On Vancouver stages: our weekly round-up from Vancouver Presents

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Members of the cast of Oklahoma! kick up their heels. Photo by David Cooper.

There is something special about watching a production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! given its the influence in changing the face of the American musical, as one of the first to fully integrate its songs and dances into telling its story. In fact, Oklahoma! does this so well that it may very well be the inspiration for the old adage “when the emotion is too strong for speech you sing; when it becomes too strong for song, you dance”. Read more.

Shay Kuebler and his new dance company present Glory as part of the 2015 Chutzpah! Festival. Photo by David Cooper.

Shay Kuebler and his new dance company present Glory as part of the 2015 Chutzpah! Festival. Photo by David Cooper.

At the helm of the Chutzpah! Festival for eleven of its fifteen years, Artistic and Managing Director Mary-Louise Albert may have programmed another diverse mix of dance, theatre and music for this year’s anniversary edition, but the bigger consideration for her is always in ensuring the acts presented are world-class. Read more.

The return of Disney's The Lion King headlines the 2015/2016 Broadway Across Canada season. Photo by Joan Marcus.

The return of Disney’s The Lion King headlines the 2015/2016 Broadway Across Canada season. Photo by Joan Marcus.

The 2015/2016 Broadway Across Canada will see the return of Disney’s The Lion King, along with the musicals Once, Dirty Dancing and Mamma Mia! to Vancouver. Read more.

David Adams and Sereana Malani in the Gateway Theatre production of Valley Song

David Adams and Sereana Malani in the Gateway Theatre production of Valley Song

Athol Fugard was a staunch anti-apartheid writer, whose passion about injustice and cruelty gave us some truly powerful and memorable plays including ”Master Harold”…and The Boys, My Children! My Africa! and The Road To Mecca. As his politics drove his writing, when apartheid ended in 1994 and Nelson Mandela became President, Fugard’s focus shifted and he began writing more about people than ideals. Valley Song is one of those pieces. Read more.

Backstage performs as part of the dance line-up at the 2015 Chutzpah! Festival

Backstage performs as part of the dance line-up at the 2015 Chutzpah! Festival

It is a good time to be a dance fan in Vancouver. Following on the heels of the PuSh Festival, the Chutzpah! Festival plays host to some of the best contemporary choreographers from around the world. This year’s line-up includes an autobiographical history of dance, a traditional First Nations dance, and dance that’s mixed with rock ‘n roll, martial arts, and more. Read more.

#FridayFive: Handel's Theodora

#FridayFive: Handel’s Theodora

Hot off the heels of their sold out Christmas Oratorio, Early Music Vancouver returns with an ambitious Valentine’s Day presentation of Handel’s Theodora at the Chan Centre. Here are five reasons we think you should go. Read more.

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