After two years of development, Zee Zee Theatre Company and The Cultch are thrilled to announce the world premiere of Elbow Room Cafe: The Musical. Elbow Room Café: The Musical offers a candid look inside the world of Vancouver’s iconic Elbow Room Café, home of raucous service, celebrity sightings, and hearts of gold. This show explores the notion of legacy: how we age together in a technicolour world. Elbow Room playwright/lyricist Dave Deveau (Lowest Common Denominator, My Funny Valentine), composer/lyricist Anton Lipovetsky (Cool Beans, Broken Sex Doll, The Park), and director Cameron Mackenzie (Lowest Common Denominator, 5@50) sink their teeth into the whimsy and heart of café owners Patrice and Bryan as they manage the hectic world of one of Vancouver’s most recognizable restaurants. They are the heart and soul of the show, and anchor an eclectic and campy cast of misfits, drag queens, and the perpetually hung over.
Partners in life and in business, Elbow Room Café owners Patrice and Bryan have operated the long-standing joint since 1983. Since opening, The Elbow Room Café has grown a reputation not only for its great food but for its fun and sassy atmosphere. The Elbow Room is loud, colourful (in palette and language), unpredictable, and overwhelmingly, and often surprisingly, full of heart. “We hoped the musical could be the same,” says Dave Deveau.
Writer and co-lyricist, Dave Deveau was inspired to write Elbow Room: The Musical after he and his husband, director Cameron Mackenzie, developed a close friendship with the owners of The Elbow Room Cafe. Bryan and Patrice have been huge supporters of Zee Zee’s productions and ultimately have become vital queer elders to Cameron and Dave – as a couple who have been together for over 40 years, through the AIDS crisis, and lived to tell the tale. In Dave’s own words, “The relationship that Cameron and I have with the actual Patrice and Bryan, who own The Elbow Room Café, is pretty exceptional – a cross-generational friendship that spawned a big gay musical!”