May 23, 2018
2018-19 SEASON OF BROADWAY LIVE ANNOUNCED!
Season Ticket Holders Save Up to 55%… Packages Starting as Low as $210!
LEXINGTON, KY (May 23, 2018) -- The 2018-19 Season of Broadway Live and Variety Live show lineup was announced last night during the annual gala season preview event at the Lexington Opera House. The event, directed by THE LEXington Theatre Company, showcased local talent who performed numbers from top national touring productions, all booked for the coming season.
The combined 2018-19 ten-show season features five national touring Broadway musicals and a Broadway hit play, launching its first national tour from the Lexington Opera House. The season also includes a brand new musical production featuring characters from American Girl, two locally produced Broadway musicals and one cabaret-style concert event featuring Broadway Stars and Broadway hopefuls.
“We are excited to announce our 42nd season of fantastic entertainment for the entire family,” said Opera House Program Director Luanne Franklin. “This season we’re saying “Let’s Get Musical” with seven Broadway musicals presented at the Opera House. Many of these shows have been the hottest tickets on Broadway including three family-friendly presentations – the perfect way to introduce live theatre to young people.”
Season ticket holders always receive the best purchase options – save up to 55% off the single ticket prices to the best seat selection. The five-show Broadway Live season ticket packages start at just $210. Lowest season ticket prices are locked in until single Broadway Live tickets go on sale on August 27th.
Season ticket holders also have the chance to buy additional tickets to Broadway Live shows at a 10% discount and in advance of the general public on-sale date. In addition, season ticket holders will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets to Variety Live Presentations.
The Broadway Live series will present five performances of each title and all shows are scheduled to take place over the weekends, including three evenings and two matinees. Season ticket prices range from $210 to $350. Orders for Season Tickets for the 2018-19 Broadway Live season will begin today at 10 a.m. at the Lexington Center Ticket Office.
Lexington Center President and CEO Bill Owen said, "The Lexington Opera House, built in 1886, has been in service for 132 years and continues to go strong. It is important to recognize that this historic theater continues to serve as a vibrant part of the Lexington community. The Opera House is a shining example of creativity, ingenuity, collaboration and cooperation.”
“The Opera House Fund and the Lexington business community are to be commended for providing the necessary sponsorship dollars so that we may continue to offer fine facilities for intimate live stage performances presented by both national touring companies and the local performing arts community alike,” Owen continued.
The 2018-2019 Broadway Live Season
ELF – November 16 – 18, 2018
Friday, November 16 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 17 – 1:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 18 – 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF.
The New York Times says that ELF is “SPLASHY, PEPPY, SUGAR-SPRINKLED HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT!”
Sponsored by: Keeneland, Inc. and Central Bank
Book by: Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin
Music and Lyrics by: Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin
Kinky Boots – January 18 – 20, 2019
Friday, January 18 – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 19 – 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 20 – 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
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 BOOTSis 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. “There is no show hotter than KINKY BOOTS!” – CBS News
Sponsored by: Clark Distributing and Miller/Coors
Book by: Harvey Fierstein
Music and Lyrics by: Cyndi Lauper
Finding Neverland – February 15 - 17, 2019
Friday, February 15 – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 16 – 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 17 – 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
The winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart,” says TIME Magazine. Vogue cheers, “It’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!” Directed by visionary Tony®-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award® winning film, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. FINDING NEVERLAND is “far and away the best musical of the year!” (NPR).
Sponsored by: MCF ADVISORS
Book by: James Graham
Music and Lyrics by: Gary Barlow & Eliot Kennedy
Something Rotten! – March 22 – 24, 2019
Friday, March 22 – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 23 – 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 24 – 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
SOMETHING ROTTEN! is “Broadway’s big, fat hit!” (New York Post). Set in 1595, this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and
Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, SOMETHING ROTTEN! is “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared!” (New York Magazine).
Sponsored by: KY One Health
Book by: Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell
Music and Lyrics By: Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick
The King and I – April 26 – 28, 2018
Friday, April 26 – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 27 – 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 28 – 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Two worlds collide in this “breathtaking and exquisite” (The New York Times) musical, based on the 2015 Tony Award®-winning Lincoln Center Theater production. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.”
Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna
Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. THE KING AND I is “too beautiful to miss” (New York Magazine).
Sponsored by: Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky and J.Smith Lanier
Book and Lyrics by: Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by: Richard Rodgers
Based on the novel Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon
The Music Man – July 12 – 15, 2018 (Five Performances)
Thursday, July 12 – 8 p.m.
Friday, July 13 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 14 – 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 15 – 1 p.m.
Meredith Willson's 1957 Classic, The Music Man, is FUN for the whole family! This bright, hopeful show features toe-tapping tunes including "76 Trombones," "Ya Got Trouble" and "Shipoopi!" Step back in time with us as the one-and-only Professor Harold Hill shows us just how beautifully music and dance can unite a community! The LEXington Theatre Company combines Today's Broadway Stars with Tomorrow's Broadway Hopefuls, to produce first-rate professional theatre, right here in Lexington!
CoPresented by: KY One Health
Book by: Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey
Lyrics By: Meredith Willson
A Chorus Line – August 2 – 5, 2018 (Five Performances)
Thursday, August 2 – 8 p.m.
Friday, August 3 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, August 4 – 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, August 5 – 1 p.m.
Adult Content - Parental Discretion Advised
This Tony and Pulitzer Prize-Winning musical is one of the cornerstones of American Musical Theatre! A Chorus Line is the story of 17 dancers, vying for 8 spots in a new Broadway musical. Through breathtaking numbers including "At The Ballet," "Music and The Mirror" and "One," we learn the personal stories of these talented performers, and experience the guts, grit, and glory of going after your dreams. The LEXington Theatre Company combines Today's Broadway Stars with Tomorrow's Broadway Hopefuls, to produce first-rate professional theatre, right here in Lexington!
CoPresented by: KY One Health
Conceived, Choreographed and Directed by: Michael Bennett
Book by: James Kirkwood
Music by: Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by: Edward Kleban
The Play That Goes Wrong – September 14 – 15, 2018 (Two Performances)
Friday, September 14 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, September 15 – 8 p.m.
What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You’d get THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, Broadway & London’s award-winning smash comedy! Called “A GUT-BUSTING HIT” (The New York Times) and “THE FUNNIEST PLAY BROADWAY HAS EVER SEEN” (HuffPost), this classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania delivering “A RIOTOUS EXPLOSION OF COMEDY” (Daily Beast). Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), it’s “TONS OF FUN FOR ALL AGES” (HuffPost) and “COMIC GOLD” (Variety) – sure to bring down the house!
Concert with the Stars – January 12, 2019
Saturday, January 12, 8:00 p.m.
Concert with the Stars is a cabaret-style concert of Broadway show tunes, interwoven with behind-the-scenes stories from the guest stars. The Broadway stars of today are joined by the Broadway Hopefuls of tomorrow in various numbers.
American Girl Live – January 25 – 26 (4 Performances)
Friday, January 25 – 7 pm
Saturday, January 26 – 11 am, 2 pm, 6 pm
Experience American Girl® in an all-new musical, coming to a city near you! American Girl Live is a premiere stage production, featuring all-original songs and unforgettable experiences. Come along to sleepover camp with some new
friends for an exciting summer away from home. As bold tales of bravery and friendship come to life, iconic American Girl characters lend a hand through story and song. Join your favorite American Girl characters and the campers as they follow their hearts, share their dreams, and learn the power of friendship.
Season Tickets On Sale
A 2018-19 season brochure was mailed out to an extensive Broadway Live mailing list on May 22nd, 2018. Current season ticket holders also received a priority seating order form.
Season Tickets are available now at the Lexington Center Ticket Office. Season Ticket packages include a ticket to one of the performances of each of the five Broadway Live presentations and additional benefits listed below.
Season Ticket Benefits
- Better seats: Season Ticket holders receive priority access to all available seating.
- Advance tickets: Season Ticket holders can purchase additional single tickets to any Broadway LIVE presentations with their subscription package at the time of order and get the best seats before tickets go on sale to the general public.
- Lowest prices: Single show tickets are subject to increase. Season Ticket holders are guaranteed lowest prices, saving up to 55%.
- Exchange privileges: Only Season Ticket holders can exchange their tickets for another performance of the same show.
- Personal Service: Direct access and personalized service from our most experienced staff members. Our account managers will help guide you throughout the season and make every effort to accommodate your needs.
Ticket prices cover only 60 percent of the cost of the shows and patrons are invited to support this world-class cultural resource by becoming a “Friend of the Opera House” or by joining the “Pub Club” or “Saul Good Club.”
Patrons who add at least $50 to their individual subscription will become a “Friend of the Opera House.” “Friends of the Opera House” benefits include:
- Name Recognition in the Playbill
Patrons who add $150 or more to their individual subscriptions will receive additional benefits, depending on the level of giving. Some of these benefits include:
- Priority Seating
- Pardy’s Pub Club Pass: Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks before the show and desserts during intermission of Friday and Saturday evening Broadway Live performances in honor of that show’s Corporate Co-Presenter
- Saul Good Club: 10% off your food order before the show and during intermission of Saturday Matinee & both Sunday Show ticket holders *Downtown location only. **Not valid on Alcoholic Beverages.
Beginning May 23, current Broadway Live season ticket holders may renew subscriptions by using their priority order form. New subscribers may submit orders in person at the Lexington Center Ticket Office or by phone, (859) 233-3535; all orders will be processed after June 27th. Variety Live tickets will go on sale Friday, August 3. Single tickets to all Broadway Live Shows will go on sale Monday, August 27. Single tickets will be available at the Lexington Center Ticket Office, by phone or at all Ticketmaster outlets. Complete information on the season and subscriptions is available online at www.lexingtonoperahouse.com.
Broadway Live season ticket holders have the exclusive, first opportunity to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the public for the Variety Live presentations of The Play That Goes Wrong, Concert with the Stars and American Girl.
Note: $30 "Spotlight" seats, located in the back two rows of level 3, are on sale for every performance, however, they are not available for subscription or further discounts.