Vaudeville offers more than namesake genre |

Vaudeville offers more than namesake genre

Carla Jean Whitley
The Glenwood Vaudeville Revue is located at 915 Grand Avenue in downtown Glenwood Springs.
Chelsea Self / Post Independent |

John Goss knows vaudeville. It’s how he spent the first 30 years of his career as he traveled the country with melodrama groups. Goss was typically responsible for organizing the vaudeville portion of the program.

But Goss knows more than vaudeville: He knows entertainment. That’s the primary stipulation for the growing lineup at Glenwood Vaudeville Revue.

“Some people will come in for these comedy nights and music that have seen maybe one vaudeville show in the past,” he said.

Goss opened the Vaudeville in 2009 because he saw a need for lighthearted, comedic entertainment in Glenwood Springs. After his years on the road, Goss worked a season at Aspen’s Crystal Palace. He then performed with a variety of theater companies throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.

Vaudeville fit the bill, he said. Goss describes it as an effort to “entertain people with a wide variety, but make most of it comedy and wackiness.”

Glenwood Vaudeville Revue opened in 2009 as something of an experiment. The audience responded, and Goss is now 25 shows in. The Vaudeville runs three seasons of shows a year on Friday and Saturday nights. In between, the Springs Theater stage hosts comedians, magicians and more.

“They love it,” Goss said. “They say it’s perfect for an intimate setup.”

In 2016, Goss also hosted a fall production of “Sweeney Todd.” He hopes a fall musical will become a new Glenwood Vaudeville Revue tradition, and he already has “Little Shop of Horrors” on the 2017 calendar, with props coming in from Las Vegas.

He said, “Our special events are really a mix of many different things.”

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