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Performing Arts in Denver

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. 

This Month

'Cullud Wattah'

WHEN: Thru June 15, 2024
WHERE: Curious Theatre Company

This time-bending play takes on the Flint Water Crisis and dives deep into the poisonous choices of the outside world, the contamination within, and how we make the best decisions for our families’ futures when there are no real, present options. This Regional Premiere features an intergenerational cast of all Black Women joined in song, in reckoning and in ritual.

'Women of Resolution'

WHEN: June 17, 2024
WHERE: Dairy Arts Center, Boulder

"Women of Resolution" weaves the stories of four Colorado women—Ingrid Encalada Latorre, Sandra Lopez, Rosa Sabido and Araceli Velasquez—who took sanctuary to prevent the separation of their families through deportation. Guest readers include Boulder County Sheriff Curtis Johnson and District Attorney Michael Dougherty. Featuring award-winning photos of Joel Dyer and musician Teresita Lozano. This performance of is part of Motus’ event series “There no THEM in U.S.,” a celebration of art and stories that help US in the U.S recognize our shared humanity through powerful personal stories at the intersections between immigrant rights, LGBTQIA+ rights, racial justice and criminal legal reform.

'Prom'

WHEN: Thru June 23, 2024
WHERE: Littleton Town Hall Arts Center, Littleton

Big-city stars set themselves on a collision course with small-town PTA politicians in this sequin-covered musical comedy. Fresh off a humiliating and high-profile flop, four of Broadway’s brassiest, sassiest stars decide to put themselves back in the spotlight by finding a noble cause to champion. As luck (and social media) would have it, a high school in Indiana has gotten itself into some controversy surrounding its prom. A sweet, courageous young woman wants to take her girlfriend to the dance. But the conservative faculty members and self-righteous parents in the community will stop at nothing to deny the same-sex couple their spin around the dance floor. Enter the quirky Broadway quartet on the rescue, inviting the students to be the kick-ball-change they want to see in the world!

'The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical'

WHEN: Thru June 23, 2024
WHERE: Aurora Fox Mainstage, Aurora

Percy Jackson has 10 days to find Zeus’s stolen lightning bolt and bring peace to the warring gods of modern-day Mount Olympus. To succeed in his quest, Percy and his Camp Half-Blood sidekicks will have to do more than seize the true thief. He must come to terms with the father who abandoned him, solve the riddle of the Oracle and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves. With over 180 million copies sold, “The Lightning Thief” is based on Rick Riordan’s best-selling fantasy novels, sprung to life with dazzling special effects and a riveting pop-rock score.

Passport to Culture: ArtistiCO

WHEN: June 23, 2024; 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Lone Tree Arts Center, Lone Tree

ArtistiCO is a local dance company that is dedicated to bringing the art of dance to the hearts of their community. They embrace various dance techniques including Mexican folk dance, classical and contemporary ballet. By promoting Latinx culture and history through dance, ArtistiCO serves as a bridge between nations, connecting people locally, nationally and internationally. There's also a sensory-inclusive show at 4 p.m.

'Broadway’s Next Hit Musical'

WHEN: June 12–30, 2024
WHERE: Garner Galleria Theatre & Bar

Every song is fresh. Every scene is new. Every night is different. It’s all improvised and it’s all funny. "Broadway’s Next Hit Musical" is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. Have you heard of the TONY Awards? Well, "Broadway’s Next Hit Musical" is…The PHONY Awards! Audience members write down made-up song titles and our master improvisers gather these suggestions and present them as “nominated songs” for this coveted award, creating spontaneous scenes and songs filled with dancing, catchy melodies, and tons of laughter. The audience votes for their favorite song and watches as the cast turns that song into a full-blown improvised musical – complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue and plot twists galore.

'Disney's Frozen'

WHEN: June 19–July 3, 2024
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

"Frozen" features the songs you know and love from the original Oscar®-winning film, plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers by the film’s songwriters. for an unforgettable theatrical experience filled with sensational special effects, stunning sets and costumes, and powerhouse performances. It's everything you want in a musical: It’s moving. It’s spectacular. And above all, it’s pure Broadway joy.

 

Coming Soon

'WICKED'

WHEN: July 24–Aug. 25, 2024
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

"WICKED," the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.” 

'Kimberly Akimbo'

WHEN: Sept. 1–29, 2024
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Kim is a bright and funny New Jersey teen, who happens to look like a 72-year-old lady. And yet her aging condition may be the least of her problems. Forced to maneuver family secrets, borderline personalities and possible felony charges, Kim is determined to find happiness in a world where not even time is on her side. This musical about growing up and growing old (in no particular order), was named BEST MUSICAL by the New York Drama Critics Circle, The Drama Desk Awards, The Lucille Lortel Awards, and The Outer Critics Circle Awards.

'Hamlet'

WHEN: Sept. 13–Oct. 6, 2024
WHERE: Wolf Theatre

Arguably one of the greatest plays of all time, "Hamlet" is a psychological revenge thriller, political epic and family saga that’s both grand and deeply human. When Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home after his father’s death, he finds his mother remarried to his uncle and his father’s spine-chilling apparition roaming the palace grounds. Commanded by his father’s ghost to avenge his brutal murder, Hamlet’s burden to reclaim the reins of the kingdom becomes a perilous journey through the psyche. Packed with unforgettable characters and famous lines, Artistic Director Chris Coleman will helm the DCPA’s iconic season opener.  

'I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter'

WHEN: Sept. 27–Nov. 3, 2024
WHERE: 
The Dorota & Kevin Kilstrom Theatre
This vibrant and poignant adaptation of Erika L. Sánchez’s New York Times bestseller follows Júlia, a Chicago high schooler who is definitely not your perfect Mexican daughter. That’s her older sister Olga’s role. But everything in Júlia’s life weighs heavier after Olga dies in a tragic accident, leaving Júlia to manage her family’s grief and unravel the secret truth—that her sister may not have been so perfect after all. "I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter" is a love story to young Chicanas who, in trying to find the truth about the people and the world around them, end up finding themselves.

'Avaaz'

WHEN: Oct. 4–Nov. 17, 2024
WHERE: Singleton Theatre

Meet Roya, your fabulous hostess, as she welcomes you into her home to celebrate Nowruz, the Iranian New Year. She’s preparing a feast, but the main attraction is Roya sharing her great American journey from Tehran to “Tehran-geles,” California. Get ready for the time of your life with this hilarious and deeply personal tribute to the playwright’s mother, exquisitely portrayed by the person who knows her best—her son. Traditions, humor and passionate storytelling transform this tale of family bonds into an unforgettable theatre event!

'A Christmas Carol'

WHEN: Nov. 22–Dec. 29, 2024
WHERE: Wolf Theatre

Celebrate 30 years of "A Christmas Carol" at the Denver Center! Essential to the holiday season in Denver, "A Christmas Carol" is a joyous and opulent musical adaptation for the whole family that traces money-hoarding curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge’s triumphant overnight journey to redemption. Based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel, the DCPA Theatre Company’s production is “a splendidly festive tradition” (BroadwayWorld) that illuminates the meaning of the holiday season in a way that has resonated for generations.

'The Reservoir'

WHEN: Jan. 17–March 9, 2025
WHERE: Singleton Theatre

Josh’s life is a mess. He’s come home to Denver from NYU to get his life together but can’t manage to stay sober. Struggling with fogginess, memory loss, shame and regret, he finds unlikely allies in his four loveable grandparents. "The Reservoir," by Denver native Jake Brasch, left audiences buzzing at the 2023 Colorado New Play Summit. Join us for the World Premiere production of this hilarious and heartbreaking story at the DCPA next season!

'The Suffragette’s Murder'

WHEN: Feb. 7–March 9, 2025
WHERE: The Dorota & Kevin Kilstrom Theatre

On the morning of July 5, 1857, an eclectic group of tenants bustle about their Manhattan boarding house, arranging the final details of a clever scheme they hope to pull off in the name of the budding women’s suffrage movement. As they prepare to host an important secret gathering, they receive an unexpected visit from a constable. One of the tenants has been murdered! The odd bunch must then band together in an elaborate ruse to throw the constable off their scent. His investigation, however, reveals much more than murder motives and rabble-rousing. It becomes an examination of early American suffrage movements, the struggle to define “a woman’s place,” and the political systems that have historically sought to snuff out feminist voices.

'Colorado New Play Summit'

WHEN: March 1–2, 2025
WHERE: Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex

At the Colorado New Play Summit, meet some of theatre’s most ambitious writers while helping them fine-tune their newest works. Listen to play readings by fabulous actors, give your feedback on where you think the story should go, and enjoy two fully produced Theatre Company productions: the world premieres of "The Reservoir" and "The Suffragette’s Murder," both of which were featured readings at the 2023 Summit. The inspiration doesn’t stop with the plays. Talk with the featured playwrights, directors, actors and other creatives over tasty meals and at special events like the Summit Wrap Party. It’s your chance to meet the brightest minds in the craft and play an integral part in the future of Colorado theatre.

'Little Shop of Horrors'

WHEN: April 11–May 18, 2025
WHERE: Wolf Theatre

Feast on the Denver Center’s production of a beloved sci-fi musical that has rocked the globe for generations!   The meek, yet nurturing, Seymour Krelborn is perennially down on his luck. Working at a flower shop on Skid Row, he’s infatuated with his co-worker Audrey, but she is caught in a toxic relationship with a sadistic dentist. One day, Seymour chances upon a strange and mysterious new plant cutting, which he nurses back to health. When he discovers the flytrap’s appetite for human blood, it thrives and begins to sing for its supper. But when Audrey II’s bloodlust becomes insatiable, Seymour must take a stand to prevent the carnivorous plant from world domination.

'The Hot Wing King'

WHEN: April 25–May 25, 2025
WHERE: The Dorota & Kevin Kilstrom Theatre

On the eve of the annual Hot Wang Festival in Memphis, Tennessee, Cordell Crutchfield thinks he has finally found a recipe that will land him the coveted title of Hot Wang King. He has assembled a raucous team of sous chefs, comprised of his beau Dwayne and close friends Big Charles and Isom. The four-man team is cooking with plenty of spice and innuendo on prep night until a family emergency thrusts Dwayne’s troubled nephew into the mix. With the crown, prize money, and their relationship on the line, Cordell and Dwayne are forced to reckon with what it means to be a Black man, a father figure and part of a loving family. Winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize, "The Hot Wing King" by Katori Hall is a boisterous, in-your-face dramedy guaranteed to leave you salivating for a second helping.

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