Trav’lin – The 1930s Harlem Musical


Trav’lin – The 1930s Harlem Musical

Travel back to the Harlem Renaissance and the music of legendary artists like Billie Holiday, Louie Armstrong and Count Basie!

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April 9 - 28, 2019

Main Stage

Tickets: Starting at $53 (Previews $36)

Book by Gary Holmes & Allan Shapiro
Score by J.C. Johnson & Friends
Directed by Rod A. Lansberry

SCL Health - 2018-2019 Arvada Center Theatre Season Presenting Sponsor

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the Harlem Renaissance, and what better way to celebrate it than a catchy musical told by the music of the era? Travel back in time to the height of this cultural hotbed - the music was swinging, bands were big, and the jazz scene continued to rise in popularity and influence. What happens when the two sexes try to navigate romance in this new world? A funny and heartfelt look at love, Trav’lin – The 1930s Harlem Musical rediscovers the music of Harlem Renaissance songwriter J.C. Johnson. His songs were recorded by legendary jazz and blues artists such as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Fred Astaire, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie. Trav’lin is an energetic and romantic evening of 1930s jazz combined with an engaging story that will captivate audiences of all ages.

Genre: Romance, Musical, Jazz


Content: Young Adult – Adult Audiences


Performance Dates

Performances: April 9 – April 28, 2019, Tues – Sat at 7:30 pm, Wed at 1:00 pm, Sat – Sun at 2:00 pm



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Photos courtesy Matthew Gale Photography



Randy Donaldson

Ian Coulter-Buford


Arvada Center debut. Ian last appeared as Ken in Smokey Joe’s Café (Riverside Theatre). He also appeared as Jacob in La Cage Aux Folles (Lake Dillon Theatre Company). NYC: Fat Kid Rules The World (Clurman Theatre); TOUR: Broadway’s After Midnight ; REGIONAL: Disney’s Aladdin (The MUNY) and The Wiz (Maltz Jupiter Theatre). TV/FILM: Modern Love (Amazon), OUTCAST , The Webseries (YouTube), The Oz Project (YouTube). Training: BFA in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University.

Nick Gordon

Nick Gordon


Nick Gordon is making his Arvada Center debut with Trav'lin – The 1930s Harlem Musical . Other credits: Bobby in Fatty Fatty No Friends (The Green Room 42); TV/Film: Sharp Objects (HBO); Maniac (Netflix). Training: BM; Bowling Green State University, MM; New York University Steinhardt.

Milton Craig Nealy

Milton Craig Nealy

George Walker

Milton Craig Nealy is returning to the Arvada Center having appeared in The Full Monty, Pippin and La Cage aux Folles . Last summer he played Andrew Carnes in DCPA Theatre Company’s production of Oklahoma . Broadway credits include; Dreamgirls, Ain't Misbehavin', Once On This Island, Five Guys Named Moe, Miss Saigon and Motown: The Musical . National tours include; Jesus Christ Superstar and Born For This (The Bebe Winans Story) . Films include; The Blues Brothers and The Indie Film: A Bread Factory .

Natalie Oliver-Atherton

Natalie Oliver-Atherton


Natalie Oliver-Atherton last performed at Arvada Center in Intimate Apparel. Additional credits: Magdalene: Woman of Light (Denver Civic/London Cast); Oh, Kay! (Lunt-Fontanne Theatre); Once On This Island (Playwrights Horizons); The Who’s Tommy (American Theatre of San Jose, International Tours); A Brief History of White Music (Vogue Theatre); Comfortable Shoes (Paper Mill Playhouse); Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Geva Theatre Center); Jesus Christ Superstar (Birmingham Theatre); Little Shop of Horrors (Charles Playhouse); Training: Berklee College of Music/Hart College of Music.,

Tavia Riveé

Tavia Riveé


Tavia Riveé last appeared in Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson One . Tavia also understudied the role of Diana Ross in the 2nd National Tour of Motown the Musical . Additional credits include: St. Louis Woman (City Center Encores!); A Christmas Carol (Madison Square Garden); Seussical (Theatreworks); Hairspray (Royal Caribbean); All Shook Up, Once on this Island, The Wiz, the inaugural Production cast of Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Fantasy, TV Credits: Law & Order and New York Undercover .

Erin Willis

Erin Willis


Erin Willis was last seen at the Arvada Center in Memphis . She has appeared in over eleven DCPA Theatre productions, most recently in Oklahoma! Other credits: My Fair Lady (Cameron Mackintosh 1st National U.S. Tour); Tender Mercies (Colorado New Play Festival); Amazing Grace (NY Workshop); Ain't Misbehavin' (Milwaukee Repertory Theater); Ragtime (Cohoes Music Hall). She provides lead vocals and keyboards for the indie rock band Kenji Urada. Training: The Boston Conservatory.


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Talk Backs

These discussions offered after select performances cover interesting subjects about the production with members of the cast, director and/or designers.

Talk Back opportunities:

  • Tuesday, April 16 after the 7:30 pm performance
  • Wednesday, April 24 after the 1 pm performance
  • Thursday, April 25 after the 7:30 pm performance

Happy Hour with the cast

Stay after the performance and enjoy a social happy hour with the cast! Complimentary light snacks will be provided, and a cash bar will be available.

Happy Hour opportunities:

  • Wednesday, April 17 after the 1 pm performance

Theatre Salons

Have a passion for theatre? Then join the Arvada Center Theatre Salon where you’ll spend 4 weeks exploring the script and its themes, the sets and costumes, the playwright and the history behind it all. You’ll also have the opportunity to see the production and meet the people who make it happen!

Theatre Salon dates:

  • Classes: Thursday evenings 7-9 pm, April 11 - May 2
  • Performance: April 18

Have questions? Check out our Ticketing and Refund Policies or call the box office at 720-898-7200.