Hamilton by Joan Marcus
Credit: Joan Marcus

Where to go if you're interested in live renditions of classic performances

American Evolution

This smash hit has enjoyed a long stay on Broadway, picking up armloads of awards, and now it’s finally our turn for a visit. The touring production of Hamilton: An American Musical, by Lin-Manuel Miranda, takes the stage at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver. Drawing on hip-hop, R&B and other contemporary styles, the diversely cast show follows the eventful life of Alexander Hamilton, the U.S. Founding Father who was his country’s first Treasury secretary. May 24–June 19 Tickets here $69-$209; premium seats from $249

Cirque du Soleil Alegria by Matt BeardMatt BeardTop Shelf

Craving a theatrical spectacle after two years of blah? Here’s just the ticket. No stranger to Vancouver, Cirque du Soleil returns for another run of Alegría, under the Big Top at Concord Pacific Place. The show, set in a mystical kingdom, is billed as a power struggle between the old order and the new. Either way, Cirque’s extravagant costumes, eye-popping sets and bold acrobatics make for a gripping performance. Through June 5 Tickets $65-$325