Kelli O’Hara, Brian D’arcy James to headline Saturday Night Alive 2016

Broadway superstars Kelli O’Hara and Brian D’arcy James.
Broadway superstars Kelli O’Hara, left, and Brian D’arcy James.

By Hope Grandon
For the DCPA NewsCenter

Broadway superstars Kelli O’Hara and Brian D’arcy James will headline Saturday Night Alive, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ signature annual education fundraiser, on March 5, 2016. Tickets are now on sale at

O’Hara and James will entertain Saturday Night Alive patrons with an evening of their favorite Broadway songs and pop tunes.

O’Hara won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Anna in the ongoing Broadway revival of The King and I. James is a three-time Tony nominee and is currently starring in Something Rotten on Broadway. He also appeared on NBC’s theatre-themed drama, “Smash.”

For 36 years, Saturday Night Alive has been one of the city’s top social events of the year. Each spring, the party brings together a sellout crowd of more than 800 for an unforgettable celebration of the theatre. Tickets include computerized luxury silent-auction and bidding via smartphone; as well as dinner, desserts and dancing in the Seawell Grand Ballroom.

Net proceeds from the event, totaling more $17.4 million over the past 36 years, support DCPA Education programs. Last year’s record-breaking event, featuring Jarrod Spector and Jessie Mueller of Beautiful, the Carole King Story, raised $914,000.

 Saturday Night Alive 2015: Video highlights

Video highlights from Saturday Night Alive 2015, headlined by Jessie Mueller and Jarrod Spector

Kelli O’Hara (Anna in The King and I)

At Lincoln Center Theatre: South Pacific (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), The Light in the Piazza (Tony, OCC noms.). Broadway: The Bridges of Madison County (Tony, DD, Drama League, OCC noms.), Nice Work If You Can Get It (Tony, DD, DL, OCC, Fred Astaire Award noms.), The Pajama Game (Tony, DD, OCC noms.), Sweet Smell of Success, Follies, Dracula, Jekyll & Hyde. Metropolitan Opera: The Merry Widow. Off-Broadway/concerts: My Fair Lady, Carousel (Avery Fisher Hall/NY Philharmonic); Far From Heaven, My Life With Albertine (Playwrights Horizons); King Lear (Public); Bells Are Ringing (Encores!). Film: Sex and the City 2, Scorsese’s The Key to Reserva. TV: “Peter Pan Live!,” “Blue Bloods,” “Numb3rs,” “The Kennedy Center Honors,” PBS live appearances. Solo albums: Always, Wonder in the World (Ghostlight Records).

Brian d’Arcy James (Nick Bottom in Something Rotten

Broadway: Macbeth, Next to Normal, Time Stands Still, Shrek The Musical (Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award), Apple Tree, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Sweet Smell of Success (Tony nomination), Titanic, Carousel, Blood Brothers. Select Off-Broadway: Originating King George III in Public Theater’s Hamilton, Giant, The Good Thief (Obie), Port Authority, The Wild Party. Stars in the upcoming feature film Spotlight opposite Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo and will appear in Sisters with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Select TV/Film: starred on NBC’s “Smash,” HBO’s “Game Change,” Friends with Kids, Admission, and Ghost Town.

Saturday Night Alive 2016: Ticket information 

  • Saturday, March 5, 2016
  • At the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex at Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street
  • Individual tickets start at $450; tables of 10 start at $6,000
  • Call 303-446-4815 or visit

Saturday Night Alive entertainer history

  • Jessie Mueller & Jarod Spector (’15)
  • Matthew Morrison (’14)
  • The Four Tops and The Temptations (’13)
  • Three Dog Night (’12)
  • The Beach Boys (’11)
  • Smokey Robinson (’10)
  • World Classic Rockers (’09)
  • Frankie Valli (’08)
  • The Neville Brothers (’07)
  • Linda Eder (’06)
  • Manhattan Transfer (’05)
  • Michael Bublé (’04)
  • The Broadway Tenors (’03)
  • The Pointer Sisters (’02)
  • Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. (’01)
  • The Smothers Bros. (’00)
  • Gregory Hines (’99)
  • Johnny Mathis (’98)
  • The Four Tops (’97)
  • Harry Belafonte (’96)
  • Tony Bennett (’95)
  • Nell Carter (’94)
  • Mandy Patinkin (’93)
  • Bernadette Peters (’92)
  • Paul Anka (’91)
  • Ray Charles (’90)
  • The Temptations (’89)
  • Michael Feinstein (’88)
  • Carol Lawrence (’87)
  • David Brenner (’86)
  • Diahann Carroll (’85)
  • Helen Reddy (’84)
  • Marvin Hamlisch (’83)
  • Susan Anton (’82)
  • How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (’81)

2016 Leadership

  • Event Chairs: Claudia and Jim Miller
  • Silent Auction Chair: Lyn Schaffer
  • Corporate Chairs: Lisa and Norm Frank
  • Presenting Sponsor: Murray BMW of Denver

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