musical theatre

Mary Poppins

There’s a change in the wind. 

  To many this could mean the frightening end to summer, and the brisk coldness of the fall. Yet this isn’t the case at the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse as they open their production of Mary Poppins this coming weekend. The story about the magical nanny that arrives to aid the Banks family is my favorite live action Disney movie, period.  I can remember as early as four singing along with Julie Andrews and watching the amazing and lovable story be told time and time again on my tv. 

Which is why I am even more excited to see this production of the musical interpretation that Candlelight opened last night on September 6th. I have never seen the musical version of this story, but have listened to the famous Laura Michelle Kelly sing the unforgettable songs on repeat for some time and can tell this show took a bit more from its original source, the book by P.L. Travers, than the Disney film. Making it even more irresistible for me to want to see this show. 

  Candlelight Dinner Playhouse has a way with its production, as I have said when seeing  my first show with them at the beginning of the summer. I am more than excited to be seeing Mary Poppins there, and to see the chimney sweeps and Mary Poppins herself meeting us for dinner. It will most definitely help with the changing seasons. 

 We see Mary Poppins at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse on Saturday, September 8th at 7pm. 

Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia is one of those musicals that defied a lot of odds when it opened over 13 years ago. The story follows a young woman in search of the identity of her father as her wedding is fast approaching. I have seen the film version of this musical more than I am willing to admit, but sadly have never seen an actual live production. Thankfully, that will quickly be corrected once attending The Arvada Center’s production of this very musical on Friday, September 7th. 

  This will be the Arvada Center’s opening production for its 43rd season, and to say they picked a very big guilty pleasure musical of mine is an understatement. Mama Mia’s musical score consists of nothing but songs from the popular band Abba. A group that I regularly listened to and sung (rather badly) as a kid. 

With the buzz of the film’s sequel having just released over a month ago, I am very curious to see the “original” production that lead to the creation of both films. I am also curious to see how the audience members are going to react. I have heard that Mama Mia, creates a sir within people when they see it live. Which leaves me to question how many people at the end of the night will be unable to stay in their seats by the end of the show, or if they will at all? We will just have to wait and see. 

  We see Mama Mia this Friday, at The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities at 7:30. 

Wicked Divas with your Colorado Symphony


    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

The Who's Tommy

The Who’s Tommy is one of those musicals that has made its way under my radar. Even though I have spent large amounts of time in front of my computer reading countless details about different musicals, The Who’s Tommy never appeared strangely enough. Yet now it has found its way to me as the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, is previewing their production tomorrow. 

Not really knowing much about the premise, I find myself very thrilled to see this show. A few of my friends have been in a production of this musical and have refused to tell me little to any details about it because they feel it should be experienced first hand. With that being said I am holding them to their word, and we will see if it holds up. 

With that being said I have read about the profound talent that has come together for this production, leaving me to wonder what is in store for Samantha and I come tomorrow and what songs will more than likely be stuck in our heads after the last chord is played. 

We see The Who’s Tommy tomorrow, Friday April 27th at The Stage Theatre at 7:30. 

 

 

Something's Afoot!

When many people think of murder mysteries we often think of murder novels, written by that of the great Agatha Christine and the many unique and twisting characters she created within her riveting and collectively haunting stories. As you can tell I love a good mystery, I love how each tiny detail of a character and their actions can manipulate or add on to a murder, or a situation that can only end in a Whodunit style dark humor. 

This leads us to the Town Hall Arts Center in Littleton, Colorado and their production of Something's Afoot, that will be opening on Friday, February 23rd. This musical is satirical poke at these very mysteries that continue to capture the imagination of the world. Being set in the 30s only creates a setting that will cause one to loose oneself in the irresistible atmosphere that  lures in victims with ease. 

Having visited the Town Hall Arts Center once before, that being little over two years ago, I am excited to finally be returning to the very theatre where I wrote my first review. With this musical I believe we are in for a night dark humor, wit and...a rather large pile of bodies. 

We see Something's Afoot on Friday, February 23rd, at Town Hall Arts Center. 

Being Sick

What's harder?

 

Being sick or trying to not be sick because there are so many things you need to do? 

 

I'd say both, in the current month we've got a lot of stuff coming up from the Arvada Center all the way up to Evergreen. The 365 photo challenge is going, just hard to keep up posting it when some of it is on a film canister that isn't finished yet. 

Also some other fun news, I'm officially starting to teach classes both at my day job and through another company! Boulder Film festival is coming but I won't be participating unfortunately, an unexpected trip to Minnesota is planned two weeks before hand and there isn't enough time to prepare. Oh well, more fun pictures in the frozen north for me! 

 

And just for fun, the picture is from the Academy Awards years ago, it's an old slide I found!

All That Jazz

I  am so excited to say I will finally be able to see Chicago the musical at the Buell Theatre come Tuesday evening on November, 28th. I just recently sat down and watched the film version of this show per my best friend’s demand. In many ways I am so glad that she did and that I took the time to watch it. Often I will assume certain things when it comes to musicals. I believed that the premise was completely different then it actually was. While I did get the murder part correct, the rest of it I was dead wrong. Clearly this is a habit I really need to break. 

  With that being said, I would be lying if I said I won’t be comparing the touring production to the film, however I welcome the changes and differences that come with the show. Chicago has now become one of those shows on my list that I have been dying to see live for the experience. It is a musical revival that has been running for quiet some time on Broadway and continues to break records. I don’t really know a show that has done that with a revival of all things. 

All I can say is let’s see how long it will take me to get these songs out of my head, it took me at least a few weeks before the film score was able to get out. I wonder if the stage production will break that record come Tuesday evening.