In what for the most part appears to be a fans' favorites kind of approach to musical theater, Broadway At The Hobby Center announced today that Pippin, Phantom of the Opera, The Sound of Music, Cabaret, Disney's Beauty and the Beast and yes, wait for it.....Wicked will be among its offerings this next season.
Although several of these have been seen at the Hobby in very recent years, Broadway apparently believes that the appetite for these shows hasn't dimmed and touts that several of these are new productions or revivals.
In addition, in late May 2016, the two-time Tony Award-winning Carole King story Beautiful will be presented. And before that, the show I Love Lucy Live on Stage.
Here's the full lineup from the Broadway press release with a few additions from us:
PIPPIN October 20 - 25, 2015
Pippin tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or, will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? Back on Broadway for the first time in 40 years, Pippin won the Tony Award® for Best Musical Revival. The score is by Tony Award® nominee Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Wicked).
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA November 18 - 29, 2015
Cameron Mackintosh's new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical is coming back to Houston as part of a new North American Tour. The score - with songs like "Music of the Night," "All I Ask Of You," and "Masquerade" - will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, reportedly making this Phantom one of the largest productions now on tour.
I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE January 12 - 17, 2016
I Love Lucy® Live on Stage is the brand-new stage show adapted from the television show and featuring the four main characters: Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel. Go back to 1952 and be part of the studio audience watching them film two shows.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC February 16 - 21, 2016
This new production of The Sound of Music, is directed by three-time Tony Award®-winning Director Jack O'Brien.,Maria and the Von Trapp Family will once again hit the boards, singing their hearts out while the audience mouths the words. Brush up on "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Edelweiss" and the title song. CABARET March 22 - 27, 2016
The infamous Kit Kat Klub is back and as always the Emcee, Sally Bowles and an ensemble of performers cavort in pre-World War II Germany. It's got the memorable songs ("Cabaret," "Willkommen" and "Maybe This Time.") -- last time we went the guy two seats down sang through the whole show -- and a story that lasts.
NETworks Presents Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Season Option - Add To Your Season Package) April 27 - May 1, 2016
Based on the Academy Award®-winning animated feature film, Beauty and the Beast boasts beautiful sets and costumes, special productions numbers and songs like "Be Our Guest" and the title song. Also a love story whose moral says a lot about looking beneath the surface.
BEAUTIFUL May 31 - June 5, 2016
The Carole King Musical tells the story of King's 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.
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Featuring songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including "I Feel The Earth Move," "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "You've Got A Friend" and the title song, Beautiful took home two 2014 Tony Awards®.
WICKED (Season Option - Add To Your Season Package) July 6 - Aug 14, 2016
This is the blockbuster (in terms of Broadway and international success) story of two girls who meet with instant dislike and grow into friends and witches: the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. Get ready to rise at the end of the first act everybody.
For information call 800-952-6560 or visit BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com.