Photos: Marsha Norman visits DCPA's 'The Secret Garden'

by John Moore | May 19, 2017
'The Secret Garden' in Denver
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Marsha Norman, the Tony Award-winning writer of The Secret Garden, attended the DCPA Theatre Company's performance of the musical on Thursday night at the Stage Theatre. She met with the cast after the show for photos and conversation.

"It was such a wonderful gift to have Marsha Norman in the audience last night," Director Jenn Thompson said. "I love this beautiful, soulful company. And to share their gifts and labor with our show's author was a dream come true."

"I'm still reeling," added cast member Regina Steffen. "Marsha Norman is an inspiration."

The evening also included a reunion between Norman and original Nancy Johnston, who was an original Broadway cast member 25 years ago, and is also performing in the DCPA production.

Norman, 69, received the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play 'night, Mother. She wrote the book and lyrics for such Broadway musicals as The Secret Garden, for which she won a Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical, as well as the libretto for the musical The Color Purple and the book for the musical The Bridges of Madison County. She is co-chair of the playwriting department at The Juilliard School.

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The Secret Garden: Ticket information
The Secret GardenThe beloved classic blossoms anew in this enchanting musical full of beautiful melodies. When young Mary uncovers the key to her late aunt’s long-lost garden, she becomes determined to revive the beauty that once flourished.
Book and lyrics by Marsha Norman; music by Lucy Simon;
based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Through May 28
Stage Theatre
Denver Performing Arts Complex
303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE

Previous coverage of The Secret Garden:
Jenn Thompson on The Secret Garden as a place to heal
Video: How does our Secret Garden grow?
Video, photos: Your first look at The Secret Garden
Five things we learned at first rehearsal
Five things we learned at Perspectives
Meet the cast: Zoe Manarel, who plays Mary Lennox
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2016-17 season: Nine shows, two world premieres, return to classics

Marsha Norman. The Secret GardenMarsha Norman, center, with the cast of the DCPA Theatre Company's The Secret Garden' on May 18, 2017.

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  1. Yuvakumar | Aug 11, 2017
    Hi, I am doing research on the selected plays of respected and winner of many prestigious playwright Marsha Norman. I am looking for the text of The Secret Garden. Really, it is a heartbreaking play which exposes the longingness of a girl. 

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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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