Aspen is famous for many things, in winter it’s the skiing, and in summer it’s the spectacular hiking, biking, and rafting. World class outdoor pursuits combined with exclusive hotels, fine dining, spas, and nightlife make it a dream destination. Aspen is also famous for the Arts. The artistic “Power of Four” in Aspen is represented by the Music Festival, the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, the Aspen Art Museum, and Theatre Aspen, all of which rival productions in large metropolitan cities.
When it comes to theater, if you think the only shows worth seeing are on Broadway in New York City, think again. Theatre Aspen has a fabulous new venue in the center of Aspen. This intimate setting allows the audience to experience the show first hand. Paige Price, Theatre Aspen’s Executive Artistic Director has done something extraordinary in bringing “A List” talent to Aspen. If the actors aren’t coming directly from Broadway, they are leaving Aspen to appear on Broadway. Case in point, Tony Nominee Beth Malone is starring in Fun Home on Broadway, recently she was appearing in Aspen all summer as Fantine in Les Miserables. Alison Luff starred as Jo in Little Women and is now Miss Honey in Matilda on Broadway. Rodney Ingram who was also in Little Women is now going on as Aladdin on Broadway many nights. Theatre Aspen is a also a Henry Award winner and was nominated for 7 awards this year from Best Actress to Outstanding Ensemble Performance.
So when you think Aspen and the Arts, make sure Theatre Aspen is on your must do list. Kids can take in a matinee of Junie B Jones and adults will love Cabaret, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Desert Cities which debuts in August. Treat yourself and spend an unforgettable summer evening seeing some of the best shows and hottest talent on Broadway in Aspen.