Summer is rapidly approaching but that doesn’t mean Vancouver’s theatre scene is any less exciting. Here’s what’s playing on Vancouver stages in May and June including a few shows with LGBTQ content.
Are we missing a show? Do you have an LGBTQ! connection? Let us know as we’d love to feature it here!
Full of onstage joy and backstage drama, the musical Dreamgirls tells the rags-to-riches tale of a 1960s girl group, loosely based on The Supremes. Young, black, and with talent to burn, the hopeful divas Effie, Deena, and Lorrell fantasize about playing the Apollo Theater. After getting their big break, The Dreamettes seem unstoppable—until rivalry and betrayal enter the group. Share their elation and tribulations on the road to stardom, told through the unforgettable sounds of Motown. Visit http://artsclub.com for tickets and information.
In the summer of 2011, local artists and couple Billy Marchenski and Alison Denham made a trip to the exclusion zone in Chernobyl- the site of the worst nuclear accident in human history. Slowpoke recounts this journey, using a photo slideshow, storytelling, and dance to create a work that not only relays a fascinating narrative, but meditates on humanity’s recently acquired ability to cause massive, irreversible, and instantaneous damage to our planet. Visit http://www.radixtheatre.org for tickets and information.
12 – 23 June 2013
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Cameron Mackintosh presents a brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical, Les Misérables, with glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. The story of Les Misérables is one of love, courage and redemption. Visit http://broadway.com for tickets and information.
You Are Very Star
12- 29 June 2013
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
The Electric Company presents You Are Very Star, an immersive, transmedia event about memory, dreams and technology that will transport you from 1968 to 2048 at H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver’s beloved Planetarium. Visit http://www.electriccompanytheatre.com for tickets and information.
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
12 June – 14 September 2013
The annual Shakespeare Festival The 24th season of Vancouver’s signature summer theatre festival returns to its seaside home in Vanier Park with performances of Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Measure for Measure and Elizabeth Rex. Visit http://bardonthebeach.org for tickets and information.
The White Rock Players’ Club presents Ten Little Indians; the classic whodunnit! Ten suspects in one house, each one murdered one by one until there’s only one standing. Will the murderer be discovered in time? Visit http://www.whiterockplayers.ca for tickets and information.
Irreverently witty and outright uproarious, Avenue Q is the musical story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college graduate who arrives in New York City looking for love, a job, and his purpose in life. The only neighbourhood he can afford is the multicultural Avenue Q, where Sesame Street-esque puppets rub shoulders with humans. Part felt, part flesh, Avenue Q is packed with songs that are surprisingly poignant and only occasionally PC. Visit http://artsclub.com for tickets and information.
The award award-winning memoir The Measure Of A Man by Vancouver Fashion columnist and author, JJ Lee, is set to make its stage debut. Lee is currently adapting his novel as a play and this work-in-progress will be showcased at a staged reading presented by Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (VACT). Visit http://www.vact.ca for more information.
Previously in May & June:
11 & 13 June 2013
The Railway Club
Ever had a cyberdate? Fallen in virtual love? Four heroines try something new, Women4Women.com in their quests for sex and romance. Come see a romantic comedy where the characters meet online and get to know each other until it heats up all they can do is meet in person with titillating results. Visit http://leapingthespians.ca for more information.
Yes, Catherine is brilliant. Just like her dad. But Dad went insane. So… Not everyone can afford the price of genius. In this world where Proof is everything, see who pays the ultimate price. Would you die fighting for a new truth? Visit http://www.mnemonictheatre.com for tickets and information.
Twin sister and brother fall for the same hot guy – and he could go either way: she’s never been kissed, he’s looking for sex, and the subject of their mutual affection seems to be ambiguously playing both fields. Imagine Glee at summer camp – except uncensored and totally NOT auto tuned! Visit the group’s Facebook event page for more information.
Elise, a middle class housewife craving immense wealth, leaves her husband, Andre, and hires a matchmaker (Martha) to find her a rich man. Ruthlessly executing Martha’s plan, Elise achieves her financial goal, while alienating everyone around her in the process. Greed, politics, and love abound in this comedic and exciting tale of romance and intrigue. Visit http://www.firehallartscentre.ca for tickets and information.
Adapted by the author, Mark Leiren-Young, from his Leacock-Award Winning book, this new comedy features true life tall tales of a big-city boy who becomes a reporter in small-town BC’s real-life wild west. Zachary Stevenson (the Arts Club’s Buddy Holly) stars in this stage adaptation of the bestselling memoir. Visit http://stampedequeen.ca for tickets and information.
Grimm Girls aims to not only be a show, but an experience where the worlds of Burlesque and Musical Theatre fuse to create a sexy, hilarious romp in which classic Brothers Grimm fables collide. The world created will be familliar yet surprising, filled with well known characters being updated to a sexy, contemporary twist. We guarantee you have never seen Snow White, Cinderella, Red Riding Hood and the Evil Queen quite like this before. Visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com for tickets and information.
Tucked & Plucked: Vancouverʼs Drag Herstory Live Onstage
18-19 & 25-26 May 2013
The Rosie OʼDonnell Show meets Jerry Springer in this glamorous and outrageous talk show co-hosted by The Queen of East Van, Isolde N. Barron (Cameron Mackenzie) and The Baddest Bitch Peach Cobblah (Dave Deveau). And if these real-life drag husbands weren’t enough, their star-studded lineup of Vancouver’s greatest and most influential queens will bedazzle parts of Vancouver’s history that you’ve never heard. Visit http://www.revolverfestival.ca for more details.
Ever woken up beside a stranger? What if it was planned that way? shameless hussy presents the acclaimed one-woman, 14 character, theatrical tour de force Dissolve by Meghan Gardiner. At turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Dissolve confronts the topic of drink spiking and drug facilitated sexual assault. The play follows a young girl on a night out and the people she encounters, with the actress morphing fluidly between a flurry of 14 characters, both comedic and compelling. Visit http://www.shamelesshussy.com for more information.
Two theatrical poems skewing conventional storytelling; merging visual art, dance, clown, and magic. Part of the rEvolver Theatre Festival. Visit http://thecultch.com for tickets and information.
When Bill is sent home to take care of his ailing mother, he realizes that his family story, in all its messiness, is a perfect fit with those families that make up the stories in the Bible. Visit http://pacifictheatre.org for tickets and information.
An enticing musical version of a classic theatrical staple, Ernest In Love is based on Oscar Wilde’s sparkling play about social hypocrisy among the creme de la creme of Victorian England. Two young gentlemen well versed in the art of “Bunburying” (using a fictitious relative as an alibi to circumvent the responsibilities of proper social behavior) are beside themselves when they find their innocent fabrications taking over their love lives. Visit http://www.applausemusicals.com for tickets and information.
Based on M.A.C. Farrant’s memoir of her fourteenth summer, My Turquoise Years is a comic coming-of-age story set in 1960, a time of postwar optimism, when plastic reigned and the colour turquoise was the height of chic. Marion, raised by Aunt Elsie in sleepy Cordova Bay, has grown up hearing tales of her glamorous, globe-trotting mother, Nancy. Just as Marion is blossoming into womanhood, Nancy suddenly announces a visit to Canada, throwing everyone into a tizzy. Visit http://artsclub.com for tickets and information.
Now returning home to Vancouver, this smash hit from composer Veda Hille, the CBC’s Bill Richardson, and playwright and director Amiel Gladstone, explores what humanity has to offer and turns it into comic musical fare. Who wouldn’t want a broken time machine, for free? Visit http://www.artsclub.com for tickets and information.