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.
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.
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.
I am not afraid of the alternate uses for this feminine product as suggested to me by the women of “Girls Only.” Looking forward to it, in fact. Photobombing: Carla Kaiser Kotrc.
By John Moore
This doesn’t happen every night at the theatre: At intermission, a kindly female usher came up to me at my seat and asked if I intended to use the men’s room during the break. I did a quick mental bladder assessment and determined … OK, pretty sure I’m good. … Why?
“Well, then — with your permission — we are going to open up the men’s room for the ladies to use,” she said.
I never thought I would ever hold such power. But I was raised by a good woman. I knew what was good for me. I gave my blessing.
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 www.denvercenter.org.
(To see video montages from many of the newly announced shows, click here)
Denver Center Attractions’ 2014-15 season kicks off Sept. 6 with back-to-back visits from the most recent Tony Award winners for best revival of a musical and best musical: Pippin and Kinky Boots.
It was previously announced that Denver would launch the national touring production of Pippin, continuing the city’s burgeoning reputation as a premiere location to christen new national tours. Pippin plays here from Sept. 6-20. Kinky Boots, featuring a score by pop star Cyndi Lauper, follows Oct. 29-Nov. 9.
The six-show subscription package also will include Motown the Musical, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella and Annie in the Buell Theatre, as well as Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking! in the Garner Galleria Theatre.
On the opening night of the national touring production of “Evita,” cast members stayed late to have a private talkback with Colorado high-school musical theatre students who are participating in the Denver Center’s Bobby G Awards, an educational program that cultivates and honors high-school musical theatre excellence. Video by John Moore.
An opening night rallying-cry with cast and crew of “Girls Only.”
“Girls Only: The Secret Comedy of Women,” starring Barbara Gehring and Linda Klein, is the returning, original comedy by two Denver comics that celebrates the honor, truth, humor and silliness of being female. Borne out of the earnest and sweetly ridiculous writings the two authors discovered in their girlhood diaries, “Girls Only” has found popularity in its unique examination of all things girly. Now in its third Denver Center run, the show has played before more than 90,000 in Denver alone. It’s a mix of sketch comedy, improvisation, audience participation, songs and videos. Men are not disallowed, but neither are they encouraged to attend. Not appropriate for under 13. Presented by Denver Center Attractions at the Garner-Galleria Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100 or the denver center’s ticketing page. Photos by John Moore.
Crumpet may be one cynical elf, but Colorado’s own Matt Zambrano proved to be a joyful sprite of a guy when he joined John Moore for a fun-filled hour at November’s “Page to the Stage,” a monthly lunchtime conversation at the Tattered Cover book store. This brief video contains highlights from their talk. The SantaLand Diaries, a co-production with the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, opens Nov. 29 and runs through Dec. 24. Call 303-893-4100, or go to www.denvercenter.org
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:
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By John Moore
Aug. 21, 2013
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts hosted “Kids’ Night on Broadway” on Aug. 20, 2013, in conjunction with the launch of the national touring production of “Peter and the Starcatcher” at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Kids ate at the Hard Rock Cafe, then were treated to a full array of family activities in the theater lobby, then met with four members of the cast before seeing the show: Nathan Hosner, Carl Howell, John Sanders and Ian Michael Stuart. “Peter and the Starcatcher” runs through Sept. 1 at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets. Information: 303-893-4100 or www.denvercenter.org.
A critically-acclaimed international dance production, choreographed by ABC-TVs Emmy-nominated Louis van Amstel of “Dancing With the Stars”, has taken the inevitable next step and is hitting The Buell Theatre stage.
Ballroom with a Twist stars “Dancing With The Stars” celebrity pros Jonathan Roberts and Anna Trebunskaya, Tristan MacManus and Chelsie Hightower; finalists from TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance” Randi Lynn Strong, Legacy and Jonathan Platero, and “American Idol” finalist Gina Glocksen and Von Smith.
This evening of pure entertainment for the entire family pushes the boundaries of ballroom dance, infusing it with the intensity of the latest contemporary and “hip-hop” styles. It also is crowned by stunning costumes, magnificent music and breathtaking performances. What’s not to like…?
by Sylvie Drake
With the release of the film made of the musical based on Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, and considering that musical’s 33-year record run on stage, one has to ask: Why? Why does this show never seem to lose its luster? Is it the pathos? The action drama? The deep well of sentiment (as opposed to sentimentality) on which it draws? The pervasive heroics and genuine heroism of the piece?
Whether it’s a carryon, a suitcase, a traveling trunk or — as in the case of Mary Poppins which flies into Denver’s Buell Theatre May 1-5 — a carpetbag, it takes a little organizational magic to pack when you are constantly on the road. So we turned to Madeline Trumble, who plays everyone’s favorite nanny to get some helpful, handy tips.
How many markets will you travel to during your run as Mary?
Oh my goodness, I think I’ve traveled to about forty different cities, in three different countries. And we still have a few stops left!
Matt Goldman, Chris Wink and Phil Stanton are entrepreneurs who created and oversee a global enterprise that has brought joy to more than 17 million people. They are also innovators, educators, artists, and contemporary comedians, known collectively as the founders and originators of Blue Man Group. That these three bald and blue characters would become a cultural phenomenon is an idea that was all but unimaginable when these inscrutable beings first emerged, walking the streets of New York.
“We weren’t really goal-oriented,” says Stanton. “When we started walking around the city, we did it because we wanted to see how people reacted. And being bald and blue was our social life. We didn’t want to go to bars and be part of a singles scene, a drinking scene. We wanted our social life to be somehow creative, and this was a lot of fun. We knew we would eventually do some kind of performance, but we never envisioned a commercial theater run.”