Broadway Barbara LIVE!

Stage legend.
Social media sensation (@BroadwayBarbaraOfficial).
Subtly understated international entertainment titan.


Broadway Barbara is thrilled to be making her Canadian debut at the Rio Theatre following a string of raucous, sold-out performances in Palm Springs, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Australia!This definitive Broadway Barbara experience is packed to the gills with songs, stories, and even a Fosse dance move or two. You won’t believe your eyes (or ears) as Barbara over-shares her way through a whirlwind tour of her life and career, with ribald show biz tales and comedic interpretations of classic Broadway tunes.

“A dash of Liza with a Z, a splash of Patti LuPone, and a drive that comes from knowing that there’s no one who compares, Broadway Barbara is bitingly funny, cutting to the heart of the quirks of Broadway and musical theatre.” (Glam Adelaide)

“The show gifted us moments where Judy-Garland-esque gravitas could rub against wackiness worthy of Lucille Ball.” (Australian Arts Review)

“Barbara, is original and laugh-out-loud funny. I honestly can’t remember the last time I laughed that hard.” (Theatre Pizzazz NYC)


Saturday, July 27
Doors 6:15 pm | Event 7:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.

Balcony (General Admission) $35+ s/c HERE | $40 at the door
Early Bird Tickets $30+ s/c until June 24 HERE!

Main Floor (Assigned Seating) $45+ s/c HERE | $50 at the door
Early Bird Tickets $40+ s/c until June 24 HERE!
Group Tickets (Minimum 4) $38 HERE | Online Only!

VIP (Rows A-D centre section, meet and greet, signed head shot) $65+ s/c HERE | $70 at the door


Barbara Dixon is no mere entertainer; she is the living, breathing, dancing, screaming embodiment of entertainment itself. An inveterate performer with decades of experience, Ms. Dixon is a singer and dancer whose career has touched every medium and genre – from (off-) Broadway to (near-) Hollywood, and everywhere in between. Barbara Dixon is a tireless artist, having logged more audition time without booking a lead role than any other performer in Broadway history.

Fans, critics, passersby, and professional rivals all agree: Barbara Dixon is a creative force — passionate, headstrong, and occasionally frightening. She possesses a bucket of unforgettable tunes, a large rolling suitcase full of unbelievable stories, and the unquenchable thirst to perform.

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About the Show:

Created by Leah Sprecher while she was a member of the famed Groundlings’ Theater Sunday
Company, Barbara Dixon is informed by Leah’s genuine affection for classic Broadway performers —
and her own attempts to forge a creative career, through years of auditions, rejection, and the helpful
advice that “it might take you a while.”

To make this indomitable character the center of her own show, Leah devised a comedic cabaret that
charts the history of modern Broadway — and forms a backdrop for the absurd, ribald, surprisingly
touching, and ultimately inspiring career of Barbara Dixon. Crafting a script and stage show with her
then-boyfriend (and now husband) writer/director Brad Stevens, Leah first brought Barbara to the
stage in Los Angeles in 2018.

During the pandemic, the couple used the time away from the stage to craft social media videos that
would hone Barbara’s voice and back story… and cause the character to go viral. Bringing “Broadway
Barbara” back to the stage in 2021, Leah has since performed in New York City, San Francisco, Las
Vegas, Chicago, London, and her home base of Los Angeles. By mid-2022, Barbara was selling out
venues across the country and had amassed nearly half a million followers on social media.

Broadway Barbara Live! is conceived and performed by Leah Sprecher and is written and directed by Leah Sprecher and Brad Stevens.


*Minors OK (mild content warning / 14+). Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.
*Sorry, Rio Theatre Groupons and passes n/a for this event.
*We recommend purchasing your tickets in advance at www.riotheatretickets.ca. If a screening or live event is not sold out, the remaining tickets will be available for in-person purchase at the Rio Theatre’s Box Office prior to showtime (subject to availability).

*Unless otherwise noted, tickets are available for purchase at our box office prior to showtime. Our box office will be open 60 minutes before showtime.
*Seating for this event is General Admission (Balcony) and Assigned (Main FLoor).We encourage patrons to arrive at least 30-45 minutes prior to showtime to ensure great seats – and time for treats at concession.
*All Rio Theatre tickets are final sale.

Sat Jul 27 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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About The Rio

Voted the #1 Independent Theatre in Vancouver, the Rio Theatre is a multimedia venue featuring arthouse, mainstream and cult-classic cinemas as well as live entertainment. Built in 1938, the Rio has been fully restored with a state of the art digital projector, surround sound, a huge stage and 420 luxurious seats.

1660 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC

Phone: 604.879.3456

Info Line: 604.878.3456

Email: [email protected]

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