'Hamilton' dates, 2017-18 Broadway season titles announced

by John Moore | Mar 01, 2017


Chris De'Sean Lee, Jose Ramos, Wallace Smith and Miguel Cervantes in Broadway's 'Hamilton. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Here's what you have been waiting to hear:

Hamilton opens in Denver next Feb. 27

February 27 through April 1.

Those are the dates theatre audiences from all over the Rocky Mountain region have been waiting to hear, and here they are. Hamilton, the history-making story of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, will play The Buell Theatre as part of DCPA Broadway’s 2017-18 season, opening just shy of a year from today. 

Joining Hamilton for the full 2017-18 Broadway subscription season are Something Rotten!; First Date; Waitress; Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King And I; Disney’s Aladdin; School Of Rock, and On Your Feet!

New subscriptions for next season are not available at this time. A single ticket on-sale will be announced at a later date. For more information and to sign up for the subscription waiting list, go to denvercenter.org/Broadway.

The DCPA also announced several non-subscription shows, including (in order of their Mile-High arrival): Dixie's Tupperware Party; Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus Live!; Girls Only - The Secret Comedy of Women; Rent 20th Anniversary Tour; Chicago; Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis; Elf The Musical; STOMP; The Book of Mormon; and Les Misérables.


2017-18 BROADWAY SEASON AT A GLANCE
:
(Subscription shows in bold)

Dixie's Tupperware Party

Garner Galleria

July 19-Aug. 6, 2017

Men are from Mars,
Women are from Venus Live!

Garner Galleria

Aug. 9-27, 2017

Girls Only - The Secret Comedy of Women

Garner Galleria

Sept. 21-Oct. 22, 2017

Something Rotten!

Buell

Oct. 17-29, 2017

First Date

Garner Galleria

Nov. 11, 2017-
April 22, 2018

RENT 20th Anniversary Tour

Buell

Nov. 14-19, 2017

Chicago

Buell

Nov. 28-Dec. 3, 2017

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis

Buell

Dec. 9-10, 2017

Elf The Musical

Buell

Dec. 13-17, 2017

Waitress

Buell

Dec. 19-31, 2017

Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I

Buell

Jan. 2-14, 2018

STOMP

Buell

Feb. 13-18, 2018

Hamilton

Buell

Feb. 27-Apr 1, 2018

Disney’s Aladdin

Buell

April 6-28, 2018

School of Rock

Buell

May 29-June 10, 2018

The Book of Mormon

The Ellie

June 13-July 1, 2018

Les Misérables

Buell

July 25-Aug 5, 2018

On Your Feet!

Buell

Aug. 8-19, 2018



2017-18 BROADWAY SEASON VIDEO GLANCE:


 

ABOUT THE SHOWS:
(In alphabetical order; descriptions provided by DCPA)

Disney's ALADDIN

  • AladdinApril 6-28, 2018
  • Buell Theatre

Discover a whole new world at Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical. From the producer of 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).


THE BOOK OF MORMON

Ryan Bondy. The Book of Mormon. Joan Marcus

  • June 13-July 1, 2018
  • The Ellie

Back by popular demand, 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 Australia, London, on Broadway, and across North America, The Book of Mormon has truly become an international sensation. (Contains explicit language.)

(Photo: Ryan Bondy, by Joan Marcus)


CHICAGO

Chicago. Barrett Martin.

  • Nov. 28-Dec. 3, 2017
  • Buell Theatre

There’s never been a better time to experience Chicago, Broadway’s razzle-dazzle smash. This triumphant hit musical is the recipient of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy, thousands of standing ovations and now the #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history. Chicago has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another, and the most astonishing dancing you've ever seen.  It’s no surprise that Chicago has wowed audiences from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa. And now it’s returning to Denver. Whether you're looking for your first Broadway musical, whether you've seen the Academy Award-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage, or whether you've seen it before and want to recapture the magic, Chicago delivers.


DIXIE'S TUPPERWARE PARTY

  • Dixie's Tupperware PartyJuly 19-Aug 6, 2017
  • Garner Galleria Theatre

Denver’s favorite Tupperware lady returns. Critics and audiences have howled with laughter as Dixie throws a good ol' fashioned Tupperware party filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, free giveaways, audience participation and the most fabulous assortment of Tupperware ever sold on a theater stage. Loaded with the most up-to-date products available for purchase, Ms. Longate will share how she became the number one Tupperware seller in the world as she educates her guests on the many alternative uses she has discovered for her plastic products.


ELF THE MUSICAL

  • Dec 13-17, 2017
  • Buell Theatre

Elf The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner Elf.

(Photo: Connor Barth and Matt Kopec by Joan Marcus.)



FIRST DATE

  • First Date Nov. 11, 2017-April 22, 2018
  • Garner Galleria Theatre

When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner. As the date unfolds in real time, the couple quickly finds that they are not alone on this unpredictable evening. In a delightful and unexpected twist, Casey and Aaron’s inner critics take on a life of their own when other restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines. Can this couple turn what could be a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives? Produced by DCPA Cabaret, First Date is directed by Ray Roderick. Auditions will be posted at a later date at http://www.denvercenter.org/about-us/careers.


GIRLS ONLY - THE SECRET COMEDY OF WOMEN

  • Girls OnlySept. 21-Oct. 22, 2017
  • Garner Galleria Theatre

Girls Only – The Secret Comedy of Women, written by Barbara Gehring and Linda Klein, is an original comedy that celebrates the honor, truth, humor and silliness of being female.  With a two-woman cast and audiences full of raucous, laughing ladies, the show has found quick popularity in its unique examination of all things girly. Born out of the earnest and sweetly absurd writings the two authors discovered in their girlhood diaries, the Girls Only mix of sketch comedy, improvisation, audience participation, and hilarious songs and videos reminds audiences of the very funny and very charming similarities all women share.

(Photo: Linda Klein and Barbara Gehring by Terry Shapiro)


HAMILTON

  • Hamilton. Joan Marcus 2016Feb. 27-April 1, 2018
  • Buell Theatre

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. With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

(Photo: Karen Olivo, Ari Afsar, Samantha Marie Ware by Joan Marcus)


Rodgers & Hammerstein's THE KING AND I

Jose Llana and Laura Michelle Kelly in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I.  Photo by Matthew MurphyJan. 2-14, 2018
Buell Theatre

Two worlds collide in the Lincoln Center Theater production of this “breathtaking and exquisite” (The New York Times) musical, directed by Bartlett Sher. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for best musical revival.

(Photo Jose Llana and Laura Michelle Kelly by Matthew Murphy.)


LES MISÉRABLES

  • July 25-Aug. 5, 2018
  • Buell Theatre

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. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck. “Les Miz is born again!” (NY1). 

(Photo: John Owen-Jones by Matthew Murphy.)


MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS BY CHIP DAVIS

  • MS_GreenTour_Roxanne_Layton-Becky_Kia-234Dec. 9-10, 2017
  • Buell Theatre

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday tradition for more than 30 years. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics along with a selection of compositions from his groundbreaking Fresh Aire series, which introduced the distinctive Mannheim sound to all of America. The program celebrates the group’s recent anniversary of 30 years since the first Christmas album and 40 years since the first Fresh Aire album and includes dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller.  Their holiday CDs have become synonymous with Christmas and continue to occupy top spots on Billboard’s seasonal charts every year.

(Photo: Roxanne_Layton and Becky_Kia.)


MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS LIVE

  • Aug. 9-27, 2017
  • Garner Galleria Theatre

This hysterical show will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they see themselves on stage. Sexy and fast paced, this show is definitely for adults, but will leave audiences laughing and giggling like little kids. When Mars and Venus collide, the adventures are earth-shatteringly hysterical. It's a great recipe for a night out: a little storytelling blended with some comedy and a dash of sage wisdom from the book. A delicious evening of entertainment!


ON YOUR FEET!

  • On Your FeetAug. 8-19, 2018
  • Buell Theatre

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 you 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. Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), with choreography by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and an original book by Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), ON YOUR FEET! features some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter-century — and one of the most inspiring stories in music history.

(Photo: Gloria Estefan by Matthew Murphy)


RENT 20th Anniversary Tour

Rent.

  • Nov. 14-19, 2017
  • Buell Theatre

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway…and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, 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.  


 

SCHOOL OF ROCK

  • School of Rock Original London Cast. Photo by Tristram Kenton.May 29-June 10, 2018
  • Buell Theatre

School of Rock is “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.”

(Photo: 'School of Rock' Original London Cast. Photo by Tristram Kenton.)


SOMETHING ROTTEN!

  •  Cast of the Something Rotten! National Tour. © Jeremy DanielOct. 17-29, 2017
  • Buell Theatre

With 10 Tony Award nominations including best musical, Something Rotten! is a “big, fat hit!” (New York Post). Set in the ’90s — the 1590s — this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom (Tony nominee Rob McClure and Broadway’s Josh Grisetti), two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the “rock star” Shakespeare (Tony nominee Adam Pascal) keeps getting all the hits. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, Something Rotten! is “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared!” (New York Magazine). 


STOMP

  • STOMPFeb. 13-18, 2018
  • Buell Theatre

STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique—an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. 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. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding electrifying show. As The Boston Globe says, “If you haven’t seen STOMP, GO! If you have seen it, take someone and share the pleasure.”

(Photo by Junichi Takahashi.)


WAITRESS

  • Nick Cordero as Earl and Jessie Mueller in the Original Broadway Production of Waitress Credit Joan Marcus 2016Dec. 19-31, 2017
  • Buell Theatre

Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by six-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). “It’s an empowering musical of the highest order!” raves the Chicago Tribune. 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. “Waitress is a little slice of heaven!” says Entertainment Weekly and “a monumental contribution to Broadway!” according to Marie Claire. Don’t miss this uplifting musical celebrating friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.


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Award-winning arts journalist John Moore has recently taken a groundbreaking new position as the DCPA’s Senior Arts Journalist. With The Denver Post, he was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the US by American Theatre Magazine. He is the founder of the Denver Actors Fund, a nonprofit that raises money for local artists in medical need. John is a native of Arvada and attended Regis Jesuit High School and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Follow him on Twitter @moorejohn.

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