I had the pleasure of catching the matinee showing of Hairspray at The Stanley with my mama yesterday afternoon. Having seen the movie version of Hairspray, I was already familiar with some of the music and I knew it was going to be a fun musical — and I was not disappointed! The cast was excellent, as I had recognized many familiar faces in the local theatre scene here in Vancouver. Jennie Neumann was an adorable and spectacular Tracy Turnblad but I was absolutely blown awayAlana Hibbert, who played Motormouth Maybelle. The girl knows how to sing! Other castmembers who stood out for me were Cailin Stadnyk (Velma Von Tussell), J. Cameron Barnette (Seaweed J. Stubbs), and Jay Brazeau (Edna Turnblad). Adam Charles (Link Larkin) was also great eye candy.
All in all, I really enjoyed the theatre version of this musical (and obviously prefer it; although the movie version had a great all-star cast and was better than other musical-movie renditions). My mama totally enjoyed it too as I could picture her bouncing in her seat from the corner of my eye. She compared it to Mamma Mia! (which we both saw on Broadway a few years ago) which I totally agree with…and was probably a hint that she wants me to get tickets for the traveling tour coming later this August at the Queen E. Love the amazingly talented group of performers that Vancouver houses!
Can’t wait til this month ends. Or, better yet, til this semester ends. Got so many things to look forward to starting in April!
Cavalia. I’m going to be honest: I’m not entirely sure what this show is about. All I know is that it involves horses, operates under the same company as Cirque du Soleil, and is under those big white tents at the Olympic Village. Going with gym guy. Should be a good show either or.
Will Rogers Follies. Not going to lie, I have no idea what this is about either. It’s being put on by the Royal City Musical Theatre Company which produces local shows and musicals right by my house at Massey Theatre. It’s a tradition for my mom and I to go to whatever musical is being put on. Apparently the show is a 6 time Tony Awards winner and 3 time Drama Desk winner as well. Stoked! Love supporting local.
Hairspray. Love the music from this show and the movie was alright…but it’s finally coming to Vancouver! Showing at The Stanley Theatre in South Granville starting in May, I’m taking my mom to this show for her birthday. Super stoked for this! I just know I’ll be singing along.
So March… will ya hurry up, please?!
I am wildly obsessed with musicals. So when I heard the lineup of amazing musicals coming to Vancouver this year, I was ecstatic. Avenue Q in February, Legally Blonde in March, Hairspray in May, Wicked in June. I think I pretty much died and went to heaven. All of them are nothing new to me with the exception of Avenue Q. So excited to see it next week. The original Broadway cast recording is utterly hilarious and for god’s sake, they’re MUPPETS. It’s going to be a great show. Stoked!