Every summer, I make a point of attending the outdoor musicals at Theatre Under the Stars at Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl. The beloved “TUTS” performances, which have been running for more than 75 years, are light-heated, fun, and entertaining, and a great way to enjoy the long and warm summers nights in Vancouver. The two performances each season, which alternate nights, are often based on well-known or award-winning classic stories with a musical twist. This summer is no different, with Mary Poppins, a Disney favourite, and The Drowsy Chaperone, a five-time Tony Award-winner, being the featured performances for the season.
TUTS 2017: Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins, one of the most popular Disney movies of all time, captures hearts in a whole new way. The irresistible story and unforgettable songs are back, as everyone’s favourite nanny swoops in to teach the Banks family a lesson or two about love & imagination.
Practically perfect favourites like ‘A Spoonful of Sugar’, ‘Chim Chim Cher-ee’, and ‘Let’s Go Fly a Kite’ come to life in the cherished musical – complete with brand-new dance numbers and spectacular stage-craft.
TUTS 2017: The Drowsy Chaperone
The Drowsy Chaperone is bursting with show-stopping song and dance. This Canadian musical parody & five-time Tony Award-winner whisks audiences away on a Jazz Age journey of love, laughter, and libation.
Alone in his modest, one-bedroom apartment, a musical theatre fan puts on his treasured cast recording. As the record spins, the colourful & chaotic characters of a fictitious 1928 musical spring to life, filling his living room with all manner of movie stars, gangsters, divas, and more.
Theatre Under the Stars runs every evening (rain or shine) from July 7 to August 19, with performances between the two shows alternating each evening. All shows at 8pm, except on Fireworks Nights, when shows begin at 7pm. Tickets begin at $30 and are available online at https://www.tuts.ca/tickets or at the Box Office before the show.