Playbill: Three Front Range Shows for January 15-18

Molly Killoran and Jan Cleveland in Vintage Theatre's Other Desert Cities.
Molly Killoran and Jan Cleveland in Vintage Theatre's Other Desert Cities.

You can't say the local theater scene isn't diverse: This week's premieres include one of the world's happiest musicals, the adventures of a toxic family reunion and a historical drama with a Colorado theme. Keep reading for details.

See also: Edge Theater, The Motherfucker with the Hat

Bailey Peyton Walton as Tracy Turnblat and Jordan Centeno as Link Larkin in Candlelight's Hairspray.
Bailey Peyton Walton as Tracy Turnblat and Jordan Centeno as Link Larkin in Candlelight's Hairspray.
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Hairspray -- the Musical Candlelight Dinner Playhouse January 15 through March 8 6 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p.m. show on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 12:30 p.m. lunch, 2 p.m. show on Saturdays and Sundays Admission: $23.50 to $59.50 with meal, $29.50 adult/show only 970-744‐3747

Candlelight will serve up a couple of hours of pure delight -- and a meal -- this winter, with Hairspray, the spunky, Tony Award-winning musical based on a story that could only come from the mind of John Waters. Go back to the '60s with Tracy Turnblad, the extra-large teen queen with a heart of gold, as she shakes up Baltimore with a song, a dance and a message.

Continue reading for more Playbill picks.  

Playbill: Three Front Range Shows for January 15-18
Vintage Theatre

Other Desert Cities Vintage Theatre January 16 through March 1 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays 2:30 p.m. Sundays and Saturday, February 28 Tickets: $24 to $28 303-856-7830

Next up at Vintage is Jon Robin Baitz's Pulitzer-nominated family drama about a holiday reunion beset by skeletons in the closet. When the Wyeths gather for Christmas in Southern California, one daughter announces that she's written a memoir about the long-past suicide of her brother -- a member of the radical underground -- and family fireworks ensue.

Beets The Aurora Fox Studio Theatre January 16 through February 8 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays 2 p.m. Sundays, January 25 through February 8 Tickets: $20 303-739-1970

Playwright Rick Padden turns to the sugar beet fields of Berthoud, Colorado in a slice of WWII-era life on the plains that's based on actual events. When sugar beet farmers with a bumper crop need manpower, and the region's young men are off at war, German POWs are brought in from a camp in Greeley to work the fields. The result is real human drama.

Find a stage near you: Check out Westword's online listings for more theater and dance events for this week.

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