It’s that time of year again! Theatre Under the Stars has been a summer tradition here in Vancouver since the 1940s, and we always look forward to attending summer night musical performances in the open air ampitheatre at Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl.
I’m really excited about this year’s line up! Playing from July 7 to August 19, 2017, the TUTS 2017 season will feature a pair of Broadway blockbusters sure to get Vancouver audiences in the musical swing of things! The first is an iconic family musical starring an ever so enchanting nanny; the second is a riotous Broadway sensation and tribute to the Roaring Twenties.
Mary Poppins, one of the most popular Disney movies of all time, captures hearts in a whole new way. The irresistible story and unforgettable songs are back, as everyone’s favourite nanny swoops in to teach the Banks family a lesson or two about love and imagination.
Practically perfect favourites like ‘A Spoonful of Sugar’, ‘Chim Chim Cher-ee’, and ‘Let’s Go Fly a Kite’ come to life in the cherished musical – complete with brand-new dance numbers and spectacular stage-craft.
Making her TUTS debut as Mary Poppins is Ranae Miller who is joined by Victor Hunter (Bert), returning following his hilarious portrayal as Lumière in 2016’s Beauty and the Beast. Mr. & Mrs. Banks are played by Russell Roberts and Lalainia Lindbjerg-Strelau. Nine-year-old TUTS newcomer Nolen Dubuc performs as Michael Banks alongside 11-year-old Lola Marshall (Jane Banks) taking part in her third TUTS production. This performance is directed by Shel Piercy and choreographed by Nicol Spinola, with musical direction by Wendy Bross Stuart.
This iconic family classic will also feature a furry cast member sure to charm every child at the show. Meet Willoughby, the neighbour’s dog, played by this practically perfect Brussels Griffon!
The girls loved last year’s Disney’s Beauty and the Beast performance, and they’re eagerly anticipating this year’s opening night for Mary Poppins on July 11. They’ve been practicing their “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” all week. Bring on the show!
The Drowsy Chaperone
Showing on alternate nights, The Drowsy Chaperone is bursting with show-stopping song and dance. This Canadian musical parody & five-time Tony Award-winner whisks audiences away on a Jazz Age journey of love, laughter, and libation.
Alone in his modest, one-bedroom apartment, a musical theatre fan puts on his treasured cast recording. As the record spins, the colourful & chaotic characters of a fictitious 1928 musical spring to life – filling his living room with all manner of movie stars, gangsters, divas, and more.
Starring as Man in Chair is five-time Jessie Award-winner Shawn Macdonald who takes the stage with TUTS newcomer and lauded actor Caitriona Murphy (The Drowsy Chaperone) as well as Shannon Hanbury, who makes her ninth TUTS appearance as Janet van de Graaff. Joining them are Stuart Barkley (Robert Martin), Blake Sartin (George), and Dimitrios Stephanoy as the Latin lothario Aldolpho. Directed by Gillian Barber, The Drowsy Chaperone features choreography by Shelley Stewart Hunt, with musical direction by Kevin Michael Cripps.
This saucy tale contains cheeky innuendo & tongue-in-cheek content that may not be appropriate for little ones, so hubby and I are looking forward to leaving the kids with the babysitter and enjoying a night out for ourselves!
About the TUTS 2017 Season
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