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




Picks of the Week – December 3, 2014

If you’re Grey Cup hangover is gone, you’ll be ready to hit up your Holiday party now that December is already here.  These picks of the week will help you get into the Christmas spirit even if you don’t have your own office party.

Reunion: Head out to Hard Rock Casino Vancouver as Moist wraps up their reunion tour on Thursday night

Spin: Thursday night, DJ Zach Shore spins the tunes at Liberace at Celebrities

Queen: You never know what will happen when the Vancouver Theatresports League presents Christmas Queen: An Improv Comedy Fairytale but one thing is sure, the pantomime style show will make you laugh.

LightUp: On Friday evening at 5:30pm, Light The Way For Kids at the 8th Annual Tree Lighting ceremony at Jack Poole Plaza this year in support of Kids Help Phone.

Sing: Jingle all the way to Davie Village on Friday evening for Showtunes at 1181

Theatre: The Arts Club Theatre Company has plenty of entertainment for the Holidays; hilarious adult fun of Avenue Q, and improvised laughs with A Twisted Christmas Carol both running now and family favourite Mary Poppins, opening Friday.

Cake: One of the new Friday night line-up events at Heaven’s Door, Poundcake takes off this week with DJs DubbulDee and Steve Mnemonic

CarriageRide: Christmas comes to the Roundhouse Community Centre on Saturday & Sunday, with Concord Pacific Carriage Rides, photos with Santa and a Sunday Breakfast with Santa

Dance: Saturday night #Hoodrat 3 takes over Heaven’s Door gets your weekend going with DJ Jef Leppard and DJ DomTop with a special performance by Raye Sunshine

Parade: The 11th Annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade gets underway at 1pm on Sunday throughout downtown Vancouver

Singer: The Vogue welcomes the many musical styles of Rufus Wainwright on his Best Of tour on Sunday night.

Rocker: Iconic British rocker, Johnny Marr comes to the stage at the Commodore Ballroom on Sunday night

Picks of the Week – October 22, 2014

Halloween is sneaking up on us, it’s lurking just around the corner but there’s still a lot of other activities and fun to see and do in the city without putting on a costume or trick-or-treating. The Picks of the Week include:

Writers: the Vancouver International Writer’s Festival is underway with hundreds of events centered around Granville Island until October 26th

Candlelight: Tonight, turn of the lights for a romantic Candlelight Dinner, BC Hydro’s annual lights-out night at restaurants around the province. Check out discounts and special offers.

Gig: Portland’s Blitzen Trapper is sure to fill the house when they take the stage at The Biltmore Cabaret tonight, October 22nd

Concert: Kodaline, bring their Irish rock to the Commodore Ballroom tonight

Play: The Arts Club Theatre Company’s newest play, Saint Joan, opens Thursday October 23rd running until November 23rd.

Singer: Bringing his irresistible pop, singer/songwriter Jason Mraz plays to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Thursday night.

Vogue: Grammy award winning singer, Patty Griffin, supports her latest release “American Kid” at the Vogue Theatre on Thursday evening.

Jane: Thursday, head to 303 Columbia and take a step into Jane’s Dreamhouse with Jane Smokr, a poptastic, bubblegum, 90’s evening of fun and fivolity.

Event: Friday night, sees The Airborne Toxic Event playing The Commodore Ballroom

Electro: Saturday night’s alright (for dancing) when electro-pop duo Chromeo bring their upbeat beats to the Vogue Theatre.

Finale: The Whitecaps play their final match of the regular season, with a playoff berth at stake, when they take on Colorado Rapids on Saturday.

Legend: Canadian icon, Gordon Lightfoot, plays the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Saturday night.

Hell: Start your Halloween early with Vancouver Pride Society’s The Haunting II: Dragged to Hell party at the Commodore Ballroom on Saturday night.

Pucks: Can the Canucks rebound from a loss to regain their winning start to the season? Find out Sunday at Rogers Arena against Washington Capitals.

Picks Of The Week – July 2, 2014

It’s already the start of July! Keep the excitement and celebration of Canada Day going with more fun leading to your weekend with my Picks of the Week!!

Play: At Vanier Park, Bard on the Beach debuts Equivocation by Bill Cain, running until September 19th on the Howard Family Stage

Pitch: Spend a sunny evening at Nat Bailey while the Vancouver Canadians wrap up a home stand against Salem-Kaizer, Wednesday and Thursday at 7pm

Electro: Thursday night, German electronic music forefathers, Kraftwerk play the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Indie:  Vancouver’s own Oceanographers lead off an evening of scientific themed rock bands when they open for San Francisco’s Geographer at The Biltmore Cabaret on Thursday night.

Drag: Join the unique theatrics of Rupaul’s Drag Race alumni, Ivy Winters when she takes the stage for Liberace Thursday at Celebrities.

GameShow: Come On Down to the River Rock Show Theatre and join the iconic game show, The Price Is Right live on stage, daily from July 4th until July 13th.

RnB: At the Commodore on Friday night, check out LA based R&B duo, Rhye

Kicks: With excitement of the World Cup finals building, get out and see some live soccer as Whitecaps FC host Seattle Sounders at BC Place at 7pm

Twang: Get out your cowboy boots and join country crooner, Dwight Yoakam at the Commodore Ballroom on Saturday night

Birthday: Celebrate the first anniversary of Monroe at Heaven’s Door on Saturday night with DJs Jeff Leppard, Domtop and host Jane Smokr

Retro: Over at The Cobalt, host Isolde N Barron plays ringleader as Electric Circus 90’s Dance Party features DJs Kasey Riot & G Luve with performances by Beardoncé and Evita Versace


Picks Of The Week – June 18, 2014

Summer time and the livin’ is easy!

PlayBall:  Tonight, the Vancouver Canadians step up to the plate to start their home season with a three night home stand against Spokane .

Stage: There’s still time to catch Spamalot at The Arts Club and Wicked at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre, both of which end on June 29th.

Park: The Fray are sure to hit it out of a park when they play at Malkin Bowl, night along with special guests Barcelona and Oh Honey starting at 7pm

Concerts: Local boy, Michael Bublé fills Rogers Arena for two nights as he kicks of his concert tour on Thursday and Friday night.

Underwear: Internationall renowned underwear & clothing designer Andrew Christian hosts #Liberace Thursday at Celebrities Vancouver featuring an Andrew Christian underwear fashion show featuring model Pablo Hernandez

Jazz:  Starting Friday, the city will be filled with music as the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival brings jazz to venues and outdoor stages for the next 10 days.

Gig: The Imperial on Main Street welcomes Top Less Gay Love Tekno Party & guests to the stage for a Summer Splashtacular on Friday night

Rain: Big Roger Events presents DJ Ana Paulo from Brazil at XOXO at Rain Nightclub in Gastown on Friday night

Outdoor: Another Concert In The Park echoes throughout Stanley Park on Saturday night as The Neighbourhood play Malkin Bowl



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

Picks of the Week – April 9, 2014

Blossoms are blooming, sun is appearing between the rain showers, spring is definitely in the air. Entertainment is in the air too.

Stage: The Pacific Theatre debuts Old Time Gospel Radio Hour playing until April 12th.

gastown_shophop600x600Shop: Get out and Shop, Dine and Explore Gastown as Shop Hop returns for spring 2014, plenty of special late evening opening specials and one-of-a-kind promotions at the shops and eateries around the ‘hood

Art : Raw Canvas is always a unique experience for food,drinks and art, on Thursday night music joins the mix as the venue features live performances from Cory Owens and Juniper Watters.

Pucks: If anyone still wants to watch, now that they’ve been knocked out of the play offs, the Canucks play Colorado on Thursday night

Broadway: Il Divo – A Musical Affair has the group performing The Greatest Songs of Broadway Live at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Thursday night.

Unpaved: Former Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus brings his new act, The Jicks to the Rickshaw Theatre on Thursday night

Party: You’re in for another fun Liberace Thursday at Celebrities Nightclub with Domtop, Nikki Ravange and Sienna Blaze hosting your night.

Show: It’s another Friday night to belt out Showtunes at 1181 – drink, sing, drink, watch, drink.

Soul: At the Biltmore Cabaret it’s time for another East Van Soul Club Friday night with the sounds of Motown, Northern Soul and more on deck

Spin: Blueprint Events spins the Adventure Club to the Commodore Ballroom on Friday night along with Vanic and Expendable Youth.

Valley: After a show in Victoria on Friday, Hedley heads out to the Fraser Valley to play the Abbotsford Entertainment Centre