The Broadway Grand Rapids 2020-2021 season soars with some of Broadway’s biggest blockbusters including the six-time Tony and Grammy Award® winning hit new musical, “Dear Evan Hansen,” and the incredible true story of “Come From Away.” In addition, “Mean Girls,” “Hairspray,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg — The Life and Times of The Temptations” and the return of “Wicked” for 3 weeks complete the 2020-2021 season.
The Broadway Grand Rapids subscription series is sponsored by Fifth Third Bank and in partnership with Broadway Across America. All performances will be presented at DeVos Performance Hall in downtown Grand Rapids.
Come From Away
October 13-18, 2020
The First North American Tour Company of COME FROM AWAY, Photo by Matthew Murphy, 2018
“Come From Away,” takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that put their lives on hold and opened their homes to this world of strangers. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.
Newsweek cheers, “It does what the best musicals do: takes you to a place you never want to leave.”
November 17-22, 2020
You Can’t Stop The Beat. Photo by Chris Bennion and Jeremy Daniel.
You Can’t Stop the Beat! “Hairspray,” Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy phenomenon that inspired the blockbuster film and live television event, is back on tour! Join 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad in 1960’s Baltimore as she sets out to dance her way onto TV’s most popular show. Can a girl with big dreams (and even bigger hair) change the world? Featuring the beloved score of hit songs including “Welcome to the 60’s,” “Good Morning Baltimore,” “It Takes Two,” and incorporating “Ladies Choice” from the musical film adaption, “Hairspray” is “fresh, winning, and deliriously tuneful!” (The New York Times).
This all-new touring production will reunite Broadway’s award-winning creative team led by Director Jack O’Brien and Choreographer Jerry Mitchell to bring “Hairspray” to a new generation of theater audiences.
Don’t miss this “exhilaratingly funny and warm-hearted musical comedy” (The New Yorker).
February 9-14, 2021
Danielle Wade(Cady Heron),Megan Masako Haley(Gretchen Wieners),Mariah Rose Faith(Regina George), andJonalyn Saxer(Karen Smith)in the National Touring Company of Mean Girls
Direct from Broadway, “Mean Girls” is the hilarious hit musical from an award-winning creative team, including book writer Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), composer Jeff Richmond (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), lyricist Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde), and director Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon).
Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the vicious ways of her strange new home — suburban Illinois. Soon, this naïve newbie falls prey to a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.
New York Magazine cheers, “Mean Girls delivers with immense energy, a wicked sense of humor and joyful inside-jokery.” USA Today says, “We’ll let you in on a little secret, because we’re such good friends: GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!”
March 31- April 18, 2021
Allison Bailey & Talia Suskauer in the North American Tour of WICKED (E). Photo by Joan Marcus
So much happened before Dorothy dropped in. “Wicked,” the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz, but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman born with emerald-green skin — smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships, until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”
Ain’t Too Proud to Beg — The Life and Times of The Temptations
May 18-23, 2021
Ephraim Sykes kneeling and the cast of “Ain’t Too Proud.” Photo-by-Matthew-Murphy (1)
“Ain’t too Proud” is the electrifying new smash-hit Broadway musical that follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
The winner of the 2019 Tony Award for Best Choreography, it’s a thrilling story of brotherhood, family, loyalty, and betrayal during a decade of civil unrest in America. Set to the beat of the group’s treasured hits, including “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Get Ready,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” Ain’t Too Proud tells the unforgettable story of the legendary quintet that Billboard Magazine named the greatest R&B group of all time.
Dear Evan Hansen
June 22-27, 2021
Stephen Christopher Anthony as ‘Evan Hansen’ and the North American touring company of DEAR EVAN HANSEN. Photo by Matthew Murphy, 2019
A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. “Dear Evan Hansen” is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it.
“Dear Evan Hansen” has struck a remarkable chord with audiences and critics everywhere, including The Washington Post who says DEAR EVAN HANSEN is “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theatre history.” The New York Times calls it “a gut-punching, breathtaking knockout of a musical.” And NBC Nightly News declares the musical “an anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond.”
“Dear Evan Hansen” features a book by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson, a score by Grammy®, Tony® and Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal).
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