Here's where to find Japanese music and theatre in Burnaby

Japanese music and theatre are taking centre stage at Michael J. Fox Theatre this month.

On Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m., audiences can get an up-close look at the Takarazuka Revue in a special show presented by World of Dreams.

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A write-up about the show notes that the Takarazuka Revue is a Japanese all-female theatre company that was started more than a century ago and still thrives today. Its performers take on everything from lavish Western-style musicals to traditional Japanese shows to comic book and novel adaptations, plus original works.

The performance at Michael J. Fox Theatre will be by four former Takarazuka Revue stars – Erina Mariho, Rei Ayaka, Nanami Shiho and Mayura Tama – who will offer up an educational presentation on the company, plus a concert. Tickets range from $43 to $59 for general seats and $27 to $59 for children, available through www.vtixonline.com/world-of-dreams-1273.

On Sunday, Sept. 23, audiences can enjoy a concert by the Sakura Singers. The mixed-voice chorus, which sings primarily Japanese songs, includes folk songs and choral suites. The singers are on a mission to introduce Japanese culture to Canadian communities “with songs of hospitality and congenial greetings,” as the choir’s website says.

Tickets to the concert are $12. Call 604-936-6042.

Michael J. Fox Theatre is at 7373 MacPherson Ave. See www.michaeljfoxtheatre.ca for events listings.

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