Songs of a New World

Vancouver’s Fabulist Theatre presents a re-imagined production of Songs for A New World (Mar 23-Apr 1). Here are five reasons we think you should check it out:


A unique blend of Fifteen performers from around the Lower Mainland are showcased in a wide variety of roles. They range in age from 12 – 62, hailing from the Philippines, Ethiopia, Burundi, and Colombia, as well as many local talents. Some are seasoned professionals, some are already rising through the theatre scene, and some are making the Vancouver stage debut.


Songs For A World is a change of pace from your typical musical. Classified as a song cycle, akin to the wildly successful Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living In Paris, the show exists somewhere between a revue and a full scale musical. Most of the numbers stand on their own as powerful vignettes – focusing on one pivotal moment of change in the characters’ lives.


A portion of profits are being donated the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), a leading worldwide organization aiding and protecting people forced to flee their homes due to violence, conflict and persecution. UNHCR provides shelter, food, water, medical care and other life-saving assistance to refugees around the world.


Traditionally performed by a cast of four, the expanded cast in this production aims to challenge the way musical theatre is cast, pushing the boundaries of who we expect to see onstage. Some numbers remain true to their original concepts, while others feature exciting new takes on the show’s songs.


Fabulist Theatre aims to keep their ticket prices low. Tickets are $28 for general admission and $24 for students and seniors. There is also a 2-for-1 preview on March 23 and a pay-what-you-can at the door on March 29.