Hot-ticket arts shows in Vancouver this spring

Vancouver is home to a thriving arts scene, from music to theatre to dance. Here’s a look at some of the most exciting productions to hit local stages this spring.

Trace by Ballet B.C.

Ballet B.C. continues there 2014-15 season with Trace the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from March 26 to 28. Under artistic director Emily Molnar’s direction since 2009, this local dance troupe has grown leaps and bounds. Ballet B.C. is known for cutting-edge contemporary works and Trace will be no different. A triple-bill program includes the Canadian premiere of William Fosythe’s workwithinwork, a world premiere by Walter Matteini, and the return of Medhi Walerski’s Petite Cérémonie. Tickets are $30 to $80, with rush student tickets available as well.

Mendelssohn’s Elijah by Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

The Vancouver Bach Choir joins the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra on stage at the Orpheum Theatre on March 28 for a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s masterwork Elijah. Conducted by the Bach Choir’s music director Leslie Dala, the oratorio will feature over 100 voices and solos by Giles Tomkins, Eve-Lyn de la Haye, Krisztina Szabó, and Adam Fisher. Tickets to Elijah start at $40.

The Book of Mormon by Broadway Across Canada

Broadway Across Canada brings the Tony Award-winning musical, The Book of Mormon, to Vancouver. Running from April 7 to 12 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, the musical is a religious satire by the same team behind Avenue Q. The Book of Mormon tells the story of two young Mormon missionaries sent to Uganda. The show opened on Broadway in 2011 and in London’s West End in 2013. Tickets to The Book of Mormon are $35 to $99.

Sweeney Todd by Vancouver Opera

Sweeney Todd is a musical theatre work by Stephen Sondheim about a barber in 19th-century London, England, who kills his customers and disposes their bodies through a revolving trap door. In the basement, the victims are robbed before they’re dismembered and baked into meat pies. This might not be typical opera fare, but our local opera ensemble is taking a stab at it. In recent years, Vancouver Opera has branched out to include musicals and operettas into their programming. Sweeney Todd, which runs at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on select days from April 26 to May 3, will surely attract new audiences. Tickets range from $65 to $175.

In the Heights and Les Miserables by the Arts Club Theatre Company

The Arts Club Theatre Company will present two big musicals at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage to close out their 2014-15 season. First, audiences will be treated to In the Heights, a Tony Award-winning musical set in New York’s tough Washington Heights neighbourhood. Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegria Hudes, In the Heights, which runs from April 30 to June 7, tells the story of overcoming struggles and finding one’s way. Next up is Les Miserables, the long-running musical based on the French Revolution. This epic musical, which was recently made into a blockbuster movie, will run from July 2 to August 16. Tickets to either production start at $39.

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