Broadway/San Diego’s just-unveiled 2017-18 season of touring shows includes several big musicals that will hit town for the first time. But the biggest news might be about a show that’s already been announced.
That would be “Hamilton,” the Broadway megahit that had been confirmed for a future San Diego Civic Theatre run last June, but which now has actual dates.
And they are ... (wait for it) ... Jan. 3-28, 2018.
Yes, San Diego is getting nearly a full month of “Hamilton,” the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning sensation about the Revolutionary War hero, statesman and "$10 founding father.”
As for tickets: They’re available now by season subscription. Single tickets for most shows go on sale six to eight weeks before the engagement; there’s no specific word yet on a “Hamilton” on-sale date.
“Hamilton” joins such recent Broadway entries as “An American in Paris,” “School of Rock” and “On Your Feet!” in the season lineup, plus a return of the never-say-die hit “Phantom of the Opera.”
Speaking of which: The season also will bring a look at the first-ever U.S. production of “Love Never Dies,” the sequel to the “Phantom” saga.
With the exception of “Stomp,” all shows will be at the Civic Theatre.
Here’s a full look at what’s on the way:
“An American in Paris,” Sept. 5-10, 2017: The movie-based musical, with a strong emphasis on dance, centers on an American G.I. and a young French woman who meet in the aftermath of war.
“The Little Mermaid,” Sept. 19-24, 2017: The return of the Disney classic about a young mermaid who yearns to be human. Oscar-winner Alan Menken wrote the songs to the piece, which is based on a Hans Christian Andersen story.
“Hamilton,” Jan. 3-28, 2018: Writer-composer-lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda’s boundary-busting musical invokes history, hip-hop and a multicultural cast to explore the saga of the American hero Alexander Hamilton and his ultimately tragic faceoff with onetime friend Aaron Burr. The show (based on Ron Chernow’s biography) won 11 Tony Awards last year.
“Love Never Dies,” March 27 to April 1, 2018: Previously seen only in London (in a production directed by former Old Globe artistic chief Jack O’Brien), this follow-up to “The Phantom of the Opera” follows the mysterious legend from the Paris Opera House to Coney Island. (Smart-alecks dubbed the show “Paint Never Dries” in its original staging, but look for this to be a revised version.)
“School of Rock,” June 12-17, 2018: It’s a big season for “Phantom” and “Love Never Dies” composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, who also wrote the songs to this comic rock musical based on the hit movie. The show, centered on a renegade teacher who cobbles together a student rock band, features a cast of kids who play their instruments live onstage.
“The King & I,” June 26 to July 1, 2018: The latest Broadway restaging of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic won the Tony for best musical revival in 2015. Onetime San Diegan Bartlett Sher directs the musical about the combustible relationship between a British teacher and the King of Siam.
“On Your Feet!,” July 31 to Aug. 5, 2018: The dance-centric musical is based on the real-life story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan and their hit pop act Miami Sound Machine. Oscar winner Alexander Dinelaris (“Birdman”) wrote the show’s book.
Extra-season events (not included in the regular subscription lineup)
“Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” Nov. 24-26, 2017: This reconception of the classic fable (adapted by Douglas Carter Beane) returns to town with such favorite R&H tunes as “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago.”
“Motown the Musical,” Dec. 26-31, 2017: Another show seen recently in San Diego, this soul- and R&B-filled show tells the story of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. and the cultural juggernaut he helped create via acts like Smokey Robinson, the Supremes and the Jackson 5.
“Dirty Dancing,” Feb. 9-11, 2018: The movie-based musical makes an encore appearance; its story of romance and turmoil at a summer resort is driven by such tunes as “Hungry Eyes,” “Do You Love Me?” and "(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.”
“Stomp,” March 2-4, 2018 (Balboa Theatre): It’s the latest of many visits by this percussive and kinetic musical celebration, built around an eight-member troupe that seems to turn anything and everything into an instrument.
“Les Misrables,” May 29 to June 3, 2018: One of the most beloved (and enduring) musicals to have hit Broadway, “Les Miz” (based on the Victor Hugo novel) unfolds again, with such memorable numbers as “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Bring Him Home,” and “One Day More.”
“The Phantom of the Opera,” Aug. 23 to Sept. 2, 2018: The season closes with the longest-running show in Broadway history (by a long shot). “Phantom” (a relatively frequent visitor to town) will feature new design and artistic elements, and 52 cast members and musicians, plus one very famous chandelier.
More info and tickets: (619) 570-1100 or broadwaysd.com.