Broadway In Boston, the city's mainstage for Broadway musicals, unveiled the upcoming 2018-2019 Lexus Broadway Season during its annual spring announcement party at the Boston Opera House on Monday evening.
Eleven theatrical productions will take center stage at the Boston Opera House and the Emerson Colonial Theatre, which has been dark the past few season. Highlights of the upcoming season include the Boston premieres of last year's Tony Award winner for Best Musical, "Dear Evan Hansen," plus new national touring productions of "Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "School of Rock" and "A Bronx Tale." Live performances from cast members of these shows highlighted Monday's announcement celebration.
More than 1,500 people from around the city gathered for the annual celebration, including Broadway In Boston's season-ticket holders, group leaders, arts and business leaders, city officials, partners from around the city, sponsors and the Boston media.
Rich in history, Broadway In Boston has been Boston's leading theatrical presenter and producer of Broadway musicals and plays since 1984. For the past 34 years, more than 6 million theatergoers have experienced more than 300 Broadway In Boston productions in many of the city's historic theaters, including Boston Opera House, Emerson Colonial Theatre, Wilbur Theatre and Charles Playhouse.
"We are pleased to announce 23 weeks of Broadway in the upcoming 2018-2019 season, which will include a range of 11 theatrical productions featuring some of the industry's biggest titles direct from Broadway, classics that remain near and dear to our hearts, and Boston favorites making their return," said Tivon Marcus, Broadway In Boston's vice president. "In addition to the Boston Opera House, Broadway In Boston will resume programming at the Colonial Theatre this season with three presentations as part of the theater's exciting new chapter in Boston's theater district."
Broadway In Boston's long and storied history at the Colonial Theatre continues this fall when Broadway and London's award-winning smash comedy, "The Play That Goes Wrong" opens the 2018-2019 season Nov. 7-18. Also slated for the Emerson Colonial Theatre is the world's best-selling magic show "The Illusionists," the mind-blowing spectacular that showcases the jaw-dropping talents of five of the most incredible Illusionists on Earth, playing March 5-10, 2019, followed by "Kinky Boots," Broadway's huge-hearted, high-heeled hit with songs by Grammy- and Tony-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, May 7-12.
Eight musical productions make their way to the Boston Opera House in the upcoming season. Broadway In Boston kicks off the New Year with a golden ticket when it plays host to "Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," Jan. 8-20, the amazing tale directed by Tony Award-winner Jack O'Brien.
The Tony- and Grammy-Award winning "Beautiful-The Carole King Musical" plays the Opera House Jan. 29-Feb. 10, and tells the inspiring true story of King's rise to stardom where she became one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.
"School of Rock," the hilarious new musical based on the film, featuring 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber and musical theater's first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage, arrives Feb. 12-24.
Spring ushers in "A Bronx Tale," April 2-14, 2019, telling an unforgettable story of loyalty and family with a score by Academy Award winner Alan Menken, directed by Academy Award winner Robert De Niro and Tony winner Jerry Zaks, and based on Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri's story.
Two Cameron Macintosh productions and Boston favorites return next season at the Opera House. The Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, "Les Miserables" is on April 16-28, 2019, and the acclaimed new production of "Miss Saigon" plays June 12-30, 2019.
Winner of six 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and the 2018 Grammy Award, "Dear Evan Hansen," the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it, arrives in the summer of 2019, playing July 10-Aug. 4. Concluding the 2018-2019 Lexus Broadway In Boston season is Broadway's most beloved musical, the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival, "Hello Dolly!," starring Broadway legend Betty Buckley as Dolly Gallagher Levi, playing Aug. 6-18, 2019.
Subscriptions for renewing subscribers only are on sale for the series package that includes: "The Play That Goes Wrong," "Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "School of Rock," "A Bronx Tale," "Miss Saigon," "Dear Evan Hansen" and "Hello Dolly!." Tickets for season options "Beautiful-The Carole King Musical," "Kinky Boots," "The Illusionists" and "Les Misérables" are also currently available for renewing subscribers only. New subscriptions will be available later this spring, but in the meantime, patrons interested in purchasing a new subscription should join the subscription information list at BroadwayIn Boston.com/Season to be notified when new subscriptions become available.
For more information, call 866-523-7469 or visit www.BroadwayInBoston.com. Single tickets will be available at a later date.
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On the marquee
GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY: The Celebrity Series of Boston presents the 50th anniversary performances of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, March 22-25, at the Boch Center Wang Theatre. The Ailey company first performed in Boston in January 1968 at the John Hancock Hall and have continued that five-decade relationship to today. Highlights of the 2018 performances include two new works in the company repertoire by Ailey dancer Jamar Roberts and Spanish choreographer Gustovo Ramirez Sansano; the Boston premiere of artistic director Robert Battle's "Mass"; and new productions of pieces by Talley Beatty and Twyla Tharp. Tickets start at $35 and are available at www.celebrityseries.org or call Ticketmaster at 800-982-2787.
MUSICAL NOTES: To celebrate Women's History Month, the Orchestra of Indian Hill presents "Sounds & Sweet Airs of Women Composers" on Saturday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m., at the Littleton High School Performing Arts Center, 56 King St., Littleton. Maestro Bruce Hangen has curated a program of women composers through the centuries, including Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Dame Elizabeth Machonchy, Lili Boulanger, Peggy Stuart Coolidge and Clara Schumann, whose "Piano Concerto in A Minor" will be performed by guest soloist and acclaimed pianist Janice Weber. Tickets are $20, $35, $50, and free for Indian Hill Music School students. Available online at www.indianhillmusic.org or call 978-486-9524, ext. 116 or at the door.