In the seats: Vaudeville redux |

In the seats: Vaudeville redux

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Convincing me to drive up to Aspen for a night out, particularly when I have to work the next day, is close to impossible.

On Monday, it was the promised 5:30 p.m. showtime as much as anything that drew me upvalley to take in a show at the Wheeler Opera House. As long as I didn’t do anything seriously spontaneous, like go out for a drink afterward, I could still be home by bedtime.

On the bill was the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue and the Crystal Palace Revue. The former troupe has taken hold with a Vaudeville-style show down in Glenwood Springs (see, while the latter reunited performers from Aspen’s revered-but-now-gone Crystal Palace.

While I’m in an age range I’ll simply describe as 50ish, I suspect I was among the audience’s younger members, excepting the few children who accompanied their parents, or maybe grandparents, to the show.

The Crystal Palace was part of old Aspen, and old Aspen apparently turned out in full force for a chance to see the singers who once entertained there. Anyone who thought this show was for fuddy-duddies, though, missed a truly fun evening.

The Palace Players offered up some new material (new to me, anyway, as I haven’t seen them since the Palace closed), with an assortment of clever topical numbers that left no jab unsung. Some old Palace favorites (“Too Much Botox” and “Boy Band”) also got a welcome reprise.

I was less sure what to expect from the Glenwood troupe, which kicked off the first half of the show with some pretty lame one-liners but went on to prove itself worthy of sharing the bill with the gang from the palace. A spoof of John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High” (“I got a DUI, in Colorado”) was nothing short of hilarious.

There was a second show Monday, at 8:30 p.m., but of course I was home by then. I am, however, inspired to push the envelope – maybe take in dinner a show next time, see the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve or something equally wild and crazy. Or not.

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