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2017-2018 Broadway season features diverse lineup

STAFF REPORTS
Published on Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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Jessie Mueller as Jenna in the original broadway production of

Joan Marcus 2016

Jessie Mueller as Jenna in the original broadway production of "Waitress".

 

The 2017-2018 Broadway season at the Peace Center features Tony Award winners, poignant plots, rousing music, classic love stories and celebrated blockbusters.

The nine-show season features the 2015 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, “Fun Home”, and the 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Revival, “The Color Purple”. The lineup also includes the soaring songs of “The Bodyguard”, the New York Times Critics’ Pick high-octane smash, “School of Rock”, the inspiring true story of “On Your Feet!”, the empowering journey of “Waitress” and the continuation of the Phantom’s journey in “Love Never Dies”. Also part of the season are the highly-anticipated returns of two blockbusters, “Les Misérables” and the new production of “The Phantom of the Opera”.

The 2018-2019 season will include the South Carolina premiere of “Hamilton”. Subscribers from the 2017-2018 season will have first access to “Hamilton” when they renew their subscription for the 2018-2019 season.

The 2017-2018 Broadway season includes:

The Bodyguard

Based on the smash hit film, the award-winning musical will star Grammy Award-nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox.Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard Frank Farmer is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.

Fun Home

The “groundbreaking,” “exquisite” and “unforgettable” new musical Fun Home was the event of the Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike, winning five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces the audience to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood.

Contains mature content.

Les Misérables

Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables, direct from its acclaimed Broadway return. Featuring the beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars," “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history.

School of Rock

School of Rock is a New York Times Critics’ Pick. Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie, and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage.

On Your Feet!

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. From international superstardom to life-threatening tragedy, On Your Feet! takes audiences 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.

The Phantom of the Opera

Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera will return to Greenville as part of a brand new North American tour. The show features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award-winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and new staging by director Laurence Connor. The beloved story and thrilling score – with songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You” and “Masquerade” – will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this Phantom one of the largest productions now on tour.

The Color Purple

March 13-18, 2018

The Color Purple is the 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival! This joyous American classic about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South has conquered Broadway.

Waitress

May 8-13, 2018

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) 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 who 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.

Love Never Dies

June 12-17, 2018

The ultimate love story continues in Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. Ten years after disappearing from the Paris Opera House, the Phantom has a new life in New York, where he lives amongst the joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island. Christine Daaé, now one of the world’s finest sopranos, is coming to perform in New York. In a final bid to win back Christine’s love, the Phantom lures her, Raoul and their young son to the glittering and glorious world of Coney Island.

• Nine-show season ticket packages are $345-$865. A seven-show package, not including “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Les Misérables”, is available for $235-$655. Eight-show packages including “The Phantom of the Opera” or “Les Misérable” are also available. Season ticket packages are available now to renewing and new subscribers, and payment plans are available. Season tickets may be purchased by calling 864.467.3000 or 800.888.7768 at the Peace Center Box Office or online at www.peacecenter.org. A per order handling fee applies. Group and individual show tickets will go on sale at later dates.

 

 

 

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