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

Gateway Theatre announces 2016/2017 Season

Recently Richmond’s Gateway Theatre announced the line-up for their 2016-2017 season.  The six productions, including 4 premieres, bring comedy, drama and an award-winning musical to the Gateway stages.

This season includes:

The House of Yees, by Lauren Yee  – a comedy of family and cultural clashes.
October 13 – 22, 2016
Mainstage –  Canadian Premiere

Long Division, by Peter Dickinson – The Pi Theatre Company’s new work is a multimedia exploration of the mathematical connection of human interaction.
November 17 – 26, 2016
Studio B – World Premiere

Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man – by Meredith Wilson – the classic Tony Award winning musical about a charismatic con artist and his seventy-six trombones charms audiences during the Holiday season.
December 8 – 31, 2016

You Will Remember Me – translated by Bobby Theodore from the French play Tu te souviendras de moi by François Archambault  – a bittersweet drama telling about an aging intellectual’s onset of dementia, and how is family deals with his treatment.
February 2 – 11, 2017

The Pipeline Project – by Sebastien Archibald, Kevin Loring and Quelemia Sparrow – a collaboration of ITSAZOO Productions and Savage Society in association with Gateway Theatre and Neworld Theatre is cut from today’s headlines as it tells of the political hot button issues of oil pipelines, First Nations land claims and climate change.
March 9 – 18, 2017
Studio B – World Premiere

The Watershed – by Annabel Soutar – the documentary theatre artist Soutar takes her family on a cross-Canada trip to examine the forces facing  our natural resources, from climate change to industry.
April 6 – 15, 2017

Gateway Theatre subscription packages are on sale now from $156. Choose between the Theatre Lovers (all 6 shows) or MainStage (4 shows) with two seating options.

Gateway Theatre is located at 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond BC




68th Tony Award Winners

Sunday night, the American Theatre Wing’s 68th Tony Awards were presented at Radio City Music Hall in New York City to the best and brightest of the 2013-14 Broadway season. Hosted, for the 4th time, by Hugh Jackman who got the the show off to a bouncing start along with Fantasia, Patti Labelle, Gladys Knight and the cast of After Midnight.

Throughout the night, the talented Jackman kept the show lively and light with his witty banter and singing and dancing including a Music Man rap with special guests LL Cool J and T.I..
Other performances during the presentation included; Idina Menzel from If/Then, Neil Patrick Harris with the cast of Hedwig & The Angry Inch, Alan Cumming with the cast of Cabaret, Sutton Foster with the Violet cast also performing were the ensemble casts of Les Miserables, Aladdin, Rocky, Beautiful: The Carole King MusicalA Gentleman’s Guide to Love and MurderBullets Over Broadway

Leading the nominations on the night was A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder with 10 nods, followed by Hedwig & The Angry Inch with 8 nominations.  At the end of the night, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, and Hedwig & TheAngry Inch each came away with the 4 Tony Awards.

The main awards went to:

Best Play – All The Way

Best Musical – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Best Revival of a Play – A Raisin In The Sun

Best Revival of a Musical – Hedwig & The Angry Inch

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play – Brian Cranston as Lyndon B Johnson in All The Way

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play – Audra McDonald as Billy Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill (a record 6th win)

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical – Neil Patrick Harris as Hedwig in Hedwig & The Angry Inch

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical – Jessie Mueller as Carole King in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play – Mark Rylance as Olivia in Twelfth Night

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play – Sophie Okonedo as Ruth Younger in A Raisin In The Sun

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical – Lena Hall as Yitzhak in Hedwig & The Angry Inch

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical – James Monroe Igleheart as The Genie in Aladdin

Best Direction of a Play – Kenny Leon for A Raisin In The Sun

Best Direction of a Musical – Darko Tresnjak for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Other technical awards were presented during the evening and special awards were also presented. Rosie O’Donnell received the Isabelle Stephenson Award for her Rosie’s Kids Program, committed to arts education in New York City. The Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement went to costumer Jane Greenwood who has worked on 125 Broadway shows during her career.

For the full list of winners and peaks behind the scenes visit

Il Divo – A Musical Affair

Il Divo with Lea Salonga – Queen Elizabeth Theatre – April 10, 2014

IlDivo_2014-04-10, 20 14 19A Musical Affair is the latest album and tour for international operatic pop quartet, Sébastien Izambard, Carlos Marin, David Miller and Urs Bühler.  Last week Il Divo played their western Canada tour leg starting at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, Broadway icon, Lea Salonga performed along side the group for a selection of duets and solos.

The packed house of Divo-tees were eagerly buzzing with anticipation as the house lights dimmed, the onstage orchestra played a medley of the show tunes that would be presented during the night then as they struck up the opening notes to “Tonight” from West Side Story the quartet strode onstage to great cheer. The night was filled with familiar tunes selected from the best of musical theatre, “Some Enchanted Evening”, “Memories”, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”, “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina”, “Love Changes Everything”, “Impossible Dream” to name just a few of the set sung in English, Italian, Spanish and French.  IlDivo_2014-04-10, 22 29 31
Join midway through the first and second act by the incomparable Lea Salonga for “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and “A Whole New World” (Ms Salongo was the original singing voice of Princess Jasmine in Disney’s Aladdin). She also performed solos of “Defying Gravity”, “Back To Before” and a medley of “I Dreamed A Dream” and “On My Own” from Les Miserable.
Each of the Il Divo members took their own moment during the set to discuss their own experience with musical theatre before introducing a song that held meaning for them. The gentlemen kept the banter light playing with the audience, many of whom who bantered back, especially tenor Carlo Marin making the most of his latin lover character much to the delight of many of the ladies present.
After a brief interlude the encore wrapped up with a version of “My Way” and “Time To Say Goodbye” for which they were joined again my Lea Salonga before taking their bows and receiving another of the many standing ovations of the night.
IlDivo_2014-04-10, 22 36 57A Musical Affair tour continues across North America through the summer before moving to Europe, follow their exploits on Twitter @IlDivoOfficial and Lea Salonga can be found on Twitter @MsLeaSalonga and


How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying – The Musical Comedy

Even though the original material is decades old, the general story behind “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” is timeless; juggling career & love aspirations while climbing to the top of the corporate ladder.
Perfectly on trend to fit into today’s Mad Men styled retro chic the musical plays u p the humour in an innocent manner as the comedy of errors and good fortune unfolds. This revival garnered much attention upon it’s debut in spring 2011 by featuring Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) in the lead role of J Pierrepont Finch the young window washer who aspires for a seat inside the corner office, rather than hanging outside the window looking in.
Following Radcliffe with a run by Darren Criss (Glee) and now by Nick Jonas (Jonas Brothers) plays the lead.  Beau Bridges has taken over for Tony nominee John Larroquette as J.P. Biggley the boss of World Wide Widgets, and Michael Urie (Ugle Betty) is Biggley’s smarmy nephew and Finch’s prime nemesis Bud Frump.  The lovely Stephanie Rothenberg, makes her Broadway debut as the love interest/secretary Rosemary Pilkington.
The play opens with Finch hanging from his window washer’s harness reading his “How To Succeed In Business” book, which is narrated by Anderson Cooper throughout the performance. Each chapter of the book helps get Finch one step closer to achieving his desired level of success.  As one expects in a comedy things rarely go smoothly but, like water off a ducks back, none of the misfortune ever seems to stick to Finch.  Although the songs and dialogue may at times seem dated, that adds to the quaint and kitchy humour.  Jonas amiably provides the linchpin holding the show and audience (including many, many young Jonas Brothers fans) in the palm of his hand.  Already a broadway veteran having appeared in Beauty and The Beast, Les Miserables and Annie Get Your Gun before joining this production. Michael Park, understudy to Beau Bridges, performed the role of Finch’s boss.  The slapstick and comedy are well-timed and choreographed throughout the show, some of the numbers work the cast into a sweat, especially considering the heavy suits and sweaters the men wear.
The show culminated in the big production number featuring most of the cast and ensemble for “Brotherhood Of Man”.  How To Succeed is a fun show that’s definitely worth a viewing if you get the chance.
How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying is now playing at Al Hirshfeld Theatre at 302 West 45th Street New York.