2022 - 2023
While the world hasn't exactly returned to normal, the theatre has become a welcome escape from these unprecedented times. Through the support of the local community, Broadway in Columbia has been able to persevere and continue to bring world class entertainment to the Koger Center for the Arts. Continuing the mission of presenting the best of Broadway, it is a pleasure to announce the 2022-2023 Season of Broadway In Columbia!
Elf: The Broadway Musical
November 8-9, 2022
Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF The Musical features songs by Tony Award® nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award® winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone). ELF premiered on Broadway in 2010 and returned for the Holiday 2012 holiday season. The national tour, presented byNETworks Presentations, premiered in 2012.
February 15-16, 2023
You Can't Stop the Beat! HAIRSPRAY, Broadway's Tony Award-winning musical comedy phenomenon is back on tour! Join 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad in 1960's Baltimore as she sets out to dance her way onto TV's most popular show. Can a girl with big dreams (and even bigger hair) change the world?
Featuring the beloved score of hit songs including "Welcome to the 60's." "Good Morning Baltimore" and "You Can't Stop the Beat." HAIRSPRAY is "fresh, winning, and deliriously tuneful!" (The New York Times). This all-new touring production reunites Broadway's award-winning creative team led by Director Jack O'Brien and Choreographer Jerry Mitchell to bring HAIRSPRAY to a new generation of theatre audiences. Don't miss this "exhilaratingly funny and warm-hearted musical comedy" (The New Yorker)
Jesus Christ Superstar (50th Anniversary Tour)
March 7-8, 2023
Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, a new mesmerizing production of the iconic musical phenomenon returns to the stage. Originally staged by London's Regent's Park Open Air Theatre and helmed by the acclaimed director Timothy Sheader (Crazy for You, Into the Woods) and cutting-edge choreographer Drew McOnie (King Kong, Strictly Ballroom), this production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival garnering unprecedented reviews and accolades. Appealing to both theater audiences and concert music fans, this production pays tribute to the historic 1971 Billboard Album of the Year while creating a modern, theatrical world that is uniquely fresh and inspiring.
With lyrics and music by Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winners Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jesus Christ Superstar is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes 'I Don't Know How to Love Him', 'Gethsemane' and 'Superstar'.
Legally Blonde: The Musical
March 28-29, 2023
Based on the beloved movie, Legally Blonde follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, sexism, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams, and proves that you can be BOTH legally blonde AND the smartest person in the room.
Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside down, however, when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting more serious about his life and attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her ingenuity and charm to get into Harvard too. School begins with endless struggles, but with the help of her new friends, Elle quickly realizes her potential, and her true assets, as she sets out to prove herself to the world and make everyone a believer.
This contemporary, sassy musical moves at a breakneck pace driven by memorable songs and explosive dances. Legally Blonde warms the heart by proving that self-discovery never goes out of style! The 2022-2023 National Tour of Legally Blonde is produced by Daniel Shar of Big League Productions, Inc. The musical is directed by Jeff Moss, with choreography by Bob Richard. Set design is by Randel Wright, lighting by Kirk Bookman, costumes by Derek Lockwood, video design by Jon Infante, and casting by Alison Francl. Led by President and executive Producer Dan Sher, Big League is celebrating its 29th season of producing, general managing and booking Broadway musicals and special attractions for touring throughout North America and the world.
April 14-15, 2023
Due to the cancellation of the entire national tour of 9 to 5, it is no longer a part of the 2022-23 Broadway In Columbia Season. However, The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow and we are thrilled to announce that the brand NEW tour of Annie will be joining the season and will be at the Koger Center April 14-15, 2023.
Dear Evan Hansen
June 28-July 2, 2023
A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he also 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 remarkable chord with audiences and critics everywhere, including The Washington Post who says DEAR EVAN HANSEN is "Theatrical magic. One of the most remarkable shows in musical theatre history." The New York Times calls it "a 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).
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Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
November 25, 2022
Do you remember the first time you heard the Christmas sounds on Mannheim Steamroller? You can again celebrate the holiday magic of Mannheim Steamroller in 2022 when they bring their annual holiday tour to fans throughout the country. Experience the music that has become the hallmark of the holidays and a tradition for multi-generational families: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas live in concert in 2022!
Riverdance: 25th Anniversary Show
February 22-23, 2023
Twenty-five years on from the first time Riverdance the Show premiered at The Point Theatre Dublin, composer Bill Whelan has recorded his mesmerizing soundtrack while producer Moya Doherty and director John McColgan have completely reimagined the ground-breaking show with innovative and spectacular lighting, projection and stage designs with new costume designs by Joan Bergin, to create Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show.
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HAMILTON will be coming to the Koger Center in the 2023/2024 season. Season ticket holders will have early access to Hamilton