Edmonton – If you love theatre and you’re a fan of the incomparable Leonard Cohen, be sure to see Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen, performing at the Citadel Theatre now and until January 24, 2016.
It’s an innovative storyline and the music is fantastic.
Chelsea Hotel is a Firehall Arts Centre production that tells the story of a lovelorn writer that checks into New York’s infamous Chelsea Hotel as he searches for the inspiration needed for his next song. Six performers play seventeen different instruments in this beautiful tribute to one of the world’s most gifted lyricists, Leonard Cohen. The Canadian legend’s powerful music and lyrics are the lifeblood of this critically acclaimed play, written and directed by former Edmontonian Tracey Power.
Chelsea Hotel is an illusory world filled with enchantment, desire, passion and love that leaves audiences transfixed as theatre, dance, and live music conspire to create an unforgettable evening about loves lost and love won.
Cast: Rachel Aberle, Steve Charles, Sean Cronin, Christina Cuglietta, Benjamin Elliott, Jonathan Gould
Audience Advisory Recommended for ages 12+
Here are excerpts from some recent reviews:
“…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
In the Edmonton Sun, columnist Colin Maclean writes:
The Chelsea Hotel is a grand old New York hostelry that has offered a temporary home to creative giants from Bob Dylan to Arthur C. Clark — and at one time, Leonard Cohen.
Ex-Edmontonian actor/dancer/producer/choreographer/playwright Tracey Power has long been a fan of Cohen. Back in 2012 she came up with the idea of taking the composer’s lengthy canon and re-inventing it, forcing audiences to listen to his complex music and lyrics as if for the first time. Power’s idea was to change the context, come up with a new story line and weave it into Cohen’s songs.