AUGUST 2023 | Volume 230


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[Title of Show]
Music & lyrics by Jeff Bowen
Book by Hunter Bell
Play on Words Productions
First Impressions Theatre
Deep Cove Shaw Theatre
Sept. 7-23
$35/$29 or 604-929-9456

A musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical

Local theatre company erupts back onto the stage with musical cult-classic, [Title of Show] — (yes, that really is the show title). After a five-year hiatus, Play On Words Productions is back and teaming up with Deep Cove's cultural treasure, First Impressions Theatre, to produce this four-person love-letter to musical theatre. [Title of Show]* tells the story of its own creation, as writers Jeff and Hunter race to create the show in just three weeks. Described by The New York Times as "uproariously funny" and "full of heart," [Title of Show] depicts both the pleasures and the perils of the artistic process, and the joy of collaboration.

With the New York Musical Theatre Festival deadline just around the corner, struggling writers Jeff and Hunter, having nothing to lose, decide to write an original musical in just three weeks. With no good ideas for music or a plot, the two discover that their conversation about what to write is the most honest and interesting story they can write. With the help of their friends Susan, Heidi and Mary, they embark on a journey through the gauntlet of creative self-expression to write a musical about writing a musical about writing a musical, starring themselves!

[Title of Show] is a comedy with music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen, book by Hunter Bell. The cast includes Ryan Nunez as Hunter; Theo Budd as Jeff; Sabrielle McCurdy as Heidi; Stefania Wheelhouse as Susan; with musical director Erika Gundesen as Mary, direction & choreography by Erika Babins, and stage management by Julia Lank.

September 7 to 23, 2023
Wed through Sat at 7:30pm, except Sat., Sept 9 at 2pm only
Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, 4360 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver, BC V7G 1L2
Tickets: or call 604-929-9456

About Play On Words and First Impressions Theatre:
Play on Words was created in 2014 by three graduates of the Capilano University Musical Theatre Program. They have produced a number of full-length musicals, including You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (nominated for Best Small Cast Musical) and Bonnie and Clyde, which had a sold-out run at the Havana theatre in 2016.

First Impressions Theatre, created in 1983, is celebrating its 40th Anniversary. A resident of the Deep Cove Shaw Theatre in North Vancouver, recent productions include Songs for Nobodies, Beehive, Ring of Fire:The Music of Johnny Cash and a show it is currently remounting to tour, Always...Patsy Cline.

*[Title of Show] contains some mature contact and may not be suitable for young audiences.



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