Tsawwassen actress Brianna Clark takes the stage this week in an original musical revue that chronicles the evolution of women’s roles in musical theatre.
Better Than This: The Evolution of Women in Musicals is being presented by Fabulist Theatre from Feb. 28 to March 9 at the Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial Dr., Vancouver). By celebrating iconic female characters from Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady) to Alison Bechdel (Fun Home), Better Than This examines why certain tropes persist and looks at changing the narrative around the female voice in musicals.
It will also feature songs from the most beloved musicals of the past century, including West Side Story, Chicago, Wicked and many more.
Clark has been working on various productions in Vancouver for the past decade.
“I grew up doing some pantos in Delta and also my aunt and uncle were in theatre, so I grew up going to shows and watching them,” she said on her start in theatre. “I worked with Fabulist, this company in the spring on their production of Once on This Island, so I knew the director and the creators associated with this company and when I heard they were putting on this production I got really excited. It’s a super interesting concept and I wanted to be a part of it.”
Better Than This also stars Kyrst Hogan (Kitty Night Productions’ Johnny and June), Dionne Phillips (The Broadway Chorus’Bootie and the Beast) and Cathy Wilmot (Arts Club Theatre Company’s Mamma Mia!).
“I’m the youngest of the four women cast,” she said. “I get to jump into multiple roles, so it’s really fun.”
Tickets are $24 in advance or $28 at the door.
Shows are at 8 p.m. except March 3 and March 9 which are at 2 p.m.
Purchase tickets at: https://bit.ly/2VZAQUj.