Cultural Preview: Kravis on Broadway

Want to bask in the bright lights of Broadway without booking a trip to New York? The Kravis Center has you covered.


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: November 15-20

Original Broadway Company. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Synopsis: While Kravis on Broadway presents mainly musicals, this season opener is actually a Tony Award–winning play by the National Theatre. Based on the 2003 best-selling novel by Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time follows Christopher Boone, an intelligent but troubled teen who goes on a quest to find out who killed his neighbor’s dog.

Why you should see it: Regardless of whether you’re familiar with the source material, The Curious Incident is an immersive theatrical experience, one Variety describes as “like Cirque du Soleil with brains.”


An American in Paris: December 6-11

Original Broadway Cast. (Photo by Angela Sterling)

Synopsis: Inspired by the 1951 Gene Kelly film, An American in Paris tells the story of an artistic expat caught in a love triangle. Music by George and Ira Gershwin helps bring post-WW II Paris to life.

Why you should see it: Beyond the fact that it’s Judith Mitchell’s top pick, An American in Paris is a romantic ode to musicals, filled with big dance numbers and lovesick solos.


Dirty Dancing: January 3-8

Christopher Tierney (Johnny) and Rachel Boone (Baby) in the North American tour. (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

Synopsis: The movie that taught us nobody puts Baby in a corner and proved the late Patrick Swayze had great upper-body strength has finally found its way to Broadway. Dirty Dancing spotlights Baby and Johnny as they navigate the Catskills dance scene in the summer of 1963.

Why you should see it: Face it, that famous lift alone is reason enough to get your ticket now.


Beautiful – The Carole King Musical: February 1-5

Four Friends. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Synopsis: No Kravis on Broadway season is complete without a jukebox musical inspired by the life of an iconic musician. Beautiful follows King through every stage of her career, from her years writing songs with her husband to solidifying herself as the voice of a generation.

Why you should see it: An obvious must for King fans, Beautiful revives one of the greatest eras of American popular music and will leave audiences singing along for days.


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The Phantom of the Opera: March 23 to April 1

Chris Mann as The Phantom and Katie Travis as Christine Daaé. (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

Synopsis: The infamous phantom (a character created by author Gaston Leroux) lives in the Paris Opera House and has become infatuated with opera ingénue Christine Daaé, who recently rose in the company ranks. The phantom’s love threatens the very safety of everyone in the opera company—but it also yields some awesome duets.

Why you should see it: A cornerstone of the American musical canon, The Phantom of the Opera features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber that can be described as life-changing.


Kinky Boots: April 18-23

Adam Kaplan in the National Tour of Kinky Boots. (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

Synopsis: A buddy comedy with a fabulous twist, Kinky Boots is about a young man named Charlie who must save his family’s struggling shoe business. His salvation comes in the form of a drag queen named Lola, who suggests Charlie make women’s shoes for men.

Why you should see it: A musical romp in the spirit of La Cage aux Folles, Kinky Boots complements a heartwarming story of acceptance with pulsating joie de vivre.


The Sound of Music: May 9-14

“Do Re Mi” featuring Kerstin Anderson as Maria with the von Trapp children. (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

Synopsis: Oh, come on. Do we really need to explain this one? Fine—a musically inclined former nun finds fulfillment (and love) as the governess for a gaggle of Austrian children.

Why you should see it: Again, come on. Not only was The Sound of Music the last musical ever written by the legendary duo Rodgers and Hammerstein, it also boasts songs that are synonymous with music itself.

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