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Just as we transition between seasons, so too is the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in a period of change. Dan Ritchie will step down as Chairman after guiding the organization through a tremendous period of growth and success over the past 10 years. Also, Producing Artistic Director Kent Thompson will depart the DCPA Theatre Company after leading the Colorado New Play Summit, Women’s Voices Fund, a robust commissioning program and 121 productions, of which he directed 20. As Applause goes to print, teams are in place to manage the transition and identify individuals to help write the next act in our nearly 40-year history. An individual who will help guide our future is newly named Chief Development Officer, Deanna Haas. Deanna comes to us from University of Colorado Boulder and has been a loyal DCPA fan for many years. One of her earliest tasks will be to work with our Development team on The Space Theatre seat campaign and the Whole Foods Challenge — both of which we invite you to participate in. Recognize your family, business or a loved one by naming a seat in our renovated Space Theatre, or shop at Whole Foods Market on April 28. Select metro-area locations will donate 5% of that day’s proceeds to support DCPA Education. One of our many education programs that is just around the corner is the DPS Shakespeare Festival. Working in tandem with Denver Public Schools and its Foundation, we audition all participants, provide in-school workshops and host 4,000 students throughout the Arts Complex. Join us April 28 as we celebrate the Bard. And while not quite as classical as Shakespeare, Off-Center is poised to engage audiences with its newest off-site, immersive production. Travelers of the Lost Dimension, an adventure comedy of your imagination by Denver’s own A.C.E. improv troupe, will play in Aurora’s Stanley Marketplace March 16 – April 23. On a final note, the DCPA and our theatre community lost a treasured friend, colleague, teacher and artist. Bob Davidson, former Head of Movement of our National Theatre Conservatory and a choreographer with the Theatre Company, passed away in December. Noted for his aerial and trapeze work, Bob was wellknown throughout the Denver area. He will be missed.

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Wish you had seen The Beatles live? Wish you’d been born back then? Wish you hadn’t been in kindergarten when they set foot on American soil? Wish you’d gone to just one of their concerts? Wish, wish, wish… Well, wish no more. Leave it to Southern California to come up with a solution for gratifying every kind of appetite, this one included. It was not instant gratification — we’re told it took 20 years to put Rain, the concert, together — but when The Beatles hung up their guitars in 1970 and took off in four different directions, leaving thousands of fans wanting more, someone somewhere had to come up with the idea of cloning the Fab Four. And so they have. Along with founder Mark Lewis, the guys who created (and originally impersonated) The Beatles — Joey Curatolo, Joe Bithorn, Steve Landes and Ralph Castelli — came to Rain, the band, and eventually Rain, the show, via Beatlemania. Some of them had become smitten with The Beatles on the night of February 9, 1964, when those four famous boys from Liverpool, England, stepped on the stage of “The Ed Sullivan Show.” The Beatles’ revolutionary brand of rock’n’roll made a worldwide impression and their popularity went straight through the roof. They recorded 13 albums in a short eight years, made memorable films and gave concerts everywhere. So it’s no wonder that the suddenness of their breakup in 1970 sent shockwaves through the music world. Rain, the band, was formed in part out of this devastation, but even more out of a desire simply to keep the music alive. The intention was not just to mimic the Liverpudlians, but also to present some of the songs they had

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never even performed live. It was a labor of abiding love. For 20 years, the members of Rain focused on every detail and worked tirelessly to be as faithful as possible to the original Beatles and Beatles sound. They studied the songs, the gestures, the look, the dress and gradually built an impressive repertoire. Over the years, Lewis converted what had been a modest California bar band into a polished professional act, refining its musicianship, playing piano and organ himself, even inserting sounds necessary to re-creating The Beatles’ background instrumentation so as to ensure that The Beatles’ sound would be fully replicated during the shows. Rain, in fact, is more a concert than a show, with a stationary bandstand prominent center stage and a dazzling array of lighting and other perpetual motion special effects swirling around the musicians. Not only do the four performers play The Beatles’ songs including iconic favorites from “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” but they also meticulously match the Fab Four’s clothing, hairstyles and facial hair at changing periods of their performing lives. In this manner the members of Rain, the show, preserve the music and the musical legacy while giving audiences the momentary illusion of “being there.” It’s the same thrill Americans felt on that February night in 1964 and at every live concert thereafter. It’s a thrill they’ll be enchanted to rediscover now.

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Political plays have illuminated politics for millennia, but recently the growing specter of worldwide terrorism — with its companion racism — have spawned a mutant variety of the species. I don’t mean worldly political events, though that too, as in John Patrick Shanley’s 2003 Dirty Story, an uncommonly personalized take on the Israeli-Arab conflict (seen at the Denver Center in 2004). What I do mean is the interior effect of politics on the privacy of our living rooms, intimate dinner parties and family conversations — events that directly affect individuals, including, as in the case of Ayad Akhtar’s galvanizing play Disgraced, the affective politics of the American home and workplace, often more cutthroat than a battlefield. Akhtar’s thoughtful dissection of five lives in Disgraced should give us all pause. True, the play was written well before the searing election that only deepened the cracks in our domestic landscape. But those cracks had been identified long before they had hardened into political reality. As the threat of terror in daily life kept spreading since that fateful 9/11, it was joined by its pernicious companion, fear. The subject only grew in the eyes and hands of playwrights, as well as in the sophistication of these writers’ approach. Lisa Loomer’s 2012 Two Things You Don’t Talk About At Dinner, which premiered here, may have started

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the ball rolling with its quasi-comic Judeo-Islamic conflict at a Passover Seder that devolves into serious indigestion. But Akhtar’s Disgraced goes a step further: it thrusts us from the frying pan into the fire. Disgraced is a big deal. A 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winner, it was assessed the most produced play of the most recent American theatre season. Akhtar warns that, in performance, the play should not sound like Big Ideas mouthed by actors — a common pitfall — and director Carl Cofield, who staged the DCPA Theatre Company’s production was reassuring: “It’s [no] accident that the characters are drinking a lot,” he wrote back. “Sitting on festering frustration and mixing in booze is a sure way to get at the truth.” Things start out quietly enough. Amir Kapoor, a confident New York attorney, is posing in his upscale high-rise apartment for his wife Emily, a rising star in New York’s art world. She is painting his portrait. What could be more the picture of upper middle class success, comfort and bliss? The session is interrupted by Amir’s nephew, an ardent young man who recently changed his name from Hussein Malik to Abe Jensen. Yet in a spurt of identification with a jailed Imam that Abe/Hussein believes is innocent and deserves to be released, he’s here to solicit his uncle’s help.


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Like Akhtar, Amir is American-born of Pakistani/Indian descent and while he was raised a Muslim, he is neither religious nor political, and has outspoken disdain for the more stringent dictates of the Quran. He also has no desire to get involved in the Imam’s defense, since he knows the attorneys who are managing it and deems them very capable. Out of affection for his nephew, however, and thanks to his wife’s entreaties, Amir makes a small concession to Abe’s request. It alters the course of his life. One unintended thing leads to another, compounding damage at every turn. The end results are damning. More than its topicality, what makes Disgraced absorbing is that, consciously or not, it adheres rigorously to the Ancient Greek definition of tragedy — when, entirely without malice, events take over and there is no deviating from the path of destiny. No one in Disgraced does or has done anything consciously malevolent — no more than Oedipus did when he killed his father and married his mother. Some human frailty exists (doesn’t it always?), but there are no villains and no frauds here. Seemingly independent actions follow one another in an inexorable collision of fate and circumstance, multiplying and magnifying problems and ultimately rendering them fatal. “I don’t agree with or condone [Amir’s] actions,” says Cofield, “but over the course of the play, we glean a little insight into his world.... He’s trying to win at the American game of life, but has been handicapped by prejudice. That resonates loudly with me. One of the greatest things about the theatre,” he adds, “is that [it allows us to] feel empathy for other people.” The cast of characters includes Isaac, a curator who handles Emily’s artwork, and Isaac’s wife Jory, another upwardly mobile lawyer at Amir’s firm who happens to be African American. If the racial lineup is a little calculated, it serves a plot in which events take on a life of their own and overtake individual action. The grinding interaction of these five people hits and hits hard. It has been known to leave an audience gasping.

“[Amir is] trying to win at the American game of life, but has been handicapped by prejudice. That resonates loudly with me.” — CARL COFIELD, DIRECTOR Disgraced is a potent theatrical event that raises the most persistently difficult questions; that is what theatre does best. It also offers no reliable answers. But it does show us, painfully, that rancor and division kill. “As a black man and theatre-maker, my hope always is how can we begin the conversation,” offers Cofield. “I hope the audience learns something about the characters and more importantly, about themselves. “The word ‘theatre,’” he adds, “comes from the Greeks and means ‘the seeing place.’ Hopefully, we can see something of one another, learn from it and…begin talking to [instead of] at each other.” No roads will lead back home, but some may move us forward an inch or two. There are, as always, choices to be made. SYLVIE DRAKE is a translator and contributing writer to culturalweekly.com, American Theatre magazine and is a former theatre critic and columnist for the Los Angeles Times.

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COSTUME COLUMN In Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer-winning play, Disgraced, Isaac and Amir both work in professions that require a clean, pressed suit. Amir is a highprofile lawyer, Isaac a curator at The Whitney Museum of American Art. Costume designer Lex Liang mines the script for clues as to how they would present themselves. “Amir is an individual of Pakistani Muslim descent, who is constantly trying to prove himself in a rich, white boys’ club,” said Liang. “In a whitecollar world, there are certain rules and boundaries you don’t really cross — and you never take risks with your clothing. Statements are made by expense, not style.” On the other hand, Isaac’s creativity bleeds into his wardrobe. “There’s color, playful tailoring, and risk-taking. The art world demands that their curators take risks.” So how does a non-profit theatre afford multiple high-end suits? Liang points out: “The funny thing is, most suits aren’t worth the ticket price in the first place…. What makes a beautiful suit look good is its simplicity.” It must be made of good fabric, be impeccably tailored and accessorized perfectly. “You can easily make an expensive suit look cheap by mucking it up with a loud shirt or too many accessories.” Liang’s advice to pull off the perfect power suit? “If you’re going to wear a suit that’s supposed to have cost $6,000, you better walk the walk. No slouching.”


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It’s deceptively challenging to adapt a beloved film for the stage. After all, the original object of people’s affection is not some distant memory, but readily available for viewing and inevitable comparisons. The stage version has to find a way to shine on its own terms. And the Broadway production of An American in Paris, the recipient of rave reviews and 12 Tony Award nominations, has done just that. This new An American in Paris has flourished for many reasons. Like the movie, the show is a valentine to the timeless music of George Gershwin, drawing on more of his concert music and more of the songs that he wrote with his brother, lyricist Ira Gershwin. The piece is propelled by the beautiful, vibrant, Tony-winning choreography of Christopher Wheeldon, who also directed. The book, by the gifted playwright Craig Lucas, acknowledges the film’s plot, but uses it as a starting point for a more nuanced, compelling story. An American in Paris works so well because Wheeldon and Lucas did not put the film on stage. Instead, they created a brand new piece of musical theater inspired by, but not beholden to, the movie. “We set about making our version of the story, but we didn’t want to completely turn our backs on the movie,” says Wheeldon. “We were eager to make a show that would appeal to people who love the movie, but at the same time take those who hadn’t seen it on a different kind of journey.” In a departure from the film, the show is set just after World War II ends, and Bob Crowley’s Tony-winning scenic design brings post-war Paris to life, taking the ravaged city out of the darkness and into the light. The bare bones of the story are the same as in the movie, but the characters have been rethought and fleshed out, and the narrative reconsidered and deepened for a contemporary audience.

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(Below) Garen Scribner and Sara Esty in An American in Paris Touring Company. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

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“The show is about the characters’ struggle to find life, to find love, to find happiness again after this dark period,” says Wheeldon. “The movie was made in the early ’50s and the war was still very fresh, so Paris was treated in a kind of hyper-unrealistic way. With the distance of time, there was so much more we could do. We had the freedom to place Paris in a more realistic, historical context, and talk about what the city was like after the Nazis left, and how romance and art and music were balm to the wounds. Paris behaves as a character in the show, and we see the city open up and breathe again, and take on all the beautiful qualities that we associate with it.” Wheeldon, one of the most sought-after choreographers in the world, had never directed on Broadway before. But lead producer Stuart Oken wanted a singular vision for the show. “He felt that I would be able to bring a unique quality of movement to it,” say Wheeldon, “not only to the dancing, but to the transitions and the flow of the piece as a whole.” Wheeldon was very much involved with the shaping of the show and the selection of the music. “Craig wrote a brilliant treatment that acted as a framework, and then we all jumped in – Craig, Rob Fisher [who adapted and arranged the score] and I,” he says. “Then it was really about which pieces of music best told our story. We wanted it to feel like the Gershwins had written this music specifically for our show.” The show features such classic songs as “I Got Rhythm,” “The Man I Love,” “Stairway to Paradise,” “But Not For Me” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” as well as numerous orchestral gems, including the lesser-known Second Rhapsody and Cuban Overture. The musical dances from beginning to end, and Wheeldon employs a variety of styles, including tap, jazz, old-fashioned Broadway and, most uniquely, ballet. He sets the tone at the very beginning, with a wordless opening sequence performed to the Concerto in F. “People always talk about the importance of the opening number,” he says. “So I wanted to signal to the audience that there is going to be a lot of dancing, and a lot of storytelling through dance. The opening tells the story of Paris and introduces characters through movement.” Wheeldon uses dance in An American in Paris much in the way that one of his mentors, Jerome Robbins, did in West Side Story. That is, it forwards the plot and helps tell the story with great clarity. “Because I’m a ballet choreographer, and the leads are ballet dancers, many people who haven’t seen the show think we’re doing a ballet,” says Wheeldon. “But it’s not a ballet. It’s a classic Broadway musical with a story told through its book, music, singing, acting and movement. And it features incredibly beautiful, talented performers doing extraordinary things.” As in the film, the culmination of the show is the American in Paris ballet. Wheeldon created a largely abstract work that includes a stunning and moving fantasy duet. “It contains the first truly romantic moment for Jerry and Lise. Earlier in the show, they have a flirtatious dance by the Seine, which marks the beginning of their romance. The pas de deux is the emotional, romantic climax of the whole show.”

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THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME See through the eyes of 15-year-old Christopher Boone on his journey to solve a neighborhood mystery — the murder of the dog next door. Based on the bestselling novel by Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a coming-of-age story that challenges the way we see the world around us. Christopher is an exceptionally intelligent boy, living in England, who has difficulty coping with life’s sounds and stresses. World-class visuals and creative choreography allow you to adopt Christopher’s mathematical perspective on the world throughout his adventure. The impressive projections, set design and sound effects transport you inside Christopher’s extraordinary mind as he taps into his inner power. Prepare to have your emotional buttons pushed as you watch Christopher face obstacles on his life-changing journey. The Curious Incident is a Tony Awardwinning production that delivers an impactful message with a playful touch. Follow Christopher (and Toby, his pet rat) on his quest to solve the local murder mystery (playing May 30 – June 18 in The Ellie). After spending an evening immersed in Christopher’s world you are sure to gain a new perspective.


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Book by

Music & Lyrics by

HARVEY FIERSTEIN CYNDI LAUPER

Based on the Miramax motion picture Kinky Boots Written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth starring

TIMOTHY WARE

CURT HANSEN

ROSE HEMINGWAY AARON WALPOLE

KATERINA PAPACOSTAS

JIM J. BULLOCK

JOSEPH ANTHONY BYRD TONY d’ALELIO JOHN J. DEMPSEY IAN GALLAGHER FITZGERALD XAVIER REYES ANDY RICHARDSON TAMI DAHBURA MADGE DIETRICH DAN TRACY MERYN BECKETT ALFRED DalPINO ALEX DRESCHKE GAVIN GREGORY LANDON MAAS SEBASTIAN MAYNARD-PALMER CIARÁN McCARTHY JULIA McLELLAN JACOB MORRELL MARY MOSSBERG CHRISTIAN MULLINS ERICA PECK CASI RIEGLE ANDREW SCANLON TOM SOUHRADA ROBERT ZELAYA SAM ZELLER Scenic Design

Costume Design

Lighting Design

Sound Design

DAVID ROCKWELL

GREGG BARNES

KENNETH POSNER

JOHN SHIVERS

Hair Design

Make-up Design

Associate Choreographer

Associate Director

Casting

JOSH MARQUETTE

RANDY HOUSTON MERCER

RUSTY MOWERY

D.B. BONDS

TELSEY + COMPANY JUSTIN HUFF, CSA

Music Director

Music Coordinator

Technical Supervisor

Company Manager

Production Stage Manager

ROBERTO SINHA

MICHAEL KELLER

THEATERSMITH ASSOCIATES

CHRIS DANNER

GREGORY R. COVERT

Associate Producer

Exclusive Tour Direction

Tour Press & Marketing

General Management

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Music Supervision, Arrangements & Orchestrations by

STEPHEN OREMUS Directed and Choreographed by

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CAST

(in order of appearance) Mr. Price....................................................................................................................................... TOM SOUHRADA Young Charlie.................................................................... (Wed, Fri, Sat eve, Sun mat) LANDON MAAS, (Tues, Thurs, Sat mat, Sun eve) JACOB MORRELL Young Lola................................... (Tues, Thurs, Sat mat, Sun eve) SEBASTIAN MAYNARD-PALMER, (Wed, Fri, Sat eve, Sun mat) CHRISTIAN MULLINS Simon Sr...................................................................................................................................... GAVIN GREGORY Nicola............................................................................................................................ KATERINA PAPACOSTAS Charlie Price................................................................................................................................... CURT HANSEN George............................................................................................................................................ JIM J. BULLOCK Don.............................................................................................................................................AARON WALPOLE Lauren.......................................................................................................................................ROSE HEMINGWAY Pat................................................................................................................................................ MADGE DIETRICH Harry....................................................................................................................................................... DAN TRACY Lola..................................................................................................................................................TIMOTHY WARE Angels.........................................................................................................................JOSEPH ANTHONY BYRD, TONY d’ALELIO, JOHN J. DEMPSEY, IAN GALLAGHER FITZGERALD, XAVIER REYES, ANDY RICHARDSON Trish................................................................................................................................................. TAMI DAHBURA Richard Bailey......................................................................................................................CIARÁN McCARTHY Milan Stage Manager............................................................................................................MARY MOSSBERG Ensemble............................................................................... JOSEPH ANTHONY BYRD, TAMI DAHBURA, TONY d’ALELIO, JOHN J. DEMPSEY, MADGE DIETRICH, IAN GALLAGHER FITZGERALD, GAVIN GREGORY, CIARÁN McCARTHY, JULIA McLELLAN, MARY MOSSBERG, XAVIER REYES, ANDY RICHARDSON, CASI RIEGLE, ANDREW SCANLON, TOM SOUHRADA, DAN TRACY, SAM ZELLER STANDBYS AND UNDERSTUDIES Standbys and understudies never substitute for listed performers unless a specific announcement is made at the time of the performance. Understudy for Lola—JOSEPH ANTHONY BYRD, ROBERT ZELAYA; for Charlie—CIARÁN McCARTHY, DAN TRACY; for L auren—JULIA McLELLAN, ERICA PECK; for Nicola—JULIA McLELLAN, CASI RIEGLE; for Don—ANDREW SCANLON, SAM ZELLER; for George—ANDREW SCANLON, SAM ZELLER; for Simon Sr.—JOSEPH ANTHONY BYRD, ROBERT ZELAYA; for Mr. Price—ANDREW SCANLON, SAM ZELLER; for Trish—MERYN BECKETT, MARY MOSSBERG, ERICA PECK; for Pat—MERYN BECKETT, MARY MOSSBERG, ERICA PECK; for Harry—ALFRED DalPINO, ALEX DRESCHKE, CIARÁN McCARTHY; for Richard Bailey—ALFRED DalPINO, ALEX DRESCHKE, ROBERT ZELAYA; for Milan Stage Manager—MERYN BECKETT, ERICA PECK; for Angels—ALFRED DalPINO, ALEX DRESCHKE, ROBERT ZELAYA Dance Captain—ALEX DRESCHKE Assistant Dance Captain—MERYN BECKETT SWINGS MERYN BECKETT, ALFRED DalPINO, ALEX DRESCHKE, ERICA PECK, ROBERT ZELAYA THERE WILL BE ONE 20-MINUTE INTERMISSION


ACT I “Price & Son Theme”...................................................................................................................... Full Company “The Most Beautiful Thing in the World”............................................................................... Full Company “Take What You Got”................................................................................................ Harry, Charlie, Ensemble “Land of Lola”.......................................................................................................................................Lola, Angels “Land of Lola” (Reprise)...................................................................................................................Lola, Angels “Step One”....................................................................................................................................................... Charlie “Sex Is in the Heel”.............................................................................Lola, Pat, George, Angels, Ensemble “The History of Wrong Guys”....................................................................................................................Lauren “Not My Father’s Son”.......................................................................................................................Lola, Charlie “Everybody Say Yeah”............................................................................... Charlie, Lola, Angels, Ensemble ACT II “Entr’acte/Price & Son Theme” (Reprise)............................................................................. Full Company “What a Woman Wants”........................................................................................ Lola, Pat, Don, Ensemble “In This Corner”.............................................................................. Lola, Don, Pat, Trish, Angels, Ensemble “Soul of a Man”............................................................................................................................................... Charlie “Hold Me in Your Heart”...................................................................................................................................Lola “Raise You Up/Just Be”................................................................................................................. Full Company Kinky Boots Touring Orchestra Conductor/Keyboard 1—ROBERTO SINHA Associate Conductor/Keyboard 2—STEVEN CUEVAS Guitars—OSCAR BAUTISTA, DOUG QUINN Bass—SHERISSE ROGERS Drums—JEFF ROBERTS Reeds—GARRETT HACK Violin/Viola—JASON MELLOW Trumpet—PAUL BARON Synthesizer Programmer—RANDY COHEN Associate Music Coordinator—MICHAEL AARONS Music Copying—EMILY GRISHMAN Music Preparation—EMILY GRISHMAN/KATHARINE EDMONDS Electronic Drum Programmer—SAMMY MERENDINO

The use of any recording device, either audio or video, and the taking of photographs, either with or without flash, is strictly prohibited. Please turn off all electronic devices such as cell phones and pagers prior to the beginning of the performance.

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MUSICAL NUMBERS


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TIMOTHY WARE

CURT HANSEN

ROSE HEMINGWAY

AARON WALPOLE

KATERINA PAPACOSTAS

JIM J. BULLOCK

MERYN BECKETT

JOSEPH ANTHONY BYRD

TAMI DAHBURA

TONY d’ALELIO

ALFRED DalPINO

JOHN J. DEMPSEY

MADGE DIETRICH

ALEX DRESCHKE

IAN GALLAGHER FITZGERALD

GAVIN GREGORY

LANDON MAAS

SEBASTIAN MAYNARD-PALMER

CIARÁN McCARTHY

JULIA McLELLAN

JACOB MORRELL

MARY MOSSBERG

CHRISTIAN MULLINS

ERICA PECK

XAVIER REYES

ANDY RICHARDSON

CASI RIEGLE

ANDREW SCANLON

TOM SOUHRADA

DAN TRACY

ROBERT ZELAYA

SAM ZELLER


TIMOTHY WARE (Lola) was the Lola Standby on Broadway and is grateful to continue his journey on the Kinky Boots national tour. National tours: Mamma Mia! (Sky), Jesus Christ Superstar and Dreamgirls. Thanks to Schiowitz Artists Management Inc. and Don Buchwald & Assoc. This is for Barry, Chloe and Nevaeh. Follow him on Twitter @BeatPoetIsI, Facebook @ warethewriter, Instagram @Timothy_ Ware. Check out Chocolate-Musical. com. “Love and light!” CURT HANSEN (Charlie Price) is a Wisconsin native who loves his wife Mallauri and his family. Broadway: Wicked, Next to Normal, Hairspray. National tours: Wicked (Fiyero), Next to Normal (Gabe). TV: Nickelodeon’s “Big Time Rush” ( D a k Zevo n ) , “ Th e G o o d Wi fe.” Film: People You May Know, B-side. Regional: Parade (CTG), Girlfriend (CTG and ATL). curthansen.com. @curt_hansen. ROSE HEMINGWAY (Lauren) thinks it’s super fun to be playing Lauren! She has done other fun things too. Here is a list of some of them. Broadway: How to Succeed… (Rosemary). Nat’l tour: Mamma Mia! (Sophie). Regional: Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical (Misty Mae), Peter and the Starcatcher (Molly), Time and the Conways (Hazel), Parade (Mary Phagan). TV: “Blue Bloods,” “The Mob Doctor.” Love to Geoffrey, her favorite guy. AARON WALPOLE (Don) is elated to be joining the Kinky Boots family. Broadway: Les Misérables (Brujon/ Lo u d H a i l e r/ Va l j e a n u /s) , J e s u s Christ Superstar (Annas). Mirvish: Les Misérables (Brujon/Loud Hailer/Valjean u/s), Rock of Ages (Lonny). Stratford Festival: Guys and Dolls, Anything Goes, Camelot, Jesus Christ Superstar and many regional theatrical, film, television and recording artist credits. KATERINA PAPACOSTAS (Nicola). Credits include Casey in First Date directed by Dan Knechtges, ensemble of Tom Kitt’s The Visitor at The Public Theatre, Eva u/s (performed)/featured dancer in Evita national tour, Marian u/s Kate Baldwin (performed) in The Music Man at Arena Stage, Polly in Crazy For You at MGR Playhouse. Huge thanks to everyone in the Kinky family, my Clear family and Filakia MBNZ&E. katerinapapacostas.com.

JIM J. BULLOCK (George). Broadway/ first national tour: Hairspray. Regional: Sister Act, Beauty and the Beast, Bye Bye Birdie, etc. Television: “Too Close for Comfort,” “Hollywood Squares,” “Alf,” “Seinfield,” “Rosanne,” “The Jim J. and Tammy Faye Show,” “Glee,” blah, blah, blah. The voice of Queer Duck in Showtime’s “Queer Duck,” Prince Valium in Mel Brooks’ cult film Spaceballs and a proud supporter of The Actors Fund of America. MERYN BECKETT (Assistant Dance Captain, Swing) is ecstatic to be making her tour debut with Kinky Boots!! Regional: Sister Act (Ogunquit/ Gateway Playhouse), Le Cabaret Grimm (NYMF). B.F.A. The Boston Conservatory. “Endless love and gratitude to Mama, Jerry and Justin Huff. This one’s for you, Daddy!” JOSEPH ANTHONY BYRD (Angel/ E n s e m b l e ) . E xc i t e d t o j o i n K B , Joseph has been seen in The Lion King (Gazelle tour), Mamma Mia! (Las Vegas) and most recently as S e b a st i a n i n D i s n ey ’s T h e L i t t l e Mermaid at the Tony Award-winning C h i c a g o S h a k e s p e a r e T h e a t e r. Thanks: Mom, Dad, Justin, Jim, Jon, Toni! TAMI DAHBURA (Trish/Ensemble). First national tours: Memphis, In the Heights, A Chorus Line. Off-Broadway: The Pajama Game (ELT), Manuel Vs. Statue of Liberty (NYMF). Soloist: H a w a i i S y m p h o n y, S a c ra m e n t o Philharmonic, Oakland East Bay Symphony. Thanks: Rikky—Hybrid Agency, Justin—Telsey! “In honor of my parents!” tamidahbura.com. TONY d’ALELIO (Angel/Ensemble). National tours: Matilda The Musical, D i s n ey ’s B e a u t y a n d t h e B e a st . Regional: The Kennedy Center, The Wi c k ( L a C a g e , M a m e ) , H a r b o r Lights (Gypsy). Thanks to BLOC, Telsey, Sarah, Corinne, Leah and Tina. All for Mom, Pops, Nico and Joe. Follow @tonydalelio. ALFRED DalPINO (Swing) is excited to be making his touring debut in this amazing show. Broadway: Kinky Boots (Swing). He would just like to thank the entire company for such a welcoming experience, and a special thanks to his family and friends for their love and support. JOHN J. DEMPSEY (Angel/Ensemble) is ecstatic to join Kinky Boots. National

tour debut! Originally from Scotland. Credits: Cats (RCCL/RUG), A Chorus Line (Riverside Theatre), Disney Cruise Line. Education: AMDA NY and Laine Theatre Arts. Thanks to the creatives, Justin Huff, The Mine, family and friends. johnjdempsey.net. MADGE DIETRICH (Pat/Ensemble). Touring debut! Regional: A Christmas Story, Elf, The Sound of Music (Paper Mill Playhouse); and Sister Act, Billy Elliot (Ogunquit Playhouse). Deep gratitude to Justin, the creative team, teachers, friends and family. OKCU alum, proud AEA member. Micah 6:8. madgedietrich.com. @madgeikal. ALEX DRESCHKE (Dance Captain, Swing). National tour debut! Alex is ecstatic to be a part of Kinky Boots, a dream come true for him. California native, B.F.A. in Dance, UC Irvine. Thanks to Justin Huff, Mom, Dad and all teachers, family and friends. Instagram: @dreschcode. IAN GALLAGHER FITZGERALD (Angel/Ensemble). First national tour and proud Marymount Manhattan College grad. Ian would like to publicly praise his Mom for accepting and fostering city dreams. Many thanks to Telsey+Co for allowing him the opportunity to fill the biggest of heels: just be! G A V I N G R E G O R Y ( S i m o n S r. / Ensemble) is honored to join the Kinky Boots family! Broadway: Porgy & Bess (Crown standby), The Color Purple (Buster/African Chief, Harpo u/s). First national tour: The Lion King. Regional: Man of La Mancha, The Whipping Man, Ragtime, Violet, …Spelling Bee. LANDON MAAS (Young Charlie) is thrilled to make his national tour debut. Credit: 2016 Christmas Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes (Ben). Regional: A Christmas Story (Randy). Thanks to Nancy, teachers, family, friends and extra love to Mom, Dad, Ella, Ama, Afi for everything. SEBASTIAN MAYNARD-PALMER (Young Lola). Fourth grade. P.S. 40, School of American Ballet, Peridance Capezio Center and American Tap Foundation. Previously: “Person of Interest” (TV), Babes in Arms (Musicals Tonight), print, internet and TV commercials. Sebastian also studies violin and clarinet. Special thanks to Calia.

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CIARÁN McCARTHY (Richard Bailey/ Ensemble). Tour: The Wedding Singer (first national). Off-Broadway: Plaid Tidings (York), Hospital Series (Axis). Las Vegas: For the Record: B az Luhrmann (Mandalay Bay). TV: “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS), “Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn” (Nickelodeon). Thanks to Jerry, DB, Rusty and Justin! ciaranmccarthy.com. @ciaranjmccarthy. JULIA McLELLAN (Ensemble). Selected credits: Val in Stratford Festival’s A Chorus Line, Kinky Boots (Mirvish), The Wizard of Oz (first nat’l tour), Footloose, Snow White (Drayton). Training: Sheridan College. “Thank you to TH, my parents and Mike.” Online: juliamclellan.com. Instagram: @juliaemilymclellan. JACOB MORRELL (Young Charlie). Age 10. Thrilled to be making his Broadway tour debut. Local: Seussical, Dear Edwina and The Most Epic Birthday Party Ever. TV credits: Kevin in Amazon Prime series “Red Oaks.” Thanks to Mom, Dad, sister and Jody Prusan and Abrams artists. M A RY M OSS B E R G ( M i l a n St a g e Manager/Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of the Kinky Boots cast! Other credits: Mamma Mia! national tour, Next to Normal (Arena Stage). “Love to my angels Maggie Maes, Kimberly Vaughn and Nicholas Keslake.” Proud member of AEA.

A N DY R I C H A R D S O N ( A n g e l / Ensemble) is thrilled to join Kinky Boots! Broadway: Newsies (OBC), Gypsy (with Patti LuPone), How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Regional: Sacramento Music Circus, Paper Mill Playhouse. Education: NYU. “Love and thanks to my family, Justin/Telsey+Co and the KB team.” Twitter: @AMRichardson3. CASI RIEGLE (Ensemble) is ecstatic to be joining the Kinky Boots tour! Regional: The Phantom…, First Date (PCLO), Les Misérables (North Shore Music Theatre), Footloose, Anything Goes (KC Starlight). B.F.A. Point Park University. Many thanks to family, friends and the Kinky Boots team! ANDREW SCANLON (Ensemble). Proud member of the original Canadian company of Kinky Boots. Favorite regional credits: Thénardier (Les Miserables), Barfée (Spelling Bee), Lion (Wizard of Oz), The Beadle (Sweeney Todd). Love and thanks: The TH gang, KB creatives, my amazing family and Darcy. TOM SOUHRADA (Mr. Price/Ensemble). Broadway and national tours: Mary Poppins, Evita, My Fair Lady, The King and I, The Boy Friend (directed by Julie Andrews). Tom has performed extensively Off-B’way and in numerous regional theaters across the country. “For my Dad.”

CHRISTIAN MULLINS (Young Lola) is thrilled to be making his debut with Kinky Boots. He loves dancing, singing and performing. Special thanks to big sister Nora for inspiring his love of the stage. Thanks to Cathy Kenzel, Michelle Bonavena, Shirley Faison and family and friends.

D A N T R A C Y ( H a r r y/ E n s e m b l e ) . National tours: The Sound of Music ( Ro l f ) , A m e r i c a n I d i o t ( Tu n ny ) . Film/TV: “One Bad Choice” (MTV), “Eye Candy” (MTV), “Broadcasting Christmas” (Hallmark), The Seagull (upcoming). B.F.A. musical theater: Univ. of Michigan. “Forever grateful for Chuck, Justin Huff and my family.” Twitter/Instagram: @dan_tracy.

ERICA PECK (Swing). We Will Rock You (Toronto/national tour). Starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Boys in the Photograph. Also, Kinky Boots (Toronto); Cabaret; The Wedding Singer; Hairspray; You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Love to TH, Mom and Dad, and Robin and Pluto!

ROBERT ZELAYA (Swing). B.M. music theater, University of Miami. Previous credits: Xanadu, Rent, Theatreworks, Celebrity Cruises. “Thank you Mom, Dad, Luis for always believing I would get here one day. So much gratitude to Telsey & Co., About Artists and Kinky Boots creative team. ‘Persevere.’”

XAVIER REYES (Angel/Ensemble). First national tour! From Puerto Rico. Ithaca College graduate. Favorite credits: West Side Story, Rent, La Cage… Thanks to family, friends, Telsey + Co. and Dave and Jeremy at Daniel Hoff Agency. Anything is possible with hard work, determination and focus. Instagram: @xavierreyesactor.

SAM ZELLER (Ensemble). Broadway: Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan (also film). Nat. tours/regional/other: Les Misérables (Valjean), Fiddler…Roof (Tevye), Hairspray (Edna), Disney’s Tarzan (Kerchak), Evita (Che), “Star Trek: DS9” (Lt. Ch’Targh). Thanks to Eugene, Jerry, Stephen, D.B., Rusty, Mom, Pop, Donnie and Dipsy! samzeller.com.

HARVEY FIERSTEIN (Playwright) is the author of the recent Broadway hits Newsies (Tony nom.) and Casa Valentina (Tony nom.), as well as Torch Song Trilogy (Tony, Drama Desk and Obie awards), La Cage aux Folles (Tony and Drama Desk awards), A Catered Affair (12 Drama Desk nominations), Safe Sex (Ace Award), Legs Diamond, Spookhouse, Flatbush Tosca, Common Ground and more. His political editorials have been published in the New York Times, TV Guide and the Huffington Post and broadcast on PBS’s “In the Life.” His children’s book, The Sissy Duckling (Humanitas Award), is now in its fifth printing. As an actor, Mr. Fierstein is known worldwide for his performances in films including Mrs. Doubtfire, Independence Day and Bullets Over Broadway; on stage in Hairspray (Tony Award), Fiddler on the Roof, La Cage aux Folles and Torch Song Trilogy (Tony Award); and on TV shows such as “Smash,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “The Good Wife,” “Cheers” (Emmy nomination), “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy” and “Nurse Jackie.” CYNDI LAUPER ( Composer and Lyricist) is a Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-winning (for her Kinky Boots score) artist, who after 30 sterling years and global record sales in excess of 50 million albums, has proven that she has the heart and soul to keep her legion of fans compelled by her every creative move. With her first album, She’s So Unusual, Lauper won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist and became the first female in history to have four topfive singles from a debut album. Since then, Lauper has released 10 additional studio albums, with her most recent, the Grammy-nominated Memphis Blues, ruling the Billboard Blues Chart for 14 consecutive weeks to become the best-selling blues album of 2010. Overall, during her storied music career, Lauper has been nominated for 15 Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, seven American Video Awards and 18 MTV Awards. She recently captured her journey through music and life in her New York Times bestselling autobiography, Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir. As an actress, Lauper made her Broadway debut in The Threepenny Opera alongside Alan Cumming in 2006. She has appeared in numerous television shows, including “Mad About You” (Emmy Award) and “Bones” and films including The Opportunist with Christopher Walken, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, Life With Mikey, Off and Running and Vibes. Lauper


JERRY MITCHELL (Director/ Choreographer) received the Tony Award in recognition of his choreography for the 2013 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Kinky Boots, for which his direction was also recognized with a Tony nomination. In the 33 preceding years, Jerry has been involved with more than 50 Broadway, Off-Broadway, West End and touring productions. His Broadway debut as a choreographer was for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, followed by The Full Monty (Tony nomination), The Rocky Horror Show, Hairspray (Tony nomination), Gypsy, Never Gonna Dance (Tony nomination), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony nomination), La Cage aux Folles (Tony Award), Imaginary Friends, Legally Blonde (Tony nomination) which he also directed, Catch Me If You Can, and on the West End, Love Never Dies and the current hit Dirty Rotten Scoundrels which he also directed. Most recently, Jerry received the Drama League’s Founders’ Award for Excellence in Directing and the George Abbott Lifetime Achievement Award from his peers. Twenty-three years ago, Jerry conceived and created Broadway Bares, a comedy burlesque show performed annually for the charity, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. He continues to serve as executive producer of Broadway Bares, with a book, website and satellite productions in Fire Island Pines, Las Vegas (Peepshow, which had a five year consecutive run) and London (West End Bares). STEPHEN OREMUS (Music Supervisor/ Arranger/Orchestrator). Broadway: Kinky Boots (2013 Tony Award for Best Orchestrations and 2013 Grammy Award); The Book of Mormon (2011 Tony and Drama Desk awards for co-orchestrating and 2012 Grammy Award). Worldwide music supervisor/ arranger of Wicked; music supervisor/ vo c a l a r ra n g e r/o rc h e s t ra t o r o f Broadway productions/tours of The Book of Mormon, Avenue Q, All Shook Up and 9 to 5; co-producer (with Dolly Parton) of 9 to 5 Broadway cast recording (Grammy nomination); conductor and contributing arranger for the Oscar-winning Disney film Frozen. DAVID ROCKWELL (Scenic Design) designed sets for Lucky Guy, Catch

Me If You Can, Hairspray (Tony, Drama Desk nominations), Legally Blonde (Drama Desk nomination), The Normal Heart, A Free Man of Color, The Rocky Horror Show (Drama Desk nomination), All Shook Up (Drama Desk nomination) and the Academy Awards (2010 Emmy Award). He is the founder of Rockwell Group, a New York-based architecture and design firm. Honors include the Pratt Institute Legends Award, CooperHewitt National Design Award and Presidential Design Award. GREGG BARNES (Costume Design). Broadway: Something Rotten! (2015 Tony nomination), Tuck Everlasting (2016 Tony nomination), Aladdin, Kinky Boots (2013 Tony nomination, 2016 Olivier Award), Follies (2012 Tony Award, Drama Desk), Elf, Legally Blonde (2007 Tony nomination), The Drowsy Chaperone (2006 Tony Award, Drama Desk Award), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Flower Drum Song (Tony nomination), Side Show, Bye Bye Birdie. New York: The Wizard of Oz, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, The Merry Widow (NYC Opera), Pageant (NY and London, Olivier nomination). Regional: Robin and the 7 Hoods, Mame, Allegro (Helen Hayes Award). TDF Young Master Award. KENNETH POSNER (Lighting Design). More than 50 Broadway play and musical theater credits. Designs extensively Off-Broadway, for resident theaters and touring productions throughout the United States as well as internationally. Selected Broadway credits: Hairspray, Legally Blonde, Catch Me If You Can, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, If/Then, Pippin, Cinderella, Other Desert Cities, The Merchant of Venice, The Coast of Utopia/ Shipwrecked, Side Man, The Odd Couple, Glengarry Glen Ross, …Charlie Brown, The Little Foxes and Wicked. Recipient of Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Obie awards. JOHN SHIVERS (Sound Design). Broadway: Kinky Boots (2013 Tony Award recipient), Bonnie & Clyde, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, Sister Act, 9 to 5, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Little Mermaid, Tarzan and Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays. Regional: The Nutty Professor, Tales of the City, Emma, Robin and the 7 Hoods. Other credits include The Lion King, Mary Poppins, The Producers, Hairspray, Aida, Titanic, How to Succeed in Business… (’95), The Who’s Tommy

and Guys and Dolls. “Love to my beautiful gem.” JOSH MARQUETTE (Hair Design). Broadway/Off-Broadway/West End: Aladdin, First Date, Kinky Boots, The Book of Mormon, Elf, Dogfight, The Best Man, Look Back in Anger, The Drowsy Chaperone, Pig Farm, The… Trailer Park Musical, Altar Boyz, Mamma Mia! West Coast: Robin and the 7 Hoods, Peep Show, Minsky’s, Vanities. Other N.Y.: Show Boat at Carnegie Hall, Encores!; No, No, Nanette and Follies, numerous Juilliard productions. National tours: Book of Mormon, The Drowsy Chaperone, Barbie Live! Television: “30 Rock.” RANDY HOUSTON MERCER (Make-up Design). Broadway: The Book of Mormon, Cry-Baby, Hairspray, Fiddler on the Roof, La Bohème, Flower Drum Song, Cabaret, The Producers, Follies, Sunset Blvd., Smokey Joe’s Café, Chicago, Guys and Dolls, Crazy for You, A Christmas Carol, Titanic. Films: The Crazies, Little Children, SpiderMan 2, Company Man, Runaway Bride, Meet Joe Black, Hearts in Atlantis, The Mirror Has Two Faces. Client list includes Barbra Streisand, Glenn Close, Tina Fey, Sigourney Weaver, Marcia Gay Harden, Juliette Binoche, Lauren Bacall. RandyHoustonMercer.com. KATHY FABIAN (Props Supervisor) has created props for more than 50 Broadway productions. Recent credits include The Realistic Joneses, If/Then, Rocky, Bridges of Madison County, I’ll Eat You Last, Lucky Guy, Chaplin, Nice Work If You Can Get It, A Streetcar Named Desire, Stick Fly, The Normal Heart and The House of Blue Leaves. BRIAN USIFER (Associate Music Supervisor) is the Music Director of Kinky Boots on Broadway as well as the Associate Music Supervisor of The Book of Mormon on Broadway and on tour. Also an arranger/orchestrator, Brian has worked on many readings and workshops of new musicals. ROBERTO SINHA (Music Director). Broadway: Big Fish, Bullets Over Broadway, Violet, It Shoulda Been You. National tours: Elf, Cinderella. Off-Broadway: Red Eye of Love. Roberto serves as music director for the Broadway Dreams Foundation, a non-profit national performing arts education program. Graduate of Penn State (M.F.A. music directing) and Florida State (B.M. piano performance). Proud member of AFM 802.

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also continues her philanthropic work through her foundation, the True Colors Fund.


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MICHAEL KELLER (Music Coordinator) and MICHAEL AARONS (Associate): Broadway: Hamilton, The Color Purple (2015), School of Rock. Upcoming Broadway: Gotta Dance, SpongeBob. Current tours: If/Then, The Bridges of Madison County. RUSTY MOWERY (Associate Choreographer). Thrilled/blessed to be working with Jerry Mitchell again! Rusty is associate choreographer for Kinky Boots Broadway, Legally Blonde London and U.K. tour. Production dance supervisor of Hairspray on Broadway and first national tour. Rusty appeared on Broadway in Hairspray, Legally Blonde, Seussical, Ragtime, Cats. Love to Barry and family. D.B. BONDS (Associate Director) is thrilled to be continuing his association with Jerry Mitchell after working with him as an actor in the national tours of Legally Blonde and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. D.B is the associate director of Kinky Boots on Broadway. AMY JO JACKSON (Dialect Coach). The Flea: The Mysteries, These Seven Sicknesses, Behind the Painting, The Pearl, NYTW, Prospect Theatre, UCB, Singapore Rep. amyjojackson.com. NEURO TOUR (Physical Therapy) provides performing arts physical therapy and is honored to be part of Kinky Boots. Neuro Tour has provided backstage treatment to more than 80 musical theater productions. Credits include: Broadway: The Lion King, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. OffBroadway: Stomp!, Sleep No More. Tours: Movin’ Out, Billy Elliot, Motown. Concerts: U2, P!nk and Katy Perry. TELSEY + COMPANY (Casting). Broadway/tours: Paramour, Waitress, Fiddler on the Roof, The Color Purple, On Your Feet!, Hamilton, Something Rotten!, An American in Paris, Wicked, The Sound of Music, Newsies, Rock of Ages. OffBroadway: Atlantic, Classic Stage, MCC, Second Stage, Signature. Film: Into the Woods, Margin Call, Rachel Getting Married, Across the Universe, Camp, Pieces of April. TV: “This Is Us,” “Grease Live!,” “The Wiz Live!,” “Flesh and Bone,” “Masters of Sex,” “Smash,” “The Big C,” commercials. telseyandco.com. ALLIED LIVE (Marketing and Press) is a full-service marketing/advertising agency representing national tours, performing arts institutions and experiential enter­t ainment entities throughout North America. Current touring clients: Hamilton, The Book of Mormon, An American in Paris,

Something Rotten!, Rent 20th anni­ versary tour, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Mamma Mia!, Motown The Musical, Once, Elf and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Upcoming tours include School of Rock and The Humans. SMITTY/THEATERSMITH ASSOCIATES LLC (Technical Supervisor). Credits include Chaplin, Evita, Catch Me If You Can, Elf, Wonderland, Behanding in Spokane, Tale of Two Cities, Xanadu (Japan), August: Osage County, Legally Blonde, All Shook Up, On Golden Pond, Scoundrels, Brooklyn, Millie, Aida, Imaginary Friends, Disney’s Hunchback, Capeman, Show Boat, Spider Woman. With Nancy Ringham, daughters Caitlyn and Madeline. GREGORY R. COVERT (Production Stage Manager). Broadway: Les Misérables (2014 revival); The Addams Family; The Phantom of the Opera; Beauty and the Beast; Brooklyn the Musical; Sight Unseen. Off-Broadway: The Fantasticks (2006 revival); Bingo. Tours: Jersey Boys (second national), We Will Rock You, Billy Elliot (national 2.5), Mary Poppins (first national), A Chorus Line (revival first national), Grease (Europe). AMBER DICKERSON (Stage Manager). Broadway: Motown The Musical. National tour: Dreamgirls. Regional: Arena Stage—over 14 seasons, Hartford Stage, Center Stage and many others. “Thanks to God and my family for their continued love and support!” HOLLACE JEFFORDS (Assistant Stage Manager). Broadway: Violet, The Last Ship, Doctor Zhivago. Pre-Broadway: An American in Paris. Off-Broadway: Avenue Q, A Taste of Things to Come, Hero’s Welcome, Confusions, Little Miss Sunshine, Nobody Loves You, The Memory Show. “This is for my family.” FORESIGHT THEATRICAL (General Manager) is comprised of partners Allan Williams, Aaron Lustbader and Mark Shacket who oversee and supervise The Phantom of the Opera, Kinky Boots, Les Misérables, Tuck Everlasting and American Psycho on Broadway, worldwide management of Kinky Boots, and Million Dollar Quartet in Las Vegas. DARYL ROTH (Producer) holds the singular distinction of producing seven Pulitzer Prize-winning plays: Anna in the Tropics, August: Osage County (2008 Tony), Clybourne Park

(2012 Tony), How I Learned to Drive, Proof (2001 Tony), Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women and Wit. She has produced more than 85 award-winning productions including Buyer & Cellar; Caroline, or Change; Curtains; The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?; Love, Loss, and What I Wore; The Normal Heart (2011 Tony); A Raisin in the Sun (2014 Tony); The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; War Horse (2011 Tony). “Love to Steven, my wonderful family, Lucy and Leo ever in my heart.” DarylRothProductions.com. HAL LUFTIG (Producer). Winner of four Tony Awards and London’s Olivier Award, Hal Luftig has worked on and off Broadway for the past 25 years. Broadway: Evita, Catch Me If You Can, Come Fly Away, West Side Story, All My Sons, Legally Blonde, The Times They Are A-Changin’, Whoopi, Movin’ Out, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Annie Get Your Gun, High Society, The Diary of Anne Frank, The King and I, Moon Over Buffalo, Angels in America, Jelly’s Last Jam, The Secret Garden. He is currently developing the new musical The Last Goodbye, an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet featuring the music of Jeff Buckley. Hal has an M.F.A. from Columbia University and an ulcer from tension. JAMES L. NEDERLANDER (Producer). President of Nederlander Organization, son of James M. Nederlander (Chairman). Producing credits: If/Then, I’ll Eat You Last (Bette Midler), Rocky, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, West Side Story, Next to Normal. Upcoming: The Elephant Man starring Bradley Cooper; On Your Feet—the Gloria and Emilio Estefan story. TERRY ALLEN KRAMER (Producer). Credits: Sugar Babies; Me and My Girl; The Goat… (Tony Award); Movin’ Out (Tony Award); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Cyrano; Dirty Dancing; West Side Story; Fiddler…; The Addams Family; The Merchant of Venice; Race; Promises, Promises; SpiderMan…; Priscilla Queen of the Desert; Evita; I’ll Eat You Last; Rocky; Kinky Boots (Broadway). Trustee, New York Presbyterian Hospital. INDEPENDENT PRESENTERS NETWORK (Producer) is a consortium of 50 of the nation’s leading Broadway presenters who skillfully manage a subscription base of 350,000 throughout America. Recent Broadway/London/U.S. tours: Matilda, Cinderella, Pippin, Jekyll & Hyde, Leap of Faith, La Cage aux Folles, Wonderland, 9 to 5, Ragtime, Frost/


CJ E&M (Producer) is Korea’s leading e n t e r t a i n m e n t c o m p a n y i n l i ve entertainment, film, broadcasting and music. Broadway and West End credits include Kinky Boots, Big Fish, The Bodyguard, Let It Be, The Sound of Music, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Barefoot in the Park and The Woman in White. JAYNE BARON SHERMAN (Producer). Broadway: Side Show, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Tony), Of Mice and Men, Kinky Boots (Tony), The Normal Heart (Tony), Elling, 33 Variations and A Raisin in the Sun. Also, This Is Our Youth (Sydney Opera House), Carousel (West End) and It Shoulda Been You. Film/TV: Love Is Strange, In the Life, “DTLA.” JUST FOR LAUGHS THEATRICALS (Producer). CEO Adam Blanshay, Chairman Gilbert Rozon. Subsidiary of Just for Laughs. Broadway: The River, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Bullets Over Broadway, Rocky, Twelfth Night/Richard III, Kinky Boots. U.S. tour: Pippin, Evita. London: Made in Dagenham. Thanks to Hal. hahaha.com. JUDITH ANN ABRAMS (Producer), Highlights: two Tonys and an Olivier Award for Kinky Boots and Spring Awakening. Other credits include Annie Get Your Gun; Chita Rivera in The Visit and The Dancer’s Life; It’s Only a Play; The Audience; The River; Matilda (investor). 2016: Producer, Come From Away. Tony voter, the American Theatre Wing. For CR, Rio and Jon. JudithAnnAbramsProductions.com. YASUHIRO KAWANA (Producer). Broadway: First Date, Let It Be, Kinky Boots (Tony Award), Evita (Tony nomination), Catch Me If You Can (Tony nomination), Come Fly Away, Legally Blonde. Off-Broadway: Here Lies Love. He has presented Let It Be, Rain: A Tribute To The Beatles, The Full Monty, Fosse in Japan. JANE BERGÈRE (Producer). Currently on Broadway: Kinky Boots (Tony). Upcoming: You Can’t Take It With You. Past highlights: Rocky; Annie; Twelfth Night/Richard III; Driving Miss Daisy; War Horse (Tony); Clybourne Park (Tony); A Little Night Music; All My Sons; Curtains; Glengarry Glen Ross (Tony); Caroline, or Change; Metamorphoses. janebergereproductions.com.

ALLAN S. GORDON & ADAM S. GORDON (Producer). Allan has received Tony Awards for Rent, Death of a Salesman, Hairspray, Spamalot, Kinky Boots and Pippin. Allan’s career spans the fields of theater, law, investment banking, real estate and venture capital. Together, their credits include After Midnight, Evita, Peter and the Starcatcher, Pippin, The Pee-wee Herman Show, Cry-Baby and Flashdance. KEN DAVENPORT (Producer). Broadway: It’s Only a Play, Kinky Boots, Mothers and Sons, The Bridges of Madison County, Macbeth, Godspell and more. Created “Be a Broadway Star” board game and iPhone app At the Booth. For more, read his blog TheProducersPerspective.com. Upcoming: Gettin’ the Band Back Together, Somewhere in Time and The Great White Hope. HUNTER ARNOLD (Producer) i s a p r o d u c e r, e n t r e p r e n e u r and the founder of the New M u s i c a l C re a t i ve C o l l e c t i ve , a n organization committed to aiding the development of works from emerging artists. Broadway: It’s Only a Play, Kinky Boots, Mothers and Sons, The Bridges of Madison County and more. Upcoming projects: Somewhere in Time, Gettin’ the Band Back Together. LUCY AND PHIL SUAREZ (Producer). Phil executive produced many iconic commercials; Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” video; trailers for Dreamgirls, A Chorus Line, Evita. He and JeanGeorges own numerous restaurants. Lucy’s time has been devoted to philanthropic works. She provided the impetus for venturing into Kinky Boots. Happy to be part of the KB family. BRYAN BANTRY (Producer). Last century: Greater Tuna, You Can’t Take It With You, Aren’t We All, Street Corner Symphony. Recent: Kinky Boots B’way (Tony Award), Here Lies Love.

(Tony), Side Show, You Can’t Take It With You, Rocky. Off-Broadway: Yank!, Thrill Me. Special thanks to our team! GREGORY RAE (Producer) is a gay activist and producer. Past projects: The Normal Heart (2011 Tony), Clybourne Park (2012 Tony), Bare, Hedwig (2014 Tony). Upcoming: Allegiance, Found. BB GROUP (Producer), based in G e r m a ny, i s a m o n g t h e m a r ke t leaders in developing, producing, managing and promoting premium live entertainment in Europe and beyond. bb-promotion.com. CHRISTINA PAPAGJIKA (Producer). Productions include Lee Daniels’ The Butler starring Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker and the upcoming The Family Fang starring Jason Bateman, N i co l e K i d m a n a n d C h r i sto p h e r Walken. MICHAEL DESANTIS (Producer) is a longtime theater producer/investor, involved in Broadway, regional, touring and West End productions. Go see a show! PATRICK BAUGH (Producer) is proud to help bring Kinky and its message of inclusion to audiences around the U.S. “Just be who you want to be!” BRIAN SMITH (Producer). Currently w i t h Wa r n e r B r o s . Te l e v i s i o n . Broadway: Kinky Boots (Tony), Evita, Catch Me If You Can. N.Y. Innovative Theatre Award winner, Outstanding Director. Love to N.Y.C. TOM AND CONNIE WALSH (Producer): Broadway: Kinky Boots (Tony), First Date. Tour: Evita. Supporters of nonprofit performing arts in Seattle. Board members: 5th Avenue Theatre, Pacific NW Ballet. Thanks Hal. WARREN TREPP (Producer) has produced Evita, Legally Blonde, Movin’ Out and Thoroughly Modern Millie on Broadway. His proudest production is his son, Warren Edward, a credit he shares with his wife Jâlé.

RON FIERSTEIN & DORSEY REGAL (Producers) are proud to help bring the great entertainment and important message of Kinky Boots to the stage. Ron is an author, a long-time music business executive and Harvey’s brother, lawyer and business manager. Dorsey, his wife, is a partner in the N.Y. law firm of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney.

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joined in several Broadway musicals including Kinky Boots. STAFF FOR KINKY BOOTS GENERAL MANAGEMENT FORESIGHT THEATRICAL Aaron Lustbader Allan Williams Mark Shacket Alan Wasser Mark Barna COMPANY MANAGER Chris Danner TOUR PRESS AND MARKETING ALLIED LIVE Laura Matalon Marya Peters Jennifer Gallagher Sarah Dahlberg NATIONAL PRESS REPRESENTATIVE DKC/O&M Rick Miramontez Molly Barnett Chelsea Nachman EXCLUSIVE TOUR DIRECTION THE ROAD COMPANY Stephen Lindsay Brett Sirota www.theroadcompany.com CASTING TELSEY & COMPANY Bernard Telsey CSA, William Cantler CSA, David Vaccari CSA, Bethany Knox CSA, Craig Burns CSA, Tiffany Little Canfield CSA, Abbie Brady-Dalton CSA, Kristina Bramhall, Adam Caldwell CSA, Karyn Casl CSA, Rikki Gimelstob, Patrick Goodwin CSA, Rachel Hoffman CSA, Justin Huff CSA, Rachel Minow, Cesar A. Rocha CSA, Conrad Woolfe CSA, Kristian Charbonier, Scott Galina, Lauren Harris, Jaime Jaget, Ally Kiley, Rachel Nadler, Madison Sylvester, Laura Wade Production Stage Manager.......................Gregory R. Covert Stage Manager................................................Amber Dickerson Assistant Stage Manager.............................. Hollace Jeffords Assistant Company Manager.............................. Ryan Garson Music Director....................................................... Roberto Sinha Dance Captain....................................................... Alex Dreschke Assistant Dance Captain...................................Meryn Beckett Dialect Coach....................................................Amy Jo Jackson Properties Coordinator..................... Kathy Fabian/Propstar Associate Scenic Designer.........................................Dick Jaris Assistant Scenic Designer................................. T.J. Greenway Associate Costume Designer................................. James Hall Assistant Costume Designer................ Lindsay McWilliams Associate Lighting Designer...................... Anthony Pearson Assistant Lighting Designer................ Jeremy Cunningham Associate Sound Designer..............................David Patridge Associate Makeup Designer.....................................Guy Smith Associate Technical Supervisor..........................Patrick Shea Associate General Manager................................... Mark Barna Production Consultant.........................Thomas Recktenwald Additional Arrangements.......................................Brian Usifer Associate Synthesizer Programmer ��������������������� Tim Crook Music Track Editor.........................................................Derik Lee Moving Lighting Programmer.......................... Jason Badger Head Carpenter...................................................Jason McGrath Flyman..................................................................... Nathan Fulmer Automation Carpenter........................................ Eamon Keane Assistant Carpenter................................................. Tim Dhority Production Electricians...................................... Randy Zaibek, James J. Fedigan Head Electrician........................................Adam T. Cavanaugh Assistant Electrician.................................................... Jamie Bell Moving Light Technician.........................................Sam Tepper Head Properties Supervisor........................... Chris Reininger Assistant Properties Supervisor.................. Andrew Iverson Crew Swing................................................................. Kelly Lasley Head Sound Engineer............................................Ben Madden Deck Audio/Assistant Sound Engineer ����������Alicia Martin Advance Production Audio.............................Kevin Kennedy Wardrobe Supervisor..............................Stephanie Sweigard Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor......................Betty Johnson Star Dresser.......................................................... Matthew Myers Hair Supervisor..................................................Yolanda Pollock Assistant Hair Supervisor......................................Paige Howie Make-up Supervisor/Hair Stylist..........................Sarah Wolfe

Advertising, Website & Interactive Marketing ..................................................................................................SpotCo Legal Counsel......................................... Lazarus & Harris LLP/ Scott Lazarus, Esq., Robert C. Harris, Esq. Accounting....................................................Marks Paneth LLP/ Chris Cacace, Patricia Penderson General Management Associate...........................Lane Marsh Management Assistant................................... Brent McCreary General Management Office........ Rob Abud, Nina Greene, Aaron Jakubiec, Jennifer O’Connor Assistants to Daryl Roth............ Perry Jones, Megan Smith Assistant to Hal Luftig.......................................... Scott Sinclair Production Photographer............................ Matthew Murphy Associate Props Coordinators......................Cassie Dorland, John Estep Props Artisans and Shoppers............................. Mary Wilson, Daniel Moss, Jasmine Roberts, Alexander Pitt, Brian Howard, Catherine Small, Christina Fabian, Gabrielle D’Entremont Assistant to Technical Director..................... Rhiannon Clark Tutoring.................... On Location Education/Elaine Medina Physical Therapy............ Neuro Tour Physical Therapy, Inc; Medical Director—Thomas Meyers, MD Insurance..................................Ventura Insurance Brokerage/ Jessica Brown Banking............................... City National Bank/Eric Piecuch, Anne McSweeney, Michael Tynan Payroll.................................. Checks and Balances Payroll Inc. Sarah Galbraith, Anthony Walker Merchandising......................Broadway Merchandising LLC/ Adam S. Gordon Travel................................ Road Rebel Travel and Touring Inc. CREDITS AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Scenery and Scenic Effects built, painted, electrified and automated by Showmotion, Inc., Milford, CT; Scenery Automation and Show Control by Showmotion, Inc. using the AC2 Computerized Motion Control System; Lighting Equipment from PRG Lighting; Sound Equipment by Masque Sound; Specialty Props by Propstar, Daedalus Design and Production, Tom Carroll Scenery, Infinite Scenic LLC, and TD Production; Costumes by Eric Winterling, Inc., Lynne Baccus, Donna Langman Costumes LLC, Tricorne Inc., Giliberto Inc., Pete’s Print Shop, Polly Isham Kinney, By Barak LLC; Millinery by Rodney Gordon, Inc.; Custom Fabric Painting & Printing by Jeff Fender Studios and Gene Mignola, Inc.; Custom Shoes & Boots by T.O. Dey; Onstage guitars courtesy of Taylor Guitars; Soft Goods by I.Weiss Theatrical Solutions; Scenic Painting by Scenic Art Studios; Trucking by Clark Transfer. SPECIAL THANKS Lisa Barbaris, Yamaha Keyboards, Pearl Drums, Paiste Cymbals and Roland USA, Toontracks, VicFirth, BraTenders, Maria Ficalora, Katrina Patterns, On Stage Dancewear, Bernadette Banner, Danilo Zambrano, AC Gottleib, Megan Rutherford, Melinda Hare, Marina Pulliam, Marc Borsak. Promotional consideration furnished by Apple, George Poulios and Jayne Smits. Custom red pump courtesy of Kenneth Cole. Cyndi Lauper wishes to thank her collaborators: Sammy James Jr., Steve Gaboury, Rich Morel and Tom Hammer, Stephen Oremus.

This production is produced by a member of The Broadway League in collaboration with our professional union-represented employees. The actors and stage managers employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. The Director-Choreographer is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Inc., an independent national labor union. Backstage and Front of the House Employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (or I.A.T.S.E.). The musicians employed in this production are members of the American Federation of Musicians. United Scenic Artists represents the designers and scenic painters for the American Theatre. The Press Agents and Company Managers employed in this production are represented by the Association of Theatrical Press Agents & Managers.

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You don’t need big, technicolor hair, fishnets and fingerless gloves to know that, even at age 63, Cyndi Lauper just wants to have fun. Now the woman who puts the “sex” in “sexagenarian” wants audiences to have fun…in the live theatre. Lauper wrote the music for the 2013 Tony Award-winning best musical Kinky Boots. This feel-good musical that broke all box office records at New York’s Al Hirschfeld Theatre is based on the true story of Steve Pateman, an Englishman who was struggling to save his family-run shoe factory from closure. Under pressure from changes in fashion, increasing competition and shortness of time, Pateman received an interesting, unexpected and altogether unconventional call. The outcome? A new line of women’s shoes in men’s sizes for an entirely new clientele — drag queens. Pateman’s heartwarming story served as the inspiration for a 2005 independent film. It caught the imagination of Broadway, and a first-class creative team was called in to perform a high-heeled, glitter-filled makeover. And who could remake this fun-filled story better than ’80s pop music icon Cyndi Lauper? In this era of safe Broadway musicals largely based on popular existing titles, Lauper has a pretty good idea why this exhilarating underdog story written by Harvey Fierstein broke through. “It’s because the show has a huge heart,” said Lauper. Like small independent films The Full Monty and Priscilla Queen of the Desert before it, Broadway has welcomed

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Kinky Boots with big, accepting arms lined with spikes, sparkles and gummy bracelets. Why? “It’s a story about love and acceptance and friendship and overcoming obstacles,” Lauper said, “and everyone can relate to that.” Lauper has sold more than 80 million records worldwide, charted 16 hit singles and conquered the disparate worlds of pop, blues and Broadway. As the queen of Queens herself might say…“Oh my gwwaaaaaaaad!” But live theatre historically struggles to attract young audiences. Lauper is proud that Kinky Boots has bucked that trend. “I tried really hard to write songs that could also live outside of the theater,” Lauper said. “Before radio, Broadway music was Top 40 popular music. People bought sheet music and played the music at home with their families. I really tried hard to honor that tradition with Kinky Boots by writing songs that people would want to listen to at home after leaving the theater, or without even seeing the show.” Lauper thinks it is essential for new musicals to capture the hearts of young adult theatregoers. “If young people don’t discover Broadway, then Broadway will die with this generation, and that would be a tragedy,” Lauper said. “So it’s important that Broadway musicals and plays are written to live in the modern world.” Crossover artists like Lauper might be the key to making that happen. Not only is she working on a new musical for


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“If we all could just accept each other for who we are the world would be a beautiful place. [That’s] the message of Kinky Boots!” — CYNDI LAUPER, COMPOSER “And you know what? That’s also the message of Kinky Boots!” Lauper became the first woman in Broadway history to win the Tony Award for Best Score without a writing partner. One of the more endearing moments in recent Tony Awards history was seeing Lauper as she sat stunned in her seat as her name was called. Finally she stood and hugged Wheat Ridge, Colorado native Annaleigh Ashford, who won a Tony Award herself for playing sassy Lauren in the original Broadway cast. “I remember telling her, ‘Cyndi, you have to go to the stage now,’” Ashford said. “She was just like, ‘Oh my gwwaaaaaaaad!’ And she was crying. It was amazing.” Lauper remembers that moment as “simply incredible.” “The Broadway community is an amazing one, and to be welcomed the way they welcomed me to this very special family is something that still warms my spirit,” she said. When asked what Kinky Boots audiences are in for in Denver, she said simply: “An amazing show with a great heart that will lift you up.” Read John Moore’s entire interview with Cyndi Lauper on the DCPA’s News Center at denvercenter.org/news-center

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the live theatre, “I am thrilled to see two of my favorites — David Byrne and Carole King — with [recent] shows on Broadway,” she said. In 2013, Lauper celebrated the 30th anniversary of her breakout album, She’s So Unusual. While that album charted top-five hits on the Billboard Hot 100 (“Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “Time After Time,” “She Bop” and “All Through the Night”), it was her next record that produced perhaps her lasting legacy: True Colors. “When I recorded that song, a very good friend of mine was dying from AIDS,” Lauper said. “He had a horrific childhood. He had been abused. And the main reason he was abused was because he was gay. He became homeless really young. When he was dying he asked me to record a song so that he would not be forgotten.” She wrote “True Colors,” which has become an anthem of hope for disaffected communities. “I sang the song for Gregory and for everyone who has been rejected for being who they are or for anyone who feels unloved,” Lauper said. “I think that it still resonates today because unfortunately we still have bias and we still have bullying. Maybe we have even more bullying because people can be cruel behind a computer instead of having the [courage] to say something ugly to someone’s face. “If we all could just accept each other for who we are the world would be a beautiful place.

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When the divas of disco return to Denver, know your bellbottoms and psychedelic polyester inside and out with these fun trivia facts from MAMMA MIA! • There are approximately 3,120 items of clothing for MAMMA MIA! in the theatre at any given time. • There are 72 principal costumes in the show — each of the principals has three understudies, making a total of 288 principal and understudy costumes. • There are 390 ensemble and swing costumes. • The principal actresses, understudies, female ensemble and swings have 121 bras between them. • There are 45 Super Troupers (principal ladies and men including understudies) in the show. Their costumes have approximately 33,000 rhinestones, all sewn on by hand. Plus these costumes require 400M of Lycra. Based solely on orders for all international productions of MAMMA MIA!, the Italian mill that supplies the material was saved from closing. • Donna’s Super Trouper costume is comprised of 24 different elements: 1. main fabric 2. sleeve & leg frills (after being cut are sent to a pleating specialist) 3. silver piping trim 4. rhinestone strip 5. eyelets 6. heavy weight zip 7. belt beads (from Australia) 8. belt backing and lining 9. perspex buckle (cut specially for the show) 10. shoulder pads 11. lining 12. Interlining to support fronts 13. sheer flesh soufflé for front panel 14. silver cord elastic for facing 15. thin Lycra to edge sleeve and leg frills 16. small star shaped rhinestones 17. large star shaped rhinestones 18. triangular iridescent stones 19. round iridescent stones 20. lozenge shaped glass stones 21. star shaped earrings 22. silver boots 23. bra 24. rhinestone hair clips See if you can count the 33,000 rhinestones as they flash by on stage when MAMMA MIA! brings its farewell tour to The Buell Theatre April 11-16.


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Over the past year, Noble Energy and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) have led an innovative curriculum that supports STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education for more than 500 students in schools across Colorado. Working hand in hand, DCPA Dramatic LearningTM teachers and Noble Energy employees bring the subject of energy to life for students. Challenging students to get out of their seats and act as rocks, plants, and animals allows them to immerse themselves in the material and internalize the lesson. As one Noble Energy employee said, “you can’t be daydreaming when you’re pretending you’re a tree!” And a 5th grade Denver Public School teacher said her students continued to speak about the program for days after the lesson. “They were engaged the entire time and really enjoyed the ability to express themselves throughout the session. This very hands-on workshop not only helped my students learn and solidify new concepts but also gave me ideas for other ways to teach various concepts.” Noble Energy believes that incorporating a comprehensive and innovative arts initiative in education provides the critical thinking, communications and creativity skills essential to student and professional success. Taking the traditional STEM program and adding the “A” for arts sparks students’ imaginations and helps them innovate through hands-on projects. For Noble Energy the partnership with DCPA is a natural fit. Noble Energy feels strongly that operating in Colorado is a privilege and works daily to better the lives of Coloradans today and for generations to come. In fact, this is part of the company’s purpose – Energizing the World and Bettering People’s Lives. Noble Energy’s support for Colorado’s public schools is part of the company’s commitment to Colorado and the company intends to grow the STEAM partnership with DCPA, reaching more students across the state. With energy playing such a vital role in Colorado’s past, present and future, it is critical that the workforce of tomorrow understands what powers our energy economy. “For us, it’s a passion to help the next generation be more successful than we are,” said Noble Energy Senior Vice President Chip Rimer. “When you positively impact the life of a child – through the arts, or otherwise – it trickles down for generations.” Noble Energy has been a long-standing supporter of both STEM curricula and DPS. Through a partnership with the Denver Broncos, Noble Energy has donated tens of thousands of dollars to the DPS Foundation and has helped recognize students who excel in STEM courses. The company also supports DPS’s 8th grade career fair and employee volunteers are actively involved with the school district’s reading programs and other projects.

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Remember that anticipation when the lights dim and the show is about to start? Colorado State Bank and Trust (CSBT) wants every young person to have the opportunity to experience this feeling and carry that creativity back to the classroom. That’s why CSBT is an annual sponsor of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ Saturday Night Alive fundraising event. Proceeds benefit DCPA Education, which connects inspired learning with the creative process for 84,000 youth statewide. “CSBT seeks to actively advance the communities we serve, especially through education,” said Bill Sullivan, CSBT President and CEO. “Our goal is to help grow Colorado’s economy through our banking and financial services, but also by investing in students to prepare for their future.” And it’s not only the organization that is committed to youth and education. A CSBT employee group organizes volunteer projects throughout the year – including volunteering in the classroom, mentoring and drives for supplies, clothing and holiday gifts. “A thriving, creative Colorado community is important to us,” said Bill. “Creativity doesn’t just drive the arts, it drives entrepreneurial ideas. Business owners need inspiration, innovation and momentum. Every day, employees come up with creative solutions to help support their businesses. And CSBT is here to help these businesses grow. We have the sophisticated products, services and lending capacity of a large bank combined with the ability to deliver those solutions in a one-on-one, high touch, community-focused manner.” Colorado State Bank and Trust is proud to support the DCPA and its efforts to bring creativity and education to our community. So as the curtain rises, offer some of your applause for the DCPA and its gift of sharing the stage with all of us. Long Live Our Community. To learn how Colorado State Bank and Trust has served Colorado for more than a hundred years, visit www.csbt.com.

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WILL THE REAL GREAT AMERICAN NOVELIST PLEASE STEP FORWARD? MARK TWAIN, SAMUEL CLEMENS OR HAL HOLBROOK? B Y S Y LV I E D R A K E

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In a career that spans more than 70 years and ranges from regional theatre to TV and film, the world inevitably thinks of Hal Holbrook primarily as Mark Twain. This recognition is all thanks to his irrepressible solo performance in Mark Twain Tonight!. To hear Holbrook tell it, this was all an accident. Born in Cleveland in 1925 where his first role in the theatre was in The Man Who Came to Dinner at Cleveland’s Cain Park Theatre, he grew up in Massachusetts and later graduated from Ohio’s Denison University. By the time Holbrook left Denison, he was married and he and his first wife, Ruby Johnson, had developed a two-person show consisting of characters from Shakespeare to (yes) Mark Twain. They took it on the road, touring the 8am school assembly circuit in a freezing Southwest, doing 307 shows in 30 weeks and racking up 30,000 miles on their station wagon, with costumes that often had to be defrosted before they could be worn. The Twain characterization might have perished right there, but Holbrook was cast in a soap opera in New York and became sufficiently bored with it that he began to expand his repertoire of Twain material in sheer self-defense. When TV’s Ed Sullivan saw the polished one-man piece in a small New York theatre and offered Holbrook national exposure on his hugely popular variety show, there was no turning back. The down side of that success was that young Hal was being offered mostly old-man roles. The up side, though he didn’t know it at the time, was that Mark Twain Tonight! would become the singular, solo creation that he’s played all over the country (including Broadway, where it earned him a 1966 Tony® Award).

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This turn of events threatened, but was not allowed to impede, a much richer and fuller career. On stage he tackled everything — from comedy to drama, musicals to Chekhov, Miller to Shakespeare, careening from Hotspur and Shylock to the vaulting King Lear, without flinching at the sheer magnitude and range of his undertakings. “I was introduced to acting that way, playing everything,” he told this writer in 1996, when he came through Denver in the title role of Death of a Salesman. “I dove into the theatre to get behind disguises,” he confessed. “As a kid, I’d scare the neighborhood as the Hunchback of Notre Dame. If I’d learned just to play myself I might have become some kind of movie star, but I thwarted that by taking on roles that allowed me to get at the heart of a character.” Yet the most amazing of those characters remains his portrayal of the pugnacious, cigar-chomping Mark Twain, a wit and writer Holbrook deeply admires and with whom he is on very intimate terms after 60 years of being him on stage. Not only does he find Twain’s perceptions brilliant, but also extremely modern. When we met on a wintry Los Angeles afternoon in his home library, Holbrook was fired up. On cue, eyes, energy and indignation blazing, he expounded not only on the astonishing career he has made out of playing one of America’s greatest citizen-philosophers (a journey chronicled in his 2011 autobiography, Harold, the Boy Who Became Mark Twain), but also on his boundless admiration for what he sees as Twain’s prophetic vision of this country’s often rogue and difficult trajectory and uncertain future. “He was the first tremendously successful author in this country,” he said. “In the 1870s, after the Civil War, his career took off, he came east, and the country took off. The Industrial Revolution began, fed by Mr. Lincoln saying go ahead, put down the transcontinental railroad. Mark Twain, still in his thirties, became the confidant of Andrew Carnegie, of Mr. Vanderbilt — he sailed on his yacht — of young John Rockefeller: [Jay] Gould, J.P. Morgan. “In those days they all belonged to clubs — the Players Club, the Lotus Club. They all knew each other, had lunches, made fun of each other, had fun with each other. Twain watched them, looked at them, went home and wrote about them. He saw the great turn that had happened in this country, from an agrarian to an industrialized nation, which became, in a period of 30 or 40 years, an industrial giant.” Yet Twain saw an America that lost its way. To quote from the show, “It’s a civilization that has destroyed the simplicity and repose of life, its poetry, its soft romantic dreams and visions, and replaced them with a money fever, shorted ideals, vulgar ambitions and a sleep that does not refresh.” No wonder Holbrook stands in awe. “You could start the American Dream with Abraham Lincoln as the epitome of the Great American Story,” he said. “You go from Lincoln to Twain and the disintegration that he began to write about in The Gilded Age and other late works, and you know he was beginning to see the erosion of the purity of our values. “If you think that Mark Twain was just becoming a road exercise for me, think again,” he added. “I can get out there and say something that means something to me and, I believe, to the American public that may not even understand the magnitude of what is going on. It’s become my sword. We all need to think a little bit about what we are doing to ourselves, to our children and especially to our country.” The words will be Twain’s. The passion? All Holbrook.

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To everyone at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, thanks for reminding us what it means to make a difference. For nearly 20 years, we have proudly partnered with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA), the largest non-profit theatre organization in the nation right here in our community. At HealthONE, we’ve seen first-hand the positive impacts the arts have on our health and well-being: The soothing effect of music on people in pain; the regaining of muscle strength through drawing or painting; the stress-relieving enjoyment of live performances after a hard or emotional day. Without the programs and resources the DCPA provides, we would not be able to enjoy incredible performances. We are proud to sponsor this and many other productions, and we hope you take time to appreciate the benefits these great shows bring to your own life.

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DCPA TEAM DCPA Janice Sinden......................................................President & CEO Maggie Lamb.......................Executive Assistant to the CEO

BROADWAY & CABARET John Ekeberg........................... Executive Director Broadway Alicia Bruce......................................................... General Manager Alyssa Chacon............. Operations Business Administrator Abel Becerra.................................. Technical Director, Cabaret

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EDUCATION Allison Watrous........................................Director of Education Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski.........................Associate Director of Education and Curriculum Manager Jessica Austgen................................................ Teaching Artist & Shakespeare Coordinator Stuart Barr.................................. Education Technical Director Claudia Carson...... Bobby G and Playwriting Coordinator Leslie Channell................................................. Business Manager Melissa Doherty...........................Office Manager & Registrar Linda Eller..............................................................................Librarian Tim McCracken..................................................... Head of Acting Michelle Patrick...................Corporate Training Coordinator David Saphier.......... Teaching Artist & School Coordinator Rachel Taylor...........Teaching Artist & At-Risk Coordinator Chloe McCleod, Heather Hughes, Justin Walvoord, Robyn Yamada.................................................... Teaching Artists

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MARKETING, SALES & PATRON SERVICES Jennifer Nealson..................................Chief Marketing Officer Eric Boone...................................................Front End Developer Heidi Bosk......................... Senior PR & Promotions Manager Nathan Brunetti...................................................Digital Manager Flora Jane DiRienzo...............Director of Strategic Projects Brenda Elliott......................................Senior Graphic Designer Brianna Firestone............Director of Customer Experience & Marketing Simone Gordon...................................................Project Manager Hope Grandon..........................................PR & Events Manager Jeff Hovorka............................. Director of Sales & Marketing Jennifer Kemps........................................Group Sales Manager Emily Kent............................Associate Director of Marketing David Lenk............................................................. Video Producer Emily Lozow........................................... Marketing Coordinator

Adam Lundeen....................................Marketing Technologist Kyle Malone.................................................................... Art Director Cassie McHale......................... Communications Coordinator Carolyn Michaels...........................................................Copywriter Cheyenne Michaels............................. Marketing Coordinator John Moore................................................Senior Arts Journalist Adam Obendorf........................................... Senior Art Director Allison Barber Pasternak..... Executive Assistant to the CMO Joseph Schurwonn......................................... Financial Analyst Jill Schwager...............Education Group Sales Coordinator Rob Silk.........................................Director of Creative Services Suzanne Yoe............................... Director of Communications & Cultural Affairs THEATRE SERVICES Carol Krueger.................................. Theatre Services Manager Adam Alberti, Ethan Aumann, Nora Caley, Samantha Egle, Hadley Kamminga-Peck, LeiLani Lynch, Aaron McMullen, Gregory Melton, Douglas Murphey, Joyce Murphey, Margaret Ohlander, Valerie Schaefer, Mica Ward..................... Theatre Company House Managers TICKETING SERVICES Jennifer Lopez.........................Director of Ticketing Services Kirk Petersen...........................................Assoc. Dir. of Ticketing Services – Patron Relations David Smith.............................................Assoc. Dir. of Ticketing Services – Subscription Services Micah White..............................................Subscription Manager Jessica Bergin, Vincent Bridgers, Katie Clow-Pollard, Tristan Jungferman ................................Box Office Managers Billy Dutton..............................................VIP Ticketing Manager Malcolm Brown, DJ Dennis, Kevin Dykstra, Molly Dougherty, Amanda Gomez, Edmund Gurule............................................................Show Leads Kirsten Anderson, Rebecca Hibbert, Scott Lix, Gregory Swan........................Subscription Agents Román Anaya, Rena Bugg, Jennifer Gray, Roger Haak, Shari Hansen, Noah Jungferman, Alia Kempton, Daniel Lindsey, Gustavo Márquez, Cora Marsh, Lisa McClellan, Noah McDermott, Gunnar Reining, Taylor Schulze, Jason Scoggins, Liz Sieroslawski, Hayley Solano, Jon Squire, Brad Steinmeyer, Tomas Waples, Cindy Yeast............................... Ticket Agents

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special way. Olinger Mount Lindo Cemetery offers a resting place unlike any other. As members of the Dignity Memorial® network, we are dedicated to helping you and your loved ones create a meaningful memorial that truly celebrates the life it represents.

Call today to create a lasting tribute for generations to come.

OLINGER FUNERAL HOMES AND CEMETERIES OLINGER MOUNT LINDO Cemetery 303-771-3960

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OLINGER CHAPEL HILL Mortuary & Cemetery 303-771-3960

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Applause Magazine, March 21-26, 2017  

In-theater magazine produced for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts