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The Denver Center for the Performing Arts 2015/16 Broadway Season
Thursday, February 05, 2015
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts 2015/16 Broadway season features Tony Award-winning hits and family favorites straight from Broadway including: “Matilda the Musical,” “If/Then” (national tour launch), “Murder for Two,” “A Christmas Story, the Musical,” “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” “Disney’s Newsies” and “Beautiful – the Carole King Musical.” Subscriptions start as low as eight payments of $26.13 and are available by calling 303.893.4100 or visiting  

Broadway 2015/16 Season at-a-glance

“The Book of Mormon” - The Ellie Caulkins Opera House - Aug 11-Sept 13, 2015
“Matilda The Musical” - Buell Theatre - Sept 9-20, 2015
“If/Then” - Buell Theatre - Oct 13-25, 2015
“Murder For Two” - Garner Galleria Theatre - Oct 27, 2015-Feb 21, 2016
“Disney's The Lion King” - Buell Theatre - Nov 4-29, 2015
“A Christmas Story, The Musical” - Buell Theatre - Dec 16-27, 2015
“Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage” - Buell Theatre - Jan 26-31, 2016
“The Wizard of Oz” - Buell Theatre - Feb 7-13, 2016
“A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder” - Buell Theatre - Feb 16-28, 2016
“Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour” - Buell Theatre - Mar 8-13, 2016
“Disney’s Newsies” - Buell Theatre - Mar 23-Apr 9, 2016
“ONCE” - The Ellie Caulkins Opera House - May 24-29, 2016
“NETworks Presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast” - Buell Theatre - June 7-12, 2016
“The Sound of Music” - Buell Theatre - June 21-26, 2016
“Beautiful –The Carole King Musical” - Buell Theatre - Jul 19-31, 2016

“Matilda the Musical”
Winner of 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards, “Matilda the Musical” is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, “Matilda the Musical” continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages on Broadway and in London’s West End.

“If/Then” is a contemporary Broadway musical about living in New York today – and all the possibilities of tomorrow. With unforgettable songs and a deeply moving story by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning creators of Next to Normal, this “fascinating, ambitious, and original new musical (New York Post)” simultaneously follows one woman’s two possible life paths, painting a deeply moving portrait of the lives we lead, as well as the lives we might have led.

“Murder for Two”
“Murder for Two,” direct from its smash Off-Broadway run in New York, is a hilarious 90-minute murder mystery musical comedy with a twist: one actor investigates the crime, the other plays all of the suspects and they both play the piano! The New York Times calls it “INGENIOUS!  A snazzy double-act!” and Entertainment Weekly describes it as “A charmingly frenetic all-stops out musical comedy!” “Murder for Two” is the winner of the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Musical and a Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Award nominee.

“A Christmas Story, the Musical”
Direct from Broadway, “A Christmas Story, the Musical,” nominated for three 2013 Tony Awards includingBest Musical, comes to hilarious life onstage. Based on the classic 1983 movie, the story takes place in 1940’s Indiana, where a bespectacled boy named Ralphie has a big imagination and one wish for Christmas. A kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a cranky department store Santa and a triple dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the obstacles that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas dream.

“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder”
Winner of four 2014 Tony Awards including Best Musical.
Coming direct from New York, “Gentleman’s Guide” tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession, by any means necessary. All the while, he’s got to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars. Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance…and be done in time for tea. Getting away with murder can be so much fun… and there’s no better proof than the knock-’em-dead hit show.

“Disney’s Newsies”
They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines… Direct from Broadway comes “Newsies,” the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Choreography, “Newsies” has audiences and critics alike calling it “A musical worth singing about!” (The New York Times). Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it’s a high-energy explosion of song and dance you just don’t want to miss. Based on true events, “Newsies” tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. It’s a rousing tale about fighting for what’s right…and staying true to who you are. “Newsies” was brought to the stage by an award-winning creative team. It features a score by Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast) and Jack Feldman (The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride) and a book by Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), with choreography by Christopher Gattelli (South Pacific) and direction by Jeff Calhoun (Big River).

“Beautiful — the Carole King Musical”
“Beautiful — the Carole King Musical” tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song, Beautiful has a book by Tony Award-nominee and Academy Award-nominated writer Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, choreography by Josh Prince and took home two 2014 Tony Awards.

Broadway 2015/16 season subscribers may purchase these added attractions before they go on sale to the public:

“Disney’s The Lion King”
More than 70 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon of “Disney’s The Lion King,” and now you can too, when Denver’s best-loved musical returns to The Buell Theatre.  Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this landmark musical event brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway.  Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. “The Lion King” also features some of Bro”adway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice.  There is simply nothing else like “The Lion King.”

“Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage”
Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage is a record-breaking live theatre sensation, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. London’s Sunday Express says “This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!” Featuring the hit songs, “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do you Love Me?” and the heart stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” You’ll have the time of your life!

“The Wizard of Oz”
This new production of “The Wizard of Oz” is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally reconceived for the stage. Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, this production contains the beloved songs from the Oscar - winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for the whole family.

“Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour”
The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand in “Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour.” Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song.  Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland - in rock, music, theatre and film - nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of “Riverdance.” “ Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour” is composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, and comes directly to North America from a sold out run across Europe and Asia.

Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, “ONCE” is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, “ONCE” tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights... but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, “ONCE” draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It's an unforgettable story about going for your dreams and the power of music to connect us all.

NETworks Presents “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”
“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” the smash hit Broadway musical, returns to Denver.  Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of more than 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song.  Experience the romance and enchantment of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” at The Buell Theatre.

“The Sound of Music”
The hills are alive! A brand new production of “The Sound of Music,” directed by three-time Tony Award winning Director Jack O’Brien, is coming to the Buell Theatre. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony, Grammy and Academy Award winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. “The Sound of Music” enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in more than 50 years when “The Sound of Music Live!” aired on NBC in December, 2013 (seen by more than 44 million people); 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.

Additional subscriber benefits include preferred seating, free ticket exchanges and various special offers throughout the season.  

Denver Center for the Performing Arts 2015/16 Broadway subscription packages start at just eight easy payments of $26.13. Restrictions apply. To purchase a subscription, please call Denver Center Ticket Services: 303.893.4100 or 800.641.1222, or visit the ticket office located in the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex at Speer & Arapahoe.  Subscription packages may be purchased online at  Groups of 10 or more, please call 303.446.4829. Please be advised that The Denver Center for the Performing Arts – – is the ONLY authorized online ticket provider for these productions in Denver.

Patrons may consider upgrading their subscription to a Best of Broadway Society membership. This premium package includes premium tickets to “Matilda the Musical,” “If/Then,” “Disney’s The Lion King,” “A Christmas Story, the Musical, “Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage,” “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” “Newsies” and “Beautiful – the Carole King Musical” as well as pre-show dinner and cocktails at Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House and private intermission amenities. Plus, these limited memberships include a tax-deductible contribution that helps maintain Denver’s status as a “pick city” on the Broadway touring circuit. Best of Broadway Society memberships are $5,000 per person ($3,438 is tax-deductible). Please call 303.572.4594 for more information.

“The Book of Mormon,” is back by popular demand for a limited engagement August 11-September 13, 2015 at The Ellie Caulkins Opera House. “The Book of Mormon” broke house records during the last engagement in 2013 and currently holds the all-time record at The Buell Theatre for the highest weekly gross (for an eight-show performance week) for the week ending November 17, 2013 during which the show grossed $1,993,690.00. “The Book of Mormon” also broke house records week after week during the three-week national tour launch engagement in fall 2012 and currently holds the all-time record at The Ellie for the highest weekly gross (for an eight-show performance week) for the week ending September 2, 2012 during which the show grossed $1,443,977. In addition, “The Book of Mormon” currently holds the all-time single ticket on-sale record for The Denver Center for the Performing Arts with more than 38,000 tickets sold on June 10, 2013. The record was previously held by the 2012 on-sale for the national tour launch. Tickets are now on sale to the general public to “The Book of Mormon.”

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