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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
Friday, February 9, 2018

If you’re catching a show at Buell Theatre, show up an hour before it starts — new security measures are being rolled out ahead of “Hamilton” by John Wenzel

Visitors to the Buell Theatre can expect spend more time getting into the auditorium starting next week as the Denver Center for the Performing Arts rolls out new security measures before t…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 07:51PM
Friday, January 12, 2018

How Colorado libraries and bookstores are staying competitive with celebrities like Segel and Springsteen by John Wenzel

"It's become more important, especially as our business model shifts from being simply a seller of books to a purveyor of experiences."

SOURCE: Denver Post at 02:01AM
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Diversity, making culture “fun” among challenges of Denver arts scene revealed by new survey by John Wenzel

Latino and African-American residents less likely to attend arts, cultural events, survey for Denver's Imagine 2020 cultural plan says.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 09:24PM
Friday, October 13, 2017

Hot off Disney’s “Frozen” and its $30 million impact, Denver Center’s president looks to future by John Wenzel

As she retools the DCPA for the 21st century, Janice Sinden is weighing priorities, including a potentially billion-dollar renovation of the Denver Performing Arts Complex and intense pressu…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 01:24PM
Sunday, September 17, 2017

Remembering Xavier “X” Atencio, a true Disney legend and Colorado native who marked the spot for generations of childhood magic by John Wenzel

Xavier “X” Atencio, a Colorado native and Disney legend who worked as an animator on "Pinocchio," "Fantasia," "Mary Poppins" and others, died last week at age 98.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 10:30AM
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

“Frozen” heats up Denver: Inside Disney’s multimillion-dollar quest to conquer Broadway by John Wenzel

Before "Frozen: The Musical" can take on Broadway, it debuts for the public at Denver's Buell on Aug. 17.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 03:33PM
Friday, August 4, 2017

3,000 new tickets released for Denver’s pre-Broadway engagement of “Frozen” by John Wenzel

The 3,000 new seats are in addition to the 25,000 tickets currently available at denvercenter.org.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 05:38PM
Monday, July 17, 2017

Naming rights could fetch millions for DCPA, Colorado Convention Center by John Wenzel

Selling naming rights could change the fortunes of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and the Colorado Convention Center. But getting those deals done will be a complicated task.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:42AM
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

“Dear Evan Hansen” will launch national tour at Denver Center by John Wenzel

The musical, which opened on Broadway in December, was nominated for nine Tony awards including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book and Best Actor.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 04:42PM
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Pen in hand, a legendary Disney animator comes to Denver for free masterclass by John Wenzel

Certified Disney legend Floyd Norman opens up about his decades-long tenure at Walt Disney Studios.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 02:22AM
Monday, May 1, 2017

What’s with all the blue trees? Public art project takes over Denver Theatre District by John Wenzel

Denver represents the biggest Blue Trees project so far.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 10:36PM
Thursday, April 27, 2017

As Alamo Drafthouse readies its second act, so does West Colfax by John Wenzel

Set across from a graffiti-strewn gas station, the sleek movie theater signals a new era for its West Colfax neighborhood.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 03:39PM

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