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Thursday, August 4, 2022

Review: Broadway’s “Pretty Woman: The Musical” offers soaring performances of low-aiming songs by John Wenzel

"Pretty Woman: The Musical" carries a sequined chip on its shoulder -- namely, to prove it's just as much fun as its 1990 namesake. But low-aiming music of the production, running through Au…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:33AM
Friday, June 17, 2022

After 50 years, Su Teatro is still one of the only Latino theaters in the U.S., and one of the most important by John Wenzel

"Owning our space and investing in it is crucial," says Su Teatro's Tony Garcia.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:54AM
Thursday, June 16, 2022

Review: “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” a rousing and cathartic singalong, perfectly pitched for now by John Wenzel

Rapt from the first pop-medley, we clapped, swooned and giggled with the sequined spectacle.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:48AM
Wednesday, May 18, 2022

How (and when) to get tickets for David Byrne’s behind-the-scenes “Theater of the Mind” preview by John Wenzel

David Byrne, a group of scientists and Radiolab co-host Latif Nasser will put their heads together on the eve of Byrne's new show world-premiering in Denver to divulge details about the myst…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 09:06AM
Friday, May 13, 2022

Denver Zoo’s Asian-American fest, marimba maniacs, Salida Film Fest and more to do this weekend by John Wenzel

Best Bets in Denver for this week: A new Asian American festival at the Denver Zoo, Marimba madness at Levitt, Professor Phelyx and the Salida Film Fest are our Best Bets for this week

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:36AM
Friday, April 15, 2022

Denver Center Theatre Co.’s 2022-23 shows: David Byrne’s “Theater of the Mind,” Camp Christmas and more by John Wenzel

Denver Center Theatre Company on Friday announced a dozen new shows for its 2022-2023 artistic season, including world premieres, holiday art installations and a visit from Talking Heads fou…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 03:12PM
Monday, April 4, 2022

Denver Center’s internal network, phone system impacted by massive computer issue by John Wenzel

Denver Center for the Performing Arts on Monday confirmed that its internal computer network had gone down in recent days, impacting its phone service and other systems.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 01:03PM
Monday, March 21, 2022

The best comedy specials taped in Denver, from Amy Schumer to Tom Segura by John Wenzel

Does it matter where a comedy special is recorded? Absolutely, and in Denver, our audiences have prompted some of the best all-time stand-up albums and specials to be recorded here. A rundow…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 09:33AM
Monday, March 14, 2022

Masks, COVID vaccines will no longer be required for Broadway shows, Colorado Ballet, opera and more by John Wenzel

Denver's biggest performing arts companies will this month drop mask and vaccine-proof requirements at all of its shows, including those from Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Colorado …

SOURCE: Denver Post at 01:12PM
Friday, March 11, 2022

One of Colorado’s few remaining dinner theaters may close if it can’t raise $1 million by John Wenzel

An employee of Jester's Dinner Theatre in Longmont is looking to buy the 23-year-old cultural mainstay. But first, she has launched a $1 million crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe to afford i…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:03AM
Tuesday, February 8, 2022

“Hamilton” in Denver: What you need to know about the $10 lottery tickets by John Wenzel

The $10 "Hamilton" ticket lottery arrives this month to accompany the Tony-winning Broadway shows's second run at the Buell Theatre, hosted by Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Each sho…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 09:03AM
Wednesday, February 2, 2022

New dates, location and ticketing for David Byrne’s world-premiere “Theater of the Mind” in Denver by John Wenzel

Finally! Talking Heads leader David Byrne and writer Mala Gaonkar's "Theater of the Mind" this week got a location, run dates and ticketing information in advance of its Denver world premier…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 11:03AM
Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Denver Center cancels more Broadway “Lion King” shows due to COVID outbreak by John Wenzel

Omicron concerns and coronavirus infection rates have scuttled a total of 10 performance of the touring Broadway production of "The Lion King" at the Buell Theatre in a mere three days. Here…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 06:24PM
Monday, December 20, 2021

Denver concerts, holiday events, Broadway shows canceled as COVID outbreaks spread by John Wenzel

Touring Broadway's "Lion King" and various chorale, music, sporting and other events have been postponed or canceled in recent days due to growing COVID outbreaks and concern about the omicr…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 06:24PM
Thursday, December 9, 2021

“Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” “To Kill a Mockingbird” on sale Friday; “Hamilton” tickets still available by John Wenzel

Long-delayed and firmly on the 2022 calendar, tickets for touring Broadway productions such as Aaron Sorkin's Tony-winning "Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird," as well as "Moulin Rouge! The…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:24AM
Monday, December 6, 2021

Denver arts groups see high demand, behind-the-scenes challenges for holiday shows by John Wenzel

Christmas and holiday shows are roaring back this year in Denver, but not without their challenges. We talk to Denver Gay Men's Chorus, Wonderbound, the Camp Christmas creator and others abo…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:03AM
Friday, November 26, 2021

“A John Waters Christmas” tour takes gleeful, subversive aim at holiday traditions by John Wenzel

John Waters' one-man performances are the stuff legend -- provided your legends arrive with a heaping side of filth. The cult-director's latest show to visit to Denver, "A John Waters Christ…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 09:18AM
Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Denver’s best holiday 2021 theater: From naughty to nice and back, on stage by John Wenzel

The 2021 holiday season brings back shows after a year off, including "A Christmas Carol" and "The Nutcracker," but also touring drag-queen variety shows and "A John Waters Christmas."

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:12AM
Monday, November 15, 2021

Better late than never: Denver’s Broadway tours in the hot seat as “The Lion King,” “Hamilton” loom by John Wenzel

After more than 20 months of fears, frustrations and postponements, Denver's Broadway fans are finally getting the chance to step back into theaters. But will audiences return en masse to pr…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 07:48AM
Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Denver’s biggest performing arts companies will soon require proof of vaccination, masks by John Wenzel

Denver's marquee performing arts companies, including Colorado Ballet, Opera Colorado, Colorado Symphony and Denver Center for the Performing Arts, will require masks and proof of vaccinatio…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 02:06PM
Friday, April 17, 2020

DCPA postpones “Hamilton” ticket sale two days after announcing it by John Wenzel

Two days after announcing it, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts is postponing public sales of tickets for the touring Broadway musical “Hamilton.”

SOURCE: Denver Post at 03:03PM
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Douglas Langworthy, curator of DCPA’s New Play Summit, dead at 61 by John Wenzel

Douglas Langworthy, director of new play development at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, died Monday at the age of 61, the DCPA said.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 02:18PM
Thursday, January 9, 2020

“Hamilton” Denver tickets: On-sale date, buying limits and more details for 2020 by John Wenzel

If you had a hard time snagging "Hamilton" tickets when the show came through town in 2018, you may have more luck this year.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 02:42PM
Monday, March 25, 2019

Exclusive: Shakespeare’s return, a “Doll House” sequel and other surprises in DCPA Theatre Company’s 2019-20 season by John Wenzel

Chris Coleman has planned a balanced diet of drama for his second year as artistic director of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts' Theatre Company.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 10:00AM
Friday, October 19, 2018

From “Dior” to “Dear Evan Hansen,” Denver’s big-name shows building city’s cultural reputation by John Wenzel

From the art museum's upcoming "Dior: From Paris to the World" and the U.S.-exclusive "Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature" to recent Broadway productions of "Hamilton," Disney's "Frozen" and…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 07:48PM
Saturday, October 6, 2018

“Dear Evan Hansen” review: National tour debut of Broadway hit in Denver nothing to write home about by John Wenzel

At its best, "Dear Evan Hansen" offers an aching portrayal of life's slippery fulcrum points, from teenagers' capacity for deception and mindless cruelty to the jaw-clenching realms of paren…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 05:18PM
Thursday, September 27, 2018

Go behind the scenes of Tony-winning “Dear Evan Hansen” as national run debuts in Denver by John Wenzel

Behind the scenes with the "Dear Evan Hansen" cast as the Tony-winning Broadway sensation debuts its national touring company in Denver

SOURCE: Denver Post at 02:12PM
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Denver Center for the Performing Arts debuts first-ever capital campaign with $36 million goal by John Wenzel

Officials at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts are hoping to tap private and corporate dollars to close the gap in a $36 million capital campaign they unveiled Tuesday -- the first i…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 09:18PM
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Theater Review: Disney’s “Aladdin” a safe, kid-friendly return to Broadway song-and-dance by John Wenzel

It's probably unjust to compare the touring edition of Disney's "Aladdin" to anything but another Disney musical.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 07:52PM

John Leguizamo is heading to Denver to sign your comics, be in your selfies and answer your questions by John Wenzel

Through dozens of film, TV and theater projects over the past three decades, John Leguizamo has gotten intimate with the never-ending process of promoting his latest project.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 07:50PM
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

“Hamilton” Denver premiere: Eager, dressed-up fans meet heavy security at the Buell Theatre by John Wenzel

The hotly anticipated touring show that employs hip-hop and dance to tell the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton arrived in Denver with huge hype thanks to a long and successful Bro…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 10:57PM

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