APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - It was a big night at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton as the upcoming season was unveiled Monday. The lineup includes a returning favorite and some shows coming to local audiences for the first time.
“Lionesses Dance” in THE LION KING North American Tour. Disney. Photo Credit: Deen van Meer.
A full house was on-hand to be among the first to hear next season's lineup.
The big reveal included a performance by a member of "Disney's The Lion King," which is among six Broadway shows presented by the Kimberly-Clark Broadway Across America series:
"Disney's The Lion King"
"Fiddler on the Roof"
"Come From Away"
"The Play That Goes Wrong"
"It's so important for us to make sure that our loyal audiences have that opportunity to see these shows direct from Broadway whenever possible, and it's really that dedication of our audiences that allow us to present those premiers on a continuous basis," said Fox Cities P.A.C. President Maria Van Laanen.
Among those Wisconsin premieres is "Come From Away," which depicts the events that unfolded on 9/11 on Gander, Newfoundland, where 38 planes suddenly landed as American air traffic came to a halt.
Actress Julie Reiber says some of the characters depict real people.
"It's a town of 9,000 people in this area and basically 7,000 passengers dropped on them on 9/11 when the airspace closed, and these amazing people took these 7,000 people in, and they worked 24 hours a day to take care of them for five days, and it's a beautiful story," Reiber said.
Musical performances include:
"Pixar in Concert" with the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra
Women of Country
Ragamala Dance Company's "Sacred Earth"
"This season we wanted to focus on the various ways to define home, celebrating what that means in different cultures, different ages and what makes us feel at home right here in the Fox Cities. These performances capture what people love about live theater, and will make audiences laugh, cry, escape their troubles and explore their dreams," Van Laanen said.
The P.A.C. reminds theater fans that season ticket holders for the 2018-2019 Broadway Season will have the first go at tickets for smash hit "Hamilton" in the 2019-2020 season.