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

'A Christmas Story'

WHEN: Thru Dec. 23, 2022
WHERE: Miners Alley Playhouse, Golden

All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family's temperamental exploding furnace; the boys' experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie's father winning a lamp shaped like a woman's leg in a net stocking; Ralphie's fantasy scenarios and more. "A Christmas Story" is destined to become a theatrical holiday tradition!

'Camp Christmas'

WHEN: Thru Dec. 24, 2022
WHERE: Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park, Lakewood

The season’s Camp-iest and most over-the-top holiday extravaganza is back! Journey through a fantastical wonderland of lights, dazzling decorations, music and memorabilia as you explore mesmerizing yuletide scenes spread across a six-acre landscape. Most importantly, "Camp Christmas" is an opportunity to rediscover (and reimagine!) the holiday spirit and connect with people you love.

'A Christmas Carol'

WHEN: Thru Dec. 24, 2022
WHERE: Wolf Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Essential to the holiday season, "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 “blessedly exhilarating!” (Westword) production illuminates the meaning of the holiday season in a way that has resonated for generations.

Colorado Ballet: 'The Nutcracker'

WHEN: Thru Dec. 24, 2022
WHERE: Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Featuring breathtaking new sets and costumes for the second year, Colorado Ballet invites you to follow Clara and her Nutcracker prince on the sweet, snow-dusted adventure only Tchaikovsky could score.


WHEN: Thru Dec. 30, 2022
WHERE: Town Hall Arts Center, Littleton

Jack Kelly and his newsboy pals dream of a better life than the hard streets of New York City, earning 26 cents a day for their grueling physical labor. Selling “papes” has been a challenge since the end of the Spanish-American War. When wealthy industrialists raise the price of paper bundles, cutting further into the Newsies’ meager profits, they decide to stand up for themselves; through song and dance, of course! This uplifting stage musical is based off the movie of the same name and is a fictionalized account of the real newsboy strike of 1899.

Disney’s 'Beauty and the Beast'

WHEN: Thru Dec. 31, 2022
WHERE: Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities, Arvada

Be our guest this holiday season with a tale as old as time! When a prince is transformed into a Beast by a spell that can only be broken by true love, it’s up to the bookworm Belle to not only accept his love — but truly love him in return. Disney’s "Beauty and the Beast" brings together talking teapots, dancing candlesticks and beloved original songs from the movie classic for an enchanting night the whole family will enjoy.

'Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation'

WHEN: Thru Jan. 1, 2023
WHERE: Garner Galleria Theatre & Bar in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

From "Frozen" to "Phantom of the Opera" to "Wicked," this all-new fall-down funny, satirical roast of more than 30 Broadway hits features outrageous costumes, silly spoofs of the songs you know by heart and madcap impressions by a stellar cast! Newer spoofs include "Hamilton," "Dear Evan Hansen" and "Moulin Rouge." 

'Mean Girls'

WHEN: Thru 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.

'A Made for TV Holiday Homicide'

WHEN: Thru Jan. 7, 2023
WHERE: Adams Mystery Playhouse

Don your favorite ugly holiday sweater and join the Adams Mystery Playhouse crew for the filming of the made-for-TV movie "Let The Snow Fall Where It May." However, not everyone on the set is in a festive mood as tempers flare. Will the winter jubilee be ruined by a dastardly murder?

'Theater of the Mind'

WHEN: Thru Jan. 22, 2023
WHERE: York Street Yards

"Theater of the Mind" from Denver Center for Performing Arts will take audience members through an immersive journey in a 15,000-square-foot historic warehouse within the adaptive reuse campus of  York Street Yards in the Clayton neighborhood. Audiences will explore how they perceive the world through sensory experiments that reveal the inner mysteries of the brain as they are led by a Guide whose stories are inspired by the creators' lives. It's a journey of self-reflection, discovery and imagination, inspired by and grounded in neuroscience, co-created by Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and writer Mala Gaonkar.

'Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story'

WHEN: Thru Jan. 28, 2023
Boulder's Dinner Theatre, Boulder
In just three short years, Buddy Holly set the music world on fire and forever changed the face and sound of rock and roll. Armed with a Fender Stratocaster guitar, his signature specs and a charismatic blend of rockabilly swagger, Buddy explodes onto the stage in this jukebox musical, fully loaded with classics like “Peggy Sue,” “Oh Boy,” “That’ll Be the Day,” “Well…All Right,” “Not Fade Away” and many more, with an encore that will have you on your feet and dancing in the aisles.

Top Secret Comedy Show at Denver Comedy Underground

WHEN: Thru March 25, 2023
Denver Comedy Underground
Denver's best comedy club brings you the best comedy, stand up and hilarious events every weekend, including special secret guests. These lineups are so good we legally can't tell you who they are!

'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.

'Hit & Run: Musical Improv'

WHEN: Thru Aug. 25, 2023 (Fridays)

Enjoy Colorado’s premier improvised musical comedy team and Denver’s longest-running improv comedy show! Hit and Run: Musical Improv® creates an hour-long, fully improvised, Broadway-style musical with live musical accompaniment, based on suggestions from the audience. You’ll see a brand new musical every week!

Coming Soon

'Laughs in Spanish'

WHEN: Jan. 27–March 12, 2023
WHERE: Singleton Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

A joyous, downright hilarious snapshot of Cuban and Colombian-American culture set in the heart of Miami’s Wynwood arts district. Art Basel is about to begin and Mariana, the director of a swanky modern art gallery, has a serious problem on her hands. Her showroom is an active crime scene. Part crime-comedy, part telenovela, and 100% chistoso, the play centers on Mariana and her impromptu support system, including her intern Carolina, a young police officer named Juan, and her mother Estella, a larger-than-life film and television star who insists on saving the show.

'Hotter Than Egypt'

WHEN: Feb. 10–March 12, 2023
WHERE: The Dorota & Kevin Kilstrom Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

No matter where you live, the ups and downs of married life are universal. For a middle-aged American couple traveling to Egypt, their relationship is put to the test when an old connection leads to new temptation. As the eager tourists strive to connect with Egyptian culture in an authentic way, they end up getting more than they bargained for as long-dormant marital issues begin to percolate. This quick-witted dramedy set in the heat of Cairo pits loyalty against attraction as its characters grapple with the ever-changing struggle of staying committed to their partners.


WHEN: March 21–April 2, 2023
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

What will it take to get two dozen powerfully passionate, exceedingly complicated and all-too-human individuals to settle their differences, while they hold the very future of a nation in their hands? "1776" comes to Denver with the celebrated Broadway cast that reflects multiple representations of race, gender and ethnicity. You may never think about our country—who we are and why—the same way again. 

'The Color Purple'

WHEN: March 31–May 7, 2023
WHERE: Wolf Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Few stories have had the cultural significance and lasting power of Alice Walker’s "The Color Purple." Beloved by audiences worldwide, the play traces one woman’s fraught journey towards freedom and self-love. The musical adaptation features awe-inspiring soul, gospel, jazz and blues vocals underpinned by raw dialogue and a masterful plot. It is a triumphant, uplifting piece of art that reaffirms some fundamental truths: that Black is beautiful, that women are powerful, and that love is love.


WHEN: April 14–16, 2023
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical "Anastasia" is on a journey to Denver at last! This dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love and family.  

'The 39 Steps'

WHEN: April 14–June 18, 2023
WHERE: Singleton Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Combine a film masterpiece by Alfred Hitchcock with a juicy spy novel and add a large splash of Monty Python humor. The result? A fast-paced whodunit with four versatile actors portraying more than 50 roles! It's London in 1935, and the rather dull Richard Hannay encounters a woman who claims to be a spy. When she is suddenly murdered, Richard finds himself the focus of a nationwide manhunt led by a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps.” A fresh take on the classic adventure-comedy, this is theatre at its best: an absurd, delightful journey that can only be brought to life on stage.

'Les Misérables'

WHEN: May 10–21, 2023
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Set against the backdrop of 19th century France, "Les Misérables" tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. This epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. The magnificent score includes the songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” “Master of the House” and many more. Seen by over 130 million people worldwide in 53 countries and 22 languages, "Les Misérables" is undisputedly one of the world’s most popular musicals.


WHEN: June 13–18, 2023
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

From the producer of "The Lion King" comes the timeless story of "Aladdin," a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.  

'The Book of Mormon'

WHEN: June 21–July 2, 2023
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

This outrageous musical comedy follows the adventures of a mismatched pair of Mormon missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. With standing room only productions in London, on Broadway and across North America, the nine-time Tony Award®-winning Best Musical "The Book of Mormon" has truly become an international sensation. 

'Jagged Little Pill'

WHEN: Aug. 16–27, 2023
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Joy, love, heartache, strength, wisdom, catharsis, LIFE—everything we’ve been waiting to see in a Broadway show— is here in the exhilarating, fearless new musical based on Alanis Morissette’s world-changing music. You live, you learn, you remember what it’s like to feel truly human… at "Jagged Little Pill."


WHEN: Sept. 5–17, 2023
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

It’s showtime! Based on Tim Burton’s dearly beloved film, this hilarious musical tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager whose whole life changes when she meets a recently deceased couple and a demon with a thing for stripes. 

'TINA - The Tina Turner Musical'

WHEN: Oct. 18–29, 2023
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Her voice is undeniable. Her fire is unstoppable. Her triumph is unlike any other. An uplifting comeback story like no other, "TINA – The Tina Turner Musical" is the inspiring journey of a woman who broke barriers and became the Queen of Rock n’ Roll.


WHEN: Nov. 21–26, 2023
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Holding onto hope when times are tough can take an awful lot of determination. And sometimes, an awful lot of determination comes in a surprisingly small package. Little Orphan Annie has reminded generations of theatergoers that sunshine is always right around the corner, and now the best-loved musical of all time is set to return in a new production—just as you remember it and just when we need it most.  


WHEN: Dec. 5–24, 2023
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

From Tudor queens to pop icons, the six wives of Henry VIII take the microphone to remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a euphoric celebration of 21st century girl power. This new original musical is the global sensation that everyone is losing their head over!

'Message In A Bottle'

WHEN: Feb. 13–25, 2024
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

"Message In A Bottle" is a spectacular new dance-theatre show from triple-Olivier Award nominee Kate Prince, set to the iconic hits of 17-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sting, including “Every Breath You Take,” “Roxanne,” “Walking On The Moon” and more. 


WHEN: April 10–28, 2024
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

The music. The showmanship. The icon. Now, the unparalleled artistry of the greatest entertainer of all time comes to Denver as "MJ," the Tony Award®-winning new musical centering on the making of the 1992 Dangerous Tour, begins a tour of its own. "MJ" is startin’ somethin’ as it makes its Colorado premiere at the Buell in April 2024.

'Company: A Musical Comedy'

WHEN: May 22–26, May 28–June 2, 2023
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

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 5 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, "Company" is “sophisticated, intimate and in-tune with the currents of modern life—brilliantly conceived and funny as hell.”


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.” 

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