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. 

'Moulin Rouge! The Musical'

WHEN: Thru June 26, 2022
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Enter a world of splendor and romance, eye-popping excess, glitz, grandeur and glory! A world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying enchantment. Pop the champagne and prepare for the spectacular spectacular…Welcome to "Moulin Rouge! The Musical."

The SpongeBob Musical

WHEN: Thru Sept. 3, 2022
WHERE: Boulder's Dinner Theatre, Boulder

The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world!

'Welcome to the Regular Valley'

WHEN: Thru Oct. 4, 2022
WHERE: The Jester’s Palace

It’s the improv show the refuses to die, no matter how hard we try to kill it. One of the weirdest comedy shows in the city returns with a vengeance. The performers apologize in advance for anything they break during the course of the evening.

'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

'Pretty Woman: The Musical'

WHEN: Aug. 2–14, 2022
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Based on one of Hollywood’s most beloved romantic stories of all time, "Pretty Woman: The Musical" is now on tour! Starring Broadway superstar and Tony Award®-nominee Adam Pascal as Edward Lewis and rising star Olivia Valli as the charming and charismatic Vivian Ward, the show springs to life with a powerhouse creative team led by two-time Tony Award®-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell.

'Hadestown'

WHEN: Aug. 30–Sept. 11, 2022
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

"Hadestown" intertwines two mythic tales — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone — as it invites you on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit industry against nature, doubt against faith, and fear against love. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers and singers, "Hadestown" is a haunting and hopeful theatrical experience that grabs you and never lets go.

'Theater of the Mind'

WHEN: Aug. 31–Dec. 18, 2022
WHERE: York Street Yards

"Theater of the Mind" from Denver Center for Performing Arts will take audience members through an immersive journey in a 15,000-square-foot historic warehouse within the adaptive reuse campus of  York Street Yards in the Clayton neighborhood. Audiences will explore how they perceive the world through sensory experiments that reveal the inner mysteries of the brain as they are led by a Guide whose stories are inspired by the creators' lives. It's a journey of self-reflection, discovery and imagination, inspired by and grounded in neuroscience, co-created by Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and writer Mala Gaonkar.

'The Chinese Lady'

WHEN: Sept. 9–Oct. 16, 2022
WHERE: Singleton Theatre

The year is 183,4 and 14-year-old Afong Moy is the first Chinese woman mainland America has ever seen. Her translator, protector, and only interlocutor is Atung, a Chinese man who has been living in America for decades. Under the watchful eyes of Atung and the viewing public, Afong grows up and tours the U.S. as part of a traveling sideshow. ​Intriguing, powerful, and based on a true story, "The Chinese Lady" is unlike anything you’ve seen before.

'Much Ado About Nothing'

WHEN: Sept. 30–Nov. 6, 2022
WHERE: The Dorota & Kevin Kilstrom Theatre

A playful comedy layered with all the rich complexity that comes with Shakespeare’s work, "Much Ado About Nothing" is a snappy, surprisingly timely meditation on gossip, gender roles and the follies of romance. Comedic, yet cautionary. Elegant, yet down to earth. It’s mischievous and undeniably merry. It might just be the world’s most well-known (and beloved) Renaissance rom-com.

'Come From Away'

WHEN: Oct. 4–9, 2022
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 passengers who were stranded after the events of 9/11 and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

'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.

'Little Red'

WHEN: Oct. 28–Dec. 18, 2022
WHERE: Weeks Conservatory Theatre

This charming, song-infused retelling of Little Red Riding Hood finds Little Red at the center of new adventures and new ways of seeing familiar characters. With a wandering wolf, a gardening grandma, a forest at risk and characters from other tales joining in, Little Red discovers her own power as a vital doer in her community. Joyous and inspiring, the musical captures the warmth of Little Red and her family of smart, engaged females while also welcoming a new friendship between Red and Wolf.

'My Fair Lady'

WHEN: Nov. 15–27, 2022
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." 

'Camp Christmas'

WHEN: Nov. 17–Dec. 24, 2022
WHERE: Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park, Lakewood

The season’s Camp-iest and most over-the-top holiday extravaganza is back! Journey through a fantastical wonderland of lights, dazzling decorations, music and memorabilia as you explore mesmerizing yuletide scenes spread across a six-acre landscape. Most importantly, "Camp Christmas" is an opportunity to rediscover (and reimagine!) the holiday spirit and connect with people you love.

'A Christmas Carol'

WHEN: Nov. 18–Dec. 24, 2022
WHERE: Wolf Theatre

Essential to the holiday season, "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 “blessedly exhilarating!” (Westword) production illuminates the meaning of the holiday season in a way that has resonated for generations.

'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical'

WHEN: Dec. 16–18, 2022
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Your favorite holiday special comes to you live on stage! The beloved TV classic "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season.

'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.

'Laughs in Spanish'

WHEN: Jan. 27–March 12, 2023
WHERE: Singleton Theatre

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.

'Hotter Than Egypt'

WHEN: Feb. 10–March 12, 2023
WHERE: The Dorota & Kevin Kilstrom Theatre

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.

'The Color Purple'

WHEN: March 31–May 7, 2023
WHERE: Wolf Theatre

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.

'The 39 Steps'

WHEN: April 14–June 18, 2023
WHERE: Singleton Theatre

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.

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