Crowd-pleas­ing lineup at Kravis

De­but of ‘Hamil­ton,’ ‘Sum­mer: The Donna Sum­mer Musical’

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - Front Page - By Rod Stafford Hag­wood

“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.


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