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Dixie Does Denver, Part 7: Elitch Gardens

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 7: Dixie spies Elitch Gardens from the Clocktower and shares her opinion of downtown amusement parks.

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.

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Video: Dixie Does Denver, Part 5: Hot Buns

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 5: Dixie discovers Hot Buns and admits, “I can’t do fractions.”

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.

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Meet the cast video series: John Arp

In this ongoing video series, we briefly introduce you to the actors performing in our plays in a fun way. Episode 56: Meet John Arp, a multiple award-winning actor in the Colorado theatre community who is playing four roles and understudying the lead role of C.S. Lewis in the Denver Center Theatre Company’s “Shadowlands.” It will be performed March 28-April 27 in the Space Theatre. Call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org. Video by John Moore. Run time: 2 minutes, 10 seconds.

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'Chicago' star Bianca Marroquín to students at Denver's La Academia: 'It can happen to you'

Bianca Marroquín, star of the national touring production of ‘Chicago,’ visits Denver’s La Academia School, telling inner-city students how she became the first Mexican to land a starring role on Broadway. Filmed on March 18, 2014. Video by David Lenk and John Moore.

By John Moore

Bianca Marroquín was an admittedly sensitive, insecure teenager who would cry at the drop of any finger against any ivory piano key. She also has the distinction of being the first actor born in Mexico ever to land a starring role in a Broadway musical. It’s a story worthy of … Broadway.

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.

Robert and Judi Newman win John Madden Jr. Leadership Award

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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:

Matthew Morrison of ‘Glee’ talks about Colorado co-star Melissa Benoist

Matthew Morrison, star of Broadway and television, was the featured artist at the swanky Saturday Night Alive, a gala benefit concert for the Denver Center’s Education programs.

Here, after the concert, he talks about performing on “Glee” with Colorado co-star Melissa Benoist.

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 www.denvercenter.org.

Page to Stage video highlights: Kent Thompson and John Moore

Check out these brief video highlights from John Moore’s wide-ranging, hour-long conversation with Denver Center Theatre Company Producing Artistic Director Kent Thompson, recorded  on Feb. 11 as part of the Denver Center’s monthly Page to Stage discussions held at the Tattered Cover Bookstore on East Colfax Avenue.

The pair talk about the recent Colorado New Play Summit, the challenges Thompson faces in crafting his company’s upcoming  2014-15 season (expected to be announced on or around March 4), how the ongoing erosion of the mainstream media is affecting arts organizations like the Denver Center, and all manner of things “Hamlet.” Thompson directed the mainstage production that runs through Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Stage Theatre.

Tucker Worley, ‘Mamma Mia’ castmates leave their marks

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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: Summit Soliloquies, Day 3: Caridad Svich

By John Moore

Today, we continue “Summit Soliloquies,” a week-long video series leading up to the upcoming 2014 Colorado New Play Summit. Here, playwrights past and present talk to you about writing, the Denver Center, the Summit and more.

Part 3: Caridad Svich, whose “The House of the Spirits” was read at the 2010 Summit and fully produced in 2011. It was the first major English-language staging of Isabel Allende’s best-selling novel. “It was a glorious and unique time in my writing life,” Svich tells us.

Meet the cast video series: Jacob H. Knoll

In this ongoing series, we briefly introduce you to the actors performing in our plays in a fun way. Episode 53: Meet Jacob H. Knoll, a small-town kid from Okemos, Mich., who has grown up to play Laertes in the Denver Center Theatre Company’s “Hamlet.” It will be performed through Feb. 23 in the Stage Theatre. Call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org. Video by John Moore. Run time: 2 minutes.

Coming next in our “Meet the Cast” video series: Meet Amelia Pedlow, who plays Ophelia in “Hamlet.”

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Video series: Summit Soliloquies, Day 1: James Still, “Appoggiatura”

By John Moore

Today, we debut “Summit Soliloquies,” a week-long video series leading up to the upcoming 2014 Colorado New Play Summit where playwrights past and present will talk to you about writing, the Denver Center, the Summit and more.

Part 1: Three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee James Still, whose “Appoggiatura” is a scheduled 2014 reading for the Feb. 7-9 Summit.

Tony Todd: “Candyman” clamps his hook into Denver Center stage

Meet the cast, episode 49: Tony Todd, star of “Candyman” and “Platoon” is making his Denver Center debut in the world-premiere drama, “black odyssey,” playing Jan. 17 through Feb. 16.

By John Moore

Whether commanding the silver screen or stalking the stage, Tony Todd always seems larger than life.

To moviegoers, Todd was loved and loathed as The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand. In the Denver Center Theatre Company’s new world-premiere play black odyssey, Todd’s 6-foot-5 frame and menacing voice strike fear into the hearts of gods and audiences alike as he declares to Deus, “As long as (my son) is in pain, so will your great nephew, Ulysses!”

Todd plays Paw Sidin, god of the sea and king of the fish. That’s pronounced “Poseidon” (get it?) in Marcus Gardley’s inventive reimagining of Homer’s classic, “The Odyssey.”

Meet the cast video series: Kristen Adele

In this new YouTube series, we briefly introduce you to the actors performing in our plays in a fun way. Episode 37: Kristen Adele, who plays Rachel Robinson and other roles in the Denver Center Theatre Company’s family friendly baseball play “Jackie & Me” through Dec. 22, 2013, in the Space Theatre. Kristen’s mentors include late Denver theatre icons Israel Hicks and Jeffrey Nickelson. Call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org. Video by John Moore. Run time: 2 minutes, 10 seconds.

Coming next: Meet Aaron M. Davidson, who plays 12-year-old Joey in “Jackie & Me.”

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