TPAC Announces 2017-18 Broadway Season

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Mark your calendars for several blockbuster Broadway gems coming to TPAC next season!

Theater lovers take note! TPAC brings an amazing slate of musicals to Nashville for its 2017-18 Broadway series, including a four-week return engagement of the smash hit Wicked.

Eight shows comprise the regular Broadway series with four exciting add-on productions. During an announcement event held at TPAC’s Jackson Hall on Tuesday, April 11, TPAC President/CEO Kathleen O’Brien kicked off the evening addressing “the 11-time Tony-winning elephant in the room.” No, Hamilton hopefuls, the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical is not in the mix next season, but O’Brien says her team is working on getting it to TPAC as soon as possible.

However, here’s a Hamilton appetizer to tide you over — Leslie Odom Jr. who originated the role of Aaron Burr will perform a night of music at TPAC on Tuesday, Aug. 15 (tickets go on sale Friday, April 21).

THE 2017-18 BROADWAY SEASON AT TPAC

The regular Broadway season includes these eight shows:

PART OF THE PLAN (world premiere)
Sept. 8 – 24, 2017
TPAC takes a historic step with its next season by presenting, for the first time ever, a world premiere of a developmental production. Part of the Plan is a new, original musical by Kate Atkinson and Karen Harris that incorporates the music of late singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg. The story follows three turbulent decades in the lives of an adopted boy and the teenage girl of privilege who was forced to give him up. The musical explores themes of love, loss, renewal and how all in life happens for a reason.

FUN HOME
Oct. 10 – 15, 2017
Winner of the 2015 Tony for Best Musical, Fun Home is based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir and journeys through three different ages of Alison as she explores her childhood.

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
Oct. 31 – Nov. 5, 2017
This Tony-winning musical is about an American solider, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each longing for a new beginning in the aftermath of war.

THE KING AND I
Jan. 30 – Feb. 4, 2018
This Rodgers & Hammerstein classic is set in 1860’s Bangkok. It tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship between the King of Siam and a British schoolteacher.

CABARET
Feb. 27 – March 4, 2018
This Kander and Ebb Tony winner invites you into the famous Kit Kat Klub where emcee Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to leave their troubles behind in pre-WWII Germany.

WICKED
March 28 – April 22
The Broadway hit that looks at life in the Land of Oz from a different angle returns for a glorious four-week run! The fantastic story provokes theater goers to ponder what constitutes good vs evil.

WAITRESS
June 5 – 10, 2018
This new musical features original music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles. It tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. The Chicago Tribune says, “It’s an empowering musical of the highest order!”

LOVE NEVER DIES
June 19 – 24, 2018
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to The Phantom of the Opera finds the Phantom living a new life in New York among the joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island. There, he lures Christine, Raoul and their young son, not knowing what’s in store for them. This tour marks the first time the musical will be seen in North America.

BROADWAY SPECIAL ADD-ON SHOWS

Want more? Here ya go:

DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID
Aug. 1 – 6, 2017
Bring your kids for a trip “Under the Sea,” during Disney’s stage adaptation based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories.

LES MISERABLES
Nov. 14 – 19, 2017
This is a brand-new production of the Tony Award-winning phenomenon. Experience it all over again with new staging and reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo.

JERSEY BOYS
Jan. 9 – 14, 2018
The Tony-winning Best Musical  tells the true story of how four blue-collar kids become one of the greatest success stories in pop music history as The Four Seasons. Enjoy hits like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh, What a Night,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and many more.

THE ILLUSIONISTS — LIVE FROM BROADWAY
Feb. 16 – 18, 2018
This all-ages show features the jaw-dropping talents of five of the top illusionists on earth. It’s packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of epic proportions.

Season subscriptions are on sale now. Call 615-782-4040 or visit tpac.org.

Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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