ASU Gammage Announces Its 2018-19 Broadway Season

‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Hello, Dolly!’ headline the theater’s Broadway season 

ASU Gammage will bring the best of Broadway to Tempe in the 2018-19 ASU Gammage Desert Financial Broadway Across America – Arizona season.

The new season features the winner of six 2017 Tony Awards and 2018 Grammy Award-winner Dear Evan Hansen, Broadway hit Disney’s Aladdin and the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival Hello, Dolly! starring Broadway legend Betty Buckley. The season will also include Broadway hits Waitress and On Your Feet!, family favorite Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and the comedy The Play That Goes Wrong.

In addition, ASU Gammage welcomes back three Valley favorites as season options including Rent, The Book Of Mormon and musical Wicked.

“This season is packed with Broadway’s biggest hits, and I can’t wait for the Valley to experience these amazing productions,” says Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, executive director of ASU Gammage and ASU vice president for cultural affairs. “We have great family shows, fun date nights, Broadway classics and fan favorites. There is really something in this season for everyone!”

 

THE 2018-19 SEASON INCLUDES:

WAITRESS | Oct. 2 – 7, 2018

Lenne Klingaman, Desi Oakley and Charity Angel Dawson in the National Tour of Waitress. PHOTO BY JOAN MARCUS

Brought to life by an all-female creative team, this new hit features original music and lyrics by six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles (“Brave” and “Love Song”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam), choreography by Lorin Latarro (Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Waiting for Godot) and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus (Hair, Pippin and Finding Neverland).

Inspired by Adrienne Shelly‘s film, Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker. Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.

 

ON YOUR FEET! | Nov. 6 – 11, 2018

Christie Prades as Gloria Estefan, Adriel Flete and Company in ‘On Your Feet’! PHOTO BY MATTHEW MURPHY

From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation of pop music. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything. On Your Feet! takes spectators behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet.

The show is directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), with choreography by Olivier Award-winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and an original book by Academy Award-winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman).

 

DEAR EVAN HANSEN | Nov. 27 – Dec. 2, 2018

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. Dear Evan Hansen is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it.

The show features a book by Tony Award-winner Steven Levenson, a score by Academy Award and Tony Award-winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and direction by four-time Tony Award-nominee Michael Greif. Dear Evan Hansen already won six 2017 Tony Awards including Best Musical.

 

HELLO, DOLLY! | Jan. 8 – 13, 2019

‘Hello, Dolly’! PHOTO BY JULIETA CERVANTES

Tony Award-winning Betty Buckley stars in Hello, Dolly! Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, director Jerry Zaks’ new production pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion – hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history.

 

DISNEY’S ALADDIN | Jan. 31- Feb. 17, 2019

‘Aladdin’ Disney Theatrical Productions under the direction of Thomas Schumacher

Directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book Of Mormon and Something Rotten!), Disney’s Aladdin Broadway musical presents a whole new world. From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a new production filled with beauty, magic, comedy and spectacle.

Aladdin features all favorite songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony and Academy Award-winner Alan Menken (Newsies) with lyrics by Howard Ashman (Beauty And The Beast), Tony Award-winner Tim Rice (The Lion King and Aida) and book writer Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer).

 

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG | March 19 – 24, 2019

Harrison Unger, Jonathan Fielding, Clifton Duncan, Amelia McClain and Alex Mandell in the Olivier and Tony Award-winning production of ‘The Play That Goes Wrong.’ PHOTO BY JEREMY DANIEL

The Play That Goes Wrong is a Broadway and London award-winning comedy. Welcome to opening night of the murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead and actors who trip over everything, including their lines.

 

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY | June 11 – 16, 2019

Ryan Foust in Roald Dahl’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ PHOTO BY JOAN MARCUS

Inspired by Roald Dahl‘s tale, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory features songs from the original film, including “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” alongside a new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory … to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to burst with color and confection beyond his wildest dreams. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing ride through a world of pure imagination.

 

SEASON OPTIONS INCLUDE:

WICKED | April 3 – May 5, 2019 

RENT | May 28–June 2, 2019 

THE BOOK OF MORMON| Aug. 6-11, 2019

 

Broadway Across America is part of The John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes broadway.com and The Broadway Channel. Led by 11-time Tony-winning producer John Gore, owner and CEO, BAA is the presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 44 markets with more than 400,000 subscribers.

Current and past productions include BeautifulCats, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, Groundhog Day, Hairspray, Hello, Dolly!, Million Dollar Quartet, On Your Feet!, The Producers, School of Rock and Waitress.


ASU Gammage 2018-19 Broadway Season

1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe

For more information, to purchase a ticket or a season subscription, visit asugammage.com.

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