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Announcing the 2006/2007 Theater Season

The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities announces its upcoming theater season, including two regional premieres, three musicals and one classic. Selected productions for the 2006/2007 season reflect the creative integrity that you have grown to expect. The Arvada Center honors its commitment to producing quality and engaging entertainment at an affordable price.

This year’s subscription campaign includes several new packages responding to patrons who want a full evening of entertainment, an insider’s view or greater flexibility. Details on subscription packages follow the 2006/2007 season schedule below.

The 2006/2007 Season

Written by Stephen Temperley
Directed by Bev Newcomb-Madden
Runs September 5 – October 1, 2006 • Public Previews September 2 & 3

Souvenir centers on the musical career of Florence Foster Jenkins, a wealthy society eccentric with a striking lack of talent. With delusional perseverance, she teamed up with mediocre pianist Cosme McMoon hoping for success in the music world. Despite questionable musical aptitude, they became all the rage. Their bizarre musical partnership earned them extraordinary cultish fame and their awkward pairing evolved into a friendship as full of light and warmth as the spotlight they shared.

Over the Tavern
Written by Tom Dudzick
Directed by Jane Page
Runs October 17 – November 12, 2006 • Public Previews October 14 & 15

This amusing family story is set in Buffalo, NY during the most idealized period, the Eisenhower years of the late 1950s. The Pazinski family is unremarkable—there’s Mom, Dad and their four children, Eddie, Annie, Georgie and Rudy. Rudy, on the other hand, is quite remarkable: a precocious 12-year-old who pushes all the wrong buttons, questioning family values and the Roman Catholic Church. He believes God put us on earth to “have fun,” and he’s trying to figure out why his family isn’t having any.

Thoroughly Modern Millie
Book by Richard Morris
Music by Jeanine Tesori
New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan
Directed by Rod A. Lansberry
Runs November 28 – December 31, 2006 • Public Previews November 25 & 26

Set in New York City in 1922, Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of young Millie Dillmount, who has just moved to the City in search of a new life. It’s a New York full of intrigue and jazz—a time when women were entering the workforce and the rules of love and social behavior were changing forever. Based on the popular movie, the 2002 stage version includes a full score of new songs and snappy dance numbers. Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady villainess that audiences will love to hate. This winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, is perfect holiday entertainment for the entire family.

The Subject Was Roses
Written by Frank D. Gilroy
Directed by Billie McBride
Runs January 30 – February 25, 2007 • Public Previews January 27 & 28

The action in this engrossing drama is deceptively simple, while the feelings are complex. A son who went away to war as a pampered boy comes back as his own man, and the varying effects on his mother and father are devastating. They want to love each other, to relive the good old times and build some better ones together, but they have grown irrevocably apart, and can no longer reconcile their dreams with reality. This Pulitzer Prize-winning play demonstrates how family relationships and situations transcend time and replay themselves over and over again.

Do I Hear a Waltz?
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Arthur Laurents
Directed by Jamibeth Margolis
Runs April 17 – May 13, 2007 • Public Previews April 14 & 15

Leona, an unmarried American secretary “of a certain age,” goes on a vacation to Venice where, under the spell of that enchanted city, she falls in love. The gentleman is an attractive, middle-aged shopkeeper, whose attentions give flight to her deepest dreams of romance. All too soon, Leona’s hopes are dashed. Might it have been better never to have loved at all? A tender musical and bittersweet testament to the complexities of the heart.

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Written by Larry L. King & Peter Masterson
Music & Lyrics by Carol Hall
Directed by Rod A. Lansberry
Runs June 26 – July 29, 2007 • Public Previews June 23 & 24

This happy-go-lucky view of small town vice and statewide political side-stepping recounts the good times and the demise of the Chicken Ranch. For more than 100 years it’s been one of the better pleasure palaces in all of Texas. Governors, senators, mayors and even victorious college football teams have frequented Miss Mona’s cozy bordello until that puritan nemesis, Watchdog, focuses his television cameras and his righteous indignation on the institution. The southern bawdry humor can’t hide that these sinners have hearts of pure gold.

New and existing season ticket subscribers can purchase their tickets today. Single tickets will go on sale in August. Don’t wait – reserve your seats today!

Photos of the big dig … expansion update

As promised, here are a few photos of the current state of the Arvada Center expansion. Even though we had a minor setback when we had to reschedule the opening of Pippin, the construction appears to be right on track. As you can see in the following photo, we now have a big hole in our back yard.

the big dig

See more photos of the Arvada Center Expansion Project in our photo gallery.

Arvada Center looks to the past

Denver Post theater critic John Moore announced the theater season in Sunday’s paper.

John said, “The money title is the first area staging of “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” the 2002 Broadway hit adaptation of the Julie Andrews movie about a flapper making it on her own in Roaring ’20s New York. The other musicals are just as familiar: “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” (1978) and “Do I Hear a Waltz?” (1965) by Stephen Sondheim and Richard Rodgers.”

Read the rest of the Denver Post article at

Arvada Center actress wins a key role in ‘Chorus Line’

In the Rocky Mountain News, Lisa Bornstein wrote about Pippin actress Jessica Lee Goldyn.

Lisa wrote, “On Thursday, Jessica Lee Goldyn opens in the chorus line of Pippin. Days after the show closes, she joins A Chorus Line – the hotly awaited Broadway revival.

It’s a big move for a 20-year-old, cast in the ensemble of the Arvada Center’s production of the Stephen Schwartz musical. She’ll be one of the many in Arvada, the company backing up a fanciful tale of the son of Charlemagne.

And until this winter, Arvada would have been a major move forward in her career. The New Jersey native just got her Actor’s Equity union card last fall. Then came A Chorus Line, in which Goldyn won the role of Val at an open- call audition in February.”

Read the entire Rocky Mountain News article ‘Broadway bound’ at,1299,DRMN_53_4626094,00.html

See the photo gallery for photos of Jessica Lee Goldyn and the rest of the Pippin cast.

Pippin in the Denver Post

Denver Post staff writer John Wenzel talks to Director Rod Lansberry and writes about Pippin.

John says, “The colorful characters and plot may be well-worn – the original ran for 1,944 performances and won five Tony awards – but Arvada Center artistic director Rod Lansberry thinks audiences will reconnect to the themes of looking for an ultimate meaning, even if the show offers no easy answers … Pippin’s 20-person ensemble cast was open to the challenge of interpreting the stage classic, which Lansberry said made all the difference in the dance-heavy production. But balancing the strengths of the Bob Fosse-directed original with cast-led innovations was tricky.”

Read the entire Denver Post article at 

Visit the photo gallery for photos of Pippin.