Chelsea Hotel

The Firehall Arts Centre will bring its award-winning show, Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen, back to the stage from March 17 to April 21 in celebration of the venue’s 35th anniversary season and to pay homage to the late Mr. Cohen.

Featuring six artists playing seventeen different instruments, this award-winning production has toured across Canada to sold out audiences.

Haunted by memories of his tumultuous love life, a writer checks into New York’s infamous Chelsea Hotel desperate to find the words and inspiration for his next song. Wading through past relationships, he reluctantly comes face to face with the love of the present, a love he wishes he could not only forget, but erase from memory.

Leonard Cohen’s powerful and inspirational music is the heartbeat for Chelsea Hotel. Through Cohen’s transcendent songs, audiences will be transfixed by this eclectic cabaret of loves won and lost, and become witness in the search for the words to cure love’s pain.

Conceived and directed by Tracey Power, with musical arrangements by Steve Charles, Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen is an inventive fusion of music, dance and theatre that invites its audience into the hotel room of a creative mind and takes them on a poetic musical journey.

The production premiered in February of 2012 and was nicknamed ‘the make-out show’ as patrons were often caught kissing outside the theatre after the show. It was remounted by popular demand in the fall of that same year and went on tour to Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria, and Toronto.

With over 200 shows since its premiere, Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen has played to audiences of all ages and has received praise across the country for its imagination and creativity, including Ovation Awards for Outstanding Ensemble Production and Outstanding Director.

The production, a tribute to one of Canada’s remarkable writers, has played to sold out houses across the country, with patrons returning again and again.

“When Mr. Cohen passed in November 2016, our cast and company were deeply affected, as were his many fans,” says the Firehall Arts Centre’s Artistic Producer, Donna Spencer. “It was then that I decided the Firehall should celebrate his work once more through offering our last production of Chelsea Hotel as part of the Firehall’s 35th anniversary season.”

Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen

Dates: March 17 to April 21; Tues., 7 pm; Wed. to Fri., 8 pm; Sat., 3 pm and 8 pm; Sun., 3 pm
Venue: Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
Tickets: From $25; available online and via phoning (604) 689-0926
Post-Show Talkbacks: March 22, 29; April 5, 12, 19

Photo by David Cooper.

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