Ambitious seasons coming to area venues

Museums, theaters offer plenty for lovers of culture

Sonya Ellingboe
sellingboe@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 7/5/22

Summer has just started and there are weeks ahead to enjoy arts outdoors as well as inside our favorite venues. But, after a really difficult stretch, organizations are sending in notices of a future …

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Ambitious seasons coming to area venues

Museums, theaters offer plenty for lovers of culture

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Summer has just started and there are weeks ahead to enjoy arts outdoors as well as inside our favorite venues. But, after a really difficult stretch, organizations are sending in notices of a future year’s plans and we are so pleased to share a sampler with readers — we’ll remind about specific dates as we progress, but this past week’s mail has been pretty exciting.

The Denver Art Museum just opened “Georgia O’Keeffe, Photographer,” nearly 100 images she shot parallel to her career as a painter. The collection, organized by Lisa Volpe, associate curator of photography at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, will be shown with a selection of her paintings and drawings, through Dec. 6 in the Gallagher Family Gallery in the Hamilton Building, included in general admission. (Members and all visitors 18 and under, free.) Also coming to the DAM’s Hamilton Building: on Oct. 16 through Jan. 22, 2023, is the Belgium-based Phoebus Foundation’s “Saints, Sinners, Lovers and Fools: 300 years of Flemish Artwork,” works by 15th- to 17th-century Flemish artists. And, “Who Tells a Tail Adds a Tail: Latin America and Contemporary Art” (July 31-March 5, 2022).

We just enjoyed the final performance of “The Wedding Singer” at Town Hall Arts Center in Littleton and anticipate a next season that will include: “Xanadu,” “Disney’s Newsies,” “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” “La Cage Aux Folles” and “Memphis” as well as a new program of children’s classes.

In addition to its ongoing Broadway tours and musical events, the Denver Center presents a series on smaller-venue plays in a distinct season, starting Sept. 9: “The Chinese Lady,” by Lloyd Suh; “Much Ado About Nothing,” by William Shakespeare; “Laughs in Spanish” by Alexis Scheer; “Hotter Than Egypt” by Yussef El Guindi; “The Color Purple,” based on Alice Walker’s novel and the motion picture, with book by Marshe Norman, music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray; “The 39 Steps” by Patrick Barlow from the movie by Alfred Hitchcock. New from DCPA: “Theatre of the Mind,” an immersive experience at the York Street Yards Aug. 31-Dec. 18.

Newman Center at the University of Denver begins a season with Orquesta Ahokan, on Oct. 3, Cuban Mambo, and continues with music and dance programming and some lectures, through May 19, 2023.

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree, begins a multi-faceted season on Sept. with “Mountain Heart, with special guest Jeremy Garrett,” followed by all sorts of musical entertainment and dance, as well as three of the “National Geographic Live” programs.

Boulder Dinner Theatre is now playing “The Sponge Bob Musical” through Sept. 3, then will switch to “Buddy: the Buddy Holly Story,” through Jan. 26, 2023; “Something Rotten” Feb. 12 to May 13, 2023; and finally, the all-time favorite, “Sound of Music,” June 10 to Sept. 2, 2023.

Vintage Theatre Company, at 1468 Dayton St. in Aurora, which presents “Gypsy” July 1 to 31 this summer to wrap the last season, presents “The Drowsy Chaperone,” Sept. 2 to Oct. 9, in the Nickelson Auditorium and “The Piano Teacher” by Julia Cho in the Bond Trimble Theatre (regional premiere); “Dot” by Colman Domingo Nov. 11 to Dec. 18 in the Bond Trimble Theatre; TBA Nov. 4-Dec. 11 in the Nickelson; “The Roommate” by Jen Silverman Jan 13-Feb. 19, 2023 in the Bond Trimble (Denver premiere); “Sophisticated Ladies” (Ellington music) Jan. 27-March 5, 2023; “Tick, Tick ... Boom!” by Jonathan Larson March 17 to April 23, 2023; “The Inheritance, Parts 1 and 2” by Matthew Lopez (regional premiere, 2020 Tony Best Play) April 7 to May 14, 2023; “Driving Miss Daisy” by Alfred Uhry May 19-June 25, 2023; “In the Heights” by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegria Hudes, May 19-June 25, 2023.

More as we receive notices, plus casting information, but it’s so wonderful that our friends can plan ahead again that we wanted to share ...

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