Iddo Netanyahu: Is there “A Happy End” for our troubled world?

The brother of Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Denver to stage the American premiere of his new play, “A Happy End.” It explores our historic human tendency to ignore warning signs — often to our own peril.

Photos: Theater at Rock Ledge Ranch

By John Moore One of the quintessential Colorado summertime experiences is attending TheatreWorks’ annual Shakespeare offering at the historic and picturesque Rock Ledge Ranch, located at the entrance to the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. Here are a few photos I’ve snapped over the past two summers at the ranch. The “Love’s Labor’s… Continue reading Photos: Theater at Rock Ledge Ranch

Could “The Book of Mormon” determine your next president?

By John Moore Pundits are already calling this the most negative presidential election in history. And pollsters are calling it one of the closest. At a time when any slip of the tongue could move the polls ever so slightly in either direction (Joe Biden), the question bears asking … Could “The Book of Mormon”… Continue reading Could “The Book of Mormon” determine your next president?

Broadway review: “The Book of Mormon’s” place in history set in stone tablets

   Josh Gad, Nikki M. James and Andrew Rannells of the Broadway “Mormon” cast. The New York Times.   By John Moore Yes, the cheerful new Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon” is that funny. And outrageous. And profane. It is also a razor-sharp satire. But mostly it is a heartfelt testament to anyone who… Continue reading Broadway review: “The Book of Mormon’s” place in history set in stone tablets

Denver cinema closed Tuesday after Aurora copycat threat

By John Moore www.CultureWest.org Denver police are on the lookout for a man whose threatening call to the Esquire Theatre prompted the sudden closure of the cinema Tuesday night. “This is an open and active investigation, and we’re looking into it,” Denver Police Department spokesman Sonny Jackson told www.CultureWest.org. The Esquire was closed as a… Continue reading Denver cinema closed Tuesday after Aurora copycat threat

Video: Three minutes with … Pam Grier

In this new web series, journalist John Moore interviews prominent visitors to Denver. Pam Grier, graduate of Denver East High School and star of such films as Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown,” talks about her roots, women’s rights, Vietnam, working at the Denver Center Theatre Company, the work of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force… Continue reading Video: Three minutes with … Pam Grier

Broadway’s Rory O’Malley: On “Book of Mormon,” Turning it Off and Shutting the Closet Door

Rory O’Malley of “The Book of Mormon” Broadway cast   By John Moore Note: The following Q&A comes from an interview I conducted for The Denver Post in May 2011, for a front-page story on Colorado’s kings of pop-culture subversion, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. That was just before “The Book of Mormon” won nine… Continue reading Broadway’s Rory O’Malley: On “Book of Mormon,” Turning it Off and Shutting the Closet Door

Video podcast: Creede Rep Says Goodbye to Maurice LaMee

The Creede Repertory Theatre said goodbye to Maurice LaMee on July 29, 2012, after 12 years as executive and artistic director. Video by John Moore. Interviews include Trary Maddalone, Christy Brandt, Steven Cole Hughes, Jeff Carey, Adam Bartley, Cat Auger, Tosin Morohunfola, B.J. Myers, Brian Kusic and John Gary Brown.

“Book of Mormon” scalpers: Score one for live theater

“The Book of Mormon” Broadway cast, 2011. Photo by Joan Marcus.   By John Moore With the sold-out Denver launch of the first “Book of Mormon” tour just a week away, an uncommon spotlight is shining on our often-ignored local theater community. Everyone, it seems, wants in. And buyers are being asked by scalpers to… Continue reading “Book of Mormon” scalpers: Score one for live theater

Daily “Book of Mormon” ticket lottery: Do you feel lucky, punk?

On Broadway, “The Book of Mormon” lottery typically draws upward of 300 hopefuls daily. Photo by John Moore   By John Moore True to Broadway form, the national touring production of “The Book of Mormon” will make 24 tickets available to at least 12 members of the general public for all performances through a daily lottery,… Continue reading Daily “Book of Mormon” ticket lottery: Do you feel lucky, punk?

Theater news: Vintage completes $1 million purchase

Photo by John Moore   By John Moore The 11-year-old Vintage Theatre has completed the nearly $1 million purchase of its new home in Aurora, and immediately announced plans to expand its programming, performance spaces and collaborations with other local companies. Vintage has purchased the 190-seat theater complex at 1468 Dayton St., originally opened in… Continue reading Theater news: Vintage completes $1 million purchase

Broadway series in Denver: There’s a lot to catch if you can

Joey the War Horse, and his human handlers, made an appearance with Denver Center president Randy Weeks at Thursday’s season-announcement celebration. “War Horse” comes to Denver in January 2013. Photo and video by John Moore. By John Moore Some years, when it comes to selling whatever New York has to offer cities across America, Denver… Continue reading Broadway series in Denver: There’s a lot to catch if you can

Denver theater producer Robert Garner was a man for all ages

  Robert S. Garner By John Moore To ask Robert Garner, he was about in his mid-20s. Garner was a legendary theater producer and bon vivant for whom the Garner-Galleria Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex is named. He died Thursday morning (July 19, 2012) at home, no doubt against his will, at the… Continue reading Denver theater producer Robert Garner was a man for all ages

2012 Henry Awards paint the town “Red”

By John Moore The Henry Awards painted the town “Red” on Monday night, giving the Curious Theatre  Company’s must-see staging seven awards among its eight nominations. The haul included best play, best director (Christy Montour-Larson), supporting actor (Benjamin Bonenfant) and even best ensemble, even though that play is an ensemble of two (Bonenfant and Larry… Continue reading 2012 Henry Awards paint the town “Red”

Theatre on Broadway to become Matthew Morris hair salon

 Dave Shirley’s YouTube video imbroglio. See news item, below. By John Moore Theatre on Broadway, the iconic home for Denver’s former long-running gay theater company Theatre Group, is slated to become the new home of the trendy Matthew Morris hair and skincare salon. The salon will soon be moving from its present location three blocks… Continue reading Theatre on Broadway to become Matthew Morris hair salon

Handicapping the Henrys: Who got snubbed (“Hairspray!”)

      By John Moore There seems to be more grumbling than ever before about this year’s list of Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Awards nominations, and for some understandable reason — five companies hoarded a combined 78 percent of this year’s noms. The CTG is a member-based, dues-paying service organization, and when only 14… Continue reading Handicapping the Henrys: Who got snubbed (“Hairspray!”)

Fort Collins’ Bas Bleu Theatre shreds the mortgage

  By John Moore Under an orange sky only Alexi Murdoch could love — caused as it was by the raging High Park Fire in Larimer County — the Bas Bleu Theatre Company switched the theme of its party on the fly today from “Burn the Mortgage” to “Shred the Mortgage.” Bas Bleu, which in… Continue reading Fort Collins’ Bas Bleu Theatre shreds the mortgage