Miss Shakespeare, Into The Woods and In The Heights

With so much going on in Vancouver it can be hard to know where to drop your hard-earned entertainment dollar. Here are three shows that we think you’ll get your money’s worth.

[dropcap]1[/dropcap]It isn’t often you get to witness the birth of a brand new musical, let a lone one created in Vancouver. Tracey Power and Steve Charles take on feminism and the arts in the ‘what if’ story of Shakespeare’s (yes, that Shakespeare) daughter in Miss Shakespeare (until May 29). The idea is fun and thought-provoking and the cast is simply superb.

The cast of the new musical Miss Shakespeare
The cast of the new musical Miss Shakespeare

[dropcap]2[/dropcap]Its certainly ambitious and it doesn’t always work, but the mix of professional and community players in Fighting Chance Productions’ presentation of Into The Woods (until May 16) ultimately makes this difficult Sondheim musical worth it. Part of that growing list of fractured fairy tales, Into The Woods soars above the rest with its downright clever retelling of Brothers Grimm stories.

Jennifer Suratos, Christopher King and Ryan Lino in the Fighting Chance Productions presentation of Into The Woods. Photo by Nicol Spinola.
Jennifer Suratos, Christopher King and Ryan Lino in the Fighting Chance Productions presentation of Into The Woods. Photo by Nicol Spinola.

[dropcap]3[/dropcap]Just like Rihanna we too found ourselves saying “please don’t stop the music” during the Arts Club’s production of In The Heights (until June 7) for it is the combination of Latin and Hip Hop music that will have your toes tapping. Its story may fizzle, but boy, the music of In The Heights is what makes this show sizzle.

Members of the cast of In The Heights. Photo by David Cooper.
Members of the cast of In The Heights. Photo by David Cooper.