A Razzle Dazzle Smash

Prepare to be razzle-dazzled when the national tour of Chicago, the longest-running American Broadway musical, hits The Lincoln Center stage April 18–20.

A brassy satire of celebrity culture, Chicago tells the story of Roxie Hart, a wannabe nightclub singer who gets a taste of fame after murdering her lover. Enter the circus that is 1920s Chicago as Roxie dupes not only the public and the media, but her husband and fellow cellmates with a barrage of bizarre and sensational headlines that only make her fans love her more.

“The story is timeless,” says Jennifer Fouché, who plays Matron “Mama” Morton. “We’re living in the same kind of environment as the characters where everyone is consumed by or obsessed with celebrity—whether people want it, have it or are fascinated by it.”

The recipient of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy, Chicago has everything that makes Broadway great—a universal tale of fame and fortune and show-stopping musical numbers.

Chicago is such an iconic show,” says Fouché. “People know the music, even if they haven’t seen it, and get excited from the moment they hear the introduction of ‘All That Jazz.’”

While the musical is a stand-alone hit, the Academy Award-winning film by the same name has also compelled audiences to experience the show live.

“It’s always interesting when people see the movie then the musical and compare the differences, but people typical tell us they enjoy the musical even more,” says Fouché. “You can’t beat a live orchestra.”

Along with a live orchestra on stage, audiences can expect to experience the same production—costumes, set pieces and music—that has wow Broadway audiences since Chicago’s revival in 1996.

“The production is so clean and compact.” says Fouché. “The way the Broadway revival was produced really allows for the actors to connect with the audience to tell the story.”

Don’t miss your chance to see this iconic Broadway story of murder, greed, corruption…and all the jazz. Seats from $25 at LCtix.com.

Best Field Trip Ever!

Remember when your favorite school days were field trips? And what better than a field to The Lincoln Center! During the 2018-2019 season, we connected 4,622 students and community members with world-class professional artists at eight different educational events. These included:

Elementary, middle, and high school field trips to Lincoln Center presentations with ArcAttack, Journey to Oz, and Shaun Boothe’s Unauthorized Biography Series

Dance masterclasses at CSU with PUSH Physical Theatre, Les Ballets Trockadero and Aspen Sante Fe Ballet dance companies

Classical Convergence Music Performance masterclasses at CSU with Atos Trio, International Contemporary Ensemble, Borromeo String Quartet and Collectif9

Strings lecture- demonstration at Boltz Middle School with Collectif9

Thanks to our arts education outreach program that utilizes The Lincoln Center’s season of nationally touring performers, local students connect directly with international artists who joyfully share their expertise and experience. Classroom visits and field trips deepen engagement of young people in arts and culture, create empathy and understanding, as well as inspire potential careers in the arts.

A field trip to The Lincoln Center brings together professional artists, educators, students, City staff and volunteers to experience meaningful, educational, and unforgettable moments. This season, these included ArcAttack’s giant Tesla coil playing music for 1,100 middle school students and Shaun Boothe’s biography presentations connecting 2,000 middle and high school students to the touching life stories of Muhammad Ali, Malala Yousafzai and Bob Marley. One student from Preston Middle School summarized best, “I really loved the part where he rapped the biographies and it made learning about history really fun. Overall, it was the best field trip I have ever been on.”

Our most recent outreach event brought the dynamic string ensemble Collectif9 to Boltz Middle School for an unforgettable lecture-demonstration featuring four professional string players from the Montreal, Quebec area. They played folk, classical, and contemporary pieces—such as an arrangement by Phillip Glass—for 30 6th grade violin students. Interactive coaching, charismatic stories, and new exposure to masterful artistry energizes the classroom. According to Boltz orchestra teacher Melissa Claeys, “Collectif9 was fun, engaging and very personable with my students. They performed music that they knew my kids would like to hear, and even though they were ‘professionals’ they did not hesitate to be real with my students, making it a great environment in the classroom.”

There are so many meaningful, touching, and educational moments that happen during our Arts Education and Community Outreach programs. There is magic in connecting highly accomplished performers with students of all ages. From the intense, individual attention of the master teacher in the dance studio to the astonished faces of students seeing the Lincoln Center Performance Hall for the very first time, we are so pleased and proud to have a strong and ever-growing outreach program here at The Lincoln Center.

You can help us continue our education and outreach efforts by supporting the Lincoln Center Support League with your time, talent, or treasure. For more information about the Lincoln Center Support League and the programs we sponsor: www.lincolncentersupportleague.org or email us at info@lincolncentersupportleague.org

Art Gallery: Base Layer

Join us for Base Layer now through May 18. Three Fort Collins artists, Mike McPuff, Jennie C. Milner, and Werner Schreiber, will paint large-scale murals ON the gallery walls. For the first portion of the exhibit, the artists will be working on site to paint their murals. Visitors are encouraged to stop by and see each artist’s unique approach to large-scale painting. Later in April, the murals will be complete for guests to explore the 1,300 square feet of finished murals.

In the lobby gallery we are featuring additional artwork by each of the three artists.

Join us Thursday, April 18, 5:30-7:00pm to meet the artists and see them at work on their murals at our Artists Reception.

Artist Bios:

Fort Collins-based painter and visual artist Mike McPuff has been focusing on murals for the last several years. His media of choice is acrylic paint for indoor projects, and spray paint for larger outdoor projects. Originally inspired by the DIY, “Do It Yourself” mentality of his peers, McPuff began to focus on creating a career as a visual artist around 2013. The style McPuff developed over the years engages the viewer with whimsical, yet surreal concepts, and a kaleidoscopic array of colors. In 2014, McPuff began to use digital software to create art, which quickly led to his art appearing on television and the front of a well-known magazine.

Mike McPuff’s piece begins to take life on The Lincoln Center Art Gallery wall.

Jennie C. Milner has lived in Fort Collins since 1991. She is an East High School Denver graduate and Colorado State University Alumni. Jennie has hiked Horsetooth Trail over 20 times, ridden her bike approximately 27,000 miles, raised two teenage girls, tamed more than a few pound dogs, painted at The Denver Art Museum, Google, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Artworks Loveland, and more. She was recently the President of the Colorado Metalsmithing Association and maintains her metalsmithing/painting studio in Loveland, Colorado at Artworks Loveland.

Jennie C. Milner has begun applying the base layer of her piece for the exhibit.

Painting for over 40 years, and using many mediums and techniques, Werner Schreiber loves painting! His work ranges from large scale murals to commercial window painting, and fine art. He has created many murals around Fort Collins and in Northern Colorado. Traveling throughout the country, landscapes and colorful skies have always played an important role. He likes to paint subjects that involve the study of shadows and light, and colors and blending, which can shape the work, and helps bring imaginative impact into his painting.

Werner Schreiber is hard at work on his mural for Base Layer.

A Spring in Your Step

The Lincoln Center has a secret under its floorboards. It’s not a diary or a treasure map, but a top-of-the-line sprung floor system, which is more important to the shows you enjoy at The Lincoln Center than you might think!

While most hardwood floors are only lined will a small layer of insulation, sprung floors have an intricate system of foam and air that are designed to bring just the right amount of bounce and resistance. Sprung floors are pivotal for dance performances. They absorb shocks and give the floor a softer feel. This allows the performers to jump higher and be bolder while minimizing injury risk.

Dancers often do repetitive movement—whether it be jumping or tumbling. Over time, these movements have a great deal of wear and tear on the body. Sprung floors help create a safer and more comfortable surface for the dancers.

The Lincoln Centers stage is bound to put a spring in your step with its commitment to having the very best floors for its performers. Come see why dancers from all over our community and the world choose our stage to dance on!