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Denver Center for the Performing Arts Announces 2016-17 Season
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the nation's largest non-profit theatre organization, proudly announces the 2016/17 Broadway season featuring the pre-Broadway debut of FROZEN. This inspiring, emotional and transformative season also includes: the spectacular new production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, Roundabout Theatre Company's CABARET, AN ACT OF GOD, FINDING NEVERLAND, FUN HOME, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS and THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME. Subscriptions start as low as eight payments of $27.50 and are available at denvercenter.org.  A single ticket on-sale will be announced at a later date. Please be advised that the Denver Center for the Performing Arts – denvercenter.org – is the ONLY authorized online ticket provider for these productions in Denver.

Broadway 2016/17 Season at-a-glance
The Phantom of the Opera - Buell Theatre - Aug 25 - Sep 11, 2016
Roundabout Theatre Company's Cabaret - Buell Theatre -     Sep 27 - Oct 9, 2016
An Act of God - Garner Galleria Theatre - Opens Fall 2016
Hedwig and the Angry Inch - Buell Theatre - Dec 6 - 11, 2016
Finding Neverland - Buell Theatre  - Dec 20, 2016 - Jan 1, 2017
Fun Home - The Ellie Caulkins Opera House -     Jan 10 - 22, 2017
Motown The Musical - Buell Theatre - Feb 15 - 19, 2017
An American in Paris -     Buell Theatre - Mar 8 - 19, 2017
Kinky Boots - Buell Theatre - Mar 21 - 26, 2017
The Illusionists - Ellie Caulkins Opera House - May 19 - 21, 2017
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Ellie Caulkins Opera House - May 30 - Jun 18, 2017
Frozen (Pre-Broadway Debut)- Buell Theatre - Coming Summer 2017
 
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA comes to Denver as part of a brand new North American tour. Hailed by critics as “bigger and better than ever before,” this production boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier, new scenic and lighting designs, new staging and choreography. The beloved story and thrilling score will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest productions now on tour. The Buell Theatre opened in 1991 with THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Come celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Buell opening with this spectacular new production.

Roundabout Theatre Company’s CABARET
Direct from Broadway, the acclaimed masterpiece returns to Denver. As part of its 50th anniversary season, the critically acclaimed and award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to present Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall’s (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) Tony Award-winning production of CABARET.  Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.” Leave your troubles outside – life is beautiful at CABARET, John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff’s Tony-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.

AN ACT OF GOD
After conquering Broadway, the King of the Universe is coming to Denver for the first time ever! God takes human form in AN ACT OF GOD, the sinfully funny and critically acclaimed new play direct from Broadway. He’s finally arrived to set the record straight…and He’s not holding back! Don’t miss this hilarious 90-minute comedy written by 13-time Emmy Award winner David Javerbaum (“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”). The New York Times raves it’s “Deliriously Funny,” and the Toronto Star proclaims, “Thou Must See it!” Denver casting to be announced at a later date.

FINDING NEVERLAND
This breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart” (Time magazine). Vogue cheers, “it’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!” Directed by visionary Tony winner Diane Paulus, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Playwright J.M. Barrie takes a monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for NEVERLAND where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. FINDING NEVERLAND is “far and away the best musical of the year!” (NPR).

FUN HOME
2015 Tony Award-winning Best Musical
Every once in a while a Broadway musical comes along that surprises, moves and excites audiences in ways only a truly landmark musical can. The “groundbreaking” “uplifting” and “exquisite” new musical FUN HOME was the event of the Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike, winning five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and making history along the way. Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, FUN HOME introduces us to Alison at three different ages, as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood. A refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes, “FUN HOME is extraordinary, a rare beauty that pumps fresh air into Broadway” (The New York Times).

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the new Tony Award-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Acclaimed director/ choreographer and 2015 Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2014/2015 season! The New York Times raves “AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is a triumph! Pure joy!” and the Wall Street Journal declares, “Once you’ve seen it, you’ll find it hard to settle for less ever again.” Don’t miss this stunning Broadway hit when it arrives in Denver on its first national tour.

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
2015 Tony Award-winning Best Play
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Play, is coming to Denver. Hailed as “One of the most fully immersive works ever to wallop Broadway” by The New York Times, this “dazzling” (Associated Press) adaptation by Simon Stephens, adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel and directed by Tony winner Marianne Elliott. Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.

FROZEN
From Disney, the producers of The Lion King, Mary Poppins and Beauty and the Beast, comes the beloved tale of two sisters torn apart and their journey to find themselves and their way back to each other. Denver will be the first to see this highly anticipated new musical before it makes its Broadway debut.

FROZEN features music and lyrics by creators of the film score Kristen Anderson-Lopez (In Transit, Up Here) and Robert Lopez (Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon, Up Here) and a book by Jennifer Lee (Wreck-It Ralph), the film’s screenwriter and director (with Chris Buck). FROZEN won 2014 Oscars for Best Song (“Let It Go”) and Best Animated Feature. Golden Globe Award and Obie winner and two-time Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher, Here Lies Love, Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle) is FROZEN’s director and Tony-winner Peter Darling (Billy Elliot, Matilda) is choreographer. The design team for FROZEN includes scenic and costume design by seven-time Tony Award winner Bob Crowley (Mary Poppins, The Coast of Utopia, An American in Paris), lighting design by five-time Tony Award winner Natasha Katz (Aladdin, An American in Paris, The Glass Menagerie) and sound design by four-time Tony nominee Peter Hylenski (The Scottsboro Boys, Motown, After Midnight).  Two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Oremus (Avenue Q, Wicked, The Book of Mormon) is music supervisor and creates vocal and incidental arrangements. FROZEN is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, under the direction of Thomas Schumacher.

Broadway 2016/17 season subscribers may purchase these added attractions before they go on sale to the public:

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
Brilliantly innovative, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH is the landmark American musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask that is “groundbreaking and undoubtedly ahead of its time” (Entertainment Weekly). This genre-bending, fourth-wall-smashing musical sensation, with a pulsing score and electrifying performances, tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage. Directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening) and winner of four 2014 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH  played to record-breaking sell-out crowds on Broadway and promises to take Denver by storm with what Time magazine proclaims is “the most exciting rock score written for the theatre since, oh, ever!”

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
It began as one man's story…became everyone's music…and is now Broadway's musical. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL!

KINKY BOOTS
KINKY BOOTS is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit. With songs by Grammy and Tony winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.  Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. With direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and a book by Broadway legend and four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), KINKY BOOTS is the winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography.  Take a step in the right direction and discover that sometimes the best way to fit in is to stand out. “There is no show hotter than Kinky Boots!” – CBS News

THE ILLUSIONISTS
Direct from Broadway, the world’s best-selling magic show is coming to Denver for the first time. This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of seven of the most incredible Illusionists on earth.  The Illusionists – live from Broadwayhas shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage.  This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.

The 2016/17 Broadway season is generously sponsored by United Airlines and Murray BMW.  Media sponsorship is provided by The Denver Post and CBS4.  Denver Center for the Performing Arts is supported in part by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). For nearly 30 years, the SCFD has enabled the DCPA to offer world-class theatre and educational programs, and has contributed to the vibrant, flourishing entertainment scene in Colorado.

  
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