Photo by Matthew Murphy
Actor Andre De Shields appears in a scene from the Broadway production of Hadestown.
Rejoice, South Florida.
Soon after Broadway in Ft. Lauderdale officials announced that touring productions will return to the Broward Center this fall, Broadway in Miami officials made a similar announcement for the Magic City.
Indeed, the 2021-22 Broadway in Miami season will kick off in late September with the Tony Award-winning musical, Hadestown. The show will be one of five to play the Adrienne Arsht Center in downtown Miami. Specifically, the season will open with Hadestown. Production dates are Sept. 28-Oct. 3. Meanwhile, the Broadway in Miami season will end in the spring, after Jesus Christ Superstar occupies the Arsht from May 31-June 5. In between the opening and closing shows, Hairspray will take the Arsht stage from Dec. 28-Jan. 2. Dear Evan Hansen will follow from Feb. 15-20. Then, Anastasia will run from March 22-27.
The return to live theater has required planning, said Broadway Across America President Susie Krajsa.
“We have been working diligently with producers, booking agents, and other national tour representatives to reschedule these shows on the Broadway in Miami season,” she said. “We are proud to have preserved most of the originally-scheduled Broadway in Miami season shows, and we are so grateful for the support of our subscribers and members who have remained steadfast awaiting the return of Broadway to Miami.”
The Arsht Center re-opened for limited events last November. Since then, “the Arsht Center has tested and implemented new measures for the safety and peace of mind of our guests, staff and artists,” said the venue’s president and CEO, Johann Zietsman. “We will continue to work with medical advisors and officials as conditions evolve to develop and share new recommendations prior to Broadway’s return.
But the Arsht Center has already made updates. They include digital ticketing, touchless fixtures, enhanced air filtration, and an increased number of hand-sanitizing stations. Also, Arsht officials “will share further enhanced safety protocols with plenty of time prior to your first arrival at the Center. Officials will also post updates at arshtcenter.org/covid-19
Season ticket prices for the five-show subscription package range from $191 to $764. To become a season ticket holder, visit arshtcenter.org. You can also call the Arsht Center box office at (305) 949-6722, or the Season Ticket Holder Hotline at (800) 939-8587. In addition, you can arrange priority group seating for groups of 10 by calling the Arsht Center at (786) 468-2326. Subscriptions are available now via arshtcenter.org. Meanwhile, current season ticket holders will simply move into the new show dates. Ticketholders can access their new performance dates and times by visiting http://www.arshtcenter.org/account/login or by calling the box office at (305) 949-6722.
“Subscribers should be aware that the value of their tickets is safe,” reads a press release. “If anything is to change for any reason and a subscription has been paid in full, a credit, refund or donation opportunity for the value of the subscription will be available.”
To read about the new Broadway in Ft. Lauderdale season, visit https://theatricalmusings.com/reviews-by-theater/broward-center-for-the-performing-arts/broadway-in-ft-lauderdale-back-in-business-by-november.
And a more detailed look at the 2021-22 Broadway in Miami season appears below.
- Hadestown (Sept. 28-Oct. 3): Welcome to Hadestown. There, a song can change your fate. The musical won eight 2019 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Also, the show captured the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. “This acclaimed new show by celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and innovative director Rachel Chavkin is a love story for today… and always,” reads promotional material. The show intertwines two mythic tales. Specifically, the show connects the tales of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, as well as King Hades and his wife, Persephone. Hadestown “invites you on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit industry against nature, doubt against faith, and fear against love. “A vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers and singers,” perform the show. For more information, visit www.hadestown.com
- Hairspray (Dec. 28, 2021-Jan. 2, 2022): You can’t stop the beat! This Tony Award-winning musical comedy that inspired the blockbuster film and live television event is back on tour. And so, join 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad in 1960s Baltimore as she sets out to dance her way onto TV’s most popular show. Can a girl with big dreams (and even bigger hair) change the world? The score features hit songs such as “Welcome to the 60s,” “Good Morning Baltimore,” and “It Takes Two.” This all-new touring production will reunite Broadway’s award-winning creative team. Leading it are director Jack O’Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchell. For more information,visit https://hairspraytour.com.
- Dear Evan Hansen (Feb. 15-20, 2022, making its Miami premiere): This musical won six 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. In addition, the show netted the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. 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. The musical is “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history,” according to “Washington Post” theater critic Peter Marks. For more information, visit www.dearevanhansen.com.
- Anastasia (March 22-27, 2022 making its Miami premiere): From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of 1920s Paris. It’s a journey of time, but also of a brave young woman. She sets out to discover the mystery of her past. However, a ruthless Soviet officer pursues her as he attempts to silence her. But with the help of a dashing conman and a lovable aristocrat, Anya embarks on an epic adventure to find home, love, and family. For more information, visit www.anastasiathemusical.com/tour
- Jesus Christ Superstar (May 31-June 5, 2022): This 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. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, the show takes place 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. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” “Gethsemane,” and “Superstar.” For more information, visit https://ustour.jesuschristsuperstar.com.