Denver Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: Students Steal the Show in School of Rock At DCPA BWW Review: Students Steal the Show in School of Rock At DCPA
by Jon Bee - June 01, 2018

Over time, we have come to a point where the musical theater genre is as identifiable as any other genre. In today's age, we have come full circle in that the line between musical theater and other genres is thinner than ever. Lin Manuel's Hamilton is a perfect example of the next generation of musi... (more...)
BWW Review: ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE Shines at BDT Stage BWW Review: ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE Shines at BDT Stage
by Jon Bee - May 15, 2018

Theater is a business built on fantasy. We attend productions with suspended disbelief in an effort to step into a world different than our own, and yet, some of the most groundbreaking theatrical works are grounded in historical reference. Some of these shows are on my list of personal favorites, a... (more...)
MAN OF LA MANCHA at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse is Sure to Leave You Smiling MAN OF LA MANCHA at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse is Sure to Leave You Smiling
by Jon Bee - May 09, 2018

Throughout musical theatre history, there have been many shows that have set a new standard for the stage. Among them are those that become classics of the musical theatre repertoire, such as Fiddler on the Roof, Carousel, and Candlelight's latest production, Man of La Mancha.... (more...)
BWW Review: Denver Center's Tommy is an Amazing Journey BWW Review: Denver Center's Tommy is an Amazing Journey
by Chris Arneson - May 09, 2018

The Who's rock opera has come a long way since its 1969 release as a concept album.... (more...)
BWW Review: Aurora Fox's PASSING STRANGE is Exceptional BWW Review: Aurora Fox's PASSING STRANGE is Exceptional
by Chris Arneson - May 05, 2018

Musicals generally give me all kinds of feels, but Passing Strange hit me deep. Give me an existential journey and I'm totally on board, but present it the way this musical does, and it could change the way you look at your own life.... (more...)
BWW Review: RAGTIME at Midtown Arts Center is Captivating BWW Review: RAGTIME at Midtown Arts Center is Captivating
by Jon Bee - May 01, 2018

In case you are unfamiliar, Ragtime tells the story of three distinct groups of people in the early 1900s: highbrow Caucasians, middle-class African-Americans and poverty-driven immigrants, each with a titular character to represent the trials and tribulations they must overcome or be succumbed. Alt... (more...)
BWW Review: REEFER MADNESS at Equinox Will Drive You Crazy BWW Review: REEFER MADNESS at Equinox Will Drive You Crazy
by Jon Bee - April 24, 2018

Originally a 1930s propaganda film, this parody musical follows the lives of Jimmy and Mary and their introduction to the devil's lettuce, leading them on a hysterical downward spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex and violence. Also a movie-musical, Reefer Madness is full of memorable songs and g... (more...)
BWW Review: Arvada's SUNDAY IN THE PARK Connects All The Dots BWW Review: Arvada's SUNDAY IN THE PARK Connects All The Dots
by Chris Arneson - April 19, 2018

Art isn't easy, but the Arvada Center has the kind of finesse to make it look that way.... (more...)
BWW Review: Disney's ALADDIN Will Have You Wishing to See It Again BWW Review: Disney's ALADDIN Will Have You Wishing to See It Again
by Chris Arneson - April 18, 2018

There are some kinds of magic you think might be only possible with genies--and then Disney creates another Broadway musical.... (more...)
BWW Review: SISTERS OF SWING Delivers Solid Performance at Town Hall Arts Center BWW Review: SISTERS OF SWING Delivers Solid Performance at Town Hall Arts Center
by Jon Bee - April 11, 2018

In Sisters of Swing, produced by Town Hall Arts Center, the lives of LaVerne, Maxene and Patty, are put on display as they sing their way through the years. The show follows the sisters from their early days on the road and rise in fame to their dissembling over irreconcilable differences. With a sc... (more...)
BWW Review: THIS IS MODERN ART with DCPA's OFF-CENTER BWW Review: THIS IS MODERN ART with DCPA's OFF-CENTER
by Chris Arneson - April 05, 2018

Nowadays, you can argue anything is art. But I've never questioned if graffiti was. The bigger question is where it belongs, examined in DCPA Off-Center's latest feature.... (more...)
BWW Review: Benchmark's A KID LIKE JAKE genuinely examines modern parenting BWW Review: Benchmark's A KID LIKE JAKE genuinely examines modern parenting
by Chris Arneson - March 06, 2018

A Kid Like Jake, by Daniel Pearle, is Benchmark's second-season opener. Directed by Warren Sherrill, the engaging one-act examines modern parenting and how society can pressure children out of authenticity.... (more...)
BWW Review: INTO THE WOODS Will Enchant You in a Whole New Way BWW Review: INTO THE WOODS Will Enchant You in a Whole New Way
by Chris Arneson - January 12, 2018

If you think you've seen Into The Woods too many times, allow Performance Now's current production to change your mind.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE KING AND I is Flawless...If It's Your Cup Of Tea BWW Review: THE KING AND I is Flawless...If It's Your Cup Of Tea
by Chris Arneson - January 09, 2018

It takes a bit of push to get me to attend more classical works of musical theatre. I didn't grow up with the movies, so the nostalgia is a little lost on me. That being said, I was excited to see the tour of the Lincoln Center's recent production of The King and I, which nabbed a Tony Award for Bes... (more...)
BWW Review: WAITRESS Is Filled With the Right Ingredients BWW Review: WAITRESS Is Filled With the Right Ingredients
by Chris Arneson - December 22, 2017

It's no surprise I love a musical about pie, but its recipe is what makes Waitress so delectable.... (more...)
Vintage's 'Honeymoon' Lacks Glitz But Not Talent Vintage's 'Honeymoon' Lacks Glitz But Not Talent
by Chris Arneson - December 14, 2017

Sometimes you don't need a lavish design to make a musical about Vegas play well. I mean, it would have definitely brought another level to Vintage Theatre's current musical production of Honeymoon in Vegas, but the cast is what gives this one its dazzle.... (more...)
BWW Review: RENT's 20th Anniversary Tour Won't Disappoint Your Inner Renthead BWW Review: RENT's 20th Anniversary Tour Won't Disappoint Your Inner Renthead
by Chris Arneson - November 17, 2017

Rent was one of the first musicals I truly loved. My affinity for musicals didn't start as early as a lot of theatre people I know. I first picked up Rent in junior high, a 2-disc set from the library. I'd borrow it over and over until I learned all the words. Rent is the reason why angsty rock m... (more...)
BWW Review: BDT's ROCK OF AGES is Hot Shredded Cheese BWW Review: BDT's ROCK OF AGES is Hot Shredded Cheese
by Chris Arneson - October 31, 2017

Hot. Shredded. Cheese. You know what I'm talking about. That gooey kind that stretches from the plate to your mouth, and you just can't get enough. That's how BDT Stage's current '80s jukebox musical Rock of Ages feels.... (more...)
BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN Definitely Isn't BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN Definitely Isn't
by Chris Arneson - October 24, 2017

Sometimes I wait to pay attention to a certain musical until I can experience it fully. That was the case with Something Rotten!, currently on tour playing the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. I've been impatiently avoiding listening to the music since its release but let me tell you, the wait... (more...)
BWW Review: You Won't Feel Like a Wallflower at DCPA's WILD PARTY BWW Review: You Won't Feel Like a Wallflower at DCPA's WILD PARTY
by Chris Arneson - October 23, 2017

I think I'm addicted to immersive theatre, especially the way Denver Center's Off-Center has been bringing it. Their most recent production is a fully realized musical The Wild Party, a jazzy show set in the Roaring Twenties, where audience members can sip their gin alongside the performers. You're ... (more...)
BWW Review: ONCE at Midtown Feels Like Broadway BWW Review: ONCE at Midtown Feels Like Broadway
by Chris Arneson - October 12, 2017

Ever since I saw Once on tour, I've been intrigued how it would do regionally. The show itself isn't necessarily complicated, but you need to find actors who can sing well and play a variety of instruments while maintaining accents, or the show just doesn't work.... (more...)
BWW Review: Denver Center's MACBETH Stimulates... Everything BWW Review: Denver Center's MACBETH Stimulates... Everything
by Chris Arneson - October 10, 2017

It won't even feel like Shakespeare! I'd told my fianc , who bowed out of this production because he thought he'd fall asleep. Granted, there would be no sleeping during the current Denver Center Theatre Company's production of Macbeth.... (more...)
BWW Review: Town Hall's IN THE HEIGHTS Feels Like Home BWW Review: Town Hall's IN THE HEIGHTS Feels Like Home
by Chris Arneson - October 02, 2017

Before I knew the lyrics to Hamilton, I knew all the words to In The Heights. (Just kidding, everyone but me knows the lyrics to Hamilton.) But if it wasn't for Lin-Manuel Miranda's musicals, my theatrical rapping skills would be fairly unimpressive.... (more...)
BWW Review: A CHORUS LINE  at The Arvada Center BWW Review: A CHORUS LINE at The Arvada Center
by Emilee Hatfield - September 21, 2017

After hearing that very line for years, you would think I would have picked up a copy or have listened to A Chorus Line by now. As silly as this sounds I didn't. However I am very thrilled to say that I was happy to have my first experience with this musical be at the Arvada's Center For Performing ... (more...)
BWW Review: Candlelight's THE MUSIC MAN is Joyfully Quintessential BWW Review: Candlelight's THE MUSIC MAN is Joyfully Quintessential
by Chris Arneson - September 15, 2017

There are some shows that are just easy to love. It's been 60 years since The Music Man premiered on Broadway, but the classic tuner hasn't lost its allure. In fact, this is the show that launched Candlelight Dinner Playhouse back in 2008. The Johnstown theatre has brought it back as their 10th seas... (more...)