Get ready, Rochester! Some serious Broadway blockbusters are coming to the Flour-Flower City this fall! RBTL announced their upcoming season a few days ago, and there are some big-time touring shows on the way!
We may as well jump to the headliner even though, it’s not the first in the line-up. Hamilton is on the slate! Saying that tickets to this show will be the hottest in town is certainly an understatement. Clearly, you’re going to have to move fast to score seats. On the upside, the show is playing for a solid three-week run, so there’s hope you can snag some great seats! Hamilton opens on April 23rd (Shakespeare’s birthday, appropriately) and will be up through May 12th. If fortunes are cruel and you don’t get tix to Lin Manuel Miranda’s historical smash-hit, don’t despair. There is plenty of great shows to sustain you! A Bronx Tale: The Musical gets the new season off to an exciting start from October 16-21. The musical is an adaptation from the movie that found its fame chiefly from the cable TV and video market rather than the box office. Although it was Robert DeNiro’s directorial debut and starred the legendary star as well, it didn’t make a big splash at the box office when it was initially released twenty-five years ago (if you can believe it!) The movie itself was adapted from a one-man play written by and starring Chazz Palminteri who went on to play the gangster Sonny in the beloved film. Now, it has become a Broadway hit that was also co-directed by DeNiro. Talk about coming full circle!
The Victor Hugo masterpiece “Les Misérables” is next up and is designated as the season special (it’s not included in seasonal subscriptions). It runs from November 20 through 24. Another classic, Fiddler On The Roof, will open two weeks before Christmas, staging from December 11 to 16. February brings the first show of 2019 to RBTL with the musical murder mystery fan fave Chicago returning from February 5 through 10. Following on its heels, another stage legend with the name (former name) of a city in it: Miss Saigon is playing from March 5 through 10.
Late April and early May have the previously mentioned Hamilton, but don’t sleep on June either! The 2016 smash Waitress is coming from June 4 through 9. The book is by Jessie Nelson, with music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles. The story about a waitress in an abusive relationship who has an affair with her gynecologist and then alights on a pie-making contest as her ticket out of this mess (makes perfect sense, right?) is based upon the 2007 film Waitress written by Adrienne Shelly.
All in all, a fantastic line-up. You can travel from the Bronx to Chicago to Saigon and never leave ROC City! Throw in some memorable characters from one of the founding fathers to hard-working, salt-of-the-earth fiddlers and waitresses, and RBTL has delivered in a big way!
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