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Category: Phantom of the Opera Reviews | Posted by: admin
Article Date: January 11, 2005 | Publication: The Vancouver Province (British Columbia) | Author: Carey Gillette, The Province
Where: Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery St.
Why: This production by the United Players of Vancouver is like "an 18th Century cabaret," says creator-director Joan Bryans. It's been adapted from the old (as in before the dawn of TV and radio) tradition of entertaining friends on winter nights with song, poetry and plays. Bryans says Jane Austen's family was quite good at this, and that forms the basis of Regency Revels. "People sit at small tables with candles, as if they've come into the house of the Austens. And then they get something to drink and are entertained. It's light entertainment, a lot of comedy." When: 604-224-8007, ext. 2, or www.unitedplayers.com
Tickets: $16 includes a mulled drink and a treat.
The Phantom of the Opera
Where/when: Various theatres at various times
Why: Never before have I so wanted to be haunted by a phantom as when Gerard Butler first graces the scene in the film version of The Phantom of the Opera. Smouldering eyes, broad shoulders and a great voice -- I'd take him over that pretty boy Raoul any day. Butler does brilliant work capturing the tortured soul of the opera ghost and the movie, with its elaborate sets and costumes, is one that truly needs to be seen on the big screen.
Where: The Vancouver Playhouse
Why: Guest pick by music man Stuart Derdeyn: "The Vancouver Friends of Chamber Music starts its 2005 concert series with a group you should go see. Not because of its four Grammy Awards, or because of the rave reviews they get for every concert. Go because the Emerson's latest two recordings -- Bach's the Art of the Fugue and Haydn's The Seven Last Words -- were so good that they received the 2004 Avery Fisher Award. Previously, this honour was only bestowed on solo artists but Emerson plays like one unit . . . You get the idea."
When: 8 p.m.
Tickets: $42.80 at Ticketmaster
Giants vs. Cougars
Where: Pacific Coliseum
Why: The Giants, who were beaten 6-3 by Prince George on Friday, will have fresh legs for tonight's rematch. The team is coming off two days of much-needed rest following a stretch of six games in eight days. You know, it's a good thing they're not the Toronto Maple Leafs or there'd be some serious whining going on right now.
When: 7 p.m.
Tickets: $16-$18 at Ticketmaster