Music Theatre Wichita 2015: Unexpected Journeys
Music Theatre Wichita proudly creates our 44th season of Broadway-scale musicals this summer! This year our productions trace Unexpected Journeys, with bends in the road taking characters to destinations they never imagined. Family secrets, hidden talents, and surprising romances—you’ll witness all throughout the summer as you are swept away by fabulously talented singers and dancers. And you can experience it all at a fraction of Broadway prices!
An unscheduled detour along the Nile leads to a love story that changes the course of history. Spectacular, dramatic, and compelling, with a thrilling contemporary musical score.
The triumphant love story between an Egyptian prince and a slave transcends warring nations and brings a country together.
Winner of four 2000 Tony Awards, Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida is an epic tale of love, loyalty and betrayal chronicling the love triangle between Aida, a Nubian princess stolen from her country, Amneris, an Egyptian princess, and Radames, the soldier they both love.
An enslaved Nubian princess, Aida, finds her heart entangled with Radames, an Egyptian soldier who is betrothed to the Pharaoh's daughter, Amneris. As their forbidden love blossoms, Aida is forced to weigh her heart against the responsibility she faces as leader of her people. Aida and Radames's love for one another becomes a shining example of true devotion that ultimately transcends the vast cultural differences between their warring nations, heralding a time of unprecedented peace and prosperity.
With an unforgettable score featuring soaring ballads and rousing choral numbers, Aida is a modern crowd pleaser that embraces multicultural casting and exuberant dancing, staging, and singing for large cast sizes.
Aida premiered on Broadway on March 23, 2000, running for 1,852 performances until September 5, 2004 (35th longest-running Broadway musical). The musical also ran from 2002 to 2003 and from 2006 to 2007 during two US national tours, and also ran in international productions which performed in 20 different countries. Aida was nominated for five Tony Awards and won four in 2000, including Best Musical Score and Best Performance by a Leading Actress. Aida was also named by Time Magazine in 2000 as one of the top ten theatre productions of the year. The show was a sell-out smash when MTWichita presented it in 2005.
Geppetto's longing to have a son leads him to a carnival puppet show, across the dangerous Pleasure Island, and into the belly of a whale! A lively adventure for the whole family, with wonderful new songs by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked).
The classic tale of an aging toymaker and his beloved wooden puppet is given a touching finish in this Disney gem. (This new stage adaptation is based on the 2000 Disney TV film “Geppetto.”)
In Disney's My Son Pinocchio, the classic tale of toymaker Geppetto’s little wooden puppet is given new life. This new musical, which retells the classic Disney story from Geppetto’s perspective, features the beloved classic songs “When You Wish Upon a Star” and “I’ve Got No Strings,” alongside a host of new songs by Oscar- and Grammy Award-winner and master melodist Stephen Schwartz, tackling timely issues about what it means to be “the perfect child” – and what it means to be “a real father.”
The Blue Fairy, the puppeteer Stromboli, and a lively cast of characters are involved with Geppetto as he journeys beyond the toy shop to discover the meaning of family. When the Blue Fairy grants Geppetto's wish to bring his beloved puppet to life, the new father quickly learns that being a parent is full of challenges. He struggles to make his son "the perfect boy" only to lose him to a gang of Roustabouts. It is only when faced with the thought of never seeing Pinocchio again that Geppetto truly learns the joys of being a father and loving your child unconditionally.
This family-friendly musical is appropriate for all audiences and is a magical mix of heartwarming fairytale and action-packed adventure. Audiences will love following Pinocchio's journey from an awkward wooden puppet to a real, live boy and will be charmed by Geppetto's transformation from demanding creator to a real, live father.
An accidental visit to a ballet class sets in motion a life-changing experience for a small boy in a British mining town. Based on the award-winning film, this powerful stage adaptation won 10 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical.
An inspiring celebration of one boy's journey who hangs up his boxing gloves for ballet shoes.
Millions of fans…Thousands of standing ovations…Ten Tony Awards including Best Musical…This is Billy Elliot The Musical: the spectacular show with the heart, humor and passion to be named Time Magazine's "Best Musical of the Decade!"
Based on the international smash-hit film and featuring a score by music legend Elton John, Billy Elliot is an astonishing theatrical experience that will stay with you forever.
Set in a northern English mining town, against the background of the 1984 miners' strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy's struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Billy's journey begins when he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and community and changes his life forever.
With a powerful storyline, rousing songs, and spectacular choreography, Billy Elliot is a unique and memorable musical theatre experience.
Edward Bloom has spun many colorful tales about his astonishing escapades. But are any of them true? His son, soon to be a father himself, delves into the mysteries of his father's life, with surprising and delightful results. Based on the hit film and novel.
Fathers, Sons, and fantastic Tall Tales come alive in Big Fish.
Big Fish is a new Broadway musical featuring music and lyrics by Tony nominee Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family, The Wild Party) and a new book by esteemed screenwriter John August (Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Based on the celebrated 1998 novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed 2003 film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward's incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales.
Overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft, Big Fish is an extraordinary new Broadway musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience that's richer, funnier and bigger than life itself.
"Remarkable! A show for everyone who loves musicals. Don’t dare miss this!" - Variety
"4 stars! A gorgeous, charming, dream musical! Ravishing and enchanting, with one knockout dance number after another…” - Bloomberg News
"A heartfelt, powerful, and movingly scored new American musical, full of quality writing by John August.” - Chicago Tribune
Directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, Big Fish had an out-of-town tryout in Chicago in April of 2013, then premiered on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre on September 5, 2013 in previews, officially opening on October 6, 2013. The musical closed on December 29, 2013 after 34 previews and 98 regular performances.
In the early 1900s, a single day's trip into New York City brings unpredictable complications, farcical humor, and poignant romance for Yonkers' most famous Matchmaker, Dolly Levi, and for all those in her sphere of influence. One of the most beloved of all the great Broadway musical classics.
One of the last great “classic” American musical comedies makes a much-requested return to MTWichita.
And what do you do for a living, Mrs. Levi?” asks Ambrose Kemper in the first scene of this most delightful of musical comedies. “Some people paint, some sew… I meddle,” replies Dolly. Hello, Dolly! is full of memorable songs including "Put On Your Sunday Clothes", "Ribbons Down My Back", "Before the Parade Passes By", "Hello, Dolly!", "Elegance", "It Only Takes a Moment" and "So Long, Dearie." And we are off on a whirlwind race around New York at the turn of the twentieth century, as we follow the adventures of America’s most beloved matchmaker!
Opening in 1964 with Carol Channing in the title role, Hello, Dolly! played for 2844 performances on Broadway at the St. James Theatre. Winner of 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, it became the longest playing Broadway musical of its time. The London production played for 794 performances at the Drury Lane Theatre, a lavish 1968 film version starred Barbra Streisand, and the show has been revived several times on Broadway, most recently in 1995 for 116 performances at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, again with Carol Channing as Dolly Levi.
MTWichita last presented Hello, Dolly! as the season finale of our 1994 season, and it will be lovely to welcome her back after an absence of more than two decades.