Disney's Beauty & the Beast, Any Night & Rajasthan Josh

This week our picks on Vancouver stages include a Disney classic, a stage thriller and some world music.

[dropcap]1[/dropcap] You can always tell summer is upon us when Theatre Under the Stars takes over Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park for some musical theatre fun for all ages. This year, the venerable institution presents a story as old as time with Disney’s Beauty & The Beast (Jul 6-Aug 19) Playing in repertory with West Side Story, this is one show that we’re sure will not appeal to the younger set, but this love story just might have parents reaching for their tissues.

Theatre Under the Stars invites you to be their guest for Disney's Beauty & the Beast under the stars at Stanley Park's Malkin Bowl
Theatre Under the Stars invites you to be their guest for Disney’s Beauty & the Beast under the stars at Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl

[dropcap]2[/dropcap] Inspired by a true story, Any Night (Jul 6-18) is the final project for Pacific Theatre intern Julia Siedlanowska. Written by Vancouver playwrights Daniel Arnold and Medina Hahn, the thriller is inspired by the true story of Ken Parks, the first person to get away with murder because of sleepwalking, as well as a recent case of a family man in Alberta who was caught filming his tenant, a young female student.

Any Night is presented as a pay-what-you-think-it’s-worth model, allowing audience members to determine the value of the production on their own.
Any Night is presented as a pay-what-you-think-it’s-worth model, allowing audience members to determine the value of the production on their own.

[dropcap]3[/dropcap] Part of this year’s Indian Summer Festival, Rajasthan Josh (Jul 9) returns to Vancouver following their sold out show at the 2013. This is destined to be the world music concert of the summer, bringing together a myriad of faiths, musical traditions, and languages onto a single stage.

Rajasthan Josh unites with composer and beat boxer Rup Sidhu, singer-songwriter Kinnie Starr, drummer Ashwin Sood, violinist Sara Fitzpatrick, and baritone Shane Raman accompanied by the Sarah McLachlan School of Music Youth Choir.
Rajasthan Josh unites with composer and beat boxer Rup Sidhu, singer-songwriter Kinnie Starr, drummer Ashwin Sood, violinist Sara Fitzpatrick, and baritone Shane Raman accompanied by the Sarah McLachlan School of Music Youth Choir.