(San Diego, Calif.) –Broadway/San Diego ~ A Nederlander Presentation is excited to announce the 2017-2018 season and the San Diego premiere engagement of HAMILTON. This is the biggest season ever with shows direct from Broadway, mega-hits from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Rodgers and Hammerstein, and returning San Diego favorites all sponsored by San Diego County Credit Union®.
The 2017-2018 Season begins with the most award-winning musical of the 2015-16 Broadway season, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS. Then, take a voyage under the sea with one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories with Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID. The world’s greatest love story continues with this spellbinding sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s biggest hit in LOVE NEVER DIES. The Webber hits keep coming with his most-recent rock musical sensation, SCHOOL OF ROCK. One of two Rodgers and Hammerstein classics coming to San Diego this season and winner of four 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, is THE KING AND I. Rounding out the season is a show that will have you dancing in the aisles with the inspiring true story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan in ON YOUR FEET! about two people who believed in their talent, each other, and their road to becoming an international sensation.
“The 2017-2018 season, in particular, is simply an embarrassment of riches,” said Joe Kobryner, Vice President of Broadway/San Diego. Six of our seven subscription shows are Broadway/San Diego debuts; along with some of the biggest mega-hits in musical theater history returning to the Civic Theatre,” he added.
Added season events this year include returning San Diego audience favorites like Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA, MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, DIRTY DANCING and STOMP, and two of Broadway’s longest running shows, LES MISÉRABLES and THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.
2017-2018 Performance Dates:
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
September 5-10, 2017
The new Tony Award®-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable
European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Acclaimed director/choreographer and
2015 Tony Award®-winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony
with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin. The show earned more awards than any other musical in
the 2015 season! The New York Times raves, “AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is a triumph! Pure joy!” and the Wall Street
Journal declares, “Once you’ve seen it, you’ll find it hard to settle for less ever again.” Don’t miss this stunning
Broadway hit when it arrives in San Diego on its first national tour!
Rating: Ages 8 and up
Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID
September 19-24, 2017
THE LITTLE MERMAID IS Broadway’s Under the Sea Spectacular! In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the
beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Based on one of Hans
Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories, with music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, it’s a
hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. Come fall in love with the magic for the first time—or all over again
with classics such as “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl, “Part of Your World” and more! Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID
is produced by Pittsburgh CLO & Kansas City Starlight.
Rating: All Ages
January 3-28, 2018
With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy
Blankenbuehler and musical direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron
Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.
HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West
Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new
nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and
Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.
Rating: HAMILTON is appropriate for
ages 10+ since there is some strong
LOVE NEVER DIES
March 27-April 1, 2018
LOVE NEVER DIES is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel to one of the most successful musicals of all time
– THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Ten years after his disappearance from the Paris Opera House, the Phantom has
escaped to a new life in New York… where he has finally found a place for his music to soar. The only thing missing
is Christine. But the Phantom will stop at nothing to win back her love. Witness the next chapter in one of the
greatest love stories to ever hit the stage, in LOVE NEVER DIES.
Rating: Recommended for ages 12+
SCHOOL OF ROCK
June 12-17, 2018
SCHOOL OF ROCK is a New York Times Critics’ Pick and “AN INSPIRING JOLT OF ENERGY, JOY AND MAD SKILLZ!”
(Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as
a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing
rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER, all the original songs from
the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Vanity Fair raves, “FISTS OF
ALL AGES SHALL BE PUMPING!”
THE KING & I
June 26-July 1, 2018
The 2015 Tony Award®-winner for Best Musical Revival, THE KING AND I, will soon be “getting to know you,” San
Diego. The Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, directed by Bartlet Sher, is set in 1860’s Bangkok. It tells the story of
the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and the British
schoolteacher he brought in to teach his many wives and children. Come see the show New York Magazine called
“too beautiful to miss”… THE KING AND I.
Rating: Recommended for ages 12+
ON YOUR FEET!
July 31-August 5, 2018
From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers
to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all,
they almost lost everything. From international superstardom to life-threatening tragedy, ON YOUR FEET! takes
you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of
adversity, found a way to end up on their feet. The show is directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry
Mitchell of Kinky Boots, and choreographed by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo of Jersey Boys. ON YOUR
FEET also features an original book by Academy Award® winner Alexander Dinelaris who wrote Birdman as well
as some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter-century — and one of the most inspiring stories in music
history. So get on your feet and come see this show!
Rating: Family Friendly. Contains
some strong language
ADDED SEASON EVENTS
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA
November 24-26, 2017
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical that’s delighting
audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale returns to San Diego. This lush production from the
creators of THE SOUND OF MUSIC and SOUTH PACIFIC features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping
transformations and all the moments you love. There’s the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—
plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers +
Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten
Minutes Ago.” It’s a hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a
really great pair of shoes.
Rating: All Ages
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
December 26-31, 2017
It began as one man’s story… became everyone’s music… and is now Broadway’s musical. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to a
heavyweight music mogul. He launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many
more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Enjoy classic songs
such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” and experience the story behind the music in the record-
breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL!
Rating: All audiences (ages 10 & up)
February 9-11, 2018
DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE is a record-breaking live theatre sensation, exploding with
heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. London’s Sunday Express says “This crowd-
pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!” The show features the hit songs, “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do you
Love Me?” and the heart stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” which you will, when you come see it!
Rating: Mature Audiences
March 2-4, 2018
Returning to the Balboa Theatre stage for the first time in seven years, STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative,
witty, and utterly unique-an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The eight-member troupe uses
everything but conventional percussion instruments to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year,
audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding electrifying show. STOMP. See what all the
noise is about.
Rating: All ages
May 29-June 3, 2018
Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award®-winning musical phenomenon, LES MISÉRABLES, is
headed back to San Diego direct from its acclaimed Broadway return. The epic and uplifting story features such
beloved songs as “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” and “One Day More.” Cameron
Mackintosh’s breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck by its new staging and re-
imagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. Come see one of the most celebrated shows in the
history of musical theatre –LES MISÉRABLES.
Rating: Recommended for audiences 13+
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
August 23-September 2, 2018
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is returning to San Diego as part of a brand new North American Tour. Hailed by
critics as “bigger and better than ever before,” this production by Cameron Mackintosh features many exciting
special effects, including the legendary chandelier, new scenic and lighting designs, new staging and choreography.
52 cast members and musicians will perform Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved story and thrilling score. Don’t miss
one of the largest shows now on tour – this spectacular new production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.