“Spamalot” at Boulder’s Dinner Theatre (credit: Boulder’s Dinner Theatre)
Forget taking your sweetie to the movies this Valentine’s Day. Instead, try something a little different and a lot more romantic. Take your date to see a live show and get lost together in the magic of theatre. There are lots of great options to enjoy for Valentine’s Day in the Denver area, from bold comedies to musical favorites, and each option has some other standout reasons for making it a great selection for your romantic night. As you are planning your Valentine’s Day this year, consider these options for a date night show in Denver.
Equinox Theatre Company
The Bug Theatre
3654 Navajo St.
Denver, CO 80211
“Kimberly Akimbo” is an unlikely love story, one that is funny and heartfelt at the same time. Written by David Linsday Abaire, this dark comedy is the story of a 16-year-old girl with a disease that causes her to age faster than everyone else. Burdened with a highly unstable family, she must face a lot of the same things that every normal teenager faces, only in the body of a 60-year-old woman. With an alcoholic father, a pregnant mother and a scam-artist for an aunt, the most terrifying thing of all is when young Kimberly faces the possibility of her first love. The Valentine’s Day performance includes champagne and chocolates, making it a delightful option for date night with your special someone.
Boulder’s Dinner Theatre
5501 Arapahoe Ave.
Boulder, CO 80303
Forget the traditional love stories for Valentine’s Day this year and take your sweetie for a night full of laughter instead. “Spamalot” is “lovingly ripped off” from the classic “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” and is the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Of course, this is Monty Python we are talking about, so there are also cows, killer rabbits and lots of showgirls. This musical won three Tony awards when it first hit Broadway, including Best Musical, making it a fun choice for a night of hilarity at Boulder’s Dinner Theatre. And since this is a dinner theatre, you don’t need to worry about reservations anywhere else. Your meal, drinks, show and dessert are all in one place.
1468 Dayton St.
Aurora, CO 80010
“The Lyons” is a dark comedy, emphasis on “dark,” however it is still a great choice for a romantic date night, thanks to the beautiful atmosphere and casual dining/bar options at Vintage Theatre. “The Lyons” tells the story of a family, gathering around the patriarch as he is dying from cancer who has lost most manners and is saying pretty much anything on his mind. It is the liberty of each character’s ability to speak their private thoughts out loud that really makes this comedy work. Plus, Vintage has recently added full dining options before and after the show, as well as a full lobby bar. There is no reason to head anywhere else on Valentine’s Day, since you can enjoy your entire romantic evening in one place.
“South Pacific: In Concert”
Lone Tree Arts Center
10075 Commons St.
Lone Tree, CO 80124
Fans of classic theatre will delight in this concert version of the classic Rogers and Hammerstein musical. Enjoy all of the romantic and memorable songs, including “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” There is Nothing Like a Dame” and, of course, “Some Enchanted Evening.” This performance includes a full live orchestra and all of the amazing professional voices to bring this music to life. The music from “South Pacific” is among some of the most memorable and beloved musical theatre work of all time, so why not enjoy this romantic evening with your honey this Valentine’s Day?
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Arvada Center for the Arts
6901 Wadsworth Blvd.
Arvada, CO 80003
How about a mystery for Valentine’s Day? This classic Agatha Christie mystery is all about a group of strangers who find themselves stranded in a boarding house during a blizzard. It’s a classic murder mystery with a victim and a houseful of suspects. This is one of the great classics by the Queen of Mystery herself, and this production at The Arvada Center is sure to be a great choice for mystery lovers this Valentine’s Day. Arrive early and grab a drink at the bar, then browse the artwork in the local art gallery as well, making this a truly complete evening for a perfectly lovely Valentine’s Day date.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.