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Broadway in Scranton announces new dates for Scranton Cultural Center shows in 2021 and 2022

Broadway in Scranton announces new dates for Scranton Cultural Center shows in 2021 and 2022
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From a press release:

For over a year, the entire Broadway and touring theatre community has been looking forward to reopening venue doors and welcoming back the public. Soon, local fans will once again be able to enjoy the laughter, love, and entertainment that only live performances can provide.

Today, Broadway Theatre League of Northeastern Pennsylvania Executive Director Frank Blasi and Broadway Partner/Producer Albert Nocciolino of NAC Entertainment announced that Broadway is back, at least in Scranton.

“The past year has been challenging, but a new season is upon us. Live theatre will return to NEPA this fall,” Blasi said. “We cannot wait to raise the curtain and see our city bustling again.”

Starting this fall and continuing into 2022, new rescheduled dates for the 2021 season shows “Waitress,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific,” and “Cats” have been set, as well as special shows “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles,” Stomp, and the Blue Man Group. “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” which was rescheduled in 2020 and earlier this year, also has a new date.

This series includes all of the productions that were originally announced in June of 2020. Tickets for “Buddy” that were previously purchased for the original show dates will be transferred to the rescheduled dates.

Upon reopening, Broadway in Scranton will inform patrons of all health requirements and protocols, as safety is the top priority. Working with the Scranton Cultural Center, all CDC and Pennsylvania guidelines will be followed for a safe return to the theatre this fall, and details will be shared when available.

“We are so grateful to the community and our loyal subscribers for standing by us during this extraordinary time. The patience, commitment, and support that we have received during this time has been overwhelming. We would not be where we are today without all of you,” Nocciolino said.

“We stand by our commitment to bring you the best of Broadway and each of the great shows we promised. The shows cannot wait to get back on the road and entertain audiences across the country, including right here in NEPA.”

Season tickets, priced at $175, $235, $275, and $315, are on sale now and available online at, in person at the Broadway Theatre League’s office (345 N. Washington Ave., Scranton), or by phone at 570-342-7784. For those who have already renewed their season subscription tickets, those subscriptions will automatically transfer to the new dates.

Only season tickets are on sale now; individual show tickets will go on sale at a later date. and are the only official outlets to purchase all tickets for Broadway in Scranton shows at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple (420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton).

Season shows

New dates: Dec. 3-5, 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.”

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”
New dates: Feb. 4-6, 2022

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.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific”
New dates: March 4-6, 2022

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.

New dates: April 22-24, 2022

“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!


“Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles”
New date: Oct. 6, 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

New dates: Jan. 12-13, 2022

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
New dates: May 18-19, 2022

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.