ORPHEUM THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2017-2018 BROADWAY SEASON

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The 2017-2018 Broadway Season has been announced at the historic Orpheum Theatre.

Current season ticket holders can renew now online, by phone, or by mail. New season ticket packages go on sale Monday, April 3. Group tickets will go on sale in June.

The 2017-2018 subscription series includes Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King and I,” “An American In Paris,” “Finding Neverland,” “The Color Purple,” and “Something Rotten!” Season options include return engagements of the Spectacular New Production of “The Phantom of the Opera” and Memphis’ most popular musical, “Wicked.”

The 2017-2018 Broadway Season is generously sponsored in part by Memphis Area Honda Dealers. Subscribers for the 2017-2018 season will be first in line to secure their tickets for “Hamilton” when renewing their subscription next year. 

Season tickets holders lock in the best seats at exclusive savings and enjoy perks like prepaid parking, ticket exchange and resale privileges, early access for special engagements, and a Subscriber Perks Card, which provides patrons with discounts to the Orpheum’s VIP Partner businesses. Subscribers can customize their season with the Swap-A- Show program by trading any of the regular season’s offerings for one of this year’s special options: “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Wicked.”

For more information and tickets, contact the Orpheum Box Office at 901-525-3000 or visit www.orpheum-memphis.com.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I

Sept. 19 – 24, 2017

Two worlds collide in the Lincoln Center Theater production of this musical, directed by Bartlett Sher. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score that 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 modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS

Oct. 24 – 29, 2017

“An American in Paris” is the new Tony Award®-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable 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 perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2015 season! Don’t miss this stunning Broadway hit when it arrives in Memphis on its first national tour!

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Season Option)

Nov. 29 – Dec. 10, 2017

Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” makes its triumphant return to Memphis as part of a brand new North American Tour. This production boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier, new scenic and lighting designs, new staging and choreography. The beloved story and thrilling score will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions now on tour.

FINDING NEVERLAND

Jan. 23 – 28, 2018

The winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash is directed by visionary Tony®-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award® winning film, “Finding Neverland,” which tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event.

THE COLOR PURPLE

Feb. 13 –18, 2018

“The Color Purple” is the 2016 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical Revival! This joyous American classic has conquered Broadway in an all-new production directed by Tony winner John Doyle. With a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, “The Color Purple” gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story. Don’t miss this stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South. Experience the exhilarating power of this Tony-winning triumph.

WICKED (Season Option)

March 7-25, 2018

So much happened before Dorothy dropped in. “Wicked”, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.” From the first electrifying note to the final breathtaking moment, WICKED—the untold true story of the Witches of Oz—transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story.

SOMETHING ROTTEN!

April 10 – 15, 2018

Welcome to the ‘90s — the 1590s — long before the dawn of premium tickets, star casting and reminders to turn off your cell phones. Brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard”. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical! But amidst the scandalous excitement of Opening Night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self… and all that jazz. With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, “Something Rotten!” is an uproarious dose of pure Broadway fun and an irresistible ode to musicals — those dazzling creations that entertain us, inspire us, and remind us that everything’s better with an exclamation point!

And coming in the 2018-2019 season….

HAMILTON

“Hamilton” is 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. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now. 

With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, “Hamilton” is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

About the Orpheum Theatre Group

The mission of the Orpheum Theatre Group is to enhance the communities we serve by utilizing the performing arts to entertain, educate, and enlighten while preserving the historic Orpheum Theatre and the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education. For more information, visit www.orpheum-memphis.com.

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Director of Public Relations
cindy.dupree@tn.gov
615) 741-9010