Arvada Center Blog

Westword’s Now Playing List

Now Playing

Brief reviews of current shows

By Juliet Wittman 

Published: May 3, 2007 

Do I Hear a Waltz? Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim worked together once and once only: on this musical, with Rodgers writing the music and Sondheim the lyrics. For this reason, the Arvada Center’s revival is worth seeing. Do I Hear a Waltz? is an odd hybrid. The title song, with its unabashed romanticism, is the only genuinely memorable number, but many of the other songs are both witty and tuneful.

Read more at . . .

Westword hears the Waltz!

 Do I Hear a Waltz?

Arvada Center creates passable music.

By Juliet Wittman 

Published: April 26, 2007 Waltz.AC.07.PS 303

At first I kept thinking that John Paul Almon wasn’t dashing and romantic enough for Renato, but once I realized he wasn’t meant to be dashing, I could appreciate the actor’s deft combination of gallantry and light-footed buffoonery. The McIlhennys, a pair of American tourists, are pretty stock characters, but Deborah Persoff and Paul Page give them warm and humorous life. Jennifer DeDominici delivers a gemlike performance as pensione-keeper Fioria. DeDominici’s voice is as fluid and gleaming as a deep, running stream at night; her Fioria is seductive and amoral, but so utterly content with herself and her life that you can’t help admiring her. The young couple, callow Eddie and petulant Jennifer, are well played by Brian R. Hutchinson and Emily Van Fleet, and it’s nice to hear Van Fleet’s higher notes playing over the deeper registers of her female co-stars.

Read the full review of Do I Hear a Waltz? at

Youth orchestras offer culture and learning

Youth orchestras offer culture and learning
By Jeff Tejeck
May 03, 2007


Alex Lessenger pushes his long black hair behind his ears, and pulls out a folded paper with a list of musical instruments. The list is neatly written and divided into four categories; strings, woodwinds, percussion and brass. A total of 21 instruments are printed on the list…All who perform for the orchestras are required to audition and also play in a music program at their school. The Front Range Youth Symphony Orchestras offers more to participants than just an opportunity to perform — it offers a chance to excel in other areas of life.

Check out the Arvada Press website for this and other great local news.


Do I Hear a Waltz?

Waltz.AC.07.PS 326 Lisa Bornstein, Rocky Mountain News
May 4, 2007

Do I Hear a Waltz? was always an oddball musical with an impeccable pedigree: book by Arthur Laurents (from his play The Time of the Cuckoo), score by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. [read more of Lisa Bornstein’s review at]

Do I Hear a Waltz?

Grade: C+

When and where: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 1 p.m. Wednesdays through May 13, Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd.

Cost: $36 to $46

Information: 720-898-7200


Modern Muse “Squall” Denver Post Review

Review: Modern Muse Theater Company’s “Squall” showing at the Arvada Center

“Squall,” staged by Modern Muse at the Arvada Center’s sparkling new Black Box Theatre, opens as a goth psychological thriller… “Squall” is worth seeing if only to see these capable actors mix it up… [read the entire review at]

** 1/2 RATING Goth psychological thriller…

Also check out our YouTube video.