• 2018 Bobby G Awards: Photo gallery and video playlist

    by John Moore | Jun 15, 2018
    The Bobby G Awards celebrate outstanding achievement in Colorado high-school musical theatre. The sixth annual awards took place on May 24 at the Buell Theatre. Read our complete report from the evening, including a list of winners an nominees. Below, please enjoy our photo and video coverage of the event to date (more to come.)

    Video: Our look back at the 2018 Bobby G Awards

    Here is our look back at all the fun including the red carpet, performances, interviews, winning speeches and more. Video by Gregory Towle, David Lenk and John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter. To see a shorter, 60-second re-cap of the evening, click here

    Complete photo gallery:

    2018 Bobby G Awards

    Full photo gallery from the sixth annual Bobby G Awards, which celebrate achievement in Colorado high-school theatre. To see more, click on the photo above. All photos may be downloaded and redistributed with permission from the DCPA with proper photo credit. Photos by Emily Lozow and John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.

    Video: Opening number from Dear Evan Hansen

    Two students from each of the 43 participating schools joined together to perform the stirring anthem “You Will Be Found” from six-time 2017 Tony Award® and 2018 Grammy®-Winning Best Musical Dear Evan Hansen, which will be launching its first North American tour at the Denver Center in September.

    Video: 2018 Nominated Actors Medley

    The 10 nominated Outstanding Actors and Actresses are invited to the Denver Center two weeks before the awards to prepare a medley together in community and friendship, which they then perform at the ceremony on the Buell Theatre stage. The annual ritual is created anew each year by 2017 True West Award winner Claudia Carson.

    Still to come: Video highlights from performances by each of the five nominated Outstanding Productions. Also: Elisha Horne and Abby Lehrer performm at the DCPA's 15th Annual Randy Weeks Golf Tournament, which raises scholarship funds for the Bobby G Awards.

    Selected recent coverage of the Bobby G Awards:

    Our series of featured Outstanding Chorus nominees

    Meet our nominated Outstanding lead actors and actresses:

    More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

  • Newman gift will re-name Conservatory Theatre for Randy Weeks

    by John Moore | Jun 15, 2018
    Student Playwriting Noah Jackson
    The Conservatory Theatre, which recently hosted readings of the three featured student plays at the 2018 Colorado New Play Summit, will be renamed 'The Randy Weeks Conservatory Theatre.' Photo by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.

    Longtime philanthropists join $36 million capital campaign that will re-build the DCPA's Stage and Ricketson theatres

    Denver Center for the Performing Arts President and CEO Janice Sinden announced today that philanthropists and education advocates Robert and Judi Newman have made a significant gift to the DCPA's newly announced Capital Campaign. The gift will rename DCPA Education’s intimate 185-seat theatre "The Randy Weeks Conservatory Theatre" in honor of the organization’s late president.

    Randy Weeks, PresidentThe theatre is housed in a building that already bears the Newman name. It is located on the third floor of the DCPA's Newman Center for Theatre Education at 1101 13th St., at the corner of Arapahoe Street.

    “For 25 years, Randy Weeks transformed entertainment in Denver, offering more than 400 Broadway and cabaret shows to more than 11.6 million guests,” said Robert Newman, also a DCPA Trustee. “But beyond Broadway, Randy also was committed to fostering new talent as a founding member of the DCPA’s Women’s Voices Fund, a board member of Denver School of the Arts, and as founder of the Bobby G Awards to recognize the best in Colorado high-school musical theatre. That program alone has engaged more than 30,000 individuals since its inception in 2013.

    "Therefore, it seems fitting that we rename The Conservatory Theatre — which welcomes tens of thousands of students each year to classes and productions for everyone in our community ages three and up — in his honor: The Randy Weeks Conservatory Theatre. Judi and I hope that our gift, paired with Randy’s commitment to theatre and education, will make a lasting impact for generations to come.”

    The announcement was made by DCPA Broadway Executive Director John Ekeberg at the CommonGround Golf Course in Aurora, site of the 15th annual Randy Weeks Memorial Golf Tournament. He then introduced this year’s Bobby G Award winners for Outstanding Leading Actor and Actress. Abby Lehrer performed “On My Own” and Elisha Horne sang “The Impossible Dream” for those gathered. Next the two will represent Colorado at The Jimmy® Awards/The National High School Musical Theatre Awards™ (NHSMTA) on June 25 at the Minskoff Theatre in New York City.

    Weeks was named Executive Director of the DCPA’s Broadway division in 1991 and promoted to president in 2004, Under him, the DCPA landed the openings of 10 national touring productions. Weeks died Oct. 9, 2014, while attending a theatre conference in London.

    The Capital Campaign, titled A Grander Opening and launched June 5, is the first public capital campaign in the organization’s 40-year history. The four-year project will fund the re-building of the Stage and Ricketson theatres, the overhaul of backstage and support areas, and the redesign of the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex lobby, which will now connect to The Ricketson Theatre by stairs and a new elevator. Other improvements will include upgraded accessibility services, enhanced acoustics, improved sightlines, state-of-the-art technology and updated fire and safety systems.

    The project is expected to cost $36 million, of which $19 million will come from voter-approved General Obligation bonds, $9 million from future contributions and $8 million from the DCPA's Board of Trustees, of which the Newman’s gift is a part.

    A Grander Opening will enable the organization to rebuild its Stage and Ricketson theatres equipping them with new seating,  to improve accessibility.

    On June 5, the DCPA announced it already is 75 percent of the way to its $36 million project goal. Marvin and Judi Wolf made the lead gift to the campaign, and The Stage Theatre will be renamed in their honor. Regional President of U.S. Bank Hassan Salem will serve as Campaign Chair. For ongoing updates and opportunities, please visit denvercenter.org/GranderOpening.

    Randy Weeks Conservatory Theatre

    The soon-to-be-renamed Randy Weeks Conservatory Theatre, located in the DCPA's Newman Center for Theatre Education.

    Video: A look back at the life of Randy Weeks

  • Video: Student playwrights take audiences to brave new worlds

    by John Moore | Jun 14, 2018

    Video by John Moore and David Lenk for the DCPA NewsCenter.


    Four public performances of the student-written play Technical Difficulties will be staged this Friday, June 15

    By John Moore
    Senior Arts Journalist

    Denver Center Education launched its annual, year-long Regional High School Playwriting Workshop and Competition five years ago to celebrate the voices of teen writers in Colorado. In that time, hundreds of students have found their authentic voices, Executive Director of Education Allison Watrous says. But now, more than ever, they are discovering the courage it can take to use them.

    “We were so inspired by how brave all of the plays were this year in asking questions about family and the world,” Watrous said. “These teenagers are really facing those questions head-on through their creative writing.”

    Student playwriting Juliana Luce and Trinell SamuelStarting last fall, DCPA Education faculty taught 140 playwriting workshops in 57 Colorado high schools. A record 3,002 students participated in those workshops, which were held in every school district in the Denver-metro area and in 20 counties around the state. The 153 subsequent submissions were judged blindly by DCPA artistic and education professionals.

    Ten 10 semifinalists were named, who covered a substantive range of important topics including sexual abuse, gender identity, suicide, homelessness, child abuse, race relations and addiction.  From that field, three plays were chosen to be presented in February by professional actors at the 2018 Colorado New Play Summit. That included a week of workshops, rewrites, rehearsals and mentoring from nationally acclaimed playwrights. The following three finalists also received a $250 scholarship:

    • Emmaleth Ryan, Grandview High School: In The Warrior, a young woman who is fighting her demons decides to end the battle by committing suicide. However, her course is interrupted by another young woman who reminds her of the resilience of the human spirit. “I learned more about how to grapple with life by writing a character who has fought her demons and won,” Ryan said. MEET EMMALETH
    • Julianna Luce and Trinell Samuel, Vista PEAK Preparatory: Technical Difficulties is a comedy about a group of theatre students who encounter every techie's worst nightmare: Their show has been seized by vengeful understudies. Will these backstage heroes save their show? the self-described high-school techies: “When the lights, sound or even just the ambience we help create draws ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ from the audience, it is mystical for us,” Samuel said. “It feeds the hunger of our inner artist.” MEET JULIANNA AND TRINELL
    • Noah Jackson, Girls Athletic Leadership School: Wine Colored Lip Gloss is about a non-binary teenager named Lucca who is dealing with gender-identity issues and unaccepting parents. “I learned how to take advice on social situations from my own characters, which actually helped me through a lot of problems I've faced,” Jackson said. MEET NOAH

    Every summer, one of the finalist scripts is chosen to be staged as a full production by DCPA Education’s teen academy. On Friday, these student actors will present four public performances of Technical Difficulties, staged by two separate casts, at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Conservatory Theatre.

    Student playwriting Emmaleth RyanRyan says issues of mental illness and suicide have been at the forefront of her mind since middle school, and the Denver Center’s playwriting challenge gave her a constructive tool to explore and channel them.

    “I offer two different perspectives on the issue of suicide,” she said. “One character is mired in it, and the other is trying to help her out of it. She is what I call my ‘savior figure.’ She represents my perspective that while it may seem permanent, it's really a temporary state of mind, no matter how final it might seem.”

    There is some level of self-victimization that goes into mental illness and suicide that isn't often talked about openly, Ryan said, “because it is either completely glorified or completely vilified. I wanted to bring that out in the dialogue between my two main characters.”

    Jackson’s play made history when it became the first story to address topic of gender identity in the nearly 40-year history of the Denver Center.

    Student Playwriting Noah JacksonRose-Colored Lip Gloss is a play based on Jackson’s own experiences. “As a boy in a dress, I am obviously gender-queer in some way," said Jackson, who self-identifies using he/him pronouns while his main character uses they/them. "Lucca is very confused about their gender identity,” Jackson said. “They don't understand what the spectrum is at first, because they don't know who they are yet. My play is about Lucca trying to figure out who they are while dealing with family members who are unaccepting and have serious problems of their own. It's just very personal to me, and very close to my heart."

    These extraordinary writers, Watrous said, “are exploring the fullest potential of the art form through their use of poetry and nuanced dialogue. And we are honored to nurture and empower these emerging voices and put them out into the world, whether as part of the next generation of American theatre playwrights, or as a lawyer or a communications director. The important lesson here is that their voices are powerful.”

    Technical Difficulties, by contrast, is very much a comedy, co-written by two friends who met as backstage technicians for the Vista PEAK High School theatre program. Samuel is the sound-board operator and Luce is a stage manager and lighting designer who last month won the Bobby G Award for Outstanding Lighting for her school's production on Into the Woods.

    (Story continues after the photo below.)

    Noah Jackson Juliana Luce

    Playwriting finalists Noah Jackson (middle of photo on left) and Julianna Luce have returned to the Denver Center since having their plays presented in February: Jackson participated in the Denver Public Schools Shakespeare Festival in April; Luce won the 2018 Bobby G Award for Outstanding Lighting in May. Photos by John Moore and Emily Lozow for the DCPA NewsCenter.


    In her acceptance speech, Luce said the award was especially meaningful to her "because of all the amazing work the DCPA does to encourage the work of young people, including the playwriting program."

    She and Samuel chose to co-write Technical Difficulties as a team, which Samuel said made for a complementary fit.

    “I am the bones, and she is the flesh,” said Samuel. “I'll write out a scenario and Juliana will add flavor to the characters and make the dialogue sound more natural.”

    Look back: 2018 Colorado New Play Summit got real

    Seeing their plays presented as professional readings at the Colorado New Play Summit, which draws important theatre industry guests from across the country, was indescribable for Jackson.

    “I had someone come up to me in tears saying my play touched her so much, and I am just over the moon about that,” he said. “It makes me so excited that people are actually feeling the words that I worked so hard on.”

    A Summit Noah Jackson Quote FullJackson took his writing challenge very seriously, especially given the paucity of plays that talk about transgender people and their struggles. But he wanted much more than to write an educational, afterschool-special type of play that “taught” audiences about non-binary people.

    “I wanted it to also have an actual story with characters who had depth, and I think I finally developed it enough to get there.” Jackson said. “I want people to that there are people who struggle with gender identity, and this is an important subject that needs to show up in the media more. But I also wanted it to be a good play.”

    Ryan expected to cry like a baby when her play was first performed — “but luckily my mom did all of that for me,” she said. But she admits being nervous about turning her deeply personal words — much of it her own previously private poetry — into the hands of strangers.

    “But as soon as I walked into that room and the first rehearsal started, I was reassured because the actors they picked for my show were amazing,” she said. “I honesty could not have picked a better group of people myself.” She said watching it acted out in front of an audience gave her new perspective — and pride — in what she had written.

    (Story continues after the photo gallery below.)

    Photo gallery:  Denver Center student playwriting:

    2018 Student Playwriting

    Photos from rehearsals and performance of selected student playwriting scripts. To see more, click on the image above to be taken to our full Flickr photo gallery. Photos by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.

    Each year, the featured student playwrights are paired with a professional mentor attending the Colorado New Play Summit. Luce and Samuel were counseled by American Mariachi author José Cruz González; Ryan met with Tony Meneses; and Jackson teamed up with Aleshea Harris.

    “It was really cool to talk to Tony because he is a seasoned playwright who knows what he is doing in this field,” Ryan said. “It was really validating to hear that what I was trying to express on paper came through for him on the stage.”

    Jackson, who does not yet have a vast personal library of gender-fluid writers to study, said Harris wrote down the names of several non-binary playwrights for him to explore. “She was super-cool and helpful and gave me information that I am sure is going to be inspiring and useful to me in the future,” Jackson said.  

    More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

    It is incidental but worth noting that at this time of pronounced gender disparity in the American theatre, the DCPA's statewide high-school playwriting competition has, by a blind judging draw, now produced 70 percent female finalists in its first five years (39 of 56).

    Also of note: Each teacher of the three finalists received a $250 gift certificate for books, supplies or other teaching tools for their classrooms.

    John Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the U.S by American Theatre Magazine in 2011. He has since taken a groundbreaking position as the Denver Center’s Senior Arts Journalist.

    Student playwriting. Photo by John Moore.

    The featured playwrights at the 2018 Colorado New Play Summit. Photo by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.


    Public performances of Technical Difficulties

    • Written by Julianna Luce and Trinell Samuel
    • Directed by Justin Wolvoord
    • Friday, June 15
    • Performances at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
    • Conservatory Theatre, located in the DCPA's Newman Center for Theatre Education at 1101 13th Street (at Arapahoe St.)
    • Free
    • No advance RSVP required. Just come.
    • Information on next year's program: denvercenter.org/education

    Cast lists:
    10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.:                       

    • Alice Zelenko: Maureen        
    • Isabella Rossi: Tracy            
    • Jeremiah Garcia: Seymour        
    • Nikki Trippler: Elphie            
    • Benji Dienstfrey: Collins            
    • Jori O’Grady: LeFou           
    • Breck Dahlgren: Belle            
    • Gracie Dahlgren: Beast            
    • Angela Howell: Props Master
    • Mati Rogers: Gaston
    • Sarah Scott: Wolf
    • Zoe Fonck: Wolf

    1:30 and 8 p.m.:

    • Zoe Fonck: Maureen
    • Mati Rogers: Tracy
    • Benji Dienstfrey: Seymour
    • Sarah Scott: Elphie
    • Jeremiah Garcia: Collins
    • Angela Howell: LeFou
    • Gracie Dahlgren: Belle
    • Breck Dahlgren: Beast
    • Jori O’Grady: Props Master
    • Isabella Rossi: Gaston
    • Nikki Trippler: Wolf
    • Alice Zelenko: Wolf

    Our profiles of all 2018 Scenester semifinalists:

    2018 Regional High-School Playwriting Workshop and Competition Sponsors:
    Robert and Judi Newman/Newman Family Foundation with matching gifts from The Ross Foundation, June Travis and Transamerica.
  • 'The Book of Mormon': It’s not religion … but it’s close

    by John Moore | Jun 12, 2018

    Monica L. Patton, Kevin Clay and Conner Peirson 'The Book of Mormon.' Photo by Julieta Cervantes.
    From left: Monica L. Patton, Kevin Clay and Conner Peirson from 'The Book of Mormon,' returning to Denver starting June 13. Photo by Julieta Cervantes.

    You know about Colorado's Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Meet the third mad mind behind the returning Broadway hit.

    By Rob Weinert-Kendt
    For The DCPA NewsCenter

    Songwriter Robert Lopez doesn’t mind that The Book of Mormon, the Broadway juggernaut he co-authored with Matt Stone and Trey Parker, is popularly thought of as the “South Park” musical because of Stone and Parker’s involvement. He knows full well, having co-authored the puppet sensation Avenue Q, what it’s like to introduce a form-breaking original show that’s not a jukebox musical or an adaptation of a movie.

    “When we did Avenue Q, it was really hard to convey to people what it was supposed to be, and why people should go see it,” said Lopez. “So I understand why the producers used the ‘South Park’ hook to promote this show. I can’t imagine anyone wanting to see a show called The Book of Mormon if it wasn’t by them.”

    Robert Lopez Book Mormon QuoteBut Lopez isn’t shy about setting the record straight.

    “It was a show that was my idea,” he said, adding crucially, “and when we met I discovered they happened to have the same idea.”

    Indeed, the initial Lopez/Stone/Parker summit is by now the stuff of musical theatre legend. When Stone and Parker went to see Avenue Q on Broadway in 2003, they were flattered, if a little puzzled, to see themselves thanked in Lopez’s Playbill bio, since they didn’t know him. That in turn led to an informal post-show meeting and eventually to a collaboration around their shared fascination with Mormonism.

    The Playbill tribute was there, Lopez recalled, because Parker and Stone’s 1999 musical film — South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut — had been an inspiration for Lopez and his Avenue Q co-writer, Jeff Marx. 

    “Well, it was a pretty barren 10 years,” Lopez joked, before explaining his own admiration for the film. “It shows an understanding not only of how musicals are structured and how they work but of the meaning of the form.” It’s important, Lopez continued, that a musical not be simply a play with songs as garnish; form and content should harmonize.

    “When you’re writing one of these shows, you have to figure out what the music means to the story,” said Lopez. With Book of Mormon it’s a) the naïveté of the missionaries, and b) their beliefs. And music embodies those feelings.”

    The Mormon-missionaries-abroad premise that gives the musical its shape wasn’t among the initial ideas of any of the authors, said Lopez. “My idea was to read the Book of Mormon and find the epic story that, in telling it, would make fun of itself,” said Lopez. “Their idea was to do the story of Joseph Smith as a musical. Then they suggested we all do it together, which I thought was a great idea.”

    But in October of that year, that notion seemed to be moot when “South Park” aired the episode “All About Mormons,” which irreverently recounted the story of Smith, Mormonism’s founding prophet. Lopez wasn’t crestfallen, exactly, but he figured that Parker and Stone had taken the idea and run with it. So he and Marx were pleasantly surprised to get an email from the “South Park” provocateurs, revisiting the idea of their collaboration. “We were like, ‘Oh, we thought you had done that idea already,’” Lopez said.

    The writers found that not only was there much more to say about Mormons than could be conveyed in a 22-minute TV episode, but that the story of this relatively new religion was an ideal way to treat larger satirical themes.



    “We discovered that we all had the same feelings about religion and God — that God doesn’t exist and yet somehow he does,” said Lopez. “And that even though the stories are made up, the leap of faith that people make makes them better people.”

    While Lopez’s interest in Mormonism was secondhand, his own interest in religion is more personal.

    “I went through my own crisis of faith,” he said. “I went to church; I grew up Catholic-ish. I did believe when I was young.” His beliefs faded in college though not quite for the usual reasons. In fact, it was up-close exposure to religious practice that soured Lopez.

    “In college I sang in choirs and I started to see the mechanics behind the Mass,” he said. “There is quite literally a backstage, and the Mass is quite literally stagecraft. Where I went they had incense, and there was an organ that had something called a zimbalstern — a wheel that tinkles when you push the key and makes it feel like there are angels in the church. There are stories, there’s a throughline, there’s a snack. It’s everything that theatre does; it’s basically a proto-musical.” 

    He even recalled one priest saying to another, with a knowing sigh worthy of a Broadway hoofer, “Two shows today.” For a while, like many freshly minted non-believers, Lopez said, his attitude was, “Forget about that stuff. It wasn’t until later that I started to think: What is real about it? Science is a kind of religion itself; we don’t all check out every experiment for ourselves. We take a lot on faith.”

    Book of Mormon Trey Parker Matt Stone Robert Lopez CBSThough he now stops short of fully re-upping on his childhood faith, Lopez clearly feels, as The Book of Mormon demonstrates, that religion is a part of human experience and that, on balance, it may be a net good.

    “God, whether he does or doesn’t actually exist, does exist as part of the human experience,” said Lopez. “That’s undeniable.”

    (Pictured: 'The Book of Mormon' writers, from left, Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez at the 2011 Tony Awards. Photo by CBS.)

    And if his glimpses behind the curtain of the Catholic Mass first made him question the objective truth of the narrative behind the ritual, Lopez harbors no doubts about the value of stage storytelling.

    “Any kind of literature, any kind of art that tells a story is a form of religious experience — it’s a consciousness-changing endeavor,” said Lopez. 

    “It transmits spirit through it. In musical theatre, we’re lifting people up, giving them stories and arming them for experiences they encounter in life.”

    He almost makes it sound like a mission. 

    Rob Weinert-Kendt is Editor-in-Chief at American Theatre Magazine.


    Photo gallery: The Book of Mormon national touring production

    The Book of MormonProduction photos for the national touring production of 'The Book of Mormon' To see more, click on the image above to be taken to the full photo gallery. Photos by Julieta Cervantes.


    The Book of Mormon
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    Ticket informationBook of Mormon
    Back by popular demand, The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical returns to Denver. This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word.

    • National touring production
    • Performances June 13-July 7
    • Ellie Caulkins Opera House
    • Tickets start at $25
    • Call 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE
    • Sales to groups of 10 or more click here
    • Visit the official The Book of Mormon website at BookofMormonTheMusical.com
    • Follow The Book of Mormon on Twitter and on Facebook
    • Follow the DCPA on social media @DenverCenter and through the DCPA News Center

    More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

      Please be advised that the Denver Center for the Performing Arts – denvercenter.org – is the ONLY authorized ticket provider for The Book of Mormon in Denver. Ticket buyers who purchase tickets from a ticket broker or any third party run the risk of overpaying, purchasing illegitimate tickets and should be aware that the DCPA is unable to reprint or replace lost or stolen tickets and is unable to contact patrons with information regarding time changes or other pertinent updates regarding the performance. Patrons found in violation of the DCPA Ticket Purchase and Sale Terms and Policies  may have all of their tickets canceled.

      Recent NewsCenter coverage of The Book of Mormon:

      The Book of Mormon lottery details announced for Denver
      More, more Mormon: The Book of Mormon extended through July 7
      From 2015: A Q&A with the show's creators

    • Turn it on! The Book of Mormon's love affair with Colorado

      by John Moore | Jun 12, 2018
      Book of Mormon Denver 2013
      A fan of 'The Book of Mormon' lined up for the daily ticket lottery when the show returned to Denver in 2013.


      What the runaway hit show's creators owe to South Park, the Evergreen Players and legendary cannibal Alferd Packer

      By John Moore
      Senior Arts Journalist

      The Book of Mormon, written by Colorado natives Matt Stone and Trey Parker, follows two cheerfully naïve teens who set off on a mission to Africa, where they encounter social problems far greater than any one book could solve. Here’s a brief timeline of the show's mutual love affair with Colorado:

      1983: Trey Parker of Conifer plays a 14-year-old chorus boy in the Evergreen Players’ The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

      1993: Parker and Matt Stone make a cult classic film called Cannibal! The Musical while attending CU Boulder. 

      “He was the kind of kid you never had to coax enthusiasm from. It was oozing out of him.” — Evergreen High music teacher Gary Sohrweid on Trey Parker.

      1995: A Fox executive hires them to make an animated short as a video Christmas card, which results in the animated series South Park on Comedy Central.

      1997: South Park, set in a Colorado mountain town, premieres on TV. It has since run for 21 seasons and more than 300 episodes. 

      Book of Mormon Denver 2013 The line to purchase tickets to 'The Book of Mormon' in its return to Denver in 2013.

      2003: In South Park’s “All About Mormons” episode, a character says: “If you’re going to say things that have been proven wrong, like the first man and woman lived in Missouri and Native Americans came from Jerusalem, then you better be able to back it up.” This episode inspires The Book of Mormon for the stage.

       “Jesus hates you, this we know, for Jesus just told you so.” — from the song “Spooky Mormon Hell Dream.”

      2011: The Book of Mormon opens on Broadway, breaking records and winning nine Tonys including Best Musical. It stars Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad.

      “I actually don’t think the show is all that polarizing. The truth is, every religion is rooted in myths that are difficult to prove empirically.” — Trey Parker

      2011: Book of Mormon lotteryDenver is announced to host the first national tour, selling all 51,000 seats in five hours. 

      2012: A daily lottery attracts up to 300 participants for the 20 front-row tickets.

      2013: The Book of Mormon returns to Denver for a second time. (Pictured: Lottery winner Stefin Woolever.)

      “The whole thing has just been a crazy ride. But luckily we don’t think about it too much. It definitely hasn’t hurt us to be as free-thinking as we want to be.” — Trey Parker

      Book of Mormon Denver Gabe anthem2015: The show returns for a third time, breaking The Buell’s record for the highest weekly gross $1,993,690. Mormon star Gabe Gibbs sings at a Denver Broncos football game.

      2017: The first non-English version of The Book of Mormon opens in Stockholm, Sweden

      2018: The Book of Mormon returns for its fourth engagement, playing June 13 through July 1.

      Photo gallery: The Book of Mormon national touring production

      The Book of MormonProduction photos for the national touring production of 'The Book of Mormon' To see more, click on the image above to be taken to the full photo gallery. Photos by Julieta Cervantes.


      The Book of Mormon
      :
      Ticket informationBook of Mormon
      Back by popular demand, The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical returns to Denver. This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word.

      • National touring production
      • Performances June 13-July 7
      • Ellie Caulkins Opera House
      • Tickets start at $25
      • Call 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE
      • Sales to groups of 10 or more click here
      • Visit the official The Book of Mormon website at BookofMormonTheMusical.com
      • Follow The Book of Mormon on Twitter and on Facebook
      • Follow the DCPA on social media @DenverCenter and through the DCPA News Center

      More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

        Please be advised that the Denver Center for the Performing Arts – denvercenter.org – is the ONLY authorized ticket provider for The Book of Mormon in Denver. Ticket buyers who purchase tickets from a ticket broker or any third party run the risk of overpaying, purchasing illegitimate tickets and should be aware that the DCPA is unable to reprint or replace lost or stolen tickets and is unable to contact patrons with information regarding time changes or other pertinent updates regarding the performance. Patrons found in violation of the DCPA Ticket Purchase and Sale Terms and Policies  may have all of their tickets canceled.

        Recent NewsCenter coverage of The Book of Mormon:

        The Book of Mormon lottery details announced for Denver
        More, more Mormon: The Book of Mormon extended through July 7

        Book of Mormon in Denver
      • Arvada Center pops a wheelie: Record 29 Henry Award nominations

        by John Moore | Jun 12, 2018
        CSFACCC Fun Home

        From the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College's 'Fun Home,' which today received 11 Henry Award nominations. Photo by Jeff Kearney.

        Homegrown productions of groundbreaking Fun Home combine for 19 nominations from Colorado Theatre Guild

        By John Moore
        Senior Arts Journalist

        The Colorado Theatre Guild’s 2018 Henry Award nominations reflect the biggest story of the Colorado theatre year: Three Colorado companies became the first to stage the groundbreaking musical Fun Home — and they were rewarded today with a combined 19 nominations.

        The Arvada Center broke the Henry Awards’ all-time record for nominations with 29, followed by the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College with 24. The Denver Center was next, with 15. Those three are joined in the Outstanding Season category by the Aurora Fox, Midtown Arts Center in Fort Collins, Miners Alley Playhouse in Golden and Vintage Theatre in Aurora.

        The Fine Arts Center’s productions of Fun Home and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels tied as the most honored productions of the Colorado theatre year, with 11 nominations each. Among musicals, Miners Alley Playhouse’s staging of Fun Home picked up eight nominations, followed by the Arvada Center’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (7), Inspire Creative’s co-production of Hairspray with Parker Arts (7), and the Aurora Fox’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch (6).

         Arvada Center Sense and Sensibility Photo by Matthew Gale The most honored play of the year is the Arvada Center’s modern adaptation of Sense and Sensibility (on wheels!) with 10, followed by The Edge Theatre’s Mud Blue Sky (5) and the Arvada Center’s All My Sons (4), Vintage Theatre’s August: Osage County (4) and Benchmark Theatre’s A Kid Like Jake (4).  (Pictured: 'Sense and Sensibility.' Photo by Matthew Gale.)

        Sense and Sensibility, which launched the Arvada Center’s second year with a year-round company of resident actors, earned four acting nods including, appropriately enough, one for Outstanding Ensemble. The precisely timed staging by Director Lynne Collins was more than an old-fashioned Jane Austen comedy of manners pitting heart versus head. “It’s a very physical, mannered dance, performed with distinction by a gifted cast,” wrote The Denver Post’s Joanne Ostrow. All of the set pieces were placed on wheels and twirled in precise choreography, steered by frenetic actors sometimes holding on by their ankles. Ostrow called the effort "a dizzying, delightful spectacle.”

        DRScoundrels 400Fun Home, the first major Broadway musical with a lesbian protagonist, is an underdog story that was staged in early 2018 by companies  in Colorado Springs, Golden and Fort Collins. It is based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir of a woman who dives deep into her past to revisit how she discovered her own sexuality — while at the same time trying to piece together the mystery surrounding her late father. Alison is represented onstage by three actors playing the character at different ages. And, in a fun twist — at least one actor playing Alison at all three ages is nominated for a Henry Award, including young Sophia Dotson, who played “Small Alison” for Miners Alley Playhouse. 

        (Pictured: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College's 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,' nominated for 11 Henry Awards.)

        The Henrys nominate seven — and in some cases eight — artists in each category. The Outstanding Lead Actress field not only includes three of Colorado's Fun Home Alisons, it has two women from separate productions of Always … Patsy Cline: Norrell Moore played the iconic singer for BDT Stage, while Jalyn Courtenay Webb played her bossy friend Louise for Midtown Arts Center in Fort Collins. (Pictured, photos courtesy Midtown Arts Center and Glenn Ross.)

        Patsy ClinesThe Henry Awards, which consider achievements among Colorado Theatre Guild member companies, have been notoriously topsy-turvy throughout its controversial and unpredictable 13-year existence. This year, for first time in Henrys history, not a single DCPA Theatre Company production is included among the seven nominated outstanding plays or musicals. The Denver Center received only two individual nominations among the Henrys' 58 possible acting slots — Jordan Leigh as a supporting actor in DCPA Cabaret’s First Date, and supporting actress Lulu Fall, who played The Acid Queen in the Theatre Company’s The Who’s Tommy.

        The DCPA Theatre Company, which staged four world premieres this season, placed The Great Leap and Zoey's Perfect Wedding among the seven nominated new works. But not record-setting audience favorite American Mariachi, which already has been performed at the Old Globe in San Diego and has several more stagings lined up throughout the country. It received only one nomination, for costumes.

        How Fun Home found a home in theatres all over Colorado

        The Arvada Center's 29 nominations eclipes the Denver Center's record of 28 set in 2014. It has been two years since the Arvada Center added Collins (a double-nominee for direction) to oversee the production of plays while Rod A. Lansberry continues to supervise the musicals. Lansberry is nominated for his direction of A Chorus Line.  But what put the Arvada Center into record territory was the return of Joseph, once its annual holiday staple, which received seven nominations under the direction of Gavin Mayer.
         

        In all, 29 member companies shared the 178 overall Henry Award nominations: 

        Nominations by Company

        • Arvada Center: 29
        • Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College: 24
        • DCPA Theatre Company, Cabaret and Off-Center: 15
        • Miners Alley Playhouse: 13
        • Vintage Theatre (Aurora): 12
        • Midtown Arts Center (Fort Collins): 11
        • Aurora Fox: 9
        • The Edge Theater Company: 7
        • Inspire Creative and Parker Arts: 7
        • Benchmark Theatre: 5
        • Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company: 5
        • Breckenridge Backstage Theatre: 5
        • OpenStage Theatre Company (Fort Collins): 5
        • Local Theater Company (Boulder): 4
        • Thunder River Theatre Company (Carbondale): 4
        • BDT Stage:3
        • Buntport Theater: 3
        • Colorado Shakespeare Festival: 3
        • Lowry's Spotlight Theater (all shared with Vintage Theatre): 3
        • Town Hall Arts Center (Littleton): 3
        • Cherry Creek Theatre: 2
        • Lone Tree Arts Center: 2
        • TheatreWorks (Colorado Springs): 2
        • 5280 Artists Coop: 1
        • Emancipation Theater Company: 1
        • Evergreen Chorale: 1
        • Lake Dillon Theatre Company: 1
        • Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre (Grand Lake): 1

        Noticeably missing from that nominee slate is again Curious Theatre Company, a former Henry Awards darling that pulled out of further consideration in 2016, citing “a profound lack of diversity” among the winners.

        August Adrian Egolf 160Among actors, multiple nominees this year include Adrian Egolf (pictured) as a lead actress in Benchmark Theatre’s A Kid Like Jake, and as a supporting actress in Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s The Revolutionists. She played a mother competing to get her gender-fluid 4-year-old into the best kindergarten in the former; a beguiling Marie Antoinette in the latter. Emma Messenger, who previously won Outstanding Actress two straight years, is twice nominated as a supporting actress this year, for The Edge Theater’s Mud Blue Sky and Vintage’s current Agnes of God, which runs through July 8. In the former, Messenger played a melancholy flight attendant pushed out of her job because of her body size; in the latter, she plays an imperious nun.

        Nick Sugar, the most honored individual in Colorado Theatre Guild history, is nominated both for directing and choreographing the Aurora Fox’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, bringing his 13-year total to 21 Henry Award nominations.

        There often are nominee clusters in the four design categories each year because the Guild splits scenic, lighting, sound and costume design nominees into two tiers determined by member companies' annual overall operating budgets. Only six member companies have annual budgets above the $1.2 million threshold and are therefore considered Tier I: The DCPA, Arvada Center, Creede Repertory Theatre, Theatre Aspen, Colorado Shakespeare Festival and Colorado Springs TheatreWorks. The rest all compete in Tier II. But both categories still get seven (and sometimes eight) nominees.

        “We are looking to expand the number of Tier I companies for the 2018-19 season,” said CTG board member and past president T. David Rutherford. “We will be discussing the change with producers in the weeks to come.”

        Jason DucatDesigners Jason Ducat (pictured) and Brian Mallgrave pulled off a triple play by each landing three individual nominations this year. Ducat, whose most recent sound design is currently on display in the DCPA’s Human Error, was nominated three times, for the Arvada Center’s All My Sons and Sense and Sensibility; and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s Julius Caesar. Mallgrave, a former actor who has now earned 19 Henry Award nominations as a scenic designer, was singled out this year for the Arvada Center’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Sense and Sensibility and Sunday in the Park with George.

        Denver Center Costume Designer Meghan Anderson Doyle was nominated twice in Tier I, for the Theatre Company’s American Mariachi and Off-Center’s The Wild Party. Lighting Designer Katie Gruenhagen landed nominations in both tiers: For Off-Center’s This is Modern Art (Tier I) and Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s Birds of North America.

        Other multiple nominees this year include:

        • Nathan Halvorson for both directing Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College’s Fun Home, and for his choreography for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
        • Jalyn Courtenay Webb, as Outstanding Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Louise in Midtown Arts Center’s Always … Patsy Cline in Fort Collins, and for her co-musical direction of Midtown’s Ragtime.
        • Lynne Collins, for directing the Arvada Center’s All My Sons and Sense and Sensibility.
        • Bernie Cardell, for directing August: Osage County for Vintage Theatre and Sleuth as a co-production between Vintage and Lowry's Spotlight Theatre.
        • Barry J. DeBois, who has made a pretty solid career for himself playing Guy in various productions of Once around the country, is nominated as Outstanding Actor in a Musical as well as for his co-musical direction for the Midtown Arts Center. Kurt Terrio is nominated for his co-musical direction of Midtown’s Ragtime and Once. Both productions also are nominated for Outstanding Musical.
        • Costume Designer Clare Henkel is nominated for the Arvada Center’s Sense and Sensibility and Sunday in the Park with George.
        • Scenic Designer Brandon Case is nominated for the Aurora Fox’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Real Women Have Curves
        • Sound Designer Tori Higgins is nominated for Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Fun Home.
        • Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck is nominated for choreographing the Arvada Center’s A Chorus Line and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
        • Peter Anthony is nominated for his scenic and sound designs for OpenStage Theatre Company’s The Crucible.

        And while Warren Sherrill is officially nominated only once, for his scenic design of The Edge’s Mud Blue Sky, he also directed two Outstanding Play nominees: The Edge’s Death of a Salesman and Benchmark Theatre’s A Kid Like Jake.

        Highly regarded eligible companies that were shut out of the nominations this year include Boulder’s The Catamounts, which had eight nominations a year ago; Phamaly Theatre Company; Creede Repertory Theatre; the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse in Johnstown; Performance Now in Lakewood; and Theatre Aspen, which earned 25 nominations just two years ago and won Outstanding Season by a company.

        Perhaps the most glaringly omitted individual among all nominees is Emily Van Fleet, who was critically celebrated for headlining two very different challenges in Off-Center’s The Wild Party and the Arvada Center’s Sunday in the Park with George. Van Fleet, a 2017 True West Award winner, has never earned a Henry Award nomination.

        More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

        Established in 2006, the Henrys are named for longtime local theatre producer Henry Lowenstein and serve as the Colorado Theatre Guild's annual fundraising event. Nominations were determined through a judging process conducted by statewide adjudicators. Five judges must score a show for it to be eligible. According to Rutherford, 162 of 197 shows were fully scored, or 82.2 percent of all member offerings.

        He said that unlike other years, the nominees for Outstanding Season were determined simply by the seven companies with the most nominations.

        The Guild has overhauled the judging pool in recent months, aggressively growing the number of active judges from about 25 a year ago to 100. Rutherford says the judging pool for the new theatre season, which began June 1, has grown to 120. Many other sweeping changes for the coming season include judges being assigned to shows they score, rather than choosing they shows they want to see.

        Tickets for the 2018 Henry Awards ceremony are $35 for CTG members (up from $23 last year); the nonmember price is now $40 (and rises to $45 on the day of the event July 23).

        John Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the U.S by American Theatre Magazine in 2011. He has since taken a groundbreaking position as the Denver Center’s Senior Arts Journalist.

        Video: A look back at the 2017 Henry Awards

        2018 HENRY AWARD NOMINATIONS

        Outstanding Season for a Theatre Company

        • Arvada Center
        • Aurora Fox
        • Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
        • DCPA Theatre Company
        • Midtown Arts Center
        • Miners Alley Playhouse
        • Vintage Theatre

        Outstanding Production of a Play

        • All My Sons, Arvada Center, Directed by Lynne Collins
        • August: Osage County, Vintage Theatre, Directed by Bernie Cardell
        • Constellations, Thunder River Theatre Company, Directed by Mike Monroney
        • Death of a Salesman, The Edge Theater Company, Directed by Warren Sherrill
        • A Kid Like Jake, Benchmark Theatre, Directed by Warren Sherrill
        • The Rape of the Sabine Women, Local Theater Company, Directed by Christy Montour-Larson
        • Sense and Sensibility, Arvada Center, Directed by Lynne Collins

        Outstanding Production of a Musical

        • JAKE MENDES HEDWIG AURORA FOXHedwig and the Angry Inch, Aurora Fox, Directed by Nick Sugar, Musical Direction by David Nehls
        • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, Directed by Scott RC Levy, Musical Direction by Sharon Skidgel
        • Fun Home, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, Directed by Nathan Halvorson, Musical Direction by Stephanie McGuffin
        • Fun Home, Miners Alley Playhouse, Directed by Len Matheo, Musical Direction by Mitch Samu
        • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Arvada Center, Directed by Gavin Mayer, Musical Direction by Roberto Sinha
        • Once, Midtown Arts Center, Directed by Kurt Terrio, Musical Direction by Barry DeBois and Kurt Terrio
        • Ragtime, Midtown Arts Center, Directed by Joseph Callahan, Musical Direction by Jalyn Courtenay Webb and Kurt Terrio

        Outstanding Direction of a Play

        • Craig Bond, Red, Vintage Theatre
        • Bernie Cardell, August: Osage County, Vintage Theatre
        • Bernie Cardell, Sleuth, Vintage Theatre and Lowry's Spotlight Theater
        • Lynne Collins, All My Sons, Arvada Center
        • Lynne Collins, Sense and Sensibility, Arvada Center
        • Mike Monroney, Constellations, Thunder River Theatre Company
        • Christy Montour-Larson, The Rape of the Sabine Women, Local Theater Company

        Outstanding Direction of a Musical

        • Sam Buntrock, The Who's Tommy, DCPA Theatre Company
        • Nathan Halvorson, Fun Home, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
        • Rod A. Lansberry, A Chorus Line, Arvada Center
        • Scott RC Levy, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
        • Len Matheo, Fun Home, Miners Alley Playhouse
        • Gavin Mayer, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Arvada Center
        • Nick Sugar, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Aurora Fox Arts Center

        Outstanding Musical Direction

        • Barry J. DeBois and Kurt Terrio, Once, Midtown Arts Center
        • Donna Kolpan Debreceni, In the Heights, Town Hall Arts Center
        • Tanner Kelly, Hairspray, Inspire Creative and Parker Arts
          Mitch Samu, Fun Home, Miners Alley Playhouse
        • Roberto Sinha, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Arvada Center
        • Sharon Skidgel, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
        • Jalyn Courtenay Webb and Kurt Terrio, Ragtime, Midtown Arts Center

        Outstanding Actor in a Play

        • Antonio Amadeo, A Kid Like Jake, Benchmark Theatre
        • Logan Ernstthal, A Picasso, Cherry Creek Theatre
        • Kevin Hart, Death of a Salesman, The Edge Theater Company
        • Chris Kendall, District Merchants, Miners Alley Playhouse
        • Esau Pritchett, Fences, Lone Tree Arts Center
        • Lance Rasmussen, Sense and Sensibility, Arvada Center
        • Mark Robbins, Amadeus, Colorado Springs TheatreWorks
        • Mark Rubald, Sleuth, Vintage Theatre and Lowry's Spotlight Theatre

        Outstanding Actress in a Play

        • Adrian Egolf, A Kid Like Jake, Benchmark Theatre
        • Lauren Hooper, Intimate Apparel, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
        • Candace Joice, District Merchants, Miners Alley Playhouse
        • Lenne Klingaman, Hamlet, Colorado Shakespeare Festival
        • Missy Moore, Ugly Lies the Bone, Lake Dillon Theatre Company
        • Jessica Robblee, Sense and Sensibility, Arvada Center
        • Erin Rollman, The Book Handlers, Buntport Theater

        Outstanding Actor in a Musical

        • Brian Boyd, Ragtime, Midtown Arts Center
        • Larry Cahn, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
        • Barry J. DeBois, Once, Midtown Arts Center
        • Tim Howard, The Producers, Breckenridge Backstage Theatre
        • Patrick Oliver Jones, Fun Home, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
        • Jake Mendes, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Aurora Fox
        • Kyle Dean Steffen, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College

        Outstanding Actress in a Musical

        • Elena Juliano, Once, Midtown Arts Center
        • Jessica Kahkoska, Fun Home, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
        • Susannah McLeod, Fun Home, Miners Alley Playhouse
        • Allison Mickelson, Fun Home, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
        • Norrell Moore, Always ... Patsy Cline, BDT Stage
        • Marissa Rudd, Ragtime, Midtown Arts Center
        • Jalyn Courtenay Webb, Always ... Patsy Cline, Midtown Arts Center

        Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play

        • Geoffrey Kent Matthew GaleZachary Andrews, Sense and Sensibility, Arvada Center
        • Sam Gregory, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Colorado Shakespeare Festival
        • Geoffrey Kent, All My Sons, Arvada Center
        • Bob Moore, The Price, Thunder River Theatre Company
        • Matt Schneck, The Rape of the Sabine Women, Local Theater Company
        • Marc Stith, August: Osage County, Vintage Theatre
        • Erik Thurston, Mud Blue Sky, The Edge Theater Company

        Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play

        • Jessica Austgen, Sense and Sensibility, Arvada Center
        • Emily Davies, Mud Blue Sky, The Edge Theater Company
        • Hannah Duggan, Edger Allan Poe is Dead and So is My Cat, Buntport Theater
        • Adrian Egolf, The Revolutionists, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company
        • Kristina Fountaine, District Merchants, Miners Alley Playhouse
        • Emma Messenger, Mud Blue Sky, The Edge Theater Company
        • Emma Messenger, Agnes of God, Vintage Theatre
        • Martha Harmon Pardee, A Kid Like Jake, Benchmark Theatre

        Jordan LeighOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical

        • Brandon Bill, Hairspray, Inspire Creative and Parker Arts
        • Randy Chalmers, Ain't Misbehavin', Town Hall Arts Center
        • Stephen Day, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Arvada Center
        • TJ Hogle, Bullets Over Broadway, Vintage Theatre
        • Jordan Leigh, First Date, DCPA Cabaret (pictured)
        • Josh Rigo, The Producers, Breckenridge Backstage Theatre
        • Christopher Willard, The Producers, Breckenridge Backstage Theatre

        Fun Home. Miners Alley Playhouse. Sophia Dotson. Photo by John Moore.

        Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical

        • Mackenzie Beyer, Fun Home, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
        • Judeth Shay Comstock, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
        • Sophia Dotson (pictured above), Fun Home, Miners Alley Playhouse
        • Colby Dunn, The Producers, Breckenridge Backstage Theatre
        • Lulu Fall, The Who's Tommy, DCPA Theatre Company
          Julia Tobey, Hairspray, Inspire Creative and Parker Arts
        • Megan Van De Hey, Fun Home, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College

        Outstanding Ensemble Performance

        • A Chorus Line, Arvada Center
        • A Kid Like Jake, Benchmark Theatre
        • Fun Home, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
        • Fun Home, Miners Alley Playhouse
        • A Picasso, Cherry Creek Theatre
        • Sense and Sensibility, Arvada Center
        • Sleuth, Vintage Theatre and Lowry's Spotlight Theatre

        Outstanding Choreography

        • Liane Adamo, Hairspray, Inspire Creative and Parker Arts
        • Clark Ausloos and Jeff Duke, West Side Story, Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre
        • Joseph Callahan, Ragtime, Midtown Arts Center
        • Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck, A Chorus Line, Arvada Center
        • Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Arvada Center
        • Nathan Halvorson, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
        • Nick Sugar, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Aurora Fox

        Outstanding New Play or Musical

        • The Book Handlers, By Buntport Theater; Directed by Buntport Theater, Produced by Buntport Theater
        • A Christmas Carol, Adapted for the stage by Josh Hartwell; Directed by Len Matheo, Produced by Miners Alley Playhouse
        • Colorism: Breaking the Chains of Complexion, By Kenya Fashaw; Directed by Kenya Fashaw and Adrienne Martin-Fullwood, Produced by 5280 Artists Coop
        • The Great Leap, By Lauren Yee; Directed by Eric Ting, Produced by DCPA Theatre Company
        • Honorable Disorder, By Jeff Campbell; Directed by Jeff Campbell, Produced by Emancipation Theater Company
        • The Three Musketeers, Adapted for the stage by Richard Strahle; Directed by Denise Burson Freestone, Produced by OpenStage Theatre Company
        • Zoey's Perfect Wedding, By Matthew Lopez; Directed by Mike Donahue, Produced by DCPA Theatre Company

        Outstanding Costume Design, larger budget

        • Stephanie Bradley, Amadeus, Colorado Springs TheatreWorks 
        • Meghan Anderson Doyle, American Mariachi, DCPA Theatre Company
          Meghan Anderson Doyle, The Wild Party, DCPA Off-Center
        • Sydney Gallas, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
        • Clare Henkel, Sense and Sensibility, Arvada Center
        • Clare Henkel, Sunday in the Park with George, Arvada Center
        • Drew Mathisen, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Arvada Center

        Outstanding Costume Design, smaller budget

        • Terri Fong, Ain't Misbehavin', Town Hall Arts Center
        • Brenda King, The Revolutionists, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company
        • Laurie Klapperich, Real Women Have Curves, Aurora Fox Arts Center
        • Cole Mitchell, The Producers, Breckenridge Backstage Theatre
        • Linda Morken, Always...Patsy Cline, BDT Stage
        • Davis Sibley, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Evergreen Chorale
        • Rebecca Spafford, The Crucible, OpenStage Theatre Company

        Outstanding Lighting Design, larger budget

        • Katie Gruenhagen, This is Modern Art, DCPA Off-Center
        • Alex Jainchill, Macbeth, DCPA Theatre Company
        • Charles R. MacLeod, Native Gardens, DCPA Theatre Company
        • Shannon McKinney, Sunday in the Park with George, Arvada Center
        • Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew, Smart People, DCPA Theatre Company
        • Holly Rawls, Fun Home, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
        • Jonathan Spencer, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College

        Outstanding Lighting Design, smaller budget

        • Seth Alison, Hairspray, Inspire Creative and Parker Arts
        • Katie Gruenhagen, Birds of North America, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company
        • Sean Jeffries, Constellations, Thunder River Theatre Company
        • Brett Maughan, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Aurora Fox Arts Center
        • Vance McKenzie, Fun Home, Miners Alley Playhouse
        • Andrew Metzroth, Going to a Place Where You Already Are, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company
        • Brian Miller, The Crucible, OpenStage Theatre Company

        Outstanding Scenic Design larger budget

        • Lex Liang, Fun Home, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
        • Brian Mallgrave, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Arvada Center
          Brian Mallgrave, Sense and Sensibility, Arvada Center
        • Brian Mallgrave, Sunday in the Park with George, Arvada Center
        • Lisa M. Orzolek, Native Gardens, DCPA Theatre Company
        • Christopher L. Sheley, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
        • Jason Sherwood, The Who's Tommy, DCPA Theatre Company

        Outstanding Scenic Design, smaller budget

        • Peter Anthony, The Crucible, OpenStage Theatre Company
        • Tina Anderson, Going to a Place Where You Already Are, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company
        • Brandon Case, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Aurora Fox
        • Brandon Case, Real Women Have Curves, Aurora Fox
        • Susan Crabtree, Wisdom from Everything, Local Theater Company
        • Michael R. Duran, Hairspray, Inspire Creative and Parker Arts
        • Ed Haynes, Fences, Lone Tree Arts Center
        • Warren Sherrill, Mud Blue Sky, The Edge Theater Company

        Outstanding Sound Design, larger budget

        • Jason Ducat, All My Sons, Arvada Center
        • Jason Ducat, Sense and Sensibility, Arvada Center
        • Jason Ducat, Julius Caesar, Colorado Shakespeare Festival
        • Tori Higgins, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
        • Tori Higgins, Fun Home, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
        • Elisheba Ittoop, This is Modern Art, DCPA Off-Center
        • David Thomas, Sunday in the Park with George, Arvada Center

        Outstanding Sound Design, smaller budget

        • Peter Anthony, The Crucible, OpenStage Theatre Company
        • Justin Babcock, Fun Home, Miners Alley Playhouse
        • Joe Brindley, Hairspray, Inspire Creative and Parker Arts
        • Ashley Campbell, Mud Blue Sky, The Edge Theater Company
        • Carlos D. Flores, Red, Vintage Theatre
        • Wayne Kennedy, Always...Patsy Cline, BDT Stage
        • Luke Rahmsdorff-Terry, August: Osage County, Vintage Theatre

        2018 Henry Awards: Ticket information

        • Monday, July 23
        • 6 p.m. drinks; 7 p.m. awards
        • At the Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., just west of Interstate 25 and Lincoln Avenue,
        • Tickets: $35 for CTG members, $40 non-members.
        • Call 720-509-1000 or go to lonetreeartscenter.org
      • 'Dear Evan Hansen' announces casting for national tour opening in Denver

        by John Moore | Jun 07, 2018
        Dear Evan Hansen Cast National TourMembers of the 'Dear Evan Hansen' national tour cast, clockwise from top left: Jessica Phillips, Ben Levi Ross, Christiane Noll, Maggie McKenna, Aaron Lazar and Marrick Smith. 

        Stars announced; tickets for the first national touring production in Denver go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday, June 8

        Casting for the first national touring production of the Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen, opening in Denver this September, was announced today.

        Stage and TV star Jessica Phillips will play Heidi Hansen, Tony Award-nominee Christiane Noll will play Cynthia Murphy and Broadway veteran Aaron Lazar will play Larry Murphy. Marrick Smith and Maggie McKenna round out the Murphy family (as Connor and Zoe, respectively), with Jared Goldsmith as Jared Kleinman and Phoebe Koyabe as Alana Beck. They join the previously announced Ben Levi Ross in the title role.

        The cast also includes Stephen Christopher Anthony as the Evan alternate, along with understudies Ashley De La Rosa, Noah Kieserman, Jane Pfitsch, Coleen Sexton and Maria Wirries.

        Tickets for the national tour launch of Dear Evan Hansen go on sale at 11 a.m. MDT Friday, June 8, at denvercenter.org. (Read more here.) The tour will launch in Denver at The Buell Theatre from Sept. 25-Oct. 13, kicking off the 2018-19 DCPA Broadway season. 

        The winner of six 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Dear Evan Hansen features a book by Tony Award-winner Steven Levenson, a score by Academy Award and Tony and Grammy Award-winning composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and direction by four-time Tony® Award nominee Michael Greif. The Grammy Award-winning Original Broadway Cast Recording of Dear Evan Hansen, produced by Atlantic Records, was released in February 2017, making an extraordinary debut on the Billboard 200 and entering the chart at No. 8 – the highest-charting debut position for an original cast album since 1961 -- and went on to win the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. 

        Read our exclusive interview with Director Michael Grief

        Declared “One of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history” by the Washington Post’s Peter Marks, Dear Evan Hansen opened at the Music Box Theatre to rave reviews on December 4, 2016, where it’s broken all box-office records and has struck a chord with critics and audiences alike.

        Dear Evan Hansen features scenic design by David Korins, projection design by Peter Nigrini, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, and hair design by David Brian Brown.  Music supervision, orchestrations and additional arrangements are by Alex Lacamoire.  Ben Cohn is the Associate Music Supervisor.  Vocal arrangements and additional arrangements are by Justin Paul. Danny Mefford is the choreographer.  U.S. Casting by Tara Rubin Casting/Lindsay Levine. Adrienne Campbell-Holt, Sash Bischoff and Adam Quinn are the Associate Directors. Judith Schoenfeld is the Production Supervisor.

        CAST BIOS

        Ben Levi Ross (Evan Hansen) joins the touring company of Dear Evan Hansen direct from the Broadway cast, where he made his Broadway debut.

        Maggie McKenna (Zoe Murphy) made her professional theatre debut in 2017 as Muriel Heslop in the Sydney Theatre Company’s award-winning stage show, Muriel’s Wedding The Musical, for which she won the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Newcomer. Maggie began acting, singing and songwriting from a very young age, and at 11 she was the winner of the NAB/Mushroom Records National Songwriting competition. Maggie trained in many aspects of the arts throughout high school and was cast in the 2014 Victorian High School Spectacular as a lead performer & vocalist. After graduating high school, Maggie moved to Los Angeles to continue her training at the American Musical & Dramatic Academy (AMDA) and graduated in 2016. Maggie’s television work includes the ABC TV drama series “The Doctor Blake Mysteries” in the featured guest role of Roslyn Kerr, and in 2015 she wrote and performed music parodies for the FOXTEL comedy series “Open Slather.” Most recently, Maggie performed a cover of “Xanadu” as part of the 2018 Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony. 

        Jessica Phillips (Heidi Hansen) has established herself as one of Broadway's premiere leading ladies over the past several years. Broadway credits include: Leap of Faith opposite Raul Esparza, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Next to Normal, Jesus Christ Superstar (25th anniversary revival), and The Scarlet Pimpernel. Her regional work includes Deathless, It’s Only Life, Into the Woods, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and the starring role in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of Michael Friedman’s Unknown Soldier in 2015.Jessica’s film and television credits include La Vida Inesperada, The Impostors, Absent Mind, “Elementary,” “Royal Pains,” “Unforgettable,” “The Ordained,” “Bronx Warrants,” and, most notably, 4 seasons as A.D.A. Pippa Cox on “Law & Order, SVU.” In 2015, Jessica appeared as a featured vocalist for ASCAP’s 100th anniversary celebration of New Music at The Kennedy Center honoring, among others, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. In addition to stage and screen, Jessica’s voice can be heard on multiple cast albums and on iTunes with her band 10th& Carlisle. Twitter/Instagram: @fullipsonbway

        Christiane Noll (Cynthia Murphy). Broadway/Tours: Elf (MSG), Chaplin (Drama Desk Nom), Ragtime – Kennedy Center Revival (Tony & Drama Desk Nom, Helen Hayes award), Urinetown (Ovation Award), The Mambo Kings (pre-Broadway), It Ain’t Nothin But The Blues, Jekyll & Hyde (FANY award), Grease, Miss Saigon, City of Angels, South Pacific (Australia/Thailand). TV/Film: Madam Secretary (CBS), Law & Order SVU (NBC), The Sound of Music Live (NBC), The Good Fight (CBS), The King & I (Animated - Singing Anna). Favorites: Next to Normal (CCC award), Snow Child (Arena Stage), October Sky, Follies (STL Circle award), 1776 Encores!, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, Closer than Ever (Off-Bway Alliance award), The King & I, The New Moon Encores!, Ace (Helen Hayes award nom), The Witches of Eastwick, Mack & Mabel (CCC Award), The Sound of Music (Salzburg Marionette Th.), Frankenstein, Little By Little, Little Shop of Horrors, The Baker’s Wife, Lizzie Borden, Into the Woods, The Student Prince, Carousel and Lincoln Center “American Songbook Series” – Frank Loesser. Guests soloist with over 100 symphony orchestras around the world. Opera with Placido Domingo and Hollywood Bowl/O2 Arena with Julie Andrews. Solo Recordings: Christiane Noll – A Broadway Love Story, Live At The Westbank. The Gershwin Album, My Personal Property, Gifts-Live at 54 Below.

        Marrick Smith (Connor Murphy) is an actor-musician from Staten Island, New York. Broadway: Fun Home (OBC); Off Broadway: Pretty Filthy, Wild Goose Dreams, The Underclassman. Film/TV: The Lennon Report; “The Big Dogz”; Music: The Entropy EP, Pretty Filthy (original cast recording).

        Information on Friday's ticket sale for Dear Evan Hansen in Denver

        Aaron Lazar (Larry Murphy) has starred in 10 Broadway productions: he debuted in The Phantom of the Opera; originated roles in the world premieres of A Tale of Two CitiesImpressionism, and The Last Ship; starred in the revivals of A Little Night Music and Les Miserables; and romanced audiences in The Light in the Piazza at Lincoln Center and Live from LCT on PBS. On film, Mr. Lazar has worked with acclaimed directors including Clint Eastwood, Mary Harron, Shawn Levy, Martin Scorsese, and the Russo brothers. Television guest star roles include:  NBC's The Blacklist; CBS's Blue BloodsThe Good Wife, and Bull; and FOX's The Following. In addition, Aaron has recurred on Disney'sGirl Meets World, FX's The Strain, and IFC’s The Onion News Network. Mr. Lazar has been a guest artist with some of the world's finest symphonies including: The New York Philharmonic, The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, The National Symphony  Orchestra at The  Kennedy  Center, The Boston Pops, The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra at Masada, The English National Opera Orchestra, and the Hollywood  Bowl Orchestra. He can be heard on dozens of Broadway cast albums and television commercials, and his critically acclaimed solo show, Broadway to Hollywood, continues to play cabarets and PACs around the country.  


        Dear Evan Hansen National Tour Cast

        Clockwise from top left: Jared Goldsmith, Phoebe Koyabe, Stephen Christopher Anthony, Noah Kieserman, Coleen Sexton, Maria Wirries, Ashley De La Rosa and Jane Pfistch.


        Jared Goldsmith
        (Jared Kleinman) is over the moon to join the Dear Evan Hansen family and originate the role of Jared Kleinman on the national tour. Born and raised in New Jersey, Jared attended Elon University where he earned his BFA in Music Theatre. But, don’t be fooled, Jared isn’t just an actor. Currently, he’s co-writing and developing an original musical: MAZKAPAN. Instagram: @jaredbgoldsmithon

        Phoebe Koyabe (Alana Beck) was born in rural France and raised in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona. She is thrilled to be making her professional debut in the first national tour of Dean Evan Hansen. Playing Alana in Dear Evan Hansen is a dream come true.  

        Stephen Christopher Anthony (Evan Hansen alternate) is so excited to be joining the Dear Evan Hansen family! Most recently he was in Book of Mormon on Broadway (u/s Elder McKinley). Prior to Mormon, he starred as con-man Frank Abagnale Jr in the national tour of Catch Me If You Can. Favorite regional credits include: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Hairspray, Carousel, Lend Me A Tenor. Stephen is a proud graduate of Florida State University.

        Noah Kieserman is ecstatic to be part of the first national touring company of Dear Evan Hansen after graduating from the University of Michigan (B.F.A Musical Theater Program, Class of 2018). Regional: 1776, Newsies (Connecticut Repertory Theatre); Grease, How To Succeed… (Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts). An avid writer as well, Noah’s musical theater compositions have been workshopped in Ann Arbor, DC, San Francisco, New York, Calgary, and Charlotte. He is also a proud recipient of the Actors' Equity Association's Alan Eisenberg Award.

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        Jane Pfistch. Broadway: Angels in America (2018 Revival), Cabaret (2014 Revival), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (2008 Revival) and Company (2007 Revival). Off-Broadway: Peer Gynt and Allegro at CSC, The 39 Steps (New World Stages), Pumpgirl (MTC). Regional credits include: The Huntington (IRNE Nominations), Barrington Stage Company, The Old Globe, Williamstown Theatre Festival. Arena Stage (Helen Hayes Nomination), McCarter Theatre Center, San Jose Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, The Alley Theater, Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, Capital Repertory Theater, Virginia Stage Company. Film/TV: 27 Dresses and "Elementary." Member of Ensemble Studio Theater. Brown/Trinity MFA Program. 

        Ashley De La Rosa is so proud to be a part of the cast of Dear Evan Hansen. Recent credits include: Beautiful The Carole King Musical (swing, 1st Nat’l Tour), RENT Nat’l Tour (swing u/s Mimi, Joanne). TV: Top 12 on NBC’s “The Voice” (Season 2). Instagram: @ashdelarosa. Twitter: @ashleydelarosa

        Coleen Sexton. Broadway: Jekyll and Hyde, Wicked, Chicago, Legally Blonde. Off Broadway: Spamalot, Dames at Sea, Joseph, Jesus Christ Superstar, End of the Rainbow, Mamma Mia. TV: “Law and Order,” “Third Watch,” “As the World Turns” and “Guiding Light.”

        Maria Wirries is a recent graduate from the musical theater program at Penn State. She most recently was seen in the Broadway revival workshop of Once on This Island. Other theater credits include: The Artist Series’ Hot and Cole, Penn State School of Theater’s Be More Chill, Sweet Charity, Hair, Titanic, and The Players Theater’s Master Class. She also performs solo cabarets and often collaborates with the Sarasota Orchestra on their Master Works series. Maria has a huge appreciation for new work and has performed newly commissioned pieces by composers and artists James Grant, Dick Hyman, Alex Rybeck, Sheridan Seyfried. This last fall at Penn State she participated in a commission project of a new theater piece written by Mike Reid and Sarah Schlesinger. As well as participating in the world premiere of Love in Hate Nation, a Joe Iconis musical. Maria also writes her own songs that can be heard on her SoundCloud account.

        Dear Evan Hansen tour dates:
        The first year of the tour route is as follows, with additional cities to be announced at a later date:

        • Denver: 9/25/18-10/13/18
        • Los Angeles: 10/17/18-11/25/18
        • Tempe, Ariz. 11/27/18-12/2/18
        • San Francisco: 12/5/18-12/30/18
        • Costa Mesa, Calif.: 1/1/19-1/13/19
        • Las Vegas: 1/15/19-1/20/19
        • Seattle: 1/23/19-2/2/19
        • Des Moines, Iowa: 2/5/19-2/10/19
        • Chicago: 2/12/19-3/10/19
        • Durham, N.C.: 3/12/19-3/17/19
        • Charlotte, N.C.: 3/19/19-3/24/19
        • Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.: 3/26/19-47/19
        • Tampa, Fla.: 4/9/19-4/14/1
        • Orlando, Fla.: 4/16/19-4/21/19
        • Atlanta: 4/23/19-4/28/19
        • Cincinnati: 4/30/19-5/12/19
        • Buffalo, N.Y.: 5/14/19-5/19/19
        • Pittsburgh: 5/21/19-5/26/19
        • Minneapolis: 5/28/19-6/9/19
        • Cleveland: 6/11/19-6/30/19
        • Greenville, S.C.: 7/2/19-7/7/19
        • Boston: 7/10/19-8/4/19

        Washington, D.C.: 8/6/19-9/8/19
        For more information about the tour, please visit www.dearevanhansen.com.

        In addition to the touring production and the record-breaking Broadway production, Dear Evan Hansen will launch its first international production in Canada, in March 2019 at Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre.

        Dear Evan Hansen: Denver ticket information

        UntitledSept. 25-Oct. 13, 2018
        • The Buell Theatre
        • Single seats go on sale at 11 a.m. MDT on Friday, June 8
        • Call 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE
        • Note: Please be advised that the Denver Center for the Performing Arts – denvercenter.org – is the only authorized ticket provider for Dear Evan Hansen tickets in Denver. Ticket buyers who purchase tickets from a ticket broker or any third party run the risk of overpaying or purchasing illegitimate tickets. Patrons should be aware that the DCPA is unable to reprint or replace lost or stolen tickets and is unable to contact patrons with information regarding time changes or other pertinent updates regarding the performance. Patrons found in violation of the DCPA Ticket Purchase and Sale Terms and Policies  may have all of their tickets canceled.

        Dear Evan Hansen: Creative team

        • Book by Steven Levenson
        • Score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

        • Directed by Michael Greif
        • Music direction by Ben Cohn
        • Choreography by Danny Mefford
        • Scenic design by David Korins
        • Lighting design by Japhy Weideman
        • Costume design by Emily Rebholz
        • Sound design by Nevin Steinberg
        • Projection design by Peter Nigrini
        • Hair design by David Brian Brown
        • Music supervision, orchestrations and additional arrangements by Alex Lacamoire
        • Vocal arrangements and additional arrangements by Justin Paul

      • 'Dear Evan Hansen' tickets will be found in Denver starting Friday

        by John Moore | Jun 06, 2018
        Dear Evan Hansen Creative Team. Photo by Chad KrausThe 'Dear Evan Hansen' creative team members, from left: Benj Pasek, Steven Levenson, Alex Lacamoire, Justin Paul and Michael Greif. Photo by Chad Kraus.

        The Denver Center will launch first national tour in September; tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday, June 8

        By John Moore
        Senior Arts Journalist

        Dear Evan Hansen, winner of the 2017 Tony Award for Best Musical, will launch its first national touring production in Denver in September, and single seats will go onsale at 11 a.m. Friday, June 8, it was announced today.

        Dear Evan Hansen, which was nominated for nine Tony Awards and won six, is the story of a lonely boy who perpetuates a lie that earns him Internet fame. Director Michael Greif, who also helmed the groundbreaking musicals Rent and Next to Normal, says Dear Evan Hansen “is a cathartic story about a kid who comes to love himself. And it's about a grieving family that gets healed.”

        And Greif could not be happier that the show’s hopeful message will be going out into the heartland, starting in Denver.

        Michael Greif quote“This show has such a beautiful and generous and important message,” Greif said in an exclusive interview with the DCPA NewsCenter. “I am thrilled that the universal appeal of this story is going to continue to touch and move people throughout the country. It’s going to give people the opportunity to talk about some really important and healing things, and I can’t wait to share that with as many people as possible.”

        Dear Evan Hansen, which will open DCPA Broadway’s 2018-19 season in the Buell Theatre, was greeted by overwhelming critical and box-office success when it opened in December. The New York Times called it “a gorgeous heartbreaker of a musical for anyone with a beating heart.” The Washington Post called it historic.

        The plot turns when a misunderstanding over a teenager’s death inadvertently turns Evan into a social-media celebrity. Greif says he knew the unlikely story would work on a Broadway stage before he even finished reading the earliest draft of Obie Award-winner Steven Levenson’s script. The score is written by the songwriting team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who won 2017 Academy Awards for La La Land.

        “I knew right away — which I don't often say, and I don't often believe,” said Greif. “As soon as I got to talk to these three brilliant writers, I knew that this was a very special project. I knew it because of the incredible, complicated way they were going at this material. I just think it's so smart and beautifully crafted. I love it because the real theme of the play is not lying or fabrication — it's actually generosity."

        The score is built around a celebrated anthem called “You Will Be Found.” And as was the case when he directed Rent and Next to Normal, Grief is being reminded nightly of live theatre’s power to save lives.

        “It’s really unbelievable what we are hearing from kids and from parents and from families in crisis,” Greif said. “They are telling us that they are seen. They are telling us that things they didn't feel they could talk about – yes, they can talk about them. They are telling us that the redemption and the catharsis and the forgiveness in Dear Evan Hansen is helping them to get through whatever they are going through, and to forgive and to accept themselves.

        “Evan coming to terms with himself in our story is a proxy for our audiences being able to come to terms with their own issues."

        Listen to the anthem 'You Will Be Found'

        The Associate Director of Dear Evan Hansen is Adrienne Campbell-Holt, who in 2016  directed the world premiere of the DCPA Theatre Company’s The Nest, by Theresa Rebeck. The producer is Stacey Mindich.

        The original Broadway cast recording of Dear Evan Hansen was released on Atlantic the past 50 years. 

        This is just the latest coup for Denver, which is quickly rising among the country's elite touring cities. The Dear Evan Hansen tour launch continues a trend that has recently included Denver premieres of If/Then, Pippin and The Book of Mormon. Denver also last year hosted the pre-Broadway run of Disney's Frozen.

        “I am thrilled and honored the Dear Evan Hansen team has chosen Denver for their upcoming tour launch," said John Ekeberg, Executive Director for DCPA Broadway. "Bringing new voices and artistically powerful work to the stage is a primary goal of the DCPA, and this compelling new musical embodies all of these qualities and more.” 

        Please be advised that the Denver Center for the Performing Arts – denvercenter.org – is the only authorized ticket provider for Dear Evan Hansen tickets in Denver. Ticket buyers who purchase tickets from a ticket broker or any third party run the risk of overpaying or purchasing illegitimate tickets.

        Here's more from John Moore’s interview with Michael Greif:

        John Moore: Do you think we've ever seen a protagonist quite like Evan Hansen in a Broadway musical before?

        Michael Greif: When I first met this play and started to get to know it, it felt like we were doing the Natalie and Henry story from Next to Normal. It was really profound for me to be able to think, ‘Oh, what's so wonderful here is that the focus has shifted, and this here is a musical about Henry.’

        Fans line up outside the Music Box Theatre in New York City for DEAR EVAN HANSEN Fan Day on Broadway. Photo courtesy of DEAR EVAN HANSEN.(Pictured right: Fans line up outside the Music Box Theatre in New York City for Dear Evan Hansen Fan Day on Broadway. Photo courtesy of Dear Evan Hansen .)

        John Moore: I think with the advent of social media, we have created a generation of teenagers who are both more connected and more isolated than ever before. Now that you have been through this experience, what do you think are the pros and cons of growing up in the world of today’s social media?

        Michael Greif: I have a 22-year-old and an 18-year-old, so I have really watched it through the eyes of a parent, which has been very helpful in developing this musical with these three fantastic writers. What's remarkable about our story is how organically the role of social media informs both plot and characters. This particular story could only take place because the mechanism of Evan's fame is so credible to us in this moment. The germ of Benj's original idea had to do with how one high-school kid's identity changes through the various things that people say about him on social media. From the very beginning, the interaction of a very domestic plot in relation to access to the bigger world has always been a really, really important part of this musical. Like everything, my thoughts about social media relate to monitoring and understanding. It would be backward and conservative and wrong for me to say that it's not wonderful to be able to be in touch with the world the way social media allows us today. It's spectacular to have that kind of access to the rest of the world.

        (Pictured above, from left: 'Dear Evan Hansen' writers Justin Paul, Steven Levenson and Benj Pasek. Photo by Jenny Anderson.)

        John Moore: Why are you particularly attracted to the kind of theatre like Rent, Next to Normal and Dear Evan Hansen that can have such a profound impaMichael Greif quotect on the lives of their audiences, as opposed to the safer escapism of other musicals? 

        Michael Greif: I think everyone is attracted to great stories. I am really fortunate that I have some sort of a track record, so that I actually get the opportunities to work on these kinds of projects. The opportunity to recognize yourself, or someone you know, or some of the pain or struggles that you feel or have felt, in someone else’s acting, is both powerful and profound. And I think all three of those terrific musicals you mentioned share that. All three have incredible music and compelling characters and great stories. But what I think Dear Evan Hansen has that Next to Normal and Rent do not is an extraordinary duality. You are able to completely give your heart over to Evan and to the grieving Murphy family. And at the same time, your mind is racing because there is this whole other level of mistrust about the whole thing. So while your heart is feeling one thing, your head is feeling another. I think that’s just remarkable.

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        John Moore: Are you watching 13 Reasons Why, which also addresses similar issues?

        Michael Greif: Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal, If/Then) wrote that, and so I am very interested in it, but I have not yet had the opportunity to watch it. I have a great regard for Brian Yorkey, as you know, and I am excited to be able to dive into that series when I have a little more time.

        John Moore: Speaking of If/Then, which also began its national tour in Denver, what are your thoughts about Denver as the launch pad for Broadway touring productions?

        Michael Greif: I am looking forward to spending time in Denver again because I had such a wonderful time there with If/Then. It's a great walking town, and that is fantastic for me. The audiences are open and interested and interesting, so I think Denver is a wonderful place to launch it.

        John Moore: Several years ago, producer David Stone told me it was the encouragement he got from late Denver Center Broadway President Randy Weeks that even got him thinking that a national touring production of Next to Normal might work.

        Video: Watch the NBC News report on Dear Evan Hansen

        Michael Greif: I know that there was the concern about touring that show. I feel so happy about the great success of that tour. I think the Fun Home tour also tells us that these are great stories and people around the country are hungry for them. I think it's wonderful when you can really integrate the play-going and the musical-going audiences. I don't think they should be two different kinds of audiences. I always love it when people who say, 'I generally prefer plays,' get so much out of musicals like Dear Evan Hansen and Rent and Next to Normal.

        John Moore: Speaking of Rent, the 20th anniversary tour is also coming to Denver, in November. After two decades, do you feel this is now a nostalgia piece for the original fans, or can Rent still be a musical for the Dear Evan Hansen generation?

        Michael Greif: It's certainly a wonderful opportunity for a new generation of people who love Dear Evan Hansen to see an ancestor. I think Rent remains profound because it's a musical about a group of people who learn to take care of one another.  And they have seen both the cost and the reward of taking care of one another.

        John Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the U.S by American Theatre Magazine in 2011. He has since taken a groundbreaking position as the Denver Center’s Senior Arts Journalist.

        Dear Evan Hansen: Denver ticket information

        UntitledSept. 25-Oct. 13, 2018
        • The Buell Theatre
        • Single seats go on sale at 11 a.m. MDT on Friday, June 8
        • Call 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE
        • Note: Please be advised that the Denver Center for the Performing Arts – denvercenter.org – is the only authorized ticket provider for Dear Evan Hansen tickets in Denver. Ticket buyers who purchase tickets from a ticket broker or any third party run the risk of overpaying or purchasing illegitimate tickets. Patrons should be aware that the DCPA is unable to reprint or replace lost or stolen tickets and is unable to contact patrons with information regarding time changes or other pertinent updates regarding the performance. Patrons found in violation of the DCPA Ticket Purchase and Sale Terms and Policies  may have all of their tickets canceled.

        Dear Evan Hansen: Creative team

        • Book by Steven Levenson
        • Score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

        • Directed by Michael Greif
        • Music direction by Ben Cohn
        • Choreography by Danny Mefford
        • Scenic design by David Korins
        • Lighting design by Japhy Weideman
        • Costume design by Emily Rebholz
        • Sound design by Nevin Steinberg
        • Projection design by Peter Nigrini
        • Hair design by David Brian Brown
        • Music supervision, orchestrations and additional arrangements by Alex Lacamoire
        • Vocal arrangements and additional arrangements by Justin Paul

        Video Bonus: 'You Will Be Found' performed at 2018 Bobby G Awards:

        At last month's Bobby G Awards celebrating achievements in Colorado high-school musical theatre, 86 students from 43 schools sang 'You Will Be Found' from 'Dear Evan Hansen' as the opening number. Photo by John Moore.

      • Capital campaign envisions 'A Grander Opening' for DCPA

        by John Moore | Jun 05, 2018


        The Stage Theatre will be renamed The Marvin and Judi Wolf Theatre upon its reopening in November 2020. Video by David Lenk and John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.

         

        Stage Theatre will be renamed Marvin and Judi Wolf Theatre upon its reopening in 2020; effort already 75 percent to goal

        For the first time in its 40-year history, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts is mounting a public capital campaign to fund the renovation of the Stage and Ricketson theatres, the overhaul of backstage and support areas, and the redesign of the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex lobby.

        DCPA Chairman Martin Semple today announced 100 percent participation from the Board of Trustees in the campaign, called “A Grander Opening,” including an undisclosed lead gift from long-time DCPA supporters Marvin and Judi Wolf. The Stage Theatre will be renamed The Marvin and Judi Wolf Theatre upon its reopening in November 2020.

        Christmas Carol SMAT 12-2016 - Photo by Amanda Tipton (3)Semple also named Hassan Salem, Regional President of U.S. Bank, as Chair of the effort. He will be joined by Judi Wolf and retired Denver Post Chairman Dean Singleton as Honorary Campaign Co-Chairs. The two have served on the DCPA’s Board of Trustees for a combined 30 years.

        Salem said the campaign already is 75 percent of the way toward its $36 million goal. He said $19 million will come from voter-approved General Obligation bonds, $8 million from DCPA Trustees and $9 million from future contributions.

        “The Denver Center is overwhelmed with gratitude,” said Semple. “First, to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, the Denver City Council and our voters for their support of the General Obligation Bond initiative. Second, to our trustees who have collectively pledged $8 million toward our goal. And last, but by no means least, to Marvin and Judi Wolf, whose signature gift reflects their commitment to the DCPA, to theatre and to our community.”

        (Pictured at right: A student enjoys the snowy finale of 'A Christmas Carol' in the Stage Theatre in 2016. Photo by Amanda Tipton.)

        Judi Wolf, who was named Colorado’s Citizen of the Arts in 2012, said the naming gift is an elaborate Valentine’s Day gift from her husband of 30 years, an oil-and-gas man who came to the theatre when he met his wife. “Judi is so engrossed with it, and does so much for it that I had no option other than to go along with her.”  

        It has been Marvin’s “tough problem,” as he describes it, “to come up with a gift for Judi that I thought she deserved.” But, his wife said, he nailed this one.

        “How many women get a stage for Valentine's Day?” she said. “This is a gift that he gave me from the heart, and the idea that there will be people who will enjoy long after we are gone gives me goosebumps.”

        Funds from the capital campaign will be used to:

        • Rebuild the Stage and Ricketson theatres and back-of-house areas
        • Install new seating, improved sightlines and state-of-the-art technology
        • Connect The Ricketson Theatre to the main lobby and add an elevator to improve accessibility
        • Increase energy efficiency of lighting and mechanical systems
        • Update critical fire detection and suppression systems
        • Provide new levels of physical accessibility to all seating and backstage areas
        • Improve assistive listening systems and audio description capabilities

        “We are so fortunate to have a community that supports the performing arts, and we look forward to engaging donors far and wide to ensure we meet our fundraising goal,” said DCPA President and CEO Janice Sinden. “We look forward celebrating the culmination of A Grander Opening with the reopening of the Ricketson Theatre in 2021.”

        A Grander Opening is a continuation of the DCPA’s facility master plan, which most recently included the renovation of The Space Theatre. The Denver Center manages the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex (including its four theatres, Seawell Ballroom, Directors Room, lobby and office areas), the Garner Galleria Theatre, and the Newman Center for Theatre Education (including its administrative offices, education classrooms, and theatre design and production shops). Over the past 10 years, the DCPA has invested $32.5 million in capital improvements.

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        Photo gallery: The Stage Theatre through the years

        The Stage Theatre through the years
        Photos from productions at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts' Stage Theatre. To see more, click on the image above to be taken to our full gallery of downloadable photos.

        “From its Broadway tours to its original plays, the DCPA has provided world-class theatre that has helped make Denver a world-class city,” said Salem. “Now we need to ensure that its venues match the quality of the productions on its stages so that we continue to attract top talent, book first-run shows and deliver entertainment options that are second to none.”

        Stage Theatre. Sweeney Todd. Photo by Adams Viscom. The Stage Theatre will be closed following the spring production of Anna Karenina (Jan. 25-Feb. 24, 2019) and reopen in November 2020 in time for the return of A Christmas Carol. The Ricketson Theatre will be closed in April 2020 and reopen in Spring 2021. Work on backstage support areas, offices and the lobby will occur concurrently with the theatre renovations.

        The DCPA is working with Semple Brown Design on plans for the project, which will honor the vision of the original design team: Pritzker Prize-winning architect Kevin Roche of Roche Dinkeloo and Associates, theatrical scenic and lighting designer Jo Melziener; Gordon Davidson, Artistic Director of L.A.’s Mark Taper Forum, and DCPA founder Donald Seawell. Additionally, the construction contract is expected to be awarded in mid-June.

        "We’re going to replace seats, improve sightlines, enhance acoustics and improve the state-of-the-art technology for productions in the theatre,” said Chris Wineman of Semple Brown Design.

        The major structural change to the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex will be a new staircase and elevator bank that will provide access to the Ricketson Theatre directly from the main lobby that already connects the Stage and Space theatres.

        “We think this is going to make the whole building work together and make it much easier for patrons to navigate their arrivals whether they are coming to the Bonfils Theatre Complex for first time, or the thousandth time,” Wineman said.

        “Beyond the physical improvements,” said Sinden, “this renovation also will allow our spaces to accommodate artists’ imaginations, inspire students’ creativity and welcome guests to stories that reflect their lives. By preserving these facilities, exceeding accessibility standards and equipping the spaces with new technological advances, we will continue to provide world-class theatre experiences in world-class facilities.”

        (Story continues after the video below).

        Watch as Chris Wineman, principal at Semple Brown Design, gave those who attended today's press conference an animated video tour that shows many of the improvements to both The Stage and Ricketson theatres and their lobbies.

        For Judi Wolf, the reopening of The Stage Theatre in 2020 will have special significance because she was in attendance when the Denver Center opened on New Year’s Eve 1979. “Time magazine called the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex ‘the Crown Jewel of the Rockies,’ ” Wolf said.  “It gives us such great pleasure not only to renovate a space, but also to reinvigorate its possibilities, unleash artistic potential and set the stage for memories that will last another 40 years and beyond.”

        Judi Wolf has been a staunch supporter of the DCPA since its beginning, and she has taken a particularly keen interest in the craft of costuming, often attending opening nights in attire that reflects the accompanying story.  For example, she wore a toga to the opening of the 10-hour epic Greek cycle Tantalus in 2000. She arrived at The Little Mermaid in 2007 dressed as Ariel’s mother where she held fish-shaped balloons while her household manager blew bubbles in her wake.

        She is just sorry, Wolf said, that Seawell is not still here to see this next chapter in DCPA history.

        “Donald Seawell had a vision, which was to create a theatre for the community where dreams were realized and imaginations soared,” she said. “We are proud to continue his legacy and ensure that this crown jewel is enjoyed for generations to come.”

        How to contribute to A Grander Opening
        To contribute to A Grander Opening, please contact Janice Sinden at GranderOpening@dcpa.org or 303-893-4000. For ongoing updates and opportunities, please visit denvercenter.org/GranderOpening and follow #GranderOpening on social media.

        More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

        Photo gallery: From today's press announcement

        2018 DCPA Capital Campaign Photos from productions at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts' Stage Theatre. To see more, click on the image above to be taken to our full gallery of downloadable photos..

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      • Video, photos: Your first look at 'Human Error'

        by John Moore | Jun 05, 2018

        Your first look at the DCPA Theatre Compay's world-premiere comedy Human Error, by Eric Pfeffinger. After an unfortunate mix-up by their blundering fertility doctor, Heather is mistakenly impregnated with the wrong child. Now two very different couples face sharing an uproarious nine-month odyssey of culture shock, clashing values, changing attitudes and unlikely – but heartfelt – friendships. Featuring Marissa McGowan, Larry Bates, Joe Coots, Kimberly Gilbert and Wayne Kennedy. Directed by Shelley Butler. Runs through June 24 in the Garner Galleria Theatre. Video above by DCPA Video Producer David Lenk. Photos below by Adams VisCom.

        Photo gallery: The production photos


        Human Error


        Human Error: Cast list

        Human Error: Creatives

        • Directed by Shelley Butler
        • Scenic Design by Lisa M. Orzolek
        • Costume Design by Sara Ryung Clement
        • Lighting Design by Charles R. MacLeod
        • Sound Design by Jason Ducat
        • Dramaturgy by Sarah Lunnie
        • Stage management by Christopher C. Ewing
        • Assistant Stage Management by D. Lynn Reiland
        • Casting by Elissa Myers Casting

        Human Error: Ticket information

        HumanError_show_thumbnail_160x160After an unfortunate mix-up by their blundering fertility doctor, Heather is mistakenly impregnated with the wrong child. Now two very different couples face sharing an uproarious nine-month odyssey of culture shock, clashing values, changing attitudes and unlikely – but heartfelt – friendships.
        • Presented by DCPA Theatre Company
        • Performances through June 24
        • Garner Galleria Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex
        • Call 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE

        Previous NewsCenter coverage of Human Error:
        Human Error:
        In comedy, your pain is our punchline
        Playwright on using comedy as a way of confronting our problems
        Five fun things we learned at first rehearsal
        Eric Pfeffinger on the fertile comedy of a divided America

        Video: Our interview with Eric Pfeffinger at the Colorado New Play Summit: 

        Video by David Lenk and John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.

        More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

      • Summer mountain theatre preview: Head for the hills!

        by John Moore | Jun 02, 2018

        Xanadu Ryahn Evers and Deylan Dean in Little Theatre of the Rockies' 'Xanadu,' opening June 7 in Greeley. Photo courtesy of Marco Robinson.

        In summertime, Colorado theatregoers heed the call to 'climb every mountain' in search of wide variety of stage offerings

        By John Moore
        Senior Arts Journalist

        Coloradans love to climb their 14ers in the summer. And local theatregoers love to climb every mountain in search of a wide expanse of theatrical possibilities.

        Summer is when many of Colorado's famed seasonal repertory companies open from Grand Lake to Dillon to Creede and beyond. Combined they will present a dizzying array of offerings throughout the state ranging from the Colorado homegrown premiere of the madcap Broadway musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder in Grand Lake to Lake Dillon Theatre Company's The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, the searing story of a brash New Jersey detective determined to solve the disappearance of a 14-year-old gay teen. That will star frequent DCPA Theatre Company actor Jeffrey Roark.

        For those preferring to stay closer to home, scroll down for our complete list of summer theatregoing options covering every company in the state. (To add or correct, email jmoore@dcpa.org.)

        Summer Mountain or Repertory Theatre in Colorado:

        BRECKENRIDGE BACKSTAGE THEATRE

        • Scott-McLeanFeatured play: Monty Python's Spamalot
        • What’s it all about? Spamalot is coming to taunt Breckenridge. The Tony Award-winning best musical of 2005 was lovingly "ripped off" from the beloved source film, with its full allotment of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits and one legless knight intact. Ish.
        • Directed by: Robert Michael Sanders
        • Keep an eye on: Scott McLean as Arthur. He’s been one of the area’s most reliable song-and-dance men for 20 years, most actively at the Town Hall Arts Center, where he recently appeared in Sisters of Swing and Peter and the Starcatcher. He’s got dramatic chops, too, as he displayed in the Edge Theatre’s Casa Valentina. Spamalot offers McLean the chance to show off his deadpan comic skills as the self-anointed knight who is never, ever in on the joke.  
        June 8-July 21: Our Teacher's A Troll (for children)
        June 15-July 21: Monty Python's Spamalot
        July 26-Aug. 12: Lend Me A Tenor
        Aug. 24-Sept. 2: Annie
        At 121 S. Ridge St.,  970-453-0199 or backstagetheatre.org

        COLORADO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

        • rodney_lizcanoFeatured play: Richard III
        • What’s it all about? The Bard’s most murderous, malicious and mesmerizing king is being presented indoors for the first time by the nation’s second-oldest Shakespeare festival. Richard, Edward IV’s deformed and embittered younger brother, will do anything to take the crown for himself — but once he has the throne, everything falls apart. Four centuries later, the masterful conclusion of Shakespeare’s Henriad history cycle still speaks volumes about lies, honor and the dark side of ambition. READ MORE
        • Directed by: Wendy Franz
        • Keep an eye on: Rodney Lizcano in the title role. He’s a graduate of the Denver Center’s National Theatre Conservatory and just appeared in the DCPA Theatre Company’s world premiere of American Mariachi. He’s best-known in Boulder for his broad comedic Shakespeare roles but now he's getting his first chance to slink into a major, villainous lead.

        June 8-Aug. 12: Love's Labour's Lost (outdoors)
        June 22-Aug. 11: Richard III (Indoor stage)
        July 6-Aug. 11: Cyrano de Bergerac (outdoors)
        July 20-Aug. 12: You Can't Take It With You (indoors)
        Aug. 5: Edward III (indoors)
        At the Mary Rippon Amphitheatre and University Mainstage, CU-Boulder campus, 303-492-0554 or coloradoshakes.org

        CREEDE REPERTORY THEATRE

        • Emily_van_FleetFeatured play: 9 to 5
        • What’s it all about? This enduring fan favorite is a musical stage adaptation of the hit comedy film about workplace revenge back in the Rolodex era. When three unlikely women conspire to take control of their company, they learn there's nothing they can't do — even in a man's world.
        • Directed by: Amanda Berg Wilson
        • Keep an eye on: Emily Van Fleet as Doralee — Dolly Parton’s film part. Van Fleet is a 2017 True West Award winner who has been on the roll (of roles) of a lifetime following the DCPA’s The Wild Party at the Stanley Marketplace and most recently in the two (!) female leading roles in the Arvada Center’s Sunday in the Park with George. Long before she stormed Denver, she was a favorite in Creede, located 250 miles south of Denver in the San Juan Mountains.

        Through Aug. 9: Barefoot in the Park
        June 8-Aug. 26: The Wizard of Oz
        June 23-Sept. 8: Boomtown (improv comedy)
        June 29-Aug. 25: 9 to 5
        July 12-14: The KID Show (for children)
        July 27-Sept. 15: Miss Holmes
        Aug. 17-Sept. 14: Guadalupe in the Guest Room
        At 124 Main St., Creede, 81130, 719-658-2540 or creederep.org

        LITTLE THEATRE OF THE ROCKIES, GREELEY

        • Xanadu Ryahn Evers Featured play: Xanadu
        • What’s it all about? Based on the 1980 film starring Olivia Newton-John, this frothy 2007 Broadway adaptation about an artist and his encounter with muses is not your mamma's Xanadu. It pays homage to the original story and music, but with welcome reworking of the source film's evident problems. We're talking roller skates, short shorts and mythological mayhem. It's kind of like The Wedding Singer on roller skates.
        • Directed by: Shelly Gaza
        • Keep an eye on: Ryahn Evers as Kira. She’s a student of musical theatre at the University of Northern Colorado, also home of Colorado’s oldest theatre company. If she looks to you like she could be a princess, you are not alone. She's even paid to be one — as an actor for Wands and Wishes Occasions, a highly sucessful company that provides quality fairy-tale characters for children’s parties. “She is really dynamite,” says her director.

        June 7-July 20: Xanadu
        June 14-21: Lobby Hero
        June 21-July 19: Angel Street
        June 28-July 1: I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti
        On the University of Northern Colorado campus, 970-351-4849 or littletheatrerockies.com

        LAKE DILLON THEATRE COMPANY

        • Jefrey RoarkFeatured play: The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey
        • What’s it all about? Flamboyant, optimistic 14-year-old Leonard Pelkey goes missing in a small Jersey town. As detective Chuck DeSantis investigates the clues left behind, James Lecesne’s one-actor play asks us how to live, who to love, and what gets left behind when one person is lost. The affecting and entertaining play is a testament to the beauty of a world where difference is celebrated rather than denigrated. Recommended for adults and students 14 and older.
        • Directed by: Christy Montour-Larson
        • Keep an eye on: Jeffrey Roark. He’s a graduate of the Denver Center’s National Theatre Conservatory who most recently appeared in the DCPA Theatre’s A Christmas Carol as Jacob Marley. Other credits have included Sweeney Todd, All the Way and To Kill a Mockingbird

        June 18-June 17: The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey
        June 15-July 15: Rock of Age
        July 13-29: Topdog/Underdog
        Aug. 3-Sept 2: The Underpants
        Aug. 17-Sept. 2: Mr. Joy
        At the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center, 460 Blue River Pkwy, Silverthorne, 970-513-9386 or lakedillontheatre.org

        ROCKY MOUNTAIN REPERTORY THEATRE, GRAND LAKE

        • Russell Mernaugh 200Featured play: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
        • What’s it all about? This was the most-nominated musical of the 2014 Broadway season, and Rocky Mountain rep is the first Colorado company to stage its own version of it. When the low-born Monty Navarro finds out he’s eighth in line for an earldom in the lofty D’Ysquith family, he sets down a ghoulish path to speed up the process. Can he knock off his unsuspecting relatives without being caught and become the second Earl of Highhurst? And what's love got to do with it?
        • Directed by: Michael Querio
        • Keep an eye on: Russell Mernagh made a name for himself in several Denver-area musicals, including Damn Yankees at the Town Hall Arts Center, before heading to Chicago (Goodman and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre) and then New York. But he’s continued to be a regular member of Grand Lake’s popular summer rep company, having played Chad in All Shook Up and Enjolras in Les Miserables, among others.  Now he's playing Monty Navarro, a man who is writing his memoirs on the eve of his possible (madcap) execution. Special shout-out, too, to Josh Kellman, who is playing all nine members of the D’Ysquith family in what Querio promises "will be a tour-de-force comedic performance." This is Kellman's seventh season with Rocky Mountain Rep. (Here's our expanded story from last year's 50th anniversary season.)

        June 8-Aug. 24: Annie
        June 15-Aug. 23: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
        June 29-Aug. 25: The Full Monty
        Aug. 31-Sept. 29: Pump Boys and Dinettes
        At 800 Grand Ave, Grand Lake, 970-627-3421 or rockymountainrep.com

        SOUTHERN COLORADO REPERTORY THEATRE

        • Jacquie Jo Billings EvitaFeatured play: Evita
        • What’s it all about? This Evita will take a new approach to the story of Argentina's rags-to-riches first lady, setting Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved musical inside a tango bar in the heart of Buenos Aires on the night of Eva Peron’s death. Driven by ambition and blessed with charisma, Eva was destined to leave a lasting and unique 20th century political legacy. This season marks the debut of young Eli Carpenter (who assisted with the directing of many DCPA Theatre Company shows) as Artistic Director.
        • Directed by: Jimmy Bruenger
        • Keep an eye on: Jacquie Jo Billings as Evita. The 2014 True West Award winner for The Fantasticks at Miners Alley Playhouse is joining her sister, Jamie Billings (director of God of Garnage), at Trinidad’s venerable summer theatre. Jacquie Jo was nominated for a Henry Award for playing Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors at Miners Alley, and later played the troubled daughter in Town Hall’s Next to Normal. The Billings sisters will perform together in Fly By Night. (Photos by Cody Schuyler.)

        June 15-Aug. 19: Fly by Night
        July 8-Aug. 17: Evita
        July 20-Aug. 18: God of Carnage
        At the Famous Performing Arts Center, 131 W Main St., Trinidad, 719-846-4765 or scrtheatre.com

        THEATRE ASPEN

        • Kimberly Doreen Burns Featured play: Ragtime
        • What’s it all about? One of the greatest American musicals of all time follows a Harlem musician, a WASP matriarch and a Jewish immigrant father in 1904 New York, while weaving in historic figures such as Harry Houdini, Booker T. Washington and Henry Ford. Based on E.L. Doctorow's novel, Ragtime is a sweeping and volatile tale of love in an intolerant time. It reminds us that everyone’s voice is vital in defining our American experience. Recommended for ages 10 and up.
        • Directed by: Mark Martino
        • Keep an eye on: Kimberly Doreen Burns, who will play Mother. Theatre Aspen always brings a stunning roster of New York-trained actors for the summer, and this year is no exception. Burns has taken on everything from Dot/Marie (Sunday in the Park with George) to Guenevere (Camelot) to Sarah Brown (Guys and Dolls) to Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady) to Nellie Forbush (South Pacific).  In Aspen, She also will play Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town under the direction of Hunter Foster, star of Broadway's Urinetown.

        June 27-July 3: Ragtime
        July 14-Aug. 8: Godspell
        July 20-28: Our Town
        At The Hurst Theatre, 470 Rio Grande Place, 844-706-7387 or theatreaspen.org

        THINGAMAJIG THEATRE COMPANY, PAGOSA SPRINGS

        • Hannah Zilber Little ShopFeatured play: Little Shop of Horrors
        • What’s it all about? Classic, campy rock musical about a down-and-out skid-row floral assistant named Seymour who becomes an overnight sensation after he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh human blood. Soon "Audrey II" grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers Seymour fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite. Thingamajig has rented its puppets for this show from Denver puppet master Cory Gilstrap, “and they are magnificent,” Artistic Director Tim Moore says. “The licensor strongly encourages you to rent theirs, but we really wanted to support local artists — and Cory’s stuff is awesome.”
        • Directed by: Ali Whitman
        • Keep an eye on: Hannah Zilber as Audrey. The Chesapeake (Va.) native is, in Moore’s words,  “a true pin-up girl born in the wrong era — and as sweet as Southern performers have a reputation for being. We went to Graceland together and people stopped her for pictures the whole tour.”

        June 15-Aug. 31: Legally Blonde The Musical
        June 22-Aug. 29: West Side Story
        July 6-Aug. 30: Thoroughly Modern Millie
        July 7-Aug. 25: Pinkalicious the Musical
        July 13-Aug. 29: Little Shop of Horrors
        At the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, 2313 Eagle Drive, 81147, 970-731-7469 or pagosacenter.org

        John Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the U.S by American Theatre Magazine in 2011. He has since taken a groundbreaking position as the Denver Center’s Senior Arts Journalist.


        More (non-rep) statewide summer theatre options:

        Equus Bas Bleu Photo William CottonBAS BLEU THEATRE, FORT COLLINS
        Through July 1: Equus
        401 Pine St., 970-498-8949 or basbleu.org

        COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER AT COLORADO COLLEGE
        Through June 17: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
        June 29-July 21: Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind
        Aug. 30-Sept. 2: Pie
        30 W. Dale St., 719-634-5581 or csfineartscenter.org

        FUNKY LITTLE THEATER COMPANY, COLORADO SPRINGS
        June 15-30: Always a Bridesmaid
        July 13-Aug. 4: Third annual Spectrum LGBTQIA Festival
        367 Pecan St., 719-425-9509 or funkylittletheater.org

        IRON SPRINGS CHATEAU, MANITOU SPRINGS
        Through Aug. 11: A Precious Bit of the West...or...She Was Simply a Delight!
        June 15-Oct. 13: Disturbance at the Delta, Or...Here Fishy, Fishy, Fishy
        444 Ruxton Ave., 719-685-5104 or ironspringschateau.com

        JESTERS DINNER THEATRE, LONGMONT
        Through July 8: Annie
        July 13-Sept. 30: The Producers
        224 Main St., 303-682-9980 or jesterstheatre.com

        MILLIBO ART THEATRE, COLORADO SPRINGS
        June 16-July 29: Summer Sundae-Fundays! (Theatre and ice cream)
        1626 S. Tejon St., 719-465-6321, www.themat.org 

        MIDTOWN ARTS CENTER, FORT COLLINS
        June 1-Aug. 25: Grease
        3750 S. Mason St, (970) 225-2555 or midtownartscenter.com 

        OPENSTAGE & COMPANY, FORT COLLINS
        Through June 30: The Comedy of Errors
        The Park at Columbine Health Systems, 947 Worthington Circle, 970-484-5237 or www.openstagetheatre.org 

        SPRINGS ENSEMBLE THEATRE, COLORADO SPRINGS
        July 19-Aug. 5: Tigers Be Still 
        1903 E. Cache La Poudre St., 719-357-3080 or springsensembletheatre.org

        THEATREWORKS, COLORADO SPRINGS
        July 26-Aug. 26: Macbeth
        Aug. 2-25: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
        At Rock Ledge Ranch, 719-255-3232 or theatreworkscs.org

        THUNDER RIVER THEATRE COMPANY, CARBONDALE
        June 14-30: Bat Boy: The Musical
        At 67 Promenade, Carbondale, 970-963-8200 or thunderrivertheatre.com


        Summer theatre options in the Denver metro area:

        ADAMS MYSTERY PLAYHOUSE
        Through Aug. 25: Murder at the Tiki Bar
        2406 Federal Blvd., Denver, 80211, 303-455-1848 or adamsmysteryplayhouse.com

        AND TOTO TOO
        44th and Tennyson streets, 720-583-3975 or andtototoo.org
        June 15: The Play Crawl on Tennyson Street

        BDT STAGE, BOULDER
        Through Sept. 8: The Little Mermaid
        5501 Arapahoe Ave., 303-449-6000 or bdtstage.com

        BENCHMARK THEATRE, LAKEWOOD
        June 22-July 21: The Arsonists
        1560 Teller St., benchmarktheatre.com

        THE BiTSY STAGE
        Through June 17: A Hymn to the Goddess: An Egyptian Tale
        1137 S. Huron St., 720-328-5294 www.bitsystage.com

        THE CATAMOUNTS, BOULDER
        Through June 17: "Rausch," an outdoor adventure
        Starts at Wild Woods Brewery, 5460 Conestoga Ct., 303-440-7826 or thecatamounts.org

        COAL CREEK THEATRE OF LOUISVILLE
        Aug. 23-25: An Evening of Colorado Grown One Acts
        Louisville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant Ave., cctlouisville.org

        CURIOUS THEATRE 
        Through June 16: Your Best One
        June 25: Denver Stories, featuring Steve Farber
        June 14-July 1: Ars Nova’s Underground Railroad Game
        1080 Acoma St., 303-623-0524 or curioustheatre.org  

        HUMAN ERROR. Photo by Adams VisCom.DCPA THEATRE COMPANY
        Through June 24: Human Error, Garner Galleria Theatre READ MORE (Photo at right of Marissa McGowan and Kimberly Gilbert by AdamsVisCom.)

        Aug. 24-Sept. 30: Vietgone, Ricketson Theatre READ MORE
        Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

        DCPA BROADWAY
        Through June 10: School of Rock, Buell Theatre READ MORE
        June 13-July 7: The Book of Mormon, The Ellie Caulkins Opera House
        July 12-Aug. 5: Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man, Garner Galleria Theatre
        July 25-Aug 5: Les Misérables, Buell Theatre
        Aug. 8-19: On Your Feet!, Buell Theatre
        Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

        DCPA OFF-CENTER
        Through July 1: Remote Denver, Starts at Lincoln Park, 13th Avenue and Mariposa Street WATCH THE VIDEO
        July 11-Aug. 22: Mixed Taste: Tag team lectures (Wednesdays), at Seawell Ballroom, 14th and Curtis streets
        303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

        DENVER CHILDREN'S THEATRE
        June 25-29: West Side Story (performers grades 6-12)
        Elaine Wolf Theatre at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., 303-316-6360 www.maccjcc.org

        EQUINOX THEATRE COMPANY
        Through June 16: Little Shop of Horrors
        At the Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., 720-984-0781 or equinoxtheatredenver.com 

        EVERGREEN PLAYERS
        July 13-Aug. 5: 9 to 5
        Aug. 24-25: Epic Summer (improv comedy)
        At Center/Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, 303-674-4934 or evergreenplayers.org

        FIREHOUSE THEATER COMPANY
        Through June 9: Superior Donuts
        John Hand Theatre, 7653 E. 1st Place, 303-562-3232 or firehousetheatercompany.com  

        INSPIRE CREATIVE
        July 20-Aug. 5: Sister Act
        At the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker, 303-805-6800 or Inspirecreative.org

        LONGMONT THEATRE COMPANY
        513 Main St., Longmont, 303-772-5200 or longmonttheatre.org
        July 21-Aug. 13: The Tempest

        LOWRY’S SPOTLIGHT THEATRE
        June 23-July 22: The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged
        John Hand Theatre, 7653 E. First Place, 720-880-8727 or thisisspotlight.com

        Seam Michael Cummings in District Merchants at Miners Alley Playhouse. Sarah Roshan Photography.MINERS ALLEY PLAYHOUSE
        1224 Washington St., Golden, 303-935-3044 or minersalley.com
        Through June 24: District Merchants READ MORE (Photo by Sarah Roshan)
        July 13-Aug. 19: Lend Me a Tenor

        PHAMALY THEATRE COMPANY
        July 12-Aug. 5: Into The Woods, at The Space Theatre
        Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-575-0005 or 303-893-4100; denvercenter.org or phamaly.org 

        THE SOURCE THEATRE COMPANY
        Through June 9: The Life & Times of Ol' Alfred
        At the Su Teatro Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive, 720-238-1323 or thesourcedenver.org

        STAGEDOOR THEATRE, CONIFER
        27357 Conifer Road, 303-886-2819, 800-838-3006 or stagedoortheatre.org
        July 13-29: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

        SU TEATRO
        June 14-July 1: Anthem to Aztlan
        721 Santa Fe Drive, 303-296-0219 or suteatro.org 

        THEATRE COMPANY OF LAFAYETTE
        July TBA: A Midsummer Night’s Scream: A new-play festival inspired by the Edvard Munch painting
        Mary Miller Theater, 300 E. Simpson, 720-209-2154 or tclstage.org 

        TOWN HALL ARTS CENTER, LITTLETON
        Through June 18: Ain’t Misbehavin’
        2450 W. Main St., 303-794-2787 or townhallsrtscenter.com 

        VINTAGE THEATRE, AURORA
        Through July 8: Agnes of God
        June 22-Aug. 5: The Bridges of Madison County
        Aug. 3-Sept. 9: The Sunshine Boys
        1468 Dayton St., 303-839-1361 or vintagetheatre.com

        More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

      • 'Book of Mormon' lottery details announced for Denver

        by John Moore | May 31, 2018
        Monica L. Patton, Kevin Clay and Conner Peirson 'The Book of Mormon.' Photo by Julieta Cervantes.

        From left: Monica L. Patton, Kevin Clay and Conner Peirson from 'The Book of Mormon,' returning to Denver starting June 13. Photo by Julieta Cervantes. 


        Producers announces that a limited number of $25 tickets will be made available before every Denver performance

        The Book of Mormon, which played sold-out runs in Denver starting with the national-tour launch in 2012 and return engagements in 2013 and 2015, has announced it will conduct a pre-show lottery for the next limited engagement in Denver from June 13-July 7 at The Ellie. The lottery will make a limited number of tickets available at $25 apiece.

        Kevin Clay 'The Book of Mormon.' Photo by Julieta Cervantes.The wildly popular lottery for the Broadway production has attracted as many as 800 entries at some performances. The producers of The Book of Mormon also offer low-priced lottery seats for every city on the national tour.  

        Entries will be accepted at The Ellie beginning 2 1/2 hours prior to each performance. Each person will print their name and the number of tickets (1 or 2) they wish to purchase on a card that will be provided. Two hours before curtain, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets priced at $25 each. Only one entry is allowed per person. Cards are checked for duplication prior to drawing. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Tickets are subject to availability.

        (Pictured at right: Kevin Clay from 'The Book of Mormon.' Photo by Julieta Cervantes.)

        The Book of Mormon features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated TV series South Park. Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy Avenue Q.  The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker. 

        Tickets start at $35 and are onsale now at denvercenter.org. Please be advised that the Denver Center for the Performing Arts – denvercenter.org – is the ONLY authorized ticket provider for The Book of Mormon in Denver. Ticket buyers who purchase tickets from a ticket broker or any third party run the risk of overpaying, purchasing illegitimate tickets and should be aware that the DCPA is unable to reprint or replace lost or stolen tickets and is unable to contact patrons with information regarding time changes or other pertinent updates regarding the performance. Patrons found in violation of the DCPA Ticket Purchase and Sale Terms and Policies  may have all of their tickets canceled.

        The Book of Mormon is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album; four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical, and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.

        The Book of Mormon features set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan. Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus. Music direction and vocal arrangements are by Stephen Oremus.  

        The Original Broadway Cast Recording for The Book of Mormon, winner of the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, is available on Ghostlight Records.

        Photo gallery: The Book of Mormon

        The Book of MormonProduction photos for the national touring production of 'The Book of Mormon' To see more, click on the image above to be taken to the full photo gallery. Photos by Julieta Cervantes.


        The Book of Mormon
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        Ticket informationBook of Mormon
        Back by popular demand, The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical returns to Denver. This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word.

        • National touring production
        • Performances June 13-July 7
        • Ellie Caulkins Opera House
        • Tickets start at $25
        • Call 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE
        • Sales to groups of 10 or more click here

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        More information:
        • Visit the official The Book of Mormon website at BookofMormonTheMusical.com
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      • If only you would listen ... to this 'School of Rock' acoustic song in Denver

        by John Moore | May 31, 2018

        The young actors of School of Rock performed an acoustic rendition of “If Only You Would Listen” this morning (May 30) at the Buell Theatre, offering this exclusive inside look at musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band. The young actors sing and play their instruments live on stage at every performance. Video by David Lenk for the DCPA NewsCenter.


        Photos from the event:

        'School of Rock' in Denver

        Photos from Wednesday's acoustic song. To see more, click on the image above to be taken to more photos. Photos by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.


        School of Rock: Ticket information
        school-of-rockBased on the hit film, this new musical comedy follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane score features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage.

        • National touring production
        • Sponsored in Denver by Hard Rock Cafe
        • Performances through June 10
        • Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex
        • Call 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE


        Previous NewsCenter coverage of School of Rock:
        School of Rock is true to Andrew Lloyd Webber's rocking roots

      • 'Human Error' playwright on comedy as a way of confronting our problems

        by John Moore | May 29, 2018
        Making of 'Human Error'

        Photos from opening night of 'Human Error' in Denver. Above, from left: Larry Bates, Joe Coots, Marissa McGowan, Kimberly Gilbert and Wayne Kennedy. To see more, click on the image above to be taken to our full gallery of photos. Photos by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter. 

        (Note: Perspectives is a series of free public panel discussions held just before the first preview performance of each DCPA Theatre Company offering. Next up: Vietgone: 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, in the Jones Theatre.)

        Five things we learned at Perspectives: Right now is a pretty good time for all of us to sit back and have a laugh together

        By John Moore
        Senor Arts Journalist

        It’s not exactly breaking news that discourse in America is broken. But with ideological lines now drawn through the middle of American living rooms as definitively as borders, Human Error playwright Eric Pfeffinger and Director Shelley Butler think now might be a pretty good time for all of us to have a laugh together.

        Human Error Shelley Butler Eric Pfeffinger“I think we have to be realistic about the challenges we are facing as a nation, and we can't minimize the gravity of them, but there is something to be said for approaching the world with a sense of humanity and even optimism in terms of our capacity to deal with those problems,” Pfeffinger said before the first preview performance of his world-premiere play, now in performance at the Garner-Galleria Theatre through June 24.

        Human Error is Pfeffinger's comedy about two very different couples: One NPR-listening, latte-sipping, blue-state liberals; the other NRA-cardholding, truck-driving, red-state conservatives. After an unfortunate mix-up by their blundering fertility doctor, the conservative wife is impregnated with the liberal wife’s fertilized embryo. Which sounds like an emotionally wrenching indie film that might inspire Oscar-worthy performances from the likes of, say, dramatic actors Tilda Swinton and Amy Adams.

        Yeah, not so much.

        “Most people would say: 'Oh, what a terrible tragedy for everybody involved.' And my reaction was: 'That could be a funny comedy,' Pfeffinger told audience members who gathered before the first preview performance of Human Error. “That's a strategy that I employ a lot as a writer: I take this thing that is not at all comedic for anybody involved and try to make it funny.”

        But something not so funny happened as Pfeffinger continued to develop his script after it was featured at the Denver Center’s 2017 Colorado New Play Summit and then chosen for full production to close out the 2017-18 season. “I thought I was writing a fun comedy about reproductive technology — because who doesn’t love those?" he said. "But as I started getting into the world of the play, I realized it was increasingly about these two couples and the echo chambers they have chosen to isolate themselves within. Now that they are forced to spend nine months together working this thing out, they can no longer demonize and caricature these other people who don't think like they do. Because they learn to actually like each other in some fun and enlightening and surprising ways.

        “I went into the writing of this play thinking it was going to be a dark illustration of how impossible it is for us to understand one another — and how we are doomed as a people. But it turns out my play had a more human outlook on America than I do.”

        Here are five more things we learned at Perspectives:

        NUMBER 1

        Foot in mouth. Butler says Pfeffinger’s comedy-writing style is akin to situational comedy. Pfeffinger even provides a wink to the sit-com form by having his liberal dad-to-be — a black man named Keenan — work at a think-tank on the study of comedy, where he recently presented the topic: “Tumbling Over the Populist Footstool: Anti-Intellectualism in The Dick Van Dyke Show.” The kids may not know why that is so funny. But one of the most beloved opening sequences in TV history had Van Dyke (as Rob Petrie) come home from work and sometimes trip over his ottoman — and sometimes not. For six years, Americans never knew (and reportedly heavily bet on) whether Van Dyke would trip from week to week. The bit was dreamed up as a tribute to silent clowns from days of yore. Here’s the whole story.

        NUMBER 2

        Wet blanket. OK, a quick reality check: In-vitro fertilization is a $3 billion industry in the U.S., responsible for more than 1 million babies. And mistaken embryo implantation is a real thing, too. There is no concrete data on its incidence, but here’s one couple’s particularly harrowing account. More often than not, these cases tend to go under the radar. Failure can be especially devastating, as a single round of IVF can cost a couple up to $20,000.

        NUMBER 3

        The Doctor is off. After reading the above item above, you can imagine that the fertility doctor in Pfeffinger’s play must be a bumbling, mumbling idiot to make that kind of mistake. And he is, thanks in large part to the comedic stylings of BDT Stage veteran Wayne Kennedy. “It's possibly not the most flattering portrayal of a doctor in the American theatre,” Pfeffinger said. “I don't know that the play is going to be endorsed by the American Medical Association. But Wayne Kennedy does a fantastic job of creating this guy who's usually really good at this one very narrow, technologically specific branch of medicine — and then this thing goes wrong and suddenly he has to be good at working with people. ... And he's not good at working with people.” 

        Read more: Our complete interview with the playwright

        NUMBER 4

        The space case. Human Error is the first DCPA Theatre Company season offering ever presented in the Garner Galleria Theatre, more commonly home to ensemble musicals such as The Taffetas and First Date. And Butler says the space has presented several logistical challenges. Galleria shows typically offer wait service throughout the show, but that is not the case for Human Error because, well: A play is going on. “We're really happy for people to buy drinks in the bar and bring them with them into the theatre,” Butler said, “but this isn't a cabaret show.” The Galleria is also an intimate space but it does seat 200 in narrow rows that go back a long way. Careful not to lose any of the subtlety of the comedy, Butler has chosen to mic her actors in an inconspicuous way. “You may not even notice they are there, but the mics allow the actors to play the comedy the way the comedy wants to be played — and still reach the back of the house,” she said. "Eric has so many great throwaway lines (spoken as an aside, often no more loudly than a whisper), and with mics the actors don’t have to change their delivery in order for those lines to be heard.”

        NUMBER 5 Working for a living. As playwrights go, Pfeffinger is a big deal, having had his works performed at the Humana Festival in Louisville, Ky., the Geva Theatre Center in New York, the Denver Center and more. He’s also a librarian at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library in Ohio — and didn’t get to attend Friday’s official opening performance because he had to work his shift. “Yes, playwriting is very lucrative,” Pfeffinger said with a laugh. “The day job is just for fun.” Actually, even successful playwrights juggle writing with all sorts of outside jobs to pay the bills. “Even Tony Kushner will say, 'If I'm weren't writing these screenplays, you wouldn't be getting these plays,’” Pfeffinger said. “That definitely influences the rhythm of my work. And when I have a great opportunity like this one in Denver, I have to take vacation time to do it. But I love working at the library. It keeps me in constant contact with a huge range of people — including the kinds of people who are in this play. I think working at the library informs my work as a playwright in an invaluable way.” But still, Butler added: “Every time Eric has to go back to the library, we get depressed.”

        John Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the U.S. by American Theatre Magazine in 2011. He has since taken a groundbreaking position as the Denver Center’s Senior Arts Journalist.

        Chris Coleman Human Error. Photo by John Moore
        Chris Coleman delivers his first opening-night curtain speech as the new Artistic Director of the DCPA Theatre Company, at 'Human Error.' Photo by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.

        Human Error: Cast list

        Human Error: Creatives

        • Directed by Shelley Butler
        • Scenic Design by Lisa M. Orzolek
        • Costume Design by Sara Ryung Clement
        • Lighting Design by Charles R. MacLeod
        • Sound Design by Jason Ducat
        • Dramaturgy by Sarah Lunnie
        • Stage management by Christopher C. Ewing
        • Assistant Stage Management by D. Lynn Reiland
        • Casting by Elissa Myers Casting
        Video: Our interview with Eric Pfeffinger at the Colorado New Play Summit: 

        Video by David Lenk and John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.


        Human Error: Ticket information

        HumanError_show_thumbnail_160x160After an unfortunate mix-up by their blundering fertility doctor, Heather is mistakenly impregnated with the wrong child. Now two very different couples face sharing an uproarious nine-month odyssey of culture shock, clashing values, changing attitudes and unlikely – but heartfelt – friendships.
        • Presented by DCPA Theatre Company
        • Performances through June 24
        • Garner Galleria Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex
        • Call 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE

        Previous NewsCenter coverage of Human Error:
        Human Error:
        In comedy, your pain is our punchline
        Playwright on using comedy as a way of confronting our problems
        Five fun things we learned at first rehearsal
        Eric Pfeffinger on the fertile comedy of a divided America

        More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

      • To bee or to beetle? For Tristan C. Regini, that is the question

        by John Moore | May 25, 2018
        Tristan C. Regini Tommy. Photo by Bamboo Booth
        Tristan C. Regini, center, on opening night of 'The Who's Tommy' with castmates, from left, Radley Wright, Olivia Sullivent, Samuel Bird and Owen Zitek. Photo by Bamboo Booth.

        Sixth grader in The Who's Tommy has raised $13,000 to thank cancer doctors at Children’s Hospital Colorado for saving friend

        Tristan C Regini QUOTEMEET TRISTAN C. REGINI
        Young Tristan C. Regini, known to Denver Center audiences as Boy Ebenezer in the Theatre Company's most recent A Christmas Carol, is now playing the Youth understudy in The Who’s Tommy. Elsewhere, Tristan performed at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London with West End Stage, and in Billy Elliot (as Small Boy) at the Vintage Theatre.  

        • Hometown: Denver
        • School: Sixth-grade majoring in Theatre at Denver School of the Arts
        • Twitter-sized bio: Likes to have fun and make new friends any opportunity he can. Entrepreneur who earns money through odd jobs such as shoveling snow and gardening work. Has a passion for live theatre and entertaining people. Desire to be on stage is infinite.
        • Website? tristansworkshop.com
        • What would you be doing if you were not an actor? I would be a chef, because I like to cook.
        • Bucket-list role: Alexander Hamilton or King George in Hamilton
        • One time you saw greatness play out in front of you: Hamilton was a great show, and it makes me want to do lots more theatre. Every song inspired me.
        • One role where you were completely miscast: I played a Boll weevil beetle in Bugs. ... I’m more of a Yellow Jacket!
        • One thing we might not  know about you: I’ve raised more than $13,000 for Children’s Hospital Colorado. I’m still raising money to help thank the doctors for saving my friend's life from brain cancer. ... Also, I wrote and edited a kids newspaper last summer called “The Wash Park Kid Times.” You can check out these things on my website.

        • What's playing on your Spotify? Imagine Dragons
        • One thing we should be doing to foster the next generation of theatregoers? Have shows where kids can come up on stage if they are chosen, and want to.
        • Tristan C Regini Sam Gregory A Christmas Carol Photo by Adams VisComWhat is The Who's Tommy about? It's a musical by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff based on The Who's classic 1969 rock opera. Tommy retreats from the world after a traumatic incident, but a newfound talent for pinball introduces him to fame and fortune.
        • Why does The Who's Tommy matter? Because it tells people that even if you have disabilities, you can thrive in life.
        • What do you hope audiences get out of seeing The Who's Tommy? To appreciate life and everything in it.
        • What do you want to get off your chest? I wish I had political power, because there are horrible things happening in the world, and I wish I could stop them.

        (Pictured above and right: Tristan C Regini as Young Ebenezer with Sam Gregory in 2017's 'A Christmas Carol.' Photo by Adams VisCom.)

        More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter


        The Who's Tommy:
        Ticket information

        Tommy_show_thumbnail_160x160Based on The Who’s iconic 1969 rock concept album, Tommy is an exhilarating musical about the challenges of self-discovery and the resilience of the human spirit. When young Tommy retreats into a world of darkness and silence after a deeply traumatic incident, he must navigate a harsh and unforgiving world with no hope of recovery. But when he discovers a newfound talent for pinball, he’s swept up in the fame and fortune of his success. Tommy and his family give new voice to The Who’s classic stadium rock as they navigate the troubles and joys of being alive.
        • Presented by DCPA Theatre Company
        • Performances through May 27
        • Jones Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex
        • Call 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE
        Previous NewsCenter coverage of The Who's Tommy:
        Photo gallery: The making of The Who's Tommy at the Denver Center:

        The making of 'The Who's Tommy'
        The photos above are from the making of the DCPA Theatre Company's new production of The Who's Tommy, spanning the first day of rehearsal on March 13 to the Opening Night performance on April 27. To see more, click on the image above to be taken to our full gallery of photos.

        • 2018 Bobby G Awards: DSA reaches the heights with 'In the Heights'

          by John Moore | May 24, 2018
          2018 Bobby G Awards

          Full photo gallery from the sixth annual Bobby G Awards, which celebrate achievement in Colorado high-school theatre. To see more, click on the photo above. All photos may be downloaded and redistributed with permission from the DCPA with proper photo credit. Photos by Emily Lozow and John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.

          Awards celebrating achievements in Colorado high-school musical theatre are spread over a record 13 schools

          By John Moore
          Senior Arts Journalist

          Students from high schools all over the state of Colorado found themselves at the Buell Theatre on Thursday night for the Denver Center’s sixth annual Bobby G Awards — and now, Bobby G Awards are going to be found at high schools all around Colorado. In all, a record 13 schools won at least one award, spreading the love from Greeley to Parker to all sorts of towns named Springs: Glenwood Springs, Steamboat Springs and Colorado Springs.

          Bobby G Awards Abby 300And speaking of being found, the sixth annual party celebrating achievements in Colorado high-school musical theatre began like no other when two students from all 43 participating schools joined together to perform the stirring anthem “You Will Be Found” from six-time 2017 Tony Award® and 2018 Grammy®-Winning Best Musical Dear Evan Hansen, which will be launching its first North American tour at the Denver Center in September.

          Denver School of the Arts and Castle View High School in Castle Rock led all schools with three awards each. DSA earned its first-ever Outstanding Musical Award, for In the Heights. DSA is comprehensive secondary arts magnet school for grades 6-12 in the Denver Public Schools district. Much like college, DSA students graduate with majors in intensive arts programs ranging from Theatre to Stagecraft to Creative Writing. In the Heights was directed by the team of Brandon Becker and Mara Osterburg, who also won the Bobby G Award for Outstanding Direction.

          Bobby G Awards Elisha Horne 800Becker said In the Heights was a rare opportunity for DSA to wholly embrace multicultural casting, and he encouraged other directors in the room to do the same. "Please continue to cast color-blind, because everyone deserves a chance to shine on the stage," Becker said in accepting his award.

          In six years of the Bobby Gs, there has yet to be a school to win Outstanding Musical twice.

          The Bobby G Awards are a culmination of a year-long program administered by the Denver Center that emphasizes camaraderie and shared experiences — but there is also much at stake. The students named Outstanding Actor and Actress go on to represent Colorado at The Jimmy® Awards/The National High School Musical Theatre Awards™ (NHSMTA) on June 25 at the Minskoff Theatre in New York City.

          (Story continues after the photo below.)

          IN THE HEIGHTS Bobby G Awards. Photo by John MooreThe cast of Denver School of the Arts' 'In the Heights,' which was named Outstanding Musical at the Bobby G Awards. Photo by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.

          Elisha Horne of Vista PEAK Preparatory in Aurora (pictured above) was named Outstanding Actor for his performance as The Baker in Into the Woods. Abby Lehrer (pictured above), who wonthe Bobby G Award two years ago for Rising Star (outstanding underclassman), on Thursday was named Outstanding Actress for her work as Eponine in Castle View’s Les Misérables.  Horne and Lehrer will participate in a 10-day series of intensive classes and workshops with Broadway actors, directors and designers leading up to the national awards ceremony, which is presented by The Broadway League Foundation, and will be hosted this year by Broadway and TV star Laura Benanti.

          Bobby G Awards Outstanding Musicals: Through the years

          • 2013: Chaparral High School, Les Misérables
          • 2014: Cherry Creek High School, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
          • 2015: Durango High School, Les Misérables
          • 2016: Mountain View High School, Anything Goes
          • 2017: Valor Christian, Pippin
          • 2018: Denver School of the Arts, In the Heights

          Bobbuy G Awards In the Heights Nominees for the Bobby G Awards are determined by scoring from a team of professional adjudicators. Unlike other awards categories, the Outstanding Actor and Actress winners are determined by two equally scored criteria: First, the students are judged for their actual performances in their respective school musicals. The five students with the highest scores then go before a professional panel for a private, scored audition.

          (Pictured: Crowd celebration after Denver School of the Arts' 'In the Heights' was named Outstanding Musical. Photo by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.)

          More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

          An unusual twist Thursday: Vista PEAK senior Julianna Luce, who in February was celebrated at the Denver Center’s 2018 Colorado New Play Summit as one of the winners of DCPA Education’s statewide student playwriting contest, won a Bobby G Award for Outstanding Lighting. Which could not have been more perfect, given her winning play, Technical Difficulties, is a backstage comedy about a high-school theatre production that is saved from vengeful understudies by members of the tech crew. The play will be publicly staged by DCPA Education’s summer academy students next month.

          In her acceptance speech. Luce said the award was especially meaningful to her given the DCPA's commitment to encouraging creativity in young people in many ways. "As Willy Wonka said, 'We are the dreamers of the dreams,' " she said. More on Julianna Luce

          Video above: Students from all 43 participating schools join together to perform "You Will Be Found” from Dear Evan Hansen to open the ceremony. Photo by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.


          Students and educators were honored in the areas of performance, design, direction, choreography, technical production and overall production excellence. All participating schools received one personal master class session with a DCPA Education theatre teacher. Winners of the Outstanding Supporting Actor, Actress and Rising Star awards also earn a full year of free classes at the Denver Center. "Theatre is alive in Colorado," said Education Director Allison Watrous. “The DCPA is proud to be a part of your journey.”

          The Bobby G Awards were founded in 2013 by the late DCPA President Randy Weeks. They are named after late producer Robert Garner, who established Denver as a top destination for touring Broadway shows.

          In the six years of the Bobby G Awards nearly 24,000 students have participated in the program. More than 2,000 students have been involved in free workshops delivered by DCPA Education Teaching Artists. Since the Randy Weeks Memorial Fund was begun in 2015, four schools have received funding to help support their productions.


           

          While the Bobby G Awards culminate each year with an awards ceremony modeled after the Tony Awards, the year-long focus of the program is to both celebrate and educate. The participating schools receive detailed feedback on their musical productions from the adjudicators.

          Bobby G Awards Salingers The 10 nominated Outstanding Actors and Actresses are invited to the Denver Center two weeks before the awards to prepare a medley together in community and friendship, which they then perform at the ceremony on the Buell Theatre stage. The annual ritual is created anew each year by 2017 True West Award winner Claudia Carson.

          Each of the five nominated Outstanding Productions performed a musical number during the ceremony, each drawing thunderous appreciation from an enthusiastic Buell Theatre crowd estimated at more than 2,000.

          (Pictured: Previous Outstanding Actor winners — and brothers — Curtis and Evatt Salinger continue a Bobby G Awards red-carpet tradition. Photo by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.)

          The Master of ceremonies was again Greg Moody, longtime known as Colorado's Critic-At-Large for CBS-4. Acknowledging the ongoing tragedy of school shootings at American schools, Moody said, "The people who have been stepping up and making their voices heard and making their feelings known have been theatre students." 

          Liberty High School's Kyle Husted, who was named Outstanding Supporting Actor for his performance as Jean-Michel in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, summed up the evening succinctly in his acceptance speech when he said, "I love theatre. I hope you do, too."

          John Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the U.S by American Theatre Magazine in 2011. He has since taken a groundbreaking position as the Denver Center’s Senior Arts Journalist.

          THE 2018 BOBBY G AWARDS:

          Hair and Makeup 2018 Bobby G Awards

          Outstanding Achievement in Hair and Make-up Design

          Rhiatta Gleghorn, Brynn Ledermann, Kacey Lowe and Olivia VanHattam
          James and the Giant Peach
           
          Resurrection Christian School

          Other nominees:

          • Jana Datteri, Jacelyn Hays and Bryana Martinez, The Little Mermaid, Greeley West High School
          • Lauren Lewis and Ailani Paramo, Into the Woods, Legend High School
          • Amanda Moore & Katie Taylor, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Liberty High School,
          • Arianna Mahan-Higgins, Little Women, Montezuma-Cortez High School


          Costumes 2018 Bobby G Awards

          Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design

          Kim Christensen and Katie Gorsline
          The Little Mermaid
          Greeley West High School

          Other nominees:
          • Jane Archuleta and Carson Charles, Once on This Island, Brighton High School
          • Katelynn Brusco & Julie Snow, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Chaparral High School
          • Nikky Haabestad, Big Fish, Fossil Ridge High School
          • Ana Alonzo, Nicole Lucier & Joan Stewart, Into the Woods, Legend High School


          Lighting 2018 Bobby G Awards


          Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design

          Julianna Luce
          Into the Woods

          Vista PEAK Preparatory

          Other nominees:
          • Jane Archuleta and Julia Snyder, Once on This Island, Brighton High School
          • Riley Dixon, Bye Bye Birdie, Cherry Creek High School
          • Drew Meier and Thomas Woolner, Big Fish, Fossil Ridge High School
          • Justin Fiscus, Kawak Miranda, Andrew Stott and Alexander Tucker, Crazy for You, Glenwood Springs High School


          Scenic 2018 Bobby G Awards

          Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Design
          Brogan Croom, Rylee Carlson and Rob Scott
          Les Misérables
          Castle View High School

          Other nominees:

          • Steven Davis and Danny de Paz, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Chaparral High School
          • Alyea Caldwell, Iz Nyghe and Megan Tunnell, Bye Bye Birdie, Cherry Creek High School
          • Jackie Carreras, Jon Ducat, Amanda Penke, Thomas Ray and Red Schweitzer, Into the Woods, Legend High School
          • Josh Belk and Emily Hartlaub, Little Women, Palmer Ridge High School


          Choreography 2018 Bobby G Awards

          Outstanding Achievement in Choreography
          Sophie Carnoali and Cadie Harrison
          Crazy for You

          Glenwood Springs High School

          Other nominees:

          • Heather Westenskow, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Chaparral High School
          • Brandon Becker and Mara Osterburg, In the Heights, Denver School of the Arts
          • Andrew Cassel and Karen Cassel, Bring it On: The Musical, Fairview High School
          • Tammy Johnson and Rachel Miller, Crazy for You, Mountain View High School


          Musical Direction 2018 Bobby G Awards

          Outstanding Achievement in Musical Direction
          Jay McGuffin, Heath Walter and Rochelle Walter
          Les Misérables

          Castle View High School

          Other nominees:

          • Alan Davis, Once on This Island, Brighton High School
          • Gretta Hambrook, Dave Hammond, Ray Hootman and Robert Styron, In the Heights, Denver School of the Arts
          • Travis Keller, Zachary Strand and Janice Vlachos, Bring it On: The Musical, Fairview High School
          • Randal Hoepker and John Richard, Into the Woods, Vista PEAK Preparatory


          Chorus 2018 Bobby G Awards

          Outstanding Performance by a Chorus
          Once Upon a Mattress

          ThunderRidge High School

          Other nominees:

          • Once on This Island, Brighton High School
          • Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Chaparral High School
          • Bring it On: The Musical, Fairview High School
          • Fiddler on the Roof, Regis Jesuit High School


          Orchestra 2018 Bobby G Awards

          Outstanding Performance by an Orchestra

          Once on This Island

          Brighton High School

          Other nominees:

          • Side Show, Boulder High School
          • Annie, George Washington High School
          • Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Loveland High School
          • Into the Woods, Vista PEAK Preparatory


          Supporting Actress 2018 Bobby G Awards

          Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

          Vanesa Gomez
          Abuela Claudia
          In the Heights
          Denver School of the Arts

          Other nominees:

          • Gabi Meyer, Bridget, Bring it On: The Musical, Fairview High School
          • Megan Bean, Jenny Hill, Big Fish, Fossil Ridge High School
          • Rachel Miller, Tess, Crazy for You, Mountain View High School
          • Frankie Spiller, Aunt Eller, Oklahoma!, Palisade High School


          Supporting Actor 2018 Bobby G Awards

          Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
          Kyle Husted
          Jean-Michel
          Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
          Liberty High School

          Other nominees:

          • Ryker Chavez, Papa Ge, Once on This Island, Brighton High School
          • Ethan Leland, La Cienega, Bring it on: The Musical, Fairview High School
          • Eli Pettit, Bella Zangler, Crazy for You, Glenwood Springs High School
          • Matthew Sewell, Benny Southstreet, Guys and Dolls, Wheat Ridge High School


          Rising Star 2018 Bobby G Awards

          Other nominees:

          • Spencer Gordon, Drake, Annie, George Washington High School
          • Johnathan Webster, Wyatt, Crazy for You, Glenwood Springs High School
          • Abe Soto, Ticket Agent, Honeymoon in Vegas, Lakewood High School
          • DJ Bashford, Rudolph Reisenweber, Hello, Dolly!, Ralston Valley High School

          Lead Actress 2018 Bobby G Awards

          Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
          Abby Lehrer
          Eponine
          Les Misérables

          Castle View High School

          • Coco Justino, Camila Rosario, In the Heights, Denver School of the Arts
          • Daelyn Nace, Lady of the Lake, Spamalot, Fort Collins High School
          • Isabella McArdle, Ella, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Liberty High School
          • Dominique Smith-Lopez, Baker’s Wife, Into the Woods, Vista PEAK Preparatory


          Lead Actor 2018 Bobby G Awards

          Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
          Elisha Horne
          Baker
          Into the Woods

          Vista PEAK Preparatory

          Other nominees:

          • Anton Karabushin, Frederic, The Pirates of Penzance, Eaglecrest High School
          • Travis Turner, Edward Bloom, Big Fish, Fossil Ridge High School
          • Will Warner, Tommy Korman, Honeymoon in Vegas, Lakewood High School
          • Jeremiah Garcia, Emmett Forrest, Legally Blonde, Pomona High School


          Direction 2018 Bobby G Awards

          Outstanding Achievement in Direction
          Brandon Becker and Aleksandra Kay
          In The Heights

          Denver School of the Arts

          Other nominees:

          • Jane Archuleta, Gabby Doyle and Ayaka Hayashi, Once on This Island, Brighton High School
          • Michelle Leisy and Bennie Palko, Into the Woods, Legend High School
          • Katie Marshall, Crazy for You, Mountain View High School
          • Jesse Collett and Taylor Hulett, Legally Blonde, Pomona High School


          Overall Production

          Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical
          In The Heights
          Denver School of the Arts

          Other nominees:

          • Once on This Island, Brighton High School
          • Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Liberty High School
          • Crazy for You, Mountain View High School
          • Into the Woods, Vista PEAK Preparatory


          Valor Christian High School's production of 'Pippin.'




          More video and photos from Thursday's awards ceremony will be posted next week.

          2018 SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT WINNERS:
          • Special Achievement in Prop Management: Cody Charlton, Scott Kull and Rachel Ross; The Pirates of Penzance, Eaglecrest High School
          • Special Achievement in Sound Design: Jocelyn Baker and Kate Holeman; Into the Woods, Legend High School
          • Special Achievement in Projections: Addison Sandvik, Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Steamboat Springs High School
          Selected recent coverage of the Bobby G Awards:

          Video: A look back at the 2017 Bobby G Awards


          Video by DCPA Video Producer David Lenk. Interviews by Senior Arts Journalist John Moore. More video and photos to come.

          Our series of featured Outstanding Chorus nominees

          Meet our nominated Outstanding lead actors and actresses:

          More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

          Participating schools (with 2018 nominations in parentheses):
          • Arvada West High School
          • Boulder High School (1)
          • Brighton High School (8)
          • Broomfield High School
          • Castle View High School (3)
          • Chaparral High School (4)
          • Cherry Creek High School (2)
          • Doherty High School
          • Denver School of the Arts (6)
          • Durango High School
          • Eaglecrest High School (2)
          • Erie High School
          • Fairview High School (5)
          • Fort Collins High School (1)
          • Fossil Ridge High School (4)
          • George Washington High School (2)
          • Glenwood Springs High School (4)
          • Greeley West High School (2)
          • Heritage High School
          • Lakewood High School (2)
          • Legend High School (5)
          • Lewis-Palmer High School
          • Liberty High School (4)
          • Loveland High School (1)
          • Lutheran High School
          • Monarch High School
          • Montezuma-Cortez High School (1)
          • Mountain View High School (5)
          • North High School and STRIVE Prep Excel High School
          • Palisade High School (1)
          • Palmer Ridge High School (1)
          • Pomona High School
          • Ponderosa High School (2)
          • Poudre High School
          • Ralston Valley High School (1)
          • Regis Jesuit High School (1)
          • Resurrection Christian School (1)
          • Steamboat Springs High School (1)
          • ThunderRidge High School (1)
          • Valor Christian High School
          • Vista PEAK Preparatory (6)
          • Wheat Ridge High School (1)
        • Photos: The buildup to tonight's Bobby G Awards

          by John Moore | May 24, 2018
          2018 Bobby G Awards

          Full photo gallery from Wednesday's rehearsal for the 2018 Bobby G Awards at the Buell Theatre. To see more, click on the image above to be taken to our full gallery of downloadable photos. Photos by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter. All photos may be directly downloaded for free at our Flickr site and redistributed with permission with Denver Center photo credit.

          The awards are tonight, but we already have taken dozens of fun photos from the buildup to tonight’s main event

          Hey, look: The 2018 Bobby G Awards aren’t even until tonight, but we already have taken dozens of fun photos from the two-week buildup to tonight’s main event, including cast photos of all five schools nominated for Outstanding Musical, and all 10 actors nominated for Outstanding Actor or Actress. The awards celebrate outstanding achievement in Colorado high-school musical theatre. Join us at 7 p.m. tonight at the Buell Theatre! Reserve your seat here

          Selected recent coverage of the Bobby G Awards:

          Our series of featured Outstanding Chorus nominees

          Meet our nominated Outstanding lead actors and actresses:

           Cinderella Bobby G Awards Crazy for You

          The cast of Mountain View High School's 'Crazy for You' rehearsing Thursday night at the Buell Theatre for tonight's Bobby G Awards. Photo by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.
        • Corbin Payne of 'The Who's Tommy' on the future state of your eardrums

          by John Moore | May 23, 2018
          corbin_payne The Who's Tommy


          'Theatre is a place to stand up for what’s right, and change what’s wrong,' says Colorado native making DCPA debut.

          Corbin Payne Dogfight Ignite TheatreMEET CORBIN PAYNE
          Colorado Springs native Corbin Payne is making his DCPA Theatre Company debut as a male swing in The Who’s Tommy. In musical theatre, a swing is a member of the company who understudies several roles. Regional credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Arvada Center, Baby in Little Theatre of the Rockies in Greeley, Fun Home for the Midtown Arts Center in Fort Collins, and Dogfight for Denver's former Ignite Theatre (pictured at right)

          • Hometown: Colorado Springs
          • Home now: Greeley
          • Training: I have a B.A. in Musical Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley (Go, Bears!)
          • What's your handle? @pint_0_corbin on Instagram
          • Corbin Payne. DCPA The Who's Tommy Photo by Bamboo BoothTwitter-sized bio: Singer, actor, Colorado native. Lover of craft beer, '80s guitar riffs and "Star Wars." Currently living in Greeley, and yes, it does smell like cows 90 percent of the time. Second passion is writing music. Lost without guitar and piano. Vegetarian and avid couch potato. Addicted to french fries. Loves hiking. (I grew up a few miles from Garden of the Gods how could I not?
          • Website: corbinpayne.com
          • What would you be doing if you were not an actor? I would be a choir teacher. I grew up singing, became addicted to choir, and spent the majority of my high-school days in rehearsal for concerts. I was really quite torn between teaching and performing while I was auditioning for colleges across the country. I love teaching, enjoy kids for the most part, and celebrate the idea of spreading music to all corners of the globe. (Photo above: Opening night of The Who's Tommy by Bamboo Booth.)
          • Bucket-list role: Roger in Rent
          • What's playing on your Spotify? Logic. He is an incredible lyricist and has such an incredible message to share with the world. He can rhyme, his flow is insane and he just sounds like a cool dude.
          • DEH-Mike-Faist-Ben-Platt-0104-Photo-Credit-Matthew-MurphyOne time you saw greatness play out in front of you: Watching Ben Platt in Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway (pictured right). It was the most phenomenal performance I have ever seen. Every second I watched was a lesson to be learned and it was truly beautiful.
          • One thing most people don't know about you: I hate throwing things away. Secretly I’m a hoarder. I keep every note, card and gift I am given. I love holding onto memories. But I’m neat about it. Everything has its place, and everything has a purpose. Reflecting on the past is one of my past times.
          • One thing we should be doing to foster the next generation of theatregoers? The next generation of theatregoers needs constant examples of inclusivity and diversity. No one should ever be left out, feel alone or be alienated because of race, gender or disability. Theatre is a place to stand up for what’s right, and change what’s wrong. The more we spread that message, the more success the next generation will have.
          • What is The Who's Tommy about? It's a musical by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff based on The Who's classic 1969 rock opera. Tommy retreats from the world after a traumatic incident, but a newfound talent for pinball introduces him to fame and fortune.
          • Why does The Who's Tommy matter? Because it is a story of reflection. It’s dissecting the past by journeying into it, and seeing how such small events can define or change who you are. All too often, we as humans forget about where we came from and focus on tomorrow, instead of living in the now by remembering where we came from, and using that to see the miracles of today.
          • What do you hope audiences get out of seeing The Who's Tommy? I hope audiences just get to rock out. No one should leave with both eardrums intact. If this cast doesn’t send you out the door ready to re-live the days of rock 'n roll, you need to check your heartbeat.
          • What do you want to get off your chest? Stop eating meat. Invest in public transportation, clean energy and education. Preserve this planet for generations to come instead of being selfish!

          Corbin Payne in Spring Awakening for the University of Northern ColoradoCorbin Payne in 'Spring Awakening' for the University of Northern Colorado.

          More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter


          The Who's Tommy:
          Ticket information

          Tommy_show_thumbnail_160x160Based on The Who’s iconic 1969 rock concept album, Tommy is an exhilarating musical about the challenges of self-discovery and the resilience of the human spirit. When young Tommy retreats into a world of darkness and silence after a deeply traumatic incident, he must navigate a harsh and unforgiving world with no hope of recovery. But when he discovers a newfound talent for pinball, he’s swept up in the fame and fortune of his success. Tommy and his family give new voice to The Who’s classic stadium rock as they navigate the troubles and joys of being alive.
          • Presented by DCPA Theatre Company
          • Performances through May 27
          • Jones Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex
          • Call 303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE
          Previous NewsCenter coverage of The Who's Tommy:
          Photo gallery: The making of The Who's Tommy at the Denver Center:

          The making of 'The Who's Tommy'
          The photos above are from the making of the DCPA Theatre Company's new production of The Who's Tommy, spanning the first day of rehearsal on March 13 to the Opening Night performance on April 27. To see more, click on the image above to be taken to our full gallery of photos.

        • Bobby G Awards Outstanding Chorus nominee: Regis Jesuit High School

          by John Moore | May 23, 2018
          Regis Jesuit High School Bobby G AwardsRegis High School's 'Fiddler on the Roof'


          The Bobby G Awards celebrate outstanding achievement in Colorado high-school musical theatre. The sixth annual awards take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at the Buell Theatre. (Reserve your seat here)

          Each year, we single out one category for further recognition on the NewsCenter. This year, we are spotlighting the five schools nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Chorus with a Q&A with each school's Choral Director. Next up: Regis Jesuit High School's Fiddler on the Roof in Aurora.

          REGIS JESUIT HIGH SCHOOL

          Fiddler on the Roof
          Karen Wuertz, Choral Director and Performing Arts Department Chair

          • Karen Wuertz quoteHow does one become a Choral Director, anyway? Typically, by studying choral music in college. I have a Bachelor of Music Education degree with an emphasis in Choral Music, and a Masters in Music Ed. It would be hard to be a choral director without having formally studied choral music and vocal technique. Also, our Choral Director is chosen from within our performing-arts department. We rotate every year.
          • Which singing range is hardest to find at your school? We have lots of sopranos, tenors and baritones, but true basses and altos are hard to come by when working with teenagers. 
          • What is the value that a full and robust (and on-key) chorus brings to an overall production? A more authentic sound, especially when supported by a pit band.  Being able to spread the chorus out all around the stage depends on singers being able to stay in tune and keep their parts.
          • What’s the one thing you wish people knew about the chorus of a high-school musical production? The quality of the chorus really makes or breaks any show. Also, that rehearsals with the music is constant from beginning to end. We make time every rehearsal to sing.
          • What do you say to a student who is disappointed to be 'only' a chorus member? The chorus is so much fun! You’re on stage a lot, and you get costume changes. Also, we are an ensemble company here at Regis Jesuit. No matter how big or small the role, it is a privilege to be in the show in the first place. Although there are always a few who are disappointed. I encourage them by telling them: "Enter the process with an open mind and open heart — you will make some of the best friends you will ever have. Make the best of it. 

          • What is the greatest chorus performance you have ever witnessed? Hamilton on Broadway (above).

          Reserve your seat for the May 24 Bobby G Awards

          • What does it mean to your kids to be nominated for a Bobby G Award as a choral ensemble? It shows that our ensemble is tight and strong. And that their hard work paid off.
          • What has this experience taught you about the value of music education and extracurricular activities at your school? They give kids incredible ways to discover themselves, and to connect with one another and with the world.

          Video produced by Jorge Paredes '18 of RJ Media

          Regis

          Selected recent coverage of the Bobby G Awards:

          Our series of featured Outstanding Chorus nominees

          Meet our nominated Outstanding lead actors and actresses:

          More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

        • DCPA’s Off-Center names Colorado writers selected for micro-theatre project

          by John Moore | May 22, 2018
          BITE SIZE. Micro-theatre. Off-CenterClockwise from top left: Selected 'Bite-Size' playwrights Edith Weiss; Theatre Artibus and Grapefruit Lab; Jeffrey Neuman; co-writers Kristen Adele Calhoun and Theo E.J. Wilson; and Sean Michael Cummings.

          Five Bite-Size selections will be presented at BookBar along with a reading series featuring 12 additional finalists

          A whole mouthful of bite-sized theatre is coming to northwest Denver.

          Off-Center, the Denver Center's most unconventional line of programming, today announced its selections for Bite-Size, an evening of original short plays and performance pieces by Colorado artists — all with bookish twists — to be performed environmentally this fall at BookBar, an independent book store and wine bar in the Tennyson Street Arts District.

          Seam Michael Cummings in District Merchants at Miners Alley Playhouse. Sarah Roshan Photography.Each of the five selected works will be awarded $1,000 and produced as part of a full evening of micro-theatre that will run for 24 performances from Oct. 23-Nov. 18 at 4280 Tennyson St.

          “Micro-theatre is essentially short pieces with incredibly intimate audiences of 10 to 15 people," said Off-Center Curator Charlie Miller. “It is a unique approach to performance that is popular internationally, and we are excited to produce it with local artists in Denver.”

          Bite-Size is conceived and will be directed by 2017 True West Award winner Meridith Grundei, also one of Westword’s 2017 Colorado Creatives.

          (Pictured: Selected writer Sean Michael Cummings is currently performing in 'District Merchants' at Miners Alley Playhouse. Sarah Roshan Photography.)

          “This was an incredibly competitive process with 213 eligible submissions from 101 Colorado zip codes,” said Miller. “Every script was read by at least three different readers in a blind process that ensured the works were judged on their own merits, with the identity of the playwright hidden. The reading and selection committees were impressed with the depth of talent and quality of work that has come out of our vibrant creative community."

          honorable-disorder-erica-brown-theo-wilson-celia-herreraurbn-brandsStill, several prominent members of the local theatre community emerged from the anonymous selection process, including award-winning actor and director Edith Weiss; 2016 True West Award winner Jeffrey Neuman; poet and actor Theo E.J. Wilson, who recently starred in the Emancipation Theatre's Honorable Disorder; 2016 True West Award winner Miriam Suzanne; Kristen Adele Calhoun of Curoius Theatre's In the Red and Brown Water; and Sean Michael Cummings, currently performing in Miners Alley Playhouse's District Merchants.

          (Pictured: Erica Brown and Theo E.J. Wilson in 'Emancipation Theatre's recent production of Honorable Disorder.' Photo by Celia Herrera/URBN Brands.)

          "Choosing only five for production was heartbreaking, so we have selected 12 additional pieces to be part of a post-show reading series at BookBar," Miller said. "This gives our finalists the opportunity to hear their work out loud and share their wonderful pieces with the community.”

          Micro-theatre: It's the next big thing in theatre

          In addition to Colorado-based playwrights and creators, Off-Center also plans to hire all performers and other collaborators locally, Miller said.

          Each evening of Bite Size will feature the five selected original works performed in a different indoor or outdoor space simultaneously. Groups of 10 will see each piece in different orders. During scheduled breaks between performances, audiences will drink wine, eat tapas and socialize. In all, each evening will accommodate around 70 audience members.

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          BookBar is located at at 4280 Tennyson St. Photo courtesy BookBar website.

          The selected plays

          A Pocket Full of Dandelions

          • By Kristen Adele Calhoun and Theo E.J. Wilson
          • Directed by Ashley Hamilton
          • While rebellion thrashes outside, in the library of Denver's maximum security prison, two women struggle to decide if liberty and justice is indeed for all. Along the way, they find an unlikely accomplice in this powerful and poetic drama. 

          Holy Couch

          • By Edith Weiss
          • Directed by Geoffrey Kent
          • The face of none other than Jesus Christ appears on the couch of a well-to-do suburban couple in this hilarious and surprisingly relevant comedy.
          true-west-jeffrey-neuman-800Marginalia
          • By Jeffrey Neuman
          • Directed by Mare Trevathan
          • In this charming, intimate and sly play, a reticent customer at a used bookstore is confronted by the shop’s manager when caught defacing some books.

          Outside the Room

          • Created by Theatre Artibus (Buba Basishvili and Meghan Frank) and Grapefruit Lab (Julie Rada, Kenny Storms, and Miriam Suzanne)
          • Conceived with writing by Larry Mitchell
          • A family struggles to find humanity and normalcy in a world made uncertain and strange after the transformation and “othering” of one of their own. This physical theatre piece imagines what happens on the other side of the iconic room in Kafka’s Metamorphosis.

          Toxoplasmosis (or) High Strangeness

          • By Sean Michael Cummings
          • Directed by Meridith C. Grundei
          • After the (maybe) accidental cremation of a cat and the discovery of a mysterious book, Ali and Hannah are thrust into quantum uncertainty. They'll have to bridge social, generational and metaphysical chasms if they want to escape this veterinarian's office intact.

          The finalists

          These 12 additional plays will be featured as part of a post-show reading series on Fridays and Saturday nights through the run. Specific dates and times to be announced:
          • Malum by Ashley Rice
          • Antiquarian by Jeff Carey
          • Help – Not Just Anybody by Leslie C. Lewis
          • Impact by Lorraine Carter-Larocque
          • Rats Who Eat Butterflies by Katherine Millett
          • Reindeer Cupcakes by Jennifer Faletto
          • Something to Read at the End of the World by Maureen Biermann
          • The F Word by Claire Caviglia
          • The Lotus Eaters by Travis Duncan
          • The Missing Piece by Christina Miller & Addie Levinsky
          • The Playdate by Rachel Hecker
          • This Side of the Room by Dakota C. Hill

          The semi-finalists

          • Allegory of a Library by Kenzie Kilroy
          • Alice by Michael Bouchard
          • Another Day by Kenneth Wajda
          • Easy Slow Cooker Recipes for the Whole Family by Colette Mazunik
          • Finally by Pamela Nocerino
          • Happy Birthday by Tara Rynders, Lia Bonfilio, and Elizabeth Carena
          • Mommy Digital by Warren Epstein
          • More Than Daisy Dares by Ethelyn Friend
          • Once Upon a Time There Was a Children’s Book Author by Lucy Wright
          • Once Upon a Midnight Dreary by Katy Williams
          • Primordial Soup(ish) by Peter Nemenoff
          • Roach by Regan Linton
          • The Black Square She Wears by Eddy Jordan
          • The Distance, in Five Parts by Anne Penner
          • The Forgetful Storyteller by Royce Roeswood
          • The Interview by Robert Garner McBearty

          More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

          Bite-Size: An Evening of Micro Theatre: Ticket information

          • Created and Directed by Meridith C. Grundei
          • Dramaturgy by Heidi Schmidt
          • Oct. 23-Nov. 18
          • At BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St.
          • Tickets can be purchased later this summer at denvercenter.org, 303-893-4100 or in person in the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex at 14th and Curtis streets

          More about the selected writers:

          Kristen Adele Calhoun (A Pocket Full of Dandelions) is an actor, writer and organizer. She is currently co-writing Canfield Drive, a play about Ferguson, Missouri under the commission of 651 ARTS and The St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre through the support of the National Performance Network. Other writing credits: "Aint Gonna Let Nobody: Songs and Stories of the Civil Rights Movement" under the commission of the NAACP; and "With These Hands - The Dr. Justina Ford Story" under the commission of Denver's Black American West Museum. A native of Dallas, Texas, she is a graduate of the University of North Texas and Rutgers University. www.KristenAdele.net

          Sean Michael Cummings (Toxoplasmosis (or) High Strangeness)  is a playwright, actor, director, juggler, comedian and native of Colorado. Sean’s plays have been produced by Colorado State University, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Zing! Theatre Company, Poudre High School, Denver Academy and Noco Arts Alliance. Recent acting credits include District Merchants, The 39 Steps, (Miners Alley Playhouse) White Rabbit Red Rabbit (Pipedream Productions, True West Award), and Tommy Wiseau’s The Room (Alamo Drafthouse Littleton). Sean is a proud alumnus of the KC/ACTF Playwriting Intensive and the Orchard Project Core Company, and was the 2017 recipient of the Orchard Project Fellowship for Playwriting.

          Grapefruit Lab (Outside the Room) is the combined vision of long-term collaborators Julie Rada, Kenny Storms, and Miriam Suzanne — creating cross-media and community-embedded performance. Grapefruit Lab made its debut in February 2018 with Jane/Eyre— a queer adaptation of the classic novel, featuring music by Teacup Gorilla and members of Artibus. Previous works (performed as Vicious Trap) include: The In-Between (2016), Glass (And Other Imponderables) (2011), Missa Populi (2010), and A Murder One Less(2009).

          Jeffrey Neuman (Marginalia) is an award-winning playwright whose work has been performed at theaters and festivals across the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom. His plays have been produced and/or developed by Emerging Artists Theatre, LaMaMa, National Public Radio, Edinburgh Fringe, FUSION Theatre Company, and the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival, among others. He is a Heideman Award Finalist, cofounder of Rough Draught Playwrights, and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. www.theaterbyjeff.com.

          Theatre Artibus (Outside the Room), founded in 2017 by Meghan Frank and Buba Basishvili, is an international team of theatre makers dedicated to strengthening community through the experience of live performance. Through laughter, wonder and curiosity, Artibus strives to dissolve barriers and create connection. Current original works include: Oops, a family show about the glories of failure, and Tea Time, an absurdist comedy that explores power and the folly of hope.

          edith weissEdith Weiss (Holy Couch) was hired in the 1982/83 season as a writer and actor for the original show produced by the Denver Center, Is Denver Burning? No need to do the math, who's got time for that?  Suffice it to say that from then to now she has been acting, directing, and writing in theaters all over Denver. She's done improvisation professionally in Denver and around the country, and toured with her stand up around the country and internationally for the military. Her plays for children, for educational theater, and for community theaters have been published by Dramatics, Pioneer, Brooklyn, Heuer, Eldridge, and Big Dog Publishers.  Her short plays have been produced in competitions in New York, Chicago, Kansas City, and Boston.

          Theo E.J. Wilson (A Pocket Full of Dandelions) is a founding member of the Denver Slam Nuba team, who won the National Poetry Slam in 2011. Theo attended Florida A&M University, where he obtained his B.A. in Theater Performance. He returned to Denver and is now the Executive Director of Shop Talk Live, Inc. In 2013, Theo began speaking with “Rachel’s Challenge.” In 2015, Theo went undercover online in the Alt-Right to investigate the roots of racial hatred in millennials. His TED talk on the topic has since received more than 11 million views.

          About Off-Center

          As the most unconventional line of programming of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Off-Center specializes in unexpected experiences such as Sweet & Lucky, the first large-scale immersive show in Denver and The Wild Party, a decadent 360° party set in the Roaring 20s.  An Off-Center show is like no other theatre experience—by design. Off-Center focuses more on connecting people and upending expectations than on adhering to tradition. If you leave the show thinking “I’ve never seen anything like it,” then Off-Center has done its job. We want you to lose yourself, to welcome surprise and to remember that life is better when you live it Off-Center.

          About BookBar

          BookBar is a community bookstore wine bar for the whole family, featuring a highly curated selection of titles for all ages. Enjoy many local and house crafted hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer, coffee, tea and desserts at our bar. We are proud to host hundreds of literary events per year including author readings, story times, and book clubs.

          Follow the DCPA on social media @DenverCenter and at the DCPA’s online News Center.

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        Award-winning arts journalist John Moore has recently taken a groundbreaking new position as the DCPA’s Senior Arts Journalist. With The Denver Post, he was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the US by American Theatre Magazine. He is the founder of the Denver Actors Fund, a nonprofit that raises money for local artists in medical need. John is a native of Arvada and attended Regis Jesuit High School and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Follow him on Twitter @moorejohn.

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