Saturday, May 27, 2023



 Memphis is a knock-out!


Wunderkind Mykai Eastman and veteran director Billie McBride co-direct this production of Memphis at Town Hall Arts Center in Littleton. Their stage direction of the piece together with their impeccable casting and steady pace make the show unmissable. Mr. Eastman, who assistant directed “The Color Purple” for the Denver Center Theatre Company, also designed the thrilling choreography for this show.

     Award-winning musical theatre actor Carter Edward Smith turns in a spectacular performance in the role of Huey Calhoun, the rebellious disc jockey who popularized songs by black artists in the racially divided Memphis of the 1950s.

      Krisangela Washington is a gorgeous triple threat knock-out as Felicia Farrell, the sexy black singer that Huey falls for at Delray’s black rock n’ roll bar on Beale Street. 

     This incredibly talented artist needs to be cast as a leading lady much more often! It was a delight to see - and hear - her onstage in this role.

     The excellent casting includes Denver favorites: John Ashton (Mr. Simmons), co-author of “Murder Most Fowl,” one of Denver’s longest running comedies, Rick Long (Marlowe Award for his portrayal of Big Daddy in Vintage Theatre’s “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,”) and Abby Apple Boes, who has just completed an astonishing performance starring in David Nehls’ “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” at Miners Alley Playhouse. 

      As Huey’s mother, Gladys, Abby Apple Boes astonishes in the acting and the vocals. 

  New to this reviewer, the other stand-outs in the cast are Jozeph Michaels as Felicia’s brother, Delray,  Joseph Sanford IV as Bobby and Preston “P-Jay” Adams as Gator.

     It’s wonderful to see John Mackey back at Town Hall in numerous supporting roles as well.

     By turns heart-opening and heart-breaking, MEMPHIS won four Tony awards in 2010.

     The show includes incredible rock n roll, wailin’ blues, and exhilarating gospel. 

     The costume design by Nicole M. Harrison is eye-popping indeed!

     Trent Hines’ music direction of this Tony Award winning score is excellent! 

     El Armstrong’s projection design keeps us up to date regarding place and time, as well as providing visuals of relevant news clippings.

    With lighting design by Kate Bashore, set by M. Curtis Grittner and sound design by Curt Behm, the technical end of things is primo.

     The music for MEMPHIS was composed by David Bryan with lyrics by Bryan and Joe DiPietro. The book for the musical was written by DiPietro.

     This musical won four Tony awards in 2010 including Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Book for a Musical and Best Orchestrations.

          Do Not Miss This Show!!!


For tickets call   303-794-2787 ext. 5 or go online at

Saturday, May 6, 2023




L-R: Norrell Moore and Jeremy Rill

     The World Premiere of Jeffrey Neuman’s “The Headliners” brings us the story of the struggle of two very real Vaudeville stars who are trying to be their true authentic selves in the hostile social milieu of 1908 NYC.

     Neuman’s play was a finalist in the 2021 National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.


     Norrell Moore is a whirlwind of fiery energy as Eva Tanguay. Belting out the stunning musical numbers in her delicious naughty, bawdy fashion, this diva has the audience eating out of her hand! As Eva, she has the dominant personality of a survivor and a conniver and will even go as far as fisticuffs with a heckling patron.

    Her final song “I Don’t Care” will take your breath away.

   Jeremy Rill is outstanding in his portrayal of Julian Eltinge, the best female impersonator of his time.

The scene near final curtain in which he sings in a black evening gown with elbow-length black gloves and white plumed fan, courtesy of costume designer Linda Morken, is stunning! Julian talks about his fear of getting beat up just walking to the theatre. His relationship with Eva is a "match made in headlines."

      Paul Jaquith as Walter provides intermittent comic moments performing his job of stage manager.

     Blurring the lines between the world of the stage and the unaccepting offstage world of bigotry towards anyone who does not conform, these characters “beard an unheard-of act of defiance.” (No spoilers!)  The struggle of these pioneers to come to terms with the inequalities of the day was ground-breaking in terms of drag performances today.

     Having cast the play impeccably, Director Nick Sugar paces it in such a way that the evening flies by.

     Tina Anderson’s scenic design gives us a vaudeville stage complete with crimson curtains and art deco lighting sconces.

     The music direction by David Nehls is remarkable. All the songs are SO good, you’ll wish there were a CD to purchase in the lobby.

      Emily A. Maddox’s lighting design shifts and enhances the moods dramatically.

   From Ms. Moore’s first frock made of dollar bills to the shimmering gold and ivory gown with ermine stole near show’s end, Linda Morken’s costume design dazzles the eye. 

     Max Silverman’s sound design rocks!


A tip of the hat to Susie Snodgrass and the board of Cherry Creek Theatre for fostering such great Art. It’s a gift. In this case, both artistically and socially! 

Get in line for tickets now. Soon this show may be SRO for the run!


For tickets call:   303-800-6578                or go online at








BDT STAGE: 4/29 -8/19

BDT Stage’s production of the perennial favorite THE SOUND OF MUSIC is the Hottest Ticket in Town for Denver families this summer! It was the most requested musical by the patrons of this beloved theatre, and BDT Stage has given those patrons an experience to remember! This musical is so universally loved, and the emotions run so high during this production, it will, I am certain, prove to be an unforgettable evening of familial bonding. 

     Under the astute directorial eye of Alicia K. Meyers (she also plays Elsa,) BDT Stage has taken this musical from an out-to-pasture old war-horse to a coltish, fresh-feeling and healing experience. It’s one we all need after Covid and the political travesties of the last several years. 

     McKayla Marso McDonough is a Maria for the ages! This beautiful actor has a soprano to die for and blesses us with a Maria that is not only innocent, but the embodiment of real ‘goodness.’  Her singing of the title song, “My Favorite Things,” and “Confidence,” stun!

     Scott Severtson gives us one of the most endearing performances of Georg ever! “Something Good,” his duet with Ms. McDonough, enchants.

     As the Mother Abbess, Colorado favorite    Tracy Warren’s singing of “Climb Every Mountain,” will lift you out of your seat!  A shining musical moment indeed!

     Bob Hoppe plays an exceptionally animated Matt Dettweiler. He’s at his best leading the Von Trapp children singing “The Lonely Goatherd.”

       In their delightful duet “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” Claire Leon is an adorable Liesl, and Chris Warren, a strong Rolf.      

     All the young actors who act and sing the parts of the Von Trapp children are excellent. Their “So Long, Farewell” and “Edelweiss,” most memorable.

     Under the baton of Music director Neal Dunfee, the scrumptions BDT Stage orchestra sounds better than ever.

     The morphing of Amy Campion’s scenic design from the Abbey to the Von Trapp family’s mansion is sheer magic.

    The traditional choreography of this piece by Tracey Dennig, is spot on.

    Wayne Kennedy’s sound design is outstanding. 

     The lighting design by Brett Maughan is the professional work we have all come to expect from him.

     The projection design by Tom Quinn gives us glorious views of the stained glass rose window in the Abbey as well as views of the soaring mountainous landscape at the top of the show.


     As devastated as we all are to have heard that this much loved 45-year-old dinner theatre is closing due to some people from another state buying her, there is, I am told, some hope. There are rumors flying everywhere! It is to be hoped that there will at least be an extension of time. If so, the theatre’s creator, Ross Haley is surely blessing us once more. This time from Heaven.


     And “Wonder of wonders, Miracle of miracles,” It’s just come across the internet! BDT gets one more production. FIDDLER ON THE ROOF with WAYNE KENNEDY reprising his outstanding portrayal of Tevye  from September 9 to January 13, 2024. The show will be directed by Colorado favorite, Kenny Moten. 




For tickets call 303-449-6000 or go online at

Monday, May 1, 2023




                Margaret Casart and Verl Hite

Written by Paul Thompson and Timothy Findley, and directed by Tiya Trent and Janine Ann Kehlenbach,” Elizabeth Rex” is currently playing at the People’s Building on East Colfax.

    What a treat to get to see Margaret  Casart as Elizabeth the First. Frequently seen in the classics presented by Ed Baierlein and Sallie Diamond over at Germinal Stage Denver, one is overjoyed to see her treading the boards once again.   Ms. Casart is a truly great actor, and costumed in gold and ivory, she commands the stage beautifully as Queen Elizabeth I. 

     Matthew Schultz turns in a passionate performance as Ned Lowenscraft, a male actor who performs the female roles in Shakespeare’s plays. This time, it’s Beatrice in “Much Ado About Nothing.” 

     Visiting the Bard and cast after the performance, Elizabeth is distraught. It’s the evening before her one-time lover, The Earl of Essex’s execution.

     The Queen has required herself to take on a ‘manly’ disposition as regent to protect her England. Ned has been required by custom-and sexuality-to conform with the tradition of taking on a womanly disposition playing the Bard’s female characters.

    The catch-line for the play, which is spoken by the queen is, “If you will teach me how to be a woman, I will teach you how to be a man." 

     This compelling puzzle that Elizabeth creates as a distraction from the inevitable, is muddied by some of the other characters' lack of understanding of protocols required in the presence of a monarch. The treatment of this sovereign by the characters in this play is on several occasions less than deferential.

     One must lay this at the feet of the playwright(s). 

     One would not argue, dispute her opinion, or raise one’s voice to her. The punishment for this would have been immediate “towering” and execution.

     That said, there is much good to be said  about the performances. 

     Joseph Graves Jr. is an amiable and articulate Shakespeare.     

     Shashauna Staton, is a very funny Mistress Kate Tardwell.

     Alison Talvacchio is appropriately proper and sober as Lord Cecil.

           Verl Hite is outrageously hilarious as Percy, a fool who’s remembered by the queen for his “exquisite falling down.”

     Julie Williamson delivers a Lady Anne Henslowe who is appropriately sour and barely ambulatory.

     First produced in 2000 at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada, it won the prestigious Governor General’s Literary Award.

Go and support the 11 Minutes Theatre Company at The People’s Building located at 9995 E. Colfax


For tickets call: 720-333-3499