REVIEW: CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
at The Denver Center
The Denver Center presents
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
the National Tour
Roald Dahl’s amazing tale is now Denver’s golden ticket. It’s the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man,” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory…to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to burst with color and confection beyond his wildest dreams. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing joyride through a world of pure imagination. Now’s your chance to experience the wonders of Wonka like never before – get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper.
Curious Theatre presents
BUILDING THE WALL
After taking a risk on an untested, fiery play two years ago, the conversation on the US response to immigration looms larger than ever. The questions are more prescient. The impact more immediate. And the play’s events have become all-too-close to reality. Curious has chosen to remount a revised version of this play to dive into one of the most pressing, polarizing issues facing our country today.
In a dystopian tale that harkens George Orwell’s 1984 and the Nazi regime, Building the Wall is a terrifying and gripping exploration of what happens if we let fear win. After executive actions, an immigration round-up of unprecedented scale, and a declaration of martial law, Rick finds himself caught up as the frontman of the administration’s edicts and loses his humanity.
Vintage Theatre presents
Witty, intelligent, beautiful, rich, entitled, and spoiled, Emma Woodhouse loves to be a matchmaker, though she has vowed to never marry herself. She has just found her newest “project” — a sweet, but modest girl named Harriet Smith. Vivacious Emma is determined to find Harriet an impressive suitor, but as she becomes entangled in the romantic lives of her friends and acquaintances, she unwittingly commits the worst mistake a matchmaker can do by falling in love herself!
Miners Alley Playhouse presents
“Peace. Love. Respect for all.” So goes the motto of Fairfield Elementary, a public school located in a diverse, liberal district. But when a young teacher’s misguided attempts at celebrating Black History Month take a hilariously dark turn, chaos erupts and it seems it may be impossible to safely reach the ‘CelebrEthnic Potluck.’Fairfield is a razor-sharp, insightful comedy from Cleveland playwright Eric Coble that examines how we each determine what’s appropriate and inappropriate, and whether “We Shall Overcome.”
Senior Housing Options and Vintage Theatre
presents JERRY’S GIRLS
Jerry’s Girls, the Broadway musical revue, features all the best songs for women from such immortal musicals as Mame, Hello Dolly!, Milk and Honey, Mack and Mabel, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine and La Cage Aux Folles. This year’s 12th annual production continues in partnership with the Vintage Theatre, celebrating Senior Housing Options’ 40th Anniversary!
Vintage Theatre Productions presents
This gospel musical is a celebration of life in which hats become a springboard for an exploration of black history and identity as seen through the eyes of a young black woman who has come down South to stay with her aunt. There is a hat for every occasion, from flirting to churchgoing to funerals to baptisms, and the tradition of hats is traced back to African rituals and slavery and forward to the New Testament and current fashion. Hats are everywhere, in exquisite variety, and the characters use the hats to tell tales about family, love, and life!
Evergreen Players present
THE WEDDING SINGER the Musical
It’s 1985, and rock star wannabe, Robbie Hart, is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer. He’s the life of the party until his own fiancée leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. The Wedding Singer takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room. Based on the hit Adam Sandler movie, The Wedding Singer’s sparkling new score does for the ’80s what Hairspray did for the ’60s. Just say yes to the most romantic musical in twenty years.
Parker Arts presents
THE FULL MONTY
In this musical comedy based on the film of the same name, six down-on-their-luck steel workers strip down to their roots to reclaim their lives through less-than-conventional means. After seeing their wives’ enthusiasm for a group of Chippendales’ dancers, the men decide to put on a show that will bare all and get their lives back on track.
Despite losing their jobs and struggling to maintain relationships with their wives and children, the boys have a bit of optimism that manages to shine through their dreary circumstances. In songs like the hilariously dark “Big Ass Rock,” or the moving “Breeze off the River,” the journey to going “the full monty” is full of absurdist gallows humor and a whole lot of heart.