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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 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.

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

'CAMP CHRISTMAS'

WHEN: Nov. 18, 2021–Jan. 2, 2022
WHERE: Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park, Lakewood

The ultimate immersive Christmas experience is now bigger than ever. Bring the whole family to explore a sprawling, fantastical wonderland, where the mesmerizing decoration displays don’t just rekindle the magic of the season, they reimagine it completely. Not for the faint of festivity, this custom-designed, over-the-top realm turns the holiday spirit all the way up!

'HIP HOP NUTCRACKER'

WHEN: Nov. 19–20, 2021
WHERE: Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA)

It's a holiday mash-up for the whole family! Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, "The Hip Hop Nutcracker" is a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music.

'A CHRISTMAS CAROL'

WHEN: Nov. 19–Dec. 26, 2021
WHERE: Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA)

This joyous and opulent musical adaptation traces money-hoarding curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge’s triumphant overnight journey to redemption. Based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel, "A Christmas Carol" illuminates the meaning of the holiday season in a way that has resonated for generations.

'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. 

'THE OTHER JOSH COHEN'

WHEN: Dec. 11, 2021–May 1, 2022
WHERE: Garner Galleria Theatre & Bar

Enter the quirky world of Josh Cohen’s New York City apartment — as it's getting robbed. Broke and alone, all hope seems lost for Josh, until a mysterious letter arrives that changes his life forever. This 90-minute life-changing laugh-fest for the whole family will leave you feeling better about the world!

'WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?'

WHEN: Jan. 7–Mar. 6, 2022
WHERE: Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA)

Lean in (but not too close!) to the titillating shock and awe of Edward Albee’s 1963 Tony Award-winning masterpiece. The funny and darkly unsettling duo of George and Martha welcomes you into their living room, along with young couple Honey and Nick. With every drink poured, George and Martha’s takedowns get more and more heated, until the conversation descends into all-out marital warfare. How far can they go before this raucous night spills over?

'THE CHOIR OF MAN!'

WHEN: Jan. 14–16, 2022
WHERE: Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA)

Known across the globe as "the ultimate feel-good show," "The Choir of Man" offers over 90-minutes of non-stop, adrenaline-packed powerhouse vocals, hair-raising harmonies and foot-stomping choreography. The nine handsome blokes from across the pond hit all the right notes performing radio hits, classic rock, pub tunes, folk, Broadway and more. It all takes place in that holy house that turns strangers into familiar faces: a real working pub, where the beer and rhythms flow freely! 

'RIVERDANCE 25TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW'

WHEN: Feb. 2–6, 2022
WHERE: Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA)

It's "Riverdance" as you’ve never seen it before! After 25 years, composer Bill Whelan has rerecorded his mesmerizing soundtrack while producer Moya Doherty and director John McColgan have completely reimagined the ground-breaking show with innovative and spectacular lighting, projection, stage and costume designs. Immerse yourself in the extraordinary power and grace of its music and dance.

'RATTLESNAKE KATE'

WHEN: Feb. 4–Mar. 13, 2022
WHERE: Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA)

Around 100 years ago near Greeley, Colorado, frontierswoman Kate Slaughterback fought tooth, nail and rifle to save her son, killing 140 rattlesnakes in one quick-thinking and courageous battle. After the infamous showdown, "Rattlesnake Kate" became a global sensation, and now she's memorialized in this rough-and-tumble musical. 

'IN THE UPPER ROOM'

WHEN: Feb. 11–Mar. 13, 2022
WHERE: Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA)

Meet the Berrys, a multi-generational Black family living under one roof in the 1970s. Their lives orbit around Rose, their strong-willed matriarch whose superstitions and secrets drive her relatives nuts. Fed up, the aunties, in-laws and granddaughters of the household make their own plans to break away so they can finally live in peace. But by standing their ground, they may lose what has held them together all along. Based on the real family history of playwright and novelist Beaufield Berry.

'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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