Some may look to the East and West coasts for the U.S.’s best opera, theater, classical music and ballet – but aficionados know that Denver is home to a performing arts scene to rival any other city. Explore the best upcoming performing arts events in Denver. 


‘Kinky Boots’

WHEN: March 21–26, 2017
Buell TheatreDenver Performing Arts Complex
With music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, an unlikely partnership aims to save a shoe factory in this wildly popular musical. “Kinky Boots” has won six Tony Awards. 

‘A Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con: The Tetralogy’

WHEN: March 24–25, 2017
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver Performing Arts Complex
Live long and prosper with the Colorado Symphony's concert phenomenon, “A Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con: The Tetralogy.” During this cosplay-encouraged night out, expect the best superhero soundtracks from movies, television and video games with special guests and laughter aplenty. If you're a Deadpool diehard or a diva of The Doctor, break out your costumes for this incredibly fun evening.


WHEN: Ends April 8, 2017
WHERE: Garner Galleria Theatre & BarDenver Performing Arts Complex
See this hilarious 90-minute comedy written by 13-time Emmy Award winner David Javerbaum as the Broadway show makes its first appearance in Denver. "An Act of God" portrays what happens when God takes human form and has strong opinions about setting the record straight.


‘The Little Mermaid’

WHEN: March 31–April 2, 2017
WHERE: June Swaner Gates Concert Hall, Newman Center for the Performing Arts

Don’t miss the Colorado Ballet’s performance of this children’s classic. “The Little Mermaid” is perfect for families and anyone who enjoys a classic love story. The colorful costumes, vigorous dancing and entertaining musical score will entertain audiences of all ages.

‘Elmo Makes Music’

WHEN: April 1–2, 2017
WHERE: Bellco Theatre, Colorado Convention Center
Imagine your little one’s face when a real-life Elmo takes to the stage! Mark your calendar for “Elmo Makes Music,” happening in Denver April 1-2, 2017.  When the new music teacher’s instruments go missing, Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and friends come to the rescue and discover instruments they never knew existed. Children learn that everyone can make and enjoy beautiful music together.

‘Mamma Mia!’

WHEN: April 11–16, 2017
Buell TheatreDenver Performing Arts Complex
Have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA's greatest hits with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. There’s a reason why people see “Mamma Mia!” again and again. 


WHEN: May 30-June 18, 2017
WHERE: Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Denver Performing Arts Complex
An exceptional 15-year-old boy falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog. When he sets out to solve the crime, he uncovers an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever. "The Curious Incident" is a five-time Tony Award winner, adapted from Mark Haddon's best-selling novel.


WHEN: July 13–Aug. 6, 2017
WHERE: Stage Theatre,
 Denver Performing Arts Complex
The tale of energetic and optimistic Annie, an orphan living in Depression-era America, is perhaps more timely than ever, with its themes of class division and courage in the face of uncertainty. Come tap your toes and sing along to "Annie" classics, such as "Hard Knock Life" and "Tomorrow."


WHEN: Aug. 17–Oct. 1, 2017
Buell TheatreDenver Performing Arts Complex
Disney's blockbuster film — a wildly popular tale of two sisters torn apart and their journey to find themselves and their way back to each other — will come to life on the stage. Be among the first to see this highly anticipated new musical before it makes its Broadway debut.