“The stage don’t stop at the footlights”
“Jeffrey Neuman’s canny drama, ‘The Headliners,’ wows” — The Denver Post
“World premiere of ‘The Headliners’ a triumph at Cherry Creek” — OnStage Colorado
At the turn of the 20th century, two premier celebrities beard convention with a new act of defiance. As stars Eva Tanguay and Julian Eltinge straddle their on- and off-stage personas, their latest engagement satirizes gender, respectability, and marriage. Is it a publicity stunt or something more personal? Acclaimed local playwright Jeffrey Neuman infuses vaudeville song and show into a surprisingly timely story that explores the explosive crossroads of gender, fame, sexuality, and power.
Grown out of our new-play reading series, this world premiere play was a finalist for the prestigious O’Neill Award (2021) and the Woodward/Newman Award (2022). The Headliners was developed at the Denver Center’s inaugural Playwrights Group (2019–20).
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With Neuman’s excellent script in hand, director Nick Sugar goes to work with a dream duo of Jeremy Rill as Eltinge and Norrell Moore as Tanguay.Alex Miller, OnStage Colorado