Monday, May 23, 2016

Dear reader, please be aware that this is going to be a LONG list of plaudits for a production filled with spectacular talent and staged in a wondrous palatial theatre that is Divine.

Debby Boone in foreground with L-R: Tracy Warren, Matt LaFontaine and Sarah Grover (All photo credits go to Rachel Graham Photography)
The current production of INTO THE WOODS at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse is a slam dunk smash hit! Opening with the sensationally talented Emmy Award winning Debby Boone as the Witch for the first three weeks, the balance of the run will feature Beth Beyer, the brilliant Adelaide in the recent concert version of “Guys and Dolls” at Lone Tree Arts Center.
     Directed by Don Berlin, one of Colorado’s premiere theatre talents, the casting is awesome. The crew of techies assembled for this huge endeavor is equally impressive.
     The result? An evening of theatre that rivals Broadway musicals on Broadway.
     Debby Boone is spellbinding (and really 'lights up' the stage!)  as the Witch.
               Rachel Turner 
     Ravishing in the costumes created by Laurie and Rae Klapperich, Rachel Turner’s exquisite Cinderella mesmerizes us with her crystalline vocals.
     Tracy Warren (Marlowe Award for "Mary Poppins") gives us a Baker’s Wife to die for!  
L-R: Tracy Warren, Matt LaFontaine and Debby Boone
     Matt LaFontaine’s (Marlowe Award for "Fiddler on the Roof") performance of the Baker is an affectionately drawn, beautifully acted and vocally masterful portrayal.
     As Cinderella’s Mom, Little Red’s Granny and the Lady Giant, Maggie Tisdale is a whirlwind of maternal, geriatric and well… ‘gigantic’ theatrical expression. 
L-R: Markus Warren and James Francis
   Markus Warren gives us two unforgettable portrayals. The first is a chilling stalker of a big bad wolf singing "Hello, Little Girl." The second is that of Cinderella's Prince,who together with James Francis (Rapunzel's Prince) stuns the audience with an awesome rendition of "Agony."
     L-R: Kalond Irlanda Melissa Sawyer and Matt LaFontaine
     Melissa Swift-Sawyer, who mesmerized us with her breathtaking acting and singing in Colorado’s longest-running show, “Always, Patsy Cline,” is brilliant as Jack’s Mother. 
     Sarah Grover (Marlowe Award for "The Addams Family") is all gleeful girlish naivete  as Little Red Riding Hood.

Kalond Irlanda and Sarah Grover 
      Kalond Irlanda delivers a delightfully well sung Jack.
     Bob Hoppe's choreography (Marlowe Award for "The Addams Family") astonishes!
     Music Director/Conductor Phil Forman and his scrum diddly orchestra deliver Sondheim’s score with ear-pleasing professionalism. 
       Scenic Designer Michael R. Duran gives us one of his very  best sets - and there have been many! - in memory. Shannon Johnson’s lighting design creates magical mood shifts that delightMark Derryberry’s sound design is giant-stomping perfection!    Todd Debreceni (Marlowe Award for Make-up and Special F/X) does yeoman’s work transforming Debby Boone’s beautiful face into that of a totally awesome, rad and gnarly witch.
     The dinner, served up by an attentive and congenial wait staff, is mouth-watering. (Am I sounding a little bit like the Wolf?) The prime rib with Bordelaise butter that my guest for the evening and yours truly had was divine! The Berry Brownie Trifle was equally deelish! It’s a bit of a jaunt up to Johnson’s Corner but it’s SO worth it! This plush, elegant venue is also one of the most comfortable you will have experienced.

Go! Go! Go! Go! Go!

INTO THE WOODS!!!!!!!!Marlowe's Musings

Candlelight Dinner Playhouse is located at 4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown Colorado,80534
For tickets call the Box Office at 970-744-3747 or go online at

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