Today we’re going way down under the ground to Bikini Bottom, come what may, for the first time in forever.

A few good Broadway musicals are taking the show on the road, bringing Broadway beyond the confines of New York. They might not all be coming to Atlanta, but check out a snapshot of some favorite shows that have announced national tours!

Tour launches in 2020

This year’s Best Musical Tony Award-winner opened in London in 2018 and then on Broadway on April 17, 2019. Hadestown won eight Tony Awards, including Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Andre De Shields, who, at age 73, took home his first Tony Award ever. Casting has yet to be announced for the 30-city tour.

Official description
Hadestown intertwines two mythic tales — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone — as it invites you on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Anaïs Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and director Rachel Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit industry against nature, doubt against faith, and fear against love. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers and singers, Hadestown is a haunting and hopeful theatrical experience that grabs you and never lets go. Click here for more information.

Tour launches November 2019

Based on the 2013 smash Disney hit, Frozen opened on Broadway on March 22, 2018. The tour features two leading ladies named Caroline, one of which (Caroline Bowman, “Elsa”) is married to co-star Austin Colby (Hans). Composer/lyricist Robert Lopez is a double-EGOT-winner, with Tony Award-winning musicals including The Book of Mormon and Avenue Q. A passion project of his, The Dancing Handkerchief, premiered at Atlanta’s Theatrical Outfit in 2017.

Official description
Frozen is melting hearts on Broadway in an all-new production created for the stage by an award-winning team. It features the songs you know and love from the original film, plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers. An unforgettable theatrical experience filled with sensational special effects, stunning sets and costumes and powerhouse performances, Frozen is everything you want in a musical: It’s moving. It’s spectacular. And above all, it’s pure Broadway joy. Click here for more information.

The SpongeBob Musical
Touring now through July 26, 2020

The musical based on the beloved Nickelodeon show ran on Broadway for just under a year from December 2017 to September 2018, earning one Tony Award. The show’s 17 credited songwriters include Cyndi Lauper, Lady Antebellum, Panic! at the Disco, Sara Bareilles, and Steven Tyler.

Official description
Broadway’s best creative minds reimagine and bring to life the beloved Nickelodeon series with humor, heart and pure theatricality. Be there when SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face catastrophe—until a most unexpected hero rises to take center stage. Get ready to explore the depths of theatrical innovation in
SpongeBob SquarePants, where the power of optimism really can save the world. Click here for more information.

Moulin Rouge!
Tour launches November 2020

The highly-anticipated stage adaptation of the 2001 movie of the same name just opened this summer on Broadway following an out of town tryout in Boston last year. In the style of the movie, the show includes almost all new musical numbers, featuring songs like “Chandelier,” “Shut up and Dance,” “Bad Romance,” as well as the movie’s hit song, “Come What May.”

Official description
Set in Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France at the turn of the century, a world of indulgent beauty and unparalleled extravagance, of bohemians and aristocrats, of boulevardiers and mademoiselles, Moulin Rouge! The Musical tells the fictional story of an ambitious, lovesick writer, Christian, and a dazzling, entrancing chanteuse, Satine. Their lives collide at the Moulin Rouge with its many characters including the host of the Moulin Rouge, Harold Zidler, the brilliant and starving artist Toulouse-Lautrec, the greatest tango dancer – and gigolo – in all of Paris, Santiago, the tempting Nini, and The Duke of Monroth, the wealthy and entitled patron of the club who thinks he can buy anything he wants, including love. Click here for more information.

About Sally Henry Fuller

A theatre aficionado with a passion for telling people's stories, Sally Henry Fuller is a performing arts journalist. She has had the privilege of interviewing both local theatre professionals and multi-award-winning celebrities including Carol Burnett, Matthew Morrison, Vanessa Williams, Josh Gad, and Taylor Hicks. With theatre journalism experience since 2011, her work has also been featured on, the Huffington Post, and the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival.

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