Springtime in Denver means another batch of great plays and musicals hitting all the local theater companies in town. Choose from huge touring shows or intimate theatrical settings and from big-budget musicals to poignant dramas. There is something for every taste and style, proving that springtime in Denver is always an artistically rich time of year. Check out these standout shows hitting some of the best theaters in town. Pick one, or check them all out. You’ll be glad you did.
Man of La Mancha
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
6901 Wadsworth Blvd.
Arvada, CO 80003
Dates: March 22 through April 14
“Man of La Mancha” is one of the most inspiring, whimsical and beloved musicals to ever grace the stage. It is the story of a Miguel de Cervantes, a man that uses the story of Don Quixote to defend himself during the Spanish Inquisition. This play-within-a-play is filled with magical characters and some of the best music ever written for the stage. “The Impossible Dream” is just one song from this production that has become a well-known and beloved musical favorite. The Arvada Center is sure to bring an impressive production of this long-time favorite to life.
Cherry Creek Theatre Company
At the Shaver-Ramsey Carpet Gallery
2414 E. 3rd Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
Dates: March 8 through March 31
“Doubt” is a powerful and provocative drama about the principal of a small Catholic school, Sister Aloysius, that suspects a young priest of inappropriate behavior with one their male students. The play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2005 as well as the Tony Award for Best Play. Most recently, there was a film adaptation of the play with Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman in the lead roles. The Cherry Creek Theatre Company’s intimate space is perfect for such a poignant drama.
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Jekyll & Hyde
The Buell Theatre
950 13th St.
Denver, CO 80204
Dates: January 29 through February 10
The thrilling love story of “Jekyll & Hyde” originally ran on Broadway from 1997 through 2001, and it is now being revived with new life and some big-name new stars. “American Idol” star Constantine Maroulis and singer Deborah Cox are leading the large cast in the new national touring production. The touring production is traveling the country before it hits the Great White Way, so this is your chance to see the revival before it hits Broadway.
Bat Boy: The Musical
Equinox Theatre Company
At The Bug Theatre
3654 Navajo St.
Denver, CO 80211
Dates: February 15 through March 8
“Bat Boy: The Musical” is a fun, yet dark look at the 1992 Weekly World News story about the half-boy, half-bat child that was supposedly found living in a cave. This rock musical is a bit horror movie, a bit comedy and a whole lot of fun. The music is written by Laurence O’Keefe, who is most recently known for the music from the hit musical adaptation of “Legally Blonde.” This cult hit is a perfect fit for the independent vibe at The Bug Theatre, so be sure to check out this fun musical.
City of Angels
Vintage Theatre Company
1468 Dayton St.
Aurora, CO 80010
Dates: February 1 through March 3
“City of Angels” is a fantastic musical comedy that is an homage to the film noir genre. It takes place in two worlds, the real world – where the audience meets a writer working to get a book that he has written turned into a film – and the fictional film world. The musical won the Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book in 1990, and it is a highly anticipated premier at the new location for Vintage Theatre Company.
The Front Page
Spotlight Theater Company
At The John Hand Theater
7653 E. 1st Place
Denver, CO 80230
Dates: February 23 through March 30
“The Front Page” is a classic comedy that has been a favorite of theatre companies since it premiered in 1928. The story revolves around a tabloid newspaper and its reporters who cover the police beat. As rapid-fire dialogue spits back and forth, tales of corruption are revealed among the Chicago government. Spotlight Theatre Company has made its name by presenting classic favorites performed in intimate settings with the best talent in town, and “The Front Page” is sure to be another great show brought to you by the Spotlight team.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.