Bring On Tomorrow Co brings us 13: The Musical

L to R: Julian Lokash (Archie), Julia Mclean (Patrice), Graham Verchere (Evan), Jason Sakaki (Brett), Kyra Leroux (Kendra), Michelle Creber (Lucy)
Photo Credit: Anita Alberto

Bring On Tomorrow Co. is thrilled to present Jason Robert Brown’s 13: The Musical, the hilarious and charming Broadway hit about growing up.  It’s a musical everyone can relate to, we’ve all been teenagers.

Uniquely, 13: The Musical features a cast comprised completely of teenagers, the original Broadway run featured a number of now familiar names making their professional debuts like Ariana Grande, Elizabeth Gillies, Eric Nelson and others who have gone on to establish careers in TV, Broadway and Music.  This local production features a fresh cast of teen actors who are already making names for themselves on stage and screen.

“When 13: The Musical made its 2008 debut – as the first-ever Broadway show to feature an all-teenage cast – audiences were taken with its young stars”, says director Chris Adams. “Having teens play teen characters was a winning decision for its creators: no one can better convey an authentic youth’s perspective than those on the front lines of adolescence. In the same spirit, our production showcases some of Vancouver’s most accomplished performers age 18 and under. We can’t wait to unveil their collective magic as they light up the stage.”

With a book written by acclaimed young adult novelist Dan Elish with TV producer & writer Robert Horn, 13: The Musical is set in the uncertain days of middle school, the clever coming of age story follows 12-year-old Evan Goldman who is abruptly yanked from his New York City life in the aftermath of his parents’ divorce. Transplanted to small town Indiana, Goldman finds himself navigating the popularity pecking order, while planning what he hopes will be an epic Bar Mitzvah attended by all the ‘cool kids.’ Amidst love-triangle debacles and matchmaker fiascos, Evan eventually gives up the angst-filled chase for ‘it’ crowd status and marks his first step into adulthood among his real friends.
Take a look at the trailer for Bring On Tomorrow Co’s 13: The Musical

13: The Musical runs September 28 – October 1 and October 4 – 8 at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island.
Tickets are onsale now from Bring On Tomorrow Co.

Jake Bugg flashes like a Lightning Bolt

Jake Bugg – Vogue Theatre – September 27, 2013

Jake Bugg - Acoustic

Stepping on stage at a sold out Vogue Theatre 19 year old Jake Bugg didn’t have to try hard to win over the audience. Being just 19 years old, most of the audience was older than he but you’d never know it by his performance.  His vocals and guitar playing was equal to performers decades older.

Jake Bugg - Rocks

 

Obviously taking his inspiration from best of British music over the years, there was a hint of 60s rock, 70s folk and 90s Britpop throw in a dash of country and you can see why he’s had a number one album and numerous award nominations.

Starting off with “Fire” the audience, populated by a number of expats, sang along with most of the hour long set especially his hit single “Lightning Bolt”. Mixing in songs from his self-titled number one debut album Jake Bugg with his upcoming sophomore effort, “Shangri-La”, the set varied from full out rock and roll swagger like “Two Fingers” and “Taste It”  to intimate acoustic tracks such as “Country Song” and “Song About Love”.

Even with the acoustic break in the middle the set was a fast paced and lively affair as the audience buzzed about watching the young star. This was definitely a show that people will recall for years with a “Remember when…”.

Jake Bugg

For more Jake Bugg, find him online on Twitter @JakeBugg, Facebook.com/JakeBuggUK, Instagram @JakeBugg or YouTube

Tyrell Witherspoon takes “One Step Closer”

After making the challenging decision to alter his career path in 2011 from dancer to singer, Vancouver out-artist Tyrell Witherspoon is ready to take One Step Closer to pop superstardom.

In May of 2011, Tyrell debuted a new side of himself with his first solo single, “Letting Go.” Known primarily as a dancer on stage and film, this former CW “Hellcats” dancer took a chance to step out of the background into the spotlight. Not shy of hard work, Tyrell began working on making his music heard; multiple club appearances, playing Pride festivals across the country, opening for artists like Destineak, Wynter Gordon and the legendary Martha Wash, Tyrell showed that he didn’t only have the moves, but the voice as well.  Following a success summer, Tyrell debuted his first self-produced EP titled “Dance With Me,” a fitting title for the dancer turned artist. The EP was featured on blogs all over North America and garnered praise from many critics.

Constantly seeking to grow his knowledge of the industry, he took a step back for the late 2011 into 2012, Tyrell watched and learned from the industry. Studying music and other performers he looked up to intently, Tyrell began writing music and working on perfecting his stage show.  Finally, the track “One Step Closer” was born after taking old lyrics and revamping them for his current sound. Working with Vancouver DJ and producer Nick Bertossi, Tyrell crafted a pulsing dance track with honest lyrics about asking the love of your life to come back to you after a rocky period or break up.

Tyrell says of his music, “I’ve always tried to write songs that come from an honest place. Whether their my own personal stories or stories I’ve observed from family or friends. My songs may be dance-y and up-tempo but in the end, I want the song to relate to you and mean something. I grew up listening to music that served a purpose and I want my listeners to know that I have a heart.”
I’ve seen him perform live many times and can attest to the fact that Tyrell has lots of heart, he gives his all to every performance no matter how large (or small) the crowd, he wins people over with catchy numbers, slick dance routines and a engaging stage persona. He truly wants to reach his audience and make them feel and care about the music as much as he does.  


The video for “One Step Closer” was shot locally in Vancouver with the help of Reel Illusions Entertainment. The video portrays the angst caused when a mutual friend comes between Tyrell and his lover, played by real-life Fiancé Patrick Levesque.  After a fight, the real question is, will Tyrell forgive him or is he ready to move on? The storyline is intercut with footage of Tyrell and two backup dancers busting out some choreography at Blue Egg Studios.

Tyrell is currently working on writing a sophomore EP which is set to be released later this fall. Thanks to artists like Adam Lambert, Ricky Martin, Jakes Shears of the Scissor Sisters and the newly out Frank Ocean – Tyrell hopes to break into the pop music scene regardless of his sexual orientation this year.

“The music industry is very heterosexually dominated. But, just because I am engaged to a man doesn’t mean my stories of love and heartbreak are any different. I want to help the world see that.”

Find “One Step Closer” on iTunes & Amazon.com
Follow Tyrell on Twitter and Facebook

You Tube Star of the Month – June 2011

I stumbled upon this months sensational video from seeing a random tweet about a cover of Adele’s – Someone Like You by Eli Lieb.  As it turns out there are a lot of great Adele covers online, amazingly mostly from men.  So this month the YouTube star is really Adele who has inspired so many to share with us.

– Eli Lieb has a lot of great covers and appears to be working on a full length album of his own. Check him out on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter

Mike Tompkins brings his amazing vocal skills to Adele’s – Rolling In The Deep, a great rendition using only sounds made by his mouth and voice. Check his YouTube, Facebook and Twitter for more.

– Sean Rumsey gives Adele’s – Make You Feel My Love the cover treatment.  He also does a great Someone Like You cover. Watch it on his YouTube. His Facebook and Twitter list a lot of other great covers.

Foals – Rock Gods In The Making?

Foals – Commodore Ballroom – April 10, 2011

While they may be from Oxford, England, the bandmates in Foals couldn’t be further from the staid uniformed college life.  These five floppy haired, shoe gazing, rock hellions have evolved from the first time they played Vancouver, then they seemed overjoyed but anxious to be playing in front of a paying audience.  Fast forward to the present, they now seem more comfortable, like they’re still in their garage, playing for themselves, for the sheer enjoyment of the music.  Whether the audience was there or not seemed incidental, they tore through each song with vigour. Some great, huge guitar riffs ran seamlessly from one song to the next, reminiscent of a 70’s psycadelic, prog-rock act.  Judging by the stream of preppy college kids leaving the venue during the show this lack of audience interaction left some of the more casual fans out in the cold.  However, the Foal’s true fans seemed to be going right along for the ride, bouncing and fist pumping to every beat. Occassionally, when lead singer Yannis Philippakis would look up to make the odd comment to the crowd it reaffirmed their love for the band.  As the set drew closer to the end, as though reading a “how to be a rock star” book, antics continued with mic stands kicked over, Yannis climbing the speaker tower, guitars being smacked against whatever was nearby, drumsticks thrown at the crowd but beneath all these showy antics was some damn fine tunes. If Foals can find a balance between the two aspects they just might be a truly great band. Let’s see what the future holds.