Hundreds of past and potential subscribers turned out Wednesday night, March 30, for the announcement of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall’s 2016-17 Broadway, dance and classical seasons.
They mingled and munched on refreshments in the Grand Foyer before entering the auditorium to hear hall executive director Mary Bensel, with the help of some videos of the performances coming up for the season, deliver the line-up and invite subscribers to purchase their tickets.
Coming up in the Broadway category:
Fame the Musical, Dec. 7
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Dec. 27 and 28
42nd Street, Dec. 30
Dirty Dancing, a Sarasota premiere, Jan. 10 and 11
Riverdance—the 20th Anniversary World Tour, Jan. 24-26
Neil Berg’s 108 Years of Broadway, Feb. 14
Pippin, the new version of the musical, onstage Feb. 17 and 18
Annie, March 15
Once, a Sarasota premiere, March 17
Chicago, March 25 and 26
And the series’ biggest announcement, Kinky Boots, with songs by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein, onstage April 25-30.
The hall’s classical series includes:
The annual Salute to Vienna New Year’s concert, Jan. 3
Hungarian violinist Zoltan Maga in “From Budapest with Love,” Jan. 18
Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, playing both classical compositions and music by the Beatles
Violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman, Feb. 7
The Philadelphia Orchestra, Feb. 9
Pianist Lang Lang, returning to the hall Feb. 23
Orchestra National de Lyon, a Sarasota premiere, March 1
For dance lovers, the season offers:
Twyla Tharp: Fiftieth Anniversary Tour, Feb. 15
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, returning Feb. 21
The Russian National Ballet Theatre’s production of Swan Lake, Feb. 28
Pilobolus, performing Shadowland, March 23
And Momix, presenting Opus Cactus, March 28
After the announcements, Bensel introduced a special guest, Mayor Willie Shaw, who entered with a woman on each arm, both costumed in “Kinky Boots”—as was the mayor himself. Hard to top that.
For complete information about tickets to the hall’s shows, go to vanwezel.org or call (941) 953-3368.