“I Miss My MTV” – Music Video Mayhem at the Denver Performing Arts Complex
“I Miss My MTV” is a live performance mixtape celebrating the golden era of MTV created by the award-winning Band of Toughs (BoTs) and presented by Denver Theatre District and Denver Arts & Venues. Dive into a mash-up of ‘80s music video and modern indie pop heroes, celebrating the adrenaline that surges when music and images collide.
“I Miss My MTV” sold out at the 2014 Boulder International Fringe Festival and earned unanimous five-star reviews for what audiences called an “EPIC ‘80s throwback with fantastic humor, creativity, hilarity, talent and energy.”
The remount at Denver Arts & Venues’ Denver Performing Arts Complex is part of a larger mission by the Denver Theatre District to bring local artists and more diverse programming into Denver’s landmark spaces. The BoTs, and their style of immersive and high-energy performance, are a perfect fit for a complex that is primarily known for opera and grand-scale touring companies.
“I Miss My MTV” Director Colleen Mylott says, “The BoTs are a scrappy collective of local talent that thinks ‘big.’ We have 18 performers in this show, a live band, a graffiti installation by tattoo artists from Ritual Tattoo and Gallery, and an original performance that spans a lot of physical and emotional territory. We’re looking forward to being something different to do in Denver.”
The last time the BoTs produced in town, they won Westword’s Best Debut on Denver Stage for “Big Love,” a production which John Moore of the Denver Post said, “confidently turns theater convention on its hokey-pokey head, while still managing to warm — and break — your heart.”
“I Miss My MTV” is a fitting return to Denver for the BoTs with an unconventional dance theatre mash up that celebrates and sends up a much-loved piece of pop culture history. Join the BoTs at The Studio Loft inside the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Performing Arts Complex for a high-energy blend of theatre, dance, music and video.
The Studio Loft at Ellie Caulkins Opera House
1400 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80202
(The Studio Loft entrance is on the corner of Champa and 14th streets)
Dates and times:
Friday, Jan. 29, 8 p.m.*
Sunday, Jan. 31, 8 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 5, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 6, 9:30 p.m.
Running time is 90 minutes. Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain.
Available through AXS.com
$22 general admission
* Special 2-for-1 deal available for opening night, Friday, Jan. 29
“I Miss My MTV” cast and production team:
Joan Bruemmer-Holden, James Brunt, Karina Costantino, Monica Dionysiou, Jeffrey Goldberg, Michael Gunst, Kendra Krueger, Derek McAlister, Katie Medved, Colleen Mylott, Janet Mylott, David Ortolano, Paul Ortolano, Sonya Smith, Sal Tino, Michael Strzepek, Cynthia Ward, Ben Waugh, Jenn Zuko Boughn
About Band of Toughs:
Band of Toughs develops each project in a creative laboratory where artists and audience are invited to engage in an exchange of ideas as collaborators. In 2009, the BoTs creative team produced the award-winning, critically acclaimed “Big Love,” garnering multiple Denver Post Ovation awards, including Best Comedy of 2009, as well as Westword’s Best Debut on a Denver Stage. The following year they delved into Enlightenment-era French comedy with generous doses of live music, silent film and flights of fantasy in their production of “Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers,” which Denver Post critic John Moore said, “Oozes with originality and fresh creative energy,” and earned three award nominations in Denver and Boulder. The 2012 BoTs season featured a play-in-process reading of “(re)production,” a staged reading of “8” in a co-production with Out Boulder, and full productions of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “The Thugs” and “Moulin Scrooge” (co-production with WreckingBall Theater Lab). In 2013, BoTs produced Act III of The Boulder Fringe Festival’s five-company collaboration, “Five-5ths Macbeth,” and in 2014 created and performed the sold-out hit of the Boulder Fringe, “I Miss My MTV.” In 2015, BoTs created Act II of “Five 5ths: Princess Bride” with the Boulder Fringe. Please visit www.bandoftoughs.com for more information and updates on the company, shows and other upcoming events.
About Denver Theatre District:
The Denver Theatre District (DTD) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) created to enhance downtown Denver through public art investment, city and regional art, and cultural promotions. The DTD extends from the 16th Street Mall and Arapahoe Street to Speer Boulevard; Speer Boulevard to Welton Street; Welton Street to 14th Street; 14th Street to Champa Street; Champa Street to the 16th Street Mall. The DTD utilizes multiple digital LED Boards along with numerous static billboards throughout the District to promote local art and activity. For every commercial sign sold within the DTD boundaries, 15% of the gross revenues go back into the District. For more information visitdenvertheaterdistrict.com.
About Denver Arts & Venues:
Denver Arts & Venues’ mission is to amplify Denver’s quality of life and economic vitality through premier public venues, arts and entertainment opportunities. Arts & Venues is the City and County of Denver agency responsible for operating some of the region’s most renowned facilities, including Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Colorado Convention Center, Denver Coliseum and McNichols Civic Center Building. Arts & Venues also oversees the Denver Public Art Program, Create Denver, SCFD Tier III granting process, Arts Education Fund and other entertainment and cultural events such as the Five Points Jazz Festival, Urban Arts Fund, P.S. You Are Here and implementation of IMAGINE 2020: Denver’s Cultural Plan. For more information please, visit www.artsandvenues.com