September 2017


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!  Casting is underway – don’t be surprised if some of your favorite comedy stars are part of this exciting new project!


For this unique show, we will be seeking private audiences, who will become a very important part of the process by viewing components of the show as they are developed.  Sketches, songs, improv situations – all these and more will be presented at various locations from September 8 – 16.  Email madaspenlist@gmail.com to get on a list of potential private audience members!  More info to come!


"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.

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.

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