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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...)
BWW Review: MEN ARE FROM MARS... at the DCPA's Garner Galleria BWW Review: MEN ARE FROM MARS... at the DCPA's Garner Galleria
by Chris Arneson - August 18, 2017

A production of Men Are From Mars - Women Are From Venus Live! is exactly where you'd expect a couple of young gay fiances on a Friday night, right? I mean, it's that iconic book Tai read in Clueless. (And that is literally the extent of my knowledge of this title before attending.)... (more...)
BWW Review: RING OF FIRE at Vintage Theatre BWW Review: RING OF FIRE at Vintage Theatre
by Chris Arneson - July 24, 2017

Ring of Fire is a jukebox musical featuring the music of Johnny Cash, but it's not necessarily biographical.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at Denver Center For The Performing Arts BWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at Denver Center For The Performing Arts
by Samantha Saunders - June 18, 2017

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a five time Tony Award winning play by Simon Stephens that is based on the novel by Mark Haddon.  The play follows a very gifted teenage boy as he is met with life challenges that change his perceptions of the relationships in his life and his con... (more...)
BWW Review: Denver Center's SECRET GARDEN is darkly enchanting BWW Review: Denver Center's SECRET GARDEN is darkly enchanting
by Chris Arneson - May 19, 2017

For a children's story, The Secret Garden evokes the kind of emotions that could make grown men sob. At least, that's what me and my fiance did for a majority of Denver Center Theatre Company's current production.  ... (more...)
BWW Review: 42ND STREET at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse BWW Review: 42ND STREET at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse
by Samantha Saunders - May 03, 2017

Set in 1933, the musical 42nd Street follows a cast directed by Julian Marsh (David L. Wygant) rehearsing to open the show "Pretty Lady." We join the show as the cast is about to meet their star performer, Dorothy Brock (Heather McClain) whose star and financial powers have secured her the lead role... (more...)
BWW Review: DISGRACED at Denver Center For The Performing Arts BWW Review: DISGRACED at Denver Center For The Performing Arts
by Samantha Saunders - May 02, 2017

Disgraced is an introspective look into the lives of a married couple and how they identify individually with the Muslim religion and how that perception reflects into their lives.... (more...)
Explore a Lost Dimension at Stanley Marketplace with DCPA's Off-Center Explore a Lost Dimension at Stanley Marketplace with DCPA's Off-Center
by Chris Arneson - April 28, 2017

There's a lost dimension where space worms will eat everything but your shoes, but you can only get there if you hitch a ride through a portal at the new Stanley Marketplace in Aurora. Just don't forget to pack some air in a balloon first.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE NETHER at Benchmark Theatre BWW Review: THE NETHER at Benchmark Theatre
by Chris Arneson - April 14, 2017

Anyone else waste their summer vacations playing The Sims all day? Escaping to a world where you're in control, and there's few limitations to what you can do. That's essentially the premise of Benchmark Theatre's thrilling inaugural production of Jennifer Haley's The Nether, which explores the b... (more...)
BWW Review: STAGE KISS at Equinox Theater BWW Review: STAGE KISS at Equinox Theater
by Samantha Saunders - April 04, 2017

Stage Kiss, by Sarah Ruhl, is a comedy that takes the play within a play concept and shows how two actors with a past are cast as leading man and woman in a lost 1930's play and how they too begin to mesh the lines between offstage and onstage.... (more...)
BWW Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Arvada Center BWW Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Arvada Center
by Chris Arneson - April 04, 2017

I've spent a couple decades successfully avoiding Jesus Christ Superstar. I generally don't like religion, and Andrew Lloyd Webber isn't my favorite composer. However, after attending the Arvada Center's current production, I'm a bit more of a believer…in the show, at least.... (more...)
BWW Review: BUS STOP at Arvada Center BWW Review: BUS STOP at Arvada Center
by Chris Arneson - March 17, 2017

There's something noteworthy about a show that brings to life an eclectic collection of characters from decades ago with a relatable vigor. That's what the company Arvada Center's current production of William Inge's Bus Stop delivers.... (more...)
BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at Buell Theatre BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at Buell Theatre
by Chris Arneson - March 15, 2017

There's nothing like seeing a new musical that feels like it was ripped from the Golden Age. An American in Paris, currently on tour at the Buell Theatre, brings out a definitive theatrical recipe you rarely witness of late.... (more...)
BWW Review: BONNIE & CLYDE at Town Hall Arts Center BWW Review: BONNIE & CLYDE at Town Hall Arts Center
by Samantha Saunders - March 09, 2017

The Great Depression was a dark and confusing period in American history, with unemployment at record breaking highs, homelessness and food scarcities, much of the American population was struggling to make ends meet. However, shown the face of adversity, our country was given an opportunity to evol... (more...)
BWW Review: TWO DEGREES with Denver Center Theatre Company BWW Review: TWO DEGREES with Denver Center Theatre Company
by Chris Arneson - March 03, 2017

If our global temperature changes as little as two degrees Celsius, that's when we'll start to notice the disastrous effects of climate change. That's only about 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, or basically the average fluctuation of temperature we see hourly on a local level. A little scary, isn't it?... (more...)
BWW Review: Vintage Theatre's BILLY ELLIOT  is Empowering BWW Review: Vintage Theatre's BILLY ELLIOT is Empowering
by Chris Arneson - March 01, 2017

Typically I'm not one to love shows filled with children. Hate me, whatever. But the kids (and the adults, too) in Vintage Theatre's Billy Elliot The Musical are pumping this show full of the kind of electricity it deserves.... (more...)
BWW Review: CIRCUS 1903 Showcases Golden Age at Buell Theatre BWW Review: CIRCUS 1903 Showcases Golden Age at Buell Theatre
by Chris Arneson - February 23, 2017

With the forthcoming departure of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, it might seem like the circus world could be fading...but not if shows like Circus 1903 stick around.... (more...)