100 shows, 700 performances, 11 days
Musical theatre enthusiasts rejoice! Here are this years’ roster of musicals playing at the Vancouver Fringe Festival!
THE ADVENTURES OF ROCKETMAN AND BEANO
Blue Eyes Brown Eyes – Seattle, USA
Playwrights: Christine Longé & Tom Spangenberg
Holy comic books, Beano! Watch as Maggie and Stuart reenact the “original” superhero saga with song, dance, and epic mishaps. Think Lucy and Desi doing Batman and Robin with a dash of Shakespeare. Cheer on and laugh at these superheroes (superidiots?)
in their quest to avenge injustice!
Bringing Down The House Productions – Vancouver, Canada
Playwright: Danielle Braund
What happened to those happy endings you binge watched on your parents’ TV? In this one-woman memoir/parody/cabaret, Danielle (full-body) tackles love in all the wrong places, misplacing careers and car keys, while realizing she won’t self-actualize her inner-Beyoncé. If hurtling towards an
imminent ending isn’t simple, at least it’s entertaining.
AIN’T TRUE & UNCLE FALSE
Paul Strickland Presents – Covington, USA
Playwright: Paul Strickland
Step Right Up! Mark Twain meets Tim Burton in this one-man trailer-park comedy (with songs!).
BLUE RIVER BLUES
Jim Sands Presents – Vancouver, Canada
Playwright: Jim Sands
A one-person storytelling memoir about life as a Snowmobile Tour Guide at the Athabasca Glacier in 1979. Jim Sands (Charlie: A Hockey Story, The Shakuhachi Quest, and Dating für Dumb Heads) uses stories, songs, and images to tell an intricate tale of glaciers, gorbies, and grand theft auto told against the glorious spectacle of the Rocky Mountains.
DRAINING THE SWAMP
Curious Creations Theatre – North Vancouver, Canada
Playwrights: Desmond Price & Dawn Moore
Curious Creations, the company that brought you last year’s Fringe hit, Waiting for Garbo, gets curious again—this time about He Who Shall Not be Named. This musical takes a comedic jab at the privileged few who hold your wealth in their hands. Comic mayhem ensues when The Boss fires his apprentice, shoots his driver, and gets arrested for murder.
CRY-BABY: THE MUSICAL
Awkward Stage Productions – Vancouver, Canada
Book by Mark O’Donnell & Thomas Meehan, Music by David Javerbaum & Adam Schlesinger
Based on the John Waters film, Cry-Baby: The Musical focuses on Baltimore teenager Allison Vernon-Williams, who is drawn across the tracks from her 1954 finishing school background into a relationship with the orphaned Wade “Cry-Baby” Walker, the leader of a pack of rebel outcasts.
HOW I LOST ONE POUND, THE MUSICAL
Lesley Carlberg – Mississauga, Canada
Playwright: Lesley Carlberg
Abandoned mom and lost soul, Lesley Carlberg is always battling the muffin top. But now she has bigger problems: her kids have left home. So what is she going to be when she grows up? How I Lost One Pound, The Musical follows Lesley’s quest in this dizzying world to realize her purpose in life now, and maybe even lose a pound or two, but probably not.
DMQ Productions – Vancouver, Canada
Playwright: Devon Simmons MacKinlay
Sechs (zekhs) follows six characters whose different beliefs about intimacy and relationships clash in bars and bedrooms as they try to navigate modern dating. This is the World Premiere of the Canadian Sechs.
Mind of a Snail Puppet Co. – Vancouver, Canada
Playwrights: Mind of a Snail Puppet Co.
Mind of a Snail’s risquést show yet! A gender and genre bending surrealist comedy for adults: live projections, puppetry, and an original musical score. Use your invagination! Another large scale shadow theatre performance from the award-winning creators of Curious Contagious (2016), Caws & Effect (2014), and Against Gravity (2013):
GUTENBERG: THE MUSICAL!
Chris Adams presents – Vancouver, Canada
Playwrights: Scott Brown & Anthony King
In this whirlwind 90-minute musical comedy, Chris Adams and Erik Gow play over 30 characters in this two-man spoof. A pair of aspiring playwrights perform a backers’ audition for their new project—a big, splashy musical about printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg. Too bad their
musical is terrible. Directed by Chris McGregor.