DENVER (CBS4) – The Denver Center for Performing Arts announced this season’s musical lineup on Monday morning, one that may even beat last year’s Broadway series. It includes more big Broadway shows for the first time, along with some very welcome returns.

The season will begin in early August with the return of the Book Of Mormon, and a return to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. It will be the show’s third visit to Denver, which expects to once again pack in an audience.

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Then in September, it’s the classic Matilda The Musical, based on Roald Dahl’s story of a little girl who finds a magical way to deal with the troubles in her life.

That’s followed by the national tour premier of the musical If/Then.

The Garner Galleria Theatre will host Murder For Two, a comic musical, in October.

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The Lion King returns in November for an extended run, followed by A Christmas Story: The Musical, as Ralphie goes after his heart’s desire — a Red Ryder carbine action BB gun with a compass in the stock.

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Also coming in early 2016 is the Tony Award-winning A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder — a musical take on the classic British black comedy Kind Hearts And Coronets.

Disney’s Newises, a huge audience hit, will follow in March of 2016. Then, the Carole King jukebox musical that explores her life, career, and music as King became one of the most popular solo acts in music history: Beautiful hits the stage of the Buell Theatre next July.

Added attractions announced Monday morning include — Dirty Dancing, The Wizard of Oz, plus the returns of Riverdance, Beauty and the Beast, and The Sound of Music.

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