The Arts Hub: For two weekends catch the rock musical “American Idiot,” featuring the music of Green Day, where characters try to find meaning amid a post-9/11 world; 7:30 pm Friday-Saturday and Aug. 12-13; and 2:30 pm Sunday and Aug. 14; 420 Courtney Way, Lafayette; $16; artshub.org.
Butterfly Effect Theater Company: The final summer production of “Dorothy’s Dictionary” will roll into the NoBo Arts District, 4949 Broadway, Boulder, at 5:30 pm Friday via BETC’s mobile Theater Truck; free; betc.org.
Centennial State Ballet: The third-annual Garden Party is celebrating the youth company’s outgoing seniors while welcoming in the new crop of seniors by hosting an original performance with live accompaniment by the Crystal Swing Band. The Georgia Boys BBQ food truck will be on site; noon-2:30 pm Sunday; Roosevelt Park Pavilion, 700 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont; $10; centennialstateballet.org.
Colorado Brazil Fest: The largest festival of its kind in the state celebrates Brazillian music, dance and culture in Boulder and kicks off at 6:30 pm Thursday with a free performance from Bateria Alegria, Luciana Da Silva and Samba Colorado in front of the Boulder County Courthouse. It runs through Aug. 14 and features free events, workshops and dance lessons as well as three ticketed shows; Pearl Street Mall, between 13th and 14th streets, Boulder; thedairy.org/colorado-brazil-fest.
Aerial Dance Festival: The 24th annual fest returned to Boulder this week after a two-year pandemic hiatus and will host a weekend showcase with renowned artists from Colorado, across the nation and Canada who will perform on bungee, aerial fabric, trapeze, hoop, rope, cyr wheel and more; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder; frequentflies.org.
Jesters Dinner Theatre: Front deRanged Improv Comedy Troupe will be taking audience suggestions to guide comedic scenes in this adult-only comedy show; 7:30 p.m. Friday; 224 Main St., Longmont; $10-$15; jesterstheatre.com.
Junkyard Social Club: The Boulder-based Improv Collaborative will stage comedy skits in a family-friendly setting at this First Friday event. There will be food from Que Rico Parce Empanadas and drinks from Septembre Winery; 6 p.m. Friday; 2525 Frontier Ave., Unit A, Boulder; free; junkyardsocialclub.org.
The Spark: Keep vibes positive and pink with “Legally Blonde, the Musical,” a show that follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal. The production kicks off with a 7 pm show Friday and a 6 pm show Saturday and will run through Aug. 14, The Spark, 4847 Pearl St B4, Boulder; thesparkcreates.org.
All’s Well That Ends Well: Coming-of-age hull set in 1950s France, through Saturday, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, University Theatre, CU, Boulder; $20-$67; cuppresents.org.
The Book of Will: Contemporary play that pays tribute to the friends who helped publish Shakespeare’s plays after his death, through Saturday, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre, CU, Boulder; $22-$81; cuppresents.org.
Cinderella: Musical version of the fairy tale about how life somehow requires a handsome, wealthy and powerful man to make a young woman happy, through Sept. 4, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, 4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown; $29-$66; coloradocandlelight.com.
Coriolanus: Shakespeare’s political drama about a soldier, common people and polarizing times, through Sunday, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, University Theatre, CU, Boulder; $19-$64; cuppresents.org.
Pretty Woman, The Musical: Broadway tour of the musical based on the popular movie of the same name, through Aug. 14, DCPA Broadway, Buell Theatre, 13th and Curtis streets, Denver; $35-$120; denvercenter.org.
Pride and Prejudice: Modern spin on the romantic novel, through Saturday, Firehouse Theater Company, John Hand Theater, 7653 E. 1st Place, Denver; $25; firehousetheatercompany.com.
puffs: Not saving the world is OK, too, in this Harry Potter-themed production, through Sunday, The Spark, 4847 Pearl St. B4, Boulder; thesparkcreates.org.
The Spongebob Musical: The power of optimism shines through in this musical based on the hit cartoon, through Sept. 3, BDT Stage, 5501 Arapahoe Road, Boulder; $70-$75 (includes meal); bdtstage.com.
The Three Little Pigs vs. The Apocalypse: It’s 2520 and things are crazy as three pig people escape a mad scientist’s lab and head for a safe haven in the Rocky Mountains, through Sunday, Arts in the Open, Chautauqua Picnic Shelter, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder; $16-$21; chautauqua.com.
The Two Gentlemen of Verona: Two pals find themselves at odds over the same gal, through Sunday, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre, CU, Boulder; $22-$81; cuppresents.org.
The Children: Humorous and timely eco-thriller, Sept. 15-Oct. 8, Butterfly Effect Theater Company, Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder; betc.org.
Hadestown: Tony Award-winning musical that tells a contemporary love story, Aug. 30-Sept. 11, DCPA Broadway, Buell Theatre, 13th and Curtis streets, Denver; $35-$125; denvercenter.org.
Into the Woods: Stephen Sondheim’s dark musical that intertwines the plots of Brothers Grimm fairy tales, Sept. 9-Oct. 9, Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada; arvadacenter.org.
Newsical The Musical: Long-running off-Broadway show that spoofs the news, Sept. 7-25, Garner Galleria Theatre, DCPA, 14th and Curtis streets, Denver; denvercenter.org.
Theater of the Mind: David Byrne and Mala Gaonkar-created immersive theater piece world premiere, Aug. 31-Dec. 18, DCPA, York Street Yards, 3887 Steele St., Denver; theateroftheminddenver.com.
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