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Charlotte, NC (Sunday, March 5, 2017) – With Hamilton anchoring the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center’s 25th Anniversary season, Broadway fans will experience an extraordinary lineup in 2017-18, including nine new shows on the PNC Broadway Lights season plus the returns of Broadway favorites including Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, The Book of Mormon, andDisney’s The Lion King.

“We’re celebrating our first 25 years by welcoming to Charlotte many of the best musicals in the history of Broadway,” said Blumenthal President and CEO Tom Gabbard. “We are thrilled Hamilton will anchor our 25th Anniversary year. Eight other new titles are on the PNC Broadway Lights season plus returns of perennial favorites.  For the first time in the same season we will have the most recent winners of the Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Revival of a Musical and Best New Play.”

Eight incredible productions are part of the 2017-2018 PNC Broadway Lights package, including the electrifying show that takes you behind the music and inside the real story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, On Your Feet!; the New York Times Critics’ Pick and high-octane smash, School of Rock; the new irresistible hit featuring original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles, Waitress;  the 10-time Tony® nominated hilarious smash hit, Something Rotten!; the five-time Tony® nominated new Broadway musical from Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright Star; the 2016 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical Revival, The Color Purple; the ultimate love story continues with Love Never Dies, the spellbinding sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera; and Hamilton.

Season ticketholders looking for maximum value can opt for a 9-show package.

As the 9th show option, The Humans, a new American classic that won the 2016 Tony Award® for Best Play is an uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking story that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving.

In addition to the season shows, Blumenthal will present a knockout lineup of Broadway Extras, including the Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables, Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera and a fan favorite in Charlotte, the Tony and Grammy Award-winning Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. Plus, back by popular demand, the nine-time Tony Award® winner, including Best Musical, The Book of Mormon and the awe-inspiring visual artistry alive on stage, Disney’s The Lion King, winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical.

With almost 12,000 PNC Broadway Lights season ticketholders and package buyers to renew, Blumenthal is changing its normal season ticket sale process, and will offer current season ticket holders and package holders the opportunity to renew or upgrade to season tickets before accepting season ticket orders from new buyers.

Renewals are set to begin on March 10 and are expected to continue through mid-April.

The on-sale date for season tickets for new buyers will be later in April.  To receive new buyer notifications of the on-sale date, call 704-335-1010 or visit BlumenthalArts.org/Broadway and provide contact information.

PNC Broadway Lights Season tickets continue to be Charlotte’s best entertainment value.  Season buyers have guaranteed renewable seats, an especially valuable perk this year due to the incredible demand forHamilton seats. In addition, season ticket buyers enjoy the best seats at the best price, as they lock in their seats before single tickets go on sale and prices rise.  Season buyers also can choose an extended payment plan that allows them to pay for their season tickets in up to ten installments.

Season tickets holders will also enjoy the right to swap up to four of their season shows for anything else coming next season and the opportunity to buy tickets to additional Broadway shows and special attractions before sales open to the public. (Swapping for additional tickets to Hamilton is not permitted. Season Ticket holders will be able to purchase a limited number of additional tickets for Hamilton during an exclusive time period later in the year.)

For more information:

–          Visit BlumenthalArts.org/Broadway

–          Call 704-335-1010

–          Visit the Belk Theater box office, 130 N. Tryon St., Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Blumenthal also is rolling out its Ticket Protect program this year. For about half of what one show in a season package costs, subscribers can protect their investment in all nine shows with Ticket Protect. This provides a refund should you be unable to attend a show(s) due to approved reasons like dangerous weather conditions, illness, accidents and more. Buyers can include Ticket Protect in their extended payment plan.

 

2017-2018 PNC BROADWAY LIGHTS

Include THE HUMANS (May 1- 6, 2018 – Knight Theater) for a 9-show package!

THE HUMANS

May 1- 6, 2018 – Knight Theater (9th show option)

Stephen Karam’s The Humans is an uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and give thanks at his daughter’s apartment in Lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan’s deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed, with humor and compassion, in this new American classic that won the 2016 Tony Award® for Best Play.