Theatre Under The Stars 2016 Season

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 or by phone 1-877-840-0457

Levitation Vancouver 2016 Line-Up Announced

Levitation16Next month, the second Levitation Vancouver Festival descends upon Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park and venues around downtown Vancouver.

Since 2008, the original Levitation Austin has grown from a small local event to become an internationally acclaimed multi-day festival. Last year, Levitation Austin creators, The Reverberation Appreciation Society and Timbre Concerts partnered to bring the first Festival to Vancouver.  Levitation Austin was unfortunately cancelled this past weekend due to adverse weather in the South but the 2016 Levitation Vancouver is ready to go on June 16 – 19,

Daytime shows happen at the Malkin Bowl stage in Stanley Park and nighttime shows hit the Rickshaw, Colbalt and Imperial. Bands hitting the stages include; Of Montreal, White Lung, Dead Ghost, Three Oh Sees, The Growlers, Holy F*ck, Nina Mendoza, Aquanaut and many more

2-Day Passes for Malkin Bowl are $165. Visit to check out the whole line-up and get tickets.

Give the Gift of Theatre this Valentine’s Day.

photo (4)In honour of Valentine’s coming up this week, Vancouver’s Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) has a special treat to offer your loved one. Dinner and a Show is always a great romantic evening, and seeing a show at Malkin Bowl is always a lovely summer night.
Until midnight February 14th, get a great discounted rate on the 2014 TUTS seasons pass  and an added bonus $10 gift card from White Spot with your tickets.
The TUTS Season pass includes 4 ticket vouchers that can be redeemed all for one show or split between both shows.  The Season Pass also includes Rain Insurance on each of the tickets, which allows a one-time change to your booked tickets without added fees.

The 2014 TUTS Season includes a return engagement of last summer’s hit show Legally Blonde, called one of the ten best shows of 2013 by The Georgia Straight, and new for 2014 is Shrek: The Musical, based on the DreamWorks Film and directed by Ovation Award winner Sarah Rodgers.

Picks Of The Week – July 10, 2013

Special Summer ConcertsSummer is heating up and so are the fun activities. Here’s a few for this week!

Stage:  Malkin Bowl is a perfect setting for a summer evening of theatre, Theatre Under The Stars gets underway for another season with Legally Blonde and How To Succeed In Business alternating nights from now until August 17th.

Ball: The boys of summer, Vancouver Canadians are in a 5 game home stand against Boise Hawks, including a fireworks extravaganza night on Saturday July 13th

Show: After a day on the rides stick around the PNE for an outdoor show by City & Colour at the Amphitheatre

Street: Taking over 10 blocks and featuring 50 bands Khatsahlano Music & Arts Festival brings West 4th Avenue in Kitsalano to life on Saturday July 13 from 11am –  9pm

Soul: Friday July 12, celebrate East Van Soul Club‘s fifth anniversary at The Biltmore Cabaret and get your soul filled with soul music!

Play: Spend Saturday July 13th with Vancouver Pride Society at GayDay at Playland, take in the rides all day and enjoy a special Pride Festival barbeque and performances at the PNE Lagoon.

Special: Saturday afternoon at 1pm until 9pm the second Special Summer Concert takes place, this time at New Brighton Park, a concert featuring local musicians and DJs organized by Vancouver Urban Spaces Initiative (VUSI)

Soccer: Sunday July 14th, Whitecaps FC hope to continue their unbeaten streak as they host Chicago Fire at BC Place Stadium at 4pm

On Sale: Tickets for some good gigs go on sale this Friday July 12 including a rare show from Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion (Aug 28, Malkin Bowl), back to back shows from The Weeknd (Sep 6-7, Orpheum Theatre), The Pretty Reckless (Oct 16, RIO on Broadway)





Sam Roberts Band – Kicks off summer

Sam Roberts Band – Malkin Bowl – May 29

Nothing feels like summer like a Sam Roberts concert, seems every year he brings fresh pop/rock sounds out on a summer tour.  Often he performs in outdoor venues in Vancouver and Malkin Bowl is one of the best in the city.  It’s large enough for a good size crowd and atmosphere but also has an intimacy, being surrounded by the tall trees, it’s easy to forget you’re on the edge of the city.
While officially on tour to promote his newest release Collider, during the 2 hour set, Sam and his band played a selection of tunes from all his albums.  Early hits like, “Don’t Walk Away Eileen”, “Where Have All The Good People Gone” and “Bridge To Nowhere” sounded great alongside new tracks “I Feel You” and “Last Crusade”.
After nearly a decade on the Canadian music scene, Sam has amassed a diehard fan base, guys dig him, girls adore him. His music appeals to a wide audience as witnessed by the collection of pre-teens who were dancing and playing around Malkin Bowl. An all ages show, it had a great friendly vibe and I’m sure that was helped along by the seemingly large quantities of BC’s best underground crop was being consumed. Even without the assistance, the mellow, happy-go-lucky personality Sam exudes takes over the crowd and everyone feels good.  He genuinely seems to like and appreciate his audience as witnessed by the amount of time he spent hanging onstage, after the set, applauding and signing items for the audience. Even though the evening was of the first nice ones of the year, his personality would have warmed up the night no matter what. The perfect start to summer in the city!

What’s On Weekend – May 26-29, 2011

Just a few of the fun items on the agenda this weekend!

Thursday May 26
– Wish Republic Nightclub a very Happy 5th Anniversary

– Opening at the Arts Club Review Stage, the third edition of the parental comedy : Mom’s The Word: Remixed




Friday May 27

– it’s one of the first signs of summer as Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings play Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park
– Swedish sensation Lykki Li (pictured, left) plays a sold out show at the Vogue Theatre



Saturday May 28

– over in Victoria, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings play Alix Goolden Hall
– also in Victoria, dance duo USS take over Sugar Nightclub

– spend another evening in the park as Sam Roberts Band warms up Malkin Bowl
– if it’s too chilly stay indoors at the Commodore Ballroom for Brooklyn-based Yeasayer

– afterwards it’s time to get your dance on with a couple of choices ; head to The Cobalt on Main for Queerbash: Don’t Ask Don’t Tell vs Wedding Bells (you know there will be some interesting dress up, get ups with that theme)
or get down to 560 for Cha Cha Palace

Scissor Sisters

Scissor Sisters – Malkin Bowl – September 16, 2010

Mother Nature fought hard but the Scissor Sisters still won over the capacity crowd at a very rain soaked Malkin Bowl.
Even though the rain came pouring down the audiences still had a great vibe in anticipation of the Scissor Sisters largest Vancouver show to date.  When the band finally took the stage; people in varying levels of rain protection, from plastic bags and styrofoam take out containers to North Face and Gortex danced and sang like it was a beautiful sunny dry evening.
Lead by the incredibly fit, Jake Shears and glamour vixen Ana Matronic, the Scissor Sisters’ infectious blend of 70’s Elton John meets 80’s Yaz synth-pop gets under your skin and makes you want to dance, dance and dance some more. 
In weather that has made other acts whither and hide under the sheltered part of the stage Jake and Ana were troopers and continued to perform over the whole stage.  After a couple of songs, practicality got the better of Jake and he traded in his latex singlet for a Gortex raincoat.  Amazingly this didn’t take anything away from the show, in fact it seemed to make the night that much more special as Jake and Ana were “one of us” partying in the rain. 
This continued into the night as the band joined fans at the after-party at Five-Sixty. Rather than sticking to a VIP area and partying on their own the band was out on the floor with the rest of us celebrating the wrap of their North American tour.  Just another reason to love this band!