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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. 

'COLOR PLATES' 

WHEN: Apr. 9, 2021
WHERE: Virtual/Online

Great artists inspire some strange and wonderful tales in this virtual live-stream from the stage!

VINNIE MONTEZ

WHEN: Apr. 9–10, 2021
WHERE: Comedy Works South at The Landmark, Greenwood Village and Virtual/Online

Laugh along to comedian Vinnie Montez in person at Comedy Works or online during the live stream.

'DON QUIXOTE'

WHEN: Apr. 10, 2021
WHERE: Ent Center for the Arts, Colorado Springs

Join in the exciting adventures of Don Quixote. A Spanish-style comedic ballet complete in three acts, featuring toreadors, bullfights, duels, gypsies, nymphs, dryads, a wedding and an assortment of colorful and theatrical personalities that are sure to keep you on your toes. 

ZIKR DANCE ENSEMBLE: 'LIFTING THE VEIL'

WHEN: Apr. 12, 2021
WHERE: Dairy Arts Center, Boulder

The Zikr Dance Ensemble – led by nationally acclaimed choreographer David Taylor – fuses transcendent rituals from ancient cultures with contemporary dance/theatre realizations. "Lifting the Veil" focuses on the hidden forces that have been directing and assisting mankind for centuries and which now are being revealed in our current age. 

CANDLELIGHT: 'VIVALDI'S FOUR SEASONS'

WHEN: Apr. 7–8 & 15, 2021
WHERE: Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum

Whether you're looking for a beautifully unique classical music performance or a romantic candlelit experience, this performance is for you. You don't need to know all things Vivaldi to enjoy the evening — simply sit back and savor the stunning, candlelit atmosphere as Velveteen Ensemble Denver takes you into the clouds with Vivaldi's most treasured masterpieces.

TIM DILLON

WHEN: Apr. 13–17, 2021
WHERE: Comedy Works South at The Landmark, Greenwood Village

Tim Dillon is a stand-up comedian, writer and actor who was named one of the top ten comics you need to know by Rolling Stone magazine.

'YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN'

WHEN: Thru Apr. 18, 2021
WHERE: Littleton Town Hall Arts Center

Based on the comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, the beloved "Peanuts" come to life in this classical musical. The brief vignettes span a few months from Valentine’s Day to Beethoven Day, from wild optimism to despair. Charlie Brown and the entire Peanuts gang explore life’s great questions as they play baseball, struggle with homework, sing songs, swoon over their crushes and celebrate the joy of friendship.

'ZEN AND THE ART OF PROFIT'

WHEN: Apr. 9–26, 2021
WHERE: Virtual/Online

Recorded before a live audience at Miners Alley Playhouse in Golden and presented on-demand, "Zen and the Art of Profit" features two knockout performances from Bill Hahn and Heather Lacy. Local playwright Luke Sorge’s new play explores the question at the very heart of capitalism. Do the ends justify the means? 

'APRIL IN PARIS'

WHEN: Apr. 15–29, 2021
WHERE: Virtual/Online

Tune in to this television-style digital program celebrating all things French! "April in Paris," starring Catherine Cook and directed by David Lefkowich, features three whimsical episodes inspired by the Golden Age of television. You'll see Cook become Julia Child in Lee Hoiby's Bon Appetit!, transform into a Paris cabaret singer for a performance of delightful French songs, and more surprises.

THE GARDEN

WHEN: Apr. 22–May 9, 2021
WHERE: Wonderbound

With a soundtrack of 40s, 50s and 60s pop, Artistic Director Garrett Ammon’s newest creation takes us behind the garden wall, to a place of love, betrayal, passion and deceit. Snacks and beverages included with the price of admission!

'TANTALUS: BEHIND THE MASK'

WHEN: Thru May 31, 2021
WHERE: Virtual/Online

Twenty years ago, the DCPA Theatre Company and Royal Shakespeare Company embarked upon the most ambitious play ever attempted: "TANTALUS". Now a part of theatrical history, you are invited to peer into the creation of this world premiere. Stream "TANTALUS: Behind the Mask", a two-and-a-half-hour documentary that captured all the determination, drama and artistry that led to this highly acclaimed and unforgettable theatrical experience.

VIRTUAL STAGE — ACOUSTIC ON THE ROCKS: 'VIVALDI'S THE FOUR SEASONS'

WHEN: Thru May 31, 2021
WHERE: Virtual/Online

Your Colorado Symphony is thrilled to bring you "Vivaldi's The Four Seasons," recorded live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Whether you were one of the lucky few able to experience this concert in person or seeing it for the first time, this is an astounding virtual performance you'll return to again and again.

VIRTUAL STAGE — WAGNER: 'THE RING WITHOUT WORDS'

WHEN: Thru May 31, 2021
WHERE: Virtual/Online

Richard Wagner's "The Ring of the Nibelung" notoriously takes days to perform in its entirety. But a unique treatment created by conductor and composer Lorin Maazel distills the work into a form that is moving and enjoyable in just one sitting! Relive this breathtaking 2018 performance from your Colorado Symphony.

ARIAS & ENSEMBLES 

WHEN: Thru May 31, 2021
WHERE: Virtual/Online

This series of concerts are led by an emcee and conducted virtually for the safety of the audience and performers. In Arias & Ensembles, selections are performed as they would be on stage, but without the use of sets and costumes, creating an intimate and engaging at-home experience. Featuring the Opera Colorado Artists in Residence, these delightful, 30-minute programs include arias and ensemble pieces from opera, musical theatre and more.

DISTORTIONS MONSTER WORLD

WHEN: Thru July 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!

LATE NIGHT STAND-UP

WHEN: Thru Dec. 25, 2021
WHERE: Colorado Sake Co.

The Denver Comedy Lounge features the best local and national comedians! Shows are indoors in the back of Colorado Sake Co. Enjoy full-service dining from Denver Sushi House and Colorado Sake!

'UNTIL THE FLOOD'

WHEN: Thru Apr. 6, 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

'STILL CRAZY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS' 

WHEN: May 7, 2021
WHERE: Virtual/Online

Watch totally kooky people doing absolutely nutty things live online!

COLORADO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

WHEN: June 12–Aug. 1, 2021
WHERE: Colorado Renaissance Festival, Larkspur

Flash back to the 16th century and journey through a medieval city. Enjoy full-armor jousting, giant turkey legs, traditional music and a marketplace featuring more than 200 artisans.

COLORADO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: 'A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM'

WHEN: June 18–Aug. 15, 2021
WHERE: Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre, Boulder

Lift your spirits with a summer-long party! In this glam run of Shakespeare's electric comedy, the paths of four young lovers, some feuding fairies, a mischievous sprite and a troupe of bumbling actors collide. Join them in the forest as enchanting and peculiar schemes unfold across one unforgettable midsummer night.

DENVER FRINGE FESTIVAL

WHEN: June 24–27, 2021
WHERE: Various Venues

This open-application festival is designed to support all genres of performance arts and to attract bold, progressive artistry on the fringes of the mainstream theatre tradition. The Fringe format started 70 years ago in Edinburgh, Scotland, when groups of artists gathered to perform on the outskirts of the city. That tradition continued, and now Fringe is a national and international phenomenon with festivals in major cities all over the world.

JOSH BLUE IN-PERSON

WHEN: July 3, 2021
WHERE: Comedy Works South at The Landmark, Greenwood Village

Following his groundbreaking win on NBC’s "Last Comic Standing" in 2006, Josh Blue has risen through the ranks to a well-established and sought-after headliner. See him live or stream the performance online

'CAROUSEL'

WHEN: July 3–Aug. 1, 2021
WHERE: Hudson Gardens & Events Center, Littleton

Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Carousel" follows the ups, downs, rounds and rounds of life and love. 

COLORADO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: 'THE ODYSSEY'

WHEN: July 9–Aug. 14, 2021
WHERE: Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre, Boulder

In Mary Zimmerman's sweeping adaptation of Homer's classic adventure, our hero Odysseus undergoes an epic journey to return to his own kingdom after the fall of Troy. He'll have to overcome witches, mythological beasts and the gods themselves if he ever hopes to see his wife and son again. 

'RIGOLETTO'

WHEN: July 10–30, 2021
WHERE: Hudson Gardens & Events Center, Littleton

"Rigoletto" is a joke gone too far, set to some of the best-known music in all of opera. A devilish Duke and his tortured court jester, Rigoletto, clash over the jester's beautiful daughter in this topsy turvy suspense, teeming with twists of plot and twists of fate. 

'DIDO AND AENEAS'

WHEN: July 17, 20, 22 and 28, 2021
WHERE: Central City Opera House Gardens, Central City

Sprung from epic poetry and myth, "Dido and Aeneas" is an opulent tale of power and passion between two formidable rulers and the sorceress who toys with their fates. 

COLORADO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: 'PERICLES'

WHEN: Aug. 1 and 3, 2021
WHERE: Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre, Boulder

Summer's hottest ticket is the Colorado Shakespeare Festival's Original Practices performance. This summer, revisit "Pericles," the story of a shipwrecked prince on the run after discovering a king's terrible secret. CSF's annual tradition of presenting plays as they were originally performed sells out months in advance — so be sure to reserve your ticket right away!

BUSKERFEST

WHEN: Sept. 10–12, 2021
WHERE: Denver Union Station

For one weekend, Wynkoop Plaza in front of Denver's historic Union Station is transformed into a public theater and art space where you'll be amazed by comedy, circus and music shows from a curated cast of world-touring street performers. Watch larger-than-life puppets, stilt walkers and living statues parade through the fountains under the incredible facade of Union Station. There is no fee for entry and everyone is welcome, but the artists do rely on donations from the audience to support their work and travels. 

DR. NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON

WHEN: Oct. 3, 2021
WHERE: Paramount Theatre

Science buffs: grab tickets to see Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson at The Paramount!

'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. 

'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.

'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. 

'MEAN GIRLS'

WHEN: TBA
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: TBA
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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