Supporting the Arts in Western Massachusetts and Beyond

April 2, 2019

PREVIEW: The Bushnell, 2019-2020 Broadway Series

The Bushnell has just announced the line-up of shows for the 2019-2020 Broadway series:

The SpongeBob Musical — October 1 - 5, 2019
A legendary roster of Grammy® Award winners. A visionary director and a Tony Award®-winning design team. One of the world’s most beloved characters. Turn them loose on Broadway and what do you get? The musical The New York Times declares, “BRILLIANT!” "Wonders pour from the stage in a ravishing stream of color and invention" (Time Out New York) in “a party for the eyes and ears” (Daily Beast). Get ready to explore the depths of theatrical innovation in SpongeBob SquarePants, where the power of optimism really can save the world.

Hello, Dolly! — November 12 - 17, 2019
Tony Award®-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in HELLO, DOLLY! Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, director Jerry Zaks’ “gorgeous” new production (Vogue) is “making people crazy happy!” (The Washington Post). This production of HELLO, DOLLY! pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion – hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history.

Anastasia — January 14 - 19, 2020
Inspired by the beloved film, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical ANASTASIA is 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 Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Featuring a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, a lush new score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) with direction by Tony Award® winner Darko Tresnjak.

Jesus Christ Superstar — February 25 - March 1, 2020
Helmed by the acclaimed director Timothy Sheader and cutting-edge choreographer Drew McOnie, the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, garnering unprecedented reviews and accolades. Jesus Christ Superstar is set 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, Andrew Lloyd Webber's legendary score includes ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’, ‘Gethsemane’, ‘Heaven on their Minds’ and ‘Superstar’.

The Band's Visit — April 21 - 26, 2020
THE BAND’S VISIT is the winner of 10 Tony Awards, including 2018 Best Musical, making it one of the most Tony-winning musicals in history. In this delightfully offbeat story, set in a town that’s way off the beaten path, a band of musicians arrive lost, out of the blue. Under the spell of the desert sky, and with beautiful music perfuming the air, the band brings the town to life in unexpected and tantalizing ways. With a score that seduces your soul and sweeps you off your feet, and thrillingly talented onstage musicians, THE BAND’S VISIT rejoices in the way music makes us laugh, makes us cry, and ultimately, brings us together.

Dear Evan Hansen — May 19 - 24, 2020
Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. This is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. “One of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history,” says The Washington Post. The New York Times calls DEAR EVAN HANSEN “a gut-punching, breathtaking knockout of a musical” and NBC News says that the musical is “an inspiring anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond.” DEAR EVAN HANSEN has struck a remarkable chord with audiences and critics everywhere.

Escape to Margaritaville — June 9 - 14, 2020
Get ready for a hilarious and heartwarming musical with the most unforgettable songs from one of music’s greatest storytellers. Entertainment Weekly says “It will knock your flip-flops off! This is what escapism is all about.” Featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, including “Fins,” “Volcano,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and many more. With a book by Emmy® Award winner Greg Garcia (“My Name is Earl,” “Raising Hope”) and Emmy® nominee Mike O’Malley (“Survivor’s Remorse,” “Shameless”), this electrifying production is choreographed by Tony Award® nominee Kelly Devine (COME FROM AWAY, ROCK OF AGES) and directed by Tony Award® winner Christopher Ashley (COME FROM AWAY, MEMPHIS).

The 2019-2020 Broadway Series is co-sponsored by: Travelers