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Playbill: Three New Plays in Denver for the Weekend of February 27-March 1

Winter got you down? There’s no better escape from reality than a big song-and-dance musical that will keep you humming well after the last bows. Here are three new musicals to keep your weekend sunny, despite of all that new snow on the ground.

Big Fish: The Musical
Aurora Fox Arts Center
February 27 through March 22
7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
2 p.m. Sundays
Tickets: $14 to $31 
303-739-1970

The Tim Burton film fantasy about an old man whose “big fish” stories confound his doubtful son is transformed for the stage in this musical featuring music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and a book by John August, presented by the Aurora Fox. Veteran local theater figure John Ashton directs, and the Fox will host a series of related special events at selected performances, including an afterparty with cast on opening night this Friday, complimentary tarot and palm readings on February 28, photos with the cast on March 1 and more. Prepare to be delighted and maybe shed a few tears as Burton’s yarn unfolds.

Ain't Misbehavin
Vintage Theatre
February 27 through April 26
7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
2:30 p.m. Sundays
2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25
Tickets: $28 to $32 
303-856-7830

Donnie Betts directs this Vintage revival of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Ain't Misbehavin,’ a toe-tapping revue of the rowdy, popular music of the Harlem Renaissance that takes its name from the famous Fats Waller ditty. Betts’s boisterous cast of Dwayne Carrington, Leonard E. Barrett, Hannah Wheeler, ShaShauna Nickleson, Cicely O’Kain will warm your soul while painlessly dishing a bit of African-American history.

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Peter and the Starcatchers
Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek
6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1
Tickets start at $78 
970-845-8497

Head for the hills for this three-performance run of the Broadway show Peter and the Starcatchers, based on the children’s book series by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. A tightly wound and cleverly choreographed tale of pirates and Peter Pan, the touring Tony Award-winner features a set and proscenium built from recycled materials, including some gathered by each presenting venue.

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