Ultimate Guide

2019 - 2020 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

Baltimore Center Stage

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Everyman Theatre

The Modell Lyric

Iron Crow Theatre

Hippodrome Theater
Disney’s Aladdin

November 13- December 01, 2019
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Discover a whole new world at Disney’s Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical.

From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.

See why audiences and critics agree, Aladdin is “exactly what you wished for!” (NBC-TV).

The Nutcracker

December 13-14, 2019
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This Christmas give your family the gift of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! Step into a simpler time filled with sweet dreams and Christmas magic. With world-class artists, over 200 dazzling costumes, stunning sets, towering puppets and soaring birds, don’t miss your chance to ring in the holidays with this acclaimed Christmas extravaganza. The New York Times, “Hot Ticket!” Celebrate this cherished holiday tradition and relive the dream with Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. Get tickets for the whole family now!

Jesus Christ Superstar

December 17-22, 2019
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An album that inspired a REVOLUTION.
A REVELATION that changed the world.
A REINVENTION for this millennium.

Cats

January 21-26, 2020
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CATS, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour across North America!

Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater—”Memory”. Winner of 7 Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL, CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. The original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock, Sunset Boulevard), original scenic and costume design by John Napier (Les Misérables), all-new lighting design by Natasha Katz (Aladdin), all-new sound design by Mick Potter, new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne (Phantom) and direction by Trevor Nunn (Les Misérables) make this production a new CATS for a new generation!

Shen Yun

January 31 - February 02, 2020
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This epic production immerses you in stories reaching back to the most distant past. You’ll explore realms even beyond our visible world. Featuring one of the world’s oldest art forms—classical Chinese dance—along with patented scenographical effects and all-original orchestral works, Shen Yun opens a portal to a civilization of enchanting beauty and enlightening wisdom.

“Mesmerizing performance! Reclaiming the divinely inspired cultural heritage of China… I encourage everyone to see and all of us to learn from.” —Donna Karan, fashion designer

“Simply gorgeous stage magic. A must-see!” —Broadway World

Wicked

February 12 - March 8, 2020
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So much happened before Dorothy dropped in.

Wicked, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another girl, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.” With a thrilling score that includes the hits “Defying Gravity,” “Popular” and “For Good,” Wicked has been hailed by The New York Times as “the defining musical of the decade.” Time Magazine cheers, “if every musical had the brain, the heart, and the courage of Wicked, Broadway really would be a magical place.” The Gershwin Theatre on 50th Street and Broadway is that magical place. From the first electrifying note to the final breathtaking moment, Wicked—the untold true story of the Witches of Oz—transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story. It will send your spirits soaring to heights you’ll never forget.

The Band’s Visit

March 17 - 22, 2020
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The critically acclaimed smash-hit Broadway musical The Band’s Visit is the winner of 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, making it one of the most Tony-winning musicals in history.  It is also a Grammy Award® winner for Best Musical Theater Album.

In this joyously offbeat story, set in a town that’s way off the beaten path, a band of musicians arrive lost, out of the blue. Under the spell of the desert sky, and with beautiful music perfuming the air, the band brings the town to life in unexpected and tantalizing ways. Even the briefest visit can stay with you forever.

The cast of world-class performers is led by award-winning Israeli actor Sasson Gabay, star of the original film and the Broadway production, and Chilina Kennedy, known best for her historic run as Carole King in Broadway’s Beautiful – The Carole King Musical.

With a Tony- and Grammy-winning score that seduces your soul and sweeps you off your feet, and featuring thrillingly talented onstage musicians, The Band’s Visit rejoices in the way music makes us laugh, makes us cry, and ultimately, brings us together.

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

April 14 - 19, 2020
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Told through the dramatic lens of her final concert, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical presents the complexities and conflicts the famed songwriter and singer faced in her meteoric rise and descent. The show features a score with more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits including “Love to Love You, Baby,” “Bad Girls” and “Hot Stuff.”

Dear Evan Hansen

May 5 - 17, 2020
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The Tony® and Grammy® Award-Winning Best Musical.

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. Dear Evan Hansen is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it.

Dear Evan Hansen has struck a chord with audiences and critics everywhere, including The Washington Post who says Dear Evan Hansen is, “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theatre history.” The New York Times calls it “a gut-punching, breathtaking knockout of a musical.” And NBC Nightly News declares the musical, “an anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond.”

Dear Evan Hansen features a book by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson, a score by Grammy, Tony and Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal).

Miss Saigon

June 2-7, 2020
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Experience the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical Miss Saigon, from the creators of Les Misérables. This is the epic story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim. In a bar run by a notorious character called The Engineer, Kim meets an American G.I. That encounter will change their lives forever. Featuring stunning spectacle, a sensational cast of 42, and a soaring score including Broadway hits like “Last Night of the World,” “The Movie in My Mind,” and “The Heat is On in Saigon,” this is a theatrical event you will never forget.

Baltimore Center Stage
Man On Boats

Nov. 29 - Dec. 22, 2019
This rollicking adventure tells a hilarious, true(ish) history of the Grand Canyon. We invite you along on a journey that throws the history book—and all the men inside it—out the window in this subversive retelling of the one-armed explorer John Powell and his exploration of the American West. Strap in for this uncharted, uproarious journey.
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Richard & Jane & Dick & Sally

Feb. 6 - Mar. 1, 2020
See Richard go. See Spot bark. See Dick cry. See Sally sign. See Jane struggle after a lifetime in her brother’s shadow. The classic world of “Dick and Jane” is beginning to fracture in this witty and raw look into one dysfunctional and dissembling family.
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Where We Stand

Apr. 2 - 26, 2020
This brand-new fable of penance is filled with humor, heart, and music. When a town is running low on compassion and a man is stripped of companionship, just one kind stranger can tip the scales. Join in community as one passionate storyteller spins a supernatural tale of loneliness seduced by kindness and asks us “what do we owe each other?”
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The Bakkhai

Apr. 30 - May 24, 2020
This is not your English teacher’s Greek tragedy. Dionysus is totally over your drama, and he’s going to incite the women of the land to raise some hell in the greatest party in recorded history. Closing the season with a political exclamation point from the birthplace of Democracy, The Bacchae hits the Mainstage at the same moment our nation surges into its primary elections.
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Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
A Christmas Carol

December 6 – 24, 2019
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Ebenezer Scrooge lives in Victorian Baltimore in our one-of-a-kind adaptation of the classic ghost story. A delight for all ages, A Christmas Carol (with a Baltimore twist) celebrates local history and Chesapeake culture while staying true to the traditional story.

Tell a Teacher: Several school matinee performances are scheduled. These include a talkback with the actors following the play.

Group reservations: We welcome congregations and other groups by advance reservation. For discounted group sales (10 or more adults) contact the Box Office at 410-244-8570.

Measure for Measure

February 7 – 23, 2020
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When her brother is condemned to die, a novice nun appeals to Verona’s Puritanical new leader for mercy. He will grant it, but demands a shocking price, as lust corrupts his moral certitude. Written 400 years before #MeToo, Isabella’s dilemma is a powerful, complex, and timely story.

Group reservations: We welcome organizations and groups by advance reservation. For discounted group sales (10 or more adults) contact the Box Office at 410-244-8570.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

March 6 – 29, 2020
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Thirty-seven plays in 97 minutes! Three madcap men in tights weave their wicked way through Shakespeare’s comedies, histories, and tragedies in one irreverent night that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.

“If you love Shakespeare, you’ll love this show.
If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll love this show.”
-The Today Show

Group reservations: We welcome congregations and other groups by advance reservation. For discounted group sales (10 or more adults) contact the Box Office at 410-244-8570.

Hamlet

April 17 – May 10, 2020
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Hamlet may be Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy. It’s also a fast-paced drama overflowing with robust language, piercing ideas, and dark humor. CSC Resident Actor Vince Eisenson will play dazzling Prince Hamlet, who wrestles with madness as he seeks to avenge his father’s murder.

Tell a Teacher: Several school matinee performances are scheduled. These include a talkback with the actors following the play.

Group reservations: We welcome organizations and other groups by advance reservation. For discounted group sales (10 or more adults) contact the Box Office at 410-244-8570.

Much Ado About Nothing

June 19 – July 26, 2020
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It takes a village of meddlers, gossips, and fools to nudge Beatrice and Benedick toward the altar. They are made for one another. Everyone sees it…except them, of course. Enjoy Shakespeare’s smart-and-sassy romantic comedy under the stars at the PFI Historic Park. Bring a picnic!

PICNIC! Picnic tables for six, and cafe tables-for-two, are available for rent. Also, we welcome groups and preshow receptions in the park starting 90 minutes before showtime. For rentals and discounted advance group sales (10 or more adults), reserve by contacting the Box Office by email or by phone at 410-244-8570.

FAMILY FUN DAY: Every Sunday is Family Fun Day with preshow activities for kids. Gates open 90 minutes before the performance for our outdoor plays.

Free Shakespeare for Kids: Thanks to the generosity of our underwriters, free tickets for children ages 18 and under will be available for Much Ado About Nothing. Limit two free kids’ tickets per paid Adult ticket, by reservation.

Everyman Theatre
August Wilson's Radio Golf

Oct. 15 - Nov. 17, 2019
Successful real estate developer Harmond Wilks is on a mission to become Pittsburgh’s first black mayor by doing whatever it takes to transform his childhood neighborhood from blighted to bustling. But when he learns the truth about his family’s legacy, he is forced to decide whether he will finish what he started or fight to preserve his community’s history. This fast-paced, crackling conclusion to August Wilson’s unparalleled 10-play The American Century Cycle examining the African-American experience in the 20th century is “surprising, suspenseful and crowd-pleasing” (The New York Times), and draws striking parallels to the issues we still face today.
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Agatha Christie's Murder on The Orient Express

Dec. 3 - Jan. 5, 2020
Board the exotic Orient Express as it takes off into the opulence and grandeur of the 1930s, with a train full of suspects and an alibi for each one. This dazzling new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s masterpiece from comedic master Ken Ludwig is filled with twists, turns, and larger-than-life characters. Wax your mustache and bring your family as detective Hercule Poirot solves the perfect murder mystery this holiday season.
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Be Here Now

Jan. 21 - Feb. 16, 2020
Bari rolls her eyes at yoga classes, doesn’t see the point in dating, and just got fired from teaching nihilism in New York. Now back in her rural hometown, her despair has reached new levels—and so have her recurring headaches. Somehow they are giving her bizarre, almost religious experiences that are making her feel… happy… ecstatic… and in love? They’re also killing her. Now, Bari must decide whether it’s better to live a short, joyful life, or risk a lifetime of depression. From acclaimed playwright, Deborah Zoe Laufer, Be Here Now is a comedic look at what we’re willing to do for love and happiness and to create meaning in our lives.
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Awake and Sing!

May 26 - Jun. 28, 2020
In a crowded Bronx apartment, three generations of the working-class Berger family struggle against the odds during the Great Depression to make ends meet while keeping their dreams for tomorrow alive. Gritty, funny, and full of soul, Awake and Sing!—originally performed by the renowned Group Theatre—is considered Clifford Odets’s finest work. It beautifully captures the ambitions and heartaches of a Jewish immigrant family who must weigh the costs of holding onto an enduring belief in the American dream. Almost a century after it was written, it remains profoundly relevant.
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The Modell Lyric
Drag Queen Christmas

November 22, 2019, 8 p.m.
A Drag Queen Christmas – The Naughty Tour. It’s a magical (and hilarious) evening of holiday performances featuring contestants from the reality television show on VH1. Here come the queens in their biggest holiday costumes with back-up dancers and a full stage production.
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Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

December 6, 2019, 8 p.m.
Do you remember the first time you heard “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas”? Join the celebration as Mannheim Steamroller makes history again – Celebrating 35 years of holiday magic as they bring their annual holiday tour to fans throughout the country. Experience the performance of the #1 Christmas music artist in history and for the first time ever, hear the entire album that started it all, LIVE – “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas!”
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The Joe Budden Podcast

December 7, 2019, 8 p.m.
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85 South

December 8, 2019, 6 p.m.
The last few years, the 85 South Show has been shaking up the podcasting scene with improvs and freestyles by some of the fastest rising comedic talent from the South. Join DC Young Fly, Karlous Miller and Chico Bean on December 8 as they bring their talents to Baltimore. It’s going to be one hell of a show – and the whole thing will be turned into a new episode for the masses.
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Straight No Chaser – The Open Bar Tour

December 19, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses… think again. Straight No Chaser (SNC) are neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. They have emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fanbase, numerous national TV appearances and proven success with CD releases.
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Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

December 23, 2019, 6 p.m.
The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.
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Iron Crow Theatre
Bare

December 6-15, 2019

Bare, the worldwide coming-of-age rock musical phenomenon and one the most significant pieces of contemporary queer musical theatre, follows a group of high school renegades at a Catholic co-ed boarding school as they wrestle with their sexuality, their religion, and ultimately their identity. With deep honesty, alarming cultural relevance and a gritty, alt-rock-pop score reminiscent of RENT and Next to Normal, Bare delivers one of the most powerful and gripping theatrical experiences of this generation — an introspection into the fragility of our "bare" humanity.

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The Rocky Horror Show - Valentine's Day Edition!

February 7-16, 2020

Baltimore's award-winning and favorite tradition, The Rocky Horror Show, returns with a Valentine’s Day spin like you've never seen before! Experience this quintessential queer theatrical experience live on stage — complete with call-outs, cascading toilet paper, and an array of other audience participation props. In this live stage musical best known for the 1980’s cult film, sweethearts Brad and Janet, stuck with a flat tire during a storm, seek shelter at a mysterious old castle on a dark and stormy night, where they encounter transvestite scientist Dr. Frank-N-Furter. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker and a creepy butler. Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Dr. Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named "Rocky." Bring your sweetheart (or sweethearts!) to this deliberately kitschy rock 'n' roll sci-fi gothic thriller, now more daring and outrageous than ever!

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Straight

May 29, 2020 - June 7, 2020

In a contemporary society that often insists you can only be one or the other — Ben likes beer, sports, Emily — and Chris. A provocative, intricate and compelling comic drama, Straight takes us on an enthralling exploration of sexuality and identity in a "post-equality" America. Funny, sad, sexy and surprising, this complex love story featuring three actors in a tour-de-force performance takes aim at the moral neurosis of a generation that prides itself on the pretense of acceptance.

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