The State of theatre in Denver…

Is abysmal. I know Denver isn’t New York, or Los Angeles, or even Las Vegas, really I do. However I see that as no excuse to have such poor offerings, it makes me wonder why we have a theatre at all when shows like Wicked, Les Miserables, Lion King, etc. have runs that are two weeks. I have to think rehearsal and prop building must take longer. In reading the listing for the 2007 season, there was exactly 1, broadway musical (Little Mermaid) the rest, while I’m sure great shows, that I might like, I’ve never heard of. Hello, Lion King, Phantom, Avenue Q, RENT, anybody? Beuller?

Maybe those in charge of the Denver Center for Performing Arts think that we all need as much exposure as we can get? Maybe they like charging 200+ a ticket, and selling out in thirty-eight minutes? Maybe they don’t want to have to decide what shows make it into the season so they let them all in? I really don’t know.

I love musicals (and aren’t gay, for the record :p ) but when you factor all that goes into me and my wife going to see Les Mis (for example) it’s cheaper to fly to LA.

Tickets: To get good seats (Or any for that matter as it sold out quickly) for the last run (really, is 2 weeks a run?) you had to buy into the VIP section, which included dinner and drinks, IIRC, upwards for 250-300 a piece. Throw in light rail, few bucks. We dropped a lot of coin.

Fly to LA (planning in advance) tickets aren’t too expensive. Get reasonably good seats at the Pantages, cab ride too and from the Airport, and my guess is, we’d spend about as much. I’ll let you know since that is likely to be our next theatre outing.

Back to Denver. We went last night to see Heartbeat, We left at intermission. That’s the first time we’ve left, we even sat through the gayest rendition of swan lake I’ve ever seen, EVER. But Heartbeat, while interesting, was not that great. First, we envisioned Taiko drumming from Japan or something like it, our bad. Second the performers didn’t do any drumming, except once or twice, barely. We could have sat in an orchestra hall and listened to the guys in the pit, the show would have been better.

My wife said that her new rule of thumb when we go to the theatre in Denver, if we can get seats 8th row center, the show may not be that great. I’m inclined to agree.

3 Comments so far

  1. dicker (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 1:35 pm

    Hey John, while i don’t fancy myself an expert on local theater by any means I will give a big hearty endorsement of the Buntport crew. It’s all original homegrown stuff. They’re great, or even if they don’t totally nail something they’re pushing in the right direction.

    Anyway, that’s all.

  2. Megs (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 11:50 am

    Is there a touring company of Avenue Q yet? Because I’ve been waiting…and I’m making myself sound a little too girly but I’m dying to see The Color Purple as well.

  3. John (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 11:56 am

    honestly not sure. I heard Ave Q skipped the LA tour scene and went to vegas. Not sure if they’re still there, didn’t see any signage my last two visits.

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