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

'Laughs in Spanish'

WHEN: Thru March 12, 2023
WHERE: Singleton Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

A joyous, downright hilarious snapshot of Cuban and Colombian-American culture set in the heart of Miami’s Wynwood arts district. Art Basel is about to begin and Mariana, the director of a swanky modern art gallery, has a serious problem on her hands. Her showroom is an active crime scene. Part crime-comedy, part telenovela, and 100% chistoso, the play centers on Mariana and her impromptu support system, including her intern Carolina, a young police officer named Juan, and her mother Estella, a larger-than-life film and television star who insists on saving the show.

'Until the Flood'

WHEN: Thru Aug. 11, 2023
WHERE: Virtual/Online

After the death of Michael Brown, The Ferguson Unrest shook the nation to its core and put a spotlight on police brutality and discrimination. Using extensive interviews she conducted herself, Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award winner Dael Orlandersmith created eight fictional characters to represent the broad spectrum of perspectives that continue to define and divide our country at large.

'Hit & Run: Musical Improv'

WHEN: Thru Aug. 25, 2023 (Fridays)
WHERE: RISE Comedy

Enjoy Colorado’s premier improvised musical comedy team and Denver’s longest-running improv comedy show! Hit and Run: Musical Improv® creates an hour-long, fully improvised, Broadway-style musical with live musical accompaniment, based on suggestions from the audience. You’ll see a brand new musical every week!

'Hotter Than Egypt'

WHEN: Feb. 10–March 12, 2023
WHERE: The Dorota & Kevin Kilstrom Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

No matter where you live, the ups and downs of married life are universal. For a middle-aged American couple traveling to Egypt, their relationship is put to the test when an old connection leads to new temptation. As the eager tourists strive to connect with Egyptian culture in an authentic way, they end up getting more than they bargained for as long-dormant marital issues begin to percolate. This quick-witted dramedy set in the heat of Cairo pits loyalty against attraction as its characters grapple with the ever-changing struggle of staying committed to their partners.
 

Coming Soon

'1776'

WHEN: March 21–April 2, 2023
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

What will it take to get two dozen powerfully passionate, exceedingly complicated and all-too-human individuals to settle their differences, while they hold the very future of a nation in their hands? "1776" comes to Denver with the celebrated Broadway cast that reflects multiple representations of race, gender and ethnicity. You may never think about our country—who we are and why—the same way again. 

'The Color Purple'

WHEN: March 31–May 7, 2023
WHERE: Wolf Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Few stories have had the cultural significance and lasting power of Alice Walker’s "The Color Purple." Beloved by audiences worldwide, the play traces one woman’s fraught journey towards freedom and self-love. The musical adaptation features awe-inspiring soul, gospel, jazz and blues vocals underpinned by raw dialogue and a masterful plot. It is a triumphant, uplifting piece of art that reaffirms some fundamental truths: that Black is beautiful, that women are powerful, and that love is love.

'Anastasia'

WHEN: April 14–16, 2023
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical "Anastasia" is on a journey to Denver at last! This dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love and family.  

'The 39 Steps'

WHEN: April 14–June 18, 2023
WHERE: Singleton Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Combine a film masterpiece by Alfred Hitchcock with a juicy spy novel and add a large splash of Monty Python humor. The result? A fast-paced whodunit with four versatile actors portraying more than 50 roles! It's London in 1935, and the rather dull Richard Hannay encounters a woman who claims to be a spy. When she is suddenly murdered, Richard finds himself the focus of a nationwide manhunt led by a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps.” A fresh take on the classic adventure-comedy, this is theatre at its best: an absurd, delightful journey that can only be brought to life on stage.

'Divas Undressed: A Burlesque Revue of Lady Legends'

WHEN: May 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2023
WHERE: Clocktower Cabaret

Fire and Flames Productions Presents "Divas Undressed: A Burlesque Revue of Lady Legends." Enjoy burlesque, drag and circus acts set to the music of some of the greatest divas in history, from Tina Turner to Dolly Parton!

'Les Misérables'

WHEN: May 10–21, 2023
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Set against the backdrop of 19th century France, "Les Misérables" tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. This epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. The magnificent score includes the songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” “Master of the House” and many more. Seen by over 130 million people worldwide in 53 countries and 22 languages, "Les Misérables" is undisputedly one of the world’s most popular musicals.

'Memphis'

WHEN: May 19–June 17, 2023
WHERE: Town Hall Arts Center, Littleton

Huey, a white man living in Memphis in the 1950s, becomes obsessed with the rock 'n’ roll sound of a group of Black musicians, particularly that of Felicia, a singer ready for her big break. Huey makes it his mission to give the artists air time by becoming a radio DJ and defying the restrictions of the white-controlled radio stations. As romance blooms between Huey and Felicia, so does the popularity and acceptance of the music. This energizing musical depicting the unifying power of music is a story loosely based on real-life DJ legend Dewey Phillips.

'Company: A Musical Comedy'

WHEN: May 22–June 2, 2023
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Winner of five Tony Awards, this revelatory new production of Stephen Sondheim's and George Furth’s groundbreaking musical comedy is boldly sophisticated, deeply insightful and downright hilarious. It’s Bobbie’s 35th birthday party, and all her friends keep asking, "Why isn’t she married?" As Bobbie searches for answers, she discovers why being single, being married and being alive in the 21st-century could drive a person crazy.  

Stravinsky’s 'The Rite of Spring' with Peter Oundjian

WHEN: May 26–29, 2023
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Join Principal Conductor Peter Oundjian, your Colorado Symphony  and the Colorado Chorus for an unforgettable sendoff to the concert season, highlighted by Stravinsky's groundbreaking masterpiece "The Rite of Spring." Renowned for inciting a riot at the 1913 Paris debut, "The Rite of Spring" radically redefined 20th century music through Stravinsky’s use of rhythmic complexity, lavish dissonance, deliberately harsh sound and cacophonously loud music, which stirred the unsuspecting Parisian audience into a riotous frenzy. Audiences can enjoy a world premiere of their own as Colorado Symphony Principal Timpanist William Hill debuts his latest composition, followed by the return of GRAMMY® Award-winning violinist Augustin Hadelich as featured soloist on Brahms’ passionate "Violin Concerto."

'The Sound of Music'

WHEN: June 10–Sept. 30, 2023
WHERE: Boulder's Dinner Theatre, Boulder

Based on the true story of the Trapp Family Singers, this Broadway classic is a tale of courage and love. The winner of several Tony awards, including Best Musical, "The Sound of Music" was the final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein.

'Much Ado About Nothing'

WHEN: June 11, June 13, June 17, June 18, June 24–25, June 29–30, July 12, July 15, July 19, July 22–23, July 28–28, July 30, Aug. 2–3, Aug. Aug. 10 and Aug. 13, 2023
WHERE: Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre, CU Boulder

Since 1958, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival has delighted audiences with professional theatre on the CU Boulder campus. Complete your Colorado summer with Shakespeare under the stars in the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre. Beatrice and Benedick love to bicker. The only thing they might learn to love more? Each other. (They just don’t know it yet!) In this rollicking lampoon of relationships, romance and the influence of town gossip, Shakespeare delivers a near-perfect enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy.

'Aladdin'

WHEN: June 13–18, 2023
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

From the producer of "The Lion King" comes the timeless story of "Aladdin," a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.  

'The Book of Mormon'

WHEN: June 21–July 2, 2023
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

This outrageous musical comedy follows the adventures of a mismatched pair of Mormon missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. With standing room only productions in London, on Broadway and across North America, the nine-time Tony Award®-winning Best Musical "The Book of Mormon" has truly become an international sensation. 

'Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville'

WHEN: June 23–July 16, 2023
WHERE: PACE Center, Parker

A musical comedy featuring the most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, including “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Margaritaville,” “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” “Fins,” “Volcano” and many more. This hilarious, heartwarming musical is the party you’ve been waiting for!

Central City Opera's 2023 Festival 

WHEN: June 24–Aug. 6 2023
WHERE: Central City Opera House, Central City

Brush up on your Shakespeare and join Central City Opera for the 2023 Summer Festival! Three musical adaptations of timeless Shakespearian stories are brought to life on the historic opera house stage. This season features the classic opera "Romeo & Juliet" by Charles Gounod, the delightful Cole Porter musical "Kiss Me, Kate" and the exquisite masterpiece "Othello" by Gioachino Rossini.

'The Winter's Tale'

WHEN: June 24–25, June 30–July 1, July 8–9, July 15–16, July 26–27, July 30, Aug. 4–5 and Aug. 11–12, 2023
WHERE: Roe Green Theatre, CU Boulder

Since 1958, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival has delighted audiences with professional theatre on the CU Boulder campus. Complete your Colorado summer with Shakespeare in the elegant indoor Roe Green Theatre. When King Leontes inexplicably accuses his pregnant wife of infidelity he makes a cruel, rash decision that he must spend two decades atoning for. Shakespeare’s nuanced epic explores both the heartrending corrosion of jealousy and the joyous redemption of forgiveness. Borrowing elements from fantasy and mythology, “The Winter’s Tale” weaves an audacious tapestry you have to experience to believe.

'Jagged Little Pill'

WHEN: Aug. 16–27, 2023
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Joy, love, heartache, strength, wisdom, catharsis, LIFE—everything we’ve been waiting to see in a Broadway show— is here in the exhilarating, fearless new musical based on Alanis Morissette’s world-changing music. You live, you learn, you remember what it’s like to feel truly human… at "Jagged Little Pill."

'Beetlejuice'

WHEN: Sept. 5–17, 2023
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

It’s showtime! Based on Tim Burton’s dearly beloved film, this hilarious musical tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager whose whole life changes when she meets a recently deceased couple and a demon with a thing for stripes. 

'TINA - The Tina Turner Musical'

WHEN: Oct. 18–29, 2023
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Her voice is undeniable. Her fire is unstoppable. Her triumph is unlike any other. An uplifting comeback story like no other, "TINA – The Tina Turner Musical" is the inspiring journey of a woman who broke barriers and became the Queen of Rock n’ Roll.

'Annie'

WHEN: Nov. 21–26, 2023
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Holding onto hope when times are tough can take an awful lot of determination. And sometimes, an awful lot of determination comes in a surprisingly small package. Little Orphan Annie has reminded generations of theatergoers that sunshine is always right around the corner, and now the best-loved musical of all time is set to return in a new production—just as you remember it and just when we need it most.  

'SIX'

WHEN: Dec. 5–24, 2023
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

From Tudor queens to pop icons, the six wives of Henry VIII take the microphone to remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a euphoric celebration of 21st century girl power. This new original musical is the global sensation that everyone is losing their head over!

'Message In A Bottle'

WHEN: Feb. 13–25, 2024
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

"Message In A Bottle" is a spectacular new dance-theatre show from triple-Olivier Award nominee Kate Prince, set to the iconic hits of 17-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sting, including “Every Breath You Take,” “Roxanne,” “Walking On The Moon” and more. 

'MJ'

WHEN: April 10–28, 2024
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

The music. The showmanship. The icon. Now, the unparalleled artistry of the greatest entertainer of all time comes to Denver as "MJ," the Tony Award®-winning new musical centering on the making of the 1992 Dangerous Tour, begins a tour of its own. "MJ" is startin’ somethin’ as it makes its Colorado premiere at the Buell in April 2024.

'Company: A Musical Comedy'

WHEN: May 22–26, May 28–June 2, 2023
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

It’s Bobbie’s 35th birthday party, and all her friends keep asking, "Why isn’t she married? Why can’t she find the right man and isn’t it time to settle down and start a family?" As Bobbie searches for answers, she discovers why being single, being married and being alive in the 21st-century could drive a person crazy. Winner of 5 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, "Company" is “sophisticated, intimate and in-tune with the currents of modern life—brilliantly conceived and funny as hell.”

'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.” 

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