The Tennessee Theatre is thrilled to announce the 2017-2018 Broadway at the Tennessee Theatre season. The complete lineup is as follows:
KINKY BOOTS December 15-17, 2017
CABARET January 26 & 27, 2018
WIZARD OF OZ March 2-4, 2018
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL April 6-8, 2018
BEAUTIFUL—The Carole King Musical May 1-6, 2018
THE BOOK OF MORMON July 10-15, 2018
Since 2008, the Tennessee Theatre has presented classic favorites and recent hits in its Broadway at the Tennessee series. This 10th anniversary season of Broadway, featuring six shows and a total of 32 performances from December 2017 to July 2018, includes something for everyone. Last season broke records for Broadway attendance and ticket sales, and the Tennessee Theatre expects a record-breaking tenth anniversary season.
“Part of the mission at The Tennessee Theatre is to offer diverse, high-quality entertainment, which includes bringing a wide variety of Broadway shows to Knoxville,” said Becky Hancock, Executive Director of the Tennessee Theatre. “Broadway brings together long-time theatre attendees and first-timers to this beautiful venue to experience a popular art form and create lasting memories in the Official State Theatre of Tennessee. The 10th anniversary season will be one to remember, so I hope that Broadway-lovers from all over East Tennessee and beyond will join us!”
The 10th anniversary kicks off with KINKY BOOTS, Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. With direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award®-winner Jerry Mitchell (LEGALLY BLONDE, HAIRSPRAY) and a book by Broadway legend and four-time Tony Award®-winner Harvey Fierstein (LA CAGE AUX FOLLES), KINKY BOOTS is the winner of six Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography.
The season continues at the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where an intoxicating Emcee, singer Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd – and to leave their troubles outside. CABARET is based on Roundabout Theatre Company’s Tony Award®-winning production by Director Sam Mendes (SKYFALL, AMERICAN BEAUTY) and Rob Marshall (INTO THE WOODS and CHICAGO, the films). Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.” Leave your troubles outside – life is beautiful at CABARET– John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff’s Tony®-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.
There truly is no place like home as the greatest family musical of all time, the wonderful WIZARD OF OZ, twists its way into Knoxville! The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography and classic songs. A spectacular celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film, THE WIZARD OF OZ will blow you away from the moment the tornado touches down and transports you to a dazzling Oz, complete with munchkins and flying monkeys. Don’t miss the chance to travel Over the Rainbow and experience this national treasure on stage.
It began as one man’s story… became everyone’s music… and is now Broadway’s musical. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit. “More than a Broadway show. A celebration of music that transformed America!” – CBS Sunday Morning
BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical tells the Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning 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.
The 2017-2018 season concludes with THE BOOK OF MORMON, back by popular demand following its record-breaking engagement in 2016. The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this 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 London, Australia, on Broadway, and across North America, THE BOOK OF MORMON has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language. For more information, visit bookofmormonthemusical.com.
Subscription packages for the 10th anniversary season of Broadway at the Tennessee are on sale now! Three different packages with four, five, and six show options are available. Subscription benefits include reduced service fees compared to single ticket purchases, first notification of next year’s season, opportunity to purchase additional tickets to individual performances before the public, and free same-show ticket exchanges. To renew a current subscription or to purchase a new subscription, call the Tennessee Theatre box office at 865-684-1200, extension 2 or visit the box office in person on Clinch Avenue. The box office is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Make the most of your Broadway experience! Package A subscribers are invited to join the Spotlight Club. Club members enjoy a pre-show reception with food and beverages, refreshments during intermission without waiting in line at the bar, and a champagne reception with members of the cast and crew after the show. Spotlight Club can be enjoyed for every show in the subscription package or purchased a la carte. A portion of the club fee is a tax-deductible donation to the Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation. To learn more or to join, visit tennesseetheatre.com or call Lila Honaker at 865-684-1200, extension 146.
More information on the Broadway at the Tennessee 2017-2018 season can be found at our website www.tennesseetheatre.com.