Arts Club Theatre Company On Tour with Bittergirl: The Musical—the howlingly funny show about getting over getting dumped—at the Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre (13750–88 Avenue) from February 22 to March 4. Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm, Saturday and Sunday at 4pm. Running time is approximately 2 hours 15 minutes, including intermission. Tickets are $25 to $55, including all fees. Box Office: 604-501-5566 | 13750–88 Avenue. Tickets Online: tickets.surrey.ca.
This cathartic and catchy musical charts the romantic breakups of three women and the lively antics that ensue. ‘60s girl group music like “Be My Baby,” “And Then He Kissed Me,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” and “Where Did Our Love Go?”—performed by the cast and a live band—provide the perfect backdrop for the bittergirls’ journey back to happiness. Audience Advisory: strong language and mature themes
In 1999, Annabel (Griffiths) Fitzsimmons, Alison Lawrence, and Mary Francis Moore met in Toronto—one divorced, one just dumped by her long time live-in, and one facing yet another failed short-term romance. The women took their outrageous and sometimes unbelievable experiences of getting dumped and turned them into the hilarious smash-hit play bittergirl; touring the show from London to New York City, and performing three sold-out runs in Toronto.
Audiences immediately connected to the show and often sought advice from the seasoned break-up experts, so the bittergirls decided to turn their stories into the relationship advice book BITTERGIRL: Getting Over Getting Dumped, which was published by Penguin in 2005. Building on the interest in both the play and the book, Fitzsimmons, Lawrence, and Moore wrote Bittergirl: The Musical to offer a new flavour to the bittergirl brand. Retaining all the hilariously unbelievable breakup stories, but adding the sweetest girl-group music from the ’60s and ’70s, Bittergirl: The Musical is a fizzy cocktail for musical lovers and heartbreak survivors.