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50 Years of Hip Hop Influenced 10 Years of The Hip Hop Nutcracker

The Hip Hop Nutcracker was created in 2013 by director/choreographer Jennifer Weber and writer Mike Fitelson. Mike adapted the original (George) Balanchine ballet to a contemporary New York City setting. At the time, Jennifer was working on a dance piece set to Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” and was talking to Mike who ran the United […]

Denver Launches 25th Anniversary Tour of MAMMA MIA!

The iconic musical, MAMMA MIA!, is returning to Denver to launch a new tour. You might be thinking, “new tour? I saw MAMMA MIA! at the Buell in 2002.” “MAMMA MIA! has played to millions of people around the world in hundreds of cities. Each new production is treated like a premiere,” said Executive Producer […]

A group of dancers pose during their tricks in The Hip Hop Nutcracker

Kurtis Blow: The Rap Legend Who Puts the “Hip” in The Hip Hop Nutcracker

These days it’s hard to imagine the music scene without Hip Hop. Since its emergence in the 1970s, it has influenced fashion, art, dance, education, media and entertainment including musical theatre. It features four elements: deejaying (or “turntabling”), rapping (or “MCing”), graffiti painting and “B-boying,” a dance style that incorporates acrobatics, spinning, intricate footwork, and […]

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How Rescue Dogs Are Trained to Play Sandy in Annie

It’s no secret that the dog who plays Sandy in ANNIE has been stealing the spotlight at every show since the musical first premiered in 1976. And it’s no exception for the latest national touring production starring Rainier (Rainey) Treviño in the title role.    Since ANNIE’s inception, Bill Berloni has been training the Sandys. The […]

Henry’s Ex-Wives Get Their Say (and Sing) in SIX

What is so funny about a rich and powerful man who disposes of most of his six wives – who wind up “divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived,” as British children learn to memorize in history classes? The marital track record of Britain’s King Henry VIII is not a pretty one. And it is not […]

The young orphan girls hold brooms and buckets while they dance. They are all smiling big.

An Annie Quiz for Kids

1. What does it mean if someone has a “hard-knock” life? a. people need to knock loudly to enter their home b. they have a difficult life c. they like to sing a lot The correct answer is: b If someone has a “hard-knock” life it means they have a difficult life. “Hard knocks” describes […]

A Totally Tudor Timeline

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A Her-story of the SIX Queens

Brush up on your knowledge of the SIX wives of Henry VIII before seeing them perform live in Denver! Learn about each Queen’s interests, their families, and…their causes of death. Catherine of Aragon Birth and death December 15, 1485 – January 7, 1536 Marriage One: to Arthur (Henry’s older brother), November 14, 1501 (aged 15) […]

Tina Turner’s Pursuit of Freedom

The prolific novelist, Toni Morrison, wrote in her book Beloved, “Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another.” Though Morrison was writing about enslaved people escaping from a plantation, her words aptly describe rock ’n’ roll legend Tina Turner’s life journey. During her life, Tina never shied away from sharing […]

14 Spectacular Facts About The Queen of Rock and Roll: Tina Turner

Before her death on May 24, 2023, Tina Turner lived an extraordinary life as a performer with music that still strikes chords with fans new and old around the world. Here are 14 unique facts about the legendary queen of rock and roll. 1. Inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Twice Turner […]