Celebrating the hottest shows on Broadway today, the nonprofit Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s 2019-’20 HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC season features exceptional storytelling and fresh, new, contemporary hits alongside revivals of beloved titles and returns of popular audience favorites.
Featuring the Music City premiere of Broadway musical Hamilton, TPAC’s 2019-’20 Broadway season also includes five new productions making their Nashville debut: the six-time 2017 Tony and 2018 Grammy Award-winning Best Musical Dear Evan Hansen; The Spongebob Musical, the critically acclaimed, award-winning new musical adapted from the beloved Nickelodeon series; Escape to Margaritaville, the musical comedy featuring beloved classics from legendary songwriter Jimmy Buffett; Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, a musical tribute to the voice of a generation; and Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a mesmerizing joyride through a world of pure imagination.
The 2019-’20 season also introduces two Broadway revivals to Nashville with the sweeping, universal tale of Once on This Island, the winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, and the Lincoln Center Theater production of Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady.
“This year, TPAC’s Broadway season is bigger than ever, full of blockbuster titles that are in high demand in Nashville,” said Kathleen O’Brien, TPAC’s president and chief executive officer. “We know what our Broadway fans want, and we have answered the call with a thrilling season blending hot, new titles and classic revivals. Alongside the much-anticipated Nashville premiere of Hamilton, we’ve created a season that includes fabulous fun, family entertainment, high drama, and spectacular performances.”
This year’s season includes:
Dear Evan Hansen. Sept. 10-15. A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. Dear Evan Hansen is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it.
Once On this Island. Oct. 15-20.Winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, Once On this Island is the sweeping, universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, and ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods, Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.
The SpongeBob Musical. Nov. 5-10.Be there when SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face catastrophe — until a most unexpected hero rises to take center stage. Explore the depths of theatrical innovation in Nickelodeon’s The SpongeBob Musical, 2018 Best Musical winner of the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, where the power of optimism really can save the world.
Cats. Nov. 19-24. The record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour across North America with breathtaking music, including “Memory,” one of the most treasured songs in musical theater. Webber’s original score includes new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) and original choreography by Gillian Lynne (Phantom) for a new generation.
Hamilton. Dec. 31-Jan. 19, 2020. The story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. With Lin-Manuel Miranda’s score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now. Based on Ron Chernow’s biography.
Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady. Feb. 4-9, 2020. With classic songs as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” and “On the Street Where You Live,” My Fair Lady tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” But who is really being transformed?
Blue Man Group. Feb. 11-16, 2020. You’ll rock, laugh and party. As three bald and blue men explore the world, together you’ll discover music, comedy and surprises at every turn. By the end of this spectacular journey, you’ll be saying “I don’t know what just happened but I loved it!”
Jesus Christ Superstar. March 3-8, 2020. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, a new mesmerizing production of the iconic musical phenomenon pays tribute to the historic 1971 Billboard Album of the Year while creating a modern, theatrical world set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas.
The Color Purple. March 27-29, 2020. With a soul-raising, Grammy-winning score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, The Color Purple gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South.
Escape to Margaritaville. May 5-10, 2020. Don’t let the party start without you in Margaritaville, where people come to get away from it all — and stay to find something they never expected. The musical comedy features both original songs and most beloved Jimmy Buffett classics, including “Fins,” “Volcano” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise.”
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. May 26-31, 2020. Donna Summer, a girl from Boston with a voice from heaven, shot through the stars to dance floor diva. The score features more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits including “Love to Love You Baby,” “Bad Girls” and “Hot Stuff,” this electric experience is a moving tribute to the voice of a generation.
Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. June 9-14, 2020. A perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man,” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” and a new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory to a lucky few, including Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to burst with color and confection beyond his wildest dreams.
An eight-show season package for the 2019-’20 Broadway series starts at $374. Season ticket holders get the best seats at the best price, and monthly payment options are available.
Packages that include Hamilton will be limited.
Single tickets for individual shows will go on sale approximately eight to 10 weeks prior to the performance.