Pictured (L-R): Erika Henningsen (Cady Heron), Ashley Park (Gretchen Wieners), Taylor Louderman (Regina George), Kate Rockwell (Karen Smith), Barrett Wilbert Weed (Janis Sarkisian), and the Company of Mean Girls Credit: © 2018 Joan Marcus

Denver Center to put 30 shows on sale August 2

Pictured (L-R): Erika Henningsen (Cady Heron), Ashley Park (Gretchen Wieners), Taylor Louderman (Regina George), Kate Rockwell (Karen Smith), Barrett Wilbert Weed (Janis Sarkisian), and the Company of Mean Girls Credit: © 2018 Joan Marcus

The ‘Mean Girls’ are coming to Denver. Tickets go on sale August 2. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Indecent, A Doll’s House repertory, Mean Girls, Choir Boy, The Band’s Visit and
back by popular demand The Book of Mormon. Separate on-sale dates for Hamilton and Disney’s The Lion King will be announced at a later time.

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts announced today that tickets for 30 Broadway, Theatre Company, Cabaret, Off-Center and Theatre for Young Audiences shows will go on sale to the general public Friday, August 2. The lineup includes new regional productions of the Tony-nominated plays Indecent and Choir Boy; the landmark repertory production of A Doll’s House and A Doll’s House, Part 2; the hilarious hit musical Mean Girls; the highly anticipated return of The Book of Mormon; as well as 2018 Tony and Grammy award-winning Best Musical, The Band’s Visit.

Please note that Hamilton and Disney’s The Lion King are not included in the August 2 on-sale. A separate on-sale for each of these productions will be announced at a later time.

Conner Peirson in ‘The Book of Mormon. Photo by Julieta Cervantes.

The full listing of DCPA productions available for purchase on August 2 at 10 a.m. are listed below in chronological order. Please be advised that the Denver Center for the Performing Arts – denvercenter.org – is the ONLY authorized ticket provider for these productions in Denver:

  • It’s Not You, It’s Me – The Second City, Galleria Theatre, July 31-August 25, 2019
  • Indecent, Space Theatre, August 30-October 6, 2019
  • Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End, Galleria Theatre, September 4-22, 2019
  • A Doll’s House and A Doll’s House, Part 2, in repertory, Ricketson Theatre, September 6-Nov 24, 2019
  • Miss Saigon, Buell Theatre, September 10-22, 2019
  • Goodnight Moon, Randy Weeks Conservatory, October 4, 2019-February 16, 2020
  • The Improvised Shakespeare Company®, Galleria Theatre, October 15, 2019-March 22, 2020
  • Blue Man Group Speechless Tour, Buell Theatre October 22-27, 2019
  • The Phantom of the Opera, Buell Theatre, November 6-17, 2019
  • Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Space Theatre, November 15-December 22, 2019
  • Camp Christmas, The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace, November 21, 2019-January 5, 2020
  • The Hip Hop Nutcracker, Buell Theatre, November 23-24, 2019
  • Jesus Christ Superstar, Buell Theatre, November 26-December 1, 2019
  • Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, Buell Theatre, December 3-8, 2019
  • Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis, Buell Theatre, December 14-15, 2019
  • Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville, Buell Theatre, December 23, 2019-January 5, 2020
  • You Lost Me (World Premiere), Ricketson Theatre, January 17-February 23, 2020
  • SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical, Buell Theatre, January 28-February 9, 2020
  • twenty50 (World Premiere), Space Theatre, January 31-March 1, 2020
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 LIVE, Buell Theatre, February 15, 2020
  • RENT 20th Anniversary Tour, Buell Theatre, February 28-March 1, 2020
  • The SpongeBob Musical, Buell Theatre, March 10-22, 2020
  • Until the Flood, Jones Theatre, March 20-May 3, 2020
  • Mean Girls, Buell Theatre, March 25-April 12, 2020
  • Dixie’s Never Wear a Tube Top …, Galleria Theatre, April 8-May 3, 2020
  • Choir Boy, Space Theatre, April 10-May 10, 2020
  • That Golden Girls Show! – A Puppet Parody, Galleria Theatre, May 20-June 14, 2020
  • The Book of Mormon, The Ellie, June 9-28, 2020
  • The Lincoln Center Theater Production of My Fair Lady, Buell Theatre, July 15-26, 2020
  • The Band’s Visit, Buell Theatre, July 29-August 9, 2020

As with all productions produced and/or presented by the DCPA, ticket buyers who purchase tickets from a ticket broker or any third party run the risk of overpaying or purchasing illegitimate tickets. Patrons should be aware that the DCPA is unable to reprint or replace lost or stolen tickets and is unable to contact patrons with information regarding time changes or other pertinent updates regarding the performance. Patrons found in violation of the DCPA Ticket Purchase and Sale Terms and Policies  may have all of their tickets cancelled.

Subscriptions and Memberships

Subscription packages are available now. Subscribers enjoy benefits including but not limited to: the best seats at the best price, the option to auto-renew, flexible and free ticket exchange, priority access, discounted tickets, restaurant and parking perks, savings on DCPA Education classes and convenient payment plans.

Premium subscriptions are also available and include premium seating, fine dining, behind-the-scenes discussions and more all packaged into one complete evening.

Patrons between the ages of 18-30 are invited to join the Radvantage membership program, which grants access to specially-priced tickets to participating Broadway, Theatre Company, Off-Center and Cabaret shows. Memberships are $20. For more information, please visit denvercenter.org/Radvantage.

Subscriptions and memberships may be purchased at denvercenter.org, 303.893.4100 or in person in the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex at 14th & Curtis. Subject to change, restrictions apply.

Hamilton returns to The Buell Theatre from August 12 through October 4, 2020, as an added attraction to the 2019-20 Broadway Season. Patrons with a 2019-20 DCPA Subscription Package will have priority access to purchase tickets prior to the public on-sale. All additional details will be announced at a later date. The 2020 Hamilton return engagement is not included on any DCPA subscription package.

About the shows:

(In alphabetical order; descriptions, photos and art provided by each production)

The Company of THE BAND'S VISIT, photo by Matthew Murphy

Photo by Matthew Murphy.


  • July 29-August 9, 2020
  • Buell Theatre
  • Winner of 10 Tony Awards® including Best Musical
  • 2019 Grammy Award Winner for Best Musical Theatre Album

“One of the most ravishing musicals you will ever be seduced by.” – The New York Times. In this joyously offbeat story, set in a town that’s way off the beaten path, a band of musicians arrive lost, out of the blue. Under the spell of the desert sky, and with beautiful music perfuming the air, the band brings the town to life in unexpected and tantalizing ways. Even the briefest visit can stay with you forever. The cast of world-class performers is led by award-winning Israeli actor Sasson Gabay, star of the original film and the Broadway production. With a Tony- and Grammy-winning score that seduces your soul and sweeps you off your feet, and featuring thrillingly talented onstage musicians, The Band’s Visit rejoices in the way music makes us laugh, makes us cry, and ultimately, brings us together. The Band’s Visit features music and lyrics by Grammy, Tony Award and Drama Desk Award winner David Yazbek, and a book by Tony, NY Drama Critics Circle, Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Awards winner Itamar Moses. It is based on the screenplay by Eran Kolirin, and is directed by Tony, Drama Desk, Lortel and Obie Award winner David Cromer.


  • October 22-27, 2019
  • Buell Theatre

Over 35 million people on our blue planet have experienced the surprising and exciting show that is Blue Man Group. And now, the Blue Men return with a new touring show — Blue Man Group Speechless Tour. If you like normal, think again — ‘cause Speechless is full of joy, art, music, and hilarious absurdity. Join us and experience a new blue.

Read more: Company Manager calls Blue Man Group ‘exuberance incarnate’

The Book of Mormon Company - The Book of Mormon (c) Julieta Cervantes 2017

Photo by Julieta Cervantes.


  • June 9-28, 2020
  • The Ellie

Back by popular demand, The New York Times calls it “the best musical of the century.” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” And Entertainment Weekly says, “Grade A: the funniest musical of all time.” Jimmy Fallon of “The Tonight Show” calls it “Genius. Brilliant. Phenomenal.” It’s The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical. This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America The Book of Mormon has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language.

Read more: Turn it on! The Book of Mormon’s love affair with Colorado

Camp Christmas


  • November 21, 2019-January 5, 2020
  • The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace

Not for the faint of festivity, this over-the-top indoor immersive installation turns the holiday spirit all the way up with mesmerizing displays of decorations that shift time and reality. Camp Christmas is Denver’s newest holiday experience, where yuletide traditions of the past and present get merrily mashed together in a massive 10,000-square-foot wonderland. It’s not just pretty lights and mistletoe. This is where Marie Antoinette commands a Rococo sleigh, where ancient Roman festivals become Santa-fied, and where pink is more than just a color – it’s a place. Come in from the cold with your whole family and get wrapped in the ooey-gooey, odd and sweet rituals that have brought light to the darkness of winter for thousands of years.

Read more: Lonnie Hanzon’s inside look at Off-Center’s immersive Camp Christmas


  • April 10-May 10, 2020
  • Space Theatre

Pharus doesn’t fit in at The Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys. Despite embodying the strong, ethical morals the school seeks to ingrain in its black students, being gay has made him an outsider within its hallowed halls. But this year, his talent and perseverance have paid off with a chance to lead the prestigious choir, a position where he may finally shake the dogged bullying by his fellow classmates. Featuring gorgeous gospel music, this stunning coming-of-age drama was created by Oscar-winning screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney (“Moonlight”), whose deeply human storytelling illuminates the chaotic collision of masculinity, tradition and self-discovery on the path to adulthood.

Deeper Dive: Take a closer look at Choir Boy

Gerald Ramsey as “Mufasa” in THE LION KING North American Tour. ©Disney. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Gerald Ramsey as Mufasa in ‘The Lion King.’ Photo by Matthew Murphy.

*Does not go on sale August 2. Details regarding the public on-sale will be announced at a later date.

  • May 13-June 14, 2020
  • Buell Theatre

Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. This is Disney’s The Lion King, making its triumphant return to Denver! More than 100 million people around the world have experienced the awe-inspiring visual artistry, the unforgettable music, and the uniquely theatrical storytelling of this Broadway spectacular – one of the most breathtaking and beloved productions ever to grace the stage. Winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, The Lion King brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award®-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. The Lion King also features the extraordinary work of Tony Award®-winning choreographer Garth Fagan and some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award®-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice. There is simply nothing else like The Lion King.

Read more: For South Africans, Pride Lands are land of opportunity

Photo by John Moore.


  • April 8-May 3, 2020
  • Garner Galleria Theatre

Dixie Longate is known for her phenomenal success and hilarious antics in her wildly popular show, Dixie’s Tupperware Party. In her new hit show, Ms. Longate has reviewers cheering and audiences on their feet with nonstop laughter. Put on your cowboy boots and walk into her favorite honky-tonk as Dixie shares lessons learned after a hard night of drinking. What do a jeweled crown, a cardboard cutout of Julie Andrews and a box of moon pies have in common? Spend the night with Dixie and find out as she swaps her Tupperware bowls for a mechanical bull.

Read more: After 16 years, meet Dixie’s maker: Kris Andersson

A Doll’s House & A Doll’s House, Part 2A DOLL’S HOUSE and A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2

  • September 6-November 24, 2019
  • Ricketson Theatre

For the first time ever performed in repertory, follow two acclaimed playwrights’ distinctive takes on one woman’s journey to self-discovery. Henrik Ibsen’s renowned classic shattered the traditions of his time, and decades later, Lucas Hnath continued the story through a contemporary lens. One part searing drama, another part biting comedy, this is an experience best seen in full. In A Doll’s House, Nora’s life is a picture-perfect portrait, complete with a doting husband, gleeful children and the small pleasures of her 1870s Norwegian home. But underneath her wide-eyed demeanor lies a deceit that she fears will tear her family apart in this heart-wrenching and gripping production. In A Doll’s House, Part 2, set 15 years later, Nora returns to confront her decisions head-on. In Lucas Hanth’s contemporary sequel, which was nominated for the Tony Award for Outstanding New Play, Nora hilariously roasts the society she has shunned, while her husband and daughter get their long-awaited chance to stand their ground.

Deeper Dive: Take a closer look at A Doll’s House and A Doll’s House, Part 2

The 2016 Touring Company of Dr. Seuss’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! The Musical


  • December 3-8, 2019
  • Buell Theatre

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical returns to Denver to steal Christmas after a blockbuster debut in 2014. More than 2.5 million theatre-goers across America have been delighted by this heart-warming holiday musical, featuring the hit songs “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas” from the original animated TV special. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the holiday loving Whos. Magnificent sets and costumes inspired by Dr. Seuss’ original illustrations transport audiences to the whimsical world of Whoville and helps remind us of the true meaning of the holiday season. Don’t miss what The New York Times calls “an extraordinary performance 100 times better than any bedtime story.”



  • September 4-22, 2019
  • Garner Galleria Theatre

Erma Bombeck, one of our country’s most beloved humorists, captured the frustrations of her generation by asking, “If life is a bowl of cherries, what am I doing in the pits?” Starring “Suburban Outlaw” and columnist Pam Sherman, this is the story behind America’s favorite average housewife who championed the lives of women with an incomparable wit that sprang from the most unexpected place of all — the truth.


  • Theatre for Young Audiences
  • October 4, 2019 – February 16, 2020
  • Randy Weeks Conservatory Theatre

For the past 72 years, families around the world have made Goodnight Moon a part of their bedtime ritual. Now, the beloved children’s book comes to life on stage for a musical adventure. As the clock strikes seven o’clock, it’s time for Bunny to go to sleep. Say goodnight with magical moments filled with songs, kittens and mittens, bears and chairs, a red balloon, a quiet old lady, and – of course – the moon in this delightful tale. Featuring whimsical music and dance, this heartwarming adaptation is produced as a part of the DCPA’s Theatre for Young Audiences program, which focuses on performances tailored for Pre-K through 2nd grade audiences. Bring your children to their first theatre experience and spark their wonder.

Read more: on Theatre for Young Audiences’ Goodnight Moon

Chaundre Hall Broomfield, Ruben J. Carbajal, Bryson Bruce & Auston Scott - HAMILTON National Tour - (c) Joan Marcus

Chaundre Hall Broomfield, Ruben J. Carbajal, Bryson Bruce and Auston Scott in the national tour of ‘Hamilton.’ Photo by Joan Marcus.


*Does not go on sale August 2. Details regarding the public on-sale will be announced at a later date.

  • August 12-October 4, 2020
  • Buell Theatre

Hamilton is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now. With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

Read more: For one day in Denver, Hamilton made students the stars

Photo by Tim Norris.


  • November 23 and 24, 2019
  • Buell Theatre

Just like the original, in The Hip Hop Nutcracker Maria-Clara and the Nutcracker Prince go on a dream adventure battling a gang of mice, visiting the land of sweets and learning the lessons of the holiday season. Innovative digital graffiti and visuals transform the landscape of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s beloved story from traditional 19th Century Germany to the vibrant, diverse sights and sounds of contemporary New York City. Through this re-mixed and re-imagined version of the classic, the dynamic performers of The Hip Hop Nutcracker take us on a journey that celebrates love, community and the magic of New Year.

The Improvised Shakespeare Co.


  • October 15, 2019-March 22, 2020
  • Garner Galleria Theatre

Based on one audience suggestion (a title of a play that has never been written), The Improvised Shakespeare Company® creates a fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece right before your eyes. Nothing has been planned out, rehearsed, or written. All of the dialogue is said for the first time, the characters are created as you watch, and if ever you’re wondering where the story is going…so are they! See the show TimeOut Chicago calls “Staggeringly Brilliant” and “Downright Hilarious!” You’ve never seen the Bard like this before!

Read more: Meet the smarty pantaloons behind Improvised Shakespeare


  • August 30-Oct. 6, 2019
  • Space Theatre

Pulitzer-winning playwright Paula Vogel tells the explosive true story of Sholem Asch’s groundbreaking play, The God of Vengeance, and the passionate artists who risked everything to share it. The provocative Yiddish story was highly successful in the early 1900s – even with a same-sex romance at its center. But when its Broadway debut was deemed “indecent,” it begged the question of who gets to decide what is considered art and what deserves to be censored. Evoking the Jewish experience through traditional songs and dancing, this stirring Tony Award-nominated play will leave you with a deeper appreciation for the art and experiences we often take for granted.

Deeper Dive: Take a closer look at Indecent

It's Not Me It's You - The Second City Photo Credit: Tim Schmidt

Photo by Tim Schmidt.


  • July 31-August 25, 2019
  • Garner Galleria Theatre

The Second City has been laughing at love and its infinite scroll of side effects for decades. In the world-famous comedy company’s latest laughter-inducing undertaking, It’s Not You, It’s Me, The Second City takes shots at heartbreak, missed connections and the mire of human relationships. Your friends, your parents, even your blind date will find something achingly familiar to laugh at, thanks to comedy’s newest generation of writers and performers…who all fit squarely into the “it’s complicated” category!

Read more: The Second City returns with love in its comic crosshairs

Jesus Christ Superstar Photo Credit: Evan Zimmerman, MurphyMade

Photo by Evan Zimmerman, MurphyMade.


  • November 26-December 1, 2019
  • Buell Theatre

Jesus Christ Superstar is an iconic musical phenomenon with a world-wide fan base. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, a new mesmerizing production comes to North America. Originally staged by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and helmed by the acclaimed director Timothy Sheader (Crazy for You, Into the Woods) and award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie (King Kong, Strictly Ballroom), this production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival garnering unprecedented reviews and accolades. Appealing to both theatre audiences and concert music fans, this production pays tribute to the historic 1971 Billboard Album of the Year while creating a modern, theatrical world that is uniquely fresh and inspiring. Featuring award-winning music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, 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. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” “Gethsemane” and “Superstar.”

Escape to Margaritaville


  • December 23, 2019-January 5, 2020
  • Buell Theatre

Welcome to Margaritaville, where people come to get away from it all—and stay to find something they never expected. With a book by Emmy Award® winner Greg Garcia (“My Name is Earl,” “Raising Hope”) and Emmy Award® nominee Mike O’Malley (“Survivors Remorse,” “Shameless”), Escape To Margaritaville is the musical comedy featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, including “Fins,” “Volcano,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and many more. USA Today calls it “A little slice of paradise!” and Entertainment Weekly raves, “It will knock your flip-flops off!” So don’t let the party start without you.


Matt Christine Photography.


  • December 14 and 15, 2019
  • Buell Theatre

Do you remember the first time you heard Mannheim Steamroller Christmas? Join the celebration as Mannheim Steamroller makes history again – Celebrating 35 years of holiday magic as they bring their annual holiday tour to fans throughout the country. Experience the performance of the No. 1 Christmas music artist in history and for the first time ever, hear the entire album that started it all, “LIVE – Mannheim Steamroller Christmas!”

Pictured (L-R): Erika Henningsen (Cady Heron), Ashley Park (Gretchen Wieners), Taylor Louderman (Regina George), and Kate Rockwell (Karen Smith) Credit: © 2017 Joan Marcus

Erika Henningsen, Ashley Park, Taylor Louderman and Kate Rockwell. Photo by Joan Marcus.


  • March 25-April 12, 2020
  • Buell Theatre

Direct from Broadway, Mean Girls is the hilarious hit musical from an award-winning creative team, including book writer Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), composer Jeff Richmond (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), lyricist Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde) and director Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon). Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. Soon, this naïve newbie falls prey to a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung. New York Magazine cheers, Mean Girls delivers with immense energy, a wicked sense of humor and joyful inside-jokery.” USA Today says: “We’ll let you in on a little secret, because we’re such good friends: Get your tickets now!”

Emily Bautista as ‘Kim’ and Anthony Festa as ‘Chris’ in the North American Tour of MISS SAIGON singing “Last Night of the World”. Photo: Matthew Murphy

Emily Bautista and Anthony Festa as Kim and Chris in the North American Tour of ‘Miss Saigon.’ Photo by Matthew Murphy.


  • September 10-22, 2019
  • Buell Theatre

Experience the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical Miss Saigon, from the creators of Les Misérables. This is the story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim who is orphaned by war and forced to work in a bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American G.I. named Chris, but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For three years, Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he’s fathered a son. Featuring stunning spectacle and a sensational cast of 42 performing the soaring score, including Broadway hits such as “The Heat is On in Saigon,” “The Movie in My Mind,” “Last Night of the World” and “American Dream,” this is a theatrical event you will never forget. NY1 says, “The new Miss Saigon soars to the rafters.”

ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST Lauren Ambrose, Diana Rigg and Allan Corduner and company in Lincoln Center Theater's MY FAIR LADY. Photo By: Joan Marcus

The original Broadwaty cast of Lincoln Center Theater’s ‘My Fair Lady.’ Photo by Joan Marcus.


  • July 15-26, 2020
  • Buell Theatre

From Lincoln Center Theater that brought you The King & I and South Pacific, comes “a sumptuous new production of the most perfect musical of all time” (Entertainment Weekly), Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady. Director Bartlett Sher’s glowing production is “thrilling, glorious and better than it ever was” (The New York Times). “Every so often a revival comes along that reminds you how indispensable great theater can be” (NY1). Boasting such classic songs as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” and “On the Street Where You Live,” My Fair Lady tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” But who is really being transformed?

Mystery Science Theatre 3000 Live - The Great Cheesy Movie Circus TourMYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 LIVE: THE GREAT CHEESY MOVIE CIRCUS TOUR

  • February 15, 2020
  • Buell Theatre

Join creator and original host, Joel Hodgson, in his final tour and the world’s greatest – and only – movie riffing robots, Tom Servo, Crow, and Gypsy, as they take you on an exhilarating rollercoaster ride through some of the cheesiest films ever made. Now you can sit in the same theater with your favorite characters and experience this comedy phenomenon in a universally-acclaimed LIVE event.

Masquerade - The Company performs Masquerade - photo by Alastair Muir

Photo by Alastair Muir.


  • November 6-17, 2019
  • Buell Theatre

Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera makes its triumphant return to Denver as part of its North American tour. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is “bigger and better than ever before” and features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award®-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award®-winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and new staging by director Laurence Connor. The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score – with songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade” – will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this Phantom one of the largest productions now on tour.

Read more: Phantom‘s place in Buell Theatre history

The Company of the RENT 20th Anniversary Tour RENT 20th Anniversary Tour, Credit Carol Rosegg 2018.

The Company of the ‘RENT’ 20th Anniversary Tour. Photo by Carol Rosegg.


  • February 28-March 1, 2020
  • Buell Theatre

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway…and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La BohèmeRENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

Read more: Two decades later, RENT still comes in on time

Shakespeare’s Twelfth NightSHAKESPEARE’S TWELFTH NIGHT

  • November 15-October 22, 2019
  • Space Theatre

Hilarious hijinks. Unrequited love. Gender-bending disguises. The clumsiness of romance is on display in every way in this Shakespearean comedy. Separated from her twin brother after a shipwreck in Illyria, Viola disguises herself as a man to work in the local household of Duke Orsino. The closer they become, the more Viola gets acquainted with Orsino’s crush, the beautiful noblewoman Olivia. Much to their dismay (and to your delight), the trio is inevitably thrust into a love triangle of mistaken identity and wanton foolishness. Overflowing with quick wit, this standout play by The Bard is sure to please with its captivating characters and one of his most dynamic heroines.

Deeper Dive: Take a closer look at Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night



  • March 10-22, 2020
  • Buell Theatre

A legendary roster of Grammy® Award winners. A visionary director and a Tony Award®-winning design team. One of the world’s most beloved characters. Turn them loose on stage and what do you get? The bold, original musical The New York Times declares, “BRILLIANT!” “Wonders pour from the stage in a ravishing stream of color and invention” (Time Out New York) as Broadway’s best creative minds reimagine and bring to life the beloved Nickelodeon series with humor, heart and pure theatricality in a neon-sparkly “party for the eyes and ears” (Daily Beast). Be there when SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face catastrophe—until a most unexpected hero rises to take center stage. This “creative explosion” (Broadway.com) is “nothing short of genius” says Theatermania, so bring the entire family to celebrate friendship and cooperation, and learn the power of unity and inclusion. Get ready to enjoy the “Broadway Extravaganza” (The New Yorker) that New York Magazine calls “effervescent candy-for-the-spirit.” Explore the depths of theatrical innovation in Nickelodeon’s The SpongeBob Musical, 2018 Best Musical winner of the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, where the power of optimism really can save the world.

Photo Credit Matthew Murphy

Photo by Matthew Murphy.


  • January 28-February 9, 2020
  • Buell Theatre

She was a girl from Boston with a voice from heaven, who shot through the stars from gospel choir to dance floor diva. But what the world didn’t know was how Donna Summer risked it all to break through barriers, becoming the icon of an era and the inspiration for every music diva who followed. With a score featuring more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits including “Love to Love You Baby,” “Bad Girls” and “Hot Stuff,” this electric experience is a moving tribute to the voice of a generation.

That Golden Girl's Show! A Puppet ParodyTHAT GOLDEN GIRLS SHOW! – A PUPPET PARODY

  • May 20-June 14, 2020
  • Garner Galleria Theatre

That Golden Girls Show! is a brand-new show that parodies classic Golden Girls moments – with puppets! Get set for an evening of cheesecake, laughter, jazzercise, shoulder pads, sex, and the elegant art of the quick-witted put down. From Sophia’s get-rich-quick schemes, to Rose’s tales from St. Olaf, Blanche’s insatiable hunt for men and the Fountain of Youth, and Dorothy’s daily struggle to make sense of her life. Devoted fans will fondly remember our four girls from Miami, and for the first-timers, this will be a joyful introduction to the brilliance of that television series.



  • World Premiere
  • January 31-March 1, 2020
  • Space Theatre

In the year 2050, Andres Salazar is running for office. Latinx people have been assimilated into the U.S. majority, but race issues are far from resolved. In this tricky political environment, Andres must decide whether identifying himself as a Mexican American will win more votes and whether losing some of his identity is worth the social benefits. When a mysterious stranger appears at his house, Andres’s family rallies around him to save his imperiled campaign in this insightful drama from rising playwright Tony Meneses. On the brink of our upcoming presidential election, this suspenseful thriller peels back the façade of campaign-trail craziness to reveal how personal truths get blurred with the greater whole.

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Until the FloodUNTIL THE FLOOD

  • March 20-May 3, 2020
  • The Jones

After the death of Michael Brown, The Ferguson Unrest put a spotlight on the police brutality and discrimination that plague our nation. Using extensive interviews she conducted herself, Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award winner Dael Orlandersmith created eight fictional characters to represent the broad spectrum of perspectives that continue to define and divide our country at large. As she embodies people from all sides of the controversy in this mesmerizing, fluidly poetic piece, you’ll go on a gripping, emotional journey and discover how it “achieves a great beauty by bringing us together rather than driving us apart” (The Chicago Tribune).

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You Lost Me


  • World Premiere
  • January 17-February 23, 2020
  • Ricketson Theatre

In 1828, Ann Harvey saved 160 Irish people from a wreck off of Newfoundland’s Shipwreck Coast. Almost 200 years later, the Harvey family homestead has become the Shipwreck Inn, where present-day proprietress Ann Harvey attempts to leave her own mark (and get some new customers) with a tourist blog. Her nephew Joe-L, on the other hand, would do anything to leave his hometown. Flow through time as unexpected guests and echoes of the past leave their indelible mark on the inhabitants of a remote and rocky shore. This Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Festival finalist is a poetic and bright new drama where every moment holds the opportunity to change everything.

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About the Denver Center for the Performing Arts

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) is one of the largest non-profit theatre organization’s in the nation, presenting Broadway tours and producing theatre, cabaret, musicals, and innovative, multimedia plays. Last season the DCPA engaged with more than 1 million visitors, generating a $193.4 million economic impact in ticket sales alone. Follow the DCPA on social media @DenverCenter and through the Denver Center for the Performing Arts NewsCenter. The DCPA Broadway season is generously sponsored by UCHealth and United Airlines. Media sponsorship is provided by The Denver Post and CBS4. Denver Center for the Performing Arts is supported in part by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

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