My mom used to always tell me to go play outside but this summer I’m taking it a bit further and we are going to go WATCH a PLAY OUTSIDE. I couldn’t be more excited. You see, Theatre Under The Stars is a Vancouver classic experience and yet somehow I have never been but that changes this year. I will be attending Theatre Under The Star’s presentation of Mamma Mia which I am super stoked about. I loved the movie, I’ve seen the musical in person before but never under the stars at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park. The other super awesome presentation they will be putting on is Disney’s Newsies.

“This summer is all about inspiration, with two musicals that will lift hearts in entirely unique ways. Mamma Mia! may very well be the most joyful musical ever created, bringing love and light to everyone who experiences it. Disney’s Newsies is a fiery true tale of conviction, where a scrappy group of underdogs sets spirits aflame by standing up and fighting forwhat is right,” says TUTS Board President Naveen Kapahi.

Never heard of these great plays? That’s okay, I’ve got you covered. This is how TUTS describes them:

Set on a Greek island paradise where the sun always shines, box office record-breaking Mamma Mia! brims with non-stop laughs, explosive dance, and the magic of ABBA’s hit songs: ‘Dancing Queen,’ ‘Take a Chance on Me,’ ‘Super Trouper,’ ‘SOS’ — and the list goes on! More than 60 million people the world over have fallen in love with the characters, story, and music that makes Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show.

As for Newsies, this is what they had to say:

A soaring spectacle of powerful song and high-kicking dance, Disney’s Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message for the whole family. At the turn of the 20th century, New York City had its papers delivered by an army of ragged orphans and runaways called ‘newsies.’ But when newspaper owners raise distribution prices at the newsies’ expense, this band of misfits unites to strike against the unfair conditions. Filled with inspiring songs such as ‘King of New York,’ ‘Santa Fe,’ and ‘Carrying the Banner,’ this Disney film turned Tony Award-winning Broadway hit inspires everyone to seize the day!

Both sound UNMISSABLE and frankly we will likely end up at both but for now we have made plans for Mamma Mia as my boyfriend and I are both MASSIVE ABBA fans. The coolest part is they have all sorts of special events planned:

Date Night at Mamma Mia! Wednesday, July 17 AND Date Night at Disney’s Newsies Wednesday, July 24
Audiences are invited to snuggle up with their sweetie under the stars for Date Nights at TUTS. An evening of outdoor theatre always makes a delightful date, but these are particularly perfect nights to come in pairs with buy one, get one deals and some extra romantic perks and photo-ops! Patrons will also be able to enjoy an exclusive date night discount of 10% off at Prospect Point Bar & Grill to make  this night extra special.

Mamma Mia! Super Fan Sunday Sunday, July 21
This smash hit musical sparkles in Stanley Park all summer, but TUTS has an extra special evening of sequins, spandex, and sing-alongs in store for the ABBA-solutely obsessed! Mega fans are invited to dress in their best Mamma Mia! inspired attire — be it full 70s spandex, Greece-ready beachwear, or just a touch of sparkle — and belt out a selection of their favourite tunes along with the cast! The evening will also feature a costume contest, cast photo-ops, and more fabulous fun.

Super Monday Monday, August 5
A long-standing tradition at TUTS, Super Monday offers audiences the chance to wrap up their long weekend under the stars with a soaring song-and-dance spectacular and stellar savings! All tickets for the Disney’s Newsies performance on August 5 are $10 off and TUTS patrons will also receive 10% off at Stanley’s Bar & Grill, just across from Malkin Bowl.

Here’s how to join in all the fun:

July 5 to August 17, 2019 (performances alternate evenings)

Previews: July 5–8, 2019
Opening Nights: July 9 (Mamma Mia!) + July 10 (Disney’s Newsies)
All shows at 8pm, except on Fireworks Nights, when shows begin at 7pm

Ticket Prices: $30–$55

Address: Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park, 610 Pipeline Rd., Vancouver, BC

Box Office: or 604-631-2877


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