Pictured: Original Broadway Cast of HAMILTON. Photo by Joan Marcus.
The Kansas City Broadway Series has announced the lineup for the 2018-19 Broadway Series, presented by Broadway Across America and Theater League at the Music Hall and Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
Joining previously announced HAMILTON are Andrew Lloyd Webber’s SCHOOL OF ROCK, ANASTASIA, EVITA, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG and RENT.
“We’re thrilled to bring HAMILTON, along with another great line-up of shows, to Kansas City. Each season, KC theatre-goers come out in droves to support our shows and producers are always anxious to play the market,” said President of Broadway Across America – Midwest Leslie Broecker.
In addition to the six Kansas City Broadway Series shows, a special return engagement of THE BOOK OF MORMON will be presented at the Music Hall and THE SOUND OF MUSIC will be presented at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
The 2018-19 Kansas City Broadway Series (from the press release):
SCHOOL OF ROCK
November 13-18, 2018 (Music Hall)
SCHOOL OF ROCK is a New York Times Critics’ Pick and “AN INSPIRING JOLT OF ENERGY, JOY AND MAD SKILLZ!” (Entertainment Weekly). 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. Vanity Fair raves, “FISTS OF ALL AGES SHALL BE PUMPING!”
February 5-10, 2019 (Kauffman Center)
Follow the rise of ambitious Eva Peron through the eyes of the future revolutionary leader Ché Guevara as she becomes the beloved Argentinian iconic First Lady, worshipped by many.
EVITA combines Latin music, pop, jazz and musical theatre styles that has captivated audiences for more than 40 years. Winner of 7 Tony Awards, EVITA shines with its female and male star power and highly involved, meaningful chorus with a score by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
March 12-17, 2019 (Music Hall)
From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, ANASTASIA features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, a lush new score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) with direction by Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak.
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG
April 2-7, 2019 (Kauffman Center)
What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You’d get THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, Broadway & 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!
RENT 20th Anniversary Tour
April 30 – May 5, 2019 (Music Hall)
Two decades after opening on Broadway, 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.
Recommended for mature audiences.
June 18 – July 7, 2019 (Music Hall)
HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies, who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.
THE BOOK OF MORMON
December 26-30, 2018 (Music Hall)
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.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
January 15-20, 2019 (Kauffman Center)
The spirited, romantic and 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.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp. Winner of 5 Tony Awards®, SOUND OF MUSIC is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most iconic show of all time.
For more information on the 2018-19 Kansas City Broadway season, including season ticket purchases, visit BroadwayInKC.com.