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.
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.
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.
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.
Shadowlands is moving reminder that great loss cannot exist without great love. The play is a biographical look at the late-in-life blooming relationship between C.S. Lewis (creator of the Narnia series) and wife Joy Davidman. Her cancer diagnosis, and its reverberations, shakes the foundation of Lewis’ strong faith.
Here are photos by John Moore from today’s first rehearsal, and a cast list. For ticket information, call 303-893-4100 or go to the Shadowlands show page on the Denver Center’s web site.
March 28-April 27
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.
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.
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.