Broadway touring productions return to the Lexington Opera House this fall, depending on location.
The next season of Broadway Live will feature a show that was set to debut on the Lexington stage just as the coronavirus pandemic struck. Another show started on the London stage and is now touring the United States.
The Opera House has been closed since March 2020, unable to operate as capacity restrictions made live performances too expensive to be presented in the 866-seat theater.
The season of five Broadway Live shows will have performances at full capacity starting in November, said Luanne Franklin, director of performing arts at the Opera House. She said they predicted the audience will need to be masked, but the performers will not.
“We will follow whatever directions are at that time,” Franklin said.
Safety will be an important consideration for the public and for tour companies. “The whole industry during the lockdown has rethought how we do things, to do it in a way that’s safe for everyone.”
No more printed tickets
New this year: all tickets will be virtual, without paper tickets.
“It’s important to reduce touchdown as much as possible, so this is one of our new protocols,” Franklin said. “I don’t think we can overemphasize the priority of protecting health and safety. We will have hand sanitizers at every turn, for example.
Bill Owen, President and CEO of Lexington Center Corp. who owns the place, welcomed his return.
“The Opera House has served our community for 135 years and continues to be a vibrant part of downtown Lexington,” Owen said in a statement. “We remain grateful to the Opera House Fund and the Lexington Business community for their support of on-stage performances by national and touring artists and the local performing arts community. The Opera is a shining example of creativity, ingenuity, collaboration and cooperation. “
Franklin said they were delighted to welcome customers back and have booked shows that will attract large audiences. “From classics to comedies, for everyone from grandparents to grandchildren – and all ages in between – we have a season on Broadway to lift your spirits and bring you joy,” she said in A press release.
How to get Broadway Live tickets
Franklin said season passes are now available by phone at 859-233-3535 or online at lexingtonoperahouse.com or Ticketmaster.com. Season passes start at $ 205 per subscription, up to 53% off the price of individual show tickets, she said. Season tickets range from $ 205 to $ 385.
Individual tickets for the Broadway Live show go on sale September 13, but season ticket holders can purchase additional individual tickets before the general public at a 10% discount. If you register for the “First In Line” notifications, you will be eligible for presale tickets from September 9 to 10.
There will also be two Variety Live shows, and season ticket holders will have the first chance to purchase tickets for those as well.
Showtimes for all Broadway Lives shows will be Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday mornings at 1:00 p.m.
Lexington Broadway Live Shows Schedule
Here is a list or guide to the five upcoming musicals at the Opera:
▪ “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl, From November 12 to 14, five shows. This musical features songs from the original film including “Pure Imagination”, “The Candy Man” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket”. And Lexington interpreter Audrey Belle Adams will also be in the cast.
▪ “An officer and a gentleman,” From January 28 to 30, five shows. Based on the Oscar-winning film starring Richard Gere and Debra Winger, the stage production was a hit in London and is now on tour in the United States. In fact, Lexington will be one of the first stops. The show features a lot of ’80s music, including “Up Where We Belong”.
▪ “Waitress,” February 11-13, five shows. This Broadway musical featuring songs by Sara Bareilles focuses on Jenna, a waitress and pie expert who dreams of a little town outing and rocky wedding. She pours her heart into her pies and finds cards a new way.
▪ “An American in Paris”, March 11-13, five shows. Based on the beloved film, this lush Broadway musical has won four Tony Awards with its stunning dance numbers and production. This show was originally scheduled to open in Lexington in 2020. Now all of your Gershwin favorites are finally coming to town.
▪ “Hair spray,” April 22-24, five shows. Tony Award-winning musical returns to the Opera House (it was here in 2007) with the story of Tracy Turnblad, a Baltimore teenager in the 60s with big hair and big dreams: she wants to dance on the television. Hits include “Welcome to the Sixties”, “Good Morning Baltimore”, “Big, Blonde and Beautiful” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat”.
Live variety shows
▪ “Concert with the stars” January 8, a broadcast. The Lexington Theater Company’s Signature concert brings together Broadway stars and talented young artists from across the country.
▪ “STOMP”, February 24-25, two shows. This show features inventive percussion and dance numbers with props such as inner tubes and paint cans.