Starlight Theatre has announced its 2019 AdventHealth Broadway Series lineup, featuring five week-long Broadway musicals and two weekend specials, seven shows in all.
Six of the seven shows are national Broadway tours, including the 2017 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival HELLO, DOLLY!, along with the Kansas City premiere of A BRONX TALE, directed on Broadway by Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks. The new national tour of CATS, BEAUTIFUL – The Carol King Musical, ROCK OF AGES, CIRQUE DREAMS: JUNGLE FANTASY and s Starlight’s self-produced THE WIZARD OF OZ round out the season.
“Nights out at Starlight are truly magical and have become a summer tradition for many theatergoers and families,” comments Rich Baker, Starlight President and CEO. “We continually strive to be the best venue for Broadway in Kansas City and bring a variety of shows to please every taste. Our 2019 AdventHealth Broadway Series is a wonderful mix of straight-from-Broadway productions and favorites that I can’t wait to share with audiences under the stars.”
The 2019 AdventHealth Broadway Series (from the press release):
ROCK OF AGES
May 31-June 2
Broadway’s Best Party is turning up the volume to ten! Nominated for five Tony Awards, ROCK OF AGES captures the iconic era of 1980s Hollywood. Featuring the music of hit bands such as Styx, Poison, Twisted Sister, Whitesnake and more, this Tenth Anniversary production will have you ready to rock!
THE WIZARD OF OZ
Celebrating the 80th anniversary of the iconic film, THE WIZARD OF OZ is a heartwarming tale of Dorothy’s quest to return home—and the unlikely friendships she makes along the way. Based upon the book by L. Frank Baum, this family favorite takes audiences from the plains of Kansas to the magical world of Oz—full of the spectacular sights and characters that we’ve grown to know and love.
BEAUTIFUL – The Carol King Musical
The Tony and Grammy Award-winning inspiring true story of Carole 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 wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
Rediscover CATS—the record-breaking and beloved musical with breathtaking music by Andrew Lloyd Webber—including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater, “Memory.” Featuring new sound design, direction and choreography for a new generation—experience CATS for the first time as it begins a new life, or let it thrill you all over again! CATS is the winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical.
A BRONX TALE
July 30-Aug. 4
Broadway’s hit crowd-pleaser takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s—where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes, A BRONX TALE is an unforgettable story of loyalty and family directed by Academy Award winner Robert De Niro and Tony winner Jerry Zaks.
CIRQUE DREAMS: JUNGLE FANTASY
CIRQUE DREAMS: JUNGLE FANTASY is an exotic encounter inspired by nature’s unpredictable creations that are brought to life by an international cast of soaring aerialists, spine-bending contortionists, acrobats, jugglers and musicians. The astounding feats performed in this action-packed show are enhanced with spectacular costumes that come to life in a fantastical jungle setting ignited by striking visual effects.
Breaking box office records week after week and receiving thunderous raves on Broadway, this HELLO, DOLLY! won four 2017 Tony Awards and has been hailed both 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!”
2019 Season tickets are now on sale. Individual tickets will go on sale at a later date. For more information visit kcstarlight.com