2017 Colorado Fall Theatre Preview: 'My Brilliant Divorce' and 'A Chorus Line'

For 10 days, the DCPA NewsCenter is offering not just 10 intriguing titles to watch on theatre stages throughout Colorado. This year we are expanding our preview by featuring 10 musicals AND 10 plays. Today is Day 4.

PLAY OF THE DAY: Avenue Theater’s My Brilliant Divorce

Featured actor in the video above: Jane Shirley

• Sept. 8-Oct. 15
• 417 E. 17th Ave.
Jane Shirley303-321-5925 or go to avenuetheater.com

Playwright: Geraldine Aron

The story: Angela Kennedy-Lipsky used to be one half of “Angela and Max,” the world’s happiest couple. Until Max left her after 25 years for a younger woman. Now, trying to figure out a new life in London, Angela sets off on a hilarious and sometimes poignant journey back to happiness. This consummately observed one-woman modern comedy stars Jane Shirley, best known for her work with the late Rattlebrain Theatre and appearing in Santa’s Big Red Sack, The Avenue’s long-running caustic Christmas comedy.

But what is it about? My Brilliant Divorce is about a woman reclaiming her life. It’s about honesty, courage, self-reflection, happiness, humor – and the healing power of chocolate. The play, like most divorces, Shirley says, is happy, sad, dramatic and funny. (Provided by The Avenue Theater.)

Cast list:
• Jane Shirley as Angela Kennedy-Lipsky
• Director: Richard H. Pegg

MUSICAL OF THE DAY: Arvada Center’s A Chorus Line

Featured actor in the video above: Matthew Dailey.

• Sept. 12-Oct. 1
• 6901 Wadsworth Blvd.
Matthew DaileyCall 720-898-7200 or go to arvadacenter.com
Conceived and originally directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett
• Book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante
• Music by Marvin Hamlisch
• Lyrics by Edward Kleban
• Co-Choreographed by Bob Avian

• The story: Everything is on the line for 17 dancers as they audition for a highly competitive place in the chorus of a Broadway musical.  Through this exhausting process, their stories and vulnerabilities are laid on the line as they ultimately come together and become one singular sensation. 

• But what is it about? A Chorus Line captures the one universal experience all performers dread: The audition. From its inception, when a group of real-life Broadway dancers gathered in a dingy New York loft and shared their true experiences, to now, 40 years later, the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Chorus Line remains an Iconic experience and remains one of the most significant musicals of all-time. Colorado native Matthew Dailey says the iconic musical speaks to many people “because it shows the sacrifice all of these performers go through.” (Provided by the Arvada Center.)

Watch video of Matthew Dailey’s Jersey Boys homecoming

Directed by Rod A. Lansberry
Musical Direction by David John Madore
Choreography by Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck

Cast list:
Stephen Cerf: Zach, The Director
Jean-Luc Cavnar-Lewandowski: Larry

The Auditioners:
Dayna Tietzen: Cassie
Katie Mitchell: Sheila
Lexie Plath: Val
Natalie Kaye Clater: Diana
Kristen Paulicelli: Judy
Seles Van Huss: Kristine
Jordana Grolnick: Maggie
Jennifer Arfsten:
Rae Leigh Case: Connie
Tucker Worley: Mike
Michael Canada: Richie
Matthew Dailey: Don
Jake Mendes: Paul
Tyler Jensen: Mark
Ron Tal: Greg
Parker Redford: Bobby
Zachary Scott: Al

The Ensemble:
Norrell Moore: Vicki
Emily Hin: Tricia
Shannan Steele: Lois
Danny Kingston: Frank
Adam Estes: Butch
David Miller: Roy
Joe Callahan: Tom           

Matthew Dailey

The cast of the Arvada Center’s ‘A Chorus Line’ on the first day of rehearsal. Photo by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter. 

More Colorado theatre coverage on the DCPA NewsCenter

Our complete 2017 Colorado Fall Theatre Preview:
Day 1: Curious Theatre’s Appropriate and BDT Stage’s Rock of Ages
Day 2: The Catamounts’ You on the Moors Now and Rocky Mountain Rep’s Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver
Day 3: Creede Repertory Theatre’s General Store and Town Hall Arts Center’s In the Heights
Day 4: Avenue Theater’s My Brilliant Divorce and the Arvada Center’s A Chorus Line
Day 5: Bas Bleu’s Elephant’s Graveyard and Evergreen Chorale’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Day 6: Firehouse Theatre’s The Mystery of Love and Sex and the Aurora Fox’s ‘Company’
Day 7: Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s The Revolutionists and Off-Center’s The Wild Party
Day 8: Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s Pretty Fire and the Aurora Fox’s Hi-Hat Hattie
Day 9: Edge Theatre Company’s A Delicate Balance and Midtown Arts Center’s Once.
Day 10:  Local Theater Company’s The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias and Thin Air Theatre Company’s The Toxic Avenger Musical

This 2017 Colorado fall preview is compiled by Denver Center for the Performing Arts Senior Arts Journalist John Moore as a service to the Colorado theatre community. Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the U.S by American Theatre Magazine in 2011 and is the founder of The Denver Actors Fund.

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