New generation breathes fresh life into Theatre Under the Stars' fast-tapping 42nd Street

The Broadway musical 42nd Street has tapped its way to Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park. The Theatre Under the Stars production opened to an appreciative audience who enjoyed the tremendous efforts put forth by the popular theatre company, which is celebrating its 72nd season. And while 42nd Street doesn’t quite knock it out of the park, there’s some great talent on display.

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Despite strong lead, Cinderella lacks TUTS's usual musical magic

With summer in full swing, many families and theatre fans will plan to visit Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park for Theatre Under the Stars’ annual Broadway musical offerings. But this year, audiences who have previously enjoyed the magical charm of fairy tale-inspired shows such as Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Mary Poppins will be disappointed with this year’s production of Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. This production lacks magic and appeal, and is instead a weird concoction of strange costumes, set pieces, and directorial choices.

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Stephen King thriller Misery comes to the stage next month

Who is your ultimate fanboy or fangirl obsession? Ryan Reynolds? Taylor Swift? If they were in a car accident, would you come to their rescue? Would you bring them home and take care of them? Would you let them leave? Wow – did that just get creepy?Well, that’s the premise of Stephen King’s classic thriller, Misery. Also an Academy Award-winning film, Arts Club Theatre Company is bringing the stage version of Misery to the Granville Island Stage, and it’s guaranteed to give audiences a good scare.

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Locally produced Leonard Cohen show to ignite passions one final time

Let’s face it, the dating world isn’t easy. Imagine if you had to scroll through all your Tindr matches and reflect on how each relationship panned out.In celebrating its 35th anniversary season, the Firehall Arts Centre has remounted Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen.

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Theatre Review: 'Motown the Musical' reveals the story behind the music

Looking for some sizzle to warm up from the rainy winter weather?Motown The Musical is a hot blast of fun. Full of crowd-pleasing renditions of classic Motown tunes such as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “My Girl,” and “Baby I Need Your Lovin,” this musical bio on the life of Berry Gordy, the founder of the Motown record label, is burning up the Queen Elizabeth stage until February 11.

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Suzy Kaitman: Former ballerina leaps to entrepreneurial success

Suzy Kaitman has taken extraordinary leaps in 2017. The former ballerina, who transitioned into becoming a fitness coach, opened her own studio, Ballet Lounge, in 2016 - but she faced tough roads ahead. Determined to succeed, she took serious action in 2017 and her drive and dedication has paid off. Read about her inspirational journey. 

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Shannon Chan-Kent is the new Belle of Vancouver

Like millions of young girls, Shannon Chan-Kent grew up watching Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and dreamed of one day playing Belle. Guess what? Her dream has come true and she's now starring as Belle in Arts Club Theatre Company's production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. I recently interviewed her to get an inside look at how she got to where she is today. 

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Michela Fiorido: All-star team player in law, sports and life

Whether protecting client privacy rights or helping her team on the basketball court, you can count on Michela Fiorido. Once intent on working in law enforcement, this young Vancouverite realized you can apply law to anything you're passionate about - and she has. 

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The best holiday shows to check out in Vancouver this Christmas

The holiday season has arrived and some familiar faces have returned to Vancouver’s theatre and arts scene. Whether you’re looking for some great entertainment to enjoy with your family, friends or significant other, here’s a rundown of some of the top theatre, dance and musical performances in and around Vancouver this holiday season. Cheers!

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