As the final engagement of the current 2015-16 WestCoast Entertainment Best of Broadway
season approaches (Newsies
is here May 3-8, which you can read more about in Thursday's edition of the Inlander
), the lineup of productions coming through our fair city starting this fall is ready to go.
This morning the lineup was officially announced, which includes three touring shows that are currently enjoying Broadway runs in New York City. Also back for a third year is the popular National Geographic Live! series, which features photographers, scientists and writers who've traveled around the globe on assignment for the magazine.
Below is the scoop on what's coming for the 2016-17 season. Season ticket packages go on sale for the upcoming season today, with a deadline to renew of May 31. Single ticket on-sale dates are to be announced early this summer.
Broadway touring productions:
Beautiful, The Carole King Musical
, Nov. 8-13
, Jan. 12-15, 2017
, Feb. 28-March 4, 2017
, May 11-14, 2017
The Phantom of the Opera
, June 28-July 9
, February 4-5
RAIN, A Tribute to the Beatles
, February 26
, March 22-23
National Geographic Live!
"Rhinos, Rickshaws and Revolutions" with photojournalist Ami Vitale, on Oct. 26
"Ocean Soul" with underwater photographer Brian Skerry, on Feb. 8
"Point of No Return" with mountaineer Hilaree O'Neill, on March 15
"I Bought a Rainforest" with Charlie Hamilton Jones, on April 26
Most notably, one highlight booking of the upcoming season, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera,
has been refreshed and updated from its original 1980s treatment. The show then went on tour for a sell-out visit to the United Kingdom. The same show coming to Spokane includes all new set, lighting, costuming and choreography, along with special effects. A cast of more than 50 also makes this version of Phantom
one of the largest productions out there.