Friday, March 16, 2018

BDT STAGE:  3/3 – 5/20
L-R: Norrell Moore and Alicia King Meyers (Photo credit: Glenn Ross Photography)

  Ted Swindley’s “Always … Patsy Cline” is a jukebox musical based upon Patsy Cline’s friendship with her fan, Louise Seger. The two women met at a concert in Houston in 1961, and remained friends right up until Patsy’s untimely death.

        Norrell Moore is a luminous Patsy Cline. Her performance is the stuff of which musical theatre dreams are made. Her acting and authentic - sounding vocals astound. A few of the songs Moore knocks out of the park are: “Crazy,” “Sweet Dreams” and “I Fall to Pieces.”
     As Patsy’s biggest fan, Louise Seger, Alicia King Meyers brims over with a down-home warmth and hilarious exuberance. King-Meyers, who also co-directed the show with Producing Artistic Director Michael J. Duran, puts a personal spin on Louise that really makes the character her own.
    “Walking After Midnite” and “Blue Moon of Kentucky” are just a couple of the songs that brought down the house on the night this reviewer was in attendance.
   Neal Dunfee’s music direction of the mostly above stage band is even better than his usual professional work.  His accompaniment of Ms. Moore on the piano is ear-pleasing indeed.
     The usual suspects are making the technical end of this production a real winner. Wayne Kennedy’s audio  design and Brett Maughan’s lighting of Amy Campion’s honky tonk scenic design conspire to make this evening of musical theatre a complete delight.
     One would be remiss not to mention Debbie Spaur’s expert work in the hair and wig design department.

     So put on your shit kickers and bolo ties and get on down to BDT Stage as they serve up some great country hits, lots of laughter and a little heartbreak …  as well as some great country vittles.Marlowe's Musings

ALWAYS PATSY CLINE plays through May 20 at BDT Stage, 5501 Arapahoe Ave Boulder, CO 80303 United States

Here’s how to get your tickets:
(303) 449-6000 

Thursday, March 8, 2018


FIRST DATE is a complete delight! It’s so lighthearted, up-beat and fun, you owe it to yourself to go see it. It’s a tuneful, joke-filled evening that allows us as audience to escape the horrors of the evening news… and feel good for a while! The perfect “date” musical, it’s a welcome excuse to indulge in a bit of light romantic musical comedy.
     The perfect right fit for the intimacy of The Garner Galleria Theatre, director Ray Rodrick has cast the show impeccably, pacing it at such a gallop that the evening flies by.  Martha Yordy’s expert music direction of the just offstage band, gives the show a rousing, ear-pleasing accompaniment.
     Adriane Leigh Robinson (Marlowe Award for her Sally Bowles in Miners Alley’s CABARET) is superb as Casey, the sexy and somewhat guarded single mother, who’s looking for “The One.” Seth Dhonau (Aaron) is utterly charming as Casey’s vulnerable and insecure blind date.
     Their meet-up takes place at a busy New York restaurant in which an amazing supporting cast personifies the couple’s inner critics as crazy exes, future children, his Mom, her Dad and a manic gay friend intent on keeping her safe by calling her with reasons for a bailout!
     Steven J. Burge, who played God in the Galleria’s hit production of “An Act of God,” is hilarious as the snarky, snarly gay friend constantly calling Casey to keep her safe and fricking sound by giving her endless reasons to bail out on her date!
     Jordan Leigh is outstanding as a judgmental, and sometimes envious waiter. His musical commentary on their date, “I’d Order Love,” done in the style of a Las Vegas lounge crooner, is gut-busting funny. You will remember Leigh from his indelible performances in “Five Course Love” and the now legendary run of The Galleria’s “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change!”
     Lauren Shealy is adorable in multiple roles that include Aaron’s manipulative ex, his boss’s pushy wife, and numerous other restaurant patrons and relatives. Shealy is a Denver favorite and triple threat, who has done everything from her recent portrayal of EVITA at Lone Tree Arts to her stellar work in Arvada Center’s memorable WHITE CHRISTMAS.
     With book by Austin Winsberg and Music and Lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner,
FIRST DATE is a keeper.  One can’t help but believe that they will extend far beyond the scheduled date for its closing.

Run Time: Approximately 90 minutes with no intermission
Ticket Price: Starting at $30. Prices vary by date and availability.
Age Recommendation: Contains adult content and humor
Advisory: This production uses e-cigarettes

For tickets call:303-893-4100 or go online at denvercenter.orgMarlowe's Musings

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Benchmark Theatre: February 16 – March 24

Benchmark Theatre’s production of Daniel Pearle’s A KID LIKE JAKE is very nearly a pitch perfect production.
The play involves Alex and Greg Wheeler, a young couple with a precocious four-year-old son who is showing a preference “more for Cinderella than GI Joe.” Conflict slowly arises in Alex and Greg’s marriage as they try to decide what the best path to take is for Jake and each of them.
Warren Sherrill has directed the show with his usual professional expertise. Sherrill has cast the show impeccably. The four-person cast includes: Adrian Egolf, Antonio Amadeo, Martha Harmon Pardee and Madison McKenzie-Scott.
The technical end of things includes an eye-pleasing scenic design by Michael Duran that’s illuminated by Kevin Taylor’s lighting. John Hauser provides a sensitive sound design that enhances the production.
Adrian Egolf is luminous as Alex. Antonio Amadeo stuns as her husband, Greg. Martha Harmon Pardee (Judy) turns in yet another brilliant performance. Madison McKenzie Scott (the nurse) was new to this reviewer. It is to be hoped that each and all in this cast will be seen soon again upon the Denver stage.

The production, directed by Warren Sherrill, opens Friday, February 16th and runs through Saturday, March 24th with performances Friday – Saturday evenings at 8pm and Sunday evenings at 6pm. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $20 for students/seniors/military. The production will take place at the company’s new home at 40W in Lakewood at 1560 Teller Street. Please visit to purchase tickets and send any inquiries to info@benchmarktheatre.comMarlowe's Musings