Arts and Entertainment
|‘Hamilton’ highlights 2020-21 Blumenthal Performing Arts season|
|Lineup the largest in Charlotte theater history|
|Published Thursday, April 9, 2020 6:27 pm|
|PHOTO | JOAN MARCUS|
|The national tour of Hamilton returns to Charlotte Jan. 26-Feb. 21 at Ovens Auditorium as part of Blumenthal Performing Arts' 2020-21 season.|
“We normally announce our plans earlier than this, but we pushed the pause button so that our theater fans, staff and their families could focus on the well-being of each other,” Blumenthal Performing Arts President Tom Gabbard said in a statement. “As we work through the challenges of this unique time, we also are beginning to look forward to the biggest theatrical season in the history of Blumenthal Performing Arts.”
It is the largest season in Blumenthal history, consisting of 17 shows and over 200 performances. Eight shows will make their Charlotte debut. Much anticipated is the return of “Hamilton,” which made its inaugural Charlotte run at Belk Theater in the fall of 2018. Its return takes place at Ovens Auditorium Jan. 26-Feb. 21. It produced an estimated $25 million in economic impact during its four-week run, proving as high in demand in Charlotte as in New York.
Broadway Lights season ticket holders will be seated in the first week of the show’s run here. Debuting shows at Belk Theater include “Tootsie” (Nov. 10-15), “1776” (Jan. 5-10), “To Kill a Mockingbird” (March 23-28), “Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and times of the Temptations” (April 27-May 2), “The Cher Show” (June 8-13), “Mean Girls” (July 6-11), and “Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida” (Sept. 7-12).
The PNC Broadway Lights season ticket starts at $272. “Oklahoma!” which runs Feb. 9-14 at Knight Theater is part of a nine-show package.
Blumenthal will roll out a one-time Equitable Bravo Series, offering a five-show season ticket starting at $19.50. In addition to the Charlotte debut of “Pretty Woman: The Musical” at Belk Theater March 2-7, the series includes “Wicked” Dec. 9-Jan. 10 at Ovens Auditorium, “Hamilton,” “Rent 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour” April 13-18 at Ovens Auditorium and “Dear Evan Hansen” Aug. 10-15 at Belk Theater.
“Currently, we have almost 12,000 season ticket holders to the very popular PNC Broadway Lights Series and the large majority renew their seats each year,” Gabbard said. “We are thrilled and grateful for their loyalty, but it also means new subscribers can find it difficult to acquire seats in the exact location and performance they’d like. That’s why we are so pleased we can offer an additional Season Ticket option. The Equitable Bravo Series will have great seats available for new subscribers at every price level and for every performance, including the coveted weekend ones.”
Broadway Extras include “Potted Potter” at McGlohon Theater (Nov. 24-29), “Hairspray” (May 14-6) at Ovens Auditorium; “Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (May 21-23) at Ovens Auditorium, and “Freestyle Love Supreme” (May 18-23) at Knight Theater. Season ticket holders can swap shows in exchange for a Broadway Extra.
“The current crisis is a reminder of how lucky we are to enjoy one of the most vibrant cultural scenes in the country,” said Gabbard, who fell prey to COVID-19 along with his wife Vicki in March after traveling abroad to the United Kingdom, and often visiting New York City for work. “It also reminds us of the uplift and inspiration that happens from being together to experience great shows. We look forward to welcoming theater fans home,”
For more information: BlumenthalArts.org/Broadway or call (704) 335-1010.
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