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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Diversity, making culture “fun” among challenges of Denver arts scene revealed by new survey by John Wenzel

Latino and African-American residents less likely to attend arts, cultural events, survey for Denver's Imagine 2020 cultural plan says.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 09:24PM
Friday, October 13, 2017

Hot off Disney’s “Frozen” and its $30 million impact, Denver Center’s president looks to future by John Wenzel

As she retools the DCPA for the 21st century, Janice Sinden is weighing priorities, including a potentially billion-dollar renovation of the Denver Performing Arts Complex and intense pressu…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 01:24PM
Sunday, September 17, 2017

Remembering Xavier “X” Atencio, a true Disney legend and Colorado native who marked the spot for generations of childhood magic by John Wenzel

Xavier “X” Atencio, a Colorado native and Disney legend who worked as an animator on "Pinocchio," "Fantasia," "Mary Poppins" and others, died last week at age 98.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 10:30AM
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

“Frozen” heats up Denver: Inside Disney’s multimillion-dollar quest to conquer Broadway by John Wenzel

Before "Frozen: The Musical" can take on Broadway, it debuts for the public at Denver's Buell on Aug. 17.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 03:33PM
Friday, August 4, 2017

3,000 new tickets released for Denver’s pre-Broadway engagement of “Frozen” by John Wenzel

The 3,000 new seats are in addition to the 25,000 tickets currently available at

SOURCE: Denver Post at 05:38PM
Monday, July 17, 2017

Naming rights could fetch millions for DCPA, Colorado Convention Center by John Wenzel

Selling naming rights could change the fortunes of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and the Colorado Convention Center. But getting those deals done will be a complicated task.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:42AM
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

“Dear Evan Hansen” will launch national tour at Denver Center by John Wenzel

The musical, which opened on Broadway in December, was nominated for nine Tony awards including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book and Best Actor.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 04:42PM
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Pen in hand, a legendary Disney animator comes to Denver for free masterclass by John Wenzel

Certified Disney legend Floyd Norman opens up about his decades-long tenure at Walt Disney Studios.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 02:22AM
Monday, May 1, 2017

What’s with all the blue trees? Public art project takes over Denver Theatre District by John Wenzel

Denver represents the biggest Blue Trees project so far.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 10:36PM
Thursday, April 27, 2017

As Alamo Drafthouse readies its second act, so does West Colfax by John Wenzel

Set across from a graffiti-strewn gas station, the sleek movie theater signals a new era for its West Colfax neighborhood.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 03:39PM
Monday, April 17, 2017

Meet the cast of Broadway’s “Frozen,” debuting in Denver before heading to New York by John Wenzel

"Frozen" follows "The Little Mermaid" as the latest Disney Theatrical Group musical to debut in Denver before heading to Broadway for its official opening.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 07:13PM
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Broadway stars, Denver natives unite to raise money for actors fund by John Wenzel

Local performers will unite later this month for a show to benefit the Denver Actor's Fund.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 01:48PM
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Wonderbound teams with Flobots for hip-hop ballet “Divisions” by John Wenzel

Their shared artistic and educational goals, and knack for attention-getting projects, has kept the two groups at the forefront of the Mile High City's cultural consciousness for the better …

SOURCE: Denver Post at 07:12PM
Monday, March 13, 2017

How to get tickets for the pre-Broadway run of Disney’s “Frozen” in Denver by John Wenzel

Single tickets for the pre-Broadway engagement of Disney's "Frozen," which runs Aug. 17-Oct. 1 at the Buell Theatre, are about to go on sale.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 03:18PM
Friday, March 10, 2017

Taming the beast: Denver arts and culture orgs eye SCFD changes amid diversity concerns, competition by John Wenzel

The Scientific & Cultural Facilities District rocketed the metro area's culture scene forward by supporting countless hours of programming that would not otherwise exist, while serving a…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 09:06PM
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Dan Ritchie names Martin Semple as new Denver Center for the Performing Arts chairman by John Wenzel

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday announced longtime Denver lawyer Martin Semple as chairman of the board of trustees.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:06PM
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Dates announced for “Hamilton” at Denver Center, and the rest of the 2017-18 Broadway schedule by John Wenzel

The season also includes the first national tour of Disney's "Aladdin," the Broadway hit "School of Rock" and the return of Denver favorite "The Book of Mormon."

SOURCE: Denver Post at 07:54AM
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Too judgmental? A.O. Scott, New York Times film critic, on the newly relevant, age-old debate by John Wenzel

In an age where movie theaters -- and the public experiences they provide -- have become increasingly questionable, New York Times film critic A.O. Scott still prefers to see certain films w…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 12:48AM
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

“Dark Night” movie — inspired by Aurora theater shooting — opened to praise, but should it even exist? by John Wenzel

"I wanted to show how people live, and not how people die," said writer-director Tim Sutton.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:00AM
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Denver Center cancels Jan. 10 “Fun Home” debut after I-70 closure by John Wenzel

The Jan. 10, opening-night performance of the touring Broadway musical "Fun Home" has been canceled due to road closures on Interstate 70, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts announced…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 02:54PM
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

How to ring in 2017 with a laugh: A fresh start for Denver comedy by John Wenzel

Denver comics have infiltrated big name venues and networks and cultivated a sustainable crop of young, hip, local audiences who support live comedy.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 05:48PM
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” review: A fun, gritty branding exercise for Disney by John Wenzel

Star Wars fans will practically feel Disney's fingers in their wallets. But is that sin enough to obscure the film's other virtues?

SOURCE: Denver Post at 12:00PM
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Nominate “Denver’s Worst Person” for a one-way ticket out of town by John Wenzel

Uncalled Four, a Denver comedy game show inspired by the profane Cards Against Humanity party game, announced a contest to nominate "Denver's Worst Person" for a one-way ticket out of the ci…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 02:18PM
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Su Teatro welcomes season with “The Sun” by John Wenzel

The show opens Su Teatro’s 2016-2017 season.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 07:42PM
Monday, October 24, 2016

Ballot issue 4B would renew funding for culture, arts with sales tax by John Wenzel

Ballot issue 4B would reauthorize the seven-county metro area's 28-year-old Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, which funds cultural and arts institutions with a 0.1 percent sales t…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 04:48PM
Thursday, October 20, 2016

“Sleepy Hollow” finishes run at Miners Alley Children’s Theatre this weekend by John Wenzel

See Ichabod Crane in all his freaked-out glory at Miner’s Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave. in Golden.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 07:43PM
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Emma Stone, director Damien Chazelle to attend Denver Film Fest’s “La La Land” by John Wenzel

Emma Stone co-stars in the Hollywood-set musical extravaganza alongside heartthrob Ryan Gosling in the film.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 04:30PM
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

“Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston on his funny, scary, heartbreaking new book ahead of Alamo visit by John Wenzel

Cranston's reputation as a humble, if intensely focused, actor seems justified in his new memoir "A Life in Parts."

SOURCE: Denver Post at 03:32PM
Friday, September 23, 2016

Denver icon Lannie Garrett steps down as head of Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret by John Wenzel

Denver icon and entertainer Lannie Garrett, whose downtown club Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret has served as the old-school, variety-show heart of the city for the past decade, has stepped dow…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 01:42PM
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Boulder’s Lemon Sponge Cake Ballet takes on gun violence by John Wenzel

Following Denver’s first-ever public art dance piece “White Mirror” last year, Boulder’s Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet will premiere its 55-minute new work “White Fields”…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 11:39PM
Monday, September 12, 2016

At historic moment, Denver Center for the Performing Arts looks to future by John Wenzel

As Janice Sinden begins her tenure as president and CEO of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, she faces unprecedented challenges amid record revenue and attendance gains at…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 10:26AM