Look Forward: Blumenthal Performing Arts Announces 2020-21 Broadway Season

Charlotte theater fans can look forward to a spectacular season of Broadway in Charlotte starting in November with nine hot new shows and multiweek return engagements of two extraordinary crowd-pleasers – Hamilton and Wicked – among the highlights of Blumenthal Performing Arts’ 2020-21 Broadway season.


“We normally announce our plans earlier than this, but we pushed the pause button so that our theater fans, staff and their families could focus on the well-being of each other,” said Blumenthal Performing Arts President Tom Gabbard. “As we work through the challenges of this unique time, we also are beginning to look forward to the biggest theatrical season in the history of Blumenthal Performing Arts.”


With 17 shows and more than 200 individual performances, the season is the largest in Blumenthal’s history, and the wealth of shows will allow Blumenthal to offer two Broadway series with season ticket options in 2020-21.


Blumenthal’s premier and long-running PNC Broadway Lights Series will feature Broadway’s latest and greatest hits, with eight shows making their Charlotte debuts. PNC Broadway Lights Season Ticket holders will be the first in town to experience the return of Hamilton as they will be seated in the first week of the engagement. In addition to Hamilton, the eight-show PNC Broadway Lights Season Ticket includes the Charlotte debuts of Mean Girls, To Kill a Mockingbird, Ain’t Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations, The Cher Show, 1776, Tootsie, and Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida. The nine-show season option includes all of the above plus the Tony Award-winning revival of Oklahoma!, entirely reimagined for the 21st century. PNC Broadway Lights pricing begins at $272 for an eight-show Season Ticket.


A new, one-time-only Equitable Bravo Series will offer a smaller five-show Season Ticket featuring return engagements of four beloved titles, Hamilton, Wicked, RENT 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour, and Dear Evan Hansen, plus the Charlotte debut of Pretty Woman: The Musical direct from Broadway. Equitable Bravo Series tickets begin at $197.50.


“PNC’s sponsorship of Blumenthal Performing Arts’ 2020-21 Broadway Lights Series reflects our long history of supporting the arts in the communities where we live, work and play,” said Weston Andress, PNC regional president for Western Carolinas. “The extraordinary list of shows coming to Charlotte will entertain and inspire audiences of all ages.”


With the return of PNC Broadway Lights and the addition of the Equitable Bravo Series, a wider audience will have the opportunity to experience Blumenthal’s Broadway programming.


“Currently, we have almost 12,000 Season Ticket holders to the very popular PNC Broadway Lights Series and the large majority renew their seats each year,” Gabbard said. “We are thrilled and grateful for their loyalty, but it also means new subscribers can find it difficult to acquire seats in the exact location and performance they’d like. That’s why we are so pleased we can offer an additional Season Ticket option. The Equitable Bravo Series will have great seats available for new subscribers at every price level and for every performance, including the coveted weekend ones.”  


Season Tickets to both series are available now at BlumenthalArts.org or 704-335-1010. Along with guaranteeing seats to all the season shows, both series offer special benefits.


PNC Broadway Lights Season Tickets are renewable annually, guaranteeing Season Ticket holders the best seats at the best prices every year. PNC Broadway Lights Season Ticket Holders also have the ability to swap up to four PNC Broadway Lights season shows for anything coming next season and the option of a 12-month extended payment plan.


Equitable Bravo Series seats are not renewable, but Bravo subscribers will have first priority to purchase PNC Broadway Lights Season Tickets next year. Equitable Bravo buyers also can swap up to two season shows for anything else coming to Blumenthal theaters, including any PNC Broadway Lights shows, and have the option of a six-month payment plan.


Both PNC Broadway Lights Season Ticket holders and Equitable Bravo buyers will be assigned their season seats before single tickets go on sale to the public. Throughout the season, Season Ticket holders will have priority access to tickets for additional Broadway shows and attractions, as well as the ability to exchange into a different date or time of any of their season shows free.


Rounding out the 2020-21 Broadway lineup, Blumenthal also will present a selection of Broadway Extras, including Potted Potter – The Unauthorized Harry Experience; an all-new tour of Hairspray; Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; and Freestyle Love Supreme, the improvised comedy musical comedy from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail and Anthony Veneziale. Season Ticket buyers can use their swap benefits to access any of these titles.


“The current crisis is a reminder of how lucky we are to enjoy one of the most vibrant cultural scenes in the country. It also reminds us of the uplift and inspiration that happens from being together to experience great shows. We look forward to welcoming theater fans home,” Gabbard said.


Blumenthal will continue its Ticket Protect plan this year. Subscribers can protect their investment in all of their series shows with Ticket Protect, which provides a refund should the subscriber be unable to attend a show(s) due to an approved reason, such as dangerous weather conditions, illness, accidents and more. This plan is available to PNC Broadway Lights Season Ticket holders and Equitable Bravo Series buyers.


For more information or to make a purchase:

  • Visit BlumenthalArts.org/Broadway
  • Call 704335-1010
  • Visit the Belk Theater box office, 130 N. Tryon St., MondaySaturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.




TOOTSIE (Nov. 10-15, 2020 – Belk Theater)

1776 (Jan. 5-10, 2021 – Belk Theater)

HAMILTON (Jan. 26-Feb. 21, 2021 – Ovens Auditorium)

OKLAHOMA! (Feb. 9-14, 2021 – Knight Theater)*

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (March 23-28, 2021 – Belk Theater)


THE CHER SHOW (June 8-13, 2021 – Belk Theater)

MEAN GIRLS (July 6-11, 2021 – Belk Theater)

ELTON JOHN & TIM RICE’S AIDA (Sept. 7-12, 2021 – Belk Theater)


*Included in the nine-show package




WICKED (Dec. 9, 2020-Jan. 10, 2021 – Ovens Auditorium)

HAMILTON (Jan. 26-Feb. 21, 2021 – Ovens Auditorium)

PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL (March 2-7, 2021 – Belk Theater)

RENT 25TH ANNIVERSARY FAREWELL TOUR (April 13-18, 2021 – Ovens Auditorium)

DEAR EVAN HANSEN (Aug. 10-15, 2021 – Belk Theater)




POTTED POTTER (Nov. 24-29, 2020 – McGlohon Theater)

HAIRSPRAY (May 14-16, 2021 – Ovens Auditorium)


FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME (May 18-23, 2021 – Knight Theater)


2020-2021 PNC Broadway Lights Series Show Descriptions



Nov. 10-15, 2020 – Belk Theater


Call it “musical comedy heaven” (Rolling Stone). Call it “the most uproarious new musical in years!” (The Hollywood Reporter). Call it Tootsie! This laugh-out-loud love letter to the theater tells the story of Michael Dorsey, a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until one show-stopping act of desperation lands him the role of a lifetime. Featuring a hilarious Tony®-winning book by Robert Horn and an outrageously clever score by 2018 Tony winner David Yazbek (The Band’s Visit, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), the New York Times Critic’s Pick is a “joyful delight” (The Washington Post) that’s “so packed with punchlines, it should be called a jokebox musical!” (Bloomberg). “In these turbulent times, when the world seems out of balance, we need a place to let the good times roll,” raves Rolling Stone. “Tootsie is it!”



Jan. 5-10, 2021 – Belk Theater


They knew they would make history, but not what history would make of them. Fed up with living under the tyranny of British rule, John Adams attempts to persuade his fellow members of the Continental Congress to vote in favor of American Independence and sign the Declaration. But how much is he willing to compromise in the pursuit of freedom? And to whom does that freedom belong?

Direct from the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University, visionary director Diane Paulus reexamines a pivotal moment in American history in a re-imagining of the Tony Award®-winning musical 1776 prior to its Broadway engagement at Roundabout Theatre Company. 



Jan. 26-Feb. 21, 2021 – Ovens Auditorium


This “theatrical landmark has transformed theater and the way we think about history.” (The New York Times)

Hamilton is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, Hamilton has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theater – a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education. With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography. It has won Tony®, Grammy® and Olivier awards; the Pulitzer Prize for Drama; and an unprecedented special citation from the Kennedy Center Honors.



Feb. 9-14, 2021 – Knight Theater

*Included in the nine-show season


“How is it that the coolest new show on Broadway is a 1943 musical?” says The New York Times. This is Oklahoma! as you’ve never seen or heard it before – reimagined for the 21st century and now the Tony Award winner for Best Revival of a Musical. Funny and sexy, dark and jolting, this acclaimed production of Oklahoma! “lets us experience Rodgers and Hammerstein’s greatness anew” (The New Yorker).

Stripped down to reveal the darker psychological truths at its core, Daniel Fish’s production tells a story of a community circling its wagons against an outsider, and the frontier life that shaped America. Upending the sunny romance of a farmer and a cowpoke, this Oklahoma! allows the classic musical – and our country – to be seen in a whole new light.

“This production shocked me and moved me,” raves Frank Rich of New York Magazine. “This is the Oklahoma! that was there all along.” The Daily Beast says, “Forget your traditional idea of Oklahoma! Daniel Fish’s daring, brilliant, utterly absorbing reinterpretation is dark and different – brilliantly so.”


March 23-28, 2021 – Belk Theater


All rise for Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork. The New York Times Critic’s Pick To Kill a Mockingbird is “the most successful American play in Broadway history. It has not played to a single empty seat” (“60 Minutes”). Rolling Stone gives it five stars, calling it “an emotionally shattering landmark production of an American classic,” and New York Magazine calls it “a real phenomenon. Majestic and incandescent, it’s filled with breath and nuance and soul.” With direction by Tony Award® winner Bartlett Sher, To Kill a Mockingbird – “the greatest novel of all time” (Chicago Tribune) – has quickly become “one of the greatest plays in history” (NPR).



April 27-May 2, 2021 – Belk Theater


Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations is the electrifying, new smash-hit Broadway musical that follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With their signature dance moves and silky-smooth harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts creating an amazing 42 Top 10 hits with 14 reaching No. 1. 


Nominated for 12 Tony Awards, Ain’t Too Proud tells the thrilling story of brotherhood, family, loyalty and betrayal, as the group’s personal and political conflicts threatened to tear them apart during a decade of civil unrest in America.  


The unforgettable story of this legendary quintet is set to the beat of the group’s treasured hits, including “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Get Ready,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” and so many more.


Written by three-time Obie Award winner Dominique Morisseau, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys) and featuring the Tony-winning choreography of Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, On Your Feet!), Ain’t Too Proud launches its first national tour to over 50 cities across America.



June 8-13, 2021 – Belk Theater


The Tony Award®-winning Musical!

Her life. Her story. Her legend.

Superstars come and go. Cher is forever. For six straight decades, only one unstoppable force has flat-out dominated popular culture – breaking down barriers, pushing boundaries, and letting nothing and no one stand in her way. The Cher Show is the Tony Award-winning musical of her story, and it’s packed with so much Cher that it takes three women to play her: the kid starting out, the glam pop star, and the icon.

This hit Broadway musical features a book by Tony Award winner Rick Elice, direction by Tony Award nominee Jason Moore and choreography by Tony Award winner Christopher GattelliRolling Stone raves “The Cher Show is an explosion of fabulous excess,” and The New York Times calls it “a blindingly sparkly celebration of Cher’s life.”

The Cher Show is 35 smash hits, six decades of stardom, two rock-star husbands, a Grammy®, an Oscar®, an Emmy®, and enough Tony Award-winning Bob Mackie gowns to cause a sequin shortage in New York City, all in one unabashedly fabulous new musical that will have you dancing in the aisles!


July 6-11, 2021 – Belk Theater


Direct from Broadway, Mean Girls is the hilarious hit musical from an award-winning creative team, including book writer Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), composer Jeff Richmond (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), lyricist Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde) and director Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon). Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. Soon, this naïve newbie falls prey to a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung. New York Magazine cheers, “Mean Girls delivers with immense energy, a wicked sense of humor and joyful inside-jokery.” USA Today says, “We’ll let you in on a little secret, because we’re such good friends: GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!”



Sept. 7-12, 2021 – Belk Theater


A love story written in the stars.


The New Yorker says, “Disney’s Done it Again!” The winner of four Tony® Awards returns to the stages of North America! With a Grammy®- and Tony Award-winning score by the legendary Elton John and Tim Rice and a revised book by Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang, the hit Broadway musical Aida returns to the stage in a thrilling new production. The producers of The Lion King and Frozen have reunited the original Tony Award-winning design team of Bob Crowley (scenery and costumes) and Natasha Katz (lighting) to reinterpret their designs in the retelling of this passionate and timeless story for today’s audiences.


Directed by Schele Williams, choreographed by Camille A. Brown and with musical supervision by Tony Award-winning Jason Michael Webb, Aida is a compelling tale of star-crossed lovers belonging to feuding nations, torn between their conflicted loyalties to their countries and to each other. With its stirring contemporary score and its powerful love story, Aida reveals that we have the power to change history, but only when we make brave choices and embrace our destiny.


Equitable Bravo Series Show Descriptions



Dec. 9, 2020-Jan. 10, 2021 – Ovens Auditorium


So much happened before Dorothy dropped in.


Wicked, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz … but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin – smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships … until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”


From the first electrifying note to the final breathtaking moment, Wicked – the untold true story of the witches of Oz – transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story that USA Today cheers is “a complete triumph! An original musical that will make you laugh, cry, and think.”



Jan. 26-Feb. 21, 2021 – Ovens Auditorium


This “theatrical landmark has transformed theater and the way we think about history.” (The New York Times)

Hamilton is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, Hamilton has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theater – a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education. With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography. It has won Tony®, Grammy® and Olivier awards; the Pulitzer Prize for Drama; and an unprecedented special citation from the Kennedy Center Honors.



March 2-7, 2021 – Belk Theater

After an incredible run on Broadway, Audience Choice Award winner Pretty Woman: The Musical is now on tour! One of Hollywood’s most beloved stories of all time, Pretty Woman: The Musical is brought to life by a powerhouse creative team representing the best of music, Hollywood, and Broadway. Featuring direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), an original score by Grammy® winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance (“Summer of ’69,” “Heaven”), and a book by the movie’s legendary director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J.F. Lawton, Pretty Woman: The Musical will lift your spirits and light up your heart. “If you love the movie, you’ll love the musical!” (BuzzFeed News).


Featured in the musical is Roy Orbison and Bill Dee’s international smash hit song “Oh, Pretty Woman,” which inspired one of the most beloved romantic comedy films of all time. Pretty Woman the film was an international smash hit when it was released in 1990. Now, 30 years later, Pretty Woman: The Musical still “Dazzles!” (Deadline) and is “Big romance and big fun!” (Broadway.com). “Irresistible! A romantic fantasy. A contemporary fairy tale,” says The Hollywood ReporterPretty Woman: The Musical delivers on all the iconic moments you remember. Get ready to experience this dazzling theatrical take on a love story for the ages.   


Are you ready to fall in love all over again?



April 13-18, 2021 – Ovens Auditorium


For a quarter of a century, Jonathan Larson’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece RENT has inspired us to choose love over fear and to live without regret. Its immeasurable emotional impact has forever changed the world of musical theater.


RENT follows a year in the lives of a diverse group of artists and friends struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. This powerfully resonant phenomenon has become more than a musical – it’s a cultural touchstone, a rite of passage and a source of joy and strength for millions. The extraordinary RENT fan community spans every continent and every generation – including many born over a decade after the show opened on Broadway.


Whether you’ve never seen RENT or have completely lost count, you can’t miss it this time around – the 25th Anniversary “Farewell Season of Love” is your FINAL CHANCE to experience this illustrious touring production.


Come join us to celebrate 25 years of “La Vie Bohème.” 13,140,000 minutes of the one and only RENT.



Aug. 10-15, 2021 – Belk Theater


Winner of six 2017 Tony® Awards including Best Musical and the 2018 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. Dear Evan Hansen is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it.

Dear Evan Hansen has struck a remarkable chord with audiences and critics everywhere, including The Washington Post who says Dear Evan Hansen is “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theatre history.” The New York Times calls it “a gut-punching, breathtaking knockout of a musical.” And NBC Nightly News declares the musical “an anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond.”

Dear Evan Hansen features a book by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson, a score by Grammy®, Tony® and Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal).

The Original Broadway Cast Recording of Dear Evan Hansen, produced by Atlantic Records, made an extraordinary debut at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 – the highest charting debut position for an original cast album since 1961 – and went on to win the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. A special edition coffee table book authored by Levenson, Pasek and Paul, “Dear Evan Hansen: through the window” (Grand Central Publishing / Melcher) is now available, offering an in-depth, all-access look at the musical, including never-before-seen production photos and cast portraits, behind-the-scenes stories, and a fully annotated script by the authors.

Broadway Extras Show Descriptions



Nov. 24-29, 2020 – McGlohon Theater


Playing to sold-out houses all over the world, the Olivier Award nominated Potted Potter – The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven “Harry Potter” books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into 70 hilarious minutes. Even if you don’t know the difference between a horcrux and a Hufflepuff, Potted Potter will make you roar with laughter.

Created by two-time Olivier Award-nominated actors Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, Potted Potter is perfect for ages 6 to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed).


May 14-16, 2021 – Ovens Auditorium


“If life were everything it should be, it would be more like Hairspray. It’s irresistible!” -The New York Times


You can’t stop the beat! Hairspray, Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy phenomenon that inspired the blockbuster film and live television event, is back on tour! Join 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad in 1960s Baltimore as she sets out to dance her way onto TV’s most popular show. Can a girl with big dreams (and even bigger hair) change the world?


Featuring the beloved score of hit songs including “Welcome to the 60’s,” “Good Morning Baltimore,” “It Takes Two,” and incorporating “Ladies Choice” from the musical film adaption, Hairspray is “fresh, winning, and deliriously tuneful!” (The New York Times).


This all-new touring production will reunite Broadway’s award-winning creative team led by director Jack O’Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchell to bring Hairspray to a new generation of theater audiences. Don’t miss this “exhilaratingly funny and warm-hearted musical comedy” (The New Yorker).



May 21-23, 2021 – Ovens Auditorium


Roald Dahl’s amazing tale is now Charlotte’s golden ticket! It’s the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man,” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray.

Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory ... to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to burst with color and confection beyond his wildest dreams. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing joyride through a world of pure imagination. Now’s your chance to experience the wonders of Wonka like never before – get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper!



May 18-23, 2021 – Knight Theater


Before Hamilton ... before In the Heights ... there was Freestyle Love Supreme: the original hip-hop, improv, never-before-seen comedy musical phenomenon.


Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail and Anthony Veneziale, Freestyle Love Supreme features six talented performers providing nonstop action throughout a fast-paced evening, spinning cues from the audience into humorous bits, instantaneous songs and fully realized musical numbers. The vocals of the performers – from singing to rapping to beat-boxing with harmonies and freestyle flow – are backed by keyboards and human percussion.





Blumenthal Performing Arts serves the Carolinas as a leading cultural, entertainment and education provider. For more information, call 704-372-1000 or visit BlumenthalArts.org. Blumenthal Performing Arts receives operating support from the Arts & Science Council and North Carolina Arts Council. Blumenthal Performing Arts is also supported by PNC Bank, sponsor of the PNC Broadway Lights Series and Equitable, sponsor of the Equitable Bravo Series.



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