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A mix of Broadway powerhouses and traveling productions will mark the inaugural season of the Denver metro area’s newest arts center.
The Lone Tree Arts Center announced the titles in its debut season today, and the roster varies from proven musicals like “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” to visiting productions of Terrence McNally’s “Ragtime” by the Arvada Center crew and the Creede Repertory Theater’s take on “Unnecessary Farce” by Paul Slade Smith.
Other highlights include an anecdotal show by Broadway veterans Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp that will kick off the season in September; a pair of productions from the “Stories on Stage” series; and the Arvada Center’s production of “Chess: The Musical” by Tim Rice as a final production in April, 2012.
The debut season of the new facility off E-470 and Yosemite Street will also see performances by the Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Chamber Players, the Denver Concert Band and other local arts groups.
The new, 43,000-foot complex – built with green technology and energy efficient construction standards – is set to open its doors in August.
Find the theater’s full season announcement after the jump.
The Lone Tree Arts Center Inaugural Season
Adam & Anthony Live
Friday, September 9, 2011
Original RENT co-stars Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp return to the concert stage in a pop/rock evening celebrating their individual musical careers and the Broadway hit, RENT. These two friends and co-stars share stories about the hit show that brought them together and perform songs from the Pulitzer Prize-winning show as well as contemporary hits and their own original material.
The Creede Repertory Theatre production of Unnecessary Farce
by Paul Slade Smith, Directed by Jamie Horton
Thursday, September 15 – Sunday, September 25, 2011
Two undercover cops stake-out a motel room to catch a crooked mayor on tape. Sounds simple, right? Nope…because his accountant keeps removing her clothes, his head of security has fear issues, and an insane Scottish hit-man keeps locking people in closets. Sometimes, in order for a cop to stay alive, fully-clothed, and in the right motel room, it’s necessary to resort to unnecessary farce.
The Arvada Center Theater production of Ragtime
Book by Terrence McNally, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Music by Stephen Flaherty,
Directed by Rod A. Lansberry
Thursday, October 6 – Sunday, October 16, 2011
Winner of 2 Tony Awards. Based on the novel by E. L. Doctorow, this epic musical, set in early 20th Century New York City, shines the spotlight on the intersection of three families – all from completely different backgrounds – during a time in history when social mores, immigration, politics, and industrialization were clashing and undergoing immense and rapid changes. The regional premiere of the 2008 revival, this deeply moving and inspirational musical drama is replete with the rich and lyrical music of the time.
Stories on Stage Veterans’ Affairs Directed by Anthony Powell
Friday, November 11, 2011
Denver’s popular Stories on Stage presents talented actors reading great short stories by exceptional authors. Veterans’ Affairs is an honest and emotional tribute to the men and women who bravely served our nation. Some came home to parades and honors, some returned to scorn and homelessness – all deserve our gratitude and respect.
Opera Colorado Opera Cabaret
Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13, 2011
Opera Colorado presents their vocal artists in the intimate and informal setting of the Lone Tree Arts Center. Experience the thrill and inspiration of operatic performance up close and personal.
GrooveLily Striking 12
Friday, November 18, 2011
Striking 12 is a critically-acclaimed twist on Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Girl – a clever mix of musical comedy and pop/rock tunes performed in a concert setting. With backgrounds in classical music, musical theater, jazz, and rock, the three members of GrooveLily are making a new music that’s all their own. Intelligent original songs with no shortage of wit connect lush musical textures and soaring vocals. Off-Broadway 2006, Lucille Lortel Nomination for Outstanding Musical.
Starkey Productions Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
Directed by Paul Dwyer
Tuesday, December 13 – Friday, December 23, 2011.
What began as a favorite holiday song became America’s most beloved holiday movie. Now Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is on stage with all the sentiment, humor and unforgettable songs you want to experience every year. Two Army buddies form a hit song and dance team, meet a sister act and help their former commanding general fill his snowless Vermont ski lodge. A musical production that is sure to make “all your Christmases be white.”
Stories on Stage
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Denver’s popular Stories on Stage again presents talented actors reading great short stories by exceptional authors. The company returns to the Lone Tree Arts Center to present a collection of stories exclusively by Colorado writers.
The Tartan Terrors
Friday, March 16, 2012
Taking the Celtic scene by storm, The Tartan Terrors are North America’s premiere Celtic event and an annual favorite at the Estes Park Highlands Festival. Bolstered by the blistering piping of a two time world champion bagpiper and the driving tones of drums from around the world, The Tartan Terrors combine musical prowess with championship caliber Highland dancers and comedic performers.
Spencers Theatre of Illusion
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Featuring International Magicians of the Year, Kevin and Cindy Spencer, Theatre of Illusion is much more than a magic show – it is a magical concert for your eyes and one of the largest touring illusion productions on the road. Audiences cross over a threshold of disbelief only moments after the Spencers take the stage. Theatre of Illusion is a place where artistry and theatre converge, where intellect and amazement collide, and where impossibility and inspiration are inseparable.
The Arvada Center Theatre production of Chess: A Musical
The London Version, Music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, Lyrics by Tim Rice, Based on an idea by Tim Rice, Directed by Rod A. Lansberry
Wednesday, April 18 – Sunday, April 29, 2012
Set against the backdrop of a chess tournament between an American and a Russian in the midst of the Cold War era, this rock opera uses the game of chess – with all of its power plays, manipulations, and sacrificial paws – as a metaphor for love and life. With lyrics by Tim Rice, (Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita) and music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, (Mamma Mia!), this regional premiere of a new revision of the London version is rich with dance, penetrating tempos, and the chart-busting pop hit One Night in Bangkok.
All artists, performances and dates for the Lone Tree Arts Center Inaugural Season are subject to change.