Bikini Bottom is bound for the Gem City along with a legendary disco diva and a few old favorites as the Victoria Theatre Association announces its 2019-2020 Premier Health Broadway Series and Projects Unlimited Star Attractions.
The six-show Broadway Series features the Ohio premiere of the outstanding 2018 Tony Award-winning revival of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s 1990 Caribbean-flavored musical “Once On This Island,” the Ohio premiere of 2018’s incredibly entertaining, Tony Award-winning “The Spongebob Musical,” the 20th anniversary tour of Jonathan Larson’s 1996 Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical “Rent,” the regional premiere of 2018’s delightfully feel-good jukebox musical “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical,” the local premiere of 2017’s Drama Desk Award-winning Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and the return of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic, record-breaking 1982 musical “Cats.”
The Projects Unlimited Star Attractions, equally diverse and incorporating variety from Broadway to family-friendly concerts, includes the local returns of Black Violin, The Midtown Men and “The Color Purple” along with new options such as the African-American music/culture showcase “We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” perfectly timed for Black History Month, and the Japanese drumming extravaganza “Drum Tao 2020.” Additional Star Attractions will be announced as the 2019-2020 season approaches.
“I’m excited about the lineup of shows we’re announcing for the 2019-2020 season,” said Ty Sutton, President and CEO of Victoria Theatre Association. “The Premier Health Broadway Series features two Ohio premieres, hot new titles such as ‘The Spongebob Musical,’ ‘Summer: The Donna Summer,’ and ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ as well as beloved revivals like ‘Cats,’ ‘Once On This Island,’ and the ‘Rent 20th Anniversary Tour.’ Plus, we have several great shows booked as part of our Projects Unlimited Star Attractions, including ‘Black Violin,’ ‘The Color Purple,’ ‘The Midtown Men: Holiday Hits Tour,’ ‘We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,’ ‘Drum Tao 2020’ and more to be announced later.”
2019-2020 Premier Health Broadway Series
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND: THE MUSICAL
Oct. 22-27, 2019 – Schuster Center
Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl, is in search of her place in the world and ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods, she sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart. Songs include “We Dance,” “Mama Will Provide,” “The Human Heart,” and “We Tell the Story.”
THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL
Nov. 19-24, 2019 – Schuster Center
Featuring David Zinn’s spectacular Tony Award-winning set design and a Tony-nominated score by a roster of Grammy winners including John Legend, Cyndi Lauper and Lady Antebellum, this family-friendly tale brings to life the popular Nickelodeon characters to remind us optimism really can save the world.
RENT 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
Jan. 21-26, 2020 – Schuster Center
A reimagining of Puccini’s “La Boheme,” Jonathan Larson’s groundbreaking rock musical leaves an unforgettable impression in its poignant look at friendship and measuring life in love. Patrons are advised the show contains adult content.
SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL
March 31-April, 5, 2020 – Schuster Center
Looking for some hot stuff? Check out this energetic, moving tribute to the late Donna Summer, a gospel girl from Boston who became one of pop music’s most influential artists. Songs include “Love to Love You Baby,” “Bad Girls,” “On the Radio,” and “She Works Hard for the Money.”
ROALD DAHL’S CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
April 28-May 3, 2020 – Schuster Center
A world of pure imagination, complete with Oompa-Loompas, the great glass elevator, amazing inventions, and more, leaps forth with a brand new score from the composers of “Hairspray” alongside such classics as “The Candy Man” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket.”
May 26-31, 2020 – Schuster Center
Seen by audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s blockbuster is back with new direction, choreography and sound design.
2019-2020 Projects Unlimited Star Attractions
Nov. 5, 2019 – Schuster Center
Wil Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester, having performed for more than 100,000 students in the past year alone, return to offer their unique blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B and bluegrass.
THE MIDTOWN MEN: HOLIDAY HITS ON TOUR
Dec. 1, 2019 – Schuster Center
Reuniting stars from the original Broadway cast of smash hit “Jersey Boys,” including Tony winner Christian Hoff, this evening of holiday favorites will also include renditions of rock and roll hits of the 1960s.
THE COLOR PURPLE
Feb. 14 and 15, 2019 – Schuster Center
The heartwarming and heartbreaking saga of Celie, a young woman in search of love who ultimately discovers her own self-worth, returns in its 2016 Tony Award-winning revival format. Songs include “Hell No!,” “Too Beautiful for Words,” “What About Love?,” “I’m Here,” and the gorgeous title song.
WE SHALL OVERCOME: A CELEBRATION OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Feb. 19, 2020 – Victoria Theatre
This production, conceived by producer/musical director Damien Sneed, ties together music and culture including gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway, and spirituals – from Aretha Franklin to Wynton Marsalis, from Duke Ellington to Stevie Wonder, from Nina Simone to Donny Hathaway, from traditional spirituals to music from “The Wiz.” These African-American music traditions are interwoven with spoken word from Dr. King’s recorded speeches. Sneed has conducted and collaborated on major original works for Wynton Marsalis, regularly accompanied Jessye Norman, collaborated with Lawrence Brownlee, and toured extensively with Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin and The Clark Sisters.
DRUM TAO 2020
March 14, 2020 – Victoria Theatre
The latest production from internationally-acclaimed percussion artists “Tao,” “Drum Tao 2020” is a modern, high-energy look at the ancient art of Japanese drumming. The show combines highly physical, large-scale drumming with contemporary costumes, precise choreography, and innovative visuals.
SHOW TIME CHANGES
In addition, based on patron feedback, the VTA is changing its curtain times for the Broadway Series. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening performances will now begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. remain. However, Sunday performances will switch to 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Renewal packets for all current Broadway Series Season Ticket holders will mail the morning of March 1. The deadline for current Season Ticket Holders to request changes to Broadway Season Ticket packages is March 15. The deadline to renew 2019-2020 Broadway Season Ticket packages is March 28. Season Ticket sales for the Family Series and National Geographic Live! Series, sponsored by Subaru of America and Wagner Subaru, will be announced later in the spring along with the Discovery Series and the Universal 1 Credit Union VIC150 Music Series presentations.
Season Tickets for the 2019-2020 Broadway Series are on sale now via Ticket Center Stage. New Season Ticket Holders will be seated once current Season Ticket Holders‘ renewals are fulfilled. For Season Tickets, call (937) 228-3630 or visit online at ticketcenterstage.com or stop by the Ticket Center Stage Box Office.
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