Disney’s Newsies Seize The Day & Hearts at TUTS 2019

After soaking rain all day, the skies cleared just in time for Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) opening night of Disney’s Newsies, of the 2019 season.

The cast of Disney’s Newsies photo: Lindsay Elliott

The stars, moon and birds came out to help Disney’s Newsies reach for the sky. Starting from their ‘penthouse in the sky’ the production is packed with thrilling dance numbers, soaring tunes and a timeless (and timely) message for the whole family. Based on the 1992 movie musical, Disney’s Newsies is inspired by the real-life New York Newsboys Strike of 1899. In New York City an army of ragged orphans and runaways called ‘newsies’ delivered the ‘papes’ but when newspaper owners raise distribution prices at the newsies’ expense, the newsies unites and rally other child labourers to strike against the unfair and unsafe conditions. Battling the owners and their manipulation of the news, the newsies contend with corruption, prejudices and fake news.

Julia Ullrich as “Katherine Plumber” and Adam Charles as “Jack Kelly.” photo: Lindsay Elliott

The Disney’s Newsies cast is lead by a brilliant Adam Charles, playing Jack Kelly the charismatic leader of the newsies. Cole Smuland plays Crutchie, Jack’s crutch-wielding best friend and fellow newsie. Joined by Daniel Curalli and Jordyn Bennett as Davey and Les Jacobs, sibling newsies also befriended by Jack, with Davey helping unionise their fellow newsies.  Jovanni Sy makes his TUTS debut as publishing magnate Joseph Pulitzer and Julia Ullrich returns for her third season as young journalist, Katherine Plumber who reports on the newsies’ strike and strikes Jack’s fancy.

Front Row L-R: Daniel Curalli as “Davey Jacobs,” Adam Charles as “Jack Kelly,” Caitlin McMaster as Ensemble Member, plus the cast of Disney’s Newsies photo: Lindsay Elliott

Anthemic and inspiring songs like; Seize The Day, King of New York, Santa Fe, Carrying the Banner, and The World Will Know, help the newsies win over the audience to their cause. Just as the film was choreographer Kenny Ortega’s directorial debut, award-winning choreographer/dancer Julie Tomaino makes her TUTS directorial debut as well as choreographing the productions stunning dance segments. In addition, Fight Directors Mike Kovac and Ryan Mcneill Bolton, have created intricate dance-like brawls that make you root for the newsies even more. Just as Jack and the other newsies find their confidence, the productions moves from strength to strength leaving the audience ready to get up and seize the day!

Disney’s Newsies plays on alternating nights with Mamma Mia! at Theatre Under The Stars in Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park until August 17th, find showtimes and tickets online at tuts.ca

Picks of the Week – August 13, 2014

Where does the time go?  Summer is flying by, that must mean we’re having fun! This week there is still lots of fun to be had, the picks of the week include…

Pirate: Today is the day, BC adults get to be like the kids! Pirate Pak Day at White Spot allows everyone to order a signature Pirate Pak and White Spot will donate $2 from every purchase on Wednesday Aug 13th to Zajac Ranch for Kids.

Film Fest: Thursday, Vancouver’s second largest film festival kicks off. The Vancouver Queer Film Festival is 11 days of films, panels, parties and events all around Vancouver

Concert: Multi-award winning, singer/songwriter Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers fills up Rogers Arena on Thursday night.

Fair: Rope up some entertainment just across the border at the Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden Washington with concerts from Gary Allen, Huey Lewis & the News and Collective Soul on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Sing: Showtunes at 1181 is back for a summer session of your favourite Broadway showtunes to sing a-long to while you wash away the week with an after-work cocktail

NYNY: While you’re in a Broadway state of mind, take a trip to NEW YORK, a new night from DJ Adam Dreaddy at Brooklyn Nightclub in Gastown featuring DJs Karsten Sollors, Jamie Mucky and Dreaddy on the decks and street dance performances from Marcello Ranieri & Jory Pierce

Punk: Polaris Prize winners, F*cked Up take over Fortune Sound Club for an early gig at Fortune Sound Club

Exhibition: There’s some rain in the forecast this week, that can only mean it’s time for the PNE! The Pacific National Exhibition gets underway for another year on Saturday August 16th running until September 1st (closed Monday Aug 18 & Aug 25)

Divas: Over at The Cobalt, it’s a Nordic-Goddess Showdown – Björk vs Robyn, a night of drag, dance, divas and fun




It’s National Underwear Day in the USA!

Fresh Pair National Underwear Day SaleIf you’re in New York today, don’t be alarmed if you suddenly see groups of people appear in their underwear, they’re just taking part in National Underwear Day.  This year the organizers, the online undie retailer, Fresh Pair, is trying to break a Guinness World Record for most people gathering in their underwear. The record stands at 2270, they’re hoping to break that in Times Square, between 46th & 47th, today at 5pm est. So if you’re in New York and want to be part of history, drop your drawers and join in.

National Underwear Day was founded by Fresh Pair in 2003, to publically celebrate underwear by hosting NYC model events, underwear giveaways, a pop-up shop in Columbus Circle, and a Times Square runway show. Throughout the years, Fresh Pair has heard from many people who have written and shared acts of confidence; cancer survivors struggling to regain their lives, men and women suffering with poor body image, and young and old embracing their sexuality.

In conjunction with National Underwear Day, Fresh Pair has a 25% off sale to help make sure you’re unmentionables are worth mentioning.

67th Tony Award Winners

Tony Awards

Sunday night, June 9, Broadway’s finest gathered at Radio City Music Hall for the 67th Annual Tony Awards presentations. Hosted for the 3rd consecutive year by  Neil Patrick Harris the ceremony celebrates the 2012-2013 Broadway season.  The show started as usual with an original opening number performed by the host and what appeared to be every Broadway performer.  In a show of support, performances from this season’s Tony award nominated musicals A Christmas Story- The Musical, Annie, Bring It On-The Musical, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,  Kinky Boots, Matilda-The Musical, Motown-The Musical, and Pippin were introduced by performers from the Great White Way’s currently running shows including Chicago; Jersey Boys; Newsies; Once; Mamma Mia!; Rock of Ages; Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark; The Lion King; and The Phantom of the Opera.

The Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre is awarded to Bernard Gersten, executive producer of Lincoln Center Theater, scenic designer Ming Cho Lee, and Paul Libin, executive vice president of Jujamcyn Theaters.

Going into the night Kinky Boots was the most nominated production with 13 nods closely followed by Matilda The Musical with 12. The the end of the night, Kinky Boots triumphed with 6 gongs followed by Matilda & Pippin with 4 each.
The other major Tony Awards went to:

Best Play: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Best Revival of a Play: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Best Musical: Kinky Boots
Best Revival of a Musical: Pippin
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play: Tracy Letts as George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play: Cicely Tyson as Miss Carrie Watts in The Trip to Bountiful
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play: Courtney B. Vance as Hap Hairston in Lucky Guy
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play: Judith Light as Faye in The Assembled Parties
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical: Billy Porter as Lola in Kinky Boots
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical: Laura Osnes as Ella in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical: Gabriel Ebert as Mr. Wormwood in Matilda the Musical
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical: Andrea Martin as Berthe in Pippin 
Best Book of a Musical: Matilda the Musical – Dennis Kelly
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre: Kinky Boots – Cyndi Lauper (music and lyrics)
Best Choreography: Jerry Mitchell – Kinky Boots
Best Direction of a Play: Pam MacKinnon – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Best Direction of a Musical: Diane Paulus – Pippin

The the full list of nominees and winners visit the Tony Awards online

Fairfield Inn & Suites Manhattan / Times Square

Fairfield Inn & Suites New York Manhattan / Times SquareThe Fairfield Inn & Suites New York Manhattan / Times Square is a conveniently located Midtown Manhattan hotel.  Featuring 244 well appointed rooms and suites, modern decor, free wi-fi, the Inn Sports Bar & Lounge and Sky Room – NYC’s highest roof top bar, this hotel is an excellent base for your next trip to the Big Apple.
Located directly across the street from the Port Authority, just a 6 blocks from Penn Station and 3 blocks from the heart of Times Square, it’s a great spot for catching Broadway shows or a game at Madison Square Garden.  As with most New York accommodation great food is just steps away, this is no exception, a branch of Dean & Deluca, Qi Bangkok Eatery, Piccolo Cafe and Shake Shack are nearby. The hotel is not far from the start (or end) of the High Line Park, if you’re looking for an outdoor stroll. Fairfield Inn & Suites New York Manhattan / Times Square
Inside the hotel all the usual amenities one expects from a Fairfield Inn can be found, a small but decent fitness centre in the lower lever, the Inn Sport Bar does double duty in it’s morning hours as additional seating for the complimentary breakfast included with your accommodation. Computer work stations and a comfortable seating/waiting area around a large fireplace round out the lobby. Friendly concierge, desk staff and bellman make the lobby lively and inviting. With two similarly sized properties on either side and the busy Port Authority bus depot across, the street is almost always occupied with pedestrians and the familiar yellow taxis, so it always feels like a safe environment to walk in spite of the New York State Parole office mid-block.
With a Trip Advisor rank of 167 out of 435 NY Hotels, and over 450 reviews giving it a 4/5 rating, there seems to be a good number of people who agree with me in recommending the Fairfield Inn & Suites New York Manhattan / Times Square.

Fairfield Inn & Suites New York Manhattan / Times Square is located at 330, West 40th Street, New York, NY.
Call 1 888 236 2427 or book online
Fairfield is a Marriott brand and qualifies for Marriott Rewards.

Fairmont Hotels “Get Steeped” For November

For the second November in a row, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is celebrating the age old tradition of taking tea. The “Get Steeped with Fairmont” program runs in hotels and resorts around the world. With iconic properties like The Fairmont Empress in Victoria, London’s The Savoy, New York City’s The Plaza or the brand new Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai all brewing up special tea services. There is something for everyone, from tea-sommelier led tastings and unique tea infused cocktails each property across the chain is putting their own spin on tea.


In addition to the hotel tea services, guests can create their own tea tradition with Fairmont’s new limited-edition Eclipse blend, the first in a new series of select teas to be offered annually for “Get Steeped”.  The unique-to-Fairmont black tea blend, created in partnership with The Metropolitan Tea Company, is available at select properties and online at Fairmont shop alongside Fairmont’s wide selection of other signature tea blends.


With The Fairmont Empress, The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, The Fairmont Waterfront, The Fairmont Vancouver Airport, Fairmont Pacific Rim, The Fairmont Chateau Whistler and The Fairmont Olympic Hotel all nearby, we Vancouverites have plenty of opportunities to “Get Steeped”.

Fashion’s Night Out Vancouver 2012

On Thursday September 6, 2012, Fashion’s Night Out turns 4years old, how will you celebrate?

Fashion’s Night Out (FNO), started in New York City in 2009 by Vogue Magazine and Council Of Fashion Designers of America as an event to encourage consumers to shop, therefore boosting the flagging fashion industry and economy. Coinciding with the start of New York Fashion week is brought fashion events to the masses and allowed everyone an opportunity to participate in Fashion Week.  The sidewalks and shops of New York are filled with people as they try to catch a glimpse of the stars and celebrities of Hollywood and the Garment District came out to support the brands and shops throughout the city.

FNO has now grown into a global initiative with events in 18 countries around the globe, 4500 events are planned throughout the United States alone.  Vancouver is joining in on the action for 2012, the first Canadian city to participate.  Presented by Vancouver Fashion Showcase, FNO Vancouver features a kick off Fashion Show at CBC Studio 40 at 700 Hamilton Street at 5:30, showcasing local designers; Jason Matlo, Jacqueline Conoir, Daryl White, Evan Ducharme and other retailers.  Then the celebrations and fun spreads across the city.  Events are schedule on Robson and Alberni Streets in downtown Vancouver, Gastown, South Granville, 4th Ave in Kitsilano and the Shops at Morgan Crossing in Surrey all get in on the action.  Besides your favourite brands like H&M, Holt Renfrew, Banana Republic, Guess, J Crew, Bebe, Gap, Boy’s Co, MAC, Tiffany & Co, Pandora and Coach look for pop-up shops hosted by Urban Tea Merchants on Alberni Street to surprise you.  You can even get in on the fun sitting on the couch, online retailers ShoeMe Canada, Hive Mind Millinery and Knot Theory are participating as well.

Then, because shopping is hard work, take a break at some of the restaurants joining the FNO Vancouver team; CinCin, Thierry, Blue Water Cafe, WEST, Market by Shangri-la. Throughout the evening be on the look out for the FNO Vancouver Social Shopper Street Team and you might win your way into VIP treatment at the wrap up party at Bar None in Yaletown.

With so much going on all across the Lower Mainland from afternoon to late evening, visit the Fashion’s Night Out Vancouver website or use your smartphone to scan the QR code or download their app at app.fnovancouver.com  to have the full list of events at your fingertips. Make sure to tag your instagram photos with #FNO #FNOV to possibly be featured on FNOLive starting Thursday at 5pm EST