Denver Theater Reviews
 


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...)
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...)