A ‘Loud’ sendoff at Heritage Square Music Hall

Harriet Hunter
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An era is coming to an end as the venerable Heritage Square Music Hall plans to close its curtain for the last time as the calendar flips to 2014. Happily for fans of their “Loud” series, there is one more chance to enjoy favorite tunes from the 50s through the present. “50 Shades of Loud” plays through Sept. 8.

The cast includes Tom Mullin, Annie Dwyer, Rory Pierce, Johnette Toye, Alex Crawford, Randy Johnson, Eric Weinstein, Jeff Foerster and Scott Koop. What a bunch of thespians, all gathered under one roof, at least for the time being.

What started as a one-time show has morphed into 10 wonderful iterations of the theme. I’ve seen most of them, and I never tire of watching and hearing this rowdy band of highly talented performers. This time around, they reprised some past favorites including Elvis, The Beatles, Sonny and Cher, and others. Two of my personal must-see numbers include T.J. (Tom) Mullin rockin’ Mick Jagger — complete with strut — and The Village People doing Y.M.C.A. I also have a new favorite — Annie Dwyer and Johnette Toye nail “It’s Raining Men.”

The “Loud” concept began in the 1990s. The premise: teenage brother and sister (Tom and Annie) rehearsed with their friends in the garage for the annual talent show. When they got wound too tightly, we would hear an unseen Mom yelling, “That’s too loud.” The show was such a hit that they just had to bring it back repeatedly. I’m very sad this is the last time I’ll enjoy “Loud.”

However, “Sweeny Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street” plays from Aug. 30 through Nov. 10. Be sure to check the hall’s calendar for the dates of each production.

The final Christmas show, “Merry Christmas to All, and To All A Good Bye” plays Nov. 15 through Dec. 31st. The group I was with for “Loud,” SNCW Singles Social Club, already has reservations for the holiday finale. We wouldn’t miss it. I hope you’ll be there, too.

Please go out and support Heritage Square Music Hall as it winds down a fantastic run. For information and tickets, call 303-279-7800 or visit the website at www.hsmusichall.com.

I spoke with Connie Helsley, Music Hall co-owner (along with T.J. Mullin), who told me she has mixed feelings about the closing. T.J. has been involved with the dinner theatre for 25 years, while Connie has been there for 23 years. Right now there are no plans for the space. My guess is that everyone involved will take a little time off to decompress from years and years of unbelievably hard work.

After the show, I spoke with Rory Pierce, who told me he and other cast members will be staying in the area and auditioning around town. Sadly the group won’t be able to stay together. That’s bad news for all us fans. Check the HSMH website for updates.

Please go out and support Heritage Square Music Hall as it winds down a fantastic run. For information and tickets, call 303-279-7800 or visit the website at www.hsmusichall.com.

All the very best to everyone involved. You are loved, and you will be sorely missed.

Harriet Hunter Ford may be reached at hhunterford@gmail.com