Showtunes celebrates 1971

Showtunes Year By Year features six of Vancouver’s best musical theatre performers. The show plays the ACT on Sunday. - Contributed
Showtunes Year By Year features six of Vancouver’s best musical theatre performers. The show plays the ACT on Sunday.
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Catch six of Vancouver’s best musical theatre performers in a show designed to celebrate the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Art Council’s 40th anniversary.

Showtunes! Year by Year – 1971 is a dynamic studio show is created by Applause! Musicals Society and features nostalgic commentary by artistic producer Scott Ashton Swan.

There was a lot happening in 1971.

It was the year of the microprocessor and hand-held calculators. Pierre Trudeau was prime minister.  Walt Disney World opened.

Sonny and Cher’s Comedy Hour and the film, Love Story premiered, and Simon and Garfunkel won a Grammy for Bridge Over Troubled Water.

On the radio, we were also listening to Joy To the World (Three Dog Night), Maggie May (Rod Stewart) and Me and Bobby McGee (Janis Joplin).

Featuring favorite tunes from shows like Godspell, Grease, and Follies, this musical revue turns back the clock to include a number of rare, shelved, and often forgotten works, including 70 Girls 70 (by the composer of Chicago), Two Gentlemen of Verona (a rock musical based on Shakespeare’s play of the same name), and Prettybelle (written by the composer of Gypsy).

“Considering how much ACT audiences love musicals, when I discovered this vibrant Vancouver company could create a show based on tunes from the Arts Council’s inaugural year – well, who could resist booking them,” says ACT executive director Lindy Sisson.

The Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Arts Council is a not-for-profit, volunteer-based society dedicated to “bringing arts to the heart of our community”.

The performance will be an evening featuring  the best musical numbers from 1971 while reliving  what people were listening to, wearing, reading, watching and buying at the time.

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