Blumenthal announces dates for Broadway season

Blumenthal announces dates for Broadway season
Caissie Levy (Elsa) in Frozen (Deen Van Meer/Disney)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Blumenthal Performing Arts is set to relaunch its Broadway season this fall. The lineup will include Broadway hits making their Charlotte debut and returning fan favorites, including “Hamilton” and “Wicked.”

Both programs, the PNC Broadway Light Series and the Equitable Bravo Series, were originally slated to begin in fall 2020 but were delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Blumenthal’s president, Tom Gabbard, said more than 12,000 existing season tickets holders have held on to their season tickets as they worked to reschedule shows and plan for a safe return.

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Season tickets will also be available to new subscribers.

The PNC Broadway Lights Series will feature six shows with the option to include the Charlotte debut of Disney’s “Frozen” as a seventh show. The six-show lineup includes:

“Hadestown” – Aug. 31-Sept. 5 at Belk Theater

“1776” – Nov. 16-21 at Belk Theater

“Ain’t Too Proud” – The Life and Times of the Temptations - Jan. 18-23, 2022, at Belk Theater

“Hamilton” – Apr. 26-May 15, 2022, at Belk Theater

“To Kill a Mockingbird” – July 26-31, 2022, at Belk Theater

“Mean Girls” – Sept. 6-11, 2022, at Belk Theater

Disney’s “Frozen” – June 15-26, 2022, at Belk Theater (included in the seven-show package)

The Equitable Bravo Series offers a package of five shows:

“Wicked” – Sept. 8-Oct. 3 at Ovens Auditorium

“RENT 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour” – Nov. 9-14 at Belk Theater

“An Officer and a Gentleman” – Dec. 7-12 at Ovens Auditorium

“Pretty Woman: The Musical” – Apr. 12-17, 2022, at Belk Theater

“Hamilton” – Apr. 26-May 15, 2022, at Belk Theater

Existing season ticket holders will be automatically transferred into the rescheduled seasons and won’t need take further action unless they prefer to swap for different shows or move performance days.

Along with its series lineups, Blumenthal will bring additional Broadway shows during the year. Currently slated “Broadway Extras” include:

“Potted Potter” – Oct. 15-17 at Booth Playhouse

“Jesus Christ Superstar” – Mar. 22-27, 2022, at Belk Theater

Blue Man Group – July 15-17, 2022, at Belk Theater

“Anastasia” – Oct. 11-16, 2022, at Ovens Auditorium

“What the Constitution Means to Me” – new dates to be announced

Blumenthal is also offering a “COVID-19 Guarantee” with its season tickets, which allows ticket holders who purchase before May 31 alternatives such as exchanging tickets for another event or gift card; donating the ticket amount to support community programs; or receiving a full refund if they feel COVID-19 conditions make it unsafe to attend a show between now and Dec. 31.

In preparation for the safe return of theatergoers, Blumenthal Performing Arts has achieved Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation, the gold standard for safe and clean venues.

On its Facebook page, Blumenthal posted that “patrons should expect to see a variety of measures woven together to create a safe environment.” Safety protocols listed included a possible mask requirement, some social distancing, and some limited testing for those working on a show.

The post also stated that “improving air quality and circulation prior to opening is a huge focus, and while most of that is unseen, the public will see the addition of HEPA filtering units in smaller spaces like restrooms.”

Additional information will be released closer to the first major performances this fall.

For more information or to make a purchase, go to blumenthalarts.org/bpabroadway, or call 704-335-1010.

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