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Where’s our coverage? We’ve moved … and the neighborhood is swank

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Hello, faithful reader. If you’ve been dropping by these past few weeks and wondering, “Hey, where’s the new stuff?” be assured, it’s still coming at you. It’s just moving to a new address.

MyDenverCenter.Org — we like to call it “Denver CenterStage — has been incorporated into the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ newly re-launched web site at DenverCenter.Org. In fact, it is a cornerstone of this exciting and innovative new media intiative. Only now, it will live right alongside where you go looking for how to purchase tickets.

Our “News Center” now constitutes a fully functioning, vibrant media outlet in its own right. Denver CenterStage offers a steady daily stream of news, features, photos, videos and audio podcasts that we hope readers will take as an invitation to visit often, and stay for a long while.

This new web home is the result of a full year of research and development by Denver Center staff along with our partners at Faction Media. We haven’t announced it to the public yet while we work out the final few bugs. But we wanted you, our most loyal readers, to know where we are now, in case it looks as if this Tumblr page has gone dormant.

So this will be our final Tumblr post — except for the forthcoming official announcement of the launch of our new Media Outlet. In the meantime, follow the links and enjoy all of the in-depth coverage you have come to expect about all the many happenings taking place at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

All you have to remember to find us is MyDenverCenter.Org.

Thank you for reading. Please continue to do so. :)

John Moore
Senior Arts Journalist
Denver Center for the Performing Arts
jmoore@dcpa.org

Twitter: @DenverCenter

The ‘Pippin’ Profiles: Circus Creator Gypsy Snider

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To lifetime circus performer Gypsy Snider, “circus is like eating and sleeping and family.” Photo courtesy Gypsy Snider. 

Note: “The Pippin Profiles” is a series of interviews by Arts Journalist John Moore with the “Pippin The Musical” cast and creative team leading up to the launch of the first national touring production in Denver on Sept. 6. First up: Circus Creator Gypsy Snider.

By John Moore
Aug. 9, 2014

In Pippin The Musical, a family of circus performers defies death to tell their story with every flip, tumble and mid-air spin.

The same is true of those actors performing in Pippin the Musical.

And the same has been true of Pippin Circus Creator Gypsy Snider since she began her career as a circus performer at the tender age of 4. 

With all respect to Stephen Schwartz, composer of Wicked and Pippin, Snider was defying gravity long before Elphaba was a green twinkle in his orchestral eye.

Academy students tangle with Sarah Ruhl’s ‘Eurydice in Friday performances

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Photo by John Moore. To see our complete gallery of “Eurydice” photos, click here.

By John Moore
Aug. 7, 2014

The Denver Center Theatre Academy culminates a busy summer of programming tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 8) with public performances of Sarah Ruhl’s magical and engaging play Eurydice in the Conservatory Theatre.

Eurydice is Sarah Ruhl’s enigmatic and lyrical re-imagining of the Orpheus myth. He’s the musician who goes to hell and back for the wife who died on their wedding night. Only this time, the story is told from Eurydice’s point of view.

The 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. performances, directed by Allison Watrous and featuring high-school performers, are free and open the public. But you are asked to email your intent to attend first by emailing academy@dcpa.org.

First look at first rehearsal for ‘The Unsinkable Molly Brown’

'The Unsinkable Molly Brown's' heroine, played by Beth Malone, and Burke Moses, who plays Leadville Johnny Brown.

The cast of the Denver Center Theatre Company’s newly revised production of The Unsinkable Molly Brown gathered for the first time today in preparation for their Sept. 12 opening. Stay tuned for more photos, video, and a full report on the first day of activities.

Tickets are on sale now at 303-893-4100 or online at www.DenverCenter.Org. 

First look: Denver Center’s ‘Lord of the Fires’

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Rehearsals have not yet begun for Lord of the Flies, but Theatre Company technicians are already hard at work on creating a safe (and cool!) way for the production to depict the essential ritual fire the boys build on the beach. That’s Shop Foreman Bob Orzolek, left, working on the apparatus with Albert “Stub” Allison. We’ll be closely following the making of fire for this show, and we will be making a video to show you how it all gets done. We are working with the Denver Fire Department to make sure it is safe. Stay tuned! Lord of the Flies plays from Sept. 26 through Nov 2 in The Space Theatre. Information: Call 303-893-4100 or click here. Photo by John Moore.

Photos: 2014 Denver Post Underground Music Showcase

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July 25, 2014

Photos from Day 2 of the 2014 Denver Post Underground Music Showcase, To see the full photo gallery, click here.

All photos by UMS co-founder John Moore, now Senior Arts Journalist for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Find more of his work at CultureWest.Org.

Henry Awards: Big night for ‘The Whipping Man,’ Denver Center

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Photos by Jennifer M. Koskinen.

By John Moore
July 20, 2014

Curious Theatre Company’s staging of the remarkable Civil War drama The Whipping Man swept the Colorado Theatre Guild’s Henry Awards on Monday, while the Denver Center Theatre Company was honored for Outstanding Season for the fourth time in the past seven years.

The Denver Center’s Animal Crackers, the most nominated production in Henry Awards history (13), won three awards, including Outstanding Musical. It’s a lighthearted re-enactment of a famous 1928 Marx Brothers Broadway musical.

Denver Center celebrates Molly Brown’s 147th birthday

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July 19, 2014

Maggie Brown herself, left, showed up last night at her 147th birthday party on Friday at the Molly Brown House Museum in Capital Hill. She was joined by another force of nature, Denver Center trustee Judi Wolf, right, and about 100 other guests.

The Denver Center Theatre Company will present The Unsinkable Molly Brown” with new songs and a refreshed book, opening Sept. 12 and running through Oct. 26 at the Stage Theatre.

"The vision of the Theatre Company at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts is about reflecting the stories and the issues of the day, not only in our local community of Denver, but also Colorado, the Rocky Mountains and nationally," Producing Artistic Director Kent Thompson told the gathering. "The Unsinkable Molly Brown has a deep Colorado connection, but this is also one of the iconic women in American history.” 

Photo by John Moore. Ticket info: 303-893-4100 or click here.

Video: Visiting with Denver Center’s new Molly Brown in Leadville, Colorado

Castle Rock native Beth Malone is beside herself - at 10,000 feet! - talking with arts journalist John Moore about how excited she is to be playing the title role in the new “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,”  opening Sept. 12 and running through Oct. 26 at the Denver Center Theatre Company’s Stage Theatre. Photos and video by John Moore. Ticket info: 303-893-4100 or click here.

Bobby G Awards program expanding to statewide and year-round

By John Moore

After just two years, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts is expanding its popular Bobby G Awards into a year-round program, President Randy Weeks announced today. And for the first time, Colorado high schools statewide will now be eligible for consideration. Both changes are effective with the upcoming fall semester.

Weeks said the moves are in response to the program’s exponential growth. An overflow crowd of more than 800 filled the Denver Center’s Seawell Ballroom in 2013. Last month, attendance doubled to 1,600 at the Buell Theatre.

Abby and Conner’s New York Video Diary, Part 4: Two Andys and a Coors Field homecoming

Abby Noble and Conner Kingsley, named Outstanding Actress and Actor at the 2014 Bobby G Awards in Denver on May 29, are in New York City for a week-long immersion at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, a k a “The Jimmys.” In Part 4, they talk about performing on a Broadway stage, meeting Andy Karl of “Rocky” (“His voice can melt the hearts of every person on this Earth”), Andy Kelso of “Kinky Boots” (“I just wanted to start crying afterward”), and coming home to sing the national anthem at the Colorado Rockies’ fireworks game on July 3. Video by David Lenk and John Moore. Special thanks: Heidi Bosk.

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The Bicycle Men: “The triumph of the bicycle over … death!”

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Joe Liss, left, and John Rubano are co-writers and co-stars of “The Bicycle Men,” opening July 10 at the Garner Galleria Theatre.

By John Moore

Writer, actor and obsessive cycling aficionado John Rubano is not taken to hyperbole. Not at all. Which is why The Second City comedy alum and Colorado native modestly calls his musical play The Bicycle Men no less than “The triumph of the bicycle over … death.”

He also says the first day of the Tour de France should be declared a national holiday … in America. Yes, that drug- and scandal-tainted exercise in steroidal cheating.

Burke Moses returning to Denver for ‘The Unsinkable Molly Brown’

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Burke Moses starred as Brick in the Denver Center Theatre Company’s “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” in 1989, opposite Leslie Hendrix. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

By John Moore

Stage and screen star Burke Moses, known nationally for originating the role of Gaston in Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast, and locally for one powerhouse season with the Denver Center Theatre Company, is returning to Denver to reinvent the role of Leadville Johnny Brown in The Unsinkable Molly Brown, it was announced today.

The Denver Center Theatre Company will launch a newly refreshed version of Colorado’s quintessential Broadway musical on Sept. 12. It will be helmed by acclaimed director Kathleen Marshall and writer Dick Scanlan. This revised musical features a new book and a score that preserves some Meredith Willson songs from the original while adding previously unpublished songs from Willson’s catalog.

Video: Director Kathleen Marshall on the Denver Center’s “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”

Three-time Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall talks about directing the launch of the newly refreshed Broadway musical “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” debuting Sept. 12 on the Denver Center Theatre Company’s Stage Theatre. Marshall and writer Dick Scanlan talk about why now is the right time to revisit Colorado’s quintessential powerhouse citizen, why Colorado native Beth Malone is the right actress to bring her back to life, and how audiences can expect to see a very different - and more consistent - Molly Brown than the character who landed on Broadway in 1960. For more information, call 303-893-4100 or go to www.DenverCenter.Org. Video by John Moore.

Steinberg donation helps Women’s Voices Fund reach milestone

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Denver Center trustee Jim Steinberg has given an additional $30,000 gift to the Denver Center’s Women’s Voices Fund in tribute to retiring Vice President Dorothy Denny. Photo by John Moore.

By John Moore

The 2014 Swing Time Golf Fundraiser tournament raised a record $50,000, primarily for Denver Center education programs, on Monday at the Lakewood Country Club. And the day was capped by a surprise announcement:

Denver Center trustee Jim Steinberg has given an additional $30,000 gift to the Denver Center’s Women’s Voices Fund, in tribute to retiring Denver Center Vice President of Development Dorothy Denny. Steinberg’s gift represented $1,000 for every year of service Denny has given as an employee of the Denver Center. (Read our retrospective on Denny’s career here).

Steinberg’s gift helped the Women’s Voices Fund surpass the $1 million mark. The Fund was co-created by Denny and Denver Center Theatre Company Producing Artistic Director Kent Thompson to support productions by female playwrights and directors.