The principal cast of the national touring production of The Million Dollar Quartet were the featured guests at this month’s “Broadway at the T.C.,” a free panel discussion hosted by John Moore at the Bonfils Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver.
John Countryman (Jerry Lee Lewis), Lee Ferris (Carl Perkins), Cody Ray Slaughter (Elvis Presley), Scott Moreau (Johnny Cash) and Vince Nappo (Sam Phillips) talk about the famous 1956 jam session that spawned the hit Broadway musical; navigating those exuberant fans who blur the line between the actor and the celebrities they help immortalize; and other hot topics.
Mile Marker 5, the name of the Million Dollar Quartet band, played a wild night of classic country at the Bannock Street Garage on March 3. On Saturday, they will play a late-night set at the Brown Palace. Pictured from left: Andrew Frace, Robby Kipferl, Katie Barton, H. Bradley Waters and David Sonneborn. Photo by John Moore.
By John Moore
Who’s the hardest-working band in show business? It’s gotta be the Million Dollar Quartet and their house band. Since arriving in Denver, they have been entertaining Denver audiences at venues all over town, including Gary Lee’s, the Hard Rock Cafe, the Tattered Cover Book Store and the Bannock Street Garage. That, in addition to eight performances a week of Million Dollar Quartet.
Outside of the theatre, five of the musicians go by the name Mile Marker 5, and you have one last chance to hear the band for yourself when they take over the Ship Tavern at the swanky Brown Palace from 11 p.m. to midnight this coming Saturday, March 8. Million Dollar Quartet closes the next day, so this is really it.
Actors Jonathan Randell Silver and Christine Rowan on the first day of rehearsal for “Animal Crackers.” Photo by John Moore.
"One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don’t know." Groucho Marx, “Animal Crackers”
By John Moore
What promises to be a month of mirthful rehearsals got underway on Wednesday for the Denver Center Theatre Company’s Animal Crackers, opening April 4. The production reimagines the Marx Brothers’ 1928 Broadway comedy that was later immortalized in cellulouid silliness in 1930.
Saturday Night Alive, the Denver Center’s signature annual fundraiser, netted a record $842,000 for its Arts in Education programs. The March 1 gala concert starred Broadway veteran Matthew Morrison of Fox TV’s “Glee.” This video, created by Ben Seymour of Postmodern Company, with content and editorial assistance from FloraJane DiRienzo and John Moore of the Denver Center, articulates the impact of the Denver Center’s education programs, which help 50,000 local children every year. Thanks to Leo and Susan Kiely, as well as the Salah Foundation, for their matching grants, and event sponsors Molson Coors, Colorado State Bank & Trust, Westin Denver Downtown, United Airlines, Keith & Kathie Finger, Oil & Gas Producers of Colorado, Tuchman Family Foundation, Anschutz Foundation and Epicurean Culinary Group.
Robert and Judi Newman accept the John Madden Jr. Leadership Award on March 5 at the Denver Center.
By John Moore
Robert and Judi Newman were honored with the prestigious John Madden Jr. Leadership Award at today’s Colorado Business Committee for the Arts awards luncheon in the Denver Center’s Seawell Ballroom. The Newmans are the namesakes of the Denver Center’s Center for Theatre Education located at 13th and Arapahoe streets.
In honoring the Newmans, the CBCA said:
Curtis McClarin in the title role of “Victory Jones and the Incredible One Woman Band” at last month’s Colorado New Play Summit reading. Photo by John Moore.
By John Moore
Actor Curtis McClarin, who played the title role in last month’s Colorado New Play Summit reading of Victory Jones and the Incredible One Woman Band, has passed away, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center announced today on its web page.
The statement read:
The theater community at large lost a dear, dear friend. Curtis McClarin acted everywhere, but he spent several summers at the National Playwrights Conference. The O’Neill is blessed to count itself among many considered a creative home to a brilliant man.
No cause of death has been announced.
The cast of the national touring production of The Million Dollar Quartet sang “Blue Suede Shoes” to finish off their hour-long panel discussion hosted by John Moore at the Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver.
The cast includes John Countryman as Jerry Lee Lewis, Lee Ferris as Carl Perkins, Cody Ray Slaughter as Elvis Presley, Scott Moreau as Johnny Cash and Vince Nappo as Sam Phillips.
News, photos: Saturday Night Alive, starring Matthew Morrison, nets $842,000 for Denver Center’s Education programs
Saturday Night Alive, the Denver Center’s signature annual fundraiser, netted a record $842,000 for its Arts in Education programs, Associate Director of Development Linda Mitchell announced today.
The March 1 gala concert starred Broadway veteran Matthew Morrison, who also stars on Fox TV’s “Glee.”
Matthew Morrison, star of Broadway and television, was the featured artist at last night’s swanky Saturday Night Alive, a gala benefit concert for the Denver Center’s Education programs. Here, he sings the Duke Ellington classic “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If it Ain’t Got That Swing)” as part of a promotional video detailing the scope of the Denver Center’s education programs..
By John Moore
Germinal Stage, Denver’s 40-year home to experimental and off-beat theatre classics, will resume operations this summer at the newly renovated 73rd Avenue Playhouse, located at the southwest corner of 73rd Avenue and Lowell Boulevard in Westminster.
Germinal will present a three-show summer season beginning May 2:
Debonair Matthew Morrison made ‘em swoon at Saturday’s swanky Saturday Night Alive benefit concert for the Denver Center’s education programs. Many more hot photos to come … and even some video.
The cast of “Million Dollar Quartet” performs “Hound Dog” at the Hard Rock Cafe in Denver on Feb. 26. Featuring Cody Ray Slaughter, Lee Ferris, John Countyman, Scott Moreau, Kelly Lamont, Patrick Morrow and Corey Kaiser. Video and photos by John Moore.
The Quartet also will appear at noon March 4 for a free hour of music and mayhem at the Tattered Cover Book Store located at 2526 E. Colfax Ave.
"Million Dollar Quartet" plays through March 9 at the Buell Theatre, Call 303-893-4100 or go to http://www.denvercenter.org.
It this a 2014 elevator ride … or 1956?
The cast of the national touring production of Million Dollar Quartet played an afternoon concert at the Hard Rock Cafe in Denver on Wednesday, and it felt all the world like 1956. Take a look at these photos by the Denver Center’s John Moore of the performance.
The performers included Scott Moreau (Johnny Cash), Cody Ray Slaughter (Elvis Presley), John Countryman (Jerry Lee Lewis), Lee Ferris (Carl Perkins), Kelly Lamont (Dyanne), Patrick Morrow (Fluke) and Corey Kaiser (Jay Perkins).
By John Moore
Mary Louise Lee, a longtime star in the local performing arts community and now First Lady of Denver, returned to her professional roots Tuesday night when she joined the cast of Million Dollar Quartet onstage for a special encore jam session. Lee, who made her professional debut at age 18 in the Denver Center’s “Beehive,” was asked to choose a 1950s-style pop song to perform with the entire cast, and she selected the Drifters’ “Fools Fall in Love.”This video brings you backstage and shows the entire song.
Mary Louise Lee, a longtime star in the local performing arts community and now First Lady of Denver, returned to her professional roots tonight when she joined the cast of “Million Dollar Quartet” onstage for a special encore jam session. Lee, who made her professional debut at age 18 in the Denver Center’s “Beehive,” was asked to choose a 1950s-style pop song to perform with the entire cast, and she selected the Drifters’ “Fools Fall in Love in a Hurry.” Lee is pictured above with, from left, Lee Ferris (Carl Perkins), Scott Moreau (Johnny Cash), Cody Ray Slaughter (Elvis Presley), Patrick Morrow (Fluke), Corey Kaiser (Jay Perkins), Katie Barton (Dyanne understudy), Kelly Lamont (Dyanne), Vince Nappo (Sam Phillips) and John Countryman (Jerry Lee Lewis). We’ll post video and more pictures tomorrow. “Million Dollar Quartet” runs through March 9. Call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org. Photo by John Moore. All rights reserved.