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Broadway is back at The Playhouse on Rodney Square in a big way! Following up on a very successful 2015-16 schedule of production, we are delighted to announce an upcoming season with even more Broadway bells and whistles. Five Tony®-winning Best Musicals. Six Playhouse premieres. Three Grammys®. One Oscar. One Pulitzer Prize. A stellar lineup of new titles making their debuts and familiar favorites returning to Wilmington, featuring the talents of such acclaimed composers and lyricists as Stephen Schwartz, Jonathan Larson, Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein, and Rodgers and Hammerstein. And as if that weren’t enough. Based on the enthusiastic public response to this year (more than 500 new subscribers!), we’re able to reduce the tickets prices for the new season. You can see the very best that Broadway has to offer conveniently close to home and for substantially less than in New York, Philadelphia, or Baltimore. Please take a moment to review the detailed information in this brochure, and join us for what promises to be an extraordinary season. Thank you for your interest and support. We’ll see you at The Playhouse!

Mark Fields Executive Director mfields@grandopera.org


Join us…for a season that’s

BIGGER BOLDER and

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than ever!

NOVEMBER NOVEMBER15-20 14-20

DECEMBER 13-18

RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S T H E

FEBRUARY 7-12

FEBRUARY 21-26

B R O A DWAY

M U S I C A L

MARCH 7-12

Plus These Limited Engagements!

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OCTOBER 28-30

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NOVEMBER 25-27

MARCH 31-APRIL 2


PLAYHOUSE PREMIERE!

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Plays Wilmington before Philadelphia

“GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE RESTORES OUR FAITH IN MUSICAL COMEDY” - The Hollywood Reporter

GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER November 15-20 Getting away with murder can be so much fun… and there’s no better proof than the knock-‘em-dead hit show that’s earned unanimous raves and won the 2014 Tony Award® for BEST MUSICAL—A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER! Coming direct from New York, where a most gentlemanly NPR critic said he’d “NEVER LAUGHED SO HARD AT A BROADWAY MUSICAL,” GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by—you guessed it—eliminating the eight pesky relatives (all played by one fearless man) who stand in his way. All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.


Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

PLAYHOUSE PREMIERE!

“There is no show hotter than KINKY BOOTS!” – CBS News

KINKY BOOTS December 13-18 KINKY BOOTS is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. With direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and a book by Broadway legend and four-time Tony Award®-winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), KINKY BOOTS is the winner of six Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography. Take a step in the right direction and discover that sometimes the best way to fit in is to stand out.


PLAYHOUSE PREMIERE!

“A dazzling delight for all ages” – USA Today

Rogers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA FEBRUARY 7-12 Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—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,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream... or a really great pair of shoes.


Photo Credit: Jack Hartin

BRAND NEW PRODUCTION!

“The show is quite simply incredible. A phenomenon of historic proportions” - The Washington Times

RIVERDANCE – The 20th Anniversary World Tour February 21-26 The international Irish dance phenomenon—and one of the highest grossing shows in Playhouse history— is back by popular demand in Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland—in rock, music, theatre and film—nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance. Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour is composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, and comes directly to North America from a sold-out run across Europe and Asia.


PLAYHOUSE PREMIERE OF NEW PRODUCTION!

“ASTONISHING. A PIPPIN for the 21st century. DAZZLING & AWE-INSPIRING.” – The New York Times

PIPPIN March 7-12 PIPPIN is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, PIPPIN will lift you up and leave you smiling. This unforgettable new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival. Hailed as “an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza” (NY1), it’s unlike anything you have ever seen! Come experience PIPPIN, one young man’s journey to be extraordinary. Following its acclaimed run at Boston’s American Repertory Theater, this captivating new production comes straight from Broadway, directed by Tony® winner Diane Paulus (Hair and The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess). It features sizzling choreography in the style of Bob Fosse and breathtaking acrobatics by Les 7 Doigts de la Main, the creative force behind the nationwide sensation Traces. PIPPIN is noted for many Broadway standards including “Corner of the Sky,” “Magic To Do,” “Glory,” “No Time at All,” “Morning Glow,” and “Love Song.” Join us... for a magical, unforgettable new PIPPIN.


LIMITED ENGAGEMENTS Add any or all of these shows to your current package at a discount before they go on sale to the public!

RENT: 20th Anniversary Tour October 28-30 Only 5 performances!

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

BROADWAY CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND November 25-27 Only 4 performances!

BROADWAY CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND is one of the most delightful and enchanting Christmas shows ever. This most loved Christmas show features glittering costumes, a dazzling cast, and the highest kicking Chorus Girls this side of the North Pole. Start Christmas in style as Santa and his merry helpers take you on an unforgettable nostalgic Christmas journey. Songs include “White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Have Yourself A Very Merry Christmas,” “Chestnuts Roasting,” “Jingle Bells,” “Away in a Manger,” “Silent Night,” “Deck The Halls,” “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree,” “O Holy Night” and many more. A sparkling holiday show the whole family will enjoy!

ONCE March 31-April 2 Only 5 performances!

Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights... but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams... not living in fear... and the power of music to connect all of us.


BROADWAY is BETTER at The Playhouse,

but don’t take our word for it!

“I wanted to let you know how truly impressed I was with your production of Chicago. I couldn’t tell if I was in New York City or our little ole city of Wilmington.” – Kathleen D. “[Mamma Mia! was] a spectacular show! When you said “Broadway in Wilmington” you were serious.” – Jeanne B. “We love theater and have had memberships to the Walnut Street Theater and the Broadway Season at the Kimmel Center & Academy of Music…but unless you have bottomless pockets, a night there is very, very expensive, with the tickets, parking, etc. Wilmington’s Playhouse is an excellent, high quality, consistent choice. These are first rate productions in a beautiful, easily accessible setting.” - Nick R.

“The [2015-16] season and next season are the best I have experienced in years.” – Isabel P.

“[The Playhouse] is back...as strong as ever!”- Sol B.

“The theatre is beautiful and made me feel like I was watching on Broadway!” – Bianca G.


DIRECTIONS & PARKING All Broadway in Wilmington shows are at

1007 N. Market Street | Wilmington, DE 19801

Directions Visit www.ThePlayhouseDE.org or call 302.888.0200 for directions to The Playhouse.

Parking Subscribers receive FREE PARKING (excluding Wednesday Matinees). Present your parking voucher upon exiting each of the garages listed below. Parking is available at either of the lots on Orange Street between 11th and 12th Streets: the Community Service lot (open Monday-Thursday 7am-11pm, Friday 7am-1am, and weekend performances until 11pm) or the Hotel du Pont lot (open 24 hours every day). Additional parking is available at the HyPark Garage on Shipley St. between 9th & 10th Streets.


SUBSCRIBE AND SAVE TODAY!

Packages starting as low as $150 • The best seats to every show, guaranteed each season • Free parking (excluding Wednesday Matinees) • Advance purchasing opportunities • Free & easy ticket exchanges • Easy payment plan • Exclusive discounts at area restaurants with our Stage Door Pass VIP dining card

ORDERING IS EASY ONLINE THEPLAYHOUSEDE.ORG PHONE 302.888.0200 MAIL

Fill out the order form and send to

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Broadway in Wilmington The Playhouse on Rodney Square 1007 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 19801


SUBSCRIPTION PACKAGE PRICING Enjoy new LOWER PRICES! Five-show subscription package includes Gentleman’s Guide, Kinky Boots, Cinderella, Riverdance, and Pippin. All shows are at The Playhouse on Rodney Square.

NEW! LOWER SUBSCRIPTION PRICES

P1

P2

P3

P4

WEEKDAYS Evening @ 7:30 pm

$410

$375

$275

$150

WEDNESDAY Matinee @ 2 pm

$350

$325

$250

$150

WEEKENDS Matinee @ 2 pm Evening @ 8 pm

$435

$400

$300

$150

QUESTIONS? 302.888.0200

Subscriptions are non-refundable. Productions, artists, dates and prices are subject to change.

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT PRICES RENT - See order form BROADWAY CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND - See order form ONCE - See order form

THEATRE SEATING P2

P2

P2

P3

P3 P4

Mezzanine

P4

P2 P1

P3 P2

P3

P1 P1

P2

P4

P4

Orchestra


GROUP SALES

The more the merrier when you bring a group to The Playhouse on Rodney Square! Located in the heart of downtown Wilmington within the luxurious Hotel du Pont, The Playhouse has been presenting the finest in touring Broadway productions for over 100 years. Enjoy a night or afternoon of exceptional entertainment with your friends, family, students, company, or organization—all you need is a minimum of 10 people to start saving!

GROUP BENEFITS

• Discounts for groups of 10 or more, with special pricing for groups of 50 or more. • No handling fees or sales tax (some restrictions apply). • Priority access to seating before the general public. • Unload bus passengers conveniently, and free bus parking is available. • Pre- or post-show dining in the historic Hotel du Pont is just steps away from your seats. Additionally, Ernest & Scott Taproom, Chelsea Tavern, Tonic Bar and Grille, and more are within walking distance.

BOOK YOUR GROUP TODAY!

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Contact Kadeem Collins at 302.888.0200 or kcollins@grandopera.org for pricing and more information.


SUBSCRIPTION ORDER FORM _______________________________________________________________________ Name

_______________________________________________________________________ Address

State

Zip Code

_______________________________________________________________________ Day Phone

Evening Phone

_______________________________________________________________________ Email address

Mobile Phone

STEP 1: SELECT SERIES AND SEATING ORCHESTRA

Section P1

MEZZANINE

Section P2

Section P3

Section P4

Section P2

Section P3

Section P4

Series requested: Wednesday Matinee Tues. Evening

Saturday Matinee

Wed. Evening

Sunday Matinee

Thurs. Evening

Fri. Evening

Sat. Evening

I’d like to discuss special needs seating.

STEP 2: TOTAL YOUR ORDER Series Total....................... $_________ = SUB TOTAL..................... $_________ Added Show(s) Total...... $_________

_________________ X _________________ = _________________ seat price # seats Total $

= GRAND TOTAL............... $_________

STEP 3: ADD ANY OR ALL AT SUBSCRIPTION PRICES Rent

P1

P2

P3

P4

$70.00

$65.00

$50.00

$25.00

(Oct. 28-30, 2016) Friday Evening

Saturday Matinee

Saturday Evening

Sunday Matinee

Sunday Evening

Christmas Wonderland 2:00PM

$55.00

$50.00

$45.00

$35.00

8:00PM

$50.00

$45.00

$40.00

$30.00

(Nov. 25-27, 2016) Friday Evening

Saturday Matinee

Once

Saturday Evening $70.00

$65.00

Sunday Matinee $50.00

$25.00

(Mar. 31–Apr. 2, 2017)

Friday Evening

Saturday Matinee

Saturday Evening

Sunday Matinee

Sunday Evening

STEP 4: MAKE YOUR PAYMENT Check box for 4-payment installment plan.

(Payments are due on 6/30, 7/30, 8/30 and 9/30. Credit card must be valid through September 2016)

Check payment is enclosed for $___________________ Credit Card:

Visa

M/C

AMEX

Discover

#__________________________ Exp.________

Signature: ____________________________________________________________________________

The Playhouse on Rodney Square can accommodate wheelchair and companion seating in the orchestra section. Mezzanine and Balcony levels are accessible by stairs only.


Media Sponsor

This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on DelawareScene.com.

Call: 302.888.0200 Online: THEPLAYHOUSEDE.ORG

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2016-2017 SEASON

DECEMBER 13-18

1007 North Market St. Wilmington, DE 19801

NOVEMBER 15-20 FEBRUARY 7-12

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1617 Broadway in Wilmington season brochure