ARVADA, Colo. – The Arvada Center is proud to announce an outstanding line-up of shows for its 27th theater season: five mainstage productions, featuring three musicals, a regional premiere of a new script and a classic comedy – along with a special engagement of last season’s holiday favorite.
The 2003/2004 season includes:
“Smokey Joe’s Cafe”
Words and Lyrics by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
This song-and-dance celebration features nearly forty rock-and-roll hits from the Top 40 songwriting team of Leiber and Stoller, including “Yakety Yak,” “Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Love Potion #9,” “Charlie Brown,” “Stand By Me, “ “Kansas City” and more. This songwriting team met at the age of 17 and wrote numerous tunes that launched the careers of many now-famous singers, resulting in some of the greatest hits ever recorded. What they thought were merely rock-and-roll hits turned out to be rock-and-roll classics, and the best of them are featured in “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” an all-music production that captures the post-war era of the 1950s and 1960s.
June 24 – July 20, 2003
“The Drawer Boy”
By Michael Healey
Directed by Jane Page
Two Canadian farmers, World War II veterans and boyhood friends, whose lives are based on stories and ritual, share a near-mythical tale about love and loss after the war. Their lives are comically disrupted when a young actor shows up at their door wanting to live and work with them as research for a play he and his fellow actors are developing. As the actor becomes a part of the farmers’ lives, their hidden story becomes a part of his play, and the lines between theater and life, and memory and reality, become blurred. Heartbreak and levity mix in this award-winning production about storytelling and how it is woven into the fabric of life. TIME Magazine picked “The Drawer Boy” as one of the Ten Best of 2001, and Variety calls it “heartfelt honesty and the kind of storytelling good theater is all about.”
Sept. 9-Oct. 5, 2003
“The Honky Tonk Angels”
By Ted Swindely
Directed by Joan Staples
This rollicking musical comedy by the creator of “Always…Patsy Cline” tells the story of three women who lead dull and thankless lives until they decide independently to cut loose from husband, boss and daddy to head for the land of dreams – Nashville. They meet on a bus and decide to form a county band. Romance, independence and a lot of twang and sass result in a feel-good mix of laughter, and even a tear or two. The show features hit after hit of country pop favorites, including “These Boots are Made for Walking,” “Stand by Your Man,” “Delta Dawn,” “9 to 5,” “Amazing Grace” and “Harper Valley P.T.A.”
Oct. 28-Nov. 23, 2003
By Clare Boothe Luce
Directed by Rod A. Lansberry
Set in Manhattan in the 1930s, this cunning comedy is all about women, with gossip, glamour, gold-digging and a gaggle of sales girls and socialites with too muck time on their hands. It is the quintessential theatrical cat fight, and these gals are cats – cute and cuddly, yet capable of scratching each other’s eyes out. Sweet Mary Haines loses her husband to the ruthless Crystal Allen, who is aided and abetted by the poisonous Sylvia Fowler, whose own spouse has taken up with another woman. “The Women” opened on Broadway in 1935, and in 1939 a now-classic film based on the same script debuted starring Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford and Rosalind Russell.
Jan. 27-Feb. 22, 2004
“Jekyll and Hyde the Musical”
Conceived for the stage by Steve Cuden and Frank Wildhorn
Book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Murder and chaos run rampant in this rousing gothic musical that recounts the classic tale by Robert Louis Stevenson. Dr. Henry Jekyll, a brilliant young doctor and research scientist, is distraught over his father’s mental illness and embarks upon a quest to isolate the dual elements of good and evil that are constantly struggling for supremacy inside every human being. When his experiment backfires, Jekyll inadvertently gives life to Edward Hyde, his evil alter ego, who lets loose a reign of terror on the city of London and those who had ridiculed Jekyll’s research. A hauntingly beautiful musical score sets the stage for this dark tale, full of romance, song and suspense.
April 13-May 9, 2004
“Children of Eden”
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by John Caird
Directed by Peter Flynn
This exuberant musical presents the age-old tale of parent-child relationships based on an interpretation of the Book of Genesis. “Children of Eden” tells the stories of Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel (humanity’s first family) through Noah and the flood. The classic themes of good versus evil, rebellious children, family feuds, sibling rivalry, letting go and unconditional love are told through the unparalleled music of Stephen Schwartz (creator of “Godspell,” “Pippin” and Disney’s “Pocahonta” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”).
Dec. 9, 2003-Jan. 4, 2004
Season tickets for the Arvada Center’s 2003/2004 theater season are currently on sale. Current season ticket holders have the opportunity to renew their same seats through March 17. Season ticket package prices range from $88 to $160 – a savings of up to $50 off single ticket prices. Two packages are available. The five-pack includes all five mainstage productions. The four-pack includes the latter four productions (“The Drawer Boy,” “The Honky Tonk Angels,” “The Women” and “Jekyll and Hyde the Musical”). Season ticket holders also receive a 10% discount off all other Arvada Center tickets, including the special engagement of “Children of Eden.” In addition to the convenience of pre-planned entertainment and having the same great seats for every show, season ticket holders receive a quarterly magazine and have the benefit of a no-fee ticket-exchange policy. Current season ticket holders can even receive a free season ticket package when they bring in two new theater season ticket holders through the Renew for Free program.
Single tickets for “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” and the Center’s summer concert series go on sale May 12. Single tickets for “The Drawer Boy,” “The Honky Tonk Angels,” “The Women,” “Jekyll and Hyde the Musical” and “Children of Eden” go on sale Aug. 12. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call the Arvada Center box office at 720-898-7200 or go online to www.arvadacenter.org.
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is the metro area’s 12th largest cultural attraction, devoted to all aspects of the arts. Located two and a half miles north of Interstate 70 on Wadsworth, the Arvada Center is just a short 20-minute drive from downtown Denver. For more information call the Arvada Center box office at 720.898.7200 or visit the Center’s website at www.arvadacenter.org. For media requests, contact Kristin Stork, director of media relations, at 720.898.7272 or email@example.com.