Summer begins in Vancouver, when Theatre Under the Stars returns to Malkin Bowl at Stanley Park.  For 75 years, this annual tradition brings musical theatre to an outdoor stage filled with song, dance and laughter.

This year, TUTS invites its audience to fall in love with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast & West Side Story, running July 6 – August 20, 2016 On alternating evenings, audiences will be swept away by these classic love stories – one, a beloved fairytale brimming with magic and mystery, and the other an electrifying story of forbidden love in the unforgiving streets of 1950’s New York.

Beauty and the Beast is the first Disney film ever to make the leap to stage, follows Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, a young prince transformed by a wicked spell. If the Beast can learn to be loved, the curse will end and he will be restored. But time is running out! A feast for the senses, the treasured production is abundant with lavish sets, sumptuous costumes, and spectacular musical numbers, including all of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s songs from the Academy Award-winning film, as well as new songs by Menken and Tim Rice.

West Side Story is a dynamic reimagining of Romeo and Juliet in the turbulent streets of 1950’s New York. As turf war rages between two rival gangs, a pair of star-crossed lovers find themselves caught in the middle – and tragically wrenched between two worlds. The beautiful, passionate, and heartbreaking work was created by the dream team of Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, and Stephen Sondheim. Jerome Robbins’ kinetic, explosive choreographic style remains intrinsically tied to the musical and to its exhilarating songbook, which includes such gems as “Cool,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty,” and “Tonight.”

Theatre Under the Stars 2016

  • Where: Malkin Bowl at Stanley Park (610 Pipeline Rd.)
  • When: July 6 to August 20, 2016. Performances alternate evenings.  All shows at 8pm, except on Fireworks Nights, when shows begin at 7pm
  • Admission: $30 to $45, buy online at tuts.ca.

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