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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 

'DOKTOR KABOOM AND THE WHEEL OF SCIENCE'

WHEN: Oct. 1–2, 2020
WHERE: Lone Tree Arts Center

Doktor Kaboom has built a great big spinning wheel and labeled it with everything from optical illusions to chemical reactions to a homemade hovercraft, and more! Creatively blending theater arts with the wonders of scientific exploration, Doktor Kaboom’s supercharged (and super safe!) science experiments will have you and your family erupting with laughter and bubbling with curiosity.

'CARRIE, THE MUSICAL'

WHEN: Oct. 9–31, 2020
WHERE: The Bug Theatre

The horror classic comes to life! Carrie White is an outcast who’s bullied by the popular crowd and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she’s at the mercy of her over-protective mother. But Carrie’s just discovered she’s got a special power, and if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it.

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...

ALPINE OPUS – A SYMPHONIC SKI FILM

WHEN: Oct. 10–11, 2020
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

From Matchstick Productions, the producers of the most-awarded ski film company, this all-new production will take you high above the treeline where few souls dare to tread. Live-action footage of some of the most extreme and majestic winter scenes takes center stage, while your Colorado Symphony plays through a breathtaking original score by composer Austin Wintory.

BARBER ADAGIO FOR STRINGS

WHEN: Oct. 16–18, 2020
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Your Colorado Symphony will perform Gershwin's rhapsodic "An American in Paris," along with Barber's majestic "First Symphony" and his haunting "Adagio for Strings." Finally, the Colorado Symphony Chorus takes center stage on John Adams' "Harmonium," providing an ethereal end to a performance that will leave you breathless.

'JEST A SECOND!'

WHEN: Oct. 23–Nov. 22, 2020
WHERE: JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center

Joel’s dating a nice, Jewish doctor, and he’s finally ready to introduce his parents to the love of his life. Or is he? This hilarious sequel to "Beau Jest" brings the Goldmans back for even more mistaken identity, gut-busting hijinks and light-hearted lessons about love, family and being true to yourself.

CLEO PARKER ROBINSON 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION WITH YOUR COLORADO SYMPHONY

WHEN: Oct. 30, 2020
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

For five decades, "One Spirit, Many Voices" has resonated through the heart and soul of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. We invite you to join your Colorado Symphony and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance as they pay tribute to the company's namesake, founder and visionary this.

HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR!

WHEN: Oct. 31, 2020
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Join your Colorado Symphony for a spooktacular event featuring music from films, television and more! Costumes are encouraged for this family-friendly concert.

WONDERBOUND DANCES BEETHOVEN

WHEN: Nov. 6–8, 2020
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Dancers from Wonderbound will perform onstage as your Colorado Symphony presents excerpts from Beethoven's "Creatures of Prometheus" and Schumann's "Symphony No. 1." 

VIENNA BOYS CHOIR IN CONCERT

WHEN: Nov. 12, 2020
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Historians have settled on 1498 as the foundation date of the Vienna Boys Choir. Until 1918, the choir sang exclusively for the Austrian imperial court, at mass, concerts, private functions and on state occasions. Now, you can hear them in The Mile High City!

DANCING QUEEN - A TRIBUTE TO ABBA

WHEN: Nov. 13, 2020
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Finnish phenom Rajaton joins your Colorado Symphony to perform ABBA's greatest hits, including "Mamma Mia," "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!," "Waterloo" and "Dancing Queen."

RACHMANINOFF RHAPSODY ON A THEME OF PAGANINI WITH JOYCE YANG

WHEN: Nov. 20–22, 2020
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Theme and variation are at the forefront of this convivial concert, which starts with Hindemith's "Symphonic Metamorphosis." Pianist Joyce Yang, whose playing was dubbed "vivid and beautiful" by The New York Times, makes her much-anticipated return to Boettcher Concert Hall as featured soloist on Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini," while Tchaikovsky's romantic "Little Russian" Symphony" incorporates variations of three Ukrainian folk songs for a joyous finale. 

DISNEY’S A MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL IN CONCERT

WHEN: Nov. 25 and 27, 2020
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Bring the kids as the Colorado Symphony plays along to the classic holiday film, based on the even more classic Dickens holiday tale. Kermit the Frog plays Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge, and other Muppets weave in and out of the story as Scrooge receives visits from spirits of three Christmases. 

AT LAST – A TRIBUTE TO ETTA JAMES

WHEN: Nov. 28, 2020
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Etta James was a master of multiple musical genres, and the revered vocalist continues to inspire musicians today. Join your Colorado Symphony to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Etta James' iconic album, "At Last."

THE TEN TENORS HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

WHEN: Nov. 29, 2020
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

This is sure to be a joyous night of music, featuring the Australian classical-crossover supergroup The TEN Tenors. The show will feature holiday favorites as well as modern surprises — all with incredible 10-part harmonies.

ALL BEETHOVEN - SYMPHONY NO. 5

WHEN: Dec. 4–6, 2020
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Celebrate the life and brilliance of a musical icon during this annual weekend of Beethoven, from the breathtaking "Fifth Symphony" to the powerful and expressive "Egmont."

CELTIC WOMAN: THE BEST OF CHRISTMAS TOUR

WHEN: Dec. 7, 2020
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Celebrate the holiday season with the celestial voices of multi-platinum Irish singing sensation Celtic Woman and the Colorado Symphony as they perform a mesmerizing mix of Yuletide songs. 

'A COLORADO CHRISTMAS'

WHEN: Dec. 11–13, 2020
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

This family-friendly evening features traditional Christmas carols, your favorite new winter tunes and even some newly arranged surprises. Sing along to your heart's content! And you better not pout, because Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to see who's naughty and nice...

 

BEETHOVEN 250

WHEN: Dec. 16, 2020
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

The Colorado Symphony will cap its yearlong celebration of Beethoven with a one-night-only performance on the composer's 250th birthday in a finale worthy of Beethoven's singular genius!

A VERY DEVOTCHKA HOLIDAY

WHEN: Dec. 18, 2020
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

DeVotchKa will rock The Mile High City in their first holiday symphonic concert event! In their sixth collaboration with your Colorado Symphony, DeVotchKa brings their lush orchestrations to new works and old holiday favorites. 

TOO HOT TO HANDEL

WHEN: Dec. 19–20, 2020
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

This annual jazz, gospel and R&B-infused concert brilliantly reinvents Handel's "Messiah" for the holidays! Featuring audience-favorite guest soloists and members of the Colorado Symphony Chorus, this exhilarating night of music will have you rejoicing in the aisles.

HOLIDAY BRASS

WHEN: Dec. 23, 2020
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Holiday Brass is a favorite Yuletide tradition featuring the Colorado Symphony Brass playing a program of seasonal ballads, carols and more. 

A NIGHT IN VIENNA

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2020
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

An end-of-year tradition returns! Start your New Year's Eve celebration in style with the Colorado Symphony's presentation of "A Night in Vienna," a rousing selection of polkas, waltzes and marches. 

MOZART PIANO CONCERTO NO. 24

WHEN: Jan. 15–17, 2021
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Your Colorado Symphony will usher in the start of a new decade of exquisite symphonic music with Dvořák's vibrant "Eighth Symphony," Mozart's dark and stormy "Piano Concerto No. 24" and Strauss' "Overture to Die Fledermaus."

A TRIBUTE TO ARTHUR FIEDLER AND THE BOSTON POPS

WHEN: Jan. 23, 2021
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Celebrate the tradition of the Boston Pops with an exciting mix hits made famous by the incomparable Arthur Fiedler. This festive tribute features Colorado Symphony Principal Cellist Seoyoen Min and Principal English Horn Jason Lichtenwalter performing works that will showcase the virtuosity of the Colorado Symphony as a whole.

'DEAR EVAN HANSEN'

WHEN: Jan. 26–31, 2021
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

"Dear Evan Hansen" follows a high school senior with social anxiety assigned by his therapist to write letters to himself about why each day will be good. His life changes when a classmate commits suicide and the boy's parents find one of Evan's self-addressed letters in his pocket. 

RIVERDANCE: 25TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW

WHEN: Feb. 16–20, 2021
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

For more than 25 years, nothing has carried the energy, sensuality and spectacle of Riverdance. Immerse yourself in the extraordinary power and grace of music and dance. 

'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.

'JERSEY BOYS'

WHEN: May 2021
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.

'PETER PAN'

WHEN: Sept. 2–Nov. 14, 2021
WHERE: Candlelight Dinner Playhouse
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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.

'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. 

'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.

'THE OTHER JOSH COHEN'

WHEN: TBA
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. 

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