The 2016 theater season may be close to ending, but there are still plenty of amazing shows to come! Whether you’re inclined to drama or comedy, whether or not musicals are your cup of tea, and regardless of whether you like your shows to have a script or not, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts has an upcoming show for you. Here are just seven of the amazing shows still to come this season at the Denver Center; there’s truly a scratch for every itch. Check out our list and find a show you’ll be dying to see!
The Phantom of the Opera: Aug. 25--Sept 11, 2016
Tickets: Start at $20
Following its sold-out tour in the United Kingdom, come and see this show as you’ve never seen it before. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical phenomenon is reimagined by theater great Cameron Mackintosh. Critics rave that this new production is “bigger and better than ever before.”
Featuring a new scenic design, Tony-award winning costumes, and spectacular new lighting coupled with new staging and choreography, this is truly a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the Phantom as he has never been seen before, and to see the story that is beloved the world over.
Don’t miss the chance to see this beautifully redone classic while it’s here.
Cabaret: Sept. 27-Oct. 9, 2016
Tickets: Start at $30
Celebrating its 50th anniversary season, this classic production is given new life by the directing team of Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall. Step into the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where a raucous ensemble of characters take the stage each night to tantalize the crowd. As life in pre-WWII Germany grows ever more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to carry them through the dangerous times? Leave your troubles outside-- life is beautiful at Cabaret.
This show does contain some adult themes. It isn’t recommended for guests under 16 years of age.
Frankenstein: Sept. 30--Oct. 30, 2016
Tickets: Start at $35
If a Halloween classic is a little more your speed, this performance is a can’t-miss. This show, based on the classic novel, has become a favorite of many in its own right. See Mary Shelley’s troubled Dr. Frankenstein and his creature brought to life before your eyes in this chilling performance. Watch the creature, given life by a man struggling with his own heart, set out to discover its humanity. This show features two lead actors alternating performances of the Doctor and his creation, allowing creator and creature to merge and blur in each new performance.
It is worth noting that this play, and its novel inspiration, are dramas and can be considered horror. There are elements of the show, therefore, that may not be suitable for younger guests, and the theater recommends that only high school aged children and up attend this show.
Cult Following: Oct. 7--Oct. 8, 2016
If a night of hilarious improv is more your style than a theater classic, then this performance is right up your alley. Come to the signature night of completely unrehearsed, totally unscripted, and fully uncontainable theater featuring some of Denver’s best improv performers. More shows are being added, so keep an eye on the Denver Center website and make sure you catch the unpredictable hilarity.
Due to the nature of this show, adult themes may or may not be present depending on the night and the performers at any given show. Additionally, language that isn’t suitable for children may or may not be present. It is advised not to bring guests under the age of 17 to this show.
A Christmas Carol: Nov. 25--Dec. 24, 2016
Tickets: Start at $35
This holiday classic is a staple of the season at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. A must see, this show promises to “warm your heart and renew your holiday spirit,” according to the Examiner. Based on the classic novel by Charles Dickens, this extravagant musical adaption follows grumpy, greedy Ebenezer Scrooge on his overnight journey through the past, present, and future to redemption. This show illuminates the emotion of the holiday season and reminds everyone of the importance of the holiday spirit in a way that has resounded with audiences for generations.
The theater would like to note that this performance does include ghost scenes and period language that may be frightening for younger guests, and this show is not recommended for children under 6 years of age.
The Santaland Diaries
Tickets: Start at $25
If a holiday comedy is more your style, or if you’re tired of going to the same show every holiday season, then this show is a can’t-miss. Come and catch Crumpet the Elf in this acclaimed one-man show. David Sedaris’ tales from his time as a Macy’s elf in New York City are hilarious, and are sure to leave you laughing all the way home. Put a little sass in the stocking this year-- this show is a sure fix for the common Christmas show.
Due to the subject matter and language, this show is not recommended for guests under 16 years of age. Additionally, this performance uses strobe lights throughout. Please take these advisories into consideration when choosing a show to attend.
Finding Neverland: Dec. 20, 2016--Jan. 1, 2017
Tickets: Start at $30
This is Broadway’s biggest new hit, and the winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical. Come see the story behind the story of the boy who will never grow up, Peter Pan. This show follows playwright J.M. Barrie as he struggles to find inspiration, until he meets four young boys and their beautiful widowed mother. He writes a play sure to astound London theatergoers, based on the make-believe adventures the boys have. Heartfelt and enchanting, this show will amaze anyone who fell in love with the boy who didn’t want to be a grownup.
It is important to note that this performance does make use of strobe lights, as well as theatrical haze and fog. Please take these effects into account when deciding if this show is right for you.
The theater has a performance for every type of audience member, and the Denver Center for the Performing arts brings the best shows right here to Denver. For more information about these shows and to purchase tickets, as well as directions to the theaters and maps of the various locations, visit the Denver Center’s website here.
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