A Night Beyond Your Wildest Dreams

Honoring Lanny and Sharon Martin

Friday, September 18, 2020
6:30 PM

Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80205

Due to the recent CDC recommendations and the restrictions put in place by the City of Denver, Central City Opera has made the difficult decision to postpone our Gala. We believe it is the most responsible action to take during these challenging times.

We have worked with our vendors and partners to secure a new date - Friday, September 18, 2020. We hope you can join us when we can all safely gather again to celebrate Central City Opera and Lanny and Sharon Martin.

Thank you for your continued patronage and support of Central City Opera. We look forward to returning to normal operations soon and sharing our art with the community.

Music | Live Auction | Wine Pull | Gold Mining

Central City Opera invites you to join us for an exotic adventure through nature and science at the 2020 Theatre of Dreams Gala!

Enjoy fine dining and blockbuster entertainment by Broadway star Max Von Essen, best known for his Tony-nominated performance of Henri Baurel in An American in Paris, FalsettosLes MiserablesEvita and Jesus Christ Superstar.

This year’s gala celebrates Lanny and Sharon Martin for the remarkable service, leadership and advocacy they’ve contributed to Central City Opera for nearly 40 years. Since their involvement in 1981, the Martins have guided CCO’s vision by serving as leaders on the Board of Directors, Guild, Endowment Board and special events committees. Their support in the negotiation, establishment and management of the endowment fund has elevated the company to new heights: ensuring CCO’s long-term sustainability and artistic vitality for future generations of art lovers.

All tickets include complimentary valet parking.

Tickets can also be purchased by contacting Events Manager Jeremy Schwartz at 303.331.7012 or rsvp@centralcityopera.org.

The Evening’s Events

6:30 pm
Wine Pull & Gold Mining

7:45 pm
Dinner and Welcome

9:00 pm
Live Auction
Performance by Max Von Essen

Black Tie
Complimentary Valet Parking provided by Jay’s Valet


Kristin Bender

Max Von Essen recently starred on broadway as Gleb Vaganov in Anastasia and then toured the country as Marvin in the Lincoln Center production of Falsettos. His debut album, Call Me Old Fashioned: The Broadway Standard, was released on April 5th, 2019.

In 2016, Max completed his run in An American in Paris at The Palace Theater as Henri Baurel, a performance which earned him a nomination for the 2015 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award. He also performed in the revival of Evita, playing the role of Agustin Magaldi and frequently stepping in for Ricky Martin in the role of Che. Other broadway appearances include Enjolras in the first revival of Les Misérables, Alfred in the ill-fated Dance of the Vampires, starring alongside Michael Crawford, Jean Prouvaire in the closing company of the original Les Misérables, and as a disciple in the 2000 revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. In that production, Max understudied the role of Jesus and performed it many times. [FULL BIO]

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