Archive for May, 2011

Cirque du Soleil Dralion to Wow Abbotsford

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Cirque to Soleil is set to descend on the City of Abbotsford with a show that blends the beauty of both Eastern and Western acrobatics: Dralion.

cirquedusoleildralionThe show is a fusion of the best of both worlds as seen in its name, derived from the blend of “Dragon” which symbolizes the East and “Lion” for the west. It focuses on the Eastern philosophy of harmony between humans and nature, and representations of the elements become the main characters: Azala for air, Gaya for earth, Oceane for water, and Yao for fire.

Set to a variety of world music, the show includes elements such as the bamboo poles, aerial hoop, hoop diving, and more.

Originally a show under Cirque du Soleil’s Grand Chapiteau, it’s now been adapted for arena performances. Dralion will be at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre for seven shows June 2nd-5th, 2011.

Get your tickets and be awed by the acrobatic mastery that nobody does like Cirque du Soleil.

Wicked comes to Vancouver’s QE Theatre

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

The 17th longest running Broadway show is coming to Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre June 1st-26th, 2010.

wickedBased off of Gregory Maguire’s novel “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West”, which in turn is based off of L Frank Baum’s classic work “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, Wicked centers around the frendship of Elphaba and Glinda. We all know about Glinda, the Good Witch of the North. The story tells the tale of how Elphaba becomes the Wicked Witch of the West before Dorothy’s arrival in The Wizard of Oz.

After doing it’s test run in San Francisco, Wicked officially opened October 30th, 2003 in New York’s Gershwin Theatre

Despite being initially panned by critics, the show went on to become a smash hit with the audience. It’s currently one of the two highest weekly grossing Broadway shows since it opened. The first North American tour, which debuted in 2005, played to capacity crowds at almost every single performance. The show has gone into productions worldwide, including an abridged 30 minute performance at Universal Studios Japan.

So popular has it been, that the song “Defying Gravity” was sung in season one of “Glee”. The show has also been featured in TV shows “The Simpsons”, “Brothers & Sisters”, “Ugly Betty”, and “The War at Home”.

The current North American tour debuted March 2009. Tickets are still available for many performances.

What has your favourite Wicked television cameo been?

Craig Ferguson Tours Vancouver

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

craigfergusonGet ready for laughs Vancouver, that American on purpose Craig Ferguson is bringing his stand up comedy act to town for 3 shows next weekend.

Born in Glasgow and transplanted to the States, Ferguson is best known as the current host of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. For his work on the show he won a Peabody Award for his interview of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and has been nominated for an Emmy.

Ferguson is also known for playing the role of Nigel Wick on The Drew Carey Show. He’s been the headliner for the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, and has even recorded his stand up show as a special for Comedy Central entitled “A Wee Bit o’ Revolution”. Other than his biography “An American on Purpose”, Ferguson has also written a fiction novel “Between the Bridge and the River”.

You can catch Craig Ferguson for two shows at the River Rock Casino in Richmond Friday, May 27th and one show at the Boulevard Casino in Coquitlam Saturday, May 28th. He’ll also be in Toronto at Massey Hall July 29th.