With it now feeling like the summer season is truly at its peak, leaving many with the need for a retreat from the suns powerful rays, and humid weather. It is nice to know that many concerts going on in the Denver Metro area are providing such escapes that allow us to take in the cooler temperatures of the summer evenings and bask in the wonderful sound of it's stars voices. The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities provides such escapes in its Summer at the Center Concert Series with it’s upcoming Wicked Divas concert with the Colorado Symphony. This evening provides an experience that will do more than provide an escape from the dreaded heat.
With the talents of Broadway actresses Nicole Parker and Alli Mauzey accompanied by the symphony, the potential for a nonstop night of wonderful performances is a guarantee for anyone that attends. Both actresses not only have major Broadway credits to their name, but the chemistry between the two while performing in the hit musical Wicked as both Elphaba and Glinda respectively has gathered much attention. Both women performed together both in the Broadway and National Touring companies of the show and have given so much to what can be considered two of the most iconic female characters for women at this time. Their work with one another started a better part of eight years ago through their journey down the yellow brick road.
Parker’s other credits include: Broadway: Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me and The People in the Picture with Donna Murphy. Regionally: Juliet in The Second City's Romeo and Juliet Musical at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, for which she received a Jeff Award nomination, Rosemary in How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying at Reprise Theater, and Pamina in The Magic Flute at the Falcon Theater.
With an amazing resume up her sleeve, one cannot doubt that Miss Parker’s experience alone will bring in crowds to hear her amazing voice; that will bring life to the summer evening in such a powerful way. Her experience at Second City makes one think that the audience will also be bending over with laughter at her quick wit that comes so naturally to her bright and enduring performances. That wit balanced with Mauzey's own hilarity will add a certain spice that some may not have been expecting.
Mauzey's recent credits include: notably being apart of the 10th anniversary company of Wicked, Lenora in the musical Cry-Baby, for which she won a Theatre World Award and was nominated for a Drama League Award, and Brenda in Hairspray (both on Broadway and in the original company of the First National Tour). Other New York Credits include, New York City Center Encores in the role of Minerva in The Golden Apple as well as Sydney in It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman , and the Off-Broadway production of Red Eye of Love. Regionally, she has appeared as Mallory in City of Angels for Reprise!, Snookie in 110 in the Shade at the Pasadena Playhouse, and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors at The Muny for which she was nominated for a Kevin Kline Award.
Mazuey is a flat out powerhouse with her classically trained voice. Her spunky attitude only adds to the amazing charisma that she carries with her at every performance. Personally I saw Miss Mauzey in her coveted run as Glinda in Wicked just shy of the 10th anniversary. To say this brunette Glinda did not make me laugh at every turn or cry in more serious moments would be a flat out lie. Her attention to detail within the characters she portrays is a rare quality that one can not simply learn over time. The attention comes only with those performers who truly take time and energy in order to provide their audience members with a believable and enduring performance that will leave with him as they exit the theatre. The same could be said with me while leaving the Gershwin almost five years ago.
Playing the roles that these women have taken on time and time again is not a walk in the park. It takes discipline, hours of vocal rest and training in order to perform it eight times a week whether on tour or on The Great White Way. Their years of experience and talent is something I wish the entire city of Arvada would be able to witness. The praise also must go to The Arvada Center for putting together a night I'm sure it's patrons will not forget.
The performance will not only feature the music from the Untold Story of the Witches of Oz. Both Mauzey and Parker will also be singing songs from famous and beloved shows such as Titanic, Ragtime, The Music Man, Phantom and so much more that will cause many to wonder how they will put their own spin on such iconic songs.
With addition to these talents, one can not ignore the raw beautiful sound that The Colorado Symphony is known for. The orchestration will be conducted Christopher Dragon with music from Broadway's finest.
This one night only concert is something not to missed, especially if you wish to escape the smothering heat of summer. The Colorado Symphony along with its Wicked Divas are ready to take you on an unexpected journey down Broadway's own yellow brick road.
There is still more Summer Concerts to see! Including:
Los Lonely Boys with Lisa Morales: July 29th at 7:30
Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo: July 31st at 7:30
An Evening Under the Stars: The Colorado Ballet: August 25th at 7:30
Wicked Divas with your Colorado Symphony takes place on July 28th starting at 7:30 For tickets please visit https://arvadacenter.org/colorado-symphony-wicked-divas-with-your-colorado-symphony or call the box office at 720-898-7200.