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First photo: ‘Molly Brown’ is coming to town

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The Denver Center Theatre Company just opened the final two productions of its 2013-14 season (Shadowlands and Animal Crackers), but the staff is already hard at work on next season’s opener: The newly re-imagined The Unsinkable Molly Brown, featuring a new book by Dick Scanlan and songs by Meredith Willson. The photo above shows members of the local design team, who are collaborating with an acclaimed group of Broadway designers on this production. 

And how’s that for timing? The Titanic sank 102 years ago today.

The Unsinkable Molly Brown opens in previews Sept. 12. Here’s more information: 

Page to Stage to Video: ‘Shadowlands’ director and stars at Tattered Cover

The Denver Center Theatre Company’s “Shadowlands” explores “Narnia” creator C.S. Lewis’ spiritual crisis, and how it affected his writing canon after finally experiencing - and losing - romantic love late in life. This month’s “Page to Stage” forum at the Tattered Cover Book Store featured actors Graeme Malcolm and Kathleen McCall, along with director Christy Montour-Larson. The panelists tackled the origin of love, the commonality of grief — and remarkable 10-year-old castmate Charlie Korman. “Most therapies start out by saying, ‘You are not alone,’ ” Malcolm told host John Moore, former Denver Post theatre critic and now an associate director for the Denver Center. Video by David Lenk.

Join us next at noon on Tuesday, May 6, at the Bonfils Tattered Cover Book Store (2526 Colfax Ave.), when Producing Artistic Director Kent Thompson and special guests discuss all that went into selecting the newly announced 2014-15 season. It’s free.

"Shadowlands" plays through April 27 in the Space Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. For information, call 303-893-4100 or go to the Denver Center’s web site.

Dixie Does Denver, Part 9: Dixie’s ‘Evita’ Moment

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 9: Dixie expresses her love for “Evita,” which she thinks is the story of Madonna … in her early years … in Mexico.

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.

Have a snicker: Here’s the full series to date:

Dixie Does Denver, Part 8: Lannie Garrett is (Not) Dead

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 8: Dixie pays a daytime (closed) visit to the great (but not late) cabaret icon Lannie Garrett at her Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret in the D&F Tower. You’ll also learn about a chillingly repressive Texas law that goes into effect each night at 9:30.

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.

Have a snicker: Here’s the full series to date:

Photos: An Evening of Sondheim: An Academy Master Class Project

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Jenna Bainbridge performs Wednesday in “Our Time, An Evening of Sondheim.” The musical revue culminates the latest Denver Center Theatre Academy Master Class Project with “open rehearsals” through Friday. Photo by John Moore.

By John Moore

One of the hallmarks of the Denver Center Theatre Academy’s programming is Head of Acting Larry Hecht’s popular Master Class Project. Following last year’s Picnic, Hecht led 15 students this winter into the wonderful world of Stephen Sondheim. Our Time, An Evening of Sondheim is a musical revue inspired by the songs of Sondheim and the art of Edward Hopper. Performers (many of whom, incidentally, also perform with the local Phamaly Theatre Company), must have completed two previous Academy classes or workshops in order to audition. The classes culminate with public “open rehearsals,” which already are at capacity for the remaining Sondheim performances this weekend. 

Video: Your first look at ‘Animal Crackers,’ opening tonight

Here’s your first look at “Animal Crackers,” opening tonight at the Stage Theatre. From the zinging one-liners to its slapstick brilliance, this boisterous and raucous comedy about the theft of a valuable painting from a society dinner party is quintessential Marx Brothers mayhem. “Animal Crackers” plays from April 4-May 11 in the Stage Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org.

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.

Have a snicker: Here’s the full series to date:

Podcast: Running Lines with “Animal Crackers” Dramaturg Allison Horsley

"Running Lines," John Moore’s signature theatre podcast, is back at the Denver Center with this fun and informative conversation with Allison Horsley about all things Marx Brothers and the mysterious art of Dramaturgy: How do you say it? (Hard G: The uglier, the better!") How do you do it? Listen in. "Animal Crackers" will be staged at the Denver Center from April 4-May 11. For ticket information, call 303-893-4100 or go to the Denver Center web page.

Video: Dixie Does Denver, Part 6: Hey, don’t rap a ho!

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 6: Dixie takes a stroll down Arapahoe Street and Hot Pun Corner.

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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Video: Dixie Does Denver, Part 4: Why Dixie loves Easter

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 4: Dixie discovers a jump rope filled with egg tarts, and explains why she loves Easter.

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 montage: Scenes from ‘Shadowlands’

A deeply moving reminder that great loss cannot exist without great love, Shadowlands is a biographical look at the late-in-life blooming relationship between C.S. Lewis and wife Joy Davidman. Her cancer diagnosis shakes the foundation of Lewis’ strong faith. Presented by the Denver Center Theatre Company through April 27 in the Space Theatre. Call 303-893-4100, or go to the Denver Center web page. Video by David Lenk.

Shadowlands features Graeme Malcolm, Kathleen McCall, John Hutton, Sam Gregory, Michael Santo, Charlie Korman, Douglas Harmsen, Stephanie Cozart and John Arp. Directed by Christy Montour-Larson.

Dixie Does Denver, Part 3: Visiting Walgreens

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 3: Dixie takes a stroll through Walgreens. Whatever will she find?

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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Dixie Does Denver, Part 2: The 16th Street Mall Bus

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 2: While riding the free 16th Street Mall Bus, Dixie is asked what class she might teach at her local community college.

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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