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Performing Arts in Denver

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. 

This Month

'Bluey's Big Play'

WHEN: May 11–12, 2024
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

When Dad feels like a little bit of Sunday afternoon time out, Bluey and Bingo have other plans! Join them as they pull out all of the games and cleverness at their disposal to get Dad off that bean bag. "Bluey’s Big Play" is a brand-new theatrical adaptation of the Emmy® award-winning children’s television series, with an original story by Bluey creator Joe Brumm, and new music by Bluey composer, Joff Bush. Join the Heelers in their first live theatre show made just for you, featuring brilliantly created puppets brought to real life.

'A Year With Frog and Toad'

WHEN: Thru May 17, 2024
WHERE: Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities, Arvada

Based on the award-winning books by Arnold Lobel, "A Year With Frog and Toad" follows the adventures of two best friends—the cheerful Frog and the grumpy Toad—as they hop, sing and dance their way through a year of adventure. Journey through the four seasons alongside Frog and Toad, learning about friendship, caring and what makes each of us special. A theatre production for young audiences, this whimsical musical draws connection to literacy, social-emotional learning, and life sciences and is recommended for grades K through 5.

'MAD LIBrarians'

WHEN: May 4, 11 and 18, 2024
WHERE: Dairy Arts Center, Boulder

Whenever this team of buttoned-up librarians hears about a fantastic new book, they go wild. In each episode, buttons go flying as the MAD LIBrarians craft a new book title based on your suggestions and then—right before your very eyes—they act, sing, and shout that book out full-blast. Come visit the library that can’t ever keep quiet…no matter how hard its terribly serious and wonderfully silly librarians may try.

'What the Constitution Means to Me'

WHEN: May 3–19, 2024
WHERE: Dairy Arts Center, Boulder

During its 2019 run on Broadway, "What The Constitution Means to Me" received a tidal wave of critical praise, two Tony Award nominations and ultimately became a Pulitzer finalist. In this smart and timely comedy, Heidi Schreck resurrects her 15-year-old self who traveled the country competing in American Legion speech competitions to save money for college. Unearthing her perspective on the Constitution then and now, she delves into four generations of women in her family and how the founding document shaped their lives. 

'Les Sylphides'

WHEN: May 17–19, 2024
WHERE: Dairy Arts Center, Boulder

Boulder Ballet's spring production will deliver an evening of excellence with four works by world-renowned, classically-based choreographers who have shaped how we view ballet today. You’ll experience works that go from uplifting and lighthearted to fast and technical, showcasing the emotional range and impressive stamina of our dancers. This program features existing works from Christopher Wheeldon, Michael Smuin and Val Caniparoli, as well as the historic ballet "Les Sylphides" with refreshed choreography by Boulder's Ben Needham-Wood after Mikhail Fokine.

Passport to Culture: Cleo Parker Robinson Dance

WHEN: May 19, 2024; 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Lone Tree Arts Center, Lone Tree

Members of Cleo Parker Robinson’s Cleo II share the timeless magic of cultural storytelling through dance, music and spoken word. Join in celebrating the ways in which these wonderful stories honor our diversity and bring us together to strengthen our understanding and uplift community for all! There's also a sensory-inclusive show at 4 p.m.

'Inherit the Wind'

WHEN: Thru May 19, 2024
WHERE: Dairy Arts Center, Boulder

A science teacher in a small Southern town defies the law when he teaches the theory of evolution to his students. His case prompts a renowned fundamentalist politician/lawyer named Matthew Harrison Brady to offer his services as the prosecuting attorney. To combat this, Brady’s idealistic rival, Henry Drummond, arrives in town to defend the teacher and inadvertently ignites a media frenzy. "Inherit the Wind" is a fictionalized account of the 1925 Scopes “Monkey” Trial, which resulted in John T. Scopes‘ conviction for teaching Charles Darwin's theory of evolution to a high school science class, contrary to a Tennessee state law.

'The Emperor's New Clothes'

WHEN: May 4–June 1, 2024
WHERE: Miners Alley Playhouse, Golden

The Emperor loves his clothes! In fact, he cares more about his clothes than his people. Along come a pair of swindlers ready to take advantage of the gullible Emperor and his two town officials, and the story begins. Bring the kiddos and help the Emperor learn appearances are not everything and that honesty is the best policy.

'Where Did We Sit on the Bus?'

WHEN: Thru June 2, 2024
WHERE: Singleton Theatre

What follows is a theatrical mixtape of Bee’s life. It’s a one-person show that immerses the audience in elaborate, layered soundscapes by fusing Latin rhythms, hip-hop, and spoken word poetry. And it’s all made, in-person, in real time, through the magic of live music and storytelling. "Where Did We Sit on the Bus?" captures both the innocence of youth and the pressures that come with being the child of immigrants and asks, “What is my place? Where do I fit in?”

'Full Monty'

WHEN: Thru June 2, 2024
WHERE: Miners Alley Playhouse, Golden

This pop-rock musical send-up of gender expectations and stereotypes takes it all off! The 10-time Tony Award nominee musical mixes razor-sharp humor with toe-tapping pizzazz, for a must-see upbeat comedy. While spying on their wives at a girls' night out, a group of unemployed steelworkers from Buffalo sees how much they enjoy watching male strippers. The jealous guys come up with a bold, unclothed idea for making some quick cash. As they conquer their fears, self-consciousness, and prejudices, the men come to discover that they're stronger together. With their new courage and convictions, can these lovable misfits really pull it off? Packed with honest affection, engaging melodies, and the most highly anticipated closing number ever!

'The Lehman Trilogy'

WHEN: May 3–June 2, 2024
The Dorota & Kevin Kilstrom Theatre
In 1847, the Lehman brothers open a modest clothing shop in Alabama. But they have big dreams. They evolve as new opportunities arise. They capitalize on railroads, oil booms, personal computers, and, eventually, capital itself. They become so intertwined with the U.S. government and in the daily lives of millions of stakeholders that some begin to believe that Lehman Brothers, the institution, is too big to fail. Hailed as “a genuinely epic production” by The New York Times.


WHEN: May 22–June 2, 2024
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

"PHONE RINGS, DOOR CHIMES, IN COMES COMPANY." It’s Bobbie’s 35th birthday party, and all her friends keep asking, why isn’t she married? Why can’t she find the right man and isn’t it time to settle down and start a family? As Bobbie searches for answers, she discovers why being single, being married, and being alive in the 21st-century could drive a person crazy. Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, "Company" features Stephen Sondheim’s award-winning songs "You Could Drive a Person Crazy," "The Ladies Who Lunch," "Side by Side by Side" and the iconic "Being Alive." Let’s all drink to that!

'Cullud Wattah'

WHEN: May 18–June 15, 2024
WHERE: Curious Theatre Company

This time-bending play takes on the Flint Water Crisis and dives deep into the poisonous choices of the outside world, the contamination within, and how we make the best decisions for our families’ futures when there are no real, present options. This Regional Premiere features an intergenerational cast of all Black Women joined in song, in reckoning and in ritual.


WHEN: May 24–June 23, 2024
WHERE: Littleton Town Hall Arts Center, Littleton

Big-city stars set themselves on a collision course with small-town PTA politicians in this sequin-covered musical comedy. Fresh off a humiliating and high-profile flop, four of Broadway’s brassiest, sassiest stars decide to put themselves back in the spotlight by finding a noble cause to champion. As luck (and social media) would have it, a high school in Indiana has gotten itself into some controversy surrounding its prom. A sweet, courageous young woman wants to take her girlfriend to the dance. But the conservative faculty members and self-righteous parents in the community will stop at nothing to deny the same-sex couple their spin around the dance floor. Enter the quirky Broadway quartet on the rescue, inviting the students to be the kick-ball-change they want to see in the world!


Coming Soon

3rd Law Dance/Theater

WHEN: June 1, 2024
WHERE: Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities

3rd Law Dance/Theater is an award-winning contemporary dance company that has been creating original theatrical and site-specific work for over two decades. This evening of dance will feature the many different collaborations that define 3rd Law's body of work: visual art, music, digital media and theater in conversation with the company of dancers. Live performance collaborations will include Philip Sneed (Arvada Center President & CEO) and musicians Elisa Garcia and Conor Brown.

Denver Gay Men's Chorus: Divas, Icons and Justice Warriors

WHEN: June 3, 2024
WHERE: Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities

DGMC'S Pride Month concert event is a tribute to the music and performers of legendary women. From Billie Holiday to Lady Gaga, Barbra Streisand to J.Lo, and Judy Garland to Adele, these artists helped teach the gay community how to find their true selves and community.

'Broadway’s Next Hit Musical'

WHEN: June 12–30, 2024
WHERE: Garner Galleria Theatre & Bar

Every song is fresh. Every scene is new. Every night is different. It’s all improvised and it’s all funny. "Broadway’s Next Hit Musical" is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. Have you heard of the TONY Awards? Well, "Broadway’s Next Hit Musical" is…The PHONY Awards! Audience members write down made-up song titles and our master improvisers gather these suggestions and present them as “nominated songs” for this coveted award, creating spontaneous scenes and songs filled with dancing, catchy melodies, and tons of laughter. The audience votes for their favorite song and watches as the cast turns that song into a full-blown improvised musical – complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue and plot twists galore.

'Women of Resolution'

WHEN: June 17, 2024
WHERE: Dairy Arts Center, Boulder

"Women of Resolution" weaves the stories of four Colorado women—Ingrid Encalada Latorre, Sandra Lopez, Rosa Sabido and Araceli Velasquez—who took sanctuary to prevent the separation of their families through deportation. Guest readers include Boulder County Sheriff Curtis Johnson and District Attorney Michael Dougherty. Featuring award-winning photos of Joel Dyer and musician Teresita Lozano. This performance of is part of Motus’ event series “There no THEM in U.S.,” a celebration of art and stories that help US in the U.S recognize our shared humanity through powerful personal stories at the intersections between immigrant rights, LGBTQIA+ rights, racial justice and criminal legal reform.

'Disney's Frozen'

WHEN: June 19–July 3, 2024
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

"Frozen" features the songs you know and love from the original Oscar®-winning film, plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers by the film’s songwriters. for an unforgettable theatrical experience filled with sensational special effects, stunning sets and costumes, and powerhouse performances. It's everything you want in a musical: It’s moving. It’s spectacular. And above all, it’s pure Broadway joy.

Passport to Culture: ArtistiCO

WHEN: June 23, 2024; 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Lone Tree Arts Center, Lone Tree

ArtistiCO is a local dance company that is dedicated to bringing the art of dance to the hearts of their community. They embrace various dance techniques including Mexican folk dance, classical and contemporary ballet. By promoting Latinx culture and history through dance, ArtistiCO serves as a bridge between nations, connecting people locally, nationally and internationally. There's also a sensory-inclusive show at 4 p.m.


WHEN: July 24–Aug. 25, 2024
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

"WICKED," the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.” 

'Kimberly Akimbo'

WHEN: Sept. 1–29, 2024
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Kim is a bright and funny New Jersey teen, who happens to look like a 72-year-old lady. And yet her aging condition may be the least of her problems. Forced to maneuver family secrets, borderline personalities and possible felony charges, Kim is determined to find happiness in a world where not even time is on her side. This musical about growing up and growing old (in no particular order), was named BEST MUSICAL by the New York Drama Critics Circle, The Drama Desk Awards, The Lucille Lortel Awards, and The Outer Critics Circle Awards.


WHEN: Sept. 13–Oct. 6, 2024
WHERE: Wolf Theatre

Arguably one of the greatest plays of all time, "Hamlet" is a psychological revenge thriller, political epic and family saga that’s both grand and deeply human. When Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home after his father’s death, he finds his mother remarried to his uncle and his father’s spine-chilling apparition roaming the palace grounds. Commanded by his father’s ghost to avenge his brutal murder, Hamlet’s burden to reclaim the reins of the kingdom becomes a perilous journey through the psyche. Packed with unforgettable characters and famous lines, Artistic Director Chris Coleman will helm the DCPA’s iconic season opener.  

'I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter'

WHEN: Sept. 27–Nov. 3, 2024
The Dorota & Kevin Kilstrom Theatre
This vibrant and poignant adaptation of Erika L. Sánchez’s New York Times bestseller follows Júlia, a Chicago high schooler who is definitely not your perfect Mexican daughter. That’s her older sister Olga’s role. But everything in Júlia’s life weighs heavier after Olga dies in a tragic accident, leaving Júlia to manage her family’s grief and unravel the secret truth—that her sister may not have been so perfect after all. "I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter" is a love story to young Chicanas who, in trying to find the truth about the people and the world around them, end up finding themselves.


WHEN: Oct. 4–Nov. 17, 2024
WHERE: Singleton Theatre

Meet Roya, your fabulous hostess, as she welcomes you into her home to celebrate Nowruz, the Iranian New Year. She’s preparing a feast, but the main attraction is Roya sharing her great American journey from Tehran to “Tehran-geles,” California. Get ready for the time of your life with this hilarious and deeply personal tribute to the playwright’s mother, exquisitely portrayed by the person who knows her best—her son. Traditions, humor and passionate storytelling transform this tale of family bonds into an unforgettable theatre event!

'A Christmas Carol'

WHEN: Nov. 22–Dec. 29, 2024
WHERE: Wolf Theatre

Celebrate 30 years of "A Christmas Carol" at the Denver Center! Essential to the holiday season in Denver, "A Christmas Carol" is a joyous and opulent musical adaptation for the whole family that traces money-hoarding curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge’s triumphant overnight journey to redemption. Based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel, the DCPA Theatre Company’s production is “a splendidly festive tradition” (BroadwayWorld) that illuminates the meaning of the holiday season in a way that has resonated for generations.

'The Reservoir'

WHEN: Jan. 17–March 9, 2025
WHERE: Singleton Theatre

Josh’s life is a mess. He’s come home to Denver from NYU to get his life together but can’t manage to stay sober. Struggling with fogginess, memory loss, shame and regret, he finds unlikely allies in his four loveable grandparents. "The Reservoir," by Denver native Jake Brasch, left audiences buzzing at the 2023 Colorado New Play Summit. Join us for the World Premiere production of this hilarious and heartbreaking story at the DCPA next season!

'The Suffragette’s Murder'

WHEN: Feb. 7–March 9, 2025
WHERE: The Dorota & Kevin Kilstrom Theatre

On the morning of July 5, 1857, an eclectic group of tenants bustle about their Manhattan boarding house, arranging the final details of a clever scheme they hope to pull off in the name of the budding women’s suffrage movement. As they prepare to host an important secret gathering, they receive an unexpected visit from a constable. One of the tenants has been murdered! The odd bunch must then band together in an elaborate ruse to throw the constable off their scent. His investigation, however, reveals much more than murder motives and rabble-rousing. It becomes an examination of early American suffrage movements, the struggle to define “a woman’s place,” and the political systems that have historically sought to snuff out feminist voices.

'Colorado New Play Summit'

WHEN: March 1–2, 2025
WHERE: Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex

At the Colorado New Play Summit, meet some of theatre’s most ambitious writers while helping them fine-tune their newest works. Listen to play readings by fabulous actors, give your feedback on where you think the story should go, and enjoy two fully produced Theatre Company productions: the world premieres of "The Reservoir" and "The Suffragette’s Murder," both of which were featured readings at the 2023 Summit. The inspiration doesn’t stop with the plays. Talk with the featured playwrights, directors, actors and other creatives over tasty meals and at special events like the Summit Wrap Party. It’s your chance to meet the brightest minds in the craft and play an integral part in the future of Colorado theatre.

'Little Shop of Horrors'

WHEN: April 11–May 18, 2025
WHERE: Wolf Theatre

Feast on the Denver Center’s production of a beloved sci-fi musical that has rocked the globe for generations!   The meek, yet nurturing, Seymour Krelborn is perennially down on his luck. Working at a flower shop on Skid Row, he’s infatuated with his co-worker Audrey, but she is caught in a toxic relationship with a sadistic dentist. One day, Seymour chances upon a strange and mysterious new plant cutting, which he nurses back to health. When he discovers the flytrap’s appetite for human blood, it thrives and begins to sing for its supper. But when Audrey II’s bloodlust becomes insatiable, Seymour must take a stand to prevent the carnivorous plant from world domination.

'The Hot Wing King'

WHEN: April 25–May 25, 2025
WHERE: The Dorota & Kevin Kilstrom Theatre

On the eve of the annual Hot Wang Festival in Memphis, Tennessee, Cordell Crutchfield thinks he has finally found a recipe that will land him the coveted title of Hot Wang King. He has assembled a raucous team of sous chefs, comprised of his beau Dwayne and close friends Big Charles and Isom. The four-man team is cooking with plenty of spice and innuendo on prep night until a family emergency thrusts Dwayne’s troubled nephew into the mix. With the crown, prize money, and their relationship on the line, Cordell and Dwayne are forced to reckon with what it means to be a Black man, a father figure and part of a loving family. Winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize, "The Hot Wing King" by Katori Hall is a boisterous, in-your-face dramedy guaranteed to leave you salivating for a second helping.

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