2015-2016 Season at a Glance

The Arvada Center's 2015-2016 season is an impressive line-up of plays and musicals that spread across several generations of the human experience including themes of self-discovery, romance, humor, and imagination. The three musical and three play season is filled with popular titles and includes one world premiere, two regional premieres and an ongoing collaboration with Creede Repertory Theatre.

Saturday Night Fever at Arvada Center

Regional Premiere

Saturday Night Fever, The Musical

Based on the Paramount/RSO Film and the story by Nik Cohn
Adapted for the stage by Robert Stigwood in collaboration with Bill Oakes
Adapted for the North American stage by Sean Cercone & David Abbinanti

Directed by Rod A. Lansberry

Main Stage Theatre
September 15 – October 4
Previews September 11 - 13

Please note: This production contains adult situations.

Pull out your leisure suit, put on your hot pants, polish your platform shoes and get ready to boogie down when we present this regional premiere musical based on the classic 70s film. Set in the historically significant era of post-Vietnam, Watergate, and years of civil unrest; America was ready to embrace something new. When disco blazoned on the scene, it created a cultural shift by embracing a blending of dance styles from high-energy jitterbug, to mid-century rock and roll and the classic grace of ballroom dance. Disco helped launch a new era that resulted in lifestyle changes and musical genres that have become part of our contemporary culture. Saturday Night Fever, The Musical features all the great Bee Gees disco hits including “Stayin’ Alive”, “How Deep Is Your Love”, “Night Fever”, “If I Can’t Have You”, “You Should Be Dancing” and more! Saturday Night Fever, The Musical will have you dancing in your seat!

In 2010, the film, Saturday Night Fever was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and is preserved in its National Film Registry. The film’s soundtrack was added to its National Recording Registry in 2013.

Saturday Night Fever is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), 570 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2100, New York, NY 10018. (866) 378-0757  www.theatricalrights.com .

Good on Paper at Arvada Center

Creede Repertory Theatre presents the World Premiere of

Good On Paper

By George Brant

Directed by Stephen Weitz



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Black Box Theatre
September 29 - October 25
Previews September 25 - 27

Please note: This production contains some mature language and adult situations.

In this quirky romantic comedy, virtual dating takes on a new twist when a lovelorn police-sketch artist brings her drawings to life. Peg is absurdly particular about the men she dates, no one can live up to her standards until ... a 'Guy' jumps off he sketchpad and sweeps her off her feet. Peg quickly finds out getting what you ask for isn't what it's cracked up to be in this fast-paced play presented by the critically acclaimed Creede Repertory Theatre.


Irving Berlin's White Christmas at Arvada Center

Irving Berlin’s

Based Upon the Paramount Pictures Film
Written For the Screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank 
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin 
Book by David Ives and Paul Blake 
Original stage production directed by Walter Bobbie 
Orchestrations by Larry Blank
Vocal and Dance Arrangements by Bruce Pomahac
Directed by Gavin Mayer

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Main Stage Theatre

November 24 –December 23
Previews November 20 - 22

Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind,  they follow two sisters to a Vermont lodge where they are performing in a Christmas show. This sentimental musical is filled with Christmas cheer, wonderful dance numbers and some of the greatest songs ever written, including “Blue Skies”, “Happy Holiday”, “Sisters”, “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” and the unforgettable title song, “White  Christmas.” Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is a must see for the holidays and guaranteed to fill your entire family with the joy of the season. 

“This cozy trip down memory lane should be put on your wish list.” – New York Times 

“A holiday card comes to life.” – New York Daily News

White Christmas is enchanting as a first snow… Audiences drank it up like spiked egg nog.” - San Francisco Examiner

White Christmas is the perfect holiday musical…” – Talkin’ Broadway

Mrs. Mannerly at Arvada Center

Mrs. Mannerly

By Jeffrey Hatcher
Directed by Edith Weiss





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Black Box Theatre
January 26 – February 21, 2016 
Previews January 22 - 24, 2016

Please note: This production contains some mature language.

Inspired by hilarious memories of a 1967 childhood etiquette class, playwright Jeffrey Hatcher conjures up the world of a ten-year-old studying manners. Jeffrey, the star pupil, is in reality a young rascal who wants nothing more than to be good at something, so he sets his sights on mastering his manners. Mrs. Mannerly is a demanding teacher with a dedication to Emily Post, and no student in her thirty-six years of etiquette classes has achieved a perfect score. Will Jeffrey do what it takes to come out on top or will his outrageous schemes to win, no matter the collateral damage, cost him more than he bargained for? The play mimics stories by humorists like David Sedaris and is a delicious, comic tale about coming-of-age in a simpler time. 


Mrs. Mannerly mixes nostalgia with a spritz of astringent… a carefully crafted coming-of-age story” – Durango Herald

" Mrs.Mannerly ...is playwright Jeffrey Hatcher's delightful yet melancholy valentine to lost innocence." – Riverfront Times

The Mountaintop at Arvada Center

The Mountaintop

By Katori Hall

Directed by Gavin Mayer




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Black Box Theatre
March 22 – April 17, 2016 
Previews March 18 – 20, 2016

Please note: This production contains extensive mature language and is performed without an intermission.

Great theatre can emerge from a simple yet evocative question: 'What if?' Katori Hall, a daring,  young African American playwright, imagines - what might have Marting Luther King, Jr. done the night before he died? Whom might he have talked to? What might he have said? Her Olivier Award-winning play imagines a scenario portraying Martin Luther King more as a man, than a myth. Katori Hall felt 'It is important to see the humanity in this hero so we can see the hero in ourselves.' As a simple hotel room becomes a battleground where man and myth fight for their future, Hall's interpretation crescendos into an unexpected and lyrical flight of theatrical fancy that will leave audiences breathless from the view. 


Original Broadway production was produced by Jean Doumanian, Sonia Friedman and Ambassador Theatre Group

“Stunning… Sensitive and moving.”
Washington Examiner

“Deeply personal, powerful, and engaging.”
Broadway World

 “…a wonderful trip, as audacious as it is inventive.”
Associated Press

Death Takes A Holiday at Arvada Center

Regional Premiere

Death Takes A Holiday

Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston
Book by Peter Stone and Thomas Meehan

Directed by Rod A. Lansberry


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Main Stage Theatre
April 26 – May 15, 2016 
Previews April 22 - 24, 2016

Love defies death in this exquisitely written musical. It's just after World War I, a time of renewal after years of sadness and human suffering. After sparing a young woman who is in a fatal car crash, Death returns to walk among the living, hoping to understand why he chose to save her. As he experiences the simple charms of life, he also begins to comprehend the strength of human love. From the creative team of Titanic and Nine, this stunning musical's soaring meodies and lush score weave an enchanting tale of love and the preciousness of life.

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

“One lush, soaring number after another... ”  -  New York Times

“Maury Yeston is one of the few Broadway composers who has demonstrated the ability to weave the necessary spell, and h is score for Death Takes a Holiday hits splendid heights.” - Variety