Summer is here but that doesn’t mean there still aren’t things happening on stage. Here’s what’s playing on Vancouver stages in July and August 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!
Cruisin’ with the Boomers
Granville Island Revue Stage
16 – 27 July 2013
Revisit the 60s and 70s in a new musical revue that takes you back to a time of change, passion and great music! A colorful tapestry of popular music ranging from one end of a decade to another and encompassing many different genres, this new musical revue includes chart toppers by David Bowie, The Beatles, Carole King, Bob Dylan, The Doors, The Righteous Brothers, BB King, Elton John, Disco and Motown Medleys, Woodstock and more. Visit http://cruisinwiththeboomers.com for tickets and information.
A Behanding in Spokane
17 – 28 July 2013
Little Mountain Gallery
Every story has two sides: on one hand, Carmichael is a revenge seeking psychopath who has spent twenty-seven years of his life tracking down the hand that was taken from him; and on the other hand… well, actually… he only has one. McDonagh’s latest dark action-comedy, a disturbing, hilarious and unpredictable story about a chopped-off-hand deal gone wrong. Strong language, suggested 17+ Visit http://www.littlemountainlionproductions.com for tickets and information.
Connected: The Musical
19 – 27 July 2013
Four people, one online dating firm. Can they revolutionize the way people find love in a digital age, all while dealing with their own personal connections? This brand-new homegrown musical explores the relationships that people share both on and offline. Visit http://www.whirlwindtheatre.com for tickets and information.
26 July – 10 August 2013
Performance Works Outdoor Stage, Granville Island
Performed by members of CTYP’s Teen Shakespeare Program, Hamlet is a steam-punk re-telling of Shakespeare’s infamous tragedy- with a twist. All of the major roles are gender-reversed! A teenage Hamlet struggles with the recent death of her mother, her father’s betrayal in marrying so soon and the treachery of her aunt, who has now become King. Something is indeed rotten in the state of Denmark. To top it all off, things are not going well between Hamlet and her boyfriend Ophelia. No one seems to care, no one seems to listen… Teen angst reaches new heights in this bold adaptation of this epic tragedy. Visit http://www.carouseltheatre.ca for more information.
Wolf at the Door
7 – 17 August 2013
The Grenfells, peaceful artisan weavers living in Yorkshire, England, supply their neighbours and community with beautiful, quality garments. Enter the Industrial Revolution, an idealistic factory heir and a cousin with dangerous notions, and each Grenfell must decide: will it be what they know, or a new way forward. Harriet, all fists and fight, leads the charge. Sarah has her own plan and she’s not waiting for her father’s go ahead. And Susanna, as wife and mother, is torn between loyalty to her husband and a desire for justice. Times are changing, and in the Grenfell household, the women are making up their minds. The question is, can Matthias adapt and build a new world, or will he go down in the fight? Visit http://otherwiseproductions.ca for tickets and information.
Theatre Under The Stars
Through – 17 August 2013
Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park
Legally Blonde is an exhilarating re-imagining of the hit film about sorority girl Elle Woods, her little dog Bruiser and other favourite characters who take Harvard Law School by storm, learning a few things about love and life along the way. How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying filters the era of “Mad Men” through a wonderfully comic lens, and features some of the best songs written for musical theatre. Visit http://www.tuts.ca for tickets and information.
The Diaries of Adam and Eve
Through – August 8 2013
Jericho Arts Centre
This delightful retelling of the dawn of human creation gives insight into the complex relationships between human beings, and the impulses that both repel and draw them together. Master storyteller Mark Twain hilariously recreates the very first days, portraying Adam as something of a recluse, and a man who is ill prepared for the arrival of Eve, a talkative, emotional, and highly charged female. Yet in time, and after many moments of conflict, they begin to learn to live together and come to realize that men and women can, in fact, exist in harmony. Visit http://ensembletheatrecompany.ca for tickets and information.
Through 3 August 2013
Arts Club Granville Island Stage
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.
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Through 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.
Previously in July & August:
Best described as a “live sitcom”, Vic & Jack is an episodic, live performance about two gay women sharing an apartment in Vancouver. Victoria, an actor, comes to live with her best friend Jackie, a playwright, when she has nowhere else to turn. The friends’ different lifestyles and sensibilities create friction as they try to live under the same roof. Visit http://www.littlebaskettheatre.com for tickets and information.
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.