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Playbill: Plan Ahead for Denver's New Theater Season

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Summer might still be going strong, but there are signs that fall is right around the corner: The mornings are cooler, the kids are going back to school, and theater companies are beginning to announce their 2015-2016 seasons and opening up ticket sales. Keep an eye on Westword's theater listings for new shows as opening dates approach; in the meantime, here's the skinny on a few upcoming schedules that look stellar. 

Denver Center Theatre Company
The DCTC brings new ideas and collaborations to the Denver Performing Arts Complex for its 2015-2016 season. It starts September 11 with a presentation of Lookingglass Alice from Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre Company, which takes to the air as it re-spins Lewis Carroll’s characters through a circus-arts lens. And it’s not the only partnership you’ll see this year on DCTC stages: Next May, a joint site-specific work with New York-based dance theater Third Rail Projects will debut in a yet-to-be-named location. But the season also offers plenty of the homegrown DCTC fare you’ve come to know and love over the years, from Shakespeare’s As You Like It (September 25 through November 1) to the full-blown Sondheim musical Sweeney Todd, made unique with musical adaptations by the local band DeVotchKa (April 8 through May 15, 2016).

Denver Center Broadway
This town loves its Broadway shows, and the new Denver Center Broadway season has already started with a third run of the ridiculously popular The Book of Mormon, at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House through September 13 (get your tix now; they’re still lining up for that one). The biggest news, though, is the arrival of If/Then, with Broadway superstar and Tony Award  winner Idina Menzel starring as Elizabeth, which launches its national tour at the Buell Theatre on October 13. Also on the docket later in the season are first-time Denver peeps at such shows as A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder and Beautiful –The Carole King Musical, both coming in 2016. Crowd-pleaser? The Lion King will be back to entertain families at the Buell this November.

Curious Theatre Company
The highly regarded Curious Theatre Company continues to reach for the stars with regional premieres and a continuation of its multiple-season Serial Storytelling initiative, which includes the ongoing unfolding of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Plays trilogy and the introduction of Quiara Alegría Hudes’s trilogy The Elliot Plays. The McCraney cycle will conclude with Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet in November, while Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue will introduce audiences to Puerto-Rican Marine Elliot Ortiz next March. Curious head honcho Chip Walton directs Annie Baker’s The Flick, about the employees at a declining small-town Massachusetts movie theater, to start off the season on September 5.

Find a stage near you: Check out Westword's online listings for more theater events for this week. And watch for our Winter Arts Guide, coming out on October 1.

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