The Fringe Season is amongst us, and, for 2016, here are the musicals playing at this year’s Vancouver Fringe Fest!
Mind of a Snail Puppet Co. at the Waterfront Theatre
Playwrights: Mind of a Snail
A surreal quest into the microscopic innards of a mythical beast. We’re going viral! Funny, beautiful, and strange with handmade layered projections and an original musical soundtrack. A brand new large-scale shadow theatre spectacle from the creators of Caws & Effct.
ZEPPELIN WAS A COVER BAND
Stadium Tour at Studio 1398
Playwrights: Stéfan Cédilot & Ben Kalman
Zeppelin Was A Cover Band mixes documentary type storytelling and theatrical performance to recount the story of the blues through the music of rock band Led Zeppelin. Stéfan Cédilot tells how the band built a career on a veritable plundering of blues standards while the original recordings play, some dating as far back as the 1920s.
UPDATE – 10-Sep-16 – Zeppelin Was a Cover Band is a one-man storytelling show that uses samples of music to relay the story. Although classified as a musical, Zeppelin Was a Cover Band does not have numbers or song performances that are traditionally seen in musical shows.
PIAF AND BREL: THE IMPOSSIBLE CONCERT
Melanie Gall Presents at Performance Works
Playwright: Melanie Gall
Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel: Two French musical icons. They sang songs of romance, heartbreak, hope, and love. They lived lives of drama and passion. This impossible concert, featuring acclaimed vocalist Melanie Gall, relives the adventure and inspiration of their lives and music.
THE FAMOUS HAYDELL SISTERS COMEBACK TOUR
Bowman and Yarborough at Performance Works
Playwrights: The Famous Haydell Sisters
Since their last record flopped in 1993, fans of the biggest sister act in country music history have been waiting their return. With toe-tapping, gut-busting, head-shaking tunes, it’s Spinal Tap meets Thelma and Louise. If you love country music, you’ll like this hilarious satire. If you hate country music, you’ll LOVE this hilarious satire.
THE BALLAD OF FRANK ALLEN
Weeping Spoon Productions at the Revue Stage
Playwright: Shane Adamczak
From Australian fringe-favourite Shane Adamczak comes a bizarre new buddy comedy about a man who lives in another man’s beard. Winner of the 2016 Weekly Adelaide Fringe Award for Theatre.
Steve Larkin at the Revue Stage
Playwright: Steve Larkin
“A furiously escalating punk satire of the double women’s magazine obsessions (sex and fat).”
NOT a show (as some seem to think) about “chubby chasing”! Comedy, spoken word, and song
with a smart satirical twist from an international slam champion with two decades of experience bringing audiences world-over to a glorious climax! ****½ “Manic, terrifying, acerbic, brilliant… Larkin’s wit and energy are both breathless.” —Edmonton Journal
Devon More Music at The Cultch
Playwright: Devon More
Visit the city at the centre of the 20th century—without leaving the Fringe! Set to the original tunes of Devon More, this Cold War Cabaret features sock puppets, secret police, and stories from BOTH sides of that infamous Wall. Fast-paced and rich in unexpected detail. Come waltz with Lady Berlin—if you dare…
HOW TO ADULT: THE MUSICAL
Coffee & Screaming at The Cultch
Playwright: Amy Dauer
Four 20-somethings trying to get their shit together in present-day Vancouver. It’s time to adult the f*ck up.
SINK OR SWIM
HappyGoodThings Productions at the Rio Theater
Playwright: Beverley Elliott
2014 Pick of the Fringe winner, Beverley Elliot is back with a romp through her early years. It’s Little House on the Prairie meets Lord of the Flies as she trades the safety of the family farm for the thugs of a one-room school. Though story and song, she navigates those fist big adventures, betrayals, and epiphanies that shape us all into the adults we become.
JUST WATCH ME: A TRUDEAU ROCK MUSICAL
Walking Shadow at the Firehall Arts Centre
Playwright: Daniel K. McLeod
Just Watch Me premiered at the 2015 Vancouver Fringe and was seen by over 400 people. A coming of age satirical tale set in the present day and during the October Crisis of 1970, the show correctly predicted the 2015 Federal Election results. With live original music, for 2016 Just Watch Me has been updated and expanded to 90 minutes. Pierre and Justin sing solos. We will rock you!
CARRY ON: A MUSICAL
Awkward Stage Productions at the Firehall Arts Centre
Playwright: Deborah Vogt
Set in the YVR baggage claim, Carry On: A Musical examines the convergent lives of weary wanderers and the baggage they bring with them. Stuck in luggage limbo, the colourful cast of this comedic romp are all desperately seeking one thing—to move their lives onwards and upwards! Well, that and to finally get their bags.
Having won SMACKDOWN: the 24 hour musical theatre competition here in Vancouver last year, this new musical has now been developed and expanded to create a high-fling addition to this year’s Fringe.
The Wednesday September 14 performance will be live described by VocalEye for patrons who are Blind or Partially Sighted.
I HAVE MY OWN STEPS MOM
A Sisson Sisters Act at the Firehall Arts Centre
Co-creators Cydney Eva & Lindy Sisson
What steps will this mother-daughter dancing duo come up with together in this hysterical historical groovy dance down memory lane? Can go-go and Al Gilbert’s jazz technique hold up to vogue and waacking? Get up and get down— cause it’s going to be fun and funky!
Warning: includes learning the “car dance” and a few of Grandpa’s vaudeville skits.
TRUMP: THE MUSICAL!
One Crazy Frenchman Productions at the Carousel Theater
Playwrights: Jacques Lalonde & R. David Stephens
He’s going to build a wall and get Mexico to pay for it!!! It’s going to be HUGE!!! Follow the unlikely and hilarious rise of the one and only DONALD TRUMP in a musical featuring songs like “I’m a Yankee Doodle Donald,” “Lyin’ Ted,” and “Hilary’s Lament.” You’ll learn about The Donald’s early years… about his dad’s time with the KKK—it will be HUGE!
Pepper’s Ghost New Media Collective at Emily Carr
Playwright: Athomas Goldberg
On the photoshopped borderlands between the Actual and the Virtual, Vancouver’s hottest, most eclectic musicians, circus performers, and puppeteers combine live theatrical performance with the latest advances in real-time motion capture, 3D animation, and electronic music to ask a question as old as time: What is Reality?
Join prOphecy sun, Cause & Effct Circus, Moth Orbit Object Thater, and A Raven Called Crow for a night of physical and digital manipulation. You won’t believe your eyes, or anything else, ever again…
Theatre Terrific at Sculpture Grove
Playwrights: Susanna Uchatius & Bill Beauregard
Theatre Terrific and Aboriginal Front Door collaborate to create the sensory sister to last year’s Being Animal. Naaniibwing maamwhe (Ojibway), standing together (English), sabay tayo tumayo (Tagalog), tehen zusammen (German), we entice you with a compelling journey of song, dance, mask, and music to build a multicultural Inukshuk for the future.