Must-See Shows Coming to Charlotte in 2020
The kid-friendly concerts and performances to check out
Shen Yun (Feb. 6-9)
Travel to the magical world of ancient China and experience the culture through classical Chinese dance. Thurs.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2pm and 7:30pm; Sun. 2pm. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $80-$150. 888-974-3698.
Dinosaur World Live (Feb. 12)
Grab your compass, and explore uncharted territories in a prehistoric world of dinosaurs. Knight Theater, 430 South Tryon St. Ages 3 and older. 7pm. $25+.
Pinocchio (Feb. 21-March 1)
When carpenter and toy-maker Geppetto makes a puppet named Pinocchio, he is astonished when his puppet becomes a real boy. Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 2 p.m. Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell Street E., Matthews. Ages 5 and older. $12-$14.
Dancing with the Stars: Live! (Feb. 29)
The all-new production continues its legacy of wowing audiences with live dance routines from the hit ABC show. BoPlex, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 8pm. $59+.
Marc Broussard (March 7)
While these songs are geared toward a younger ear, Broussard’s soulful sound, expressive vocals, and sweeping orchestration appeals to all ages. McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 8pm. $25. 704-372-1000.
Sleeping Beauty: A Fairy-Tailored Classic (March 13-22)
See the tale of Princess Aurora, the Lilac Fairy, and the royal court set to Tchaikovsky’s quintessential score. See website for showtimes. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. $25-$96.
Sesame Street Live: Make Your Magic (March 14-15)
Join your favorite furry monsters on this magical adventure when “Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic” comes to your neighborhood. Shows at 10:30am and 2:30pm. BoPlex, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $25+.
National Geographic Live: Into the Arctic Kingdom (March 24)
Photographer Florian Schulz discovered a vibrant ecosystem with polar bears, musk ox, and thousands of caribou during his 34 months in the high arctic. McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 6:30pm. $20+. 704-372-1000.
MasterChef Junior Live! (March 28)
Catch head-to-head cooking demonstrations that are fun for all ages. BoPlex, 2700 East Independence Blvd. 7pm. $55+, plus $8 for parking.
Dragons Love Tacos (April 3-May 3)
The number one New York Times bestselling phenomenon comes to life at the taco party of all taco parties. See website for show times. Enjoy a sensory-friendly performance on April 26 at 4pm. McColl Family Theatre, 300 E. 7th St. Recommended for ages 4 and older. $12+. 704-973-2828.
Babe the Sheep-Pig (April 4-5)
A piglet destined for butchering arrives at the farmyard, gets adopted by an old sheep dog, and discovers a special secret to success. Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. Matthews Community Center, 100 E. McDowell St., Matthews. $9-$10. 704-846-8343.
Blue Man Group (April 24-26)
The global smash returns to Charlotte to bring the music, the laughs, and the party. See website for performance schedule. BoPlex, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. TBA.
Anastasia (April 28-May 3)
Get transported from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of 1920s Paris, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. See website for showtimes. BoPlex, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. TBA.
The Spongebob Musical (June 16-21)
Broadway’s best creative minds reimagine the beloved Nickelodeon series with humor and heart. SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face catastrophe until an unexpected hero takes center stage. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.
Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (June 26)
See the classic movie on the big screen set to live music. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 7:30pm. TBA. 704-972-2000.
Jesus Christ Superstar 50th Anniversary Tour (July 28-Aug. 2)
This production pays tribute to the 1971 Billboard Album of the Year with a modern, theatrical show. Audio Description and ASL provided for the Aug. 2 show at 1:30pm. See website for additional showtimes. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. TBA.
Disney’s Frozen (Oct. 7-18)
Hear the songs you know and love from the film, plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers. Enjoy special effects, stunning sets and costumes, and powerhouse performances. Audio Description and ASL provided for the 1pm show on Oct. 11. See website for additional showtimes. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. TBA. 704-372-1000.
Wicked (Dec. 9-Jan 10, 2021)
See what happened in the Land of Oz long before Dorothy arrives. There will be no performances on Dec. 14, Dec. 25, Jan. 1 and Jan. 4. See website for showtimes. BoPlex, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. TBA.