Pictured: The North American Touring Company of COME FROM AWAY. Photo by Matthew Murphy
The 2019–20 Sabates Eye Centers Kansas City Broadway Series has been announced, presented by Broadway Across America and The American Theatre Guild at the Music Hall and Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Joining previously announced DEAR EVAN HANSEN and Disney’s ALADDIN are the national tours of COME FROM AWAY, MISS SAIGON, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. An additional season add-on show will be announced at a later date.
Season renewals are available now online at BroadwayInKC.com, by calling 816.421.7500 or by visiting 9001 State Line Road, Suite 110, Kansas City, MO 64114 (M-F, 10am-5pm). Patrons interested in season tickets can join the season member waiting list at BroadwayInKC.com.
“We’re so proud to deliver another blockbuster season of shows. It’s a diverse season that will meet a wide range of tastes and bring incredible talent to our stages. Kansas City audiences, including our passionate subscribers, are so supportive of the productions. Producers are always anxious to have us on their schedule,” said President of Broadway Across America – Midwest, Leslie Broecker.
“The amazing response Kansas City audiences have to our series is the driving force behind the unparalleled seasons we are bringing year after year. We could not do it without the enthusiastic support that we have received. We continue to be proud to bring you these high-caliber productions, which enrich the lives of each and every one of us.” – said Executive Director of The American Theatre Guild, Amy Hamm.
The 2019–20 Sabates Eye Centers Kansas City Broadway Series (from the press release):
DEAR EVAN HANSEN
October 15–20, 2019
A letter that was never meant toe 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
DEAR EVAN HANSEN features a book by Tony Award-winner Steven Levenson, a score by Grammy, Tony and Academy Award-winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“La La Land,” “The Greatest Showman”), and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (RENT, NEXT TO NORMAL).
April 15–26, 2020
Discover a whole new world at Disney’s ALADDIN, the hit Broadway musical. From the producer of Disney’s THE LION KING comes the timeless story of ALADDIN, a 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,” ALADDIN features 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).
December 10–15, 2019
Experience the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical MISS SAIGON, from the creators of LES MISÉRABLES. This is the story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim who is orphaned by war and forced to work in a bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American G.I. named Chris, but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For 3 years, Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he’s fathered a son. Featuring stunning spectacle and a sensational cast of 42 performing the soaring score, including Broadway hits like “The Heat is On in Saigon,” “The Movie in My Mind,” “Last Night of the World,” and “American Dream,” this is a theatrical event you will never forget.
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
January 21 – 26, 2020
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Roald Dahl’s amazing tale is now Kansas City’s golden ticket! Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory…to 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! 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.
Recommended for ages 6 and older.
COME FROM AWAY
February 11–16, 2020
Broadway’s COME FROM AWAY is a Best Musical winner all across North America!
This New York Times “Critic’s Pick” takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.
Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony Award® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed 2017’s Tony® Award-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave!”
On 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved us all.
Winner of the 2017 Tony Award® for Best Direction of a Musical!
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
March 17 – 22, 2020
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Tony® Award-Winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind SOUTH PACIFIC, THE KING AND I, and 2017 Tony® Award-Winning Best Play OSLO, bring a fresh and authentic vision to this beloved theatrical masterpiece from Tony® Award-winner Joseph Stein and Pulitzer Prize winner Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick.
The original production won ten Tony Awards®, including a special Tony Award® for becoming the longest-running Broadway musical of all time. You’ll be there when the sun rises on this new production, with stunning movement and dance from acclaimed Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, based on the original staging by Jerome Robbins. A wonderful cast and a lavish orchestra tell this heartwarming story of father and daughters, husbands and wives, and the timeless traditions that define faith and family.
Featuring the Broadway classics “Tradition,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “To Life,” FIDDLER ON THE ROOF will introduce a new generation to this uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life!
Winner of 9 Tony Awards®!