When the temperature drops, the art action moves indoors. The curtain has already gone up on the new theater season, and many productions will take the stage in the months ahead. Here's what's on Denver's playbill for autumn and beyond, in alphabetical order by presenter:
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities: A Christmas Carol: The Musical, November 22-December 22. Murder on the Orient Express, January 31-May 17. A Midsummer Night's Dream, February 21-May 16. Small Mouth Sounds, March 13-May 14. Something Rotten, April 10-May 3. $45 and up, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada, 720-898-7200, arvadacenter.org.
Aurora Fox Arts Center: Twist Your Dickens, November 29-December 22. The Squirrels, January 17-February 9. Secrets of the Universe and Other Songs, February 21-March 15. For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday, March 13-April 5. Freaky Friday: The Musical, April 17-May 10. $20 and up, Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora, 303-739-1970, aurorafoxartscenter.org.
Benchmark Theatre: Parfumerie, November 21-December 22. Airness, February 8-29. $30, Benchmark Theatre, 1560 Teller Street, Lakewood, 303-519-9059, benchmarktheatre.com.
Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company: A Christmas Carol, December 5-28. Bloomsday, February 6-March 1. Oslo, April 16-May 9. $22.50 and up, Dairy Arts Center, 2592 Walnut Street, Boulder, 303-444-7328, betc.org.
Bug Theatre: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, December 6-28. $20 and up, 3654 Navajo Street, 303-477-5977, bugtheatre.info.
Candlelight Dinner Playhouse: Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn, November 29-January 19. Jekyll & Hyde, January 30-March 29. Curtains, April 9-May 31. $33.95 and up, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, 4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown, 970-744-3747, coloradocandlelight.com.
Cherry Creek Theatre: Tuesdays With Morrie, through November 24. My Way, January 24-February 23. Grace & Glorie, April 17-May 10. $33 and up, Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 350 South Dahlia Street, 303-800-6578, cherrycreektheatre.org.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center: Tiny Beautiful Things, through December 1. The Sound of Music, December 12-January 12. The Bridges of Madison County, February 13-March 1. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, March 6-April 5. Silent Sky, April 2-19. Men on Boats, April 24-May 2. $20 and up, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 West Dale Street, Colorado Springs, 719-634-5581, fac.coloradocollege.edu.
CU Presents: A Broadway Christmas Carol, November 15-December 8. Cirque Mechanics, January 17. The Popular Mechanicals, February 13-16. The Language Archive, February 27-March 1. Spring Awakening, March 6-15. The Marriage of Figaro, March 13-15. As You Like It, April 9-12. 2019-20 New Play Festival, April 15-19. Béatrice et Bénédict, April 23-26. Some events free, various University of Colorado Boulder locations, 303-492-8008, cupresents.org.
Curious Theatre Company: The Thanksgiving Play, through December 15. The Secretary, January 11-February 22. Admissions, March 14-April 18. Roe, May 9-June 20. $20 and up, Curious Theatre Company, 1080 Acoma Street, 303-623-0524, curioustheatre.org.
Denver Center for the Performing Arts Broadway Season: The Improvised Shakespeare Company, through March 22. Jesus Christ Superstar, November 26-December 1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: The Musical, December 3-8. Escape to Margaritaville, December 23-January 5. Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, January 28-February 9. Rent, February 28-March 1. The Spongebob Musical, March 10-22. Mean Girls, March 25-April 12. The Lion King, May 13-June 14. $35 and up, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 13th and Arapahoe streets, 303-893-4100, denvercenter.org.
Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Season: A Doll's House, Pts. 1 and 2, through November 24. Twelfth Night, through December 22. You Lost Me, January 17-February 23. Twenty50, January 31-March 1. Until the Flood, March 20-May 3. Dixie's Never Wear a Tube Top While Riding a Mechanical Bull, April 8-May 3. Choir Boy, April 10-May 10. That Golden Girls Show, May 20-June 14. $30 and up, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 13th and Arapahoe streets, 303-893-4100, denvercenter.org.
Evergreen Players: Seasons Readings, December 20-22. $25, Center Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, Evergreen, 303-674-4002, evergreenplayers.org.
Firehouse Theater Company: Calendar Girls, November 23-December 22. When We Were Young and Unafraid, February 15-March 14. Ada and the Engine, March 28-April 25. $23, John Hand Theater, 7653 East First Place, 303-562-3232, firehousetheatercompany.com.
Metropolitan State University of Denver: Godspell, through November 24. Chicago, February 27-March 8. Eurydice, April 16-26. Various Denver locations, msudenver.edu.
Miners Alley Playhouse: A Christmas Carol, November 29-December 23. Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune, January 24-March 1. Moon Over Buffalo, March 20-April 26. Hope and Gravity, May 15-June 21. $17 and up, Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Avenue, Golden, 303-935-3044, minersalley.com.
The Necromancer's Stone: Voodoo queen Marie Laveau is willing to help a young boy find his missing uncle...for a price. Through November 23, free with reservations, The Bitsy Stage, 1137 South Huron Street, 720-328-5294, bitsystage.com.
Ovation West Performing Arts: Lend Me a Tenor, February 21-March 8. $30, Center Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, Evergreen, 303-674-4002, ovationwest.org.
PACE Center: Matilda: The Musical, January 17-February 9. $29 and up, PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker, 303-805-6800, parkerarts.org.
Performance Now Theatre Company: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, January 10-26, 2020. The Drowsy Chaperone, March 20-April 5. $20 and up, Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 South Allison Parkway, Lakewood, 303-987-7000, performancenow.org.
The Schoolhouse Theater: August: Osage County, March 6-15. $14 and up, The Schoolhouse Theater, 19650 East Mainstreet, Parker, 303-805-6800, parkerarts.org.
Springs Ensemble Theatre: Julius Caesar, December 5-22. Springs Ensemble Theatre, 1903 East Cache La Poudre Street, Colorado Springs, 719-357-3080, springsensembletheatre.org.
Stories on Stage: Making Merry, December 14-15. Crushes, January 11, 24. The Tattered Cover Presents, February 9. Wilder Women, March 7-8. Adam Golaski's Color Plates, April 11. Tales From the Big Apple, May 3. $28, various Denver and Boulder locations, 303-494-0523, storiesonstage.org.
Town Hall Arts Center: Meet Me in St. Louis, through December 29. Disenchanted, January 10-February 9. Barefoot in the Park, February 21-March 22. Almost Heaven: The Songs of John Denver, April 3-May 3. $31 and up, Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 West Main Street, Littleton, 303-794-2787, townhallartscenter.org.
UCCS Presents: Ugly Lies the Bone, through November 24. Around the World in 80 Days, December 5-22. Gloria, January 30-February 16. The Pillowman, February 14-23. An Iliad, March 12-29. Hair, March 12-22. Passion Play, April 23-May 10. $20 and up, Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 North Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs, 719-255-32332, uccspresents.org.
University of Denver: Grounded, January 17. The Secret Paris Project, February 12-16. Killer Joe, February 27-March 10. Short Play Festival, April 23-26 and May 28-31. The Christians, May 1. Some events free, various University of Denver locations, du.edu.
Vintage Theatre: Looped, through December 15. Tuck Everlasting, November 22-January 5. Frost/Nixon, January 3-February 9. The Scottsboro Boys, February 7-March 15. Marvin's Room, February 28-April 5. Shakespeare in Love, April 17-May 24. $28 and up, Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton Street, Aurora, 303-856-7830, vintagetheatre.com.
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