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Broadway in Scranton announces 2021 season with 4 musicals and 3 special shows at Scranton Cultural Center

Broadway in Scranton announces 2021 season with 4 musicals and 3 special shows at Scranton Cultural Center
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From a press release:

NAC Entertainment and the Broadway Theatre League of Northeastern Pennsylvania has announced the new Broadway in Scranton season. Featuring four season shows along with three specials, the season begins in February of 2021 and runs through August at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple.

Before the new Broadway in Scranton season begins in February, “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” will play on Jan. 22-24, 2021. These are the rescheduled dates from the shows originally scheduled for March of 2020. All original tickets will be valid at the rescheduled date. For those who do not have tickets, tickets to the January performances are now on sale at nacentertainment.com.

The new season will feature “Waitress,” Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and “Cats,” along with special shows “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles,” Stomp, and the Blue Man Group.

“The 2021 season is a slight deviation from the usual season timeframe of Broadway in Scranton. While we are anxious to return to the theatre, we acknowledge the reality that our industry has been uniquely affected by recent events. To that end, we have adjusted our schedule to accommodate a fall hiatus and are excited to reopen in 2021,” Broadway in Scranton said.

“Broadway in Scranton is working with the management at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple to ensure that the local, state, and federal safety guidelines will be followed when the venue reopens and we are once again allowed to gather.”

Season tickets for the 2021 season are on sale now, and prices range from $175-$315. For more information, visit nacentertainment.com, call the Broadway Theatre League of NEPA office at 570-342-7784, or email info@broadwayscranton.com.

Season shows

“Waitress”
Feb. 25-28, 2021

Meet Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. Pouring her heart into her pies, she crafts desserts that mirror her topsy-turvy life such as “The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie” and “Betrayed By My Eggs Pie.” When a baking contest in a nearby county – and a satisfying encounter with someone new – show Jenna a chance at a fresh start, she must find the courage to seize it. Change is on the menu, as long as Jenna can write her own perfectly personal recipe for happiness.

Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this Tony Award-nominated hit features original music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner Sara Bareilles (“Love Song,” “Brave”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (“I Am Sam”), and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (“Jagged Little Pill,” “Pippin,” “Finding Neverland”).

Entertainment Weekly said, “‘Waitress’ is a little slice of heaven!” and New York Magazine called it “sweet, sassy, and passionate.”

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific”
April 9-11, 2021

Love transcends the harsh realities of war and prejudice in this sweeping Pulitzer Prize-winning tale centered around two unlikely love affairs. Set on a tropical island during World War II, this timeless Rodgers and Hammerstein classic features some of the most beautiful music ever composed woven into an inspiring story cherished the world over.

Winner of 10 Tony Awards, the beloved score’s songs include “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” and “There Is Nothin’ Like a Dame” amidst big Broadway performances and a chorus of American sailors and Navy nurses ready to take you to Bali Ha’i.

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”
June 4-6, 2021

Roald Dahl’s amazing tale is now Scranton’s golden ticket! It’s the perfect recipe for a delectable treat – songs from the original film, including “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man,” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of “Hairspray.” Get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper.

“Cats”
July 30-Aug. 1, 2021

“Cats,” 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.

Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theatre, “Memory.” Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “Cats” tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn.

The original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber (“The Phantom of the Opera,” “School of Rock,” “Sunset Boulevard”), original scenic and costume design by John Napier (“Les Misérables”), all-new lighting design by Natasha Katz (“Aladdin”), new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (“Hamilton”) based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne (“Phantom”), and direction by Trevor Nunn (“Les Misérables”) make this production a new “Cats” for a new generation!

Specials

Season ticket holders receive many benefits including the opportunity to purchase advance tickets to these shows.

“Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles”
February 10, 2021
In celebration of the anniversary of Abbey Road, RAIN will bring the greatest hits of this epic recording to life, in addition to all your early Beatles favorites. This mind-blowing performance takes you back intime with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is “the next best thing to seeing the Beatles”(Associated Press). Experience the worlds’ most iconic band and come celebrate the best of Abbey Road with RAIN–A TRIBUTE TOTHE BEATLES

Stomp
April 27-28, 2021

Stomp is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, utterly unique, and appeals to audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered an armful of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments –- matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms.

The return of the percussive hit also brings some new surprises, with some sections of the show now updated and restructured and the addition of two new full-scale routines, utilizing props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans. As USA Today said, “Stomp finds beautiful noises in the strangest places.” See what all the noise is about.

Blue Man Group
June 15-16, 2021

More than 35 million people around the world have experienced the smash hit phenomenon that is the Blue Man Group and now it is your turn. They’re returning to Scranton with an exciting new show for a limited engagement on their new North American tour. It’s everything you know and love about the Blue Man Group – signature drumming, colorful moments of creativity, and quirky comedy. The men are still blue, but the rest is all new.

Featuring pulsing, original music, custom-made instruments, surprise audience interaction, and hilarious absurdity, join the Blue Men in a joyful experience that unites audiences of all ages.