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2017 Aspen Theatre Festival

September 12-16, 2017

GO MAD!

This year, Theatre Aspen brings to town a musical mash up from the minds behind MAD Magazine and Second City, with THE MAD SHOW!  Primetime Emmy nominee and Peabody winner Rich Talarico (Comedy Central’s Key & Peele) turns his creativity as a writer for MAD TV to the musical stage.  A Second City company member, Rich has written for Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and more.  He will team up with top flight comic and musical talent to create a one-of-a-kind event, right here in Aspen!  The stars of The MAD Show are Nicole Parker (Elphaba in Broadway’s Wicked, MADtv), Lauren L. Pritchard (Disney Channel's Stuck in the Middle, Real Time with Bill Maher, MADtv), Craig Cackowski (Drunk History, Veep), David Pompeii (The Daily Show, Key & Peele, Heroes, ER), Martin Garcia (Ray Donovan), and Paloma Nuñez (Second City). The Composer and Musical Director is T.J. Shanoff (Blank! The Musical, Second City, Key & Peele, MADtv).

PRESENTATION DATES
Tuesday, September 12th at 7:00 pm
Wheeler Opera House Lobby, Act I

Thursday, September 14th at 5:30 pm
Wine & Cheese Discussion with MAD Show Creative Team
Wheeler Opera House Lobby, FREE!

Friday, September 15th at 7:30 pm
Wheeler Opera House Mainstage, Full Show

Saturday, September 16th at 7:30 pm
Wheeler Opera House Mainstage, Full Show

Visit http://AspenShowTix.com for tickets.
 

DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO DISCOVER THE NEXT BIG ‘THING!’

The Aspen Theatre Festival (ATF) features a week of activity, fostering new work by emerging and established creative teams.  Theatre Aspen’s commitment to new work began in 2012 with commissions and workshops that include the work of artists such as Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater (Spring Awakening), Burt Bacharach, Lear deBessonet, Joe Iconis, Sandy Rustin and more.  ATF puts Theatre Aspen on the national map, having developed or produced at least two shows that were recently developed in New York and on a path to commercial production.

"The time we had at Theatre Aspen allowed us to finish a draft of Finn the Fearless... Theatre Aspen's incredible staff, facilities, resources and community helped us to accomplish in a linchpin two weeks, a feat that we've been working toward for years. The focused time Theatre Aspen provides not only lets us make a better show, it provides the intentional working environment that makes us better artists. Theatre Aspen has no doubt set a bar against which we'll measure future development of our work, both in terms of what an institution brings to the table, and in what it inspires us to bring.” - composer Andrew Butler, Finn the Fearless, 1st Annual ATF

ATF WILL TAKE PLACE FROM SEPTEMBER 12TH – SEPTEMBER 16TH AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS, INCLUDING THE HISTORIC WHEELER OPERA HOUSE. TICKETS AND INFORMATION ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE WHEELER OPERA HOUSE BOX OFFICE (970-920-5770).

BUY TICKETS ONLINE

Major support for the ASPEN THEATRE FESTIVAL provided by Barbara and Franklin Carson.

ANNOUNCEMENT
Playbill: MADtv Writer Developing MAD Show Musical With Roster of Comedians
Broadway World: MADtv to Hit the Stage in The MAD Show in Developmental Run at Theatre Aspen
Theater Mania: Nicole Parker, Lauren Pritchard Set for Developmental Reading of The MAD Show

"The time we had at Theatre Aspen allowed us to finish a draft of Finn the Fearless, and not only that, but also to see and hear what it was, so we could figure what's next. Theatre Aspen's incredible staff, facilities, resources and community helped us to accomplish in a linchpin two weeks, a feat that we've been working toward for years. The focused time Theatre Aspen provides not only lets us make a better show, it provides the intentional working environment that makes us better artists. Theatre Aspen has no doubt set a bar against which we'll measure future development of our work, both in terms of what an institution brings to the table, and in what it inspires us to bring. We're forever grateful!" - composer Andrew Butler, Finn the Fearless, 1st Annual ATF

History of the Aspen Theatre Festival
Theatre Aspen's commitment to new work began in 2012 with a commission by Dan Elish called The Gifted and Talented, a play with music by Joe Iconis.  In 2013, TA hosted a 29-hour reading and concert of Cross That River, by Allan and Pat Harris.  On the 2014 summer main stage we offered a fully produced play called The Cottage, by Sandy Rustin. Alice By Heart, a new musical from the team that brought you the multi-Tony Award-winning Spring Awakening, workshopped in Aspen, culminating in a public presentation at the Wheeler Opera House.  Creators Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, began their work on the show that will be produced in New York next season. Theatre Aspen also produced a staged reading of the Burt Bacharach/Steven Sater musical Some Lovers, which subsequently was presented at Lincoln Center.

ABOUT NAMT 
Theatre Aspen is a member of The National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT), founded in 1985, is a not-for-profit organization serving the musical theatre community.  Executive Artistic Director Paige Price serves on the NAMT board as Vice-President and as co-Chair of the 2016 Festival Selection Committee.
The 160 organizational members and 40 individual members of NAMT, located throughout 34 states and abroad, are some of the leading producers of musical theatre in the world, and include theatres, presenting organizations, higher education programs and individual producers.