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


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.”

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


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.

Bianca Marroquin talks to her ‘Chicago’ fans in English and Spanish from Denver

Bianca Marroquin, star of the national touring production of “Chicago,” addresses her fans in both Spanish and English for her web page this morning (March 19), just before meeting students from Denver’s La Academia. That’s a private, inner-city school committed to providing the highest level of education to 7th-12th graders who have been under-served by the schools they have previously attended, and to provide a safe and structured learning environment for students of all ethnicities, economic backgrounds and sexual orientations. Check back tomorrow for footage of her talk with students. “Chicago” plays through Sunday, March 23. Call 303-893-4100 or go to the Denver Center’s web page.

Interview: Father John O’Hurley has found a Hart of gold in ‘Chicago’


John O’Hurley has played Billy Flynn in three different Broadway runs, and is now headlining the current national tour.


By John Moore

John O’Hurley is known by some as the award-winning actor who not only immortalized real-life clothing entrepreneur J Peterman on Seinfeld — he bought his company in 2001. O’Hurley calls it “one of the greatest acts of identity theft of all time.” 

Others know him as a best-selling author. Or as the host of the annual National Dog Show. Or as the former host of The Family Feud. Or as a champion contestant on Dancing with the Stars. John O’Hurley also has played win-at-any-cost lawyer Billy Flynn three different times in Broadway runs of Chicago, and he is now headlining the current national touring production that stops in Denver from March 18-23.

Photos: Goin’ retro with the cast of ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ at the Hard Rock Cafe in Denver


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).

Denver First Lady Mary Louise Lee to jam with Million Dollar Quartet cast


Mary Louise Lee returns to the Denver Center on Tuesday night to sing with the cast of “Million Dollar Quartet.”

By John Moore and Heidi Bosk

Mary Louise Lee regularly blew Denver Center audiences away 20 years ago. Tomorrow night, she will return to her professional roots when she joins the cast of Million Dollar Quartet onstage for a special encore jam session.

The national touring production of the Broadway musical opens in Denver on Tuesday (Feb. 25). Afterward, Lee will join the cast on The Buell Theatre stage as part of a regular series of Million Dollar Quartet jam sessions.

Vince Nappo returns to Denver in ‘Million Dollar Quartet’

By John Moore

Vince Nappo graduated from the Denver Center’s National Theatre Conservatory in 2005. Now he’s back in town for two weeks, playing Sam Phillips in Million Dollar Quartet, opening  Feb. 25 at the Buell Theatre. That’s the Broadway musical that tells the true story of the one and only recording session between Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

But we just couldn’t wait for them all to get here. So we asked Nappo  to answer a few questions and send us the video. Million Dollar Quartet plays through March 9. Call 303-893-4100 or go to

Hey, Denver: Let’s play Million Dollar Quar-Trivia!

Million Dollar Quartet is coming to Denver on Feb. 25, thankyouverymuch. That’s the Broadway musical that tells the true story of the one and only recording session between Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

We just couldn’t wait for them to get here. So we went ahead and asked their acting namesakes what they are looking forward to about Denver, and one thing they didn’t know about their characters. We’ve sprinkled in a few trivia questions of our own to round out our brief video. (Guess what food dish Johnny Cash was known for preparing?) Thanks to Cody Ray Slaughter (Elvis), John Countryman (Jerry Lee Lewis), Scott Moreau (Johnny Cash) and Lee Ferris (Carl Perkins) for playing along.

Tucker Worley, ‘Mamma Mia’ castmates leave their marks


Casts and crews from all our national touring productions are encouraged to leave a little piece of themselves behind in the form of wall art that lines (and lines) the basement hallways backstage at the Buell Theatre. Leading the team illustrating “Mamma Mia’s” “Goodbye to Denver” card was Parker native Tucker Worley, who played Pepper. (Click here to read our feature story on Tucker.) The show closed on Sunday. Tucker had help from Danny Lopez and Meghan Glogower.

Video: Kids Night on Broadway at Cirque Dreams Holidaze in Denver

Kids Night on Broadway allows young people ages 6-18 to see a Broadway show for free right in their own hometowns like Denver, and  eat for free beforehand at the Hard Rock Cafe with a paying adult. Activities change according to the host show, but this short video shows the fun we caught before last week’s performance of Cirque Dreams Holidaze, which plays through Dec. 22 at the Buell Theatre.

Our guest is Heidi Bosk of Denver Center Attractions, who administers all

Audio podcast: Our exclusive interview with Ira Glass

Audio podcast: Ira Glass brings his stage show, which combines the anachronistic art forms of dance and radio, to the Buell Theatre for one night only on Saturday, Dec. 7.

By John Moore

"This American Life," hosted by Ira Glass, is heard each week by more than 1.7 million listeners on more than 500 radio stations around the world, with an additional 1 million listening to the online podcast version. 

When given the opportunity to talk to such an iconic voice, you have to let the subject dictate the storytelling form. So I decided to use the occasion of a chat with Glass to resurrect my “Running Lines” audio podcasts, which topped 150 episodes back in 2007 when I worked for The Denver Post. 

Words are nice, but you have to admit … when it comes to Glass, you really want to hear that voice. Only you get some visuals, too.

"Book of Mormon" books return ticket to Denver in 2015; tickets on sale Nov. 25 


The Book of Mormon national tour made Denver its first city in 2012, its first second city in 2013, and in 2015, it will make Denver its first third city. Photo by Joan Marcus.

The Book of Mormon, which finishes its record-breaking engagement at the Buell Theatre on Sunday, has announced a third Denver visit for Aug. 11-Sept. 13, 2015, at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

Denver Center Attractions and Denver Center Theatre Company 2013-14 subscribers will have first access to purchase tickets to the 2015 return. For those patrons, tickets go on sale  at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, Nov. 20). An exclusive online-only pre-sale for American Express cardmembers will begin at the same time.

Tickets go on sale to the general public, online at the Denver Center box office, at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25.

"The Book of Mormon" breaks all-time Buell box-office record

"The Book of Mormon" has broken the house record at the Buell Theatre for the week ending Oct. 27, grossing $1,943,740.00 in ticket sales. The Buell opened in 1991.

The musical’s various national tours have broken 41 house records in 20 venues across the country.  At Broadway’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre, the show broken the house record 45 times.

So apparently … This. Is. Happening.

"The Book of Mormon" is back.

Opening Tuesday and running through Nov. 24 at the Buell Theatre.

Limited seating still available. Don’t get burned by scalpers. Call 303-893-4100 or go to the denver center’s home page

And don’t forget: The show will make 24 tickets front-row, $25 available to at least 12 members of the general public through a daily lottery before all performances. Details here.

Broadway wins over an avowed “Pippin” pessimist

By John Moore

As a former Denver Post theatre critic in the Google age, you can’t run, and you can’t hide, from your own words. In most cases, I don’t want to.

When it was annnounced that “Pippin” will launch its national tour in Denver in September 2014, I was immediately reminded of my admittedly cranky review of the 2006 Arvada Center production, headlined, “Pippin bares an ick factor.”

My lead from that review: