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. 


‘The Book of Will’

WHEN: Jan. 13–Feb. 27, 2017
WHERE: Ricketson TheatreDenver Performing Arts Complex
What would the world be like without William Shakespeare’s masterpieces like Romeo and Juliet and King Lear? Such a tragedy could have come to be if it hadn’t been for Henry Condell and John Heminges — friends and mentees of Shakespeare who preserved his first Folio. “The Book of Will” is a hilarious and heartfelt dramatization of their story — a can’t-miss production resulting from the 2016 Colorado New Play Summit. 


WHEN: Oct. 15, 2016–March 12, 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.

‘Two Degrees’

WHEN: Feb. 3–May. 12, 2017
WHERE: Denver Performing Arts Complex
Still coming to terms with the untimely death of her husband, Emma, a scientist studying climate change in Greenland, is invited to share her findings at a Senate hearing that could define her career and her cause. But her dedication and sacrifices may not be enough to make the difference in the world if she can't overcome her tumultuous inner struggle. 



WHEN: Feb. 23–March 12, 2017
WHERE: Aurora Fox
The Phamaly Theatre Company’s 28th season will include “Pygmalion,” one of George Bernard Shaw’s best-known plays. This witty reworking of the classic Greek myth of Pygmalion and Galatea inspired the musical “My Fair Lady.” The story finds a bedraggled cockney flower girl struggling with the language of love, power and identity. Shaw was one of the earliest and most vocal critics of classism and misogyny. So, in this story, Eliza Doolittle truly achieves what Henry Higgins, with his clueless bullying and inveterate old bachelordom, has set her up for: independence!

‘Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles’

WHEN: March 2–3, 2017
WHERE: Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver Performing Arts Complex

Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles” is a live multi-media spectacular that takes you on a musical journey through the life and times of the world's most celebrated band.

‘An American in Paris'

WHEN: March 8–19, 2017
WHERE: Buell TheatreDenver Performing Arts Complex
The triumphant songs of George and Ira Gershwin join a tale of Parisian magic and romance for this new, Tony Award-winning musical. “An American in Paris” is the tale of an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war.

‘Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience’

WHEN: March 19, 2017
WHERE: Pepsi Center
Fans of the TV show will want to get tickets to “Game of Thrones® Live Concert Experience” — an immersive music and visual experience that will bring the Seven Kingdoms to life on a scale never seen before. Using state-of-the-art technology, "Game of Thrones" composer Ramin Djawadi, along with a full orchestra and choir, will take fans on a musical journey through the realm.

‘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.

‘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: 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.