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Theatre Barn Will Live Stream Excerpts From New Mommie Dearest Musical



After a memoir, a film, and a solo show, Christina Crawford now brings her story to the musical stage. With a book by Crawford based on her 1978 memoir, and a score by Crawford and David Nehls (The Great American Trailer Park Musical), the Mommie Dearest musical will get a sneak peek April 7 when New York Theatre Barn live streams two of its songs on YouTube with stars Tina Scariano (Christina) and Charlie Levy (Christopher).


"Mommie Dearest The Musical" Excerpts


'Xanadu' Hits Denver Stage


Gregg Moody

CBS4 Denver

at The Aurora For Arts Center
April 2018

Music Director David Nehls creates a new arrangement of the National Anthem, and his singers ‘melt some faces’

March 4, 2019/in Cabaret /by John Moore, Senior Arts Journalist

Music Director, composer, conductor and lyricist David Nehls didn’t play sports growing up. So when he was asked to create a new arrangement of the National Anthem to be performed at recent sold-out Denver Broncos and Denver Nugget games, he says with a laugh, “This is what finally put me over the top with my family.”


Your First Look at Denver Center's 'Xanadu'


Denver Center of Performing Arts

This is a musical adventure about following your dreams despite the limitations others set for you, with an original score composed by pop-rock legends Jeff Lynne and John Farrar.The director is Joel Ferrell, who most recently choreographed the DCPA Theatre Company’s DeVotchKa-infused Sweeney Todd and directed Off-Center’s 'Drag-On.' His cast includes Denver Center favorites Lauren Shealy, Sheryl McCallum, Sarah Rex, Marco Robinson and Aaron Vega. 'Xanadu' performs in the Garner Galleria Theatre through April 28, 2019.

ONCE @ Miner's Ally


Ray Bailey

'Wild Party' Planners

By Lisa Kennedy

American Theatre

"Musical director David Nehls—who has a home at the local Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities—came onboard when Off-Center was planning Rocky Horror. In another life, he had originated the role of Riff Raff for the show’s European tour. “Honestly, I was told on a conference call with Amanda and Charlie that we’d be doing The Wild Party and, no lie, I was going to quit,” Nehls admitted. “‘The Wild Party—we’re going to do that?’ It was a bear. I almost ran screaming. I didn’t, and I’m glad I didn’t.”

Still, it was a steep hill to climb. “This particular musical has a reputation as being one of the most difficult musical scores written for commercial theatre,” Nehls said. “So I was thinking, How are we going to take this very dense orchestration, very dense choral writing and put it into this immersive situation?”

FULL ARTICLE - American Theatre

'The Wild Party' Takes Us Back To The Roaring 20's (REVIEW)
Greg Moody

Historic Elitch Gardens Theater Has Come Back To Life

CBS4 DENVER     8.23.2015

“The first live performances in this theater since 1991,” David Nehls with the Historic Elitch Gardens Theater Foundation said.

Nehls says the Shakespeare-inspired building was abandoned in 1991 after spending nearly a century employing some of show business’ best and brightest.


Your first look at Off-Center's
"The Wild Party"
Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Directed by Amanda Berg Wilson

Music Director - David Nehls

Video by DCPA Video Producer David Lenk

Tickets and Information:

Elitch Theatre Announces Summer Film Series
KUSA-TV - 4pm News
May 2013
Elitch Theatre celebrates 125 years with gala event

By  Joe Vaccarelli

Denver Post    AUGUST ​19, 2015

"This summer, 125 years after Elitch Theatre opened, there’s a chance that future generations of actors will get the start that Hollywood legends such as Grace Kelly, Vincent Price and Douglas.."


After 24 years, live performances return to Historic Elitch Theatre


The Denver Post       August 18, 2015


This week, it will once again host live performances. After a multi-phase, years- long renovation, the theatre re-emerges as a Denver cultural landmark open to the public with the New Works Festival, Thursday through Saturday. “You'll still see paint peeling,” said David Nehls, vice president of the board.


Ragtime History with David Nehls
City of Arvada, CO

The Arvada Center opens it's 2011-2012 theater season with "Ragtime". We talked to music director David Nehls about the history and music of that era. See "Ragtime" at The Arvada Center

September 13 - October 2, 2011.

Kirk Montgomery Tours Elitch Theatre

Live With David Nehls

KUSA - 4pm News


Avenue Theater, Denver, CO     2011
Meet David Nehls, Musical Director of Schoolhouse Rock
CITY OF ARVADA        MARCH 4, 2010

Headwig And The Angry Inch

David Nehls performs 

Avenue Theatre, Denver, CO   2010

"Good Time Gone Bad" by David Nehls

performed by Kevin Cahoon & Ghetto Cowboy

Joe's Pub - October 15, 2006
Souvenir 2006:  David Nehls & Alex Ryer
The Arvada Center

The Great AmericanTrailer Park Musical's award winning Gypsy Of The Year performance

Neil Simon Theatre, December, 2005

Cathy Trien, Marya Grandy, Tony Holds, Traci Jai Edwards, Leslie Kritzer

Band- David Matos, Paul Ranieri, Chris Jago

Big Balls - GATPM Off-Broadway Cast
00:00 / 00:00
Pringles, Double-Wides and Wal-Mart Gags in Bulk
Charles Isherwood
The New York Times     September 28, 2005

"Mr. Nehls's music is more appealing if not markedly original, a blend of pop idioms ranging from country balladry to R&B to rockabilly. In one of the show's splashier numbers, a homage to the Weather Girls' "It's Raining Men" (that's fancy talk for rip-off), virtually the whole cast gets to make like bad drag queens and twirl around in garish wigs and shiny swirls of synthetic fabric."


Great American Trailer Park Musical

Off Broadway - New World Stages, NY

Betsy Kelso, David Nehls      

September 22, 2005 - December 4, 2005

THEATER IN REVIEW; 'The Great American Trailer Park Musical'


The New York Times       OCT. 1, 2004

"...With music and lyrics by David Nehls, and book by the comedy writer and performer Betsy Kelso, this heartfelt, humorous look at trailer park life is surely destined for bigger things. Every song is full of surprises, as the music slips across the dial of American radio from country to blues to rock to disco to bump and grind and R&B..."


The View (LIVE): "Pretty Lies" - Taboo
Euan Mortan with David Nehls
ABC Television  
June 2004

"Rocky Horror Show" European Tour

David Nehls performs as Riff Raff

1996 - 2000 

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