The Denver Center for the Performing Arts Cabaret announced the company and creative team for The Other Josh Cohen featuring DCPA returning favorites and exciting new faces. Produced by DCPA Cabaret, The Other Josh Cohen plays The Garner Galleria Theatre December 11, 2021 – May 1, 2022. Tickets are on sale now at denvercenter.org.

“After nearly two years of dark theaters, I am overjoyed to be coming back to Denver to direct this very special show,” says Joel Ferrell, Director. “The Other Josh Cohen is a sweet, hilarious story about the possibility of real joy growing out of trauma. I can’t imagine a more perfect theme to bring to audiences at this moment, ‘gift-wrapped’ in great music and tour de force comic performances. I’m so grateful to be collaborating with incredible Denver-based artists on this fresh, funny musical.”

The Other Josh Cohen cast includes Brett Ambler as Josh Cohen, Seth Dhonau as Narrator Josh, Nicole deBree as Several People, Valerie Igoe as A Lot of People, Aaron Vega as A Bunch of People, with Brian Bohlender and Susannah McLeod understudying.

The Other Josh Cohen creative team includes David Nehls (musical direction), Lisa M. Orzolek (scenic design), Charles R. MacLeod(lighting design), Meghan Anderson Doyle (costume design), Maximillion Peterson (sound design) and Piper Lindsay Arpan(Assistant Director & Choreographer). Stage management includes A. Phoebe Sacks (Stage Manager) and Stephanie M. Holmes(Assistant Stage Manager).

 

The show:

Enter the quirky world of Josh Cohen’s New York City apartment… as it is getting robbed. Thus begins the hilarious rock-and-roll romantic comedy about good guy Josh, caught in a lifelong battle with bad luck. Broke and alone, all hope seems lost – until a mysterious letter arrives that changes his life forever. Two actors play the hapless-yet-warmhearted title character – one eventful year apart – in a 90-minute life-changing laugh-fest for the whole family that will leave you feeling better about the world. Nominated for six Drama Desk Awards and the Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical, this hilarious, endearing and hummable musical was hailed by Jesse Green of The New York Times as “a spontaneously charming musical that is just right for right now.”

 

MEET THE CAST:

BRETT AMBLER (Josh Cohen) DCPA credits: Animal Crackers, The Wild Party. Other regional credits: Legally Blonde, Man of La Mancha, The Buddy Holly Story, Avenue Q, SPAMALOT, Forever Plaid, Seussical the Musical, Urinetown, Sideshow, The Miracle Worker, The Drawer Boy, The Man Who Came to Dinner, tick…tick…BOOM!. Film: Quiz Show. Awards: Best Season by an Actor-Westword. Brett is best known as the meme “Kazoo Kid.”

 

SETH DHONAU (Narrator Josh). DCPA Cabaret: Xanadu, First Date. DCPA Theatre Company: Wild Fire, Twelfth Night. Other regional credits: As You Like It, King Charles III, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); Shakespeare in Love (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center); Million Dollar Quartet, Bright Star (Arvada Center). Training: Northwestern University.

 

NICOLE DEBREE (Several People) Theater credits include Hundred Days (Aurora Fox Arts Center); Boogie Wonderland, Rhythm and Rhyme (Royal Caribbean Cruise Line); Aida, Intimate Apparel (Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities); Nymph Errant, To Kill a Mockingbird, Three Penny Opera (Theatreworks); Sweet Charity, Hot Mikado, La Cage Aux Folles, Little Shop of Horrors (Fine Arts Center at Colorado College); Falsettos, Quilt (Upstart Theater).

 

VALERIE IGOE (A Lot of People) DCPA Cabaret debut! Regional credits: Beehive, the 60’s Musical (Lone Tree Arts Center); Tomfoolery (Aurora Fox); Shout! The Mod Musical (Town Hall Arts Center); Rock of Ages, Annie, Footloose (BDT Stage); Annie, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, The Full Monty (Rocky Mountain Reparatory Theatre); Junie B Jones, the Musical (Arvada Center). Training: BFA Musical Theatre, Nebraska Wesleyan University. Instagram: @valerieigoe.

 

AARON VEGA (A Bunch of People) Aaron was last seen at the DCPA in Xanadu (Danny/Muse). Other DCPA credits: The Wild Party(Jackie), First Date (Man 2). Local: Alan Menken’s Christmas Carol, Arvada Center (Bob Cratchit); Once, Miners Alley Playhouse (Bank Manager); The Underpants, Lake Dillon Theatre Company (Theo Maske). He has adapted and directed Shakespeare, staged rock and symphony concerts, was a founding artist of the puppet and mask ensemble The Zoot Theatre Company, & curates The People’s Building, which provides access to affordable event and performance space for Denver metro creatives. He’s a proud alumni of Wright State University’s PATP. AaronVega.com. Insta @bardgeek; fb.com/aaronveganews.

 

BRIAN BOHLENDER (Understudy) is a recent transplant to Colorado and is overjoyed to work with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. An alumnus of Utah State University and Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, Brian has been involved with dozens of productions spanning the west coast. Previous roles include D’artagnan in Three Musketeers (Davis Shakespeare Festival), Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (Hungry Moth Players), Trevor in Trevor (Big Idea Theatre).

 

SUSANNAH MCLEOD (Understudy) was last seen at the DCPA in Goodnight Moon. Other credits: Sunday in the Park with George(Arvada Center); Junie B. Jones (Arvada Center); The Humans (Curious Theatre Company); Fun Home (Miner’s Alley); Life Sucks(Aurora Fox); Red, Hot, & Cole (Cherry Creek Theatre.) When not on stage, Susannah works behind the scenes as a photographer and videographer- www.mcleod9creative.com.

COVID-19 POLICY

Currently for all indoor seated performances, the DCPA requires patrons 12+ to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination, children ages 5-11 to show proof of either a full COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test, and children ages four and under must show proof of a negative, medically administered, COVID-19 test. All patrons 2+ must wear a mask. For full policy details and regular updates, visit denvercenter.org/reopening.

 

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