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Broadway Theatre League kicks off new season this month with “Johnny Cash – The Official Concert Experience” and “Come From Away”

Broadway Theatre League will kick off the shows for its 2023-2024 season this month. Laughs, finger snaps and even hope will interlace the spectrum of performances.

The upcoming slate offers six straight-from-NYC productions, along with four season specials.

This month, Broadway Theater League will present the musical “Come From Away”, Oct. 27-29. Before that, they will offer the special, “Johnny Cash – The Official Concert Experience” on Oct. 18 at the Mark C. Smith Auditorium at the VBC.

“Johnny Cash – The Official Concert Experience” brings songs and stories from the ‘Man in Black’ to the stage in a way that audiences haven’t seen or heard before. With video of Johnny from episodes of The Johnny Cash TV Show projected on a screen above the stage, a live band and singers will accompany him in perfect sync.

According to the Broadway Theatre league, this concert experience will showcase iconic performances from the TV show and highlight the spirit of the legend by revisiting some of his memorable words and anecdotes. Cash will perform some of his biggest hits, including “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Ring of Fire,” and “I Walk the Line,” and share stories of people he met along the way whose causes he championed – the working man from all walks of life. Plus, onstage male and female singers will split vocal duties performing their own takes on Cash hits.

Come From Away
Oct. 27-29
This “Best Musical” winner reveals the true story of 7,000 passengers stranded after 9/11 attacks and the Newfoundland hamlet that welcomed them. Anxiety at first transformed into trust and friendships. This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.
Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony Award nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year’s Tony Award-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashely. Newsweek cheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave!”

Beetlejuice – The Musical
Nov. 28 – Dec. 3
A ghost like none other, “Beetlejuice” is based on Tim Burton’s genre-smashing movie. Lydia Deetz, an unusual teenager, whose life morphs when she meets a couple, who just died, and a bizarre Netherworld demon/comic/deceased guy.

Mean Girls
Dec. 15-17
The musical is the (wild)child creation of Tina Fey, composer Jeff Richmond, lyricist Nell Benjamin and director Casey Nicholaw.
Teenager Cady Heron had lived in an African settlement but that environment was much less hostile than her new home in suburban Illinois. At her new high school, Cady falls in/out of favor with brutal mean girls, led by vicious Regina George.

To Kill a Mockingbird
Jan. 12-14, 2024
Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin adapted this version of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. “60 Minutes” lauded “To Kill a Mockingbird” as “the most successful American play in Broadway history.”

NPR said Lee’s work and on-stage presentation is “one of the greatest plays in history.”

Jesus Christ Superstar
March 15-17, 2024
Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic anthems and ballads in “Jesus Christ Superstar” are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. For BTL, a new version will grace the stage.

The show depicts Jesus’ final weeks from Judas’ perspective. This version of “Jesus Christ Superstar” pays homage to “Billboard’s” 1971 “Album of the Year,” yet creates a modern feel.

Pretty Woman: The Musical
May 10-12, 2024
Based on the cherished rom-com film, the musical shows that a prince can rescue the beautiful maiden. Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance developed the score, while the movie’s director, Garry Marshall, and J.F. Lawton authored the uplifting book.

Season specials include “Johnny Cash – The Official Concert Experience”; “Stomp”; and “The Simon and Garfunkel Story.” For more information, visit broadwaytheatreleague.org/new-season-announcement.

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