Dueling Divas take Wheeler stage
It happened in neighboring Leadville, but it could just as easily have been Aspen that produced the legendary tale of “the unsinkable” Molly Brown.
Brown’s story will hit Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House stage on Sunday, Feb. 26, when The Dueling Divas offer their historical, and hysterical, musical revue impersonating Brown and her contemporaries.
Originally created by Elizabeth Bond to celebrate Leadville’s Tabor Opera House, The Dueling Divas take audiences on a musical march through Molly Brown’s life, from her days in the Leadville mining town of the 1880s to her survival of the Titanic’s sinking in 1912. They will perform music composed by Gilbert and Sullivan, Herbert, Puccini, Sousa, Strauss, Verdi and others. According to the promoters at the Wheeler, the show is part old-time music hall, part sing-a-long, and part patriotic nostalgia, sprinkled with a heavy dose of comedy.
A 4 p.m. family show will be followed by a saucier version at 7:30 p.m., when the Divas deliver a performance spiked with innuendo and double entendre. For the evening show, the duo will interpret the clever lyrics of composers Noel Coward, Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim and others.
The Divas are Bond, a mezzo soprano, and soprano Lori Isley Lynn. They have performed together on the London stage in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit “The Phantom of the Opera” and in other musical productions. As The Dueling Divas, they perform throughout North America and Europe .
Joining them on stage are Colorado baritone Steven Taylor; pianist Debra Ayers, familiar to Western Slope audiences for her work with CMC’s Center for Excellence in the Arts and the Crested Butte Music Festival; and by Allen Beck on flutes and Native American pipes.
Tickets for the 4 p.m. show are $25 for adults and $15 for children under 16, available at the Wheeler Box Office or call 920-5770. Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. show are $25.
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