Wednesday, November 8, 2017

James Thompson (center) and Carter Edward Smith (far right)

Honeymoon in Vegas is one of the funniest, most entertaining productions of a musical comedy this season.
       With music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and book by Andrew Bergman, it’s based upon the 1992 film of the same title.
     Director Bernie Cardell has cast the show with a number of Denver favorites and paced it at a gallop.
     Carter Edward Smith (Marlowe Award winner for Best Actor in Miners Alley Playhouse’s “Little Shop of Horrors,”) leads the cast as Jack Singer, the young lover who loses big time in a Vegas poker game.
      As a consequence he is strong-armed into giving the big winner a weekend with his fiancĂ©.
     Carmen Vreeman Shedd, who portrays Jack’s fiancĂ©e, Betsy Nolan, is a delightful new talent who’s both easy on the eyes and ears. One hopes to see her again soon upon the Denver stage.
     Brian Walker Smith plays Tommy Korman, the guy who beats Jack at poker. This is far and away the best of all this actor’s numerous musical theatre performances.
     Michael O’Shea is hilarious as Tommy’s gangsta toady, Johnny Sandwich.
     Suzanne Connors Nepi puts the fun meter on overdrive as the memory of Bea Singer, Jack’s dead – and disappointed - mother.
     John White (Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Albin in Ignite Theater’s production of “La Cage Aux Folles”) spices up the ensemble exponentially.
     The choreography by Jeffrey Parizotto and Stefanie Raccuglia is rambunctious good fun!
     Susan Rahmsdorff-Terry (Marlowe Award for Best Costume Design for Spotlight Theatre’s “The Big Bang”) does another bang-up job with the costumes for this show.
      Eric Weinstein created the ear-pleasing music tracks that keep this musical bonbon bouncing throughout.Marlowe's Musings

Vintage Theatre presents
“Honeymoon in Vegas” 
A new musical comedy filled with skydiving Elvises, chorus girls, gamblers, hot romance and cold feet!
Nov. 3 – Dec 17
Fri/Sat & Mon., Nov. 27 @ 7:30 p.m.; Sun. & Sat., Dec. 16 @ 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are $29 - $34 
Online at or 303-856-7830. 
Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

OCT 14 - NOV 11

                                          John Hauser

Lowry’s Spotlight Theater and Theatre Or are currently presenting Jonathan Tolins’ BUYER AND CELLAR at The John Hand Theater on Lowry.
     The concept sounds interesting. A struggling gay actor is hired to work in Barbra Streisand’s basement.  It’s a slim script so I won’t give any spoilers.
     John Hauser stars in this one-man show. Mr. Hauser is one of our finest young actors and has delivered outstanding performances in such plays as: Vintage Theatre’s “Rabbit Hole,” Curious Theatre’s “Hand to God” and Breckenridge  Back Stage Theatre’s “Red.”
     This is a case of a very fine actor being saddled with a play that is not worthy of his time.
      It’s this reviewer’s not so humble opinion that none of the superb actors in this town would be able to breathe life into this lackluster script.

      See it if you must. Marlowe's Musings

Oct. 14 – Nov. 11
Fri/Sat & Thursday, Nov. 2 and 9 @ 7:30 p.m.; Sundays @2:00 p.m. &  Sat, Nov. 4 and 11 @2:00 p.m.
Tickets $23 – $25 or call 720-530-4596.
For group sales, email, or call 919-306-1670.
@ The John Hand Theater, 7653 East 1st Place, Denver, Colorado 80230 

Thursday, October 19, 2017


                           L-R: Blake Hammond and Rob McClure

 Nominated for nine Tony Awards, “Something Rotten” is crushing it at The Buell!
     It seems that in 1598 the Bottom brothers, Nick and Nigel, both playwrights, are having a hard time competing with another playwright of their day, Will Shakespeare. This competition with the Bard is the basis for a hilarious romp describing their rambunctious attempts to upstage him.
    It’s got a super-talented cast and eye-pleasing costume(Greg Barnes), set(Scott Pask) and lighting(Jeff Croiter) designs.
     Director Casey Nicholaw also created the exhilarating choreography.
   Leading the cast are Rob McClure and Josh Grisetti as Nick and Nigel Bottom, the two aspiring playwrights who are constantly getting bom-Bard-ed by the successful work of Mr. Shakespeare(Adam Pascal).     
     Maggie Lakis as Bea, sings her way into our hearts with her ginormously entertaining performance of “Right Hand Man.” 
     Blake Hammond is outrageously funny performing the extravagantly imagined and produced number, “It’s a Musical!” This song, which is the glorious centerpiece of the show, is a show-stopper that references every Broadway musical in memory!
     The cast includes Autumn Hurlbert (Portia) - yet another musical theatre talent who graduated from UNC! – whose singing of “I Love the Way” is utterly delicious.
     Whether you are a dyed-in-the-wool afficianado of all things pertaining to the Broadway musical or not, this show will raise your spirits and let you forget, if only for a little while, the horrors being aired on the evening news.
  "Something Rotten!" has lyrics by Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick, and a book by John O’Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick.
    Run to see it!

For tickets call 303-893-4100 or go online at

For tickets call 720-865-4220 or go online at

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