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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. 

'GOODNIGHT MOON'

Ends Feb. 16, 2020
WHERE: DPAC/The Randy Weeks Conservatory Theatre

Your little ones will love this beloved children's tale come to life and set to music! Say goodnight to Bunny with magical moments filled with songs, kittens and mittens, bears and chairs, a red balloon and – of course – the moon.

WORLD PREMIERE: 'YOU LOST ME'

Ends Feb. 23, 2020
WHERE: The Ricketson Theatre at Denver Center for the Performing Arts

This Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Festival finalist is a  bright new drama that follows the Harvey family from 1828, when Ann Harvey saved 160 Irish people from a wreck off of Newfoundland’s Shipwreck Coast, to the present day, when the Harvey family homestead has become the Shipwreck Inn.

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Ends Mar. 22, 2020
WHERE: Garner Galleria Theatre & Bar

The Bard meets improv in this entirely unscripted show that creates a new and fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece each and every night based on audience suggestion.

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 

'SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL'

WHEN: Jan. 28–Feb. 9, 2020
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Donna Summer risked it all to break through barriers. Follow her story from gospel choir singer to dancefloor diva in this musical, which features more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits, including “Bad Girls,” “Love to Love You Baby" and “Hot Stuff.”

GILBERT & SULLIVAN: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE

WHEN: Jan. 31–Feb. 1, 2020
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Take a rollicking romp over the rocky coast of Cornwall in this exuberant musical theater masterpiece. The rich sounds of the Colorado Symphony, the Colorado Symphony Chorus and vocal soloists resonate with classic elegance and power.

WORLD PREMIERE: 'TWENTY50'

WHEN: Jan. 31–Mar. 1, 2020
WHERE: Space Theatre

It's 2050, and Latinx people have been assimilated into the U.S. majority, but race issues are far from resolved. In this tricky political environment, Andres Salazar is running for office and must decide whether or not identifying himself as a Mexican American will win more votes. On the brink of our upcoming 2020 presidential election, this suspenseful thriller peels back the façade of campaign-trail craziness to reveal how personal truths can get blurred.

'PETER PAN'

WHEN: Jan. 31–Feb. 9, 2020
WHERE: Ellie Caulkins Opera House

"Peter Pan" will take audiences on a high-flying adventure to Neverland. With choreography by Michael Pink and music by Philip Feeney, this ballet features the same artistic duo that created the acclaimed ballet "Dracula," which Colorado audiences will recall from sold-out performances in the fall of 2017.

'MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 LIVE'

WHEN: Feb. 15, 2020
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Don't miss your last chance to sit in the same theater with your favorite movie-riffing characters as they take you on a rollercoaster ride through some of the cheesiest films ever made.

COLORADO NEW PLAY SUMMIT

WHEN: Feb. 15–16 and 21–23, 2020
WHERE: Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA)

Celebrate new work from visionary artists. Over two weekends, you'll get to hear work-in-progress readings from summit playwrights, as well as watch the world premieres of "twenty50" by Tony Meneses and "You Lost Me" by Bonnie Metzgar, both featured as readings at last year's New Play Summit.

'RENT' 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR

WHEN: Feb. 28–Mar. 1, 2020
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

"RENT" follows a year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams in New York. With its message of joy and hope, this timeless celebration of creativity and friendship will remind you to measure your life in love.

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