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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.

BROADWAY HITS

'FINDING NEVERLAND'

WHEN: Dec. 20, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017
WHERE: Buell TheatreDenver Performing Arts Complex
"Finding Neverland" tells the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters: Peter Pan. The magic of J.M. Barrie's classic tale springs to life in this heartwarming theatrical event.

'AN ACT OF GOD'

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.

HOLIDAY FAVORITES

'A COLORADO CHRISTMAS'

WHEN: Dec. 9-11, 2016

WHERE: Boettcher Concert HallDenver Performing Arts Complex
The warm sounds of the holidays fill Boettcher Concert Hall in this annual Christmas spectacular. "A Colorado Christmas" focuses on the music and magic of the season, showcasing the Colorado Symphony's annual collaboration with the Colorado Children's Chorale and the Colorado Symphony Chorus. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to see who's naughty and who's nice in preparation for the big night.

'RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL'

WHEN: Dec. 16-18, 2016
WHERE: Buell TheatreDenver Performing Arts Complex
The beloved TV classic "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Kids and those who remember this classic from their childhood will love seeing all their favorite characters come to life on stage. 

HANDEL'S 'MESSIAH'

WHEN: Dec. 16-18, 2016

WHERE: Boettcher Concert HallDenver Performing Arts Complex
Experience the full majesty of Handel's masterpiece — one of the most revered oratorios of all time — when the Colorado Symphony and Chorus exalt "Messiah" to new heights. Nicholas Kraemer returns to Denver leading the orchestra and chorus in this the soul-stirring holiday classic.

'A CHRISTMAS CAROL'

WHEN: Nov. 25-Dec. 24, 2016
WHERE: Stage TheatreDenver Performing Arts Complex
Based on Charles Dickens' classic novel, this joyous and opulent musical adaptation traces money-hoarding skinflint Ebenezer Scrooge's triumphant overnight journey to redemption. "A Christmas Carol" illuminates the meaning of the holiday season in a way that has resonated for generations. 

'THE SANTALAND DIARIES'

WHEN: Nov. 25-Dec. 24, 2016 
WHERE: The JonesDenver Performing Arts Complex
Crumpet the Elf returns for more hilarious holiday hijinks in this acclaimed one-man show. Looking for a little more snark in your stocking this year? David Sedaris' offbeat tales from his stint as a Macy's elf in New York City is the sure cure for the common Christmas show. Mature language makes "The Santaland Diaries" one best enjoyed by adults.

'THE NUTCRACKER'

WHEN: Nov. 26-Dec. 24, 2016
WHERE: Ellie Caulkins Opera HouseDenver Performing Arts Complex
The holidays are not complete until you see the Colorado Ballet perform their annual "The Nutcracker," featuring unforgettable characters, dazzling costumes, classic choreography and Tchaikovsky's extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. This dazzling spectacle of glittering snowflakes and shimmering sugarplums will transport audiences to the Land of Sweets.