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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

An Evening of Dancing Horses

WHEN: Thru Jan. 19, 2024
WHERE: National Western Stock Show & Rodeo
An Evening of Dancing Horses® is known for bringing together the best equestrian talent from around the world, performing to the live music of Spinphony, a dazzling all-female electric string quartet. Enjoy an evening full of formal dressage, reining, liberty and other equestrian disciplines to wow any horse enthusiasts!


WHEN: Thru Jan. 20, 2024
WHERE: The People's Building, Aurora
A new twist on the sold-out October run of "Cuauhtémoczin," a mythological impressionist work that uses ancient mythology and the setting of prison to house the connection of Cuauhtémoc’s last message and Dante’s journey through life.


WHEN: Thru Jan. 21, 2024
WHERE: Lakewood Cultural Center, Lakewood
When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, a delivery boy rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right! Presented by Now Theatre Company.

'UNLEASHED': Bold, Sexy, Powerful Aerial + Burlesque Show

WHEN: Thru Jan. 27, 2024
WHERE: The Clocktower Cabaret
Unleash your inhibitions with Denver Dance's sexy and powerful bevy of aerial, circus, and burlesque performances. See them fly with lyra, silks, chains, swing poles, loops and invented apparatus... plus a dash of The Clocktower's brand of world-class burlesque!

'The Secret Comedy of Women - Girls Only'

WHEN: Thru Jan. 28, 2024
WHERE: Garner Galleria Theatre & Bar
Back by popular demand! You're invited to laugh with the women in your life until you cry…or pee. Experience this brilliant and uplifting female comedy that explores the woman’s world with joy, heart and intelligent wit. This fast-paced journey from girlhood to womanhood will reawaken the connections between you and your fellow gal pals. It’s no secret that every woman deserves a laugh like this.

'Truth Be Told'

WHEN: Thru Feb. 10, 2024
WHERE: Curious Theatre Company

A teenage boy carries an automatic weapon into his workplace. When the smoke clears, 14 people are dead. But what really happened? When a true crime writer comes to town to conduct an interview for a book on the shooting, a grief-stricken mother seeks to convince the skeptical journalist that her son has been framed. Exploring the nature of objective truth and the ways we manipulate it to serve our own ends, this world premiere is about mothers who care as deeply about their sons as the truth.

'Sensatia' Cabaret

WHEN: Thru Feb. 17, 2024
WHERE: The Arch, a Non Plus Ultra Venue

Prepare to be transported into an immersive performance experience blending spectacular acrobatic artistry, state-of-the-art visuals, live music, perfumery and a tantalizing selection of curated craft cocktails. Each extraordinary element is sure to arouse each of the five senses. Brought to life by internationally renowned Quixotic, "Sensatia" promises a stunningly seductive encounter like no other. In partnership with Non Plus Ultra.hat defined a generation, the legendary score includes ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’, ‘Gethsemane’ and ‘Superstar.’

The Clocktower Follies: Burlesque, Variety & Comedy Show

WHEN: Jan. 18 and 25, 2024
WHERE: The Clocktower Cabaret
Celebrate with a bevy of aerialists, circus performers, musicians, comedians,and of course... glitzy and glamorous burlesque and draglesque acts. Never the same show twice, every date presents a different cast of neo-vintage burlesque and variety acts!

'I'm Harvey Milk: Life Story of Harvey Milk'

WHEN: Jan. 19–20, 2024
WHERE: Ellie Caulkins Opera House
“I'm Harvey Milk" is a one-actor play that chronicles the life and times of LGBTQ+ rights leader Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to a major office in the United States. The play follows Milk's life from his youth through his days as a controversial and groundbreaking politician, including the stunning events surrounding his assassination in San Francisco City Hall and the trial of his killer that followed. 

'Dare To Be Sexy': A "Weird Al" Burlesque Tribute

WHEN: Jan. 19 and 26, 2024
WHERE: The Clocktower Cabaret
“Dare to Be Sexy” will pay homage to “Weird Al" Yankovich and all phases of his career, from his skewering of ‘80s icons to his recent takes on 2010s pop anthems to his own original compositions. Burlesque, comedy, live music and more will all be in the mix in this one-of-a-kind show that will dare us all to be stupid … and sexy!

'School of Rock'

WHEN: Jan. 19–Feb. 10, 2024
WHERE: PACE Center, Parker
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s "School of Rock – The Musical" is a two-hour, two-act show based on the hit movie. The show follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn some extra cash by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There, he turns a class of straight-A pupils into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. But can he get them to the Battle of the Bands without their parents and the school’s headmistress finding out?


WHEN: Jan. 19–Feb. 11, 2024
WHERE: Miners Alley Performing Arts Center, Golden
Paul Sheldon is “rescued” from a horrible car crash by his number one fan, nurse Annie Wilkes. Annie takes the famous romance novelist prisoner and insists on treating him at her rural Colorado home. Then she reads his latest manuscript and discovers he’s killed off her favorite character, Misery Chastain! When Annie forces Paul to do some major rewrites, Paul must write as though his life depends on it. An edge-of-your-seat thriller that balances dark comedy with psychodrama, based on the novel by Stephen King.

A Tribute to John Williams

WHEN: Jan. 20–21, 2024
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
An audience favorite returns as your Colorado Symphony celebrates the music of the legendary John Williams, including selections from his celebrated scores from films such as "Star Wars," "Harry Potter," "Jurassic Park" and more!

'Jesus Christ Superstar'

WHEN: Jan. 23–28, 2024
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

With lyrics and music by Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winners Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, "Jesus Christ Superstar" is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. 

'A Year With Frog and Toad'

WHEN: Jan. 24–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.

Candlelight: Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' & More

WHEN: Jan. 25, 2024
WHERE: Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum

Candlelight concerts bring the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience to awe-inspiring locations like never seen before in Denver. Get your tickets now to discover the music of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," Max Richter's "On the Nature of Daylight," George Gershwin's "Summertime" and more at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum under the gentle glow of candlelight.

Cirque du Soleil’s 'CORTEO'

WHEN: Jan. 25–28, 2024
WHERE: Budweiser Events Center, Loveland

Immerse yourself in a world of clownish charm and acrobatic wonder. "Corteo" is a joyous procession imagined by a clown. It unites actor passion with acrobat grace, evoking a theatrical realm of fun, comedy and spontaneity in a mystical space between heaven and earth. Prepare for a one-of-a-kind venue where the stage is central in the arena and divides the venue with each half of the audience facing the other half, giving a unique perspective of the show—a first for Cirque du Soleil!


WHEN: Jan. 26–Feb. 25, 2024
WHERE: Town Hall Arts Center, Littleton

"Urinetown" is a sidesplitting satirical musical that lambasts capitalism, environmental collapse, municipal politics and doomed star-crossed love. This three-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy has been praised for reinvigorating the very art form known as musical theater. In a sprawling but collapsing urban metropolis, a 20-year drought has caused a catastrophic water shortage that’s led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens of said metropolis must use public amenities owned and operated by an evil corporation that profits by charging admission to the most popular seat in the house, so to speak. A hero will arise. A revolution will be sparked. And an unlikely love story will unfold. But will any of it be enough to topple the corrupt and malevolent powers-that-be? Will the people ever again pee for free?


WHEN: Jan. 26–March 10, 2024
WHERE: Singleton Theatre

Three middle-aged Chicanas are forced to take an unexpected road trip from Albuquerque to Denver. Making their way north on I-25, they don’t travel for business or for pleasure. They just need to transport a dead body across state lines! Speeding past the familiar locales of Bernalillo, Santa Fe, Huerfano, Colorado Springs and Castle Rock, they reflect on shared family history and muse about the lives their daughters might live. On this seemingly endless stretch of highway, their bickering, laughter, singing and discoveries will fundamentally change—and strengthen—their relationship. New Mexican culture and the immutable bond of sisterhood take center stage in this outlandish comedy, which garnered stellar audience response at the 2022 Colorado New Play Summit. 

'MAD LIBrarians'

WHEN: Jan. 27, Feb. 3 and 10, 2024
WHERE: The Savoy Denver

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: Jan. 27–Feb. 11, 2024
WHERE: The Savoy Denver

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. 

'Clink, Clink! - A Love Story'

WHEN: Jan. 27–Feb. 11, 2024
WHERE: The People's Building, Aurora

Travel through time with Elliot and Olivia, two ordinary girls with an extraordinary connection, as they grow and navigate the blurred lines of love and friendship.


WHEN: Jan. 30–Feb. 4, 2024
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

After 25 years, "Chicago" is still the one musical with everything that makes Broadway shimmy-shake: a universal tale of fame, fortune, and all that jazz, with one show-stopping song after another and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. No wonder it's been honored with six Tony Awards®, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy®, and thousands of standing ovations! 


Coming Soon

'Le Cirque Risqué'

WHEN: Feb. 1–2, 2024
WHERE: ReelWorks Denver

Step right up and travel back in time and experience the glitz, the glamour, and the absurdities of a bygone era at Le Cirque Risqué! Discover a world of vintage enchantment and captivating performances. The air is thick with the aroma of popcorn, and the sounds of jazz music fill the atmosphere, setting the stage for an old-timey circus and burlesque sideshow like no other! Swing dance party with Reid Poole and the Night Owls to immediately follow the show. Vintage attire encouraged!

'Second Star On The Left: A Burlesque Musical'

WHEN: Feb. 1, 4, 8, 18, 22 and 29, 2024
WHERE: The Clocktower Cabaret

This burlesque musical takes you on an exciting and sexy journey of what happens when Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up, actually grows up! Lessons are learned, dreams are crushed, and tassels are twirled as we follow this icon of page and screen on a mission not just to survive the grown-up world, but also to find his passion in the process.

'Step Afrika!'

WHEN: Feb. 2, 2024
WHERE: Macky Auditorium, Boulder

"Step Afrika!" blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities, traditional Western and Southern African dances, and an array of contemporary dance and art forms into one compelling artistic experience. Performances are much more than dance shows—they integrate songs, storytelling, humor and audience participation.

'Honk! JR.'

WHEN: Feb. 2–4, 2024
WHERE: Northglenn Arts, Northglenn

Ugly looks quite a bit different from his darling duckling brothers and sisters. The other animals on the farm are quick to notice and point this out, despite his mother's protective flapping. Feeling rather foul about himself, the little fowl finds himself on an adventure of self-discovery, all the while unknowingly outwitting a very hungry Cat. Along the way, Ugly meets a whole flock of unique characters and finds out being different is not a bad thing to be.

'Jekyll & Hyde'

WHEN: Feb. 2–11, 2024
WHERE: Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Colorado Ballet will treat audiences to a Denver premiere of the full-length ballet "Jekyll & Hyde," inspired by the classic Gothic novella by Robert Louis Stevenson. Choreographer Val Caniparoli’s neoteric production explores the human psyche and capacity for both good and evil. Set to the music of acclaimed composers Frédéric Chopin, Krzysztof Penderecki, Henryk Górecki, Wojciech Kilar and Henryk Wieniawski and featuring scenic and costume design by David Israel Reynoso.

Family Concert: 'Peter and the Wolf'

WHEN: Feb. 3, 2024
WHERE: Lakewood Cultural Center, Lakewood

Bring the little ones as Lakewood Symphony Orchestra presents Family Concert: "Peter and the Wolf."

'MYTHOS': An Epic Variety & Burlesque Show

WHEN: Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2024
WHERE: The Clocktower Cabaret

Oh my Gods and Goddesses! Bellydance and Clocktower alum Taka presents an epic variety and burlesque show, weaving together a tapestry of myths and legends from around the globe and throughout history.


WHEN: Feb. 3–25, 2024
WHERE: Aurora Fox Arts Center, Aurora

The new season at the Aurora Fox will begin with the quick-witted comedy, "ART" by Yasmina Reza, playing in the Studio Theatre. Hailed as one of the most successful comedies of all time, “ART” is the winner of the Tony Award (Best Play), Olivier Award (Best New Comedy) and NY Drama Critics Award (Best Play).

'The Nacirema Society'

WHEN: Feb. 3–March 2, 2024
WHERE: The John Hand Theater on the CFU Lowry Campus

Every year since Emancipation, the Nacirema Society of Montgomery, Alabama, introduces six elegant African American debutantes to a world of wealth, privilege and social responsibility. This year, at its 100th anniversary, with young love brewing, old flames simmering and national media attention on hand, what could go awry? This warm and funny play from the Firehouse Theater Company takes place in 1964, 10 years after the bus boycott and just as Martin Luther King, Jr. is preparing for a massive voter registration drive. 

'Sister Act'

WHEN: Feb. 4, 2024
WHERE: Meow Wolf Denver

Rainbow Cult presents a celebration of the 1992 divine musical classic "Sister Act," with character performances by drag legends Miss Zarah Misdemeanor and Porsha Demarco-Douglas. This tribute will benefit special guests the Denver chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence! Come dressed to impress in your nunery finest, or honor Whoopi by wearing the color PURPLE! Rainbow Cult and Meow Wolf want you to celebrate this joyful joyful film in any way you like!

Passport to Culture 'Beauty and the Beast'

WHEN: Feb. 4, 2024
WHERE: Lone Tree Arts Center, Lone Tree

The beautiful Belle finds herself in a spell-bound castle held captive by a beast…does she fall in love with the Beast before the last petal falls from the enchanted rose? Or will the Beast’s selfishness cost him the world he once knew and the hand of the girl that has melted his heart? This show is filled with The Panto Company USA’s signature theatrical ingredients: lots of laughter, stunning costumes, music and plenty of magic.

'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.

'Springtime in Mourning'

WHEN: Feb. 29–March 1, 2024
WHERE: Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Northglenn
Exciting and evocative, Cleo II (the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance 2nd company) presents "Springtime In Mourning" in celebration of the power of the human spirit and the promise of hope. Featured works will include "Springtime In Mourning" by Cedric D. Hall, set to the music of Aaron Copeland; "Check Cashing Day" by Cleo Parker Robinson; and "Timber" by Winifred R. Harris. Cleo Parker Robinson Dance uses the universal language of dance to honor the African Diaspora, explore the human condition, champion social justice, unite people of all ages and races and ultimately celebrate the complexity of life through movement.

'Sphinx Virtuosi'

WHEN: March 20, 2024
Newman Center for the Performing Arts
Inspired by the poetry of Langston Hughes and Julia Alvarez, this dynamic, inspiring, self-conducted chamber orchestra will present a program showcasing the beauty and tradition of excellence inherent in classical music created and performed by Black and Latinx composers for many generations.

'A Raisin in the Sun'

WHEN: March 24–April 14, 2024
Newman Center for the Performing Arts
Be among the first people in Colorado to experience this powerful, musical retelling of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic, “A Raisin in the Sun.” This soulful and inspiring musical about a proud Black family’s quest for a better life in 1951 Chicago. Three generations of Walter Younger’s family live in a single, cramped apartment. But when Walter’s father passes away, and the family receives a substantial life insurance payout, grief gives way to hope. Walter wants to use the money to open a small business, while his mother wants to invest in homeownership outside the impoverished community in Southside Chicago and to pay for her daughter’s medical school education. 


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.

'Urban Bush Women: Legacy + Lineage + Liberation'

WHEN: April 12, 2024
Newman Center for the Performing Arts
Founded in 1984 by dance icon Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Urban Bush Women’s groundbreaking work centers women(+) and members of the African diaspora. "Legacy + Lineage + Liberation" is an evening of classic works that transcend genre, illuminating overlooked perspectives that contribute to our national conversation around equity and justice.

'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. 

'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: June 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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