Posts

'The Best Day of Your Life,' Sept. 6-Oct. 6, Vintage Theatre, Aurora

Image
Vintage Theatre presents...
The Best Day of Your Life World Premiere and Winner of the 2018 Vintage Theatre New Play Festival
by Philip J. Kaplan
Directed by Linda Suttle

September 6 – October 6, 2019
Love takes time…and timing in this unromantic romantic comedy. Ron and Wanda seem meant for each other but after their disastrous first date in college, things aren’t looking so good. It may seem like they will never see each other again, but over the next forty years their lives intersect again and again through sickness and health, poverty and wealth, and finally marriage. And perhaps they may finally end up together in the end…or will they?

Vintage Theatre presents “The Best Day of Your Life” September 6 through October 6 at Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 - $32 and available online at www.vintagetheatre.org or by calling 303-856-7830.

Paul Jaquith and Veronica Straight-Lingo sta…

'Cabaret,' Sept. 13-Oct. 6, Ovation West Musical Theatre at Center Stage, Evergreen

Image
Ovation West Musical Theatre presents...Cabaret Book by Joe Masteroff
Based on the play by John Van Druten and Stories by Christopher Isherwood

Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Erb
Directed by Christopher Willard
Musical Direction by Christine Gaudreau and Patrick Lee
Choreography by Christina Caplan

September 13-October 6
Ovation West Musical Theatre presents “Cabaret” September 13 through October 6 at Center Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, Evergreen, CO, 80439. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $30 adults; $26 seniors (62+), $20 students, and are available by phone 303-674-4002 or online at www.ovationwest.org. Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount.

“Cabaret” premiered on Broadway in 1966 under the direction of Harold Prince, and in London in 1968 to rave reviews, with multiple stage revivals since as well as the 1972 movie directed by Bob Fosse which starred Liza Minnelli. The book was written by Joe Masteroff, based on the pla…

'People Behaving Badly,' Sept. 22 only, Stories On Stage, Su Teatro, Denver

Image
Stories On Stage presents... 
People Behaving BadlySunday, September 22 at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Here's your chance to celebrate everything that's illegal, immoral or fattening! Stories on Stage presents "People Behaving Badly" on Sunday, September 22 at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204. Single tickets are $15-$28 and available online at www.storiesonstage.org or by calling 303-494-0523.

Jessica Robblee, Sam Gregory, and Martha Harmon Pardee perform stories you won't soon forget.

Artistic Director Anthony Powell said, "This year we thought it would be fun to assemble an entire Stories on Stage program devoted to folks who are definitely NOT being touched by their better angels. Our "People Behaving Badly" show is built around Laura Lee Smith's hilarious story about a road trip gone terribly wrong, "Unsafe at Any Speed," and will feature two of our favorite…

'Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash,' Sept. 6-22, Performance Now Theatre Co, Lakewood Community Center

Image
Performance Now Theatre Company presents ...
Ring of Fire: the Music of Johnny CashCreated by Richard Maltby Jr. Conceived by Bill Meade
Directed and Choreographed by Kelly Van Oosbree
Music Direction by Eric Weinstein


September 6-22, 2019
Performance Now presents " Ring of Fire: the Music of Johnny Cash” September 6-22 at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway in Lakewood. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 - $36 and are available or online at www.performancenow.org or by calling 303-987-7845.

Taken from the songbook of Johnny Cash, this portrait of the Man in Black is a unique musical about love and faith, rowdiness and redemption, struggle and success, and the healing power of home and family. The show features 38 classic hits – including “I Walk The Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and the title tune –and paints a musical portrait of The Man in Black. Though he is never impersonated, Jo…

'Once,' Sept. 6-Oct. 13, Miners Alley Playhouse, Golden

Image
Miners Alley Playhouse Presents...
Once Book by Enda Walsh
Music and Lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
Based on the Motion Picture Written and Directed by John Carney
Directed by Len Matheo
Music Direction by David Nehls

September 6-October 13, 2019
The story of a guy who gave up on love and music,
and the girl who inspired him to dream again.

Miners Alley Playhouse proudly presents the next production in its 2019 Season, "Once," running September 6 – October 13, 2019.

From the very first note, "Once" draws you in and never lets go. This emotionally captivating musical is the only show to have music that won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Olivier Award, and a Tony Award.

On the streets of Dublin, an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant are drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, an unexpected friendship and collaboration quickly evolve into a powerful but complicated love story, underscored by emotionally cha…

'My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy," Aug. 8-25, Lakewood Cultural Center

Image
My Son the Waiter: A Jewish TragedyWritten and Performed by Brad Zimmerman
August 8 - 25, 2019
Actor/Comedian Brad Zimmerman brings his NY Hit autobiographical solo show "My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy" to the Lakewood Cultural Center through Sunday, August 25. Performances are Thursday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets, from $40–$59, may be purchased online at www.mysonthewaiter.com or by phone at 303-987-7845. For group sales information, call 888-264-1788. The Lakewood Cultural Center is located at 470 S. Allison Parkway, in Lakewood, CO. 80226.

"My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy" is the story of Brad Zimmerman’s struggle to fulfill his dream and make it as a comedic actor in New York. One-part standup, one-part theatrical, and all parts uproarious, "My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy" has garnered rave reviews wherever it has played, including sold-out runs off-Broadway, …

Review: 'Disney's Tarzan: The Stage Musical,' through Aug. 25, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, Johnstown

Image
There's a deliciously comical moment in Candlelight Dinner Playhouse's colorful, creative, and frequently entertaining production of "Disney's Tarzan: The Stage Musical," in which an ape pounds madly on a typewriter keyboard. It's a canny nod to the fanciful infinite monkey theorem that suggests, given forever, a monkey could unwittingly and randomly write Shakespeare's complete works.

Or pound out the book for this second banana musical in less than half that time.

Not to throw too much poo at it, but "Tarzan's" script (pounded madly out by David Henry Hwang) is easily the show's weakest, nearly missing link. Certainly, Phil Collins' heartfelt, pop music score deserves a better enclosure.

Which makes Candlelight's energetic, gorgeous, and smartly directed production such a pleasant surprise. Thanks to Piper Lindsay Arpan's bold and insightful direction and choreography, Mike Grittner's spectacular scenic design, and Liz…

Review: 'Disney's Beauty and the Beast,' through Sept. 21, BDT Stage, Boulder

Image
Of all the Disney animated versions of classic fairy tales, "Beauty and the Beast" is my favorite. Of all the inevitable Broadway musical versions of these animated films, "Beauty and the Beast" is my favorite. And of all the local versions of "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" I've reviewed over the past 25-plus years, BDT Stage's current production, running through September 21, is easily among my favorites.

That's actually saying a lot.

BDT Stage has spared no expense to present a visually stunning, perfectly cast and imaginatively staged version of a show that truly is a contemporary classic.

Repentance, conversion, acceptance, and redemption are powerful themes driving this remarkable musical. A boorish prince (Cole LaFonte) and all his household are cursed by an enchantress. Their humanity ebbs away daily, their only hope lies in the possibility that unconditional, sacrificial love might somehow bring salvation.

Meanwhile, small-minded…

I'm boycotting the Denver Center. Here's why.

Image
I just learned about the Denver Center’s plan to install metal detectors and initiate bag searches. They recommend that patrons now plan to arrive ONE HOUR BEFORE CURTAIN so they can pass through airport-style security. 
I believe this policy to be not only inconvenient and annoying, but also insulting and offensive to season ticket-holders, patrons, and media.

Treating patrons as suspected mass murderers or terrorists is not conducive to an enjoyable evening out, and doesn’t actually make anyone safer. In fact, now we are less safe. Every panhandler, pickpocket, and pervert at the 16th Street Mall and surrounding vicinity has now been alerted that people who look and act like they are going to a show are most certainly defenseless.

There are other, less intrusive ways of protecting patrons. Innocent people don’t like being treated like potential perpetrators.

I’ve covered the Denver Center off and on for 30 years. But I will not go near the Denver Performing Arts Complex again until t…