Monday, March 12, 2018

ASU Gammage’s 2018 / 2019 Season!

from our friends at ASU Gammage:

ASU Gammage will bring the best of Broadway to Tempe again in the 2018-2019 ASU Gammage Desert Financial Broadway Across America - Arizona Season. The new season features everything you’d wish for including the winner of six 2017 Tony Awards® and 2018 Grammy Award®winner DEAR EVAN HANSEN; beloved 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 FACTORYand the smash-hit comedy THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG.

In addition, ASU Gammage is thrilled to welcome back three Valley favorites as season options including RENT, THE BOOK OF MORMON, and Arizona’s most “popular” musical WICKED.

“This season is packed with Broadway’s biggest hits, and I can’t wait for the Valley to experience these amazing productions, “said Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, executive director of ASU Gammage & 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 best way to guarantee tickets to the best of Broadway is to purchase a season subscription.

Current season ticket holders can renew their subscriptions now. New season subscriptions go on sale Monday, May 7. Subscriptions start at $190 for seven shows and are available at

The 2018-2019 season includes:

October 2-7, 2018

Book by Jessie Nelson; Music by Sara Bareilles; Lyrics by Sara Bareilles; Based upon the motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly

Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles("Brave," "Love Song"), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam), choreography by Lorin Latarro (Les Dangereuse Liasons, Waiting for Godot) and direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (HAIR, PIPPIN, FINDING NEVERLAND).

Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's beloved 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.

"WAITRESS is a little slice of heaven!" saysEntertainment Weekly and "a monumental contribution to Broadway!" according to Marie Claire. Don't miss this uplifting musical celebrating friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.

November 6-11, 2018

Music by Emilio Estefan and Gloria Estefan; Book by Alexander Dinelaris 

From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and
broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music
world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything.

ON YOUR FEET! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet.

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), ON YOUR FEET! features some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter-century — and one of the most inspiring stories in music history.


November 27–December 2, 2018

Book by Steven Levenson; Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul


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.

“One of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history,” says The Washington Post. Rolling Stone calls DEAR EVAN HANSEN, “a game-changer that hits you like a shot in the heart͟” and NBC News raves “An inspiring anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond.”

DEAR EVAN HANSEN 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. 

The Washington Post calls DEAR EVAN HANSEN one of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history.

January 8-13, 2019

Book by Michael Stewart; Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman; Based on the play 'The Matchmaker' by Thornton Wilder

Tony Award®-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in HELLO, DOLLY! – the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls “the best show of the year!” Winner of four Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival, director Jerry Zaks’ “gorgeous” new production (Vogue) is “making people crazy happy!” (The Washington Post). Breaking box office records week after week and receiving thunderous raves on Broadway, this HELLO, DOLLY! 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. Rolling Stone calls it “a must-see event. A musical comedy dream. If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket, you’ll be seeing something historic. Wow, wow, wow, indeed!”

Jan. 31- Feb. 17, 2019

Book by Chad Beguelin; Music by Alan Menken; Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice; Additional lyrics by Chad Beguelin; Based on the Disney film written by Ron Clements, John Musker, Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio

Discover a whole new world at Disney’s ALADDIN, the hit Broadway musical.
From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of ALADDINa thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.
Hailed by USA Today as “Pure Genie-Us,” ALADDINfeatures all your favorite songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony® and Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (NEWSIES) with lyrics penned by the legendary Howard Ashman (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST), Tony Award winner Tim Rice (THE LION KING, AIDA), and book writer Chad Beguelin (THE WEDDING SINGER).

Directed and choreographed by Tony Award® winner Casey Nicholaw (THE BOOK OF MORMON, SOMETHING ROTTEN!) this “Fabulous” and “Extravagant” (The New York Times) new musical boasts an incomparable design team, with sets, costumes and lighting from Tony Award® winners Bob Crowley (Mary Poppins), Gregg Barnes (KINKY BOOTS), and Natasha Katz (AN AMERICAN IN PARIS). See why audiences and critics agree, ALADDIN is “Exactly What You Wish For!" (NBC-TV).

March 19-24, 2019

Written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields; Original Music by Rob Falconer

What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You’d get THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, Broadway and London’s award-winning smash comedy! Called “A gut-busting hit” (The New York Times) and “The funniest play Broadway has ever seen” (HuffPost), this classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania delivering “a riotous explosion of comedy” (Daily Beast). Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), it’s “tons of fun for all ages” (HuffPost) and “comic gold” (Variety) – sure to bring down the house!

June 11-16, 2019

Book by David Greig; Music by Marc Shaiman; Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman; Based on the novel by Roald Dahl; Songs from the Motion Picture by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley

Roald Dahl's amazing tale is now Tempe’s golden ticket! It's the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including "Pure Imagination," "The Candy Man," and "I've Got a Golden Ticket," alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of HAIRSPRAY.

Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate 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 joyride through a world of pure imagination. Now's your chance to experience the wonders of Wonka like never before – get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper!


April 3-May 5, 2019

Book by Winnie Holzman; Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Based on the novel "Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West " by Gregory Maguire;

WICKED, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle.  Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.” 

From the first electrifying note to the final breathtaking moment, WICKED—the untold true story of the Witches of Oz—transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story that USA Today cheers is “a complete triumph! An original musical that will make you laugh, cry, and think.”

May 28–June 2, 2019

Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

August 6-11, 2019

Book, Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez, Matt Stone and Trey Parker

The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this 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.

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