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'Rock of Ages': Let Your (Big) Hair Down … Gentlemen

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The cast of the national touring production of “Rock of Ages.” Photo by Scott Suchman

By John Moore

 Three things you need to know about the Denver-bound, national touring production of Rock of Ages:

  •  It’s not the movie. (That’s a good thing.)
  • It’s safe to bring your man. Or men.
  • It’s only performing in Denver for three days, so plan accordingly.

The New York Times recently reported that more men are steering clear of Broadway musicals than ever before. Only 32 percent of audience members last year were men, or 3.7 million; compared with 42 percent (or 4.2 million) in 1980.

Dixie Does Denver, Part 10: Dixie Meets a Random Mall Make-Up Salesman

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. Episode 10: Dixie meets a random Mall Make-Up Salesman and concludes, “You can’t read a book with a cover on it.”

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:

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:

'Animal Crackers' opening offers blast from Colorado's theatre past

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By John Moore

You won’t believe the gem of a photo Colorado Rockies historian Paul T. Parker shared with us at Thursday’s opening-night performance of Animal Crackers. The photo you see above shows the cast of the equally famous Groucho Marx film The Cocoanuts in 1927 as they gathered outside the Broadway Theatre … in Denver. Yes, in Denver, at 17th and Broadway.

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:

First look: ‘Shadowlands’ cast at Page to Stage

We had a full house at the Bonfils Tattered Cover Book Store today for an hour-long talk on Shadowlands with, from left, moderator John Moore, director Christy Montour-Larson, actor Kathleen McCall and actor Graeme Malcolm. Check back in a few days for short video highlights. Photo by Nick Brown.

Join us next on May 6 when Denver Center Theatre Company Producing Artistic Director Kent Thompson and special guests tell you all that went into choosing the company’s  2014-15 season. 

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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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.

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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