There are some truly exciting shows that will be opening in theaters across Colorado over the next few weeks. From huge musicals to intimate dramas, there is something for every taste and every style. Head to the Arvada Center for a classic farcical comedy, or swing by Vintage Theatre for a rarely done musical gem. No matter what you are in the mood for, check out some of these exciting shows running through February.
Arvada Center Presents:
January 22 through February 17
At the Arvada Center for the Arts
6901 Wadsworth Blvd
Tickets start at $25
The classic Noël Coward comedy comes to Arvada in this spirited story about a novelist that invites an eccentric clairvoyant to hold a séance at his home as research for his next book. Things don't go as planned when the clairvoyant accidentally conjures up the ghost of his first wife, who is certainly not pleased with his current wife. It's absolute comedy and mayhem as the deceased first wife attempts to get her way.
Denver Center Theatre Company Presents:
January 11 through February 17
At the Ricketson Theatre
Denver Center Performing Arts Complex
Tickets start at $47
Both live action and feature film, this intriguing comedy tells the story of Ed, who is dying. Given a chance at immortality, he has his brain downloaded and is allowed ten memories to take into eternity. But when his wife discovers what they are, she intervenes.
Equinox Theatre Company Presents:
“Bat Boy: The Musical”
February 15 through March 9
At the Bug Theatre
3654 Navajo Street
Tickets are $20
Based on a story in The Weekly World News, "Bat Boy: The Musical" is a musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. For lack of a better solution, the local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the town veterinarian, Dr. Parker, where he is eventually accepted as a member of the family. Bat Boy is happy with his new life, but when he naively tries to fit in with the narrow-minded people of Hope Falls, they turn on him. Soon the entire town arrives and hears the shocking story of Bat Boy's unholy origin. (Disclosure: The author of this story works with Equinox and is involved in this production)
When Theresa Bedell goes on an awkward blind date with a friend of a friend, she sees no reason to continue the relationship--but the man, an attractive fellow named Tony, thinks otherwise. While Theresa is at first annoyed yet flattered by his continuing attention, her attitude gradually changes to one of fear and fury when he starts to menace her and those around her.
Lone Tree Arts Center Presents:
January 29 through February 3
At the Lone Tree Arts Center
10075 Commons Street
Tickets start at $29
A show that turns theater inside-out, this farce by Michael Frayn got its inception after Frayn witnessed backstage antics during a performance of one of his earlier works. Frayn was so taken with the chaos that happened around him, he wanted to show the audience. Thus, the “Noises Off” seed was planted. The first act centers on a mediocre acting company in rehearsals for their show, Nothing On. The second act shows us opening night of the performance; and the third act turns the stage around (literally) to show the audience the same Act 2 – from behind. A hilarious unbuttoning of the world of theater, this show is a wicked delight for anyone who loves to laugh.
Performance Now Presents:
“Once Upon a Mattress”
February 8 through 24
At the Lakewood Cultural Center
470 S. Allison Parkway
A hilarious musical comedy based (very loosely) on “The Princess and the Pea”. While the king has been cursed into silence, the evil and scheming queen rules the kingdom. She has declared that no one can marry until the prince finds a wife of royal heritage. Despite a final test of his fiance’s bloodline, the townsfolk have their own scheme to ensure that everyone lives happily ever after.
Spark Theatre Presents:
“Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf”
January 18 through February 16
at Spark Theatre
985 Santa Fe Drive
Tickets are $20
There’s no one who can spit venom quite like George and Martha, a middle-aged couple whose WASPy stings are aimed at a new professor and his young wife. When the after party gets soaked in gin, and secrets get spilled, there no going back to the life that was built so precariously on the couple’s broken past. This Tony-award winning play still packs the same punch that it did exactly 50 years ago.
Spotlight Theatre Company Presents:
“The Front Page”
February 23 through March 30
at the John Hand Theater
7653 E. 1st Place
Tickets are $20
Ace reporter Hildebrand “Hildy” Johnson wants to break away from journalism, finally get to go on his honeymoon and get a “respectable” job. But on his way out of town, there is a jailbreak, and into Hildy's hands falls the escapee. Excited by the prospect of one final scoop, he conceals his prize in a rolltop desk. Over the next few hours, Hildy must prevent a bevy of hungry reporters, trigger-happy policemen, and even the mayor from finding the biggest story to hit the newspaper in years!
Vintage Theatre Presents:
“City of Angels”
February 1 through March 3
at Vintage Theatre
1468 Dayton Street
Tickets are $25
Winner of the 1990 Tony Award for Best Musical, “City of Angels” weaves together two stories: a side-splitting Hollywood comedy (performed in color) and a film noir detective drama (performed in black and white!) With a hysterical book by Larry Gelbart (TV’s M.A.S.H.), and a jazzy score by Tony-Award-winner Cy Coleman (Sweet Charity), this musical is a thrilling, fun-filled evening!