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Phamaly Offers Expanded Line-up in 2013 Season

Phamaly Offers Expanded Line-up in 2013 Season


Theatre Review: Beauty & Horror Downtown at PHAMALY’s ‘Little Shop’


Audrey II changes Seymour’s life and the world in Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors is perhaps the finest exemplar of the horror musical comedy genre, and tells the endearing story of the orphaned botanist Seymour Krelborn (whose role in the 1986 movie was played by Rick Moranis). Krelborn is a no-name assistant at a Skid Row florist shop when he unexpectedly encounters a strange an unusual plant. With this unidentified flytrap displayed prominently in the window, life is looking up for Seymour, until he realizes that his bloodthirsty plant can’t bring him fame and fortune without paying a hefty price.

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Interview: Steve Wilson and Daniel Traylor Plant New Seeds in Little Shop of Horrors

written with the help of Cheyenne Michaels

The Physically Handicapped Actors & Musical Artists League (better known as PHAMALY) brings Little Shop of Horrors to the Denver community this summer. A horror comedy rock musical, Little Shop tells the story of unlucky Seymour, a worker in a florist shop who finds and raises a Venus Fly Trap that feeds on flesh and blood. According to director Steve Wilson, the show itself has “this fun balance between the cheeky, farcical funny and pathos,” but Wilson also makes one guarantee about PHAMALY’s production of the show: “You’re never going to see a production of Little Shop like this.”

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Weekend foreCAST: Little Shop, Treasure Island, and This Week’s Theatre Openings

Of the shows opening this weekend, these are the ones we want to see. These could be the best shows of the year or these shows could end up being terrible. As always we encourage you to chime in with your thoughts on our list and what shows you are seeing this weekend.

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FIRST LOOK: PHAMALY Takes Us Downtown in Little Shop of Horrors

Denver, Theatre, Little Shop of Horros, PHAMALY

L-R: Mark Dissette as Mushnik, Kathi Wood as Audrey and Daniel Traylor in the role of Seymor. Photo Credit: Michael Ensminger

Little Shop of Horrors is one of the great gems of the American Theatre. Hilarious lyrics, outlandish situations, amazing music and a colossal puppet combine with some hidden pathos to make a truly exceptional theatrical experience.” says Director Steve Wilson. “PHAMALY will create a Skid Row populated with an array of shapes and sizes that will season this classic show with our own sense of depth and style – though never skimping on the dark fun.”
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PHAMALY Takes ‘Cyrano’ on Wheels

PHAMALY is excited to announce its first-ever “for the road” play, Cyrano, a family-friendly adaptation of the play Cyrano de Bergerac, enjoyable for all ages.

Cyrano de Bergerac is a master of swordplay and wordplay, but a “magnificent Mount Everest of a nose” blocks his path to true love. From Parisian balconies to bloody battlefields, tongue-tied Christian borrows Cyrano’s words to woo beautiful Roxane—but is she falling for Christian’s looks or Cyrano’s soul? A cast of three actors triangulates this classic into a lightning-paced romance of duels, panache, sacrifice—and an enormous schnoz.
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Review: PHAMALY Tries Too Hard to Update “How To…”

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is a classic satirical musical comedy. Originally written in 1962, it follows the plight of J. Pierpont Finch on his rise to success in the World Wide Wicket Company. This staple of the American musical theatre cannon was Tony nominated, adapted for the silver screen, revived in 1995 to rave reviews, and is has received considerable attention this year for the current Broadway revival starring Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, Equus).

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Weekend foreCAST – Paragon, PHAMALY and Spark

Denver, Theatre, Reviews Of the shows opening this weekend, these are the ones we want to see. These could be the best shows of the year or these shows could end up being terrible. As always we encourage you to chime in with your thoughts on our list and what shows you are seeing this weekend. Check Our Picks!

Arvada Center’s 2011-2012 Season Breakdown

The much-anticipated 2011-2012 season for The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities has been announced and, as expected, it contains some big time musicals never before seen in the area. What, perhaps, is not as expected is the breadth the Arvada Center is bringing to their stages this year, enhanced by partnerships with several local companies to bring greater exposure of various productions and extend the range of the Arvada Center’s already impressive season.

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Weekend foreCAST: Avenue, PHAMALY, and Miners Alley

Of the shows opening this weekend, these are the ones we want to see. These could be the best shows of the year or these shows could end up being terrible. As always we encourage you to chime in with your thoughts on our list and what shows you are seeing this weekend. Check Our Picks!

Weekend foreCAST – Gravity Defied, PHAMALY, and Curious

Of the shows opening this weekend, these are the ones we want to see. These could be the best shows of the year or these shows could end up being terrible. As always we encourage you to chime in with your thoughts on our list and what shows you are seeing this weekend.

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Colorado Theatre Guild Presents THEATRE NIGHT OUT


Started in January of 2005, the Colorado Theatre Guild (CTG) begins their sixth year celebrating world premieres and regional premieres, one revival and Stories on Stage. Theatre Night Out celebrates the diversity of programming made available to the public by the Guild’s members.

PHAMALy Enchants Us With “Beauty and the Beast”

 The Physically Handicapped Actors and Musical Artists League (PHAMALy) presented Disney’s Beauty and the Beast last weekend in the Space theater at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. This well-known magical story has every element of a successful Disney tale — a spell, true love, a princess, a small menagerie of singing and dancing sidekicks, and a happy ending. 

HE SAID: What a fun time! I’ve seen this show on Broadway where the magic could really blow you out of your seat, but this was my first time seeing it in such an intimate space. Some of the vastness of the castle is lost in such a small stage, but they compensated for that quite nicely with lighting and staging. What is gained is a nice sense of intimacy with the characters themselves. They are essentially fighting for their lives, and that passion is highlighted in this smaller space by a wonderfully talented cast. 

SHE SAID: Although I’ve never seen it on a big proscenium stage, I thought that the scenic, costume and lighting designers (Tina Anderson, Linda Morken and Stephen D. Mazzeno respectively) did an exceptional job, and it felt as though it was written for a small space. It was also directed (by Steve Wilson) and choreographed (by Debbie Stark and Cindy Bray) with incredible thought and skill. As an audience member in the round, I never missed out on any of the action, but never sensed the effort in staging that is sometimes palpable when the director painfully makes sure that every section of the audience receives equal attention. I did notice that some of the group singing was not always uniform when it came to the entrances and cut-offs, but the group vocal sound was quite enjoyable. 

HE SAID: Every single person in this show performs with such exuberance, that the big numbers are truly stunning. I’ve honestly never had more fun watching the number “Be Our Guest”. Have I seen it with more special effects, sparkle, and pizzazz? Yes. But what this production lacked in spectacle, they made up for with a pleasant choral voices, creative choreography, and a marvelous leader for the number in Lumiere played by Daniel Traylor. He was fantastic, bringing nuance to an otherwise over-the-top character. He found the soul in a candlestick, so that we never forgot that he is human. 

SHE SAID: Agreed! Lumiere’s delightful performance was really the highlight of the show for me. The other enchanted servants were excellent across the board, truthful and specific, whereas the townspeople at times stopped short and made more general character choices. Jenna Bainbridge as Belle looked just right for the role, and I was constantly impressed with her acting talent, perfectly balancing the innocent and girly with the spunky and determined sides of this princess. The score really showcased the middle part of her vocal range, which was clear as a…well, you know. Leonard Barret Jr., as the Beast, had a hauntingly beautiful voice that literally gave me chills during the Act I finale. 

HE SAID: And let’s not forget to mention how beautiful they both looked in their costumes. Belle’s yellow dress was stunning and the Beast make-up was intricate and life-like, even from up close. In fact, as much as I talk about this not being a spectacle, there were several special effects. Lumiere’s candles lit up. Clocksworth’s clock ticked. There was dry ice and even a real working fountain. My favorite effects were born from the creative considerations of the actors’ needs. Mrs. Potts and Chip are talking teaware that are brought to life by building structures around the actresses’ motorized wheelchairs. It really ended up being magical as the character’s almost floated around. Chip’s structure could have been a little longer, as I did see her feet, but the idea was very very creative. 

SHE SAID: The performers’ handicaps really became strengths in this production. I once heard that some of the most successful inclusive theatre involves simultaneously acknowledging and ignoring the performers’ disabilities, and PHAMALy has clearly got this practice down perfectly. Another strength of this company is their ability to choose pieces with strong thematic consistency to the mission of the company. I thought that they did a touching job at conveying the message that feeling out-of-place is universal. I also think the story was bettered by the idea that even when the enchanted housewares were transformed back into humans again, they were overjoyed to be perfectly themselves, though not society’s non-disabled assumption of perfection. What a well-grounded happy ending! 

THEY SAY: What PHAMALy has done is quite remarkable. Through their resources, creativity, and talent they have brought a magical classic to life in a refreshing yet familiar way. Even though the cast’s handicaps are on display, and often times used to heighten moments in the show, the performances are so strong that the audience focuses on the songs, the characters, and the story. And that is precisely the point – we are all different and we all have something to share. We both see and don’t see the handicap, and that is the real magic during PHAMALy’s Beauty and the Beast. 



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