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Chelsea Hotel is “Magical. Sexy. Haunting. Refreshing. Passionate.” – A few words with Tracey Power, Director/Creator/Performer of Chelsea Hotel – The Songs of Leonard Cohen

Interview by Shaina Silver-Baird

SSB: How did you conceive of the idea for Chelsea Hotel?

Tracey Power: I was interested in creating a show that was a fusion of music, movement and theatre. The poetic quality of Cohen’s music immediately became the inspiration for this desire. The concept for the world in my mind was always one of imagination, magic, love and surprise.

SSB: How was this new musical created?

TP: I began listening to all of Cohen’s music and images and stories began to form. A poetic order began to grow, a seamless flow of consciousness that in my imagination made perfect sense. I could also hear a sound for the show that incorporated the instruments that were played by the team of 6 artists. There are 17 instruments in the show so creativity has always felt limitless.

SSB: It’s been very popular in theatre recently, to have the actor/singers playing the instruments instead of the more traditional band – actor split. Why did you decide to take this approach?

TP: We began creating this show 5 years ago and at that time it was much less popular, certainly on the west coast. The style of Chelsea Hotel stems from a concert or cabaret so that is where the roots of its approach lie.

SSB: What attracted you to Leonard Cohen’s music?

TP: His lyrics. Even after 5 years, there are still words I hear for the first time. They make you curious, they inspire incredible imagery and you discover pieces of yourself within them.

SSB: Describe the show in 5 words:

TP: Magical. Sexy. Haunting. Refreshing. Passionate.

Chelsea Hotel – The Songs of Leonard Cohen

A Firehall Arts Centre Production
Produced by Theatre 20
With the support of Theatre Passe Muraille

ChelseaHotel-photo by Mat Simpson-sm

Directed and Conceived by Tracey Power
Musical Direction and Arrangements by Steven Charles
Cast: Rachel Aberle, Sean Cronin, Christina Cuglietta, Benjamin Elliot, Jonathan Gould & Tracey Power.
Set Design: Marshall McMahen
Lighting Design: Ted Roberts
Costume Design: Barbara Clayden
Sound Design: Xavier Berbudeau
Dramaturg: James MacDonald
Artistic Producer: Donna Spencer

“It’s written on the walls of this hotel, you go to heaven, once you’ve been to hell.” – Leonard Cohen

CHELSEA HOTEL comes to Toronto 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.

Where: Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace, 16 Ryerson Ave. Toronto

When: February 3-21, 2016

Tickets: $25-$55 + limited Pay-What-You-Can for selected performances. Buy tickets here.


Mirvish announces 2012/2013 season

This is always an exciting time for me. I’ve found that since Dancap Productions stepped into Toronto’s life 5 years ago, Mirvish has been working extra hard in order to bring the most anticipated shows to Toronto. And they have hit a home run once again, promising an extremely exciting line up of shows.

On Monday, Mirvish announced it’s 2012/2013 season at the Ed Mirvish Theatre (formerly known as the Canon), where a surprised audience greeted Tony Danza. The star of the famous sitcom Who’s the Boss? announced that he will be playing Tommy Korman in the world premiere of Honeymoon in Vegas. 

The season is lead by Backbeat, a show that chronicles the birth of the Beatles, which is followed by La Cage aux Folles starring George Hamilton as the nightclub owner and Christopher Sieber as his partner.

I may be the most excited for their third show in line, Sister Act the musical. We all know the movie, and the musical is just as heart warming. Nominated for best musical last year, the show really impressed Broadway theatre-goers with not only an extremely talented cast, but by their original score. It’s so hard to find a musical these days, especially those based off movies, that have original music. So good on ya, sister.

Click below to see a performance of ‘Raise your Voice’ from Sister Act the Musical at the Tony Awards.

After that comes Danza’s shining production of Honeymoon in Vegas, proceeded by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most recent show The Wizard of Oz. Mirvish is also in the works with a Theatre 20 production, Bloodless, which will be Colm Wilkinson’s directorial debut. Flashdance, based after the 1983 hit will have it’s North American debut in Toronto and will feature songs such as What a Feeling and She’s a Maniac. 

But the most anticipated show has to be The Book of Mormon. Written by South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the show took home nine Tony awards including best musical last June. Not to mention that the show has been completely sold out for months and months and has no sign of stopping. So get your tickets now and support Toronto’s theatres.

– Erin

Click below to watch Book of Mormon’s Andrew Rannels perform ‘I Believe’ at the Tony’s: