Denver Theater Calendar 2020

Broadway Shows, Musicals, Plays & More

Catch a Denver theater performance during your stay in the Mile-High City. The 2020 theater season 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.

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Top Denver Theater Shows

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Improvised Shakespeare

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.

summer: The Donna Summer musical

Summer

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

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

spongebob

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

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

Lion King

May 13 - 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

Book of Mormon

June 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. 

To kill a mockingbird

July 13 - August 1, 2020

Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winner has been adapted for the stage by Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin. Inspired by Lee's own childhood in Alabama, Atticus Finch is a lawyer who is honest and moral. He does his best to stand up to racism and bigotry in the mid-1930's South.

Scout, who is based on Harper Lee as a child, watched as this progresses and learns about the biases in the USA and how people of color are mistreated and presumed guilty without any evidence.

This Broadway adaptation of the novel was given 5-star by Rolling Stone magazine and is a New York Times Critic's Pick.

To Kill a Mockingbird is 2 hours and 35 minutes with one intermission. It is recommended for ages 12 and up.

My fair lady

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

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

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

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 during this Denver theater show. 

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. 

camp christmas

November 21, 2019 - January 5, 2020

The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace

So much more than just a stage show, this 10,000 square foot wonderland is a sight to see for kids of any age that love Christmas and magic throughout time! As you take your self-guided tour around this incredible space, you will find wonders such as Roman festivals that have been "Santa-fied" just for the season, and depending on the day, you can take photos with Santa, and drink cocoa and taste some yummy holiday bites!

So much more than the classic mistletoe, holiday lights, and Christmas tree experience, you and your whole family will never forget your trip to Camp Christmas! This presentation is for fun loving kids of all ages. Children 2 and under are free.

you lost me

January 17 - February 23, 2020

Ricketson Theatre

You Lost Me at the Denver Center for the Performing arts presents this world-wide premiere production. During it, you will be whisked through time and place by it. The play focuses on the 17 year old heroine Ann Harvey (real life name of Grace Darling) and in 1828 how she saved more than 160 Irish immigrants who had shipwrecked near her home. 200 years later, her descendant also named Ann Harvey has turned their home into the Shipwreck Inn and loves it.

Her nephew, Joe-L, wants nothing more than to leave the island and travel to somewhere else. Set in Newfoundland, with the story focusing on escape, freedom and how history haunts us, this play is especially relevant in today's world and political issues affecting us all. It is appropriate for ages 14 and over.

twenty50

January 31 - March 1, 2020

Space Theatre

Set in the year 2050, Andres Salazar has decided to run for president. Being that Latin people have been accepted into world society by this time, one would think that racism would have disappeared. However, as Andres and we will see, it is still alive and has power over people and the world. Does Andres decide to identify himself as a Mexican American while running or will that hurt his chances to become president?

While he is trying to decide, a stranger appears at Andres house, and the family must work together to save his candidacy and help him figure out what is right for him and the country. This play, dealing with race and politics, is especially relevant in today's world. It was written by the highly acclaimed playwright Tony Meneses. It is suggested that audience members be 13 years and older.

Until the flood

March 20 - May 3, 2020

Jones Theatre

The death of Michael Brown inspired this play where the police brutality and discrimination in the USA is put under the microscope for all in this Denver theater production. This solo performance is presented by the Pulitzer Prize finalist, and Obie Award winner actress and writer, Dael Orlandosmith.

The play is based on personal interviews she conducted after The Ferguson Unrest with many people who were part of it live and in person. She then takes the interviews, creates 8 characters that range across the spectrum of people that were there, and examines the different viewpoint on race, and if their ability to divide or bring us together as a society. This is one of the most powerful Denver theater shows you'll see this year.

This suggested age is 16 and over for this play.

dixie's never wear a tube top...

April 8 - May 3, 2020

Garner Galleria Theatre

First off, the full name of this comedy is Dixie's Never Wear A Tube Top While Riding A Mechanical Bull (And 16 Other Things I Learned While Drinking Last Thursday). That should give you a short idea of how wild and crazy this show is going to be.

If you haven't heard of Dixie, here's a quick primer: She first hit the big time with her Tupperware Party show in 2001 and this is the follow up. However, even if you missed her the first time, you won't have a problem understanding Dixie and her way of thinking. Which, to be honest, is partly her way of drinking!

In this show, she continues to sell more of her Tupperware while dispensing Dixie's bits of life lessons from her point of view. So, put your boots and cowboy hat on, belly up to the bar, and get ready to laugh all night long!

choir boy

April 10 - May 10, 2020

Space Theatre

Tarell Alvin McCraney, who wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for Moonlight, has created another masterpiece in Choir Boy. Pharus, who goes to The Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys, and is a standout student there. However, something that has caused problems is that he is gay and isn't sure if he'll be accepted for being himself. 

Pharus finds himself the focus of a bully because of his being proudly gay and decides that he will overcome it. The bully continues to attack Pharus, and while he shows his strength through his singing and devotion to the Lord, he also has his athletic roommate, Anthony to help him through this trial. This performance will enthrall you with dance, singing and so much more

Choir Boy has been nominated for 4 Tony Awards including Best Play. It is recommended for anyone over the age of 14 years old.

That golden girls show

May 20 - June 14, 2020

Garner Galleria Theatre

Anyone that loved the Golden Girls is going to love this puppet parody of the original show. Get ready to be taken back to a time when these 4 older "ladies" would dis on everything from Jazzercise, to food, to young people, sex, and so much more that you will love to laugh at all night long.

Even if you've never heard of these four magical Miami women, you will still have a great time hearing their stories and be amazed by the skills of the puppeteers. You might even forget they are puppets and feel like you are live in the audience of the original show! This is definitely going to be one of the silliest of the Denver theater shows this year.

The show lasts for 1 hour and 30 minutes.


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