Local theaters gear up for 2020 season


The heart of the upcoming theater season may still be a few months away, but it’s never too early to stockpile tickets for the bevy of spectacles set to hit area stages later this year and next.

From canonical standards to a slew of regional and world premieres, the 2019-2020 theater season across Aurora and the region promises artistic morsels of all stripes.

Here’s a quick hit of what to expect at theaters across the metroplex later this year and in the new decade.

The Aurora Fox Arts Center

Executive Producer Helen R. Murray’s second season at The Aurora Fox features a pair of regional premieres in “Miss You Like Hell” and “The Squirrels,” and a world premiere of “Secrets of the Universe and Other Songs.”

Like last year’s strong performance of “Hooded or Being Black for Dummies,” Robert Askin’s “Squirrels” offers a stark look at American race relations through Orwellian allegory. The Fox will round out its season with another production of “Twist Your Dickens,” “For Peter Pan On Her 70th Birthday,” and “Disney’s Freaky Friday the Musical.”

The Arvada Center

The team on Wadsworth Boulevard is introducing a trio of regional premieres in 2019 and 2020 with “Bright Star,” “Small Mouth Sounds” and “Something Rotten!” The first show of that crop, “Bright Star” is the rustic musical darling penned by funnyman Steve Martin and 1990s musical wunderkind Edie Brickell.

The Arvada Center continues its season with Neil Simon’s kitschy comedy “Plaza Suite” and a trio of fan favorites: “A Christmas Carol – The Musical,” “Murder on the Orient Express,” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts

A pair of world premieres stick out of the DCPA’s upcoming season. Both “You Lost Me” and “twenty50” will hit a stage for the first time in January 2020. The season’s caboose next April will feature a highly anticipated production in Tarrel Alvin McCraney’s (of Oscar-winning “Moonlight” fame) “Choir Boy.” Weighty “Until the Flood,” both parts of the monumental “A Doll’s House” and the farcical “Twelfth Night” fill out the Denver hub’s season. Also of note: Musical juggernauts “The Book of Mormon” and “Hamilton” are both returning to the Queen City of the Plains’ arts complex in June and August 2020, respectively.

The DCPA is also hosting a gaggle of crowd-pleasers throughout the summer, including “Chicago,” “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Miss Saigon,” among others.

The Vintage Theatre

Vintage Executive Director Craig Bond is continuing his 2019 season with another week of the Julia Cho dramedy “The Language Archive.” In July, the Dayton Street crew is staging the gospel musical “Crowns” by Regina Taylor.

A cluster of premieres fill the remaining 2019 bill at The Vintage with romantic comedy “Emma,” “The Best Day of Your Life,” “Looped,” and “Tuck Everlasting.” The campy musical “The Addams Family” completes the season in September and October.

Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center

Parker Arts isn’t revealing its 2019-2020 docket until July 12. Still, the company is hosting a slew of summer concerts and a pair of crowd-pleasing musicals in “The Full Monty” and “Freaky Friday” in late July and early August.