2017 Year in Review

Favourite Theatrical Memories of 2017

So it may be 2018 but I've been reflecting on all the shows and experiences I've had this past year and there have been a lot. There are shows that have stayed with me and one's I wish I could forget. Here's my Top 10 List of Theatrical Experiences for 2017 in chronological order.

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1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Let's just say it was a very magical show. I will not give any spoilers, but I have never seen such effective use of theatre "magic" in my life. It was everything I wanted it to be and more! There is a moment when your mind is literally blown but again no spoilers. You'll just have to come to the West End or wait for the show to come to Broadway this spring.

2. An American in Paris - This was on my bucket list since it came to Broadway and it did not disappoint. I've never seen such a beautiful marriage of ballet, theatre and music. I ended up seeing the show 3 times because I kept taking people to see the show so they could experience all it's beauty. It will be shutting it's doors on the West End this month but this show will stick me for years to come.

3. Half a Sixpence - I have never seen such joy emanating from the stage as I did in Charlie Stemp's performance. I couldn't help but smile the entire show. It was a simple, sweet show and it was everything I wanted it to be. Sometimes all you need and all you want is a simple tune.

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4. Bettrofenheit -  The brutal honesty and vulnerabity in Bettrofenheit made it a night to remember. I am in awe of Jonathon Young for creating such a raw piece of art.

5. Come From Away - I was in New York for four days to visit family and had the chance to see one show...obviously it was going to be Come From Away. I have never been so proud to be Canadian as I was watching this show. I hear rumours it is coming to the West End...I hope this happens! Everyone should get to see this show.

6. Circle Game - I couldn't stop beaming sitting next to one of my closest friend's Anna Kuman watching the show she created with her husband Andy Cohen. The interpretations of Joni Mitchell's music brought a whole new meaning to her music. The talent on stage was incredible and reminded me how special the Vancouver theatre scene is.

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7. Elektra Women's Choir at El Palau de la Musica - This is by far the theatre highlight of my year. Getting to see my cousin perform alongside Elektra Women's Choir in Barcelona during the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music was amazing. She sang the most gorgeous solo during Primary Colours, a song commissioned in memory of my grandmother. Let's just say this performance brought a lot of proud tears. So happy I could represent the family.

8. Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill - Audra McDonald is a force. The final image of her singing while the spotlight tightened until   there was nothing left but darkness...inspired!

9. The Ferryman - At over three hours you'd think I'd be ready for the play to be over, but with Ferryman when the final curtain fell I wanted to yell "NO, It can't be over!!". It was exhausting and thrilling and epic. Paddy Considine...that is all.

10. Drunk Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing- This was one of the funniest nights I have ever experienced. Simple concept, one actor gets completely drunk and continues to drink through the performance while the rest of the cast tries to do a legitimate performance of Much Ado About Nothing. The show is complete with an audience member holding a bucket "just in case". Comedy gold!!

So that's my top 10 for 2017....excited to see what my top 10 will be for 2018. I have a feeling my list is starting off right. Seeing Network with Bryan Cranston next week at the National Theatre.