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Milwaukee’s 2020-21 Season Will Feature Broadway’s Mean Girls, Ain’t Too Proud, Aida & More

February 20th, 2020 | By Ryan Gilbert

The biggest hits on Broadway are headed to Milwaukee as part of the just-announced Johnson Financial Group Broadway at the Marcus Center and Broadway Across America-Milwaukee 2020-21 season!

Learn more about all of the exciting Broadway shows headed to Milwaukee below:

 

LES MISÉRABLES

October 27-November 1

By popular demand, Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables returns to stages across North America. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck, hailed as the “Les Miz for the 21st century.” Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring the thrilling score and beloved songs, including “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. Seen by more than 120 million people in 52 countries and in 22 languages around the globe, Les Misérables is still the world’s most popular musical, breaking box office records everywhere in its 35th year.

 

PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL

November 24-29

After an incredible record-breaking run on Broadway, Audience Choice Award winner Pretty Woman: The Musical is coming to you! One of Hollywood’s most beloved stories of all time, Pretty Woman: The Musical is brought to life by a powerhouse creative team representing the best of music, Hollywood, and Broadway. Featuring direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), an original score by Grammy winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance (“Summer of ’69,” “Heaven”), and a book by the movie’s legendary director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J.F. Lawton. Pretty Woman: The Musical will lift your spirits and light up your heart. “If you love the movie, you’ll love the musical!” (Buzzfeed). Featured in the musical is Roy Orbison and Bill Dee’s international smash hit song “Oh, Pretty Woman,” which inspired one of the most beloved romantic comedy films of all time. Pretty Woman, the film, was an international smash hit when it was released in 1990. Now, 30 years later, Pretty Woman: The Musical still “dazzles!” (Deadline) and is “big romance and big fun!” (Broadway.com). “Irresistible! A romantic fantasy. A contemporary fairy tale,” says (The Hollywood Reporter). Pretty Woman: The Musical delivers on all the iconic moments that you remember. Get ready to experience this dazzlingly theatrical take on a love story for the ages. Are you ready to fall in love all over again?

 

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

January 19-24, 2021

An album that inspired a revolution. A revelation that changed the world. A reinvention for this millennium. Jesus Christ Superstar is an iconic musical phenomenon with a world-wide fan base. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, a new mesmerizing production comes to North America. Originally staged by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and helmed by acclaimed director Timothy Sheader (Crazy for You, Into the Woods) and award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie (King Kong, Strictly Ballroom), this production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival garnering unprecedented reviews and accolades. Appealing to both theater audiences and concert music fans, this production pays tribute to the historic 1971 Billboard Album of the Year while creating a modern, theatrical world that is uniquely fresh and inspiring.

 

MEAN GIRLS

February 16-21, 2021

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!”

 

ROALD DAHL’S CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

March 16-21, 2021

Roald Dahl’s amazing tale is the golden ticket that is touring the imagi-nation! It’s the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. Willy Wonka, world famous inventor of the Everlasting Gobstopper, has just made an astonishing announcement. His marvelous—and mysterious—factory is opening its gates…to a lucky few. That includes young Charlie Bucket, whose life definitely needs sweetening. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing, life-changing journey through Wonka’s world of pure imagination. Entertainment Weekly says Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is “a big treat ready to satisfy any sweet tooth looking for a golden ticket!” Get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper!

 

DISNEY’S AIDA

April 27-May 2, 2021

A love story written in the stars! The New Yorker says, “Disney’s done it again!” The winner of four Tony Awards returns to the stages of North America! With a Grammy- and Tony-winning score by the legendary Elton John and Tim Rice and a revised book by Tony-winning playwright David Henry Hwang, the hit Broadway musical Aida returns to the stage in a thrilling new production. The producers of The Lion King and Frozen have reunited the original Tony-winning design team of Bob Crowley (scenery and costumes) and Natasha Katz (lighting) to reinterpret their designs in the retelling of this passionate and timeless story for today’s audiences. Directed by Schele Williams, choreographed by Camille A. Brown and musical supervision by Tony winner Jason Michael Webb, Aida is a compelling tale of star-crossed lovers belonging to feuding nations, torn between their conflicted loyalties to their countries and to each other. With its stirring contemporary score and its powerful love story, Aida reveals that we have the power to change history, but only when we make brave choices and embrace our destiny.

 

AIN’T TOO PROUD: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS

July 6-11, 2021

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. With their signature dance moves and silky-smooth harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts creating an amazing 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one. Nominated for 12 Tony Awards, Ain’t Too Proud tells the thrilling story of brotherhood, family, loyalty, and betrayal, as the group’s personal and political conflicts threatened to tear them apart during a decade of civil unrest in America. The unforgettable story of this legendary quintet is set to the beat of the group’s treasured hits, including “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Get Ready,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” and so many more. Written by three-time Obie Award winner Dominique Morisseau, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys) and featuring the Tony-winning choreography of Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, On Your Feet!), Ain’t Too Proud launches their first national tour to over 50 cities across America.

 

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