The Denver Center for the Performing Arts

DCPA is the nation's largest not-for-profit theatre organization dedicated to creating unforgettable shared experiences through beloved Broadway musicals, world-class plays, educational programs and inspired events. But we can only do it with your support. Every dollar is one step closer to encouraging generations of theatre lovers and creators.

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The Denver Center for the Performing Arts
1101 13th Street
Denver, CO 80204
To create unforgettable shared experiences.

Current and Coming Attractions:

The Phantom of the Opera
Aug 25 - Sep 11, 2016 Buell Theatre
Hailed by critics as "bigger and better than ever before," Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera boasts many exciting special effects including the show's legendary chandelier, new scenic and lighting designs, new staging and choreography.

The Glass Menagerie
Sep 9 - Oct 16, 2016 Ricketson Theatre
In this classic American masterpiece, the Wingfield family is trapped in their nostalgia, dreaming of lives they wished they had. But when a long-awaited caller joins them for dinner, fantasy and reality collide as expectations shatter like glass.

This is Modern Art
Sep 15, 2016 Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver)
"Where does art belong?" Called vandals, criminals, even creative terrorists, graffiti artists set out to make their voices heard and alter the way people view the world. A one-night-only performed reading with DJ, spoken-word, and Q&A.

Sep 27 - Oct 9, 2016 Buell Theatre
Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including "Cabaret," "Willkommen" and "Maybe This Time." Leave your troubles outside - life is beautiful at Cabaret.

Sep 30 - Oct 30, 2016 Stage Theatre
Given life from a man with a troubled heart, a creature sets out into the cruel world to discover his humanity. The lead actors alternate performances in the roles of Frankenstein and his creature, allowing man and monster to intersect with each chilling performance.

Cult Following
Oct 7 - Oct 8, 2016 The Jones
Unrehearsed, unscripted theatre featuring the fast-talking and quick-thinking talents of some of Denver's best improv performers.

An Act of God
Oct 15 - Mar 12, 2017 Garner Galleria Theatre
God takes human form in An Act of God, the sinfully funny and critically acclaimed new play direct from Broadway. He's finally arrived to set the record straight...and He's not holding back! The New York Times raves it's "Deliriously Funny," and the Toronto Star proclaims, "Thou Must See it!"

David Sedaris
Nov 2 - Nov 3, 2016 Seawell Grand Ballroom
Considered America's foremost humorist, best-selling author and cultural icon David Sedaris returns to Denver for two shows only.

Jersey Boys
Nov 9 - Nov 13, 2016 Buell Theatre
Jersey Boys is the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker
Nov 20, 2016 Buell Theatre
A holiday mash-up for the entire family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a contemporary re-imagination of Tchaikovsky's timeless music. The dance work celebrates love, community and the magic of New Year's Eve.

The SantaLand Diaries
Nov 25 - Dec 24, 2016 The Jones
David Sedaris' off-beat tales from his stint as a Macy's elf in New York City is the sure cure for the common Christmas show.

A Christmas Carol
Nov 25 - Dec 24, 2016 Stage Theatre
Essential to the holiday season in Denver, A Christmas Carol is a joyous and opulent musical adaptation that traces money-hoarding skinflint Ebenezer Scrooge's triumphant overnight journey to redemption.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Dec 6 - Dec 11, 2016 Buell Theatre
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the genre-bending, fourth-wall-smashing musical sensation, with a pulsing score and electrifying performances, that tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage.

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
Dec 16 - Dec 18, 2016 Buell Theatre
The beloved TV classic "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. See all of your favorite characters as they come to life in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.

Finding Neverland
Dec 20 - Jan 1, 2017 Buell Theatre
Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters: Peter Pan. The magic of J.M. Barrie's classic tale springs to life in this heartwarming theatrical event.

Fun Home
Jan 10 - Jan 22, 2017 The Ellie
The 2015 Tony Award winner for Best Musical is a refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. Based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir, "Fun Home is extraordinary, a rare beauty that pumps fresh air into Broadway." (New York Times)

The Book of Will
Jan 13 - Feb 26, 2017 Ricketson Theatre
Without William Shakespeare, we wouldn't have masterpieces like Romeo and Juliet. But without two of his friends, we would have lost Shakespeare's plays forever! A hilarious, heartfelt story of the characters behind the stories we know so well.

The Christians
Jan 27 - Feb 26, 2017 Stage Theatre
A "terrific new play about the mystery of faith by Lucas Hnath - one of the freshest playwriting voices to emerge in the past five years." - The New York Times

Two Degrees
Feb 3 - Mar 12, 2017 The Jones
Emma, a climate change scientist, is invited to share her findings at a Senate hearing that could define her career and her cause. But if she can't overcome her tumultuous inner struggle, her dedication and sacrifices may not be enough.

Motown The Musical
Feb 15 - Feb 19, 2017 Buell Theatre
The smash musical tells the true story of Motown founder Berry Gordy's journey from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul. His American dream launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Smokey Robinson.

Circus 1903 - The Golden Age of Circus
Feb 21 - Feb 26, 2017 Buell Theatre
Featuring the most amazing, dangerous and unique acts from all four corners of the globe, accompanied by the largest ever performing African elephant, Circus 1903 transports the audience to the golden age of circus.

Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles
Mar 2 - Mar 3, 2017 The Ellie
Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles is a live multi-media spectacular that takes you on a musical journey through the life and times of the world's most celebrated band.

An American In Paris
Mar 8 - Mar 19, 2017 Buell Theatre
An American in Paris brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable works from George and Ira Gershwin. This new hit musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war.

Shaping Sound: After the Curtain
Mar 18 - Mar 19, 2017 The Ellie
Travis Wall and Shaping Sound are back with their brand now show, After the Curtain. Heart-wrenching, breath-taking and ultimately uplifting, this is one dance show that audiences will remember forever.

Kinky Boots
Mar 21 - Mar 26, 2017 Buell Theatre
Kinky Boots is Broadway's huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy- and Tony-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind.

Mar 31 - May 7, 2017 Ricketson Theatre
In this "breathtaking, raw and blistering" Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Amir has built the perfect life. But as a high-profile case and his wife's art show reveal how little his culture is understood, their misconceptions become too much to bear.

Hal Holbrook: Mark Twain Tonight!
Apr 1, 2017 Buell Theatre
As Denver audiences know well, no one embodies Mark Twain like Hal Holbrook. It is, quite simply, one of the most acclaimed and enduring performances in the history of theatre. This evening is a living, breathing, American masterpiece.

Apr 11 - Apr 16, 2017 Buell Theatre
MAMMA MIA! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Now it's your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical.

The Secret Garden
Apr 21 - May 28, 2017 Stage Theatre
The beloved classic blossoms anew in this enchanting musical full of beautiful melodies. When young Mary uncovers the key to her late aunt's long-lost garden, she becomes determined to revive the beauty that once flourished.

Cult Following: Rated G
Apr 29 - May 13, 2017 The Jones
Improv that's appropriate for kids and hilarious for everyone. Treat your family to some all-ages entertainment and become a part of the shenanigans as you choose the direction of a made-up fairy tale.

The Illusionists - Live From Broadway
May 19 - May 21, 2017 The Ellie
This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of seven of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
May 30 - Jun 18, 2017 The Ellie
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Play, is coming to Denver.

Jun 1 - Jun 25, 2017 Garner Galleria Theatre
One fledgling drag queen. A team of comic-themed foes. The Pride and Comic Con mash up of your fantasies.

Coming Summer 2017 Buell Theatre
From Disney, the producer of The Lion King, Mary Poppins and Beauty and the Beast, comes the beloved tale of two sisters torn apart and their journey to find themselves and their way back to each other. Be among the first to see this highly anticipated new musical before it makes its Broadway debut!

Coming to Denver in the 2017/18 Broadway Season Buell Theatre
The national tour of the Broadway musical Hamilton will play The Buell Theatre as part of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts' 2017/18 Broadway subscription series.

Background Statement

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) was founded in 1972 as a not-for-profit organization, and is comprised of: the Tony award-winning Denver Center Theatre Company (DCTC), the largest resident professional theatre company between Chicago and the West Coast, producing an 8 play mainstage season which includes classic, contemporary and new work; Denver Center Attractions, which presents Broadway; and Denver Center Academy, home to our arts in education activities.

Denver Center Academy provides extensive Arts in Education programs which are unique, innovative and standards- based for over 84,000 students each year. Current programs include Student Matinees, Dramatic Learning workshops and residencies, family productions, professional development for teachers, Shakespeare for a New Generation, and eShakespeare - an online classroom dedicated to Denver Public School teacher and student training for the annual DPS Shakespeare Festival.

Executive Director Statement

See statement from Chairman Daniel L. Ritchie

Board Chair/President Statement

Letter from Chairman Daniel L. Ritchie - from the 2014-2015 Annual Report

Fiscal year 2015 was all about "new" at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) - new faces, new programs and new partnerships. As we strive to be the nation's most engaging theatre organization, it's rewarding to look back and realize that more than 931,000 guests have enjoyed our shows, classes and events. It's even more rewarding to think how many new faces experienced theatre for the first time.

On that note, we offered new and expanded opportunities for our guests all year long. Denver audiences were first in the US to see Pippin on tour as well as entirely new productions of The Unsinkable Molly Brown, The 12, Appoggiatura and Benediction. Plus, we added post-show discussions with Broadway casts, premium corporate entertaining options and a stripped-down, fueled-up approach to Shakespeare just for high school students. To get our community even closer to the art of theatre, we extended our Colorado New Play Summit to two weekends, expanded our high school musical theatre awards to include all of Colorado, and accepted more submissions than ever for our high school playwriting competition. We focused on further strengthening our ties to our hometown. While we once offered only Festival-related training for schools, we're now full partners on the annual Denver Public Schools (DPS) Shakespeare Festival. Along with DPS, we welcomed 5,000 children to our doorstep for what is the nation's oldest and largest youth Shakespeare festival. You can read all about it (and much more, every day) at our online news center that provides coverage of both the DCPA and the Colorado theatre scene. It's an innovative model that's being lauded by our peers around the country.

It was all about "new" this year - for us. Hopefully, as a guest, artist, partner or supporter, you realize that everything we do really is all about you.

Daniel L. Ritchie
Chairman, Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Impact Statement

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is an exhilarating mix of Broadway shows, professional theatre, acting instruction, and dazzling venues. We annually serve 750,000 patrons from the Western region and beyond. It is our vision to be the most engaging theatre company in the nation.

We envision the DCPA as an international center for theatre that includes:
1. presenting and creating invigorating and insightful productions of both classics and contemporary plays and musicals
2. creating new plays and musicals that define what it means to be an American in an increasingly complex world, and
3. educating and nurturing the next generation of artists and audiences for professional theatre.

Needs Statement

Contributions from individuals like you are critical to fulfilling the Denver Center for the Performing Art's mission. Ticket sales pay for only part of what it takes to produce Tony Award-winning theatre, bring in top Broadway touring shows and extend arts programming to more than 84,000 Colorado students each year.

"What you get in Denver is a town that actually knows what going to the theatre is." - Thomas Schumacher, President, Disney Theatricals

"Our daughter has really enjoyed her acting classes at the DCPA. To help you reach your fundraising goal, Jackie has agreed to give up $1 per week of her allowance for the next 50 weeks. Thank you for providing great acting experiences for kids of all ages." - Michelle, parent of DCPA Academy student.

"...the fact that plays from the [Colorado New Play summit] have gone on to have future lives is an indication of the festival's increasingly solid reputation, both locally and nationally." - American Theatre

"The theatre touched my heart and inspired me." - Malia - 6th grade student who attended a student matinee performance
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