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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. 

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. 

COMING SOON 

'ROE'

WHEN: May 9–June 20, 2020
WHERE: Curious Theatre Company

This incisive play cuts through the headlines and rhetoric to reveal the divergent personal journeys of the two women in the decades following the fateful Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade.

'THE LION KING'

WHEN: May 13–June 14, 2020
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Watch as the entire Serengeti comes to life as never before! 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 six-time Tony Award winner.

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...

'THAT GOLDEN GIRLS SHOW! A PUPPET PARODY'

WHEN: May 20–June 14, 2020
WHERE: Garner Galleria Theatre & Bar in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

This brand-new show parodies classic "Golden Girls" moments – with puppets! Get set for an evening of cheesecake, laughter, jazzercise, shoulder pads, sex and the elegant art of the quick-witted putdown. Devoted fans will fondly remember our four girls from Miami, and for the first-timers, this will be a joyful introduction to their ageless brilliance.

BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY NO. 3 'EROICA'

WHEN: May 22–24, 2020
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

The 2020 celebration of Beethoven continues as your Colorado Symphony and Music Director Brett Mitchell tackle his groundbreaking Third Symphony — the “Eroica.” The piece’s fiery passion became a hallmark of Beethoven’s middle period and a defining feature of the Romantic era. 

'LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS'

WHEN: May 22–June 21, 2020
WHERE: Town Hall Arts Center, Littleton

"Little Shop of Horrors" follows a meek florist shop worker who discovers a new breed of plant. The foul-mouthed foliage promises fame and fortune as long as he keeps feeding it — blood!

'FIRST DATE'

WHEN: June 5–27, 2020
WHERE: 
The Bug Theatre
When Aaron is set up with Casey on a blind date, a casual drink at a New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner. Can this couple turn what could be a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives?

COLORADO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

WHEN: June 5–Aug. 9, 2020
WHERE: University of Colorado Boulder
See Shakespeare under the stars in the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre or inside the University Theatre on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is a summertime favorite. Bring a picnic and arrive early to enjoy it on the lawn before the show. This year's lineup includes "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "All's Well That Ends Well," "The Odyssey," "Coriolanus" and "Pericles."

'THE BOOK OF MORMON'

WHEN: June 9–28, 2020
WHERE: Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

This nine-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries as they are sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word.

'PETER PAN'

WHEN: June 11–Aug. 23, 2020
WHERE: Candlelight Dinner Playhouse
​, Johnstown
Peter and his fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and begin the adventure of a lifetime, coming face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates and, of course, the villainous Captain Hook.

COLORADO MUSIC FESTIVAL

WHEN: June 25–July 31, 2020
WHERE: Chautauqua Auditorium
This six-week summer concert series features diverse performances of orchestral and chamber music from more than 100 world-class musicians from around the country. Additionally, 14 guest artists, four internationally-acclaimed string quartets and five guest conductors will perform throughout the season.

'MY FAIR LADY'

WHEN: July 15–26, 2020
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
Watch as the classic story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, comes to life through music and song. Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor, is determined to transform Eliza into his idea of a “proper lady.” But which one is really being transformed?

'THE BAND'S VISIT'

WHEN: July 29–Aug. 9, 2020
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
When a band of musicians arrives in a town that’s way off the beaten path, they bring the town to life in unexpected and tantalizing ways. This cast of world-class performers is led by award-winning Israeli actor Sasson Gabay, star of the original film and the Broadway production. 

'THE CROWN: LIVE!'

WHEN: Aug. 5–Sept. 6, 2020
WHERE: Garner Galleria Theatre & Bar

Two actors reimagine the history of Queen Elizabeth II in 90 minutes of frenetic hat-passing, period accents and corgi impressions. The perfect treat for fans of the show and royal watchers in general. 

'HAMILTON'

WHEN: Aug. 12–Oct. 4, 2020
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the smash Broadway hit "Hamilton" tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and went on to become the new nation's first Treasury Secretary and on of America's founding fathers.

'WILLY WONKA'

WHEN: Aug. 13–15, 2020
WHERE: North Green (49th & Valentia), Stapleton

Willy Wonka is opening his mysterious chocolate factory to a lucky few children and their chaperones. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to burst with color and confection beyond his wildest dreams.

'ANGRY, RAUCOUS, AND SHAMELESSLY GORGEOUS'

WHEN: Sept. 18–Oct. 24, 2020
WHERE: Jones Theatre at DPAC/Denver Performing Arts Complex

In another life, performance artist Anna Campbell, now 65, sparked controversy when she bared it all in an iconic feminist critique. Not, a women's theatre festival is asking to re-stage the piece, but Anna's dreams of reclaiming the spotlight are dashed when she meets the youthful woman who will be recreating her role. Audiences will love this all-female tribute to aging gracefully!

'LIGHT UP THE SKY'

WHEN: Oct. 2–Nov. 1, 2020
WHERE: Space Theatre

It's opening night of a budding playwright's first production, and his adoring collaborators are buzzing with excitement. But after a lackluster reaction from the audience, their camaraderie crumbles in this classic comedy that proves there really is no business like show business. 

'1776'

WHEN: Oct. 13–25, 2020
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. 

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

WHEN: Oct. 27–Nov. 15, 2020
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.

'THE OTHER JOSH COHEN'

WHEN: Nov. 14, 2020–May 9, 2021
WHERE: Garner Galleria Theatre & Bar

Nominated for six Drama Desk Awards and the Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical, this hilarious musical invites you into the quirky world of Josh Cohen's New York City apartment, just as it's being robbed. Broke and alone, all hope seems lost for Josh, until a mysterious letter arrives that changes his life forever. 

'A CHRISTMAS CAROL'

WHEN: Nov. 25–Dec. 27, 2020
WHERE: Wolf Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Based on Charles Dickens' classic novel, "A Christmas Carol" illuminates the meaning of the holiday season as it traces miserly Ebenezer Scrooge's triumphant overnight journey to redemption.

'RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER'

WHEN: Dec. 11–13, 2020
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Your favorite childhood TV Christmas special comes to life on stage! Come see all of your favorite characters, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, the Abominable Snow Monster and, of course, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

'JERSEY BOYS'

WHEN: Dec. 15–20, 2020
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Go behind the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in this Tony and Grammy Award®-winning true-life musical phenomenon. They had a sound nobody had ever heard, and the radio just couldn't get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story — one that has made them an international sensation all over again.

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