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Now Playing Onstage in Denver - Week of 4/13/2014 SWING!
Reedy Studio
4/15-4/16/2014
'Two thirds rhythm and one third soul.' That's how Fats Waller defined the uniquely American form of popular music and dance known as 'swing.' Requiring only joyful enthusiasm and a ready partner, swing exploded out of pre-war Harlem's hotbed of youth culture and swept the world. It shattered ethnic and cultural barriers, generating specialty styles such as Jive, Swing, Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing, and Hip-Hop Swing. SWING! celebrates this remarkable diversity to the beat of the most exhilarating songs of the period. But as this enthralling song-and-dance show makes abundantly clear, swing was never a time or place -- it has always been a state of mind!Original Concept by Paul Kelly; Original Direction and Choreography by Lynn Taylor-Corbett
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Now Playing Onstage in Denver - Week of 4/13/2014 THE MUSIC MAN
PARKER CORE KNOWLEDGE CHARTER SCHOOL
4/18-4/19/2014
An affectionate paean to Smalltown, U.S.A. of a bygone era, Meredith Willson's THE MUSIC MAN follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize - this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall. Perfect for professional theatres, community groups, summer stock and schools alike, this award-winning, critically acclaimed Broadway classic is an all-American institution, thanks to is quirky characters, charmingly predictable dramatic situations, and one-of-a-kind, nostalgic score of rousing marches, barbershop quartets and sentimental ballads which have become popular standards. The cast features a soaring soprano ingenue, parts for young performers and children, and one of the musical theatre's treasures, a tour de force leading role for a charismatic actor who doesn't need to be a trained singer. By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, THE MUSIC MAN is family entertainment at its best.
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GOOD PEOPLE
Curious Theatre Company
3/6-4/19/2014
Curious Theatre Company:David Lindsay-Abaire; dir: Christy Montour-Larson.
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Now Playing Onstage in Denver - Week of 4/13/2014 SWEENEY TODD
THE VENUE THEATRE
4/4-4/19/2014
The rare instance of a musical thriller, Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's chilling, suspenseful, heart-pounding masterpiece of murderous barber-ism and culinary crime tells the infamous tale of the unjustly exiled barber who returns to 19th century London seeking revenge against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. His thirst for blood soon expands to include his unfortunate customers, and the resourceful proprietress of the pie shop downstairs soon has the people of London lining up in droves with her mysterious new meat pie recipe!Sophisticated, macabre, visceral and uncompromising, SWEENEY TODD nevertheless has a great sense of fun, mixing intense drama with howlingly funny moments of dark humor: audiences find themselves laughing hysterically one moment and gasping in surprise the next.At the show's core is a challenging score of epic proportion with two tasty tour de force roles in Sweeney and his comic female accomplice Mrs. Lovett. Although it has been extremely popular with opera companies and in concert presentation, SWEENEY TODD is equally effective as an intimate chamber musical.
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LUDLOW:EL GRITO DE LAS MINAS
Su Teatro
3/13-4/20/2014
Angelica Martinez Performance Hall:Anthony J Garcia; music: Anthony Garcia; dir: Anthony J Garcia.
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Now Playing Onstage in Denver - Week of 4/13/2014 THE WEDDING SINGER
STAGEDOOR THEATRE
4/11-4/26/2014
THE WEDDING SINGER takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room.It's 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey's favorite wedding singer. He's the life of the party, until his own fiancee leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. As luck would have it, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.THE WEDDING SINGER features a large chorus with many featured roles for actors who sing, and dancers who act. This show works perfectly as a high school's featured musical or as the highlight of any regional season.
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THE TEMPEST
OpenStage Theatre & Co
3/29-4/26/2014
Fort Collins Lincoln Center for the Performing and Visual Arts:William Shakespeare; dir: Denise Burson Freestone.
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SHADOWLANDS
Denver Center Theatre Co
3/28-4/27/2014
The Space Theatre:William Nicholson; dir: Christy Montour-Larson.
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Now Playing Onstage in Denver - Week of 4/13/2014 SPRING AWAKENING
TOWN HALL ARTS CENTER
4/11-5/4/2014
Winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, SPRING AWAKENING is a rock musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind's 1891 expressionist play about the trials and tribulations, and the exhilaration of the teen years.It's Germany, 1891. The beautiful young Wendla explores her body and asks her mother where babies come from. Elsewhere, the brilliant and fearless young Melchior defends his buddy Moritz -- a boy so traumatized by puberty he can't concentrate on anything. One afternoon in the woods, Wendla and Melchior discover a desire unlike anything they've ever felt. SPRING AWAKENING explores the confusion and desperation that ensue when the onrushing tide of hormones meets the ignorance of children. SPRING AWAKENING celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy, and passion that you will never forget.This celebration of rebellion provides the perfect opportunity to feature performers of all types, as well as the flexibility to creatively use costumes, set pieces, and lighting. Featuring a pop-rock score, this is an ideal show for talented vocalists with strong acting abilities.
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MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
Aurora Fox Arts Center
4/10-5/4/2014

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ANIMAL CRACKERS
Denver Center Theatre Co
4/4-5/11/2014
adapt: Henry Wishcamper from George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind; lyrics: Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby; music: Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby; dir: Bruce K. Sevy.
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Now Playing Onstage in Denver - Week of 4/13/2014 SOUTH PACIFIC
Midtown Arts Center
3/21-5/31/2014
Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile's proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he's fallen in love out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a dangerous mission that claims Joe's life, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Book by Oscar Hammerstein II & Joshua Logan; Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel
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Now Playing Onstage in Denver - Week of 4/13/2014 DAMN YANKEES
CANDLELIGHT DINNER PLAYHOUSE
4/3-6/8/2014
Faust meets professional baseball in the Broadway classic DAMN YANKEES. Middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd trades his soul to the Devil, also known as Mr. Applegate, for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees. As young baseball sensation Joe Hardy, he transforms the hapless Washington Senators into a winning team, only to realize the true worth of the life he's left behind. Joe ultimately outsmarts Applegate, returns to his former self, and shepherds the Senators to the World Series.Light, fast-paced and devilishly clever, DAMN YANKEES is a home-run hit featuring all-American subject matter and an irreverent sense of humor. The perfect choice for a high school's spring musical or community theatre production, DAMN YANKEES is sure to please. 
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