Monday, March 21, 2016

ASU Gammage's 2016 / 2017 Season!

ASU Gammage is thrilled to announce its 2016-2017 Desert Schools Broadway Across America.

“We’re bringing some of the biggest shows on Broadway to ASU Gammage next season,” says Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, executive director for ASU Gammage and associate vice president cultural affairs for ASU. “This season patrons will fall in love with ASU Gammage debuts of award-winning Broadway hits such as BEAUTIFUL, MATILDA, FINDING NEVERLAND, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS and CURIOUS INCIDENT – as well as classic favorites like CABARET and THE SOUND OF MUSIC.”

The 2016-2017 full season includes:

Randy Harrison and the 2016 National Touring cast
Photo: Joan Marcus
SEPTEMBER 13-18, 2016

Direct from Broadway, the acclaimed masterpiece returns to Tempe! The critically acclaimed and award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to present Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall’s (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) Tony Award®-winning production of CABARET.

Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.” Leave your troubles outside – life is beautiful at CABARET, John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff’s Tony-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.

Kerstin Anderson with (l to r) Svea Johnson, Audrey Bennett,
Quinn Erickson, Mackenzie Currie, Maria Knasel,
Erich Schuett, and Paige Silvester
photo: Matthew Murphy
OCTOBER 18-23, 2016

A brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O’Brien, is coming to ASU Gammage. The beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC enjoyed extraordinary success as a live television production when “The Sound of Music Live!” aired on NBC in December, 2013 and was seen by over
44 million people. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.

Abby Mueller
Photo by Joan Marcus
NOVEMBER 22-27, 2016

BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical tells the Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

The Company of Matilda the Musical First National Tour
photo: Joan Marcus
FEBRUARY 7-12, 2017

TIME Magazine’s #1 Show of the Year! Winner of 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards®, MATILDA THE MUSICAL is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, MATILDA continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages on Broadway, in London’s West End, and in Sydney, Australia.  The Wall Street Journal says, “The makers of MATILDA have done the impossible – triumphantly! It is smart, sweet, zany and stupendous fun.”

Laura Michelle Kelly
and the Original Broadway cast of Finding Neverland
photo: Carol Rosegg
MARCH 14-19, 2017

FINDING NEVERLAND is Broadway’s biggest new hit and the winner of’s
Audience Choice Award for BEST MUSICAL! This breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart” (Time Magazine). Directed by visionary Tony® winner Diane Paulus, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan.  Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie leaves his old world behind for Neverland where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. FINDING NEVERLAND is “far and away the best musical of the year!” (NPR).

Original Broadway Cast
Photo: Matthew Murphy
APRIL 18-23, 2017

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the new Tony Award®-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war.
Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award® winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into the perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2014-2015 season!
The New York Times raves “An American in Paris is a triumph! Pure joy!” and the Wall Street Journal declares, “Once you’ve seen it, you’ll find it hard to settle for less ever again.”

Alex Sharp in the Original Broadway Cast
photo: Joan Marcus
JUNE 20-25, 2017 

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, winner of five 2015 Tony Awards® including BEST PLAY, is coming to Tempe as part of the 16/17 season! Hailed as “One of the most fully immersive works ever to wallop Broadway” by The New York Times, this “dazzling” (Associated Press) adaptation is the Tony Award®-winning new play by Simon Stephens, adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel and directed by Tony winner Marianne Elliott. Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.


Laura Michelle Hughes, Erin Fish and Sarah Smith
photo: Joan Marcus
DECEMBER 6-11, 2016

Priority Subscriber Offer Begins Monday, May 2

MAMMA MIA! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill.  Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.  Whether it’s your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time at MAMMA MIA!.

Yu Ho Jin
Photo: Joan Marcus
JANUARY 17-21, 2017

Priority Subscriber Offer Begins Monday, May 2
Direct from Broadway, the world’s best selling magic show is coming to Tempe.
 THE ILLUSIONISTS™ – LIVE FROM BROADWAY™ has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage.  This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.

Monica L. Patton, David Larsen, Cody Jamison Strand
in the National Tour of The Book of Mormon
photo: Joan Marcus
MAY 18-28, 2017

Tickets on sale now.
The New York Times calls it "the best musical of the century." The Washington Post says, "It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals." And Entertainment Weekly says, "Grade A: the funniest musical of all time." Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show calls it "Genius. Brilliant. Phenomenal." It's The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award®-winning Best Musical.

This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, THE BOOK OF MORMON has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language.

Looking beyond the 2016-2017, ASU Gammage has also announced that it will bring HAMILTON as part of the 2017-2018 season. The best way to guarantee tickets to HAMILTON is to purchase a season subscription for the Desert Schools Federal Credit Union Broadway in Arizona 2016-2017 season.  Subscribers who renew their subscription for the 2016-2017 season will be able to guarantee their seats for the premiere Tempe engagement of HAMILTON before tickets become available to the general public.

Current subscribers can renew their season tickets now. New season subscriptions go on sale Monday, May 9 and start at the affordable price of $145 for seven shows.

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