PNC Broadway in Louisville
On a normal year, Broadway Across America produces thousands of performances across the country and the world. This year, there have been none since April. That being said, Broadway’s creative aspirations and dedication to the stage has not waned at all. Just like the rest of us, the actors, actresses, producers, directors, staff, and volunteers at Broadway and all of our performing arts groups are anxiously waiting for the stages to shine bright once again.
Audience publisher, G. Douglas Dreisbach, caught up with the President of Broadway Across America’s Midwest Division, Leslie Broecker, to talk about how the organization is dealing with the challenges of the last nine months, how the team has adjusted, and what the future might hold.
Listen to the full interview for free below.
In collaboration with the performing arts groups of Louisville, we are excited to bring you Audience Magazine, an all-digital publication that delivers a behind-the-scenes look into the performing arts and entertainment during this unprecedented time of reflection and artistic creation.
Audience Magazine highlights enlightening articles and information about the arts groups as well as spotlights on Louisville Landmarks and interviews with inspirational representatives from the arts community. And the best part about it all is …. it’s FREE!
When it comes to creativity, Louisville certainly is at the top of its game. Once again, the creative minds of musicians around the city have collaborated to create an uplifting video that features lyrics and landmarks from around Louisville.
The song and musicians were organized by Louisville Orchestra Music Director Teddy Abrams. It features two dozen artists from different backgrounds from bluegrass to rock. Included in the long list of contributors are Jim James and Patrick Hallahan of My Morning Jacket, singer/songwriter Will Oldham, cellist/composer Ben Sollee, Scott Carney of Wax Fang, percussionist Dani Markham, hip hop star Jecorey Arthur, gospel singer Jason Clayborn, singer Carly Johnson and others from Louisville’s music scene.
PNC Broadway in Louisville has brought the biggest hits to Louisville. Most recently, Hamilton entertained sold-out shows for a thre- week stint in 2019 and is scheduled for an encore visit as part of the 2019-20 season.
Audience publisher, Douglas Dreisbach, caught up with President Leslie Broecker to talk about everything from the exciting new season, to the importance of the arts in our community and the what goes into scheduling, to rescheduling a season for Broadway. This interview was also feature in the April edition of Audience Magazine.
BROADWAY IN LOUISVILLE’S PRESENTATION OF ANASTASIA HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 4-9 AT THE KENTUCKY CENTER
PNC Broadway in Louisville has announced that the engagement of ANASTASIA, originally scheduled to play March 17-22, 2020 at The Kentucky Center, has been rescheduled for August 4-9, 2020. Ticket holders of the original engagement dates will be able to use their existing tickets for entry to the new dates on the same corresponding day/performance time.
“Thank you for your patience as we have navigated this unprecedented situation,” says Leslie Broecker, president of PNC Broadway in Louisville. “In uncertain times, it is art that we turn to for escapism, joy, and comfort. When this intermission comes to an end, the thrill that live theatre brings will feel more special than ever before.”
We are all saddened about the need to cancel so many events due to situation with COVID-19. However, we also understand that we need to follow the proper protocol of government official to do whatever we can to reduce the further spread of the virus.
Each performance requires so much hard work and dedication from performers, directors, stage crew, volunteers, patrons and more to perform at the highest level. We are don’t like to be the bearer of bad news, but we do want to keep you informed on the status of the upcoming shows and performances around Louisville. Below is a list of news and information about closures and cancellations for upcoming Louisville events, shows and performances.
**This page will be updated regularly.
(March 12, 2020) – PNC Broadway in Louisville is proud to announce the 2020-2021 Season kicking off with Broadway’s hilarious hit musical MEAN GIRLS, followed by the Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Masterwork, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, directed by Tony Award® winner Bartlett Sher, Broadway’s “little slice of heaven” WAITRESS, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical spectacular CATS, the unanimously funny and laugh-out-loud TOOTSIE, and the Tony Award-winning production of AIN’T TOO PROUD – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS. And HAMILTON returns to Louisville for three weeks!
The national tour of the Broadway musical HAMILTON will return to Louisville as part of the 2020-2021 season at the Kentucky Center, it was announced today by producer Jeffrey Seller and PNC Broadway in Louisville.
The best way to guarantee tickets to HAMILTON is to purchase a season subscription for the 2020-2021 season when ticket packages go on sale March 12. Subscribers who renew their subscription for the 2020-2021 season will be able to guarantee their seats for the return Louisville engagement of HAMILTON before tickets become available to the general public.
More information about the 2020-2021 season will be announced on March 12.
LOUISVILLE, KY – Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming exhibition Picasso: From Antibes to Louisville presented by UPS. The show will open at KMAC Museum in downtown Louisville on December 14, 2019.
Picasso: From Antibes to Louisville, running through March 22, 2020, will bring together approximately 50 ceramics and works on paper created by Pablo Picasso between 1931 and 1956. these works are part of the collection of the Musee Picasso in Antibes, France, and the exhibition is one that has never before been seen outside of Europe.
The great reviews for PNC Broadway in Louisville’s Dear Evan Hansen keep flooding in and you have until Sunday, October 6th to see what the buzz is all about. The winner of six Tony Awards, including best musical, is leading audiences through a mix of emotions and inner fulfillment when the final curtain calls.
The show is not only popular in Louisville, but has been blazing the box office across America and welcomed its one millionth guest at the October 4th performance at The Kentucky Center for the Arts.
PNC Broadway in Louisville is proud to announce the 2019-2020 Season which includes the six-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical, DEAR EVAN HANSEN opening the series at The Kentucky Center. The season will also include the new productions direct from Broadway, THE BAND’S VISIT, ANASTASIA, and COME FROM AWAY, the acclaimed new production of MISS SAIGON, the return of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, and Disney’s THE LION KING will be making a triumphant return as a season option. Only current subscribers can renew their season tickets at this time. Season tickets will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, March 28. People interested in purchasing as a new subscriber may sign up on the “Save the Date” list at BroadwayInLouisville.com, which will notify them by email on March 28 when tickets are available.
Winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival, director Jerry Zaks’ “gorgeous” new production (Vogue) is “making people crazy happy!” (The Washington Post).
Breaking box office records week after week and receiving thunderous raves on Broadway, this Hello, Dolly! pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion—hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. Rolling Stone calls it “a must-see event. A musical comedy dream. If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket, you’ll be seeing something historic. Wow, wow, wow indeed!”
HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.
With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.
PNC Broadway in Louisville presents On Your Feet! – March 12 – March 17 – The Kentucky Center Whitney Hall
Reflecting back with Audience – Our thoughts on the show:
Some patrons can be a bit dubious when it comes to musical reviews, or “jukebox musicals,” and justifiably so. Too often, a weak narrative serves as the rack on which disparate oldies-but-goodies are flung and left to dry. Not so with “On Your Feet,” the hit-filled production with a story as strong and moving as the many songs that give it sound and the dancing that gives it sight.
Christie Prades as Gloria and Eddie Noel as Emilio take us through the journey of two young Miami teens who connect through music, their struggle to break into the business and their eventual dominance of it. Along the way, they fall in love and discover that navigating the demands of family can be just as daunting as negotiating deals or getting reluctant disc jockeys to spin their records.I loved “On Your Feet.” If you had a radio and a soul in the 1980s and 1990s, odds are you’ll love it, too. By, Joseph Grove
PNC Broadway of Louisville presents: The Book of Mormon Feb. 26 – March 3 – The Kentucky Center Whitney Hall
The New York Times calls it “the best musical of the century.” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” And Entertainment Weekly says, “Grade A: the funniest musical of all time.” Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show calls it “Genius. Brilliant. Phenomenal.” It’s The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical.
This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, The Book of Mormon has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language.
The show runs Feb. 26 – March 3rd. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.
FIVE more performances of PNC Broadway in Louisville’s “The Book of Mormon” Before the Excellent Production Moves on Down the Road
If you’re still piqued by the buzz that has surrounded The Book of Mormon since its first staging in 2011, you have just five more performances before the excellent production now at The Kentucky Center moves on down the road.
The cast features Louisville native and YPAS graduate Kayla Pecchioni as the female lead, Nabulungi, an imperiled member of a Uganda tribe whose world is changed by the arrival of a pair of missionaries from Mormon headquarters in Salt Lake City. Among an excellent cast of principals, her performance of the sweetly vulnerable young woman who comes to fall in love with the Lord and the man who makes the introduction completely beguiled me.
And whatever cost of the ticket, you’ll get your money’s worth from the over-the-top “Man Up” and the devilish “Spooky Mormon Hell.”
Highlights will include Top Shelf, a tasting event featuring Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon, Cocktail and Culinary Challenge, showcasing classic and contemporary Bourbon cocktails paired with a chef’s Bourbon-themed culinary complement, Bourbon University, breakout classes focused on a variety of bourbon-themed topics; and TASTE, which will provide ample opportunities for the public to sample top brands of Bourbon, food pairings from featured restaurants and Bourbon-inspired products.
Check out this photo gallery for more pictures of excited attendees at PNC Broadway’s SOMETHING ROTTEN OPENING NIGHT!
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We are sad to share that PNC Broadway sent out a press release Tuesday night stating:
“Please be advised that we were notified by officials at The Kentucky Center that WAITRESS, originally scheduled to play The Kentucky Center June 26-July 1, must be cancelled due to recent fire damage within the venue. All tickets purchased electronically will be automatically refunded to your credit card within 2-3 weeks. If your credit card is invalid, you will be issued a check refund within 4-6 weeks. All tickets paid with cash or check will be issued a check refund within 4-6 weeks. There is no need for you to do anything with your tickets. Your refund will be automatic.”
Leslie Broecker, President of PNC Broadway in Louisville, stated: ‘It’s regrettable that the presentation of WAITRESS must be cancelled, but safety is a priority.’