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!
I’m a huge musical junkie. And when I first heard that my favourite musical ever, Wicked, was coming to Vancouver at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, I knew I had to get tickets. Having read the books numerous times and seen this musical production on Broadway in NYC last summer, I thought to myself, “How is a traveling company going to pull this off?”. I came in with low expectations and, boy, did I ever underestimate it!!! It was a SPECTACULAR production of Wicked and from my memory, pretty damn close, if not better, than the one than I saw on Broadway. The stage production, lighting, costumes, the whole deal was just amazing. Perhaps it was because I got some pretty killer seats thanks to presale (row 5, dead centre orchestra) in comparison to the balcony seats I got in the Gershwin Theatre but I really did enjoy this production and cast. I have nothing bad to say about the cast, although I did wish I went to go see Anne Brummel during the evening performance (Christine Dwyer was the standby for the matinee, but marvelous nonetheless) but who knows…. Wicked will be performing for another month here at the Queen E so I am inquiring to take my mother to see an 8pm showing. Plus, I am just DYING to see see David Nathan Perlow who played Fiyero. What a knockout. And not just him, the whole cast was a knockout. Wicked the second time was… well, WICKED.
So I just came back from the opening night showing of Legally Blonde: The Musical at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. If there was one musical that encompasses who I am, this would be it. Pink, Juicy Couture suits, Harvard, hot guys, and cute dogs you can fit in your bag. Such a great production!!! Of course I was singing to ALL of the songs. I mean, how could you not?! The talented performer who played Elle Woods (Nikki Bohne) was spectacular, same with Emmett, Victoria, Callahan, Serena, Pilar…. okay, everyone was freakin’ amazing! And BRUISER?! Absolutely adorable. Loved every single minute of it.
Because I am so used to seeing the MTV version and amazing clips of Laura Bell Bundy on YouTube, I just expected a little more out of the stage craftmenship. However, with the small size of Queen Elizabeth Theatre, it really restricted how much the production workers could have done. Not complaining at all. It was such a great performance!!!
Of course I ended up buying some merch… The official program and a pink Legally Blonde shirt that I will proudly don tomorrow at school. Love it! And to make my day even better? My Juicy Couture package just came in the mail as well and was waiting on my desk at my work station aka the dining room table. Oh, not to mention I scored 77% on my stats midterm (WTF IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE!!!) and straight A’s across the board on my paper, research proposal, and presentation. Could I have asked for a better start to March!?!
Pretty ecstatic news. I GOT VIP TICKETS TO WICKED!!!!!!!!!! June 2, Row 5 baby, centre orchestra… YES! This will be my second time seeing the show, first time being on Broadway at the legendary Gershwin Theatre when I was in New York last year. Quite excited and somewhat relieved as I knew that only a limited amount of tickets would be released and I thought that I would have had to line up at 7am at Queen Elizabeth on Saturday just to get decent seats but nope, checked my email this afternoon during my boring stats class and BAM! Presale tickets. So excited for the show. Now… who is the lucky person that I shall take with me?
If you are planning on going on getting tickets on Saturday, here is a list of ticket prices for Wicked, June 1-26, 2011:
VIP Seating – CA $146.50
Orchestra-Dress Circle-Mezzanine 26-33 – CA $100.50
Mezzanine 24-35-Balcony 21-29 – CA $85.50
Balcony 30-32 – CA $75.50
Balcony 22-23 – CA $46.50
In other musical-related news, I will be attending the opening night of Legally Blonde: The Musical tomorrow at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Cannot tell you how excited I am for this musical. It was showing when I was in New York for the first time back in 2007 but sadly finished its run just a year after Laura Bell Bundy was replaced by the amateur, Bailey, on MTV’s stupid show, Legally Blonde: The Search for the Next Elle Woods. Stupid. Anywhos, so excited because anybody who knows me will know how much I LOVED Legally Blonde (the movie) and all things pink and Bruiser and of course, the idea of law school! Combine that with music and lyrics? Pure genius. Can’t wait! Should be an ‘elle’ of a show!