There’s always a variety of entertainment happening every week at the stunning Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, CT. The Broadway Series is one of the most anticipated of the events year. The 2016-2017 season is set with Tony-winning, audience acclaimed shows. Season tickets are now on sale for the award-winning lineup at www.bushnell.org
Bushnell President and CEO David Fay told the press “… The Bushnell has again put together an exciting and well-rounded season of high-quality Broadway entertainment. There is much to appeal to families, Broadway traditionalists, and those who enjoy contemporary theatrical offerings. I think our season ticket holders and single ticket buyers will be very happy with these award-winning selections.”
Seven exciting shows and additional off-series hits will round out a strong season with If/Then, followed by the 2014 Tony-winning Best Musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder; An American in Paris; 2015 Tony-winning Best Play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time; Beautiful – The Carole King Musical; 2015 Tony-winning Best Revival Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I; and 2015 Tony-winning Best Musical Fun Home.
Here are the play dates: August 3-7, 2016 – If/Then is a contemporary Broadway musical about living in New York today. A deeply moving story, it simultaneously follows one woman’s two possible life paths, painting a deeply moving portrait of the lives we lead, as well as the lives we might have led.
October 25-30, 2016 – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is a show that was born at the nearby Hartford Stage and went on to Broadway to win four 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Its theme is that getting away with murder can be so much fun. The uproarious story tells of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by eliminating the eight pesky relatives (all played by one fearless man) who stand in his way. All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin – but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars. It will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance . . . and be done in time for a nice cuppa tea.
November 15-20, 2016 brings An American in Paris to the renowned art-deco Bushnell stage. This Tony Award-winning musical is about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and the indomitable ooh-la-la European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into the perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2014-2015 season.
December 27, 2016- January 1, 2017 – Start the New Year with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, winner of five 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Play. In Simon Stephens’ dazzling adaptation of Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel, directed by Tony winner Marianne Elliott, fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery that will change his life forever.
January 17-22, 2017 – what could be more beautiful than Beautiful – The Carole King Musical that tells the inspiring true story of King’s rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs, including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song, Beautiful has a book by Tony nominee and Oscar nominated writer Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, choreography by Josh Prince, and took home two 2014 Tony Awards and a 2015 Grammy Award.
(As an added off-subscription offering, The Book of Mormon will return by popular demand to Hartford February 14-19, 2017.)
From May 30 – June 4, 2017 the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I will thrill Hartford audiences. This version is the Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed production that won four 2015 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical. The score features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach modern ways to his many wives and children.
June 20-25, 2017 will offer Fun Home, that experience that proves every once in a while a Broadway musical comes along that surprises, moves and excites audiences. Called “groundbreaking,” “uplifting” and “exquisite” Fun Home was the event of the Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike, winning five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical and making history along the way. Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood. This is a refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.
If you wish to become a season ticket holder, call The Bushnell Box Office at 860-987-5900. In early summer, new season ticket orders will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis after all renewing patrons have been accommodated. On-sale dates for individual tickets will be announced soon. Keep your eyes on the Bushnell website for updates.