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Dixie Does Denver, Part 13: Dixie visits Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs

In this ongoing video series (for adults only!), our own intrepid John Moore follows America’s randiest Tupperware Lady, Dixie Longate, on her latest visit to her adopted city of Denver. Episode 13: Dixie visits the Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs cart on the 16th Street Mall, and … well, of course, she puts one in her mouth. Make sure you watch till the end, when Dixie reveals a little-known secret about Disney princesses.

Dixie debuts the world premiere of her new show, “Dixie’s Never Wear a Tube Top While Riding a Mechanical Bull and 16 Other Things I Learned While I was Drinking Last Thursday,” THIS Thursday (April 24) through May 11 at the Garner Galleria Theatre. Call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org.

Check back here for a new “Dixie” video most every day through May 11.

Photo: ‘Shadowlands’ Theatre & Theology talkback; ‘Animal Crackers’ May 6

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The Denver Center Theatre Company enjoys a continued partnership with Pastor Dan Bollman of the Rocky Mountain Evangelical Lutheran Synod to examine relevant connections to our productions through the theological lens. The talkback series is called “Theatre & Theology.” Tuesday night’s conversation took place after a performance of Shadowlands, for which more than 165 audience members stayed. Cast members Graeme Malcolm, Kathleen McCall, Stephanie Cozart and Michael Santo took faith-based questions from Bollman and the crowd.

Shadowlands is centered on Narnia author C.S. Lewis’ crisis of faith after loving — and losing, his wife, Joy. It plays through April 27 in the Space Theatre.

Pastor Bollman will be leading the final “Theatre & Theology” talkback of the season on May 6 following that night’s performance of Animal Crackers. For reservations, call 303-893-4100 or go to the Denver Center web site.

Photo by John Moore.

'Once': Going from the big screen to the Broadway stage

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The national touring production of ‘once,’ the love story of two young musicians, comes to Denver starting May 6. Photo by Joan Marcus.

In 2007, the seductive, off-beat Irish film once opened to glowing reviews and quickly developed a fervent following. This lyrical musical tells the story of two down-on-their-luck musicians: an angst-ridden Dublin street singer/songwriter who works as a vacuum cleaner repairman, and a Czech immigrant who sells flowers to support herself and her family.

Girl (as she is known) initiates a friendship with Guy (as he is known), and in the course of a week they make music together, fall in love and part, but not before changing each other’s lives. The movie’s stars—Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova—also wrote much of the score and received an Oscar for their beautiful ballad, “Falling Slowly.”

Arvada Center to bring Tony-winning ‘Memphis’ to Arvada

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Felicia Boswell as Felicia and Bryan Fenkart as Huey in the national touring production of “Memphis.” The Arvada Center will stage the first local production of the Tony-winning musical next season. Photo by Paul Kolnik.

By John Moore

The Arvada Center has announced a three-play, three-musical lineup for its 38th season, headlined by the first locally staged production of the Tony Award-winning best musical, Memphis. (Here’s my 2012 review of the national touring production.)

Like the Denver Center, the Arvada Center is reducing its total show output next season, while maintaining its ongoing collaboration with Creede Repertory Theatre.

Interview: Life lessons from Dixie from atop a mechanical bull

By John Moore

Dixie had me in 2010, when she said to me, “Well, aren’t you sweeter than poop?!”

Dixie Longate, America’s favorite Tupperware Lady, is back in her adopted city of Denver for the fourth time, having just wrapped up another run of her silly fun comedy, Dixie’s Tupperware Party.

She’s back, and she’s spicier than a habanero pepper on a Biker Jim’s Alaska Reindeer Sausage. (We visited Biker Jim’s food cart on the 16th Street Mall. I swear to Jesus that Biker Jim’s slogan is “Off the Streets and Into Your Mouth.” If ever there were a match made in heaven, It’s Biker Jim and Dixie Longate.)

Dixie has become such a favorite at the Garner Galleria Theatre that spellbound hookers, er, honchos at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts asked her to stay and develop a new play. Dixie talks real fast, so it should come as no surprise that she can say, Dixie’s Never Wear a Tube Top While Riding a Mechanical Bull and 16 Other Things I Learned While I was Drinking Last Thursday in less than three seconds flat.

Denver Center seeks new Associate Production Manager

Rick Noble, left, is heading to Baltimore. He’s pictured with actors Jonathan Randell Silver (photobombing) and M Scott McLean of ‘Animal Crackers.’

By John Moore

For any of you who know Rick Noble, there is no other Rick Noble. But he has accepted the Director of Production job at Center Stage in Baltimore, Md., so the Denver Center Theatre Company has launched a search for his replacement.

Rick is the Associate Production Manager for the company.  He went to college at Oregon State and served in the United States Marine Corps. In announcing his decision to his co-workers, Rick said:

'Animal Crackers' and the art of costume quackery

In this expanded new podcast, we use photos, video and interviews to show how designer Kevin Copenhaver and the entire Denver Center costume team has transformed actor Christine Rowan into a socialite, a flapper … and a boat on heels for the Denver Center Theatre Company’s production of the Marx Brothers’ Animal Crackers. This is a rare and extended look into the fine art of costuming at the Denver Center, which built more than 30 “Animal Crackers” costumes … from scratch. Video by John Moore. Photos by Jennifer M. Koskinen (on stage) and John Moore Off stage).

Animal Crackers is performed every day but Monday through May 11. Call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org

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Dixie Does Denver, Parts 11 and 12: Why Dixie won’t be performing on Easter

In this ongoing new video series (for adults only!), our own intrepid John Moore follows America’s randiest Tupperware Lady, Dixie Longate, on her latest visit to her adopted city of Denver. Episode 12 (above): Today is Easter Sunday, so Dixie will not be performing her hit comedy, “Dixie’s Tupperware Party.” Why? “This is the day that Jesus rises to hide all the eggs,” Dixie says. So shouldn’t you be spending it at home, drinking with family? Episode 11 (below): Dixie invades a lobbyist’s office, and explains the benefits of having a stapler by your bedside.

Dixie debuts the world premiere of her new show, “Dixie’s Never Wear a Tube Top While Riding a Mechanical Bull and 16 Other Things I Learned While I was Drinking Last Thursday,” Wednesday through May 11 at the Garner Galleria Theatre. Call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org. Check back here for a new “Dixie” video most every day through May 11.

'Rock of Ages': Let Your (Big) Hair Down … Gentlemen

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The cast of the national touring production of “Rock of Ages.” Photo by Scott Suchman

By John Moore

 Three things you need to know about the Denver-bound, national touring production of Rock of Ages:

  •  It’s not the movie. (That’s a good thing.)
  • It’s safe to bring your man. Or men.
  • It’s only performing in Denver for three days, so plan accordingly.

The New York Times recently reported that more men are steering clear of Broadway musicals than ever before. Only 32 percent of audience members last year were men, or 3.7 million; compared with 42 percent (or 4.2 million) in 1980.

Dixie Does Denver, Part 10: Dixie Meets a Random Mall Make-Up Salesman

In this ongoing new video series (for adults only!), our own intrepid John Moore follows America’s randiest Tupperware Lady, Dixie Longate, on her latest visit to her adopted city of Denver. Episode 10: Dixie meets a random Mall Make-Up Salesman and concludes, “You can’t read a book with a cover on it.”

Dixie performs her hit comedy “Dixie’s Tupperware Party” through April 20 before debuting the world premiere of her new show, “Dixie’s Never Wear a Tube Top While Riding a Mechanical Bull and 16 Other Things I Learned While I was Drinking Last Thursday,” at the Garner Galleria Theatre through May 11. Call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org. Check back here for a new “Dixie” video most every day through May 11.

Have a snicker: Here’s the full series to date:

First photo: ‘Molly Brown’ is coming to town

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The Denver Center Theatre Company just opened the final two productions of its 2013-14 season (Shadowlands and Animal Crackers), but the staff is already hard at work on next season’s opener: The newly re-imagined The Unsinkable Molly Brown, featuring a new book by Dick Scanlan and songs by Meredith Willson. The photo above shows members of the local design team, who are collaborating with an acclaimed group of Broadway designers on this production. 

And how’s that for timing? The Titanic sank 102 years ago today.

The Unsinkable Molly Brown opens in previews Sept. 12. Here’s more information: 

Page to Stage to Video: ‘Shadowlands’ director and stars at Tattered Cover

The Denver Center Theatre Company’s “Shadowlands” explores “Narnia” creator C.S. Lewis’ spiritual crisis, and how it affected his writing canon after finally experiencing - and losing - romantic love late in life. This month’s “Page to Stage” forum at the Tattered Cover Book Store featured actors Graeme Malcolm and Kathleen McCall, along with director Christy Montour-Larson. The panelists tackled the origin of love, the commonality of grief — and remarkable 10-year-old castmate Charlie Korman. “Most therapies start out by saying, ‘You are not alone,’ ” Malcolm told host John Moore, former Denver Post theatre critic and now an associate director for the Denver Center. Video by David Lenk.

Join us next at noon on Tuesday, May 6, at the Bonfils Tattered Cover Book Store (2526 Colfax Ave.), when Producing Artistic Director Kent Thompson and special guests discuss all that went into selecting the newly announced 2014-15 season. It’s free.

"Shadowlands" plays through April 27 in the Space Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. For information, call 303-893-4100 or go to the Denver Center’s web site.

Dixie Does Denver, Part 9: Dixie’s ‘Evita’ Moment

In this ongoing new video series (for adults only!), our own intrepid John Moore follows America’s randiest Tupperware Lady, Dixie Longate, on her latest visit to her adopted city of Denver. Part 9: Dixie expresses her love for “Evita,” which she thinks is the story of Madonna … in her early years … in Mexico.

Dixie performs her hit comedy “Dixie’s Tupperware Party” through April 20 before debuting the world premiere of her new show, “Dixie’s Never Wear a Tube Top While Riding a Mechanical Bull and 16 Other Things I Learned While I was Drinking Last Thursday,” at the Garner Galleria Theatre through May 11. Call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org. Check back here for a new “Dixie” video most every day through May 11.

Have a snicker: Here’s the full series to date:

Dixie Does Denver, Part 8: Lannie Garrett is (Not) Dead

In this ongoing new video series (for adults only!), our own intrepid John Moore follows America’s randiest Tupperware Lady, Dixie Longate, on her latest visit to her adopted city of Denver. Part 8: Dixie pays a daytime (closed) visit to the great (but not late) cabaret icon Lannie Garrett at her Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret in the D&F Tower. You’ll also learn about a chillingly repressive Texas law that goes into effect each night at 9:30.

Dixie performs her hit comedy “Dixie’s Tupperware Party” through April 20 before debuting the world premiere of her new show, “Dixie’s Never Wear a Tube Top While Riding a Mechanical Bull and 16 Other Things I Learned While I was Drinking Last Thursday,” at the Garner Galleria Theatre through May 11. Call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org. Check back here for a new “Dixie” video most every day through May 11.

Have a snicker: Here’s the full series to date: