The Denver Center’s live theater schedule exists this year — starting really soon

“A Christmas Carol,” “Cats,” “Lion King,” “Hamilton,” “Hadestown” … these are some of the shows that will go on.

The Denver Performing Arts Complex, Sept. 20, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The Denver Performing Arts Complex, Sept. 20, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

There’s no business like show business, but large scale theatrical productions have been one of the businesses that have yet to return since the pandemic began – until now. The Denver Center of the Performing Arts announced the return of live performances to its stages for this fall. That includes everything from new theatrical works to touring Broadway productions and seasonal spectaculars.

The Denver Center Theater Company will ring in the return to indoor performances in August with “Wild Fire,” a production based on conversations with survivors of the East Troublesome fire. The holiday season, a high point for just about every performance company, will see the return of “A Christmas Carol” and “Hip Hop Nutcracker.” December will also mark the return of big Broadway shows like “The Lion King,” which will begin its reign at the beginning of the month through January 2nd.

With the new year, comes a parade of offerings, like a number of well-known favorites like “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”, “Cats” and “Jersey Boys” and world premieres of new works like the musical “Rattlesnake Kate” and the play “In the Upper Room.” A number of movie-based shows like “Tootsie,” “Mean Girls,” “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” and “Pretty Woman: The Musical” have plans to come to Denver throughout the year. Highly anticipated productions of “Hamilton,” “Hadestown” and “Come From Away” finally have their rescheduled dates. A handful of performances like “1776” and “My Fair Lady” have been postponed but not yet rescheduled.

Not all tickets are on sale just yet (sorry to the “Hamilton” fans still waiting in the wings), but a few early shows like “The Lion King” are available to buy now.

Here is a list of indoor shows as the schedule stands in June:

“Wild Fire,” Aug. 16 – 22, 2021

“Camp Christmas,” Nov 18, 2021 – Jan 2, 2022

“The Hip Hop Nutcracker,” Nov. 19-20

“A Christmas Carol,” Nov. 19-Dec. 26

“Disney’s The Lion King,” Dec. 2, 2021-Jan. 2, 2022

“The Other Josh Cohen,” Dec. 11, 2021-May 1, 2022

“Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Jan. 7-March 6, 2022

“The Choir of Man,” Jan. 14-16, 2022

“Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show,” Feb. 2-6, 2022

“Rattlesnake Kate,” Feb. 4-March 13, 2022

“In the Upper Room,” Feb. 11-March 13, 2022

“Hamilton,” Feb. 16-March 27, 2022

16th Colorado New Play Summit, Feb. 26 – 27 & Mar 4 – 6, 2022

“Tootsie,” March 29-April 10, 2022

“Jersey Boys,” April 15-17, 2022

“Choir Boy,” April 22-May 29, 2022

“Quixote Nuevo,” May 13-June 12, 2022

“Cats,” May 24-29, 2022

“Dear Evan Hansen,” May 31-June 5, 2022

“Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” June 9-26, 2022

“Pretty Woman: The Musical,” Aug. 2-14, 2022

“Hadestown,” Aug. 30-Sept. 11, 2022

“Come From Away,” Oct. 4-9, 2022

“Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations,” Oct. 25-Nov. 6, 2022

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical,” Dec. 16 – 18, 2022

“Mean Girls,” Dec. 20, 2022-Jan. 1, 2023

“Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird,” Jan. 24-Feb. 5, 2023

“My Fair Lady,” TBA

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