Denver Theater Calendar 2018 - 2019

Catch a Denver theater performance during your stay in the Mile High City. The 2018 - 2019 calendar includes many top Broadway shows and musicals such as The King and I, Hamilton, and First Date.

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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Top Denver Theater Shows

School of Rock

School of Rock

May 29 - June 10, 2018

Buell Theatre

School of Rock is another upbeat 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 Opera House

Follow two Mormon 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 Latter-day Saints.

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

sex tips for straight women from a gay man

Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man

July 12 - August 5, 2018

Garner Galleria Theatre

This comedy is sure to titillate you and excite you as this trip filled with taboo tips will make you laugh all show long. Robyn, the shy moderator of this monthly author meeting, invites Dan Anderson, the author of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man to present there. 

The studly Stefan, the third of our group, is going to help present with a sexy and saucy style. Will love be the outcome when all the tips are used? Find out at the show!

The running time for this show is one hour and fifteen minutes and there are no intermissions for this Denver theater production.

Les Miserables

Les Miserables

July 25 - August 5, 2018

Buell Theatre

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 Theatre

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.

The improvised SHAKESPEARE company

The Improvised Shakespeare Company

September 13 - 30, 2018

Garner Galleria Theatre

Explaining the plot of this show is gonna be a toughie. Why? Because each show is entirely different and entirely original. Each of the 5 male actors wear the same outfits, there is no set to speak of and they play male, female or anything else that written by The Bard.

Think of everything that Shakespeare has written, throw it into a messy pile of whatever, and then have it acted out live without a script. Then realize that you will be laughing harder than you can even imagine during the show. Yep, I believe that covers this Denver theater production.

The running time for this show is one hour and fifteen minutes with no intermissions.

dear evan hansen

Dear Evan Hansen

September 25 - October 13th, 2018

Buell Theatre

Evan is a high school senior, with high school anxiety, and gives him a difficult time making friends and being social. During the play, one of classmates dies, and he devises a lie that brings him in contact, and closeness, to the late classmate's family.

This play had its world premiere in 2015, so you are going to see a musical that is new and exciting while you enjoy Dear Evan Hansen. 

The running time is about 2 hours and thirty minutes and has one intermission at the Denver theater show.

Love never dies: the sequel to the phantom of the opera

Love Never Dies

October 23 - 28, 2018

Buell Theatre

Andrew Lloyd Webber's sequel to the amazing Phantom of The Opera comes to Denver during its North American tour. The phantom moves to New York and lives among the side shows of the magical Coney Island. However, he still loves Christine and wants to be with her.

The Phantom finds out that Christine has become a famous singer and has been invited by Oscar Hammerstein to christen his new opera house. The Phantom devises a plan to win back her love and...you'll have to see the show to find out what happens to them! This show's set, costumes, and music is amazing. 

The running time is 2 hours and 20 minutes with one intermission.

Xanadu

Xanadu

November 3, 2018 - April 28, 2019

Garner Galleria Theatre

If you love disco, and the 1980s, or just want to imagine what it was like to live during that time, Xanadu is the musical show for you and everyone else you know! This comedic show has won numerous awards and it a blast for all who attend it.

Sonny, a chalk artist, has decided he's had enough of this life and wants out. Luckily, several Greek Muse sees his sadness and decides to save his life. The Muses must wear roller skates, wear leg warmers, and use Australian accents. And that is just the starting point for the silliness of this wonderful show.

The show runs about 90 minutes with no intermission.

come from away

Come From Away

November 13 - 25, 2018

Buell Theatre

Based on a true story when 38 planes were diverted to Gander, Newfoundland when the attacks on the Twin Towers occurred on 9/11. What could be a horrible experience for all involved, became a magical, experience of everyone that had come from away coming together.

This Denver theater musical has characters based on actual people, and many times use the people's names, to make it more powerful and real. The Broadway version of this show was nominated for 7 Tony Awards and won for Best Direction of a Musical.

The run time for the Denver theater production is one hour and 40 minutes with no intermissions.

irving berlin's white christmas

White Christmas

December 5 - 15, 2018

Buell Theatre

Based on the wonderful 1954 film of the same name, this musical is a must see for those that love Christmas and everything related to it. Watch as two song-and-dance men attempt to put on a show at a beautiful Vermont Inn during the winter season. Little do they know that they will fall for two gorgeous sisters during their time there.

Start with the incredible Irving Berlin's songs, fantastic dancing, costumes, and sets, and then add in dancing, laughter, and more importantly, a little love, and this is a winter classic that will keep you warm for the rest through to Spring!

This Denver theater show has a running time of 2 hours and 20 minutes with one intermission.

cirque eloize: hotel

Cirque Eloize Hotel

December 19 - 23, 2018

Buell Theatre

Founded in 1993, in the city of Montreal, Canada, this circus has traveled to over 500 cities in 50 countries. The beauty of this production is based on the characters passing through this magnificent hotel and their stories as they intertwin with each other and then separate as they go on their ways to somewhere else.

This production magically combines dance, live music, acrobatics, theater, high flying action, and so much more to let you enter a world like you have never experienced before or will again!

Running time is to be announced.

A bronx tale

A Bronx Tale

January 8 - 20, 2019

Buell Theatre

This musical will make you feel what it is like being a gangster during the 1960s with all of New York's Bronx neighborhood tough guys you can imagine. A tale of respect, loyalty and choices for family over the mob, this musical is a must see.

Taking over 10 years to develop, this musical was written by stage and screen star, Chazz Palminteri, and music by Alan Menken, and is a new classic. 

The running time for this Denver theater show is 2 hours and includes one intermission.

rock of ages: 10th anniversary tour

Rock of Ages

January 25 - 17, 2019

Buell Theatre

A love story that is set in Los Angeles and features glam rock and fashion is the heart of this musical. This show includes over 25 songs from bands such as Journey, Twisted Sister, Poison, Europe and many more that you will be sure to remember and either bang or laugh your head off to at it.

One of the reasons people love this show so much is that the actors often break the "fourth wall" and interact directly with the audience. It is a rock show like no other and you can become part of the show!

The running time of this performance is 2 hours and 15 minutes with one intermission.

bat out of hell: The Musical

Bat out of Hell

February 6 - 17, 2019

Buell Theatre

Based on Meatloaf's famous album of the same name, this is an updated rock and roll adventure based on the classic story of Peter Pan and Wendy. However, the characters are now Strat, the leader of The Lost gang. Strat then falls in love with Raven, who is the daughter of the horrible Falco, and they have to figure out how to build their love and live their lives. 

Expect to be rock and rolled all through the show as the music of Meatloaf is featured and fits perfectly.

The running time of this show is 2 hours and 40 minutes with one intermission during this Denver theater performance.

the play that goes wrong

The Play That Goes Wrong

March 5 - 17, 2019

Buell Theatre

The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, known for their not so professionally done dramatic performances, has been asked to present a show named The Murder at Haversham Manor.

Sadly, the production is worse than anything you can imagine which allows you to see all the mistakes, goofs, and silliness that will make you laugh for the whole show. This hilarious play has been nominated for numerous awards and won the Laurence Olivier Best New Comedy award in 2015.

The running time for this Denver theater show is 2 hours with one intermission.

betty buckley in hello, dolly!

Betty Buckley Hello Dolly!

March 27 - April 7, 2019

Buell Theatre

Tony Award winning Betty Buckley stars in this classic musical that is loved by any Broadway show fan. The Denver theater production focuses on the matchmaker, Dolly Levi, as she goes to New York to find a match for the notorious cheapskate and tightwad, Horace Vandergelder.

First produced in 1964, this show has won over 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. This musical has become so beloved that there was even a movie named, Hello Dolly! that won 3 Academy Awards in 1969!

The show runs for 2 hours and 40 minutes with one intermission.

cats

Cats

April 24 - 28, 2019

Buell Theatre

Come and frolic with the tribe of Jellicle Cats on the one night when they all return and the "Jellicle Choice" is made. This Andrew Lloyd Webber has been performed since 1981 and is the fourth longest running Broadway show in history.

This production is famous for incredible singing, incredible costumes, and incredible sets. The show is too expansive to explain the plot but suffice to say that it is a must see for anyone who loves live theater.

This Denver theater performance of Cats has a running time of 2 hours and 40 minutes with one intermission.

wicked

Wicked

May 8 - June 9, 2019

Buell Theatre

Based on the classic Wizard of Oz, this story takes a different view of the Land of Oz and the two witches that live there. Elphaba, who becomes the Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda, the Good Witch, who are originally friends and then become rivals.

Much of this amazing musicals' story deals with who, and what, is good and who, and what, is evil in the Land of Oz's world. And, by extension, it makes us look at that same issues while also entrancing us with amazing acting, songs, and sets. 

Running time for this show is 2 hours and 30 minutes with a 15 minute intermission.

Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler On The Roof

June 11 - 16, 2019

Buell Theatre

It is 1905 in Russia, Tevye, his wife, and their five daughters are trying to maintain their Jewish beliefs while also adjusting to the changing world. Tevye believes in tradition, but he also believes in moving forward and allowing for freedom and new thoughts. 

Tevye's open-mindedness is put to the test when his daughters choose their partners, when the Imperial Russian soldiers interfere with their village, and when customs and his faith may not answer his questions. This musical has some of the most memorable songs in all of Broadway theaters and you will want to sing along with them.

This Denver theater production show has a running time of 2 hours and 45 minutes with one intermission.

charlie and the chocolate factory

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

July 9 - 28, 2019

Buell Theatre

"I said good day!" is one of the classic lines from this amazing musical and favorite of children, adults, and kids of all ages. And, when you watch this amazing show, you definitely will have a good day, and night, during it.

Based on the 1964 novel, Charlie is a young boy who comes from a very poor family. He wins a golden ticket to go to the Chocolate factory and possibly take over for the retiring Willie Wonka. You'll have to watch the show to find out whether he wins or not!

Running time for this show is 2 hours and 30 minutes with one intermission.

anastasia

Anastasia

August 7 - 18, 2019

Buell Theatre

Situated in 1907's St. Petersburg, Russia, this musical focuses on the amazing Anastasia and her escape from the Bolsheviks and the revolution. She escapes, moves to France, loses her memory, and forgets who she is during the trauma.

Two shifty characters, Dmitry and Vlad Popov, decide to start a trick and find a girl that looks just like Anastasia, so they can make some money on the scam. Little do they know that she is the real Anastasia and her memory starts to come back to her. To find out more about Anastasia, and her amazing life, you'll have to see this Denver theater production of the show!

The show has a running time of 2 hours and 25 minutes with one intermission.

Other Theater Productions In & Around Denver

Native Gardens

Native Gardens

April 6 - May 6, 2018

Space Theatre

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.

This Denver theater production has a running time of 1 hour and 30 minutes and there is no intermission.

The Who's Tommy

The Who's Tommy

April 20 - May 27, 2018

Stage Theatre

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. 

The running time for this show is 2 hours and 15 minutes with one intermission.

Human Error

Human Error

May 18 - June 24, 2018

Garner Galleria Theatre

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.

Remote Denver

Remote Denver

May 22 - July 1, 2018

Starts at Lincoln Park: Corner of 13th Avenue & Mariposa Street

This interactive Denver theater performance, where you can be both a spectator and also an actor, is unlike any you will experience anywhere else. You and 50 other people will take an guided computer voice audio tour through the Mile High City and learn more all of its secrets. 

Unlike most shows this is the debut in Denver, so you will be one of the first people that participate in this wonderful 360 degree experience!

The running time of this show is about 2 hours and the walking distance is about 2.5 miles.

NOTE: This show is recommended for ages 13+. Anyone under the age of 18 must have an adult present with them. Because of the time and walking distance, children ages 6 and under will not be permitted. 

mixed taste

Mixed Taste

July 11 - August 22, 2018

Seawell Ballroom

The Mixed Taste: Tag Team Lectures is a wonderful way to learn more about something that you'd never imagine, in a way you'd never imagine, in an experience you'd never imagine.

Each show in this series combines two different speakers and subjects, who seem to have no connection to each other, and the debates include questions from the audience that speakers answer at the same time. And since the speakers have absolutely different backgrounds, the answers, and the debate, can and will go to places they, and you, won't expect. An example of one of the debate topics is Crop Circles and Prenuptial Agreements.

This Denver theater production will run about 75 - 90 minutes with no intermissions.

Into the woods

Into The Woods

July 12 - August 5, 2018

Space Theatre

If you think you know the truth about Rapunzel, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and other Grimm's fairy tales, you are in for a surprise at this wonderful musical. A family has been cursed by a witch and meets many of these characters as they travel on their way. Each character in the play has their own wish, and even though wishes would seem to be good, there are also problems that come along with them.

With music by the incredible Stephen Sondheim you know this will be a magical show. It has won Tony Awards, Drama Desk Awards, and Disney made a film by the same name starring Johnny Depp.

This Denver theater production has a running time of 3 hours and includes on intermission.

Beautiful - the carole king musical

Beautiful

September 4 - September 9, 2018

The Ellie

This musical follows the life and story of Carole King's life and how she became the world renown musician she is today. Beginning with her husband, and song co-writer Gerry Goffin, Carole wrote songs such as I Feel The Earth Move, You've Got a Friend, and the song that was one of Arethea Franklin's greatest hit, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.

This musical pays tribute both to her, and to her ability to adapt to the changing times while still being timely. Beautiful won two Tony Awards in 2014.

This Denver theater musical has a running time of 2 hours and 30 minutes with a 15 minute intermission.

Oklahoma!

Oklahoma

September 7 - October 14, 2018

Stage Theatre

This classic musical, originally produced by the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein, will take you back to the days of cow pokes on the Oklahoma range. The story starts with the spunky and tough Laurey, who is in charge of her aunt's farm, and two men that fall heads over heels in love with her.

The confident cowboy, Curly, and the surly farmhand, Jud, are both in competition to win her hand. Laurey has to make a tough decision on who she wants to settle down with and find happiness. Oklahoma! ran for over 2,000 shows on Broadway when it opened, so you know you will see one of the best musicals when you see this fun and frolicking Denver theater production.

This show has a running time of about 2 hours and 30 minutes with one interruption.

The Constant wife

The Constant Wife

September 21 - October 21, 2018

Space Theatre

The famous author, W. Somerset Maugham, wrote this play in 1926 and it focuses on Constance Middleton, who is an intelligent, confident, and wife of a London doctor. While her best friend, Marie-Louise, and her husband are having an affair, Constance continues on pretending nothing is happening between them.

When she is confronted by Marie-Louise's husband, she states that being a wife is worthless, and that she will become utterly independent in every way. She accomplishes this rather daunting feat, especially for the times that it was written and performed and has inspired women almost a century!

The running time for this Denver theater production is 2 hours and 20 minutes with one intermission.

corduroy

Corduroy

October 5 - December 9, 2018

Conservatory Theatre

The cute Teddy Bear, Corduroy, has been waiting for to go to a home with someone to love him. The wonderful Lisa decides she wants to take Corduroy home, but before that happens, he must find his missing button. 

However, Corduroy's journey is not so easy since the night watchman is trying to find him and return him to his shelf before he can find his missing button. Will Corduroy find his button? Will Lisa's mom let her take him home? You'll have to see the show to find out.

This Denver theater show is perfect for children of all ages and especially designed for kid's pre-school to 3rd grade with adult supervision. If you are looking for a wonderful way to introduce your youngster to the stage and show, this is a perfect show for you and them.

This show runs approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes and includes one intermission.

A christmas carol

A Christmas Carol

November 21 - December 24, 2018

Stage Theatre

A Christmas classic that everyone knows and loves, or if they don't, they will after seeing this wonderful production. The money-grubbing and bitter Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by 3 different ghosts: The Ghost of Christmas Past, The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, and the Ghost of Christmas Present. 

During these visits, Scrooge sees what a horrible and greedy man he's been, and how he's hurt others, is hurting others, and will hurt others unless he changes his ways. It is a great lesson for everyone during this season and will help you find the goodness and charitable person in yourself also.

The running time of this Denver theater production has not been announced yet.

anna karenina

Anna Karenina

January 25 - February 24, 2019

Stage Theatre

Based on the classic novel by Tolstoy, this musical focuses on the title character, Anna Karenina and her tragic life story. Situated in Russia during the 1870s, Anna is a married woman who falls for Count Alexis Vronsky. However, Anna is virtuous and is confounded by her love for the Count and her devotion to her husband and young son.

Meanwhile, Count Vronsky first love, Ekaterina, is wooed by the farmer, Konstantin Dmitrievich Levin. When Ekaterina learns that Count Vronsky has fallen for Anna, she becomes love sick and ill. Konstantin's heart breaks and he leaves to his country estate. As Anna's choices come to light, she is shunned and eventually commits suicide by throwing herself into an coming train.

The running time for this Denver theater musical is 2 hours and 30 inutes with one intermission.

sweat

Sweat

April 16 - May 26, 2019

Space Theatre

As friends and co-workers gather at their favorite bar in Reading, Pennsylvania, conversations about jobs, relationships, and life come to life. Many of the characters work at the local steel tubing mill and everyone hates their jobs. However, as jobs are shipped overseas, people are laid off, and the problems for this hard working town comes to light, relationships are frayed and torn apart.

This show uses jumps in time to show where the splits started, how they grew, and how relationships were built and saved or ruined and destroyed. It deals with class, race, education and pretty much everything else that can cause division in today's USA and whether they can be overcome.

This Denver theater production of Sweat runs 2 hours and 30 minutes with one intermission.

vietgone

Vietgone

August 23 - September 30, 2018

Ricketson Theatre

A classic love story of boy meets girl is not quite so simple as it is set in a relocation camp in the middle of Arkansas. Being that much of the story is taken from the meeting of the writer's own parents, you will see everything from comedy, to drama, to musical to pretty much everything else imaginable.

This play delves into the issues of love and community and what it is like moving to a new country at the same time. The playwright, Qui Nguyen, has become known as one of the most exciting one in today's world and this play has be welcomed with rave reviews

This Denver theater production has a running time of 2 hours and 20 minutes with one intermission.

last night and the night before

Last Night and The Night Before

January 18 - February 24, 2019

Ricketson Theatre

This is the WORLD PREMIERE of this new drama by the actor and playwright Donnetta Lavinia Grays. This play is both romantic, poetic, and funny at the same time and you will enjoy the drama as Monique and her 10 year old daughter, on the run from trouble in the South, show up at her sister's Rachel's door in New York.

Rachel, and her partner Nadima, must deal with the issues that Monique brings with her and the disruption to their own calm and rational lives as everything changes quickly because of Monique and Samantha arriving and spending time with them.

This World Premiere Denver theater productions running time has not be announced yet.

the whistleblower

The Whistleblower

February 8 - March 10, 2019

Space Theatre

Another Denver theater WORLD PREMIERE production is The Whistleblower which was created by Itamar Moses who also wrote The Band's Visit which played on Broadway. If you've ever wanted to see what happens when a playwright gets a chance to create his own show, this is the play for you, as Eli is given just that.

Being that Eli wants to tell the truth about his family, friends, coworkers, exes and so much more, there is trouble brewing and you will want to experience it live and in person.

The running time for this play has not been announced yet.


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