REVIEW: 'Little Women, The Broadway Musical,' through June 6, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse

Photos Credit: RDG Photography Little Women - The Broadway Musical Thursdays-Sundays, through June 6 Reservations required. Box Office: 970-744-3747;  Candlelight Dinner Playhouse Book by Allen Knee Music by Jason Howland Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott Directed by Pat Payne and Phil Forman Choreography by Susanna Houdesheldt Music Direction by Phil Forman After a year of missing out on one of my favorite pastimes, I'm just so delighted to attend live theatre again, to enjoy a beautifully staged and performed production, that I can easily disregard the "just okay" libretto and music of "Little Women, The Broadway Musical." Easily.  "Little Women" is a better-than-adequate musical based on a hugely successful novel, performed by outstanding singers/actors, during an extraordinary time.  So most of all, I want to say, "Thanks! I needed that." Based on Louisa May Alcott's "not so autobiographical as you

On-Demand and Live-Streaming: 'Zen and the Art of Profit," Miners Alley Playhouse, April 9-26

Miners Alley Playhouse Announces the first show of the 2021 Season a play by local playwright, Luke Sorge... Zen and the Art of Profit April 9-26, 2021 By Luke Sorge Directed by Len Matheo Miners Alley Playhouse is pleased to announce the first show of the 2021 Season, Zen and the Art of Profit , written by Luke Sorge and directed by Len Matheo.  In an effort to fulfill our mission to provide opportunities for actors, directors, writers, designers, and technicians to gain valuable experience in a positive and supportive environment and get paid a living wage, the majority of our 2021 Season will showcase local playwrights and their new works. Zen and the Art of Profit opens April 9th and runs through April 26, 2021. It will be recorded before a live audience and presented on demand.   Zen and the Art of Profit  features two knockout performances from Bill Hahn and Heather Lacy. Local playwright, Luke Sorge’s new play explores the question at the very heart of capitalism. Do the ends j

BDT Stage resumes performances with Cabaret Concerts, "Forever Plaid"

During a recent “family meeting” of BDT Stage employees over Zoom, Artistic Producer Michael J. Duran raised a glass and exuberantly declared the theatre would reopen April 2, 2021, “Intermission is over! It is time for everyone to please return to your seats.”  With a cabaret concert series in place through April, BDT Stage will be behind the scenes gearing up for its first full-length theatrical production since Ragtime opened and closed on the same night at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Four concerts and one main stage show have been announced so far. The Barton Brothers Dueling Pianos on April 2 and 3, FACE on April 9 and 10, Chris Collins’ legendary John Denver tribute show, on April 15, 16, and 17, and Anna High and Sheryl Renee belt it out April 30 and May 1 in Queens of Song to get the venue hopping again before everyone’s favorite boy band from the great beyond takes their place in "Forever Plaid" beginning May 7. CABARET CONCERT SERIES The Barton Brothers  Ap

Site mostly inactive until the theatres re-open

It's been more than nine months since I've been able to see a play. All the theatres are currently shuttered, and their re-opening is going to be gradual. I'll start posting promos and reviews again once the country regains its sanity.

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

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