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Denver Center’s ‘Sense & Sensibility’ gets New York reading starring Sierra Boggess


The original Denver cast of “Sense & Sensibility,” which has private readings this week in New York.  Photo by Jennifer M. Koskinen.

By John Moore


Sense & Sensibility The Musical, which had its critically acclaimed world premiere with the Denver Center Theatre Company last year, will be given a two-day private staged reading in New York this week, which may serve as a precursor for a future production there.

The reading will feature an accomplished cast headed by Denver native Sierra Boggess, who originated the role of Ariel in Broadway’s The Little Mermaid and the role of Christine in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera sequel, Love Never Dies. (Click here to read our feature story about her time in Denver.)

Art and Artist, Jessica Austgen: Cult Following, Academy Instructor … Total Nerd

Jessica Austgen being a big bully in February’s “Cult Following.” The next performance is April 10. 

By John Moore

Jessica Austgen is the At-Risk Coordinator and a Teaching Artist for the Denver Center’s Education Department. She heads up the STArt (Skills Through Art) Program, which teaches life skills through dramatic learning and targets at-risk and underserved populations.

She is also a geek. Seriously, a total Lord of the Rings, Veronica Mars, Lost, Benedict Cumberbatch, karaoke, Firefly geek. Which makes her the perfect addition to the cast of Off-Center @ The Jones’ Cult Following, a live, long-form improv comedy evening that returns Thursday, April 10. If you don’t know Jessica … well, you’re about to know more about her than you know about anyone named Kardashian.

Austen with Music

A musical based on Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility?
Makes perfectly sensible sense

By Sylvie Drake


Jane AustenThere is an undeniable fascination with the works of Jane Austen that has propelled itself into some strong film and television adaptations of many of her novels. These range from Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice (many versions) to Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park, Emma and Sense and Sensibility, her first published novel.

Remarkable? Not entirely. There are good reasons. These 19th-century novels resonate in any age because they were the elegantly written soap operas of their day—and we’re all in love with love—at any age and in any age.

Marcia Milgrom DodgeNow comes a first: a musical version of Sense and Sensibility. While several stage adaptations of Austen’s works have been attempted, “It’s the first time that a musical of Sense and Sensibility has been done on this scale,” said Marcia Milgrom Dodge, the director of Sense & Sensibility The Musical, adding, “I do try to keep up with everything Jane Austen.” 

Day 5d: Colorado New Play Summit

Tom Alan Robbins and Nicole Rodenburg in the Denver Center Theatre Company's production of THE WHALEOur second day of readings (more if you are in a cast) wrapped up with the world premiere of Samuel D. Hunter’s THE WHALE. Read last year during the COLORADO NEW PLAY SUMMIT, this new, riveting play was recently extended for an additional week.

This moving play about a man who has dealt with adversity by eating his way to the brink of death, had the 250-person crowd riveted. Determined to reconcile with his estranged daughter and sacrifice his own health so that he can leave her all that he has, this play is what the Summit is all about - development, hard work and dedication to the craft of playwriting.

Tomorrow the Summit concludes with brunch followed by a reading (or shall we say singing) of SENSE & SENSIBILITY THE MUSICAL by Jeffrey Haddow and Neal Hampton. Jane Austen fans - be ready!

Kent Thompson opens Colorado New Play Summit

Kent Thompson welcomes participants in the COLORADO NEW PLAY SUMMITAnd we’re off! More than 100 playwrights, directors, dramaturgs, actors, stage managers and other key staff gathered this morning to kick off the DENVER CENTER THEATRE COMPANY's seventh COLORADO NEW PLAY SUMMIT.

Five readings of new works in development, plus two full productions of new plays and the ever-popular Playwrights’ Slam will be experienced by theatre industry representatives from across the nation, local and national press, and local theatre patrons. 

Participants gather to kick off the COLORADO NEW PLAY SUMMITThe casts are assembled and the work has started on the second floor of our Newman Center. Here’s what you can expect coming up Feb 10-12:

Based in the novel by Jane Austen
Book and Lyrics by Jeffrey Haddow     Music by Neal Hampton
Directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge
Music Direction by Ethyl Will 

by Michael MItnick
Directed by Sam Buntrock
Dramaturgy by Douglas Langworthy
Multimedia Design by Charlie I. Miller 

by Richard Dresser
Directed by Pam MacKinnon

by Lisa G. Loomer
Directed by Justin Zsebe
Dramaturgy by Liz Engelman

by Lauren Feldman
Directed by Mike Donahue
Dramaturgy by Liz Frankel 

Stay tuned for a daily recap of our work in development.