When “Waitress” debuted in 2016, the musical comedy became the first Broadway production in which women filled the primary creative positions, including direction, book, choreography, costume design and musical direction. According to songwriter and lyricist Sara Bareilles, this history-making lineup was a happy accident. “It wasn’t a tacit agenda,” Bareilles said via phone from New York. “It happened so organically that we just happened to all be women telling this female-centric story. It had a real sense of honesty about it because we were all relating to the material so personally.” Yet Bareilles, a six-time Grammy nominee and creator of huge hits like “Love Song” and “Brave,” didn’t downplay the significance of largely female creative team. “What I love about being part of this kind of team is that it gets to be an example for other young playwrights and composers and directors and … [Read more...] about A pop songwriter made “Waitress” sing, and helped cement its place in Broadway history. It closes 2017 in Denver.
Colorado State coach Mike Bobo locked in 17 players during the program’s early signing period, but the Rams would have reached 19 had they not suffered late-season coaching vacancies at both offensive and defensive coordinator. “I’m willing to sacrifice losing those two players to make sure I find the right fit for a coordinator,” Bobo said, “and I’m in the process of doing that right now.” Bobo could fill the openings using several different combinations of job duties, but these titles remain open: offensive coordinator, offensive line coach, defensive coordinator, defensive line coach, linebackers coach, cornerbacks coach, special teams coordinator, and an additional 10th full-time assistant. The defensive coordinator will also have the authority to hire his own staff, Bobo said. Division I coaches are allowed to hit the road for in-person prospect visits starting Jan. 12, and having a full staff to recruit before National Signing Day (Feb. … [Read more...] about Who will Colorado State football choose to fill its many assistant coaching vacancies?
The Denver Post’s Nick Kosmider on Tuesday answered questions from readers about the Denver Broncos in a live chat. Here are the highlights: Is there anything we can actually learn about the Broncos heading into next season from their game vs. the Chiefs? Nick: That’s a good question. I’m of the mind that most of the evaluation that will be done by the staff heading into a critical offseason will pull from data that has already been compiled. That being said, it never hurts young players to put their best foot forward. There are a number of rookies and second-year players — guys like RB De’Angelo Henderson, CB Marcus Rios, WR Isaiah McKenzie and others — who could do themselves a favor by putting themselves on the radar with a big game Sunday. That kind of momentum heading into an offseason can be big for players. If Paxton Lynch plays well Sunday, does it matter since it’s against the Chiefs backups? Nick: For Lynch himself, playing well … [Read more...] about Lunch Special: If Broncos’ Paxton Lynch plays well Sunday, does it matter since it’s against backups?
<>Local Nederland black smith Derik Stevens, right, peddles his wares of animal skin hats and hand made knives while enjoying a cup of coffee with friend Dale Shore, left, at New Moon Bakery on September 28, 2017 in Nederland, Colorado. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post) When it comes to bakeries, Colorado mountain towns can really hold their own. Think buttery croissants brimming with buxom blueberries, the stickiest of sticky buns and — just maybe — the best doughnuts this state has ever seen. Whether you’re looking to carbo-load before a long day on the slopes or you’re willing to road trip it for a destination-worthy treat, these mountain bakeries will make you set all sorts of high altitude dessert (or breakfast or lunch or snack) goals. After all, what good is a sweet tooth if you never use it? Avon Bakery & Deli The only thing better than a warm bagel in the morning? How about a warm bagel coated in cream cheese? Or better still: a … [Read more...] about These mountain town bakeries are so good you might not make it to the slopes
By Lisa Greim, Special to The Denver Post Generous benefits aren’t merely nice to have at USAA. They provide a competitive advantage in a tight labor market. “We get that working for USAA is a choice,” said Dana Hagood, executive director for human resources. “Everyone’s trying to recruit top talent.” More than 1,700 people work for USAA in Colorado Springs, part of a national workforce of more than 30,000 people. The company offers integrated financial services – retirement, insurance, investments and banking – to service members, veterans and their families. “The mission and purpose of USAA are to help people, not make money for stockholders,” one worker said. “We get to do things a different way.” USAA employees in Colorado Springs give management high marks for caring about employees’ concerns, communicating, and helping team members learn and grow. They appreciate weekly coaching sessions, the … [Read more...] about Top large workplace 2017: USAA gets high marks for its mission to aid customers and employees
The number of people joining the state’s labor force in November outstripped the pace of hiring and pushed up the unemployment rate, according to an update Friday from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. Colorado employers added 1,800 nonfarm payroll jobs in November from October, with 1,600 in the private sector and 200 from government. The biggest monthly gains came in construction, which added 2,600 workers on a seasonally adjusted basis, followed by leisure and hospitality, which gained 900. But the number of people participating in the labor force rose by a much larger 14,300 on a seasonally adjusted basis, adding 5,600 unemployed workers and pushing the unemployment rate up to 2.9 percent from 2.7 percent in October. The U.S. unemployment rate was unchanged in November at 4.1 percent. Colorado’s unemployment rate, after setting a historic low of 2.3 percent in April, is now close to the 3 percent rate measured on a seasonally adjusted basis a year … [Read more...] about Unemployment rate ticks up in Colorado again, but it’s still near historic lows
After appearing somewhat elusive, Wall Street may finally be on the "launch pad" to a Santa Claus rally, closely followed trader Art Cashin told CNBC on Thursday. U.S. stocks managed to close higher Wednesday after the major averages fell in four of the previous five sessions. Equities opened higher Thursday, but the Dow Jones industrial average was the only major U.S. stock index on pace for slight weekly gains. "We're on the launch pad," said Cashin, UBS' director of floor operations at the New York Stock Exchange. "It'll be today, tomorrow and the first two trading days of next year." "We've got some room," Cashin added in an interview on "Squawk on the Street." "The fact that we had a little bit of a rally [Wednesday] brought us back closer." Earlier this week, Cashin predicted that … [Read more...] about It’s after Christmas, but Santa is still coming to town, Wall Street’s Art Cashin says
It’s that time of year again, when we hear about the profanity of “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas,” and about Starbucks’ covert “war on Christmas,” run through their seasonal coffee cups. Inevitably, President Donald Trump has intervened, insisting that stores everywhere “don’t have Merry Christmas. They don’t have Merry Christmas. I want them to say, ‘Merry Christmas, everybody.’ ” Once again, we are awakened to the terrible assaults on the Christian heritage of our nation. This year, however, it’s increasingly difficult not to notice that the main threat to Christianity in America comes from American Christians themselves. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court heard a case from a baker who argued his Christian convictions led him to refuse to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Last week, we witnessed the spectacle of white Christians in Alabama who convinced themselves … [Read more...] about White Christianity is in big trouble. And it has itself to blame.
If you feel like there is a new gym on every corner in Denver, you’re not crazy. Real estate records back you up. Gyms and fitness centers are opening at an impressive clip in large-format retail spaces across the metro area. And, market analysts say, it’s part of a national, health-driven trend that commercial property owners are embracing as former shopping center staples such as Kmart and Macy’s close stores or tangle with bankruptcy. Between July 2016 and October, 16 fitness centers signed leases or purchased spaces of at least 18,500 square feet in the Denver metro area, according to CBRE, an international real estate brokerage. Those gyms, from brands such as Chuze Fitness, Vasa Fitness and Planet Fitness, are filling holes left by grocery stores, bowling allies and former big-box mainstays including Office Depot, CBRE’s data shows. Those 16 gyms account for 627,166 square feet of commercial space in Colorado cities such as Denver, … [Read more...] about It’s not your imagination — new gyms and fitness centers are cropping up at an impressive rate in metro Denver
Rows of chairs sat empty at the Denver Elections Division Tuesday morning, waiting for voters as a handful who were already present cast their ballots. In back rooms, election judges organized yellow envelops and checked signatures. It’s Election Day in Colorado, and there are contests in all but six of the state’s 64 counties. Voters across the state are deciding a host of topics, from the contentious school board races in Denver and Douglas counties, to Greeley City Council seats and a Broomfield ballot question that would give the municipality the power to more heavily vet oil and gas drilling proposals. Turnout this cycle has been low. As of 7:46 a.m. Tuesday, 869,247 of the 3,243,593 ballots mailed to voters have been returned. The Denver Elections Division, located at Bannock Street and West 14th Avenue, was experiencing a lull in the morning but election division spokesman Alton Dillard said there are typically rushes of voters over … [Read more...] about It’s Election Day in Colorado. Here’s what you need to know.