Cracking the Enigma Code

They called her Elizabeth Thorpe. And Betty Pack. And Cynthia. She was an American, working for the British, and sometimes the Spanish, although the French and Polish thought she was theirs for a while. She came from an upstanding family, a proper girl who was thoroughly improper. The biggest enigma, though, was the Nazi coding […]

Roxie sits on Billy Flynn's knee as dancers surround them, leaning in and reaching.

First Look: CHICAGO

CHICAGO is still the one musical with everything that makes Broadway shimmy-shake: a universal tale of fame, fortune, and all that jazz, with one showstopping song after another and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. Take a look at some of the production photos below.

Gwen Verdon and Bob Fosse in the foreground during a Damn Yankees rehearsal

Who Was Bob Fosse?

Can you remember the first time you saw CHICAGO onstage? Near the beginning of Act One, when Roxie is introduced to the other female inmates, the musical number Cell Block Tango begins. An absolutely iconic sequence, it stands out among the greatest dance numbers in musical theatre history. Think Mein Herr from Cabaret. Who’s Got […]

A row of actors standing at music stands wearing all black

Finalists for High School Playwriting Competition Announced

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) is happy to announce the finalists of the eleventh annual High School Playwriting Competition. The Playwriting Competition is grounded in workshops hosted by DCPA Education Teaching Artists. These in-school workshops introduce students to the fundamentals of playwriting, bolster creative writing skills and encourage them to discover their […]

Virginia Hall awarded a medal for her services. A man stands pinning it to her dress.

A Spy Among Us

From the archives: this article was originally published on March 22, 2023 If you Google “international intelligence agencies,” Wikipedia gives you a list that’s almost too long to count. While the fictitious 007 — Bond, James Bond — works for the non-fictitious MI6, the United Kingdom is far from the only country to have intelligence […]

A line of soldiers snowshoe down a mountain in Camp Hale

Skis, Slopes and Spies: Colorado’s Camp Hale

From the archives: this article was originally published on April 13, 2023 America’s newest national monument has an intriguing history. On August 22, 2022, President Joe Biden designated 53,804 acres of National Forest Service lands in Eagle County as the  Camp Hale – Continental Divide National Monument. Much is written about the site’s history as […]

Professional Dance Companies in Colorado

Message In A Bottle arrives at the Buell Theatre in February, featuring the iconic music of Sting and spectacular choreography by Kate Prince. This groundbreaking production may be a new experience for usual theatre-goers, as the story is told through movement rather than words. If you’re intrigued by the exhilarating dance and athleticism, you might […]

Mouthwatering Mexican…or New Mexican…or Tex-Mex Spots in Denver

When growing up in a small town in rural Arkansas in the 1970s, access to extraordinary cuisine likely meant taking a six-hour road trip to Dallas. So when looking for Mexican food, yours truly had two options — Glasgow’s (a family-owned Tex-Mex dive) or Taco Tico (a fast food chain and the precursor to Taco […]

The actors in Jesus Christ Superstar pose around a large cross, in formation like The Last Supper.

First Look: Jesus Christ Superstar

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, a new mesmerizing production of the iconic musical phenomenon, Jesus Christ Superstar, returns to the stage. Appealing to both theater audiences and concert music fans, this production pays tribute to the historic 1971 Billboard Album of the Year while creating a modern, theatrical world that is uniquely fresh and inspiring. Take […]

A couple wearing 1920's style costumes is seated at a dinner table, looking over clues

No Mystery Here: Make It a Fun Night of Solving a Murder

As someone who went from reading Nancy Drew to Agatha Christie as a young child, I’m a fan of most mystery stories — whether in a book, play, or movie. If Rubicon just whets your appetite for more mystery-solving entertainment, there is no shortage of options in Colorado. ADAM’S MYSTERY PLAYHOUSE 2406 Federal Blvd., Denver Adam’s […]