Musical Theatre West Announces 2018-19 Season

Musical Theatre West Announces 2018-19 SeasonMusical Theatre West (MTW) returns for its 66th season with a line-up of West Coast regional premieres, Tony Award-winning classics, and family favorites, opening with Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's bluegrass musical, Bright Star (October 19 - November 24, 2018). The season continues with the award-winning masterpiece Oliver! (February 8 - 24, 2019); the high-flying musical adaptation of Catch Me If You Can (March 29 - April 14, 2019); and the beloved Broadway musical, ,Disney's The Little Mermaid (July 12 - 28, 2019). And back by popular demand, MTW has an added holiday bonus show, the musical adaptation of the Will Ferrell holiday movie Elf (November 30 - December 9, 2018).

Phone and online Season Subscriptions are available now at www.musical.org or by calling (562) 856-1999 ext. 4. Select-Your-Own Seat subscriptions begin Thursday, July 5 at noon. Both subscription packages offer the best seats available and early access to purchase Elf: The Musical.


2016 OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNING "BEST MUSICAL"

2016 TONY AWARD ­NOMINATED BEST MUSICAL

BRIGHT STAR

October 19-24, 20018

From Grammy, Emmy and Academy Award­ winning Steve Martin and Grammy Award­ winning Edie Brickell comes BRIGHT STAR, the five­time Tony­ nominated, new Broadway musical that The New York Times called "a shining achievement." Inspired by a real event, this original musical tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and 1940s. Propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies, and powerfully moving performances. Inspired by a real event, this original musical tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and 1940s. Propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies, and powerfully moving performances.


THREE-TIME TONY AWARD - WINNING MUSICAL

OLIVER!

February 8-24, 2019

Consider yourself at home with Lionel Bart's classic musical based on Charles Dickens' novel, Oliver Twist. The streets of Victorian England come to life as orphaned Oliver goes from mistreatment in the London workhouses and falls in with a gang of pickpockets led by the roguish Fagin, the kindhearted Nancy, and the menacing Bill Sykes, before finally finding a home. This Tony and Olivier Award-winning show is one of the few musicals to win an Academy Award for "Best Picture" and is widely hailed as a true theatrical masterpiece!


A FAVORITE FILM NOW A FAVORITE MUSICAL

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

March 29 - April 14, 2019

Based on the hit film and the incredible true story, Catch Me If You Can is the high-flying musical comedy about chasing your dreams and not getting caught. Teenager Frank Abignale, Jr., runs away from home to begin an unforgettable adventure. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, he successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer - living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when his lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, the chase is on to make Frank pay for his crimes. Nominated for four Tony awards, including "Best Musical," this delightful show was created by a Tony Award -winning "dream team," with a book by Terrence McNally (The Full Monty, Ragtime) and a swinging score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray, Smash, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).


BE PART OF THEIR WORLD

DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID

July 12-28, 2019

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories, the musical adaptation of Disney's classic film takes you on an adventure from a magical kingdom beneath the sea to a palace in the human world as the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, searches for love. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and a compelling book by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."


A HOLIDAY BONUS!

Based on the Popular Will Ferrell Film

ELF: THE MUSICAL

November 30 - December 9, 2019

Based on the 2003 hit film starring Will Ferrell, this musical adaptation of the hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. As a young orphan, Buddy mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth, Buddy leaves Santa and embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Featuring songs by Tony Award nominees, Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (Disney's Aladdin on Broadway, The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award - winners, Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone), this modern day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf.


Phone and online Season Subscriptions are available now at www.musical.org, or by calling (562) 856-1999, ext. 4. Select-Your-Own Seat subscriptions begin Thursday, July 5 at noon. Both subscription packages offer the best seats available and early access to purchase Elf: The Musical. For more information, go to www.musical.org or call the Musical Theatre West Ticket Office at (562) 856-1999, ext. 4

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