online at tuts.ca or by phone 1-877-840-0457