Ruth Eckerd Hall tees up comedy, romance and Kristin Chenoweth for 2018-19 Broadway season

Published June 12 2018
Updated June 12 2018

Ruth Eckerd Hall rolls out a new lineup of musicals for its 2018-19 season, a mix of comedy, favorite musicals and romance.

"For the last 35 years, Broadway has always been a staple at Ruth Eckerd Hall," chief executive officer Zev Buffman said in a prepared statement. "But we have never presented so many options to our beloved patrons."

The action starts with The Wizard of Oz (Dec. 9), then goes holiday with Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage (Dec. 12) and The Sound of Music (Dec. 22-23).

Something Rotten (Jan. 5) spoofs the origins of the Broadway musical (a couple of working stiffs in theater got tired of competing with Will Shakespeare). Monty Python’s Spamalot (Jan. 19) has something for everybody, from flying cows to killer rabbits.

A world premiere, Mike Hammer in The Little Death (Jan. 17-27) brings Gary Sandy back to the Murray Theatre. In January, Sandy who played station manager Andy Travis in WKRP in Cincinnati, charmed audiences in the title role of Mike Hammer — Encore for Murder. Max Allan Collins, an Oscar-nominated writer and Mickey Spillane protege, created both scripts out of Spillane’s unfinished manuscripts.

An Intimate Evening With Kristin Chenoweth (Feb. 1) brings the Broadway superstar back to share glimpses of her journey between perennial hits from Wicked; her Tony-winning turn in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Glee; and more.

The musical Finding Neverland (Feb. 23) examines the personal and artistic crises of playwright J. M. Barrie in the years before he wrote Peter Pan. A couple of old pros, Barbara Eden and Hal Linden, star in Love Letters (March 9), R. Gurney’s tribute to the lost art of letter writing, before Legally Blonde — The Musical (March 10) sees Elle Woods fend off the slings and arrows of sexism, snobbery and heartbreak.

A couple of themed shows follow with Jukebox Hero — The Musical (March 14), based on the music of Foreigner and set in blue-collar Blaydon, Penn.; and Friends — the Musical Parody (March 21-23).

The season closes with continuation of the 20th anniversary tour of Rent (April 11 and 12), Jonathan Larson’s game-changing musical that brought AIDS onto the musical stage.

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