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. 

NOTE: Due to health concerns regarding the coronavirus (Covid-19), some events may be canceled. Please check directly with the venus for the latest status. 

'DROWSY CHAPERONE'

WHEN: Sept. 10, 2021
WHERE: Lakewood Cultural Center Theater, Lakewood

When a die-hard musical theater fan puts on a recording of his favorite Jazz Age musical comedy, an extravagant fantasy unfolds in his living room. A Broadway starlet and her debonair fiancé, bumbling gangsters, a misguided lover and an intoxicated chaperone create an evening of madcap delight.

'3 GUYS IN DRAG SELLING THEIR STUFF'

WHEN: Sept. 9–18, 2021
WHERE: The People’s Building, Aurora

Lillian, Diva and Tink are holding a yard sale to raise money for a Faberge egg so that Diva can honor her late husband by placing his ashes in said egg. What follows is a hilarious onslaught of bristly exchanges, humorous narratives, and raunchy quips. Dark humor, naughty adult toys, spiked lemonade and a whole lot of witty banter is what you’re in for in this raucous and highly inappropriate show!

'BEFORE YOU GO'

WHEN: Thru Sept. 19, 2021
WHERE: Miners Alley Playhouse, Golden
Inspired by writer and director John Ashton's own family, "Before You Go" brings three adult siblings back home for an unexpected family reunion. This comedy packs a punch and will leave you thinking about what it really means to be a family.

'DAISY'S DAY SPEAKEASY'

WHEN: Sept. 10–25, 2021
WHERE: Factory Five Five, Aurora

"Daisy's Day Speakeasy" is a lively, adults-only experiential performance that invites you to have a direct impact on parts of the story. Enjoy live music, dancing, vaudeville, Prohibition-style cocktails and more. Formal 1920s attire encouraged!

'ALICE IN WONDERLAND'

WHEN: Thru Sept. 30, 2021
WHERE: Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center
Denver’s premier disability-affirmative theatre, Phamaly Theatre Company, is proud to present the world premiere adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland," written by David Jacobi and featuring an original music soundtrack by Denver’s own experimental music group, Wheelchair Sports Camp. Catch it streaming online Sept. 10–26, 2021. 

'Guadalupe in the Guest Room'

WHEN: Sept. 30–Oct. 24, 2021
WHERE: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, Colorado Springs

Guadalupe is living in the guest room of her son-in-law, Steve, while she translates the children’s books her deceased daughter has written from English to Spanish. Overcome with grief and separated by a language barrier, the unlikely housemates struggle to communicate, but as Guadalupe and Steve begin watching a telenovela together, they bond in unexpected ways, leading them to learn that understanding doesn’t always require speaking the same language. 

'THE ADDAMS FAMILY'

WHEN: Thru Nov. 12, 2021
WHERE: St. Lukes UMC, Highlands Ranch
Celebrate the wackiness in every family with this best-selling Broadway musical adapted for school-age performers! Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family whom her parents have never met. Everything will change on the fateful night the Addams family hosts a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. Put on by Performing Arts Academy students in grades 3–6!

DISTORTIONS MONSTER WORLD

WHEN: Thru Dec. 31, 2021
WHERE: Denver Pavilions
Ready to get up close and personal with the things that go bump in the night? Come to Distortions Monster World (if you dare), where surprises will greet you around every corner on an out-of-this-world interactive adventure. This series of cinematic environments featuring immersive installations and infamous creatures and characters will truly transport you to another place!

'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.

COMING SOON

DR. NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON

WHEN: Oct. 3, 2021
WHERE: Paramount Theatre

Science buffs: grab tickets to see Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson at The Paramount!

'THE LION KING'

WHEN: Dec. 2, 2021–Jan. 2, 2022
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Watch the entire Serengeti comes to life as Disney's "The Lion King" makes its triumphant return to the Buell Theatre. More than 95 million people around the world have experienced the awe-inspiring visual artistry, the unforgettable music and the uniquely theatrical storytelling of this Broadway spectacular, winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical. 

'HAMILTON'

WHEN: Feb. 16–Mar. 27, 2022
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, "Hamilton" has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre — a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics and education.

'AIN'T TOO PROUD - THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS'

WHEN: Oct. 25–Nov. 6, 2022
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Nominated for 12 Tony Awards, this is the electrifying musical about The Temptations' extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The unforgettable story of this legendary quintet is set to some of the group's most treasured hits, including "My Girl," "Get Ready," "Just My Imagination," "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" and many more.

'MEAN GIRLS'

WHEN: Dec. 20, 2022–Jan. 1, 2023
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. Soon, this naïve newbie falls prey to a trio of "mean girls" led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina's reign, she learns the hard way that you can't cross a Queen Bee without getting stung. 

'MY FAIR LADY'

WHEN: TBA
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

"My Fair Lady" tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a "proper lady." But who is really being transformed? This production boasts all the classic songs you love, including "I Could Have Danced All Night," "The Rain in Spain," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly" and "On the Street Where You Live." 

'1776'

WHEN: TBA
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Fed up with living under the tyranny of British rule, John Adams attempts to persuade his fellow members of the Continental Congress to vote in favor of American Independence and sign the Declaration of Independence. Find out how our founding fathers set America in motion in this re-imagining of the Tony Award®-winning musical. 

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