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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. Explore the best upcoming performing arts events in Denver. 

NOW SHOWING

'DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS'

Ends Dec. 8, 2019
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Kids and adults alike will love this retelling of the classic Christmas movie. Max the Dog narrates as the Grinch, whose heart is "two sizes too small," schemes to steal Christmas away from the holiday-loving Whos. 

'THE THANKSGIVING PLAY' 

Ends Dec. 15, 2019
WHERE: Curious Theatre Company

Good intentions collide with absurd assumptions in this wickedly "woke" parody of the classic, colonialist Thanksgiving story.

'SHAKESPEARE’S TWELFTH NIGHT'

Ends Dec. 22, 2019
WHERE: Space Theatre​

You'll laugh through the Bard's comedy about the clumsiness of romance, featuring hilarious hijinks, unrequited love, gender-bending disguises and a love triangle of mistaken identity and wanton foolishness. 

'A CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE MUSICAL'

Ends Dec. 22, 2019
WHEREArvada Center for the Arts & Humanities
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.

COLORADO BALLET'S 'THE NUTCRACKER' 

Ends Dec. 29, 2019
WHERE: Ellie Caulkins Opera House

It's not the holidays until you see visions of sugar-plum fairies dancing before your eyes. Colorado Ballet's "The Nutcracker" is a cherished family holiday tradition and the largest production of the holiday favorite in Colorado.

'CAMP CHRISTMAS'

Ends Jan. 5, 2020
WHERE: Stanley Marketplace​

"Camp Christmas" is The Mile High City's newest holiday experience, where holiday traditions of the past and present get merrily mashed together in a giant 10,000-square-foot winter wonderland. This over-the-top indoor immersive installation turns the Christmas spirit all the way up with awe-inspiring displays of decorations that shift time and reality. 

'GOODNIGHT MOON'

Ends Feb. 16, 2020
WHERE: DPAC/The Randy Weeks Conservatory Theatre

Your little ones will love this beloved children's tale come to life and set to music! Say goodnight to Bunny with magical moments filled with songs, kittens and mittens, bears and chairs, a red balloon and – of course – the moon.

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Ends Mar. 22, 2020
WHERE: Garner Galleria Theatre & Bar

The Bard meets improv in this entirely unscripted show that creates a new and fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece each and every night based on audience suggestion.

The region’s only full-time professional orchestra, the Colorado Symphony embraces a tradition of musical excellence by presenting a diverse array of symphonic performances throughout the year. The Colorado Symphony performs in Boettcher Concert Hall...

COMING SOON 

QUEERBOTS HOLIDAY SHOW 

WHEN: Dec. 5, 12, 14 and 19, 2019
WHERE: The Clocktower Cabaret

Join the Queerbots Improv and Sketch Comedy Show for four evenings of holiday hilarity!

'GRANNY DANCES TO A HOLIDAY DRUM'OPENS IN NEW WINDOW

WHEN: Dec. 7–8, 13–15 and 20–22
WHERECleo Parker Robinson Dance
Enjoy this holiday favorite that blends dance, live music, spoken word and seasonal celebrations and customs from around the world in a story about Granny's memories. What makes "Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum" so unique and magical is that the memories are relived and told to her grandchildren through a beautiful display of dance, live music and storytelling. 

CELTIC WOMAN: THE BEST OF CHRISTMAS TOUR 

WHEN: Dec. 8, 2019
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
Celebrate this holiday season with the celestial voices of multi-platinum Irish singing sensation Celtic Woman as they return for another spectacular evening with your Colorado Symphony . Featuring music from the all-female music ensemble's extensive repertoire featuring holiday favorites "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and "Silent Night."

'MOSCOW BALLET'S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER' 

WHEN: Dec. 13–14, 2019
WHERE: Paramount Theatre

This Christmas give your family the gift of "Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker." With world-class dancers, more than 200 dazzling costumes, stunning sets, towering puppets and soaring birds, ring in the holidays with this cherished holiday tradition. 

'A COLORADO CHRISTMAS' 

WHEN: Dec. 13–15, 2019
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver Performing Arts Complex
The warm sounds of the holidays fill the concert hall with your favorite songs at "A Colorado Christmas". "‘Twas the Night Before Christmas," narrated live from stage, will put a smile on your face and set a festive tone for this treasured holiday program, and you won’t want to miss other favorite works like “Sleigh Ride,” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from "The Nutcracker" and even a few “Frozen” winter tunes. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to see who’s naughty and who’s nice in preparation for the big night.

HOLIDAY BRASSFEST 

WHEN: Dec. 14, 2019
WHERE: Denver Performing Arts Complex

Join Denver Brass and more than 100 other local musicians for a free public brass concert! 

'MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS'

WHEN: Dec. 14–15, 2019
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Mannheim Steamroller's holiday CDs have become synonymous with Christmas over the past 30 years. Experience the magic of the season as the spirit of Christmas comes alive with their signature sound.

ALL BEETHOVEN – 250TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION 

WHEN: Dec. 16, 2019
WHEREBoettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
Bertie Baigent takes the podium as the Colorado Symphony  performs a special one-night performance of his iconic "Fifth Symphony."

'AN IRISH CHRISTMAS' 

WHEN: Dec. 18, 2019
WHERE: Paramount Theatre

As seen on PBS, "An Irish Christmas" brings just about everything to the table. Dancers dance through the generations, Songs spin out of the mist and into familiar standards like "Silent Night," "Little Drummer Boy" and "Carol of the Bells," and superb musicians work their magic on pipes, flutes, fiddles, button accordions and bodhráns.

'HANDEL'S MESSIAH - AWAKENING' 

WHEN: Dec. 20–21, 2019
WHEREBoettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
This beloved production has been reorganized to clearly present the narrative while maintaining the great traditions of this noble work. The Colorado Symphony Chorus will be divided between a chamber chorus and a larger chorus, and a narrator will present the masterpiece in a dramatic context that this story-telling composer would have appreciated.

ANNUAL TUBACHRISTMAS 

WHEN: Dec. 22, 2019
WHERE: DPAC/Denver Performing Arts Complex
Tired of the same old holiday soundtrack? Revive your holiday spirit at the Annual TubaChristmas concert! Tap your toes to your favorite holiday tunes being played by 300 tuba players from all over the region.

'A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS LIVE ON STAGE' 

WHEN: Dec. 22, 2019
WHERE: Paramount Theatre

Join Linus, Lucy, Charlie Brown and Snoopy as everyone's favorite holiday classic comes to life in the all-new touring production "A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage."

'HOLIDAY BRASS' 

WHEN: Dec. 22, 2019
WHEREBoettcher Concert Hall, Denver Performing Arts Complex
Come celebrate the brilliance and power of the Colorado Symphony  Brass in a resounding program of seasonal favorites, featuring traditional carols, classical favorites, jazz transcriptions and music from beloved holiday movies and TV specials. Make your holiday season bright by joining the Colorado Symphony Brass in an unforgettable "Holiday Brass" program that hits all of the right Yuletide notes.

'ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE'

WHEN: Dec. 23, 2019–Jan. 5, 2020
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Set your mind on island time at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, a little slice of paradise where people come to get away from it all — and stay to find something they never expected.

'HOLIDAY MAGIC' 

WHEN: Dec. 29, 2019
WHEREParamount Theatre
Direct from Broadway, marvel at Adam Trent's "Holiday Magic" at The Paramount!

'A NIGHT IN VIENNA' 

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2019
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
The wildly popular annual tradition featuring the Colorado Symphony  waltzing with you into the New Year returns. Start your celebration in style with the Colorado Symphony's presentation of "A Night in Vienna," a rousing selection of polkas, waltzes and marches. The festive evening is the perfect send-off to 2019 — and the early start time ensures that you won't miss the thrill of the 16th Street Mall fireworks.

WORLD PREMIERE: YOU LOST ME

WHEN: Jan. 17–Feb. 23, 2020
WHERE: The Ricketson Theatre at Denver Center for the Performing Arts

This Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Festival finalist is a  bright new drama that follows the Harvey family from 1828, when Ann Harvey saved 160 Irish people from a wreck off of Newfoundland’s Shipwreck Coast, to the present day, when the Harvey family homestead has become the Shipwreck Inn.

WORLD PREMIERE: TWENTY50

WHEN: Jan. 31–Mar. 1, 2020
WHERE: Space Theatre

It's 2050, and Latinx people have been assimilated into the U.S. majority, but race issues are far from resolved. In this tricky political environment, Andres Salazar is running for office and must decide whether or not identifying himself as a Mexican American will win more votes. On the brink of our upcoming 2020 presidential election, this suspenseful thriller peels back the façade of campaign-trail craziness to reveal how personal truths can get blurred.

'PETER PAN'

WHEN: Jan. 31–Feb. 9, 2020
WHERE: Ellie Caulkins Opera House

'Peter Pan' will take audiences on a high-flying adventure to Neverland. With choreography by Michael Pink and music by Philip Feeney, this ballet features the same artistic duo that created the acclaimed ballet Dracula, which Colorado audiences will recall from sold-out performances in the fall of 2017.

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