CHELSEA HOTEL The Songs of Leonard Cohen


“…overwhelming inventiveness…”–GLOBE AND MAIL

“…passionate, beautiful, funny, the stuff of broken hearts, broken dreams, unforgettable nights and everlasting loves.”—VANCOUVER SUN

 “…brings together some of the most beautiful, melancholic and affecting songs in the history of recorded music.”—WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

“Chelsea Hotel is a knockout… The harmonies are as thick as cabaret smoke and the performers exhale them with astonishing ease.”–GEORGIA STRAIGHT

 

Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen

Conceived & Directed by Tracey Power
Musical Arrangements by Steve Charles
A Firehall Arts Centre Production

With extraordinary new arrangements, six performers play seventeen instruments in a knockout tribute to Leonard Cohen’s most transcendent songs. You will be transfixed by this eclectic cabaret of loves won and lost.

Recommended for 12+

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Image: Photograph by David Cooper. Performers: Steve Charles, Ben Elliott, Marlene Ginader & Lauren Bowler.

Chelsea Hotel in Vancouver (2014)

Chelsea Hotel in Winnipeg (2014)

January 13 - 24, 2016 - Maclab Theatre

Cast and Creative Team

Cast
 Rachel AberleCrop Rachel Aberle is delighted to be back at the Chelsea Hotel and to be making   her Citadel début. Rachel was last seen in Victoria on the grass just outside, as Kathy in Theatre SKAM’s Smalltown: A Pickup Musical.  Elsewhere in this beautiful country of ours, Rachel has appeared at Summerworks Musical   Works in Concert (Toronto), Caravan Farm Theatre (Armstrong), Chemainus Theatre Festival (Chemainus), Persephone Theatre (Saskatoon), Manitoba Theatre Centre and Prairie Theatre Exchange (Winnipeg), and The Arts Club, Vancouver Playhouse, Only-Child Collective, Miscast Collective and Green   Thumb Theatre (Vancouver). Off stage, Rachel works as a voice-over artist, playwright and arts administrator. Her play Still/Falling, which tackles teen depression, will be produced this year by Green Thumb Theatre, where she also works as the Community Engagement and Development Coordinator. Rachel wishes to thank Green Thumb for being the kind of supportive workplace that says yes when she bashfully asks if she can take 5 months off to travel the country playing Leonard Cohen music.
 Steve CharlesCrop Steve Charles is a musician, composer and performer from Vancouver. Highlights of the past few years include: Urinetown at the Firehall, Avenue Q at the Arts Club, Brief Encounter by the Playhouse/MTC, Dance Marathon by Bluemouth Inc. (international tours),  Salmon Row at Mortal Coil, and many Folk, Fringe, and Jazz Festivals across Canada, the U.S., and Europe. He was MD for “Galala” on TV Unis and annually MD’s Pacifique en Chanson. With the Escape Artists he co-produced Miss   Shakespeare and J.Caesar and he co-created and 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. He is in demand as a multi-instrumentalist, sound designer and for his easy-going   versatility.www.stevenjohncharles.com
 Sean CroninCrop Sean Cronin has toured across Canada, Europe, and the US with Jazz, Rock, Bluegrass bands, and his own groups: Too Big To Care Marching Band, and the award-winning theatre-rock ensemble Sean Cronin`s Very Good.   Along the way he has picked up a deep knowledge of multiple instruments including bass, guitar, piano, banjolele, drums, and saxophone. Upon relocating from Vancouver, BC to Brooklyn, NY in 2012, Sean became involved in the city`s Ragtime and Traditional Jazz scene, and the off off-Broadway theatre scene. His score for Kill Me Like You Mean It earned him a Drama Desk nomination in 2015 for best music in a play. Sean is currently writing his own play, an absurdist rock-opera to be performed   by Sean Cronin`s Very Good. He resides in Brooklyn, NY.
 Christina CugliettaCrop Christina Cuglietta – As a Vancouver based multi-disciplinary artist, Christina is thrilled to join the Chelsea Hotel team! She works as an   actor, instrumentalist, musical director and theatre educator across Canada.  Select theatre, performance and direction credits include: Peter and the   Starcatcher (Western Canada Theatre) The Pied Piper (Sum Theatre) The Buddy Holly Story (Theatre North West) You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Project X), The Forbidden Phoenix (Gateway Theatre), My Fair Lady (Western Canada Theatre). Upcoming: The Out Vigil (Firehall Arts Centre/Twenty Something Theatre). Christina is a graduate from the Canadian College of Performing Arts and holds her Grade Ten Royal Conservatory of Music Practical Certificates in piano and violin.
 Benjamin ElliottCrop Benjamin Elliott is an actor and composer based in Vancouver. Recent credits include Are We Cool Now? (WCT), Comedy Of Errors and Love’s Labour’s Lost  (Bard On The Beach) for which he also Musical Directed. He is the co-writer of The Best Laid Plans: A Musical  which premiered this fall and the in house composer for the sketch comedy show Human Town which is in its first season on CBC television. Coming up, Ben will be appearing in Good People (Arts Club) at the Stanley Theatre in Vancouver and then heading back to Bard On The Beach where he will be performing in Romeo and Juliet and The Merry Wives Of Windsor (Ontario). Ben is a Jessie Richardson Award recipient and graduate of Studio 58.  www.benelliott.ca
 Jonathan GouldCrop Jonathan Gould – After graduating from the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in Classical Theatre, Jonathan has gone on to perform across North America,   including several seasons with the Shaw Festival, Stratford Festival, Grand Theatre, Citadel Theatre, Soulpepper Theatre, Theatre New Brunswick, St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, Magnus Theatre, Lincoln Center Institute and The Kennedy Center. Past Film and TV credits include: Buck Calder Experience, Beyblade, Budrus and Baby Brain. Jonathan is also a singer, songwriter and musician based in Toronto and was a contributor to the Juno Award winning album Music Soup. He currently voices the role of Dave in the animated series Scaredy Squirrel for YTV and Disney Channel.
Creative Team
 Tracey PowerCrop Tracey Power, Director/Choreographer/Concept – For the Citadel, Tracey acted in Clybourne Park  and Blackbird, and wrote the adaptation of The Jungle Book. Recently she directed/choreographed Singin’ in the Rain for the Chemainus Theatre Festival, and choreographed Les Miserables for Western Canada Theatre. Passionate about the creation of new work, this   summer she premiered her new musical Miss Shakespeare for Musical TheatreWorks in Vancouver.  She is also developing a new play entitled Glory, about the 1930s Canadian women’s hockey team the Preston Rivulettes, for the Citadel Play Development Program. Other acting credits include UBUNTU (Theatre Calgary/WCT), La Cage Aux Folles (Vancouver Playhouse), rinetown & The Ecstasy of Rita Joe (Firehall), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change & The Back Kitchen (Arts Club), STRAY (Workshop West) and Midsummer Nights Dream & Henry V (Freewill Players). She is the recipient of the Sterling Haynes and Jessie Richardson awards for her work, and has played theatres across Canada and   Internationally. www.traceypower.ca
 Marshall McMahenCrop Marshall McMahen, Set Designer – Marshall’s designs have been seen around Vancouver and across the country, including Love’s Labour’s Lost & Shakespeare’s Rebel (Bard on the Beach), Spamalot and Avenue Q (Arts Club), All the Way Home (Electric Company), and many more productions with Caravan Farm Theatre, Chemainus, Gateway, Green Thumb, Urban Ink, and others. Last season Marshall was the Resident Associate Designer with Pacific Opera Victoria. He is a member of Associated Designers of Canada, a graduate of UBC, and the recipient of a Jessie Award, three Ovation Awards, and the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award.
 Babara ClaydenCrop Barbara Clayden, Costume Design – Barbara Clayden has been a theatre artist for over 30   years, designing costumes and sometimes sets for various theatre and dance companies around Vancouver, including the Arts Club Theatre, Blackbird Theatre, Carousel Theatre, the Firehall Arts Centre, Neworld Theatre, Presentation House, Pi Theatre, Rumble, and Theatre Replacement. She has been nominated for numerous Jessie Awards and won a few along the way. Most recently, her work was seen in Pi Theatre’s production of Except in the Unlikely Event of War and   the Arts Club’sThe Odd Couple.
 Ted RobertsCrop Ted Roberts, Lighting Design – Past designs for the Firehall Arts Centre include: the set for URINETOWN, set and lighting for MENOPOSATIVE the   MUSICAL, and the lighting for LARGER THAN LIFE. As Resident Designer for the Arts Club Theatre, recent designs include: set designs for DISGRACED, LES MISERABLES, & IN THE HIEGHTS at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage; the sets THE MOUNTAINTOP & SNOWING ON SALTSPRING, and set & lighting for the RED ROCK DINER at the Granville Island Stage; the set for SISTER JUDY, & lighting for A TWISTED CHRISTMAS CAROL at the Revue Stage, and for Persephone Theatre the lighting for MY CHERNOBYL & HEDDA GABLER.
 Xavier BerbudeauCrop Xavier Berbudeau, Sound Design – Xavier Berbudeau is a Vancouver-based sound engineer and designer with over 15 years of experience in the industry. He has worked with many organizations over the years including Chutzpah! Festival, French Festival, Music Festivals and Corporate Events. He runs Xavier Berbudeau Audio, a Vancouver based audio company   that provides audio services and production management for live music, events and corporate organizations
 Donna SpencerCrop Donna Spencer, Artistic Producer – Donna Spencer is the Artistic Producer of Vancouver’s Firehall Arts Centre and one of the Firehall’s founding directors. Donna provided dramaturgical and staging/production contributions to Chelsea Hotel.  She was recently honored with the 2012 Mayor’s Arts Award for Theatre and is the winner of the Jessie Richardson   Outstanding Direction Award for Urinetown, the Musical and Reading Hebron. Her many theatre directorial credits include: Vimy, Einstein’s Gift, Golden Child, The Yoko Ono Project, and Wawatay. Ms. Spencer has been recognized with the B.C. Community Achievement Award for her work for inclusivity in dance and theatre and is a member   of the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame.
 James MacDonaldCrop James MacDonald, Dramaturge – As a dramaturge, director, and actor, James has been involved in the development of over 40 new Canadian plays, including directing the world premieres of Vimy (Citadel Theatre), With a Twist (Lunchbox Theatre), and The Myth of Summer (Alberta Theatre Projects). Other directing credits include A Few Good Men (Manitoba Theatre Centre), Julius Caesar (Stratford Festival), The Old Ladies (Shaw Festival), Fire (Canadian Stage), and 12 productions at Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre, where he is Artistic Associate. James is the founding artistic director of Edmonton’s Freewill Shakespeare Festival, a position he held for six years. He is currently the Program Director for the Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program.
 Jaimie Tait Jaimie Tait, Stage Manager – Jaimie has spent the last year living and working in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She is very happy   to be back working on Chelsea Hotel. Favourite past credits   include: All the Way Home with The Electric Company, Snowman with Rumble Productions, Kismet one to one hundred with The Chop, and Leading Ladies with The Gateway Theatre. Upcoming Jaimie will be stage managing the world premiere of Ours for Opera on the Avalon back in St. John’s. Jaimie is a graduate of Studio 58.
 Jillian Perry Jillian Perry, Assistant Stage Manager – Jillian is thrilled to be back with Chelsea Hotel. She has been the Assistant Stage manager for Chelsea Hotel for the past 4 year. She was glad she got the opportunity to Stage Manage it for the High Performance Rodeo in   Calgary this last January. Jillian is a graduate of the University of the Fraser Valley. Past Assistant/ Stage   management highlights include PROUD and Urinetown   the Musical (Firehall Arts Centre), Jesse award Best Small Theatre production winnerTerminus and Visions of Vancouver (PI Theatre), La Cage Aux Folles (Vancouver   Playhouse), My Funny Valentine, Nelly Boy and Whale Riding Weather ( Zee Zee Theatre), Home Coming King and Tiny Replicas (Below 0). Enjoy the Show!

Making of...

DIRECTOR’S NOTES     (from the Chelsea Hotel playbill)

by Tracey Power

Tracey PowerCropCreating a new piece of theatre is such a rewarding and exhilarating experience. When the piece being created is brought to life through the lyrics and poetry of Leonard Cohen, creative inspiration is limitless. Much in the same way Cohen uses words to paint a poetic picture, I used his songs as inspiration to paint a theatrical one.

Thank you to Donna Spencer for her belief and guidance, to Steve Charles for his musical brilliance and creative partnership, to James MacDonald for his influence and beautiful heart, and to this incredible company who joined me for this creative journey with such trust, passion and artistry.

This is a story of love, of pain, of artistic struggle that begins and ends with Cohen’s words but lives within us. I invite you to lose yourself in our world and feel Cohen’s songs once again, for the very first time. A special thank you to Bob, James, and the entire Citadel team for joining us on the Chelsea Hotel journey. I graduated from Grant MacEwan’s Theatre Arts program in 1997, and having recently moved back to Edmonton, it means so much to share this show with a community that was such an inspiration at the start of my career. Thank you and enjoy!

Song List

ACT1

THE GUESTS

EVERYBODY KNOWS

TAKE THIS WALTZ

SUSANNE

THE PARTISAN

DANCE ME TO THE END OF LOVE

TAKE THIS LONGING

YOU KNOW WHO I AM

FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN

TONIGHT WILL BE FINE

SISTERS OF MERCY

ONE OF US CANNOT BE WRONG

PAPER THIN HOTEL

I’M YOUR MAN

WHO BY FIRE

THE FUTURE

 

ACT2

DON’T GO HOME WITH YOUR HARD ON

CHELSEA HOTEL #2

LOVER, LOVER

DIAMONDS IN THE MINE

HEY, THAT’S NO WAY TO SAY GOODBYE

WHY DON’T YOU TRY

JOAN OF ARC

CLOSING TIME

TOWER OF SONG

FAMOUS BLUE RAINCOAT

A SINGER MUST DIE

HALLELUJAH

IF IT BE YOUR WILL

BIRD ON A WIRE

Previews and Reviews

REVIEW – EDMONTON JOURNAL – New Energy for Lenny: A Review of Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen – January 15, 2016

REVIEW – EDMONTON SUN – Chelsea Hotel An Evening of Rediscovered Leonard Cohen Treasures – January 15, 2016

REVIEW – BLOG: AFTER THE HOUSELIGHTS – Chelsea Hotel a story of overcoming writer’s block through Leonard Cohen’s Songs – January 16, 2016

PREVIEW – EDMONTON JOURNAL – Inside Leonard Cohen: Tracey Power’s Chelsea Hotel checks in at the Maclab – January 13, 2016

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