“A sweet and bitter song is haunting the Savoy Ballroom in Denver’s Curtis Park neighborhood.
On stage, Robert Thomas III – that’s Bobby Trombone, to you — the bell captain of the legendary Rossonian Hotel, and a few of his fellow staffers are going about their business and sharing their dreams in the history-recovering play “In the Pocket: The Ballad of Bobby Trombone” (through Feb. 25).
Written by artist-activist Jeff Campbell and directed by Theatre Artibus founders Meghan Frank and Buba Basishvili, the Jazz Age-set play unfolds in the fictional lobby of the legendary Beaux Arts hotel, which sits vacant at 2650 Welton St.
The show fills out a past in ways that will be illuminating to even those who know some of the high points of the Rossonian and Five Points, but also speaks to a current moment in which gentrification continues to local threaten neighborhoods and the livelihoods of the artists who carry on their cultural traditions.”
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Kennedy, Lisa. Denver Post 13 February 2023.