Arts and Culture

"Oklahoma!"

Oct 5, 2018

With a spring in their step and a song in their hearts, cowboys and farmers alike have chased their destinies to a land that promises love, opportunity, and a brighter future. This joyful production is set in an all-African-American town in the early days of the Oklahoma Territory.

The first collaboration by the legendary team of Rodgers and Hammerstein became a landmark musical for its rollicking music and stunning dance numbers, and this joyful presentation will solidify why it has stood the test of time.

Theater Review: Pride and Prejudice

Oct 1, 2018
(L to R) Adeline Mann as Lydia, Anastasia Davidson as Jane, Leslie O'Carroll as Mrs. Bennet, Lindsey Pierce as Mr. Bennet, and Candance Joice as Lizzy
Michael Ensminger

After 205 years, playwright Kate Hamill does for Jane Austin what Jane could not do for herself, by turning up the volume on the women's voices in this English literary classic, as we see in this production at Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company. When it was published in 1813, Jane couldn't put her name on the book, and her brother had to execute the contract with the publisher; today, women are rewriting the social contract.

Spotlight On: Oklahoma! Director, Chris Coleman

Oct 1, 2018
DCPA

The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic OKLAHOMA!  is in town at The Stage Theater- Denver Center for the Performing Arts Complex through Oct.14. The musical celebrates its 75th year in production and in his DCPA directorial debut, Artistic Director Chris Coleman puts a new spin on an old classic.   In a ground-breaking move, Chris has brought together an all-black cast for this five-week Denver run of Oklahoma!

Book Review: Robbie Robertson’s “Testimony”

Sep 29, 2018

Robbie Robertson had a music band while growing up on the Six Nations Indian Reserve in Canada, but he owes his professional music origins to two guys playing rockabilly and blues covers in the Arkansas Delta region. At age fifteen, Robertson gave two songs he had written to Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks after his band had opened for a Hawks performance in Canada. Returning to Arkansas, Hawkins recorded these songs for a new album. Hawkins invited his young composer/guitarist discovery to Fayetteville for a crash course in rockabilly guitar playing.

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance | Rhapsody in Black

Sep 26, 2018

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance presents Rhapsody in Black: African American culture in Paris. Music, spoken word, and DANCE. Baker, Baldwin, Hughes, Dunham, Simone…at the Gates Hall, Newman Center, University and Iliff on the University of Denver Campus. September 28, 29, 30.
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