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Playhouse season to include familiar shows, famous names

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‘On Your Feet!,’ the story of Cuban-American musicians Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s rise to stardom, will play in Wilmington March 7-10, 2024. Photo by Doug Hinebaugh.

The rhythm won’t be the only thing that gets you in The Playhouse on Rodney Square’s 2023-24 season.

The season includes six musicals, many with familiar names, and solo shows by Broadway stars Alan Cumming, Sutton Foster and husband-wife David Foster and Katharine McPhee.

The four-show Broadway in Wilmington subscription series will feature:

  • “Pretty Woman: The Musical,” drawn from the beloved Richard Gere-Julia Roberts movie. Oct. 13-15.
  • “On Your Feet!,”  the story of Cuban-American musicians Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s rise to stardom. March 7-10, 2024.
  • “Come from Away,” an ultimately uplifting story of a small community that welcomed airplanes from around the world after the 9/11 attacks. April 19-21, 2024.
  • “Little Women,” a retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s classic story of sisters growing up during the Civil War. May 9-12, 2024.

Two crowd-pleaser extras will round out the season: “Million Dollar Quartet Christmas” in November and “Annie,” who in the doldrums of January will promise us all the sun will come out tomorrow.

“Million Dollar Quartet Christmas,” which will run Nov. 17-19, imagines Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins gathering a second time, as they were known to do in December 1956, but this time singing holiday fare such as “Run Rudolph Run,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.”

“Annie” will run Jan. 5-7.


‘Pretty Woman: The Musical,’ drawn from the beloved Richard Gere-Julia Roberts movie will open the Broadway In Wilmington season Oct. 13-15. Photo by Morris Mac Matzen.

Scottish actor Alan Cumming, star of “Cabaret” and “Schigadoon,” among so many others, will come to the Playhouse Oct. 28 in “Alan Cumming is Not Acting His Age,” an evening of story and song. It celebrates his puckish, eclectic spirit and Joie de vivre as he explores aging, the only thing that keeps you out of the grave.

The star of “The Music Man,” “Anything Goes,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” and TV’s “Younger” will bring her songbook to Wilmington March 2 in “An Evening with Sutton Foster.” She will perform favorite Broadway songs and more.

On May 19 Foster and McPhee will make good on their promise to reschedule “An Intimate Evening with David Foster & Katharine McPhee,” featuring Foster’s hits from Whitney Houston to Michael Bublé, and Katharine’s biggest songs from “American Idol” to “Waitress.”

“As The Playhouse celebrates its remarkable 110th anniversary, this lineup promises to captivate theatergoers with unforgettable stories and breathtaking performances,” says Pam Manocchio,  executive director of The Grand, which operates the Playhouse.

Season subscriptions begin at $125. Tickets for season specials can be added onto a subscription package at discounted prices. Subscriber benefits include priority seating ahead of the public, free parking, seating flexibility and more.

For more information or to buy tickets, all 302-888-0200 or go to the Playhouse box office at 1007 N. Market Street, Wilmington. It’s open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday

Tickets for individual performances will go on sale at a later date.

“Annie” will run Jan. 5-7.

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