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Thursday, March 23, 2023

Broadway’s “1776” musical revival is almost too much of a good thing by John Wenzel

Brilliant concept, powerful performances in "1776" revival are slowed by plodding book, production choices. Read our opening night review.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 09:18AM
Tuesday, March 21, 2023

A copyright battle over AI-generated art will begin in Colorado by John Wenzel

"We're prepared to go all the way to the Supreme Court."

SOURCE: Hartford Courant at 09:29AM
Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Aaron Sorkin’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” crackles with energy, but struggles to focus by John Wenzel

From the outset, and especially with Scout, our narrators sprint through a veritable novel's-worth of lines that breeze by like static.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 02:28PM
Friday, January 13, 2023

Aaron Sorkin’s new version of “To Kill a Mockingbird” is painfully relevant by John Wenzel

After nine Tony nominations and a pandemic-induced paralysis, Aaron Sorkin's new take on Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" is striding into the Buell Theatre, with Richard Thomas as Attic…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:00AM
Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Here’s every free day at Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Zoo, museums and other cultural hotspots by John Wenzel

The annual free days offered by the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District cover the metro area's biggest nonprofit institutions, and they're always family-friendly hits.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:00AM
Tuesday, December 6, 2022

How to get tickets to Broadway hits “MJ,” “Beetlejuice,” “Book of Mormon” and “Six” in Denver by John Wenzel

Broadway's "MJ: The Musical," "Six," "Company" and other Denver Center for the Performing Arts' 2023-24 season shows are on sale Dec. 15.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 03:32PM

Arts groups see record holiday revenues this year from shows like “Nutcracker,” “Zoo Lights” by John Wenzel

Christmas comes but once a year for Denver's nonprofit arts and culture groups, who typically live and die by their revenue from holiday shows. This year, ticket sales and revenue from "The …

SOURCE: Denver Post at 10:03AM
Thursday, December 1, 2022

10 great holiday shows that aren’t “The Nutcracker” or “A Christmas Carol” by John Wenzel

All of Colorado Ballet's "Nutcracker" performances are sold out -- as expected. Denver Center's "A Christmas Carol," while the region's best production, is deeply familiar to most audiences.…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:42AM
Monday, November 28, 2022

“Immersive” is the new buzzword in entertainment. But what is it? by John Wenzel

Denver's buzzy, loosely defined "immersive entertainment" scene is getting another boost this month with world premieres, touring debuts and the promise of a new year filled with even more h…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 09:24AM
Thursday, September 22, 2022

Things to do in Denver this weekend: An oaky lager fest, Latin Fashion Week, a pizza pop-up and more by John Wenzel

Looking for something fun to do in Denver this weekend? Check out these local events.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 09:19AM
Thursday, September 15, 2022

“Theater of the Mind,” David Byrne’s immersive new show, is funny, light and disjointed by John Wenzel

Some of the best parts of "Theater of the Mind" happen after the show has ended, its long tail cracking, whip-like, as you try to eat dinner or fall asleep. Here's our review of the new show…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:43AM
Friday, September 9, 2022

David Byrne talks “Theater of the Mind,” high-tech drama before Denver’s world premiere by John Wenzel

David Byrne's choice of Denver for the world premiere of the high-tech play -- developed with and produced by Denver Center for the Performing Arts' Off Center -- was seen as a major artisti…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 09:19AM
Thursday, August 4, 2022

Review: Broadway’s “Pretty Woman: The Musical” offers soaring performances of low-aiming songs by John Wenzel

"Pretty Woman: The Musical" carries a sequined chip on its shoulder -- namely, to prove it's just as much fun as its 1990 namesake. But low-aiming music of the production, running through Au…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:33AM
Friday, June 17, 2022

After 50 years, Su Teatro is still one of the only Latino theaters in the U.S., and one of the most important by John Wenzel

"Owning our space and investing in it is crucial," says Su Teatro's Tony Garcia.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:54AM
Thursday, June 16, 2022

Review: “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” a rousing and cathartic singalong, perfectly pitched for now by John Wenzel

Rapt from the first pop-medley, we clapped, swooned and giggled with the sequined spectacle.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:48AM
Wednesday, May 18, 2022

How (and when) to get tickets for David Byrne’s behind-the-scenes “Theater of the Mind” preview by John Wenzel

David Byrne, a group of scientists and Radiolab co-host Latif Nasser will put their heads together on the eve of Byrne's new show world-premiering in Denver to divulge details about the myst…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 09:06AM
Friday, May 13, 2022

Denver Zoo’s Asian-American fest, marimba maniacs, Salida Film Fest and more to do this weekend by John Wenzel

Best Bets in Denver for this week: A new Asian American festival at the Denver Zoo, Marimba madness at Levitt, Professor Phelyx and the Salida Film Fest are our Best Bets for this week

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:36AM
Friday, April 15, 2022

Denver Center Theatre Co.’s 2022-23 shows: David Byrne’s “Theater of the Mind,” Camp Christmas and more by John Wenzel

Denver Center Theatre Company on Friday announced a dozen new shows for its 2022-2023 artistic season, including world premieres, holiday art installations and a visit from Talking Heads fou…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 03:12PM
Monday, April 4, 2022

Denver Center’s internal network, phone system impacted by massive computer issue by John Wenzel

Denver Center for the Performing Arts on Monday confirmed that its internal computer network had gone down in recent days, impacting its phone service and other systems.

SOURCE: Denver Post at 01:03PM
Monday, March 21, 2022

The best comedy specials taped in Denver, from Amy Schumer to Tom Segura by John Wenzel

Does it matter where a comedy special is recorded? Absolutely, and in Denver, our audiences have prompted some of the best all-time stand-up albums and specials to be recorded here. A rundow…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 09:33AM
Monday, March 14, 2022

Masks, COVID vaccines will no longer be required for Broadway shows, Colorado Ballet, opera and more by John Wenzel

Denver's biggest performing arts companies will this month drop mask and vaccine-proof requirements at all of its shows, including those from Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Colorado …

SOURCE: Denver Post at 01:12PM
Friday, March 11, 2022

One of Colorado’s few remaining dinner theaters may close if it can’t raise $1 million by John Wenzel

An employee of Jester's Dinner Theatre in Longmont is looking to buy the 23-year-old cultural mainstay. But first, she has launched a $1 million crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe to afford i…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:03AM
Tuesday, February 8, 2022

“Hamilton” in Denver: What you need to know about the $10 lottery tickets by John Wenzel

The $10 "Hamilton" ticket lottery arrives this month to accompany the Tony-winning Broadway shows's second run at the Buell Theatre, hosted by Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Each sho…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 09:03AM
Wednesday, February 2, 2022

New dates, location and ticketing for David Byrne’s world-premiere “Theater of the Mind” in Denver by John Wenzel

Finally! Talking Heads leader David Byrne and writer Mala Gaonkar's "Theater of the Mind" this week got a location, run dates and ticketing information in advance of its Denver world premier…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 11:03AM
Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Denver Center cancels more Broadway “Lion King” shows due to COVID outbreak by John Wenzel

Omicron concerns and coronavirus infection rates have scuttled a total of 10 performance of the touring Broadway production of "The Lion King" at the Buell Theatre in a mere three days. Here…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 06:24PM
Monday, December 20, 2021

Denver concerts, holiday events, Broadway shows canceled as COVID outbreaks spread by John Wenzel

Touring Broadway's "Lion King" and various chorale, music, sporting and other events have been postponed or canceled in recent days due to growing COVID outbreaks and concern about the omicr…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 06:24PM
Thursday, December 9, 2021

“Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” “To Kill a Mockingbird” on sale Friday; “Hamilton” tickets still available by John Wenzel

Long-delayed and firmly on the 2022 calendar, tickets for touring Broadway productions such as Aaron Sorkin's Tony-winning "Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird," as well as "Moulin Rouge! The…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:24AM
Monday, December 6, 2021

Denver arts groups see high demand, behind-the-scenes challenges for holiday shows by John Wenzel

Christmas and holiday shows are roaring back this year in Denver, but not without their challenges. We talk to Denver Gay Men's Chorus, Wonderbound, the Camp Christmas creator and others abo…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:03AM
Friday, November 26, 2021

“A John Waters Christmas” tour takes gleeful, subversive aim at holiday traditions by John Wenzel

John Waters' one-man performances are the stuff legend -- provided your legends arrive with a heaping side of filth. The cult-director's latest show to visit to Denver, "A John Waters Christ…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 09:18AM
Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Denver’s best holiday 2021 theater: From naughty to nice and back, on stage by John Wenzel

The 2021 holiday season brings back shows after a year off, including "A Christmas Carol" and "The Nutcracker," but also touring drag-queen variety shows and "A John Waters Christmas."

SOURCE: Denver Post at 08:12AM
Monday, November 15, 2021

Better late than never: Denver’s Broadway tours in the hot seat as “The Lion King,” “Hamilton” loom by John Wenzel

After more than 20 months of fears, frustrations and postponements, Denver's Broadway fans are finally getting the chance to step back into theaters. But will audiences return en masse to pr…

SOURCE: Denver Post at 07:48AM

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