Brady, Flood, Mugleston and More Are Denver Quilters, Opening May 28

News   Brady, Flood, Mugleston and More Are Denver Quilters, Opening May 28 Quilters, Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek's popular musical about American pioneer women, has reappeared in Denver, where the folksy work premiered 27 years ago before it moved to Broadway.
Quilters' Kathleen M. Brady
Quilters' Kathleen M. Brady Photo by Terry Shapiro

Opening for the new staging, directed by Penny Metropulos, is May 28, following previews from May 22.

Denver Center Theatre Company again produces the intimate show, which went on to be one of the most-produced titles in American regional theatres in the 1980s. Over the years, the musical has been one of the most-requested titles of Denver subscribers, a DCTC spokesman told Playbill.com.

The new cast, playing to July 12 at DCTC's The Stage Theatre, is led by original Quilters touring company member and popular Denver actress Kathleen M. Brady as Sarah. The acting ensemble includes DCTC company member Christine Rowan and, appearing on Denver Center stages for the first time, Victoria Adams-Zischke, Susannah Flood, Kara Lindsay, Linda Mugleston (Young Frankenstein, Wonderful Town on Broadway) and Jeff Skowron (Broadway's The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast).

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DCTC presented the show's world premiere in fall 1982. Quilters made it to Broadway in 1984 and earned six 1985 Tony Award nominations including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score. Quilters has music and lyrics by Barbara Damashek and book by Damashek and Newman based on "The Quilters: Women and Domestic Art" by Patricia Cooper and Norma Bradley Allen.

According to DCTC, "Quilters was inspired by the real life diaries and letters of pioneer women in the American West, written as they braved the dangers and hardships of life on the frontier — a loving patchwork stitched together with music, moments of vibrant and passionate drama, joy, laughter and tears."

The musical director is Sterling Tinsley. Associate music director and conductor is Deborah Schmidt-Lobis.

"Inspired by early photographs of the stark Western prairie and wide, empty horizon," the design is created by scenic designer William Bloodgood, costume designer Constanza Romero, lighting designer Don Darnutzer and sound designer Craig Breitenbach.

Dramaturgy for Quilters is by Douglas Langworthy.

For more information call (303) 893-4100 or visit www.denvercenter.org.

The cast of <i>Quilters</i>.
The cast of Quilters. Photo by Terry Shapiro
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