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On this week's episode, "The Mad Show," a new musical from the minds behind Mad Magazine and Mad TV, tests its jokes on Aspen audiences this week. Former Key & Peele writer Rich Talarico and musical composer T.J. Shanoff discuss the project. 

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Starting Thursday, the play “Sex with Strangers” will begin its run in repertory with Theatre Aspen’s mainstage production of the musical “Hairspray.”

 

Welcome to the beginning of another week in the Roaring Fork Valley!

Monday, the Wheeler Opera House’s Sunset Sessions continues with Writ Large, a spoken-word story event told in front of a live audience. That starts at 8 p.m.

 

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This summer’s theater season has seen an influx in politically themed performances. Conversations with the valley’s main players this month have affirmed the trend, and the plays and musicals being produced are inciting conversations community-wide.

Tonight, Theatre Aspen’s mainstage production of the Tony Award-winning musical “Hairspray” begins its run with a series of previews before the season’s official opening on Tuesday.

Welcome to the beginning of another week in the Roaring Fork Valley!

 

 

Aspen Words’ Summer Words program kicked off yesterday, with a Reader’s Retreat with Viking Penguins Executive Director Carole DeSanti and panel discussions starting today and running through Friday. For more details, visit aspenwords.org.

Big changes are happening over at Theatre Aspen.

The theater’s executive artistic director Paige Price is leaving in the spring. She’s going to be the new producing artistic director for the Philadelphia Theatre Company.

 

After a decade of leadership, Price was foundational in launching Aspen Theatre Fest, the company’s professional Apprentice Program. She also helped establish the Hurst Theatre in Rio Grande Park.

 

Theatre Aspen announced Monday that the organization’s big summer production will be the Tony Award-winning musical Hairspray.

 

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Art non-profits up and down the valley are currently campaigning for votes from community members as they compete for a  $7,000 grant from First Western Trust.

Curated - June 27th

Jun 27, 2016

Today's episode of Curated features "Fresh Off the Boat" executive producer Melvin Mar, singer Rhonda Ross, Maria Semple and a look into Theatre Aspen's "Mamma Mia!".

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Theatre Aspen’s first production of the summer starts previewing tonight. “Mamma Mia!” is a jukebox musical that takes the songs of the pop-group ABBA and weaves them into a story of love and the relationship between a mother and daughter.

In an email to city officials last week, Theatre Aspen executive director Paige Price came out in opposition of the Power Plant proposal, but so far the group hasn’t received any blowback.

 

The Power Plant proposal includes space for Aspen Brewing Company, Aspen 82 and a non-profit incubator workspace. The proposal has been an issues since last year. Many residents in the Oklahoma Flats neighborhood oppose the plan because of potential noise issues.

 

Broadway, Disney great coming to Aspen

Feb 18, 2016
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If you have seen a Disney movie or a Broadway show in the last two decades, you’ve probably heard Susan Egan.

Theatre Aspen announces "Mamma Mia!"

Dec 7, 2015
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Theatre Aspen announced the first show of its 2016 summer season yesterday.

 

The company will be one of about 10 regional companies across the country to perform “Mamma Mia!” next year. It is the first time that the rights to the script have been released to smaller companies.

 

Curated - December 7th

Dec 7, 2015

This week's episode of Curated takes us from the musical streets of Southern France, the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania. 

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  Theatre Aspen is putting on a performance of the musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Now, you may know the movie that the musical is based on, which stars Michael Caine and Steve Martin. When the show hit Broadway, it kept the con men and added lots of crude humor and innuendo. So how do you make the show work for teenagers?

Theatre Aspen attendance on the rise

Aug 6, 2015

Theatre Aspen sold ten thousand tickets to their shows last year. With a little less than a month to go in their summer season, they’ve already sold eleven thousand.

 

This summer’s repertory cast of Theatre Aspen will debut the musical, Peter and the Starcatcher.

 

Peter and the Starcatcher is the prequel to Peter Pan and explores how Peter became enemies with Captain Hook. Audiences also discover how the salty pirate earned his hooked namesake.

 

Paige Price, executive artistic director of Theatre Aspen says the returning cast members add a fun local dynamic to the shows.