- By Amiel Gladstone and Veda Hille
- Based on the poem by Pushkin and the opera by Tchaikovsky
A PASSIONATE NEW MUSICAL
PREMIERE A brand-new musical from two of the creators of Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata. Life is quiet on the Larin family's Russian country estate–until the charismatic Evgeni Onegin ignites the romantic longings of its residents. Poet Vladimir Lensky dances with jealousy when his dear friend flirts with his fiancée, and even the reclusive Tatyana Larin finds herself falling for the handsome rogue. But will Onegin embrace real love or simply skim its surface? Through Gladstone and Hille's original, dynamic score, audiences are swept into a musical experience as immersive as love itself.
Running time: 2 hours, including one intermission
Must be legal drinking age (19+) to attend evening performances. Matinee performances are all ages.
This play was developed as a Silver Commissions Project
"This is the best play at the BMO Theatre to date! All performers were solid in acting and singing. [The 3/4 thrust] was used wonderfully, as were the aisles. The story in song was effective and pleasing to the ear, and the energy of all performers–both actors and musicians (or could we really differentiate at times?)–was infectious. I admit, I got teary near the end. The set was great! All in all, a most enjoyable evening! Bravo! You all deserved more than one curtain call!"
"This is an excellent new production, presented by the perfect team of artists. I was very impressed! Lovely to be swept up in the music and action and forget one is sitting in a theatre. I was beginning to think I was getting too old and jaded to respond enthusiastically to local theatre any more. But you have proved me wrong. Well done!"
"I didn't know what to expect, but I have to say I genuinely loved this production! The cast was amazing–not to mention the awesome set design/stage! I loved the audience interaction and have been recommending this show to all my friends!"
"ONEGIN! I would see it agin and agin!!"
"I haven't been this impressed with a new musical since The Chelsea Hotel. The performances were engaging, the characters compelling, and the music was wonderful. I only saw the show yesterday and I have already told several friends to go see this show!"
"Extraordinary, exciting, strange, innovative, haunting, engaging–six things you offer in one evening.
I enjoy a well–timed comedy, a puzzling mystery, and a tuneful extravaganza as much as the next guy, but I attend theatre for the Onegins (and Next to Normals, and Nevermores) beyond all else–well done!"
"Fantastic production. An excellent use of the Goldcorp Stage. Beautiful music, timeless story and wonderfully acted by a talented cast"
"Energetic, lively, and creative–Onegin was a delight! We enjoyed the band, the witty lyrics, and the colourful Russian-style costumes. Meg Roe as Tatyana was moving and transformative. The Goldcorp Stage is an excellent new venue for Vancouver. Congrats to all"
"Brilliant, extraordinary, over the top–if you attend this you will surely feel that you have won the lottery!"
–Bonnie, West Vancouver
"I laughed. I cried. I spent the next few days reflecting on my life. I cannot remember when I've had such a powerful theatrical experience. From the beginning when the audience gleefully toasted Love (in Russian) to the catchy songs which are currently on repeat in my head ('Let me die... like we all must die') to the heart-breaking climax where I gasped aloud, and the thoughtful and unexpected ending, I was enraptured. Thank you, Arts Club"
- Meg Roe as Tatyana Larin
- Alessandro Juliani as Evgeni Onegin
- Josh Epstein as Vladimir Lensky
- Caitriona Murphy as Madame Larin and others
- Lauren Jackson as Olga Larin and others
- Andrew Wheeler as Prince Gremin and others
- Andrew McNee as Many Others
- Veda Hille on piano and keyboards
- Barry Mirochnick on drums and guitar
- Marina Hasselberg on cello
- Director/Writer Amiel Gladstone
- Musical Director/Writer Veda Hille
- Choreographer Tracey Power
- Set Designer Drew Facey
- Costume Designer Jacqueline Firkins
- Lighting Designer John Webber
- Sound Designer Bradley Danyluk
- Dramaturg Rachel Ditor
- Stage Manager Allison Spearin
- Apprentice Stage Manager Sandra Drag