Broadway at National Theater announces schedule for the 2018-2019 season. As you may remember I was able to go see Waitress a few weeks ago and loved it. It was a great way to be a part of Broadway without traveling to New York. The 2018-2019 season looks like amazing fun.
October 14 – November 18, 2018
World premiere musical prior to Broadway
Lock up your kids, folks, he’s back. Beetlejuice is ruder, raunchier and frankly, more repellant than ever in this original musical based on Tim Burton’s wonderfully demented film. Directed by Alex Timbers, BEETLEJUICE tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager obsessed with the whole “being dead thing.” Lucky for Lydia, her new house is haunted by a recently deceased couple and a degenerate demon who happens to have a thing for stripes. When Lydia calls on this ghost to scare away her insufferable parents, Beetlejuice comes up with the perfect plan, which involves exorcism, arranged marriages, and an adorable girl scout who gets scared out of her wits. It’s the perfect musical to see after a long day-o.
BEAUTIFUL- The Carole King Musical:
November 27 – December 30, 2018
BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of 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 made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song, BEAUTIFUL has a book by Tony® Award-nominee and Academy® Award-nominated writer Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, choreography by Josh Prince, and took home two 2014 Tony® Awards and a 2015 Grammy® Award.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s SCHOOL OF ROCK
January 16 – 27, 2019
SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL 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 hit 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!”
THE MUSICAL FINDING NEVERLAND
February 26 – March 3, 2019
Directed by visionary Tony® Award-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award® winning film, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes a monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible, and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. FINDING NEVERLAND is “far and away the best musical of the year!” (NPR)
A BRONX TALE
March 26 – 31, 2019
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 from Alan Menken, the songwriter ofBeauty and the Beast, A BRONX TALE is an unforgettable story of loyalty and family. Academy Award®-winner Robert De Niro and Tony® Award-winner Jerry Zaks direct this streetwise musical based on Academy Award-nominee Chazz Palminteri’s story – that The New York Times hails as “A Critics’ Pick…wonderful and refreshing! The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.” It’s “Jersey Boys meets West Side Story,” says amNewYork.
April 23 – 28, 2019
STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique — an unforgettable experience for all ages. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. The return of the international percussive hit also brings new surprises, with some sections of the show now updated and restructured, utilizing props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans. As USA Today says, “STOMP finds beautiful noises in the strangest places.” STOMP. See what the noise is all about.
Jim Steinman’s BAT OUT OF HELL
May 7 – 26, 2019
The romance of rock ’n’ roll comes alive on stage in Jim Steinman’s “jaw-dropping spectacle” (London Evening Standard) BAT OUT OF HELL THE MUSICAL. The streets are heating up as Start, the forever young leader of rebellious gang The Lost, falls in love with Raven, the beautiful daughter of the tyrannical ruler of post-apocalyptic Obsidian in a love story that has “changed the way musicals are staged forever” (North West End). Winner of Best Musical at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, the Toronto Sun hailed it as a “dazzling tale of star crossed lovers.” Forget everything you know about musicals and get lost in this critically-acclaimed, smash-hit theatrical spectacle.
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For me I’m most excited to see Beautiful- The Carole King Musical. I love all of her music. It just has this amazing calming quality that leads me to happiness. It is the set of music I listen to to bring peace to my otherwise crazy world. Which Broadway at National production are you most looking forward to?