January: Colorado theatre listings

by John Moore | Jan 04, 2017
Becky's New Car, Firehouse Theatre,

NOTE: At the start of each month, the DCPA NewsCenter offers an updated list of upcoming theatre openings, spotlighting work being presented on stages statewide. Companies are encouraged to submit listings and production photos at least two weeks in advance to the DCPA NewsCenter at jmoore@dcpa.org.

Five intriguing titles for January:

NUMBER 1Red Hot and Cole. The Cherry Creek Theatre begins its seventh season with a big move out of the Shaver-Ramsey Gallery and into the Pluss Theatre at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center. The cast includes Jeremy Rill, Seth Dhonau, Damon Guerasio, Stephen Day, Matt LaFontaine, Sharon Kay White, Lauren Shealy, Shannan Steele, Susannah McLeod and Olivia James. The director is Susan Draus, music director for the tour of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical and creator of last year’s fun romp at the Lone Tree Arts Center Reunion ’85. Jan. 26-Feb. 19 at 350 S. Dahlia St., 303-800-6578 or cherry creek theatre’s home page

NUMBER 2The Wiz. Ignite Theatre’s 31st production will be the 1975 Broadway musical that tells the story of The Wizard of Oz from an African-American perspective. Ignite intended to ease on down this road last summer, but issues involving the use of the Aurora Fox as a host venue forced the postponement. Featuring Clarissa DuBose as Dorothy. Jan. 7-29  at the Aurora Fox, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., 720-362-2697 or ignite’s home page

NUMBER 3Peter TrinhComing to America. Theatre Esprit Asia returns with a compelling collaboration with the Theatre Company of Lafayette: Two monologues addressing issues of immigration. In Boat Person, Peter Trinh recounts the bloody fall of Saigon. In Antecedents, Maria Cheng recollects the Americanization of a precocious Chinese teenager. Jan. 13-22 at the Mary Miller Theater in Lafayette, 300 E. Simpson, 720-209-2154 or www.tclstage.org

NUMBER 4RFK: A Portrait of Robert Kennedy. James O’Hagan Murphy returns to his signature role as a tribute to his recently departed director, Terry Dodd. Presented by Vintage Theatre Jan. 6-8 at the Dairy Center in Boulder, 2590 Walnut St., 303-440-7826 or thedairy.org; and Jan. 13-22 At Center/Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive in Evergreen, 303-674-4934 or evergreenplayers.com

NUMBER 5The Happiest Song Plays Last. Curious Theatre presents the final chapter of its Elliot Trilogy of plays by Quiara Alegría Hudes. In a cozy North Philadelphia kitchen, a matriarch takes a stand in her new role as the heart and voice of a crumbling community. Halfway around the world in Jordan, her cousin (Elliot) finds that his wartime nightmares have followed him into his new life as a film star. Punctuated by live music from Puerto Rico and the Middle East. Jan. 14-Feb. 17 at 1080 Acoma St., 303-623-0524 or curioustheatre.org

THIS MONTH'S THEATRE OPENINGS IN COLORADO:

(Submit your listings to jmoore@dcpa.org)

Jan. 5-Feb. 4: OpenStage Theatre & Company’s Bright Ideas
Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins, 970-484-5237 or openstagetheatre.org

JANUOARY OPENINGS DCPA 1Jan. 6-28: Breckenridge Backstage Theatre's Red
121 S. Ridge St. 970-453-0199 or backstagetheatre.org

Jan. 6-22: Performance Now's Man of La Mancha
Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, 303-987-7845 or performance now’s home page 

Jan. 6-March 18: Midtown Arts Center's Million Dollar Quartet
3750 S. Mason St., Fort Collins, 970-225-2555 or midtownartscenter.com

Jan. 6-8: Vintage Theatre's RFK: A Portrait of Robert Kennedy
At the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826 or thedairy.org

Jan. 6-29: Jesters Dinner Theatre's Godspell
224 Main St., Longmont, 303-682-9980 or jesterstheatre.com

Jan. 7-Feb. 4: Firehouse Theatre Company's Becky’s New Car
John Hand Theatre, 7653 E. First Place, 720-880-8727 or firehousetheatercompany.com

Jan. 7-29: Ignite Theatre's The Wiz
At the Aurora Fox, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., 720-362-2697 or ignite’s home page

Bright IdeasJan. 10-22: National touring production of Fun Home
Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

Jan. 12-March 12: Candlelight Dinner Playhouse’s Forever Plaid
4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown, 970-744-3747 or coloradocandlelight.com

Jan. 12-29: Thingamajig Theatre Company's Buyer & Cellar
Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, 2313 Eagle Drive, 970-731-7469 or pagosacenter.org

Jan. 13-Feb. 26: DCPA Theatre Company's The Book of Will
Ricketson Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

Jan. 13-Feb. 12: The Edge Theatre's Burn This
1560 Teller St., Lakewood, 303-232-0363 or theedgetheater.com

Jan. 13-22: Theater Esprit Asia and Theater Company of Lafayette’s Coming to America
At the Mary Miller Theater, 300 E. Simpson, 720-209-2154 or www.tclstage.org

Jan. 13-Feb. 4: Town Hall Arts Center's Avenue Q
2450 W. Main St., Littleton, 303-794-2787 or townhallartscenter.org

Jan. 13-Feb. 12: The Avenue Theater's Almost, Maine
417 E. 17th Ave., 303-321-5925 or the avenue’s home page


Jan. 13-Feb. 4: Equinox Theatre Company’s The Who’s Tommy
At the Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., 720-984-0781 or equinox’s home page

Jan. 13-22: Vintage Theatre's A Portrait of Robert Kennedy
At Center/Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, 303-674-4934 or evergreenplayers.com

Jan. 13-22: Vintage Theatre's A Portrait of Robert Kennedy
At Center/Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, 303-674-4934 or evergreenplayers.com

Carter NovingerJan. 13-March 5: Vintage Theatre's Brilliant Traces
1468 Dayton St., Aurora, 303-839-1361 or vintage’s home page

Jan. 13-29: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's WYNOT Radio Theatre in The Other Coast Caper
30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs, 719-634-5581 or csfineartscenter.org

Jan. 13-22: Longmont Theatre Company's Leading Ladies
513 Main St., 303-772-5200 or longmonttheatre.org

Jan. 13-March 18: Midtown Arts Center's Forbidden Broadway (Studio Theatre)
3750 S. Mason St., Fort Collins, 970-225-2555 or midtownartscenter.com

Jan. 14-Feb. 17: Curious Theatre's The Happiest Song Plays Last
1080 Acoma St., 303-623-0524 or curioustheatre.org

Jan. 20-Feb. 19: Aurora Fox's Myth
9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora, 303-739-1970 or aurorafox.org

Jan. 20-Feb. 12: Parker Arts Center and Inspire Creative's Disney's Beauty and the Beast
20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker, parkerarts.org

RFK VintageJan. 26-Feb. 19: Cherry Creek Theatre's Red Hot and Cole
At the Mizel Arts and Culture Center's Pluss Theatre, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver, 303-800-6578 or cherry creek theatre’s home page

Jan. 27-Feb. 26: DCPA Theatre Company's The Christians
Stage Theatre, Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org

Jan. 27-March 5: Miners Alley Playhouse's Hir
1224 Washington St., Golden, 303-935-3044 or minersalley.com

Jan. 27-Feb. 12: Something’s Afoot
27357 Conifer Road, Conifer, 303-886-2819, 800-838-3006 or stagedoor’s home page


CONTINUING CURRENT PRODUCTIONS:

Through Jan. 8: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's Shrek: The Musical
30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs, 719-634-5581 or csfineartscenter.org

Through Jan. 8: Vintage Theatre Productions' Beauty and the Beast
1468 Dayton St., Aurora, 303-839-1361 or vintagetheatre.com READ MORE

Through Feb. 19: BDT Stage's Thoroughly Modern Millie
5501 Arapahoe Ave., 303-449-6000 or bdtstage.com

Through March 12: DCPA Cabaret's An Act of God
Galleria Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or denvercenter.org READ MORE

More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter


ONGOING, MONTHLY or ONE-TIME PROGRAMMING:

ADAMS MYSTERY PLAYHOUSE
Ongoing productions
2406 Federal Blvd., Denver, 303-455-1848 or adamsmysteryplayhouse.com

THE AVENUE THEATER
Jan. 26: Scriptprov (improv comedy and theatre actors working together)
417 E. 17th Ave., 303-321-5925 or the avenue’s home page

BUNTPORT THEATRE
Jan. 14: Siren Song: A Pirate Odyssey (Monthly theatre for young audiences at 1 and 3 p.m. the second Saturday of each month, through May 13)
Jan. 17: The Great Debate
Jan. 18: The Narrators (a live storytelling show and podcast)
Jan. 27: Untitled (in the freight elevator at the Denver Art Museum)
717 Lipan St., 720-946-1388 or buntport.com

THE CATAMOUNTS
Jan. 27: FEED: Darkness
An examination of why we need darkness in order to see the light through a  short performance piece and live music. With a four-course meal and drink.
At Still Cellars, a distillery and arthouse, 115 Colorado Ave., Longmont


Paula Poundstone

COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER

Jan. 13-14: Staged concert of Next to Normal with Broadway veteran Susan Dawn Carson
Jan. 27, 2017: An Evening With Paula Poundstone
30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs, 719-634-5581 or csfineartscenter.org

CURIOUS THEATRE
Jan. 8: Gabriella Cavallero host an evening of music and conversation with the Harlem Quartet. The program will spotlight the music in Quiara Alegría Hudes’ plays.
1080 Acoma St., 303-623-0524 or curioustheatre.org


Waiting for Obama

DENVER ACTORS FUND

Jan. 19: Staged reading of John Moore's play Waiting for Obama
The Edge Theatre 1560 Teller St., Lakewood, 720-231-7547 email denveractorsfund.org
(Free, no advance ticketing. Drop in.)

Jan. 22: Billy Elliot (the movie)
Denver Actors Fund monthly film series in partnership with local theatre companies)
Pre-screening entertainment by cast of Vintahe Theatre's upcoming production of Billy Elliot, The Musical
At the Alamo Drafthouse, Aspen Grove, 7301 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, 720-588-4107 or BUY TICKETS

LANNIE’S CLOCKTOWER CABARET
Jan. 6: The Jerseys sing the Four Seasons and more
D&F Clock Tower, 16th and Arapahoe streets, 303-293-0075 or clocktowercabaret.com

THE SOURCE THEATRE COMPANY
Every third Monday: Monday! Monday! Monday! Cabaret
At Su Teatro Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive, 720-238-1323 or thesourcedenver.org

STORIES ON STAGE
Jan. 14: Leaps of Faith
"The Conversion of the Jews” by Philip Roth Young, performed by Michael Bouchard
"The Blue Hole” by Erika Krouse, performed by Jessica Austgen
"A Fable with Slips of White Paper Spilling from the Pockets” by Kevin Brockmeier, performed by Cajardo Rameer Lindsey
1:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at At the Su Teatro Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive, 303-494-0523 or storiesonstage.org

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