Bananas? Singing Bananas?? Yup — plus the Friendly Giant, line dancing, some very strange-looking aliens and even a sing-along. It was all part of the marvelous Manely Canadian evening of song with Chor Leoni at Bard on the Beach. The Lions, as always, pulled out all the stops with a superb array of Canadian songs. Everything from Shania Twain to Leonard Cohen, Frank Mills, Moe Koffman, Gordon Lightfoot and Raffi (yes, that Banana song was his). Fun? You bet. Great singing? Yes, yes and yes again. Summer evenings in Vancouver do not get better than this. Thank you, Lions, for another remarkable, memorable, manely wonderful evening!
Chor Leoni are off for the rest of the summer, but they will be back in the fall with a line-up of concerts starting November 11 with a Remembrance Day Concert. They are doing a reprise of their hit show from last season, “All Is Calm” on December 5, and Christmas with Chor Leoni on December 18 and 19. You can sign up now for the full season at:
Bard on the Beach pulled out all the stops for what can only be called a stupendous production of King Lear. It’s hard to settle on just one actor who outshone the rest of the cast — it cannot be done. Benedict Campbell as Lear was remarkable — powerful, yet sweet and compassionate. The nuances were all there. David Marr as the Earl of Gloucester has given what may be the best performance of his career (and I have always been a fan of his remarkable work). Scott Bellis as The Fool gives the entire play a new dimension. I think Bellis is one of our most outstanding actors and directors. There is so much depth and understanding in his presentations. Theatre Calgary’s Dennis Garnhum returns to direct another B on the B masterpiece. King Lear continues at in the main BMO Tent at Bard on the Beach in Vanier Park until September 29th!
Tickets at www.bardonthebeach.org
Godspell. Godspell. Godspell. Now, just click your heels three times and . . . oops, wrong show. But what a show this is. Energetic? In overdrive! Talent? Galore! Music? Fun, fun, fun! Sara-Jeanne Hosie puts a wonderful, timely spin on this popular show. The cast is stupendous — twelve professionals doing what they love best — and it shows. I was bouncing away to the music throughout the show. While it is a long show, I didn’t want it to end. The new interpretation (thanks to Sara-Jeanne Hosie) still maintains all the great parables of the original show, but with a very modern touch. It is a show about love, integrity, honesty and acceptance — even in times of adversity. Everything in this show just fits — beautifully. Special applause to Aubrey Joy Maddock, recently seen as orphan Kate in Annie. Watch her and you know that we are in great and talented hands for years to come. It’s on until August 1 at the Arts Club Granville Island Stage. See it at least once!
7:30 p.m. Monday & Tuesday; 8:00 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday until; 2:00 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays
Until August 1 at the Granville Island Stage