The Songs of Leonard Cohen
February 3 – 21, 2016 in Toronto
“It’s written on the walls of this hotel, you go to heaven, once you’ve been to hell”
– Leonard Cohen
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Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen comes to Toronto fresh from sold-out national tour
December 28, 2015. Toronto, Ontario… Chelsea Hotel: The Songs Of Leonard Cohen is coming to Toronto. Presented by Theatre 20, with the support of Theatre Passe Muraille, the Firehall Arts Centre production will make its Toronto premiere at Theatre Passe Muraille from February 3-21, 2016.
Fresh from a sold-out national tour, Leonard Cohen’s powerful and inspirational music is the heartbeat of this eclectic cabaret of loves won and lost. With extraordinary arrangements, six performers play seventeen instruments in this rollicking tribute to the remarkable writer. Through Cohen’s transcendent songs and lyrical honesty, you will be transported to New York’s infamous hotel – a place full of music and enchantment, desire and passion.
The show originated in Vancouver:
Chelsea Hotel is directed and conceived by Tracey Power with musical direction and arrangements by Steven Charles.
A recipient of the Sterling Haynes and Jessie Richardson awards for her work, Tracy Power’s work has played in theatres across Canada and Internationally. She recently premiered a new musical Miss Shakespeare at Performance Works in Vancouver, and workshopped a new play, Glory based on the Canadian Women's hockey team, the Preston Rivulettes at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton. Tracy also works as an actor, director and choreographer. She recently directed and choreographed Singin' in the Rain for the Chemainus Theatre Festival and choreographed Les Misérables for Western Canada Theatre.
Steven Charles is a musician, composer and performer from Vancouver. He has performed at the Firehall Arts Centre and Arts Club, along with many Folk, Fringe, and Jazz Festivals across Canada, the U.S, and Europe. With the Escape Artists, Steven co-produced Miss Shakespeare and J. Caesar and he continues to perform in productions of Chelsea Hotel in theatres across Canada. He tours internationally with bands Viper Central, and The Fugitives and is very active in Vancouver's music scene.
The cast will feature Rachel Aberle, Sean Cronin, Christina Cuglietta, Benjamin Elliot, Jonathan Gould, and Tracey Power. The team also includes Marshall McMahen (Set Design), Ted Roberts (Lighting Design), Barbara Clayden (Costume Design), Xavier Berbudeau (Sound Design), James MacDonald (Dramaturg), and Donna Spencer (Artistic Producer).
Runs: February 3 – 21, 2016
Opening: February 4, 2016
Schedule: Tues-Sat @ 7:30 pm; Sat-Sun @ 2:00 pm
Artsworker with valid I.D. – $30
Under 30 with valid I.D. – $25
Location: Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace, 16 Ryerson Ave, Toronto
Box Office: www.theatre20.com or 416-504-7529
In person: The Arts Box Office, Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Avenue,