I was all ready to bring you up to date on the upcoming Broadway season when I checked my email and saw this – “Hamilton” is coming to the Straz!!! But a little patience, please. “Hamilton” will be part of the 2018-2019 season. This is the perfect time to become a season ticket holder for 2017-2018 Bank of America Best of Broadway Tampa Bay season for guaranteed seats for “Hamilton.” So if you tried and tried for those seats in NYC and ran into one expensive brick wall, here’s a great way to see “Hamilton” and all the best of Broadway at the Straz.
But back to the upcoming season which personally makes me quite happy. One of the Broadway Encore productions will be a new production of “The Phantom of the Opera.” It’s described as one of the largest productions now on tour. So if you missed all the spectacular staging on previous tours as I did, this sounds like a perfect night out. Add to that “Love Never Dies” which takes you ten years later after the Phantom has disappeared. Where next? You’ll have to see the show. “Love Never Dies” will open December 12th and runs through the 17th, 2017. “Phantom” will open on Valentines Day 2018 and run through the 25th. Other Broadway Encore productions include “The Book of Mormon” and the “Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary Tour.”
The new season will also include the 2015 Tony-Award winning Best Musical “Fun Home,” the 2016 Tony Award Winning Best Revival of a Musical “The Color Purple,” along with “On Your Feet,” “School of Rock,” and “Waitress,” and “The Bodyguard.” For a return engagement performance you can also catch “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical”. For more information on becoming a season ticket holder and dates for your favorite shows go to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the box office at 813-229-STAR.