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Monday, March 4, 2024

Checking into the Chelsea Hotel one more time

Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen returns to The Firehall Arts Centre from February 3 to March 3.

A crowd favourite when it premiered here at The Firehall Arts Centre in 2012, followed by a successful Canadian tour, Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen returns to the East Vancouver arts venue this winter.

Directed by Tracey Power, with musical arrangements by Steve Charles, and produced by The Firehall’s Donna Spencer, Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen is a fusion of music, dance, and theatre that invites audiences into the hotel room of a creative mind and takes them on a poetic musical journey.

“When Tracey Power brought her concept to me in 2011 for what was to become Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen, I didn’t expect the original 2012 Firehall production to have such a long and wonderful life,” says Spencer.

Following its premiere and over the six years that followed, the award-winning Chelsea Hotel has been performed over 300 times in theatres across Canada.

“When our colleagues at Western Canada Theatre in Kamloops produced the work in 2022, I was reminded how much our audiences loved Chelsea Hotel and how fabulous the creative artists involved were, so I wanted to bring it back home,” continues Spencer.

Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen returns to The Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova St, Vancouver) from February 3 to March 3. Visit firehallartscentre.ca for tickets and information.

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