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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. 

THE POLAR EXPRESS TM TRAIN RIDE

WHEN: Thru Dec. 23, 2020
WHERE: Colorado Railroad Museum

The story of The Polar ExpressTM is theatrically re-created and combined with a magical train ride at the Colorado Railroad Museum. Children get to meet Santa and experience all the sights and sounds of this classic tale as if happening all around them. This year, a whole host of carefully crafted updates have been made in order to ensure the health and safety of guests, cast and crew, so put on your pajamas and your most fashionable mask and bring the family to enjoy sharing hot cocoa and cookies together as the "Hot, Hot, Hot—Chocolate" song and dance unfolds before your eyes. 

CAMP CHRISTMAS

WHEN: Thru Jan. 5, 2021
WHERE: Online

This digital experience takes place on a web-based app where campers can explore fantastical places like Sweetsville, Fairy Forest and Treehouse Village. Each location includes multimedia content about the history and traditions surrounding the holiday season, as well as in-home activities. Campers can earn badges, track their progress and receive up to five packages featuring a wide variety of Christmas-themed activities.

'UNTIL THE FLOOD'

WHEN: Thru Nov. 20, 2022
WHERE: 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 

2020 HOLIDAY FESTIVAL

WHEN: Dec. 4–6, 2020
WHERE: Online

Delight in the twinkling lights, seasonal greenery and beautiful music of CU Boulder’s Holiday Festival. The decades-old celebration brings together student choirs, bands and orchestras and world-class faculty performers for a concert of holiday favorites and new surprises. This year, enjoy a streaming video version the annual celebration.

THE ANNUAL HOLIDAY SHOW: WEB-A-THON EDITION

WHEN: Dec. 5, 2020
WHERE: Online

This year, the Longmont Museum's epic annual fundraiser extravaganza broadcast will be streamed live and direct from the Stewart Auditorium. The free show features more than a dozen musical acts over eight hours. Enjoy some of your favorite local musicians as they perform original tunes and holiday standards. And, in classic telethon style, the museum will be taking donations online and over the phone for the duration of the show.

LIVE FROM THE WEST SIDE: WOMEN OF BROADWAY

WHEN: Dec. 5, 2020
WHERE: Online

Streamed live from New York's Shubert Virtual Studios, this show will feature a mix of Broadway show tunes, pop songs and personal stories from the life of critically acclaimed actress and singer Vanessa Williams. You can even submit questions in advance for her to answer during the show! 

'GRANNY DANCES TO A HOLIDAY DRUM'

WHEN: Dec. 5, 2020–Jan. 2, 2021
WHERE: Online

A Denver family tradition for 29 years, this incredible blend of dance, music, and spoken word lifts the spirit and fills the heart with joy, love, and peace! Even in challenging times, the magic of "Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum," presented by Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, continues. Guided by the Three Angels of the Rainbow, Granny visits Africa, the Americas, Mexico, Asia, and the Caribbean to celebrate the joy of Holiday Times! From the African Harvest to Kwanzaa, from the Chinese New Year to Junkanoo.... a celebration of both diversity and oneness!

MAKING MERRY - GREATEST HITS

WHEN: Dec. 13, 2020
WHERE: Online

We may not be able to gather in person, but that doesn't mean we can't make the holidays jolly! Enjoy holiday favorites during Stories on Stage's 20th Anniversary Holiday Celebration, live-streamed directly from the stage!

TANTALUS: BEHIND THE MASK

WHEN: Dec. 16, 2020
WHERE: Online

Twenty years ago, Denver Center for the Performing Arts and Royal Shakespeare Company embarked upon the most ambitious play ever to have been attempted: TANTALUS. Now, you're invited to peer into the creation of this world premiere. Join DCPA for a virtual viewing party of TANTALUS: Behind the Mask, a documentary that captures all the determination, drama and artistry that led to this highly acclaimed and unforgettable theatrical experience.

BALLET ARIEL'S THE NUTCRACKER SUITE

WHEN: Dec. 17–18, 2020
WHERE: Online

Known for its beautiful and imaginative interpretation of this holiday classic, Ballet Ariel’s professional company production of The Nutcracker Suite is shorter than the full production with no intermission, yet retains the spirit of the season, incomparable choreography and the same outstanding artistry in which audiences delight. Stream it live online. 

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...

'TOOTSIE'

WHEN: Mar. 2–14, 2021
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

This laugh-out-loud love letter to the theater tells the story of Michael Dorsey, a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work — until one show-stopping act of desperation lands him the role of a lifetime. 

'HADESTOWN'

WHEN: Apr. 6–18, 2021
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.

'PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL'

WHEN: May 11–23, 2021
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Get ready to experience this dazzling theatrical take on a love story for the ages, with all the iconic moments you remember from the film.

'COME FROM AWAY'

WHEN: June 1–6, 2021
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Witness the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them after 9/11. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness eventually turned into trust, music soared into the night and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

'TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD'

WHEN: July 13–Aug. 1, 2021
WHERE: Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Based on Harper Lee's classic novel, Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin's adaptation is "the most successful American play in Broadway history."

'MY FAIR LADY'

WHEN: Aug. 11–22, 2021
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: Sept. 14–26, 2021
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. 

'MEAN GIRLS'

WHEN: Oct. 12–24, 2021
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. 

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

WHEN: Nov. 16–28, 2021
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.

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