Denver Theater Calendar 2018 - 2019

Catch a Denver theater performance during your stay in the Mile-High City. The 2018 and through to the 2020 year which 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

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.

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.

Miss Saigon

September 10 - 22, 2019

Buell Theatre

One of the most famous musicals of all time is coming to Denver Theater this year for just under two weeks. Our heroine, Kim, is orphaned and forced to work at a bar run by shady owner called, The Engineer so she can survive. 

Chris, an American G.I., meets her and they fall in love until the fall of Saigon, which separates them from each other. Unknown to Chris, he and Kim have born a child together and Kim does everything she can to find him. 

You will enjoy this powerful show as it includes 42 cast members who will make it a treat for all who see it. 

The show has a running time of 2 hours and 40 minutes with one intermission. Suggested age for attendees is teen and older.

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

October 15, 2019 - March 22, 2020

Garner Galleria Theatre

Have you ever wanted to write like Shakespeare? Well, this is your chance to best The Bard! This all original show is truly a new performance every time you see it because it is based on a suggestion from the audience.

After an audience member gives the crew a title from an unwritten play by Shakespeare, everything that comes afterwards is improved at that moment. Since the actors don't know what is going to suggested, they have to devise the play instantly. 

The show is intended for an adult audience and there are no intermissions.

The phantom of the opera

November 6 - 17, 2019

Buell Theatre

Andrew Webber's classic production has been redesigned to give you and experience you'll never forget.

Based on Gaston Leroux's horror story about a musical master who hides inside the Paris Opera house because of his physical deformities. The Phantom falls in love with Christine, who is secretly in love with Raoul, which leads to jealousy.

With new stage designs, costumes, choreography, a orchestra and cast of over 50 people, this musical is a must see even if you have seen it before. The Phantom of the Opera is Broadway's longest running musical and has won over 70 theatre awards over the years.

This Phantom of The Opera is 2 hours and thirty minutes with one intermission.

Jesus christ superstar

November 26 - December 1, 2019

Buell Theatre

The Denver theater lineup brings another Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's musical to the Mile-High city for one week. This show gives like to the last few days of Jesus' life as experienced and viewed by Judas.

The first major production in 10 years celebrates the 50th year of the show and brings new sets, costumes, and more. This rock opera was originally an album, which won Billboard's Album of the year in 1971, and then became a Broadway show. 

Dr. seuss' how the grinch stole christmas

December 3 - 8, 2019

Buell Theatre

Children of any age will love this live performance of this classic musical cartoon. The miserly, and miserable, Grinch tries to ruin Christmas from the wonderful Whos. The Grinch only knows how to ruin other people's happiness, since he doesn't have any in his life. However, Whoville child Cindy Lou decides to try to help him grown a heart and become happier in his own life.

The set and designs are based on Dr. Seuss' classic book and cartoon art. It also includes classic songs like, "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and others that everyone will love and remember during this Christmas season, and for many more!

This show is appropriate for kids and runs has a running time of 1 hour and 25 minutes. There is not an intermission.

mannheim steamroller christmas

December 14 & 15, 2019

Buell Theatre

With over thirty years of live performances, and over 30 million albums sold, Mannheim Steamroller has become a holiday classic and a can't miss event. This two day only performance will enthrall everyone with their music, magical special effects, and incredible stage show. 

Christmas music will love their interpretation of classics like "The Little Drummer Boy", "O Holy Night", "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!" and many more.

This performance is family-friendly for all ages. 

jimmy buffet's escape to margaritaville

December 23, 2019 - January 5, 2020

Buell Theatre

When you need a break, where else could be better than the relaxed, and welcoming, city of Margaritaville? Even then name conjures up delicious drinks, beaches, and music. This musical slice of paradise provides all of that, and more, during this Denver theater production over the holiday season.

Every Parrothead, as his fans are known, is going to love seeing Jimmy Buffet play his classic songs about living the good life and enjoying it to the fullest. The sets are fun to see as they are loaded with tiki-huts, beach balls, never ending sunshine, and so much more including a volcano!

You will never want this 2 hour and 10-minute fantasy vacation to end!

summer: The Donna Summer musical

January 28 - February 9, 2020

Buell Theatre

If you grew up in the 70s or 80s, then Donna Summer you don't need an introduction to the queen of disco and soul. If you didn't grow up during those years, then this musical is the perfect way to learn more about her and her incredible music, singing voice and life story.

You will enjoy all the fantastic lights, dancing, and awesome outfits during this show that includes over 20 of her greatest hits.

Dance the night away during this one hour and 40-minute musical extravaganza! It does not have an intermission, so plan accordingly. Note: This show has flashing strobe lights.

RENT

February 28 - March 1, 2020

Buell Theatre

Always a favorite of the Denver theater scene, RENT returns for 3-day run time. This rock musical is centered on a bunch of young artists, trying to survive in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and dealing with the many issues that arise for them.

This show is built on true to life events that happened during these times including the HIV/AIDS epidemic, issues with living in poverty, and more. However, this musical also reminds us that love will win out by using song and an amazing stage production.

RENT is a 2-hour and 20-minute show and has one intermission. 

the spongebob musical

March 10 - 22, 2020

Buell Theatre

Anyone who has kids will know SpongeBob and his hilarious cartoon antics based on the Nickelodeon channel tv show. This family friendly show takes you on a ride through Bikini Bottom and the characters who live there.

Will the plucky SpongeBob, and his best friend Patrick, be able to save their beloved little town from a possible volcano and utter destruction? Find out if SpongeBob and friends can stop the mean-spirited Plankton and Sandy from their dastardly deed that will cause the volcano to erupt!

With music from artists like Cyndi Lauper, They Might be Giants, David Bowie, and more, you are sure to enjoy your time at this 2 hour and 30-minute extravaganza. There is one intermission.

mean girls

March 25 - April 12, 2020

Buell Theatre

Our star, Cady, has moved to Evanston, Illinois from Kenya, but things do not go as planned she tries to fit in and make friends. Luckily, Cady finds two friends in Janis and Damian, who try to help her figure out the cliques and groups at her new school.

Sadly, as Cady becomes more popular, she becomes more like the mean girls and less like her friends. This show follows Cady's changes, education, and ability to see beyond her own needs and desires as she grows and learns more about the school, the people in it, and her own dreams.

This hilarious musical is based on the book written by the hilarious Tina Fey, known by her appearances in shows like Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, and more. 

This show has a running time of 2-hours and 30 minutes. There is one intermission.

the lion king

May 25 - June 14, 2020

Buell Theatre

This beloved Disney Broadway show comes to the Denver theater scene for three weeks this summer. The young lion, Simba, is being raised by his father, Mufasa, to take over as King of the Pride Lands. Unfortunately, the evil Scar murders Mufasa and tries to take over leadership.

However, with help from his friends, Simba learns how to defeat Scar and become king! This show has won 7 Tony Awards and was designed by the world-famous Julie Taymor, whose sets, costumes, and designs bring this amazing spectacle to life!

The Lion King is a family friendly show and runs for 2 and a half hours with one intermission. 

the book of mormon

May 9 - June 28, 2020

The Ellie

This hilarious musical comes from the absurdly irrelevant team of Trey Parker and Matt Stone of tv's South Park cartoon. Two missionaries, Kevin and Arnold, are sent to Uganda and have the absurd task of converting the locals to the Mormon religion.

Being that the people of the town find the religion boring, and have much more important issues to deal with, one of the missionaries starts to make up stories based on science fiction and fantasy stories. How does all the preaching and lies help their mission? You'll have to go to the show, laugh a lot, and find out for yourself!

The Book of Mormon runs for 2-hours and 30 minutes with one intermission. 

My fair lady

July 15 - 26, 2020

Buell Theatre

The classic musical written by Lerner and Lowe comes to the Denver theater line up along with its rave reviews. The well-known story revolves around the lovely Eliza Doolittle, a young flower seller, and the high-minded linguistics professor, Henry Higgins. 

Henry finds Eliza a wonderful project as he tries to remake her in his own image as a person of sophistication and class. However, as we learn, little does Henry know that he just might be transformed and is being taught a lesson of his own.

My Fair Lady has one intermission as it is 2 hours and 55-minute show, and it is one of the longest Denver theatre productions. 

the band's visit

July 29 - August 9, 2020

Buell Theatre

Dina, the lovely but bored cafe owner, lives in a small town in Israel. She's given up hope of her dreams of a more magical and more interesting world as she works the days away. Strictly by accident, as the tour bus makes a mistake, a traveling band of Egyptian musicians show up and spend the night in the sleepy town.

As each person, from their different cultures, learns more and more about each other, a closeness builds. and a community comes together. This show has won numerous Tony Awards and also the 2019 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album

The Band's visit is appropriate for theater goes ages 12 years and over. It runs for 1 and a half hours and does not have an intermission.

hamilton

August 12 - October 4, 2020

Buell Theatre

One of the most beloved, and famous, of all musicals comes to Denver for an extended stay this year. This musical tells the story of America's Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton. It dramatically shows how he moved from the West Indies, became George Washington's advisor during the revolution, and ended up as the first Treasury Secretary in US history.

With dance, singing, sets, costumes, and so much more that it boggles the mind, this story is so much more than just the history of Alexander Hamilton. It is the history of the United States, how it came to be, and the hero that Alexander Hamilton was and continues to be.

This production has won many awards including the Best Musical, Best Actor and the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors.

Hamilton has a run time of 2 hours and 45 minutes. There is one intermission during this performance.

Other Theater Productions In & Around Denver

powered by off-center

March 31, April 12 & 14, 2019

1101 13th Street

Powered by Off-Center is a local organization that focuses on bringing you the best in local Colorado up and coming artists.

The show on March 31st is the Untitled Crypto-Judaism Project by Jessica Kahkoska. The subject is focused on the 15th century and the Jews that left because of persecution to move to the USA. Unknown by most, Colorado's San Luis Valley, became home to many of them. This explores their journey and life in this new world. Suggested ages for this show are 13 and over. 

The shows on April 12 and 14th is named Conspiracy Theory G, and is written by Jennifer Faletto.  A crop circle has somehow appeared in the local park this morning, and you are to be part of the group figuring out what is happening. As different factions break off, and argue, who will become the victor and find out the final answer? Will you help or fight? Only 30 tickets will be sold because it is audience involved theater. Suggested ages of patrons are 16 and over because of some adult language.

Tickets to each show are $10. 

the illusionists - live from broadway

April 12 - 14, 2019

Buell Theatre

The world's best magic show comes to the Denver theater world for just 3 nights. This all ages event will amaze you, mystify you, and leave you questioning how it is even possible to make these tricks happen...unless it really is magic!

The Illusionists has traveled worldwide and set box office records wherever they go. They are a can't miss if you love magic, artistry, and the sleight of hand. 

This show is for anyone ages 4 and up. It lasts for 2 hours and there is 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.

it's not you, it's me

July 31 - August 25, 2019

Garner Galleria Theatre

Second City has been famous for starting the careers of amazing comedians such as Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Tina Fey, Mike Myers, Stephen Colbert, and too many others to count. Therefore, when you go to see this improv troupe in action, you can be certain that it will make you laugh every second of the show.

This performance deals specifically on today's world of dating, heartbreak, expectations and even what your parents and friends think of your choices. Anyone who has ever dated, or expects to date in the future, will understand the angst, and the humor, on stage and in person.

Running time is not presently listed. There is one intermission.

erma bombeck - at wit's end

September 4 - 22, 2019

Garner Galleria Theatre

For those that don't who Erma Bombeck is, you are in for a treat when you "meet" her in this wonderful performance. Erma was known as a housewife, with a great sense of humor, and could make jokes about pretty much anything in life.

More than that, she was a writer that touched the hearts of millions across the country with her sound, while also hilarious, suggestions about the world. This one woman show exemplifies her strength, her imagination, and her honestly while pulling the viewer into her experience. As Erma jokingly wrote, "It life is a bowl of cherries, then what am I doing in the pits?"

The show is 1 hour and 20-minutes long, so there is no intermission during it. It is suitable for ages 13 and up.

goodnight moon

October 4, 2019 - February 16, 2020

Randy Weeks Conservation Theatre

Kids from all around the world have fallen asleep to their parents reading them the comforting Goodnight Moon book for decades. The story begins at 7 pm, with bunny in bed and supposed to be going to sleep. However, our bunny decides that there are more exciting things to do. 

Some of these events include the bunny's compatriots such as kittens and mittens, bears, an old lovely lady, and of course, the moon. Little ones, and adults, will love the songs and magic how this stage show brings this beloved book to life in front of your eyes.

This show is perfect for children ages Pre-Kindergarten up to 2nd grade. And for parents who love this childhood book and want to be transported back to an easier time. 

Goodnight Moon has a running time of 1 hour and 30-minutes with a 15 -minute intermission. 

blue man group

October 22 - 27, 2019

Buell Theatre

The Blue Man Group has been entertaining over 35 million people since their first show in 1991. With dedicated shows in cities like Las Vegas, Chicago and even Berlin, they have become a worldwide phenomenon. 

It is almost impossible to describe how these three blue colored men, drumming their way through this incredibly comedic, artistically designed and lit performance, but you will be amazed and enthralled all the way through it. And for a long time after it ends.

This shows is acceptable for anyone ages 4 years and older. It is 90-minutes long and does not have an intermission. NOTE: There are strobe lights used during portions of the show.


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