Broadway hits such as “Ain’t Too Proud”, “Beetlejuice”, “Six” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” will propel Broadway to Columbus‘ next season.
âPeople like to see what’s still fresh on Broadway. It’s great programming, with five premieres in Columbus, so people will see a lot of new shows that have done well in New York,â said Chad Whittington, president and CEO of the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts ( CAPA), which features the touring season.
Of the six subscription shows, five will be new to Columbus: The Musicals”Ain’t too proud,” “beetle juice,” “Frozen” and “SixÂ» and a rare touring piece: the new stage version of Â«Kill a mockingbird.â
âQuality matters… ‘Mockingbird’ is moving and timely. We don’t play a lot of plays because most plays don’t rotate, but my programming goal is to make sure we get a play here every once in a while,â Whittington said.
The 2022-23 season will begin with a “Hairspray” revival tour, featuring Columbus-based Nina West (the stage name of Andrew Levitt, well known nationally as a standout drag queen on ” Rupaul’s Drag Race”) as plus-size mom Edna Turnblad.
“For us, Andrew, who has been a big draw nationwide, is a huge part of the show and will create huge buzz in Columbus. We didn’t want to do ‘Hairspray’ here without him,” Whittington said.
The season will conclude with a two-week run of Disney’s 2018-2020 Broadway production of “Frozen.”
“People are looking forward to ‘Frozen’ as a great family show… If you’re a family, it’s going to be a great multi-generational season,” Whittington said, adding that next season will be more family-oriented than usual. with subscription-free tours of “Annie” and “Elf the Musical”.
CAPA originally announced âFrozenâ as the June 2021 finale of its 2020-21 season before the pandemic disrupted live theater.
âWe promised Columbus that he would come here and hoped to fit him into the current season, but we couldn’t put all the pieces together. origin,â Whittington said.
âFrozenâ follows long-awaited recent visits here from pandemic-delayed tours of âHadestownâ and âCome From Away.â
âI may be overly optimistic, but I think it’s the start of a return to normal next fall,â Whittington said.
âWe catch up on hot Broadway shows. As one of the top 15 cities now, we’re trying to get those hits in the first or second year of their tours,â he said.
All shows will be presented at the Ohio Theater, 39 E. State St., except where noted for two productions at the Palace Theater, 34 W. Broad St.
The 2022-23 Broadway season in Columbus:
â¢ “Hairspray” (8-13 Nov): The revival of the 2005 Tony winner for Best Musical, which revolves around a plus-size teenager from 1960s Baltimore who helps break down body image stereotypes and racial barriers then her way into a teen dance on the local television show, reunites the award-winning original creative director/design team of Broadway.
â¢ “Elf the Musical” (December 13-18, Palace, non-subscription option): The holiday musical, adapted from the 2003 film by composer-lyricists Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (“The Wedding Singer”) and authors Thomas Meehan (“Annie” , “Hairspray”) and Bob Martin (“The Drowsy Chaperone)”, focuses on an orphan child who grows up with Santa’s elves and travels to New York to find his biological father.
â¢ “Six” (January 24-29): The London-imported concert-style pop-rock musical, created by the songwriter-lyricist-writer team of Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss with an all-female cast and hot on Broadway now, remixes British history in a feminine tribute to the six wives of King Henry VIII.
â¢ “Beetle Juice” (March 7-12): The haunted house musical, which is set to reopen on Broadway in April after its pandemic-shortened 2019-20 run, has been adapted by composer-lyricist Eddie Perfect and co-writers Scott Brown and Anthony King from Tim Burton’s 1988 film about a couple who die and must defend their home from the living and a “bio-exorcist” demon.
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â¢ “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations” (April 18-23, 2023): The jukebox musical, nominated for 11 Tony Awards in 2019 including Best Musical and winner for its choreography, dramatizes the personality clashes and lineup changes within the Motown quintet of long standing as its rotating members have learned to blend their styles into a slick aesthetic.
â¢ “Anne” (May 12-14, 2023, Palace, no-subscription option): Based on the Depression-era comic “Little Orphan Annie,” the beloved family musical centers on a brave orphan who struggles to escape her difficult life and finding a home.
â¢ “Killing a Mockingbird” (June 6-11, 2023): The courtroom drama, adapted by writer-director Aaron Sorkin (“The Social Network,” television’s “The West Wing”) from Harper Lee’s beloved novel 1960’s most successful (and still running) American Broadway play revolves around 1930s Alabama attorney Atticus Finch’s defense of a black man falsely accused of rape.
â¢ “Frozen” (July 26 to August 6, 2023): Best known for the song âLet It Go,â the female empowerment musical, about two royal sisters in a kingdom in peril, has been adapted by composer-lyricists Kristen Anderson -Lopez and Robert Lopez (“Avenue Q”) and writer Jennifer Lee from the 2013 Disney animated film.
Subscriptions to the six-show season, on sale May 17, cost between $246.48 and $763.63. Current subscribers can renew until April 15. For more information, call 1-800-294-1892, visit www.BroadwayinColumbus.com or the CBUSArts Ticket Center, 39 E. State St.