Evening of songs to honor Brenda Billings at Hard Rock Cafe

The Denver Actors Fund will present an evening of songs on Tuesday, May 10, in honor of its late President, Brenda Billings. Billings was the co-Artistic Director at Miners Alley Playhouse, President of the Denver Actors Fund and a longtime contributor to Colorado’s non-profit community. She died April 13 of complications from a sudden brain hemorrhage… Continue reading Evening of songs to honor Brenda Billings at Hard Rock Cafe

Upstart Crow announces death of longtime company member Jim Fogelberg

Boulder’s Upstart Crow has announced the death of longtime actor, director and board member Jim Fogelberg. The company issued the following statement: “We lost Jim in a traffic accident on October 8. In his decades with The Upstart Crow, Jim played many roles, most recently as Caesar in ‘Caesar and Cleopatra.’ He has directed shows,… Continue reading Upstart Crow announces death of longtime company member Jim Fogelberg

Terry Rhoads, “Denver’s leading man,” dies at 61

By John Moore Terry Rhoads may have moved on from Denver years ago, but his impact on Colorado theater was enduring. Rhoads played the leading man at dozens of Country Dinner Playhouse shows. He was the undisputed star for much of producer Bill McHale’s heyday in the 1980s before moving on to a significant career… Continue reading Terry Rhoads, “Denver’s leading man,” dies at 61

Video: My Memoriam Film for the 2013 Henry Awards

By John Moore July 23, 2013 My video tribute to Ray Angel, Diane Beckoff, Harry Cruzan, Shana Dowdeswell, Diane Gadomski, Robert Garner, Angela Johnson, David Kristin, Will Marshall, Brook Millard, Adam Perkes and Linda Rae Wheeler. This served as the “memoriam” section of the 2013 Henry Awards celebration held July 22 at the Arvada Center.… Continue reading Video: My Memoriam Film for the 2013 Henry Awards

Photos and video podcast: Re-opening of Equinox’s ‘Bat Boy, the Musical’

Here’s our video podcast reporting from the “re-opening” of “Bat Boy, the Musical” on March 8, 2013.   By John Moore March 5, 2013 Opening No. 38, “Bat Boy, the Musical”: Let’s call this one a “re-opening.” On Feb. 20, after a sold-out opening weekend at the Bug Theatre, the cast and crew of the… Continue reading Photos and video podcast: Re-opening of Equinox’s ‘Bat Boy, the Musical’

Equinox, Sugar to honor Perkes by resuming “Bat Boy” performances

Nick Sugar starred with Jenny Hecht in a 2004 production of "Bat Boy, the Musical" for Theatre Group.

  By John Moore Feb. 26, 2013 No one can ever know for certain what the “right” thing to do is when faced with sudden and unexpected tragedy. But after a period of reflection, the Equinox Theatre Company has decided the best way for it to honor Adam Perkes, the late star of its current… Continue reading Equinox, Sugar to honor Perkes by resuming “Bat Boy” performances

Death of actor Adam Perkes: ‘He had so much left to share’

Adam Perkes was expected to star in the irreverent musical "Bat Boy," through March 9 at the Bug Theater opposite Rachelle Wood.

  By John Moore Feb. 21, 2013 Adam Perkes, a gifted young stage actor best known for his comic swagger on stage and his deep sensitivity off it, has died at age 27, the Garfield County coroner confirmed today. In a recent playbill, Perkes used the space normally reserved for actors to talk about their… Continue reading Death of actor Adam Perkes: ‘He had so much left to share’

Sudden death of singer Angela Johnson has Northern Colorado reeling

The Johnson family. Photo courtesy of Neal Johnson.

Mikeal Macbeth has created this this video montage of Angela Johnson performances. Used by permission.   By John Moore Feb. 4, 2013 Though she was just a young woman, Angela Johnson was known as “the queen of community theater” in Northern Colorado. She was a classically trained vocalist who accepted any role given to her… Continue reading Sudden death of singer Angela Johnson has Northern Colorado reeling

Phamaly mourns death of actor Ray Angel

Ray Angel, left, joined fellow blind actors Linda Wirth, Julie Melton and Henry Reyes in "Urinetown" in 2007. File photo by Craig F. Walker, The Denver Post.

By John Moore Jan. 22, 2013 Ray Angel, blind since birth, joined Denver’s handicapped Phamaly Theatre Company for one reason: “My wife and I were so darn shy, and we thought Phamaly would help us get over it,” Angel told me in a 2007 interview. “And it did.” Angel has passed away, it was announced… Continue reading Phamaly mourns death of actor Ray Angel

Denver Center Theatre Company mourns death of Shana Dowdeswell

Shana Dowdeswell in the Denver Center Theatre Company's "Two Things You Don't Talk About at Dinner." Photo by Jennifer M Koskinen.

By John Moore Dec. 17, 2012 The Denver Center Theatre Company is mourning the death of Shana Dowdeswell, who appeared in “Two Things You Don’t Talk About at Dinner” in January at the Space Theatre. Dowdeswell died of acute alcohol poisoning Dec. 12 after a night of binge drinking in New York City. “It has taken… Continue reading Denver Center Theatre Company mourns death of Shana Dowdeswell

Actor Brook Millard mourned with laughter, shock and tears

Brook Millard

  By John Moore For CultureWest.Org Brook Millard, an affable comic actor best known for bringing out the best in others on stage, has died at the age of 47. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Feldman Mortuary, 1673 York St., in Denver. “This is a huge loss for… Continue reading Actor Brook Millard mourned with laughter, shock and tears

Germinal mourns death of actor David Kristin

The late David Kristin starring in "The Well of the Saints" at Germinal Stage-Denver in 1979.

  By John Moore Sept. 25, 2012 Germinal-Stage Denver is mourning the death of actor David Kristin, who was also one of the early members of the Denver Center Theatre Company. Kristin died March 31 in Massachusetts after a long bout with cancer, but word of his death has only recently reached Germinal founder Ed… Continue reading Germinal mourns death of actor David Kristin