Tuesday, July 11, 2017


L-R: Adriano Graziani and Emily Pulley ( Photo credit: Amanda Tipton)


This reviewer has seen Carmen performed by Central City Opera at least four times in the past 20 years, and although each production excelled, this production outshines them all.
     One of the reasons this production of Carmen is so successful, is that director Jose Maria Condemi has cast the show’s four principal characters with singers who are also talented actors.
     Emily Pulley’s portrayal of Carmen is luminous. Her passionate acting is exquisitely nuanced and her vocals transcendent. Ms. Pulley performs the fiery Habanera from Act One with indelible brio!
     Baritone Michael Mayes, who stunned audiences in the previous two seasons at CCO as Joseph de Rocher in “Dead Man Walking” and then as the heinous Scarpia in “Tosca,” rivets as the adored bullfighter ,Escamillo. Maes’ rousing rendition of the “Toreador Song” from Act Two is powerful!
      As Don Jose, the soldier that tantalizing Carmen seduces - and ultimately ruins - Adriano Graziani stuns!
     In her brilliant portrayal of Micaela,Don Jose’s childhood sweetheart,
 Angela Mortellaro’s soaring soprano intoxicates.
     The choral work is powerful! How could it be otherwise with a chorus full of soloists from CCO’s training program for young opera singers?
      Under the baton of conductor Adam Turner, the luscious Central City Opera orchestra is always in synch with the actors/singers onstage and never overpowers the vocals.
     Shocking and scandalizing its first audiences at its opening in 1875, Bizet felt that Carmen was a failure when he died suddenly after its 33rd performance. According to opera historian James Anderson, Tchaikovsky correctly predicted that Bizet’s Carmen “would be the most popular of operas in ten years.”
     In a recent interview Pelham (Pat) Pearce, the General/Artistic Director of Central City Opera, described Bizet’s “Carmen” as “the gateway drug to opera.”
     He’s right! Whether opera virgin or jaded critic, “Carmen” is a heart-pounding mesmerizer so full of beloved arias that it makes one hunger to experience more of this great Art.
     This production comes with high recommendations from this critic’s desk.

                 Not to be missed! 

                 Marlowe's Musings

The Central City opera house is located at 124 Eureka Street, Central City, Colorado,80427.

For tickets go online at centralcityopera.org or call 303-292-6700.

Monday, July 3, 2017


     “Baby Boomer Baby” is a One

Man Musical Comedy Written by &

 starring National Lampoon’s Tommy

 Koenig. This actor has appeared

in Mel Brooks’ "Dracula: Dead and 

Loving It" and "Robin Hood: Men in

 Tights" as well as "Boston Legal,"

 " Miami Vice and Not Necessarily the


  The show is a hilarious and nostalgic evening of theatre in which, this actor shows us how the music of the last several decades has defined us both as individuals and as a nation.
     You'll love his hilarious caricatures of Madonna, Elton John, Tina Turner, Billy Joel and many, many more.
    Besides his impersonations of everyone from Paul McCartney to Lady GaGa, you’ll also hear some original music and very funny lyrics!
      All Koenig has to do is spin around and put on a wig to recreate his unique take on these iconic stars.
   The show does get a little preachy at final curtain regarding the belief that “All You Need is Love.” However… it’s couched in Mr. Koenig’s craving to extend whatever positive vibes he can to soften the blows we receive daily regarding what 45 and his cohorts are doing to vilify our Democracy.
     So for that reason alone this reviewer found ‘preachy’ not only acceptable, but endearing.
     Go and enjoy!Marlowe's Musings

Baby Boomer Baby 
National Lampoon's Tommy Koenig in his hilarious nostalgic musical!
June 30 – July 23
Thurs/Sat/Sun @ 2 p.m.; Thurs/Fri/Sat @ 7:30 p.m.; 
$40 - $65
Tickets at 
https://tickets.thedairy.org or by phone at 303-444-7328
Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, CO 80302  
90 minute show, no intermission

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Ring of Fire: the music of Johnny Cash
Created by Richard Maltby Jr. Conceived by Bill Meade
Directed by Kelly Van Oosbree
Co-produced by Vintage Theatre Productions and Lowry’s Spotlight Theatre
Vintage Theatre
June 23- August 6

        Ben Cowhick and Isabella Duran (Photo credit: RDG Photography)

     This jukebox musical will touch your heart and have you stompin’ and clappin’ as if you were right there at the Grand Ole Opry.
      “Ring of Fire: the music of Johnny Cash” is outstanding!
     In the intimacy of Vintage Theatre’s Bond-Trimble Theatre, the show is a rousing dose of country western shit-kickin’ heaven.
      So if for some reason you have not thought of yourself as a Johnny Cash fan, you will be by the time the curtain falls on Ben Cowhick’s authentic and passionate performance. Who knew Cowhick was such an incredible musical talent? Never attempting to duplicate the iconic star’s inimitable voice, Cowhick communicates Cash’s persona indelibly.
     As June Cash, Isabella Duran rocks the room! As soon as she puts down a fiddle she picks up another instrument at which she is equally gifted. And wait til you hear the way she caresses a note.
     Eric Weinstein’s music direction keeps the harmonies alive and jumpin.’ Kelly Van Oosbree’s transparent direction allows the cast to shine.
     Ray Anderson on Bass with his rich vocals,S. Parker Goubert on Guitar and Kurt Ochsner on drums, round out this evening of real nostalgia.   This is truly an unforgettable bio-musical production about the iconic Man in Black.
     Some of the classic tunes you’ll be treated to are: “I Walk the Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Ring of Fire” and “Folsom Prison Blues.”
     Susan Rahmsdorff-Terry's costume design is spot on, and the clean, simple lines of Kortney Hansen’s rustic set design allow the actors to really pop.  
                                Not to be missed!

June 23 – August 6, 2017
Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m.; Sun. at 2:30 p.m.
Industry Night, Monday, July 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $28 - $34
Online at www.vintagetheatre.com or call 303-856-7830. 
Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010.