Ultimate Guide

2017 - 2018 Theater Season

Baltimore continues to thrive as a leader in the performing arts world. From state-of-the-art theaters to a world-renowned symphony and a plethora of live performance spaces, there is no shortage of exciting venues in Baltimore where you can enjoy a night out on the town.

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Hippodrome Theater

Everyman Theatre

Center Stage

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Iron Crow Theatre

Hippodrome Theater
Finding Neverland

June 27 to July 2, 2017
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Finding Neverland is Broadway’s biggest new hit and the winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical! This breathtaking musical “captures the kid-at-heart” (TIME). Vogue cheers, “it’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!”

Directed by visionary Tony® winner Diane Paulus, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters, Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. Finding Neverland is “far and away the best musical of the year!” (NPR)

David Blaine Live

July 8, 2017
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Blaine’s one-man show brings his unique brand of entertainment, promising to be an unforgettable interactive experience that both shocks and amuses. An experiment in and of itself, the tour will evolve as it moves across the country as Blaine continues to push the limits and attempt new feats for the first time live in front of his audiences.

KIdz Bop Best Time Ever Tour

August 12, 2017
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Catch The KIDZ BOP Kids live, when they hit the stage in 2017 to perform kid-friendly versions of today’s biggest hits. The ALL-NEW “Best Time Ever” tour will hit Baltimore this August!

PJ Masks Live! Time to Be a Hero

September 21, 2017
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PJ Masks Live! Time to Be a Hero—a brand-new, fully immersive musical production—is based on eOne’s top-rated animated TV series, which airs daily on Disney Junior. Catboy, Owlette, Gekko, and the Baddies will delight fans of all ages with live performances featuring world-class production, familiar and original music, arobatics, and immersive interactivity.

All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies, The Phantom Returns — National Tour

October 3-8, 2017
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This story of boundless love, full of passion and drama, follows Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, one of the most successful musicals of all time, which has now been seen by more than 130 million people worldwide and is the winner of over 50 international awards.

The ultimate love story continues in Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera.

ZZ Top

October 15, 2017
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ZZ Top aka “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas,” lay undisputed claim to being the longest running major rock band with original personnel intact and, in 2004, the Texas trio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Of course, there are only three of them – Billy F Gibbons,Dusty Hill, Frank Beard -- but it’s still a remarkable achievement that they’re still very muchtogether after more than 45 years of rock, blues, and boogie on the road and in the studio. “Yeah,” says Billy, guitarist extraordinaire, “we’re the same three guys, bashing out the samethree chords.” With the release of each of their albums the band has explored new ground interms of both their sonic approach and the material they’ve recorded. ZZ TOP is the same but always changing.

The Color Purple: The Musical — National Tour

October 17-22, 2017
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The Color Purple is the 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival! Hailed as “a direct hit to the heart” (The Hollywood Reporter), this joyous American classic has conquered Broadway in an all-new "ravishingly reconceived production that is a glory to behold” (The New York Times) directed by Tony winner John Doyle.

With a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, The Color Purple gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story.

Don’t miss this stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South. the musical sensation that New York Magazine calls “one of the greatest revivals ever.” Experience the exhilarating power of this Tony-winning triumph!

Trevor Noah

November 4, 2017
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Trevor (@TrevorNoah) has hosted numerous television shows in his native country, including South Africa’s music, television and film awards, the South African Comedy Festival and two seasons of his own late night talk show. He had his U.S. television debut on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and has also appeared on “Late Show with David Letterman,” becoming the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on either late night show. He’s slated to do the Jimmy Kimmel show in January. His Showtime comedy special, Trevor Noah: African American premiered in 2013 and he’s slated to take over for John Stewart on The Daily Show this fall.

Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson

November 5, 2017
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Ian Anderson is coming to the Baltimore Hippodrome on Sunday, November 5, 2017 with JETHRO TULL by Ian Anderson. The concert will feature a solid collection of the best-known Tull repertoire from 1968 to date. Fans will recognize the key songs from various albums - songs which put Jethro Tull and Ian Anderson on the map in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s - with most of them accompanied by big screen HD video elements to enhance the concert experience. Favorites include: “Dharma For One” in 1968, “Bourée,” “Nothing Is Easy,” “A New Day Yesterday,” “Living In The Past,” “Aqualung,” “Locomotive Breath,” “My God,” “Aqualung” and on through to “Thick As A Brick” and material from the albums of the next three decades. A couple of recent works round out the concert selection which may vary a little from night to night.

The Lion King The Lion King — National Tour

November 5, 2017
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Experience the phenomenon. The most eagerly awaited stage production ever will leap onto the stage. Visually stunning, technically astounding and with a musical score like none other you’ve ever heard.

Giraffes strut, birds swoop, gazelles leap. The entire savannah comes to life and as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist.

See the Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation that Newsweek calls “a landmark event in entertainment.” The New York Times says, “There is simply nothing else like it.”

Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by a cast of more than 40 actors. Wonder at the inspiration of award-winning director Julie Taymor, who created visual images for this show that you’ll remember forever.

Thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African Pridelands and an unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice’s Oscar-winning song “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and “Circle of Life.”

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

December 15-16, 2017
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Celebrate this Christmas with the experience taking North America by storm! Marking the 25th Anniversary Tour, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker features over-the-top production and world class Russian artists. Larger than life Puppets, Nesting Dolls and gloriously hand-crafted costumes bring the Christmas spirit to life. Gather the family and see why the press is raving “Knock Out!” – New York Times & “Christmas Cheer!” – LA Times.

Waitress — National Tour

January 30 - February 4, 2017
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Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's beloved film, Waitress tells the story of Jenna - a waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.

"Waitress is a little slice of heaven!" says Entertainment Weekly and "a monumental contribution to Broadway!" according to Marie Claire. Don't miss this uplifting musical celebrating friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.

Everyman Theatre
Noises Off

May 17 - June 18, 2017
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Everyman’s Resident Company of actors transforms into a British company of actors in this “side-splitting” (NY Magazine) farce to end all farces. With their opening night on London’s West End just hours away, a cast of actors staggers through rehearsal. Just when the director thinks things couldn’t get worse—they do. With lost lines, love triangles and sardines flying, pandemonium takes over before intermission. Can the cast pull their act together both in front of the footlights and behind the curtain? A love-letter to the thrilling and unpredictable nature of the stage, Noises Off will leave you rolling in the aisles as everything that could go wrong, does go wrong.

M. Butterfly

September 6 - October 8, 2017
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East meets west. Fact meets fiction. Illusion meets reality. When a powerful French diplomat becomes enchanted with a divine Peking opera star, little can quell the thirst of their intoxicating desire—but this diva is hiding more than her true identity. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this season, David Henry Hwang’s torrid and timeless Tony Award-winning M. Butterfly brings hide-and-seek to the stage in a gripping fable that proves the allure of fantasy and the power of obsession are a recipe for betrayal.

Intimate Apparel

October 18 - November 19, 2017
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Wearing her heart on her sleeve while sewing intimates for her clientele, Esther is the talented African American seamstress in turn-of-the-century New York who has built a savings for herself making beautiful undergarments—while earnestly daydreaming of new beginnings, romantic possibilities, and the lingering affection she shares with a Jewish fabric merchant. But when an egregious deception cuts short heartfelt desires, can class, culture and circumstance outmatch the strength of human spirit? Inspired by a true story, Intimate Apparel is a heart-rending contemporary work in the style of an enduring classic—from the first female playwright to win two Pulitzers.

The Revolutionists

December 6, 2017 - January 7, 2018
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Greetings from the French Revolution—where heads will roll. When you put former queen Marie Antoinette, assassin Charlotte Corday, playwright Olympe de Gouges, and Caribbean spy Marianne Angelle in a room together, literally ANYTHING can happen—especially big laughs! France’s fight for equality and freedom propels itself to modern times with this bold, brave and blisteringly funny new work about feminism, legacy and standing up for one’s beliefs. Who runs the world? The jury’s still out, but these girls sure as hell changed it.

Long Day's Journey Into Night

January 31 - March 4, 2018
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What begins as an ordinary summer day at the Connecticut home of the Tyrone family morphs into a night filled with foggy, drink-laced demons where long-buried secrets are revealed—and once exposed cannot be ignored. A long-revered showcase for tour-de-force performances, Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterpiece (published posthumously) lays bare what we all know to be true: the ardor of familial love cannot always protect you. Long Day’s Journey Into Night is an autobiographical insight into its late, legendary playwright—and a compassionately brutal look at one family’s struggle to fight for and love itself.

Aubergine

March 14 - April 15, 2018
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When words fail, a home-cooked meal transcends differences in this touching story of intergenerational connectedness, forgiveness and the sweetest spice of life: love. As a Korean family struggles to relate across emotional and cultural divides, it’s the ingredients they share in common that lead to understanding. A perceptive and lyrical exploration of the act of cooking as a form of expression, Aubergine is a mouthwatering meditation on the beauty of life where hope is no mere ingredient—it’s the main course.

The Book of Joseph

May 9 - June 10, 2018
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Like so many great mysteries, it all began in an attic with a dusty old suitcase... The discovery of a stash of letters stamped with Swastikas opens clues to an untold family history spanning multiple generations in The Book of Joseph—the gripping true story of resilience and truth-tracking determination spanning Baltimore and beyond. Richard Hollander’s book, Every Day Lasts a Year: A Jewish Family’s Correspondence from Poland, is brought to the stage in this mesmerizing new adaptation that restores a family’s uncharted legacy—celebrated by revelation and remembrance.

Center Stage
Toni Morrison’s Jazz

May 19 to June 25, 2017
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A WORLD PREMIERE - In Morrison’s exhilarating novel, Joe and Violet move from the Virginia countryside to Harlem at the turn of the century, young and in love. Twenty years later, Joe’s interactions with a young woman set off a series of violent events and unforgivable acts. Peeling back layers and alternating perspectives expose ultimately sympathetic characters, who—like the growing New York neighborhood and the winding woods of their youth—reveal their own rhythms.

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
The Fantasticks

April 21 – May 21, 2017
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Sentimental and funny, The Fantasticks was the longest-running Off Broadway musical in history. It’s a romantic tale about a boy and girl next door who are nudged toward marriage by their matchmaking fathers. Despite the Dads’ shenanigans and best intentions, the young couple must figure it out for themselves. With its universal themes and memorable songs, The Fantasticks is heartwarming and appropriate for all ages. Our guest Director is Curt L. Tofteland.

The Tempest

June 16 – July 23, 2017
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Storm, shipwreck, magic: The Tempest is Shakespeare’s magnificent island fantasy. The sorcerer Prospero conjures a tempest to lure his brother and King Alonso to his island exile. His intends to expose their treachery, for they have deposed him from his rightful position as Duke of Milan. Among his motives is his fatherly wish to ensure a proper future for his daughter, who is stranded with him on the mysterious island. It’s a perfect play for a summer’s eve in the park. Our Associate Artistic Director Lizzi Albert will direct The Tempest.

Iron Crow Theatre
BootyCandy

June 9-18

Robert O'Hara's semi-biographical subversive comedy tells the story of Sutter, who is on an outrageous odyssey through his childhood home, his church, dive bars, motel rooms, and even nursing homes. O'Hara weaves together scenes, sermons, sketches, and daring meta-theatrics to create a kaleidoscope that interconnects to portray growing up gay and black.

Please note that BootyCandy explores mature themes, contains adult language, sexual content and violence. BootyCandy may not be suitable for patrons under the age of 18.

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