First, some good news for the many area theatergoers who are desperate to see “Hamilton’’: The blockbuster hip-hop musical about the founding fathers is coming to Boston.
Now, the not-as-good news: You’ll have to wait until 2018 to see it here.
Broadway in Boston, in tandem with producer Jeffrey Seller, announced Monday evening that the national tour of “Hamilton’’ will come to Boston during the 2017-18 season. However, it has already been reported that the touring version of “Hamilton’’ will open in March 2017 in San Francisco for a five-month engagement, and then will move to Los Angeles, where it will run from August through December. (A separate, open-ended production of “Hamilton’’ opens this fall in Chicago.) So that means it will be 2018 before “Hamilton’’ gets here. The dates of the Boston engagement for “Hamilton’’ will be announced next spring when Broadway in Boston announces the rest of its 2017-18 season, according to spokeswoman Ann Sheehan.
Whenever the show arrives in Boston, it is certain to find an eager audience. “Hamilton’’ has been the hardest-to-get ticket on Broadway for months. The brainchild of Lin-Manuel Miranda (“In the Heights’’), who wrote the music, lyrics, and book (and plays Alexander Hamilton in the Broadway production), the musical was inspired by Ron Chernow’s biography of the immigrant who rose to become a key player in shaping a new nation and the first US secretary of the treasury.
The “Hamilton’’ news is likely to eclipse Broadway in Boston’s announcement of its 2016-17 season, encompassing eight shows, all to be staged at the Boston Opera House, and including several other successful recent Broadway productions. Among them are the Tony-winning revival of “The King and I’’; the uproarious crowd-pleaser “Something Rotten!’’; “Finding Neverland,’’ which was presented at Cambridge’s American Repertory Theater in 2014 before moving to Broadway; and a play, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,’’ which is a rarity for Broadway in Boston, an organization that primarily presents touring productions of musicals.
“There is not a more exciting time than now to experience Broadway and we’re thrilled that some of the biggest shows are coming to Boston,’’ Tivon Marcus, vice president of Broadway in Boston, said in a statement.
Kicking off the season will be a familiar visitor to Boston: “Jersey Boys,’’ a bio-musical about the Four Seasons. Featuring tunes like “Big Girls Don’t Cry’’ and “Sherry,’’ it will run Oct. 4-16.
Next is “Something Rotten!,’’ which will launch its national tour here Jan. 17-29, 2017. It’s about Nick and Nigel Bottom, brothers working in theater during the Elizabethan era who grow tired of competing with that Shakespeare guy for the attention of playgoers. So, with the help of a soothsayer, the Bottoms decide to create something entirely new and different for the stage: a musical.
Following “Something Rotten!’’ will be something decadent: the Roundabout Theatre Company production of “Cabaret,’’ the musical about the romance between Sally Bowles, a singer-dancer at the Kit Kat Club, and American writer Cliff Bradshaw, as the shadow of Nazism lengthens in Berlin. With music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and a book by Joe Masteroff, “Cabaret’’ will run Jan. 31-Feb. 12.
“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,’’ slated for March 7-19, is an intricate adaptation of Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel about a 15-year-old math genius on the autism spectrum who sets out to investigate the death of a neighbor’s dog, only to be drawn into a web of lies surrounding his own family. Seven illusionists demonstrate their magic skills in “The Illusionists — Live From Broadway,’’ scheduled for April 4-9, 2017.
Few will need an introduction to Broadway in Boston’s next offering: “The King and I.’’ Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for best revival of a musical, it’s the tale of the relationship between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British teacher he hires to educate his wives and children. Featuring a Rodgers & Hammerstein score that includes “Getting to Know You,’’ “Hello Young Lovers,’’ and “Something Wonderful,’’ “The King and I’’ will run April 11-23, 2017.
Swooping into town for a return visit June 7-July 23, 2017, will be “Wicked.’’ With a score by Stephen Schwartz that includes such gems as “Defying Gravity,’’ “Popular,’’ and “For Good,’’ it’s about the unlikely bond between green-skinned Elphaba, later to be known as the Wicked Witch of the West in “The Wizard of Oz,’’ and blonde Galinda, eventually shortened to Glinda.
Closing out the season Aug. 8-20, 2017, will be “Finding Neverland,’’ helmed by Diane Paulus, artistic director of American Repertory Theater. “Finding Neverland’’ is a musical adaptation of the film about the relationship between playwright J.M. Barrie and a widow and her four sons that led Barrie to create “Peter Pan.’’Don Aucoin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.