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Vancouver Opera Festival 2018

Running from April 28 to May 6, the second annual Vancouver Opera Festival celebrates Russian composers.

The Overcoat – a musical tailoring

The Overcoat – a musical tailoring
Vancouver Playhouse
April 28 & 29 | May 4, 9, 10, 11, & 12 at 7:30pm
May 2, 5, & 6 at 2:00pm

Music: James Rolfe
Libretto: Morris Panych

Cast and Creative Teams
Akakiy: Geoffrey Sirett
Petrovich: Peter McGillivray

With the Vancouver Opera Orchestra 

Conductor: Leslie Dala
Director: Morris Panych
Set Designer: Ken MacDonald
Costumer Designer: Nancy Bryant
Movement: Wendy Gorling
Lighting Designer: Alan Brodie

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About The Overcoat – a musical tailoring
A much anticipated co-production with Toronto’s Canadian Stage Company and Tapestry Opera, The Overcoat – a musical tailoring is an operatic reinterpretation Morris Panych and Wendy Gorling's 1998 smash-hit play, The Overcoat. With a libretto from Morris Panych and music composed by Canadian Composer, James Rolfe, this production reunites the original creative team. Morris Panych is the director, with movement by Wendy Gorling, set design by Ken MacDonald. costume design by Nancy Bryant, and lighting design by Alan Brodie.

This extremely important work, addresses the universal human need for compassion and our unfortunate tendency to deny it. The Overcoat – a musical tailoring is so much more than the story of an office worker whose life is turned upside down when he’s robbed of his new overcoat. “Panych and Gorling... have delivered a work that grows richer on each subsequent viewing, a creation that combines laughter with pathos and exhilaration with despair.” – Toronto Star (on 2007’s The Overcoat). The work will debut at the Bluma Appel Theatre in March 2018 before coming to the Vancouver Playhouse—where the original creation premiered 20 years ago. 

The performance will last approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes, including 1 intermission.

Sung in English with English SURTITLESTM

Production sponsored by The McGrane-Pearson Endowment Fund