Denver Theater Calendar 2017 & 2018

Catch a Denver theater performance during your stay in the Mile High City. The 2017 calendar includes many top Broadway shows and musicals such as Frozen, An American in Paris, and Mamma Mia.

You will also find dozens of newer and lesser-known shows in small, intimate theaters all around the city and in the surrounding communities.

Top Shows & Broadway Performances

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Frozen in Denver
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Dixie's Tupperware Party
First Date

Top Denver Theater Shows

Dixie's Tupperware Party

Dixie's Tupperware Party

July 19 - August 6

Garner Galleria

It's a Tupperware party like you've never seen before. Listen in as you see how this fast-talking Alabama trailer park Tupperware Lady became the best seller in the US.

During the party, you will hear funny stories, learn about her free giveaways, and more. It also includes some audience participation to keep you on your toes.

This hilarious Denver theater show runs for one hour and 30 minutes.

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus - LIVE!

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus

August 9 - 27

Garner Galleria

This adaptation of a best selling book by John Gray (1992) will have you laughing all night long. It's a one man show about the differences between the sexes. 

Topics include everything from dating to the bedroom. It's best to leave the kids at home for this fun, 90-minute performance.


Frozen

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August 17 - October 1

The Buell

Denver audiences will be the first to witness the highly anticipated musical adaptation of Disney's animated "Frozen" before it hits Broadway. Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and Kristoff move from screen to stage in the much-loved fairy tale about two orphaned sisters torn apart and their struggles to reunite.

From the makers of "The Lion King," "Mary Poppins," and "Beauty and the Beast," the production features songs from the film, including the Academy Award-winning "Let It Go."

Girls Only: The Secret Comedy of Women

Girls Only

September 21 - October 22

Garner Galleria

This comedy features a two-women cast and is a hilarious look at what it's like to be female. It all started when two authors found their childhood diaries and decided to take a peek at what their life was like.

It's full of funny songs and videos. You will also see funny sketch comedy and improv routines as well as audience participation.

This show focused on feminine related issues from tampons to menopause. 

Something Rotten!

Somethings Rotten

October 17 - 29

Buell Theatre

Something Rotten! follows the story of two brothers fighting for fame in the theater world in 1595. Their biggest competitor is a well known and popular writer by the name of William Shakespeare. 

This two act play originally opened on Broadway in 2015. Run time is 2 hours and 20 minutes with one intermission.


First Date

First Date

November 11, 2017 - April 22, 2018

Garner Galleria

The night when two romantics meet on a blind date. Aaron has never been on a blind date but Casey has been on plenty of them. See what unfolds on their awkward yet funny first date from Google background checks to bailout plans. 

Are they a perfect match or not? Find out what happens!


Rent 20th Anniversary Tour

RENT

November 14 - 19

Buell

See RENT on stage during their 20th Anniversary Tour. This award winning musical is set in the East Village of New York during the start of the AIDS epidemic. It's follows the lives of an AIDS infected dancer at an S&M nightclub and an aspiring film maker. 

Top songs include "I'll Cover You," "Out Tonight," and "Without You."


Chicago

Chicago the Musical

November 28 - December 3

Buell

Set in the 1920s Prohibition-Era Chicago, this award winning musical follows the life of crime reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins. It puts a satirical spin on the stories she's reported on including the corruption of the justice system. 

It also sheds light on hard core criminals becoming celebrities.

It's won numerous Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, Best Choreography, and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical.

Mannheim Steamroller: Christmas

Mannheim Steamroller

December 9 - 10

Buell

Celebrate Christmas and the season of lights with Mannheim Steamroller. Chip Davis created the group in 1974 and they have been a holiday favorite for years.

Some of the songs you will hear include "The Little Drummer Boy," "Angels We Have Heard on High," and "Joy the the World." Spend the evening with your entire family as you kick off the holiday season.

Elf: The Musical

Elf

December 13 - 17

Buell

Elf is the story of a young orphan child, William, that ends up in the North Pole after accidentally climbing into Santa's gift bag. He lives at the North Pole for years and finally sets off for New York City to find his real family.

The problem is that his father, along with many who live in NYC, don't believe in the spirit of Christmas and Santa powers his sleigh on this belief. William works hard to help those in his family and NYC believe in the spirit of Christmas.

This musical is based on the 2003 film with the same name.

Waitress

Waitress

December 19 - 31

Buell

This new Broadway musical is based on the 2007 movie with the same name. It's the story of a waitress that is unhappy in her marriage, Jenna Hunterson. She begins an affair with her gynecologist and shortly after learns she is pregnant. As she searches for answers to her problem, she finds out about a pie eating contest and the grand prize will get her out of this situation.

Waitress opened in August 2015 and transferred over to Broadway in March 2016. This two act plays runs for 2 hours and 30 minutes with one intermission.

The King and I

The King & I

January 2 - 14, 2018

Buell

The Denver theater production of the Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I is set for January 2018. This classic musical is based on the novel Anna and the King of Siam written by Margaret Landon.

The story is set in the 1860s as the King of Siam works to modernize his country. He hires a British schoolteacher to help and their relationship is full of conflict as well as an unspoken love for each other.

This Denver theater production runs for 2 hours and 55 minutes with one short intermission.

Stomp

STOMP

February 13 - 18

Buell

This high energy performance includes music, humor, and dance. Performers use a variety of instruments to make their music including garbage cans, brooms, hammer handles, and a kitchen sink.

Performances started in the UK in 1991. Since then, they have performed all around the world including a show at President Clinton's Millennium celebration in 2000.

Hamilton

Hamilton the Musical

February 27 - April 1, 2018

Buell

Hamilton the musical is taking the theater world by storm and it's one of the most anticipated shows this season.

It's a look at the life of Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of the United States. It's told through son and offers a slightly different look at his life.

The show runs for 2 hours and 45 minutes with one intermission.

Disney's Aladdin

Disney's Aladdin

April 6 - 28, 2018

Buell

If you loved the 1992 movie Aladdin, you will fall in love with its stage production. It includes three songs that were not used in the original film too.

It's a tale of a young man that finds a lamp and inside is a genie that offers the man three wishes. His wishes include the desire to marry the princess he is in love with, as well as the chance to take out his enemy.

This musical opened originally in Seattle in 2011 and made its way to Broadway in 2014. Aladdin runs for around 2 hours and 30 minutes with 1 intermission.

School of Rock

School of Rock

May 29 - June 10, 2018

Buell

School of Rock is another upbreat musical based on the film with the same name. It's the story of a struggling rock star that becomes a teacher. The talent of his students surprises him. He decides to use his fifth graders talent to form a band. His end goal is to have them win a local Battle of the Bands contest.

This show opened in June 2015 with its debut on Broadway in December of that year. It runs for about 2 hours and 30 minutes. It includes one intermission.

The Book of Mormon

Book of Mormon

June 13 - July 1, 2018

Ellie Caulkins

Follow two Momon missionaries as they travel through Uganda, Africa teaching about their religion. Written by the creators of South Park, this musical is a funny take on their belief system and pokes fun of The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints.

The stage debut for The Book of Mormon was in 2011. Since then, they have won numerous awards including several Tony Awards, Dram Desk Awards, and a Grammy.

Les Miserables

Les Miserables

July 25 - August 5, 2018

Buell

Les Miserables (often called Les Mis) is a musical based on a novel by French writer Victor Hugo. The story is set in France in the 1800s. 

It follows a French peasant who is seeking redemption after spending 19 years in prison, Jean Valijean. To start his new life, he ends up breaking his parole at the guidance of a local bishop. The police continually try to track him down.

The story includes a colorful cast of characters on his journey and is a must see at the Denver theater.

The show has won a number of awards including several Tony and Drama Desk awards.

On Your Feet

On Your Feet

August 8 - 19, 2018

Buell

Learn all about how two talented artists became international superstars, Emilio and Gloria Estefan. Sing along to your favorite his including "1-2-3," "The Rhythm in Gonna Get You," and "Get On Your Feet."

This Denver theater production is new and just opened on Broadway in November, 2015. It's already won several awards including the Tony Award for Best Choreography.

Run time is 2 hours and 15 minutes including one intermission.

Other Theater Productions In & Around Denver

Macbeth

MacBeth

September 15 - October 29

This classic tale by William Shakespeare was first performed on stage in the early 1600s. It's shows what happens when someone wants power for themselves and the mental and physical toll it takes to get there. 

Written during the time of James I, this tragic tale is famous and has been used in films, television, and other media. 

This five act play has a run time of around 2 hours and 30 minutes. 

Smart People

Smart People

October 13 - November 19

Smart People is a newer show written by Tony Award winning director Kenny Leon. It's the story about four Harvard intellectuals the night before Obama's first election. 

It's a funny story about social and sexual politics as well as a desire for love, identity and achievement.

It's run time is around two hours and 20 minutes.

Christmas Carol

Christmas Carol

November 24 - December 24

A Christmas Carol is the classic Dicken's play about Ebenezer Scrooge at Christmas Eve. On the evening before Christmas, he is visited by three ghosts that show him more about the impacts of his life decisions and teach him ways to change.

It's a great family tradition and a performance you will not want to miss this holiday season.

Zoey's Perfect Wedding

Zoey's Perfect Wedding

January 19 - February 28, 2018

What happens when your wedding day turns into a disaster? Zoey's Perfect Wedding is a story about Zoey's attempts to smooth out her wedding day when all starts to go wrong.

Where is the wedding planner? Why are her friends only absorbed in their own dramas? Find out more on stage at the Denver theater.


American Mariachi

American Mariachi

January 26 - February 25, 2018

A funny and heartwarming story about two women's desire and quest to form an all-female mariachi band.

It follows their struggles to win over in this male dominated genre, gain support from their families, and to find the right women for their group.


The Great Leap

The Great Leap

February 2 - March 11, 2018

The Great Leap is the story of when a friendly basketball game shows similar moves that often play out between countries with political tension.

The US heads to Beijing, China for a basketball game. It's shortly after the Cultural Revolution in China in the 1980s. During the game, both sides use their strengths to attempt to win the only way they know how.


Native Gardens

Native Gardens

April 6 - May 6

This funny Denver theater production shows what happens when neighbors don't quite agree. Two neighbors turn into enemies due to differences in cultures and gardening ideas.

It all starts when new neighbors move into the house next door. They throw a BBQ and get into a dispute about a long-standing fence line. It spirals out of control and shows how much the neighbors disagree on race, class, privilege and taste.

The Who's Tommy

The Who's Tommy

April 20 - May 27

Based on the 1969 rock opera Tommy, The Who's Tommy stage show is about a mute and deaf boy. Even though he struggles daily, he works hard to become a world famous Pinball Wizard. He also gains a cult of devotees.

Music and lyrics for The Who's Tommy are written by Pete Townshend. 


Human Error

Human Error

May 18 - June 24

A powerful piece on what happens after a major plane crash. As two of the investigators start a romance that could risk their lives, the lone survivor of the crash steps in to help. 

This Denver theater production runs from May 18 - June 24.


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