Crowd-pleasing lineup at Kravis
Debut of ‘Hamilton,’ ‘Summer: The Donna Summer Musical’
“Hamilton,” the musical that changed the cultural landscape, is coming to West Palm Beach Jan. 28-Feb. 16, 2020.
That show’s run is a part of the 2019-20 Broadway season announcement from the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. Other titles with national tours coming to the downtown venue include “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical,” “Come From Away,” “Miss Saigon,” “A Bronx Tale,” “The Play That Goes Wrong” and “Fiddler on the Roof.”
But the public cannot buy new subscriptions just yet. The date they go on sale “will be announced at a later date,” the Kravis Center writes in the announcement. Also there is no word on the price range for subscriptions. Current subscribers should expect offers to renew in mid-March.
“Our 2019-2020 season of Kravis On Broadway
is not to be missed,” says Kravis’ senior director of programming, Lee Bell, in a statement. “The lineup has something for every kind of theater-loving fan, including ‘Hamilton.’ And, there’s not a soul on Earth who won’t be moved by ‘Come From Away,’ a true story that will have you on your feet, laughing, crying and cheering.”
Kravis’ announcement adds that “Wicked” will return to South Florida with a run sometime in the 2020-2021 season at the Kravis Center.
NOV. 12-17, 2019 “Fiddler on the Roof ”
The Broadway classic has been re-staged and re-imagined by director Bartlett Sher and features new dance and movement by Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter. But the songs remain the same, including favorites such as “Tradition,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “To Life.” The story — set in 1905 in Imperial Russia — is the same telling of Jewish life as the protagonist Tevye, a poor milkman, tries to hold on to traditions.
DEC. 10-15, 2019 “The Play That Goes Wrong”
op Ten hi ins gm nauym bert h toe a hot tr ac nosmfi xe eddy you’ve never heard of. That’s because the show had a decent run on Broadway, but was really a major success across the pond in London’s West End. The playwithin-a-play is a classic British farce with a murder mystery thrown in for good measure.
JAN. 7-12, 2020 “A Bronx Tale”
First Chazz Palminteri turned his story into a hit one-man play recounting his rough and tumble childhood. Then the show became a movie in 1993 and was the directorial debut for Robert De Niro. In 2016 the musical version debuted on Broadway with a doowop score by Alan Menken (“The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin”).
JAN. 28-FEB. 16, 2020 “Hamilton”
Winner of 11 Tony Awards, the show about Founding Father Alexander Hamilton started making headlines even before it debuted off-Broadway in February 2015. That’s because Lin-Manuel Miranda, the musical’s creator, was still composing the score when he gave theater fans a sneak peek in May 2009 during a White House Poetry Jam, performing what would become the musical’s Barack and Michelle Obama. At the time, Miranda, who also created the rap-infused score for “In the Heights,” thought the project might be a hip-hop mixtape. Cut to six months after its off-Broadway debut when the sungthrough musical, with very little dialogue, went on to break boxoffice records when it moved to Broadway.
MARCH 3-8, 2020 “Miss Saigon”
This show lifts its story from the Puccini opera “Madama Butterfly” but places the action in the 1970s-era Vietnam War. The doomed romance remains but now focuses on a U.S. Marine and a Vietnamese bar girl. The score is by “Les Miserables” composers Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil (with lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby Jr.) and includes fan favorites such as “The Heat Is on in Saigon,” “The Movie in My Mind,” “Last Night of the World” and “American Dream.”
MARCH 31-APRIL 5, 2020 “Come From Away”
You may remember right after the 9 /11 terrorist attacks all air traffic in North America was grounded. From that springs this musical surrounding an airline full of passengers stranded in a small town in Newfoundland. At first wary, the locals take in the out-of-towners and work through their differences, which reportedly mirrors what happened in real life in the true story this Tony Award-winning show comes from.
APRIL 28-MAY 3, 2020 “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical”
The late, great disco diva Donna Summer gets her life turned into jukebox musical complete with her chart toppers such as “Love to Love You Baby,” “I Feel Love,” “MacArthur Park,” “No More Tears (Enough is Enough),” “On the Radio,” “Bad Girls” “She Works Hard for the Money,” “Dim All the Lights,” “Hot Stuff” and “Last Dance.” The stage musical opened on Broadway in April and closed in December after 289 performances.
“Miss Saigon” returns to South Florida in 2020 for a run at Miami’s Arsht Center.
Top: “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” will come to Miami’s Arsht Center in May 2020. Middle: “A Bronx Tale” will come to the Kravis Center in January. Bottom: “Hamilton” performances in West Palm Beach also will begin in January.