CHELSEA HOTEL - THE SONGS OF LEONARD COHEN

“as near-perfect a musical as you can get...a solid five star production” Calgary Sun

Thursday, October 1, 2015 — Victoria, BC...From October 20 to November 15 the Belfry Theatre will present the Firehall Arts Centre production of Chelsea Hotel - The Songs of Leonard Cohen. Conceived and directed by Tracey Power, with musical direction and arrangements by Steven Charles, Chelsea Hotel - The Songs of Leonard Cohen stars Rachel Aberle, Lauren Bowler, Steven Charles, Benjamin Elliott, Marlene Ginader, and Jonathan Gould.

Chelsea Hotel brings together some of the most beautiful, melancholic and affecting songs in the history of recorded music” Winnipeg Free Press

Leonard Cohen’s powerful and inspirational music and lyrics are the heartbeat for Chelsea Hotel, an illusory world full of enchantment, desire, passion and love.

Check into New York’s infamous hotel—a place full of music and enchantment, desire and passion. Six performers play seventeen instruments in a rollicking tribute to this remarkable writer. Through Cohen’s transcendent songs and the honesty of his lyrics, you will be transfixed by this eclectic cabaret celebrating loves won and lost.

“...a knockout... The harmonies are as thick as cabaret smoke and the performers exhale them with astonishing ease. Freakishly talented” Georgia Straight

Chelsea Hotel combines a twisted Burton-esque aesthetic with pitch-perfect singing, complex performances, and a whole lot of heart…I was hooked from the opening act” VancityBuzz

“impeccably performed...haunting...achingly beautiful” Calgary Herald

A Firehall Arts Centre production, Chelsea Hotel - The Songs of Leonard Cohen is starting its latest tour here. Following its run at the Belfry, the show will tour to Vernon, Banff, Fort McMurray, Edmonton, New Westminster, Vancouver, and Toronto.

Creative Team
Tracey Power - Concept / Director / Choreographer
Steven Charles - Musical Director
Marshall McMahen - Set Designer
Barbara Clayden - Costume Designer
Ted Roberts - Lighting Designer
Xavier Berbudeau - Sound Designer
James MacDonald - Dramaturge
Donna Spencer - Artistic Direction, Firehall Arts Centre

Audience Events during Chelsea Hotel

B4Play
Saturday, October 24 at 11 am

Join us in Studio A for a live talk show hosted by CBC Radio’s Gregor Craigie, featuring Tracey Power (Creator / Director / Choreographer) and Benjamin Elliott (Actor) from Chelsea Hotel, and community guests Victoria’s Poet Laureate Yvonne Blomer, and poet, critic, and scholar Stephen Scobie (author of Leonard Cohen and Intricate Preparations: Writing Leonard Cohen). Free Event

Tower Talks
Catch an in-depth conversation with an artist from each Mainstage production in our new video series, Tower Talks. We post these to our website and YouTube channel.

Free Childcare Performance
Sunday, November 1

Take advantage of free, professional childcare (ages 3–10) at the Springridge Early Childhood Centre at 1222 Gladstone Avenue.

We only have a limited number of spots available. To book your tickets and a spot for your kids, please call our box office at 250-385-6815.

Afterplay
Following every evening performance of Chelsea Hotel (except Opening Night and Talkback Thursday), we’ll host Afterplay. This facilitated discussion series offers patrons the opportunity to share their thoughts with fellow audience members after the show.

Talkback Thursday
Thursday, October 29

On the second Thursday performance of each show, we bring the backstage experience onstage. After the curtain call, some of the actors return to the stage to answer your questions and offer insight into the play you have just experienced. These Q & A sessions last 15 – 20 minutes.

Show Sponsors
Chelsea Hotel - The Songs of Leonard Cohen is generously supported by Munro’s Books, Villa Marco Polo Inn, Hillside Printing, The Ocean and KiSS 103.1.

40th Anniversary Season Sponsors
The Belfry is generously supported by The Times Colonist, Thrifty Foods, Cook’s Day Off and Helijet.

Public Funders
The Belfry is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of BC, BC Arts Council, CRD Arts Development and the City of Victoria.

Ticket Information
Tickets for Chelsea Hotel - The Songs of Leonard Cohen range from $23 to $48 (plus GST). Tickets are available at 250-385-6815 or online at tickets.belfry.bc.ca.

Rush Ticket
For our weekday evening performances we offer a limited number of last minute rush tickets at a discount. Rush tickets are:

> available at the Box Office 30 minutes before each evening performance (Tuesday to Friday),

> in person only,

> subject to availability, and

> 40% off our regular Zone 2 (Yellow Section) ticket prices.

Ticket Discounts
High School Students – 50%
University / College / Post Secondary Students – 25%
Seniors – 10%
Members of the Military – 10%
Groups (10 or more) – 10%

Performance Schedule (October 20 - November 15, 2015)
Tuesdays - Thursdays at 7:30 pm
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm 
Wednesday Matinees at 1 pm (October 28, November 4 + 11)
Saturday Matinees at 4 pm
Sunday Matinees at 2 pm

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Media Contact
Mark Dusseault
Director of Marketing & Communications, Belfry Theatre
250-385-6835
pr@belfry.bc.ca

CHELSEA HOTEL - THE SONGS OF LEONARD COHEN by Tracey Power

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Mark Dusseault Marketing & Communications Director at Belfry Theatre