A new adaptation for a new generation, this version of The Diary of Anne Frank contains newly uncovered writings from Anne Frank's diary. This is the unforgettable true story of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic from 1942 to 1944. The Diary of Anne Frank captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence -- their fear, their hope, their laughter and their grief. Watch as Anne confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty and determination, when this powerful show takes to the stage of Denver's John Hand Theater.
Loaded with big laughs, colorful characters and the songs that made the '20s roar, Bullets Over Broadway hits the musical-comedy bulls-eye. Based on Woody Allen's 1994 movie, this hit show brings New York's Jazz Age back to dazzling life, as it spins a story about a young playwright who's looking for a producer to back his next project. Instead, he finds a mobster who just happens to be searching for a role for his actress girlfriend. Called "a fun machine from start to finish" by The New Yorker, this latest production of this Tony-nominated musical comes to the stage at Aurora's Vintage Theatre.
Politicians may come and go, but Queen Elizabeth II remains constant, always waiting to welcome her next Prime Minister. From the creators of the Netflix's The Crown, Peter Morgan's The Audience imagines a series of pivotal private meetings between various Prime Ministers and Queen Elizabeth II. From Churchill to Thatcher and Cameron, each Prime Minister has used these encounters as a sounding board and a confessional -- and now you can be a fly on the wall as The Audience re-creates these sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive conversations onstage at The Vintage Theatre - Black Box in Aurora.
A group of cutthroat Chicago real estate salesmen will go to any lengths -- from lies and flattery to bribery and burglary -- to unload parcels of Florida land on unsuspecting buyers in this darkly comic satire of the American Dream. The stakes are high: The top salesman gets a new Cadillac while the loser gets to clean out his desk. Written by David Mamet (American Buffalo, TV's The Unit), Glengarry Glen Ross draws on his real-life experiences at a Chicago real estate firm in the 1960s, serving as a scathing yet humorous critique of American business culture. This production of Glengarry Glen Ross at The Edge Theater in Lakewood remains as relevant today as when it won the Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award in 1984.
ComedySportz, the ingenious improv show that pits two teams of quick-witted performers against each other in a balls-to-the-wall battle for comedy supremacy, has been around for 30 years -- which is long enough for it to have its own abbreviation (CSz) and tons of famous alumni, including Wayne Brady (Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Let's Make A Deal) and Jason Sudeikis (SNL, Horrible Bosses). Now coming to the Avenue Theater in the Mile-High City, it works like this -- you and your fellow audience members provide suggestions to each squad, who throw down by coming up with scenes, bits and songs on the spot. Each show includes up to a dozen different improv games, out of a list of more than 100. A referee oversees the action, calling fouls (groan-worthy puns'll get you a flag) and keeping score. Yep, there are points and everything -- but the power to bestow winners and losers is ultimately in your hands. It's no laughing matter, except for the fact that it definitely is.
You can bet your bottom dollar that there'll be plenty of fun when everyone's favorite orphan takes over Jesters Dinner Theatre. The musical sensation that started out life as a comic strip and then grew into a huge hit on stage and on the big screen shows no sign of outgrowing its iconic red dress and curls. The beloved story of a plucky young orphan who never gives up her dreams of finding a family, Annie brings back all the great characters you know and love, including the adorable scamp herself, the lovable Daddy Warbucks, his faithful assistant Grace and the wicked Miss Hannigan. Featuring unforgettable numbers like "It's the Hard-Knock Life," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You" and the ever-optimistic "Tomorrow," this production in the Denver area will leave you with a spring in your step and a song in your heart.
Though he headlines at top clubs across the country, Godfrey just might be more famous now as an actor than as a comedian. He's been in movies like Zoolander, Original Gangstas and Soul Plane, and on TV shows like 30 Rock and Louie. He's also a recurring face on VH1 and BET's Comic View, was a cast member on the first season of The It Factor and starred in a major series of commercials for 7-Up. But Godfrey's true roots are in stand-up, which he showcases in his Comedy Central special Black by Accident. Catch him at Denver Improv, where, with his wide-eyed humor and arsenal of funny-voiced characters, he'll explore important questions in life, such as "What if guido bouncers ran security at the airport?"
Tony Award-winning Passing Strange is a fast-paced but moving rock musical about a young man's journey of self-discovery through Europe. From a comfortable middle-class Baptist upbringing, the young protagonist rejects the comforts of home and travels on a picaresque journey to find "the real." Complicated by his need to rebel against his mother and society, he finds himself "passing" through place to place and from lover to lover, only to find out that "the real" that he'd been searching for would come at great cost. Stew's revelatory rock odyssey embarks from Aurora Fox Arts Center's Main Stage.
You won't be able to resist the spoofy fun of Reefer Madness: The Musical. Inspired by the original 1936 film of the same name, this raucous musical comedy takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana, leading them on a hysterical downward spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex and violence. The addictive and clever musical numbers range from big Broadway-style showstoppers to swing tunes like "Down at the Ol' Five and Dime," and the Vegas-style "Listen to Jesus, Jimmy," featuring J.C. Himself leading a chorus of showgirl angels. This dynamic show will go straight to your head at The Bug Theatre in Denver.
A mischievous balloon finds its way into the home of a lonely man, and suddenly his curmudgeonly life is interrupted. Sweet, inventive and packed with physical comedy, Balloonacy explores the power of friendship and shows how, with a little imagination and acceptance, companionship can be found in the most unlikely of places. This touching tale was designed with preschoolers in mind, but it's sure to resonate with audience members of all ages. Watch the whimsy unfold when Barry Kornhauser's play floats into the Vintage Theatre in Aurora.
In this cat-and-mouse dramatic thriller by Jeffrey Hatcher, three of Picasso's paintings have been stolen from their Jewish owners by Nazis. Considered to be the works of a degenerate (the artist's contempt for fascists and the German occupation of Paris was well-known), the Nazi Ministry of Propaganda assigns a shrewd interrogator with the task of tricking Picasso himself into confirming the paintings' authenticity in order that they might be destroyed. When Picasso finds out that the "exhibition" to which he's been invited is actually to be a burning, it will take all of his talent to prevent the destruction of his work. See A Picasso at Denver's MACC Pluss Theatre.
Denver Dungeon Maven Love Slave takes the stage to explain some simple, easy and cheap ways to add to your sex life in Dollar Store Seduction. All you have to do is take $5 or $10 to the Dollar Tree and get you some new "sex props." In this sexucational show (yes, that is now a word), Love Slave shares stories about her own sexual awakening and best-loved sex practices that will make you giggle, blush and want to head right to Dollar Tree when the show is over. Unfortunately, they will be closed at that time! No worries! All audience members get a "starter kit" of their own for attending. This show is recommended for singles, couples and poly families. Your ticket includes refreshments. See this sexucational show, conceived of and performed by Love Slave, owner of the Denver Sanctuary, at the Dangerous Theatre.
Caroline's planning a huge party to celebrate her 50th birthday. Unfortunately, no one seems able to attend. Unwilling to spend the big day alone, Caroline puts an ad on Craigslist to get new "friends and family" for her celebration. In this interactive show, you'll get to help choose Caroline's friends-and-family stand-ins. There will be cheap wine, "horsey dervies," gourmet cupcakes and presents for all attendees when Caroline's Pity Party gets underway at Denver's Dangerous Theatre.
Join us for the Denver Chorale's spring concert Chart Toppers and Show Stoppers at Washington Park Center for Music and Arts. From the Beatles' "Imagine" to "Happy" by Pharrell Williams, from "Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz to the Michael Jackson classic "Man in the Mirror," this show spans many decades and genres with a message of hope and optimism.
Theatre Esprit Asia brings two one-act plays to the Aurora Cultural Arts District Gallery Theatre. In Dust Storm by Rick Foster, a rebellious Japanese-American youth comes of age in an internment camp during WWII, inspired by a wise old master painter. Spirit & Sworded Treks by Maria Cheng is a comedy on how to maintain a spiritual path in materialistic America. The New York Times describes Cheng's work as "wickedly funny ... exquisitely crafted."
Could you be dining with a killer? Named "Best Dinner Show" in Los Angeles and Denver for four years running, The Dinner Detective serves up a tasty whodunit along with a four-course dinner at the Embassy Suites. And since this comedic murder mystery is set in the present day, you'll have no way of knowing whether someone at your table is just another guest or one of the talented cast of improvisers. In fact, everyone's a suspect ... including you! The event starts out with a reception featuring passed hors d'oeuvres, followed by the meal, which includes salad, choice of entree and dessert. Between courses you can expect plenty of murder, mayhem and hidden clues coming to light as you puzzle through the crime. The top sleuth even wins a prize package at the end of the evening -- not to mention serious bragging rights.
In this take on Shakespeare's Macbeth, a therapist suggests a married couple try to spice up their love life by role-playing famous married couples. While the choice of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is fun for a while, it soon goes awry. Coffee, sex, power, death ... these are but a handful of the elements to be found in Peter McGarry's adaptation of Macbeth at Denver's Dangerous Theatre.
You'll be drinking in six-packs galore with all the hard bodies on display in Hunks: The Show. This Magic Mike-style male revue hits the stage at the Rocks Sports Bar & Grill in Colorado Springs with a high-energy, choreographed show starring gorgeous guys in acts designed to fulfill any woman's fantasy from firemen and cowboys to pirates, cops and beyond -- and audience interaction is highly encouraged. Whether you're celebrating a birthday, bachelorette party or divorce, experience the ultimate ladies' night out with music, lights and plenty of action.
Could you be dining with a killer? Named "Best Dinner Show" in Los Angeles and Denver for four years running, The Dinner Detective is the largest interactive murder mystery dinner show in the country. Now it comes to Fort Collins, serving up a tasty whodunit along with a four-course sit-down dinner at the Hilton. Set in the present day, these murder-mystery events don't have cheesy costumes, campy dialogue or hokey song and dance interludes. The performers are dressed just like everyone else, so you'll have no way of knowing whether someone at your table is just another guest or one of the talented cast of improvisers. In fact, everyone's a suspect -- including you. The event starts out with a reception featuring tray-passed hors d'oeuvres, followed by the meal, which includes salad, an entree and dessert. Between courses you can expect plenty of murder, mayhem and hidden clues coming to light as you puzzle through the crime. The top sleuth even wins a prize package at the end of the evening -- not to mention serious bragging rights.