Theatre Under the Stars is an outdoor theatre which in 2019 features the musicals Mamma Mia! and Disney’s ‘Newsies’ in Vancouver’s Stanley Park.
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Theatre Under the Stars at Stanley Park
Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) is an exceptional musical theatre company that offers live outdoor performances at Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl. It’s located at 610 Pipeline Road near the Stanley Park Pavilion.
TUTS offers wonderful professional-quality shows and is definitely a best place to be in Vancouver for entertainment. We highly recommend you check it out.
Dates for the two shows in 2019 are July 5th to August 24th and this year’s productions are Disney’s Newsies and Mamma Mia!
For tickets and other details, see the official Theatre Under the Stars website.
2019 TUTS Productions
In 2019 Theatre Under the Stars’ summer performances are Disney’s Newsies and the ABBA-themed Broadway musical Mamma Mia! Both promise to be fantastic, as the theatre’s shows always are.
The same as they do every year, the two productions alternate evenings, with one showing every odd date and the other every even.
Both shows are about two and a half hours in length including a short intermission. Doors generally open at 7 o’clock, the seating area opens at 7:30 and the performances start at 8 pm.
The only exceptions are when the Celebration of Lights fireworks take place. Consequently, on July 27th, July 31st and August 3rd the performances begin at 7 o’clock and everything else gets similarly shifted one hour earlier.
Based on a 1992 film, Newsies is a musical about an 1899 strike by newsboys in New York. The theatre production debuted in 2011, ran on Broadway from 2012 until 2014, and then went on tour. It’s based on a story by Harvey Fierstein (not Harvey Weinstein) with lyrics by Jack Feldman and music by Alan Menken.
2019 Stanley Park Dates
Disney’s Newsies shows every second day in Stanley Park from July 6th until August 23rd. In July 2019 performances take place on even dates, and in August they are on odd dates. Preview nights are Saturday July 6th and Monday July 8th. The official opening night is Wednesday July 10th.
About the Show
The Tony Award-winning musical is about a group of underprivileged newspaper boys and their fight with the city’s media barons. The story is set in 1899 New York City. Many of the boys are either orphans or runaways, and they all make their livings from buying and then selling newspapers.
In the play, the owners of the newspaper raise the price the boys have to pay to buy the papers, which means more profits for the capitalists and less for the sellers. Under the leadership of Jack and his friends, the boys band together and strike.
Primary paperboy characters in the story are Jack Kelly, his chum Crutchie, and brothers Davey and Les. Other main characters are the not-so-nice Warden Snyder and the young, pretty reporter Katherine Plumber.
In the 2019 Vancouver production Jack is played by Adam Charles, Crutchie is Cole Smuland, Davey is Daniel Curalli and Les is Jordyn Bennett. Chris Coulter plays Warden Snyder and Julia Ullrich plays Katherine.
Popular songs from the play include “Santa Fe”, “The Bottom Line“, “Don’t Come A-Knocking“, “The World Will Know“, “Seize the Day“, “Something to Believe In” and “Once and for All”.
Directed in Vancouver by Julie Tomaino, Disney’s Newsies features amazing music, dancing and a wonderful plot that’s fun for audiences of all ages.
Click TUTS Newsies 2019 for tickets and more information.
Mamma Mia! is a musical based on the hits of the Swedish Pop band ABBA. The play debuted in London England’s West End in 1999 and later became a movie starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth in 2008.
The story is based on a book written by Catherine Johnson who somehow managed to cleverly tie original hit songs by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus together into a single cohesive story. It’s impressive how all the songs fit together. The musical is fun for anyone, but especially for folk who grew up listening to ABBA in the 1970s and early 80s.
2019 Stanley Park Dates
In 2019 Mamma Mia! performances run from July 5th until August 24th. Shows take place every second day on odd days in July and on even days in August. Preview nights are on Friday July 5th and Sunday July 7th. Opening night is officially on Tuesday July 9th.
About the Show
Mamma Mia! uses hit songs from ABBA to tell a story about a young woman, Sophie, who is preparing to get married. She wants her father at the wedding, but has never met him and her mother doesn’t know who exactly he is. Dad could be any one of three men – Bill Anderson, Harry Bright or Sam Carmichael (played by Pierce Bronson in the movie).
So what does Sophie do? She secretly invites all three potential fathers in advance of the wedding with the hope of finding out who’s who.
The story takes place in the year 2000 on a beautiful Greek island. Sophie’s mother, Donna, is played by Meryl Streep in the movie. In the story, with the help of her daughter, Donna runs a struggling taverna on the island.
In the 2019 Vancouver version of the musical Donna is played by Caitriona Murphy, Sophie is played by Keira Jang, and Bill, Harry and Sam are played by Matt Ramer, Stefan Winfield and Peter Monaghan.
Hit ABBA songs in the musical include “Knowing Me, Knowing You“, “Money, Money, Money“, “Super Trouper” and other famous tunes. Somehow, although all written separately, about different topics and never intended to form a cohesive story, the songs all fit perfectly. It’s a fun musical with a premade world-famous soundtrack!
If you like ABBA, the 1970s or just really good musicals in general, you’ll love Mamma Mia!
Click Mamma Mia! 2019 for tickets and more information.
2019 Admission Prices
Tickets for each show range from around $30 to $55 for adults (depending on your section). Children ages 5 to 18 are $30 and kids 4 and under are free if they sit on an adult’s lap.
Subscriptions to TUTS cost about $70 or so for adults and $50 for children. They are a great deal as they include premium seats for both shows, which means about a $10 to $40 savings. Subscriptions are only available up until early May, however, so get them while you can!
Below are some tips to help you save money.
TIP #1: Tickets are at a reduced rate on Preview Nights during the first few days of the season in July as well as on BC Day, which is the first Monday in August. On these days the cost is only around $20-$45 for adults and $20 for youth and children. If you want a discounted show, buy your tickets early.
TIP #2: Early-bird tickets cost $5 less than regular tickets and are available up until June 5th.
TIP #3: You can also order tickets over the phone by calling 604.631.2877. There is, however, an additional $5 charge per order by booking this way).
Theatre Under the Stars Venue
Malkin Bowl is located in the middle of Stanley Park at 610 Pipeline Road. It’s within sight of the Stanley Park Pavilion and just a short walk south of the park’s main bus terminal near the Miniature Train.
The theatre is an attractive outdoor venue, complete with a licensed beverage and snack bar. Theatre seats are plastic outdoor patio chairs with cushions available by donation (and we recommend you get a cushion).
Below are suggestions on how to make the most out of your outdoor Stanley Park theatre experience.
TIP #1: Arrive early to get parking within reasonable walking distance of the venue. If arriving early, then go for a stroll and explore the beautiful park.
TIP #2: Take a warm sweater or two, and/or a blanket. It gets cool most evenings by the end of the show (and especially in August).
TIP #3: Cushions for seats are available by donation and are highly recommended. They are worth the extra few dollars and the money goes to a good cause.
TIP #4: Tickets are non-refundable. If you think there’s a chance of rain, either take a raincoat or pay the extra $5 at the time of booking for exchange insurance which allows you to reschedule for another evening if done before 8 pm on the night of your show.
TIP #5: Exchange insurance is good for rainy days, but also in other cases where you find you need to change your dates. You have to buy the insurance though at the time you book your tickets.
TIP #7: As the sun goes down, you’ll also notice the little evening bugs that come out. Bring your own form of insect repellant to help keep those little critters away.
Past TUTS Performances
Theatre Under the Stars has been performing musicals at Stanley Park since 1969. Exceptional shows in recent years have included the following:
- 2018: 42nd Street and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella
- 2017: The Drowsy Chaperone and Disney’s Mary Poppins
- 2016: Beauty & the Beast and West Side Story
- 2015: Hair Spray and Charles Dickens’ Oliver
- 2014: Shrek and Legally Blonde
Click TUTS.ca for tickets and further information about Theatre Under the Stars.
For a list of other things to do in the Lower Mainland, check out any of the following:
- Stanley Park
- Vancouver’s July Calendar
- Vancouver’s August Calendar
- Shows & Entertainment Calendar
- Festivals & Events Calendar
- Vancouver’s Top 100 Places