TUTS Sparkles with Hairspray, Dazzles with Oliver!

Hairspray 3Every summer you wonder, “Can they do it again?” And every year, two more memorable musicals provide outstanding entertainment for the summer. This year the hits are Hairspray (Music by Marc Chaiman; lyrics by Marc Chaiman and Scott Whitman) and Oliver! (Music and lyrics by Lionel Bart). Hairspray is alive with colour, vitality and superb choreography by Julie Tomaino. It’s an exuberant look at life in the 60s, with some wonderful messages about love and acceptance. Andy Toth as momma Edna Turnblad really puts this show over the top! The cast is top notch all around, with Erin E. walker as the heroine Tracy Turnblad and Dustin Freeland as her supportive boyfriend. Great singing from an ensemble cast that really works together. Music director Chris D. King does double duty also playing Corny Collins, the ebullient DJ. The unstoppable Sarah Rodgers directs.
Oliver! is one of those musicals you never tire of and this well designed production doesn’t miss, either. An overwhelming array of young talent in the members of the workhouse children. But special mention to Elizabeth Marie West as Nancy and Carly Ronning as Oliver. This is Carly’s first time at TUTS, but given her performance this year, we’re sure we’ll see her for many years to come. Make your summer complete with these wonderful shows, which run on alternate evenings at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park, now through August 21. Hairspray is on even numbered days in July; odd-numbered days in August. Oliver! is on odd-numbered days in July; even-numbered days in August.

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Ensemble Theatre Company: Frost and Nixon

In 1972, a break-in was foiled at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate Hotel in Washington DC. Within days a connection had been made with the White House and President Nixon’s closest aides. It unleashed one of the greatest scandals in modern American politics and ended with Nixon’s humiliating resignation. David Frost’s interviews with Richard Nixon drew the largest audience ever for a news interview. Could this British talk-show host, with no known political convictions and a playboy reputation, be the one to elicit an apology from the man who committed one of the biggest felonies in American political history?
8:00 p.m. July 17, 19, 22, 25
Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery Street




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Arts Club’s Les Miserables features the talented Warren Kimmell

It’s always a pleasure to talk with the amazing talent involved in the shows around town. On Canada Day (yes, theatre people work on holidays!) I spoke with Warren Kimmell, who plays Javert in the current production of Les Miserables at the Arts Club Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. My chat with him is now on FaceBook:



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