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Monday, April 11, 2016 9:28 AM by Rachel Laber


(Rochester, NY) – The 2016-2017 M&T Bank Broadway Season at RBTL’s Auditorium Theatre, presented by the Rochester Broadway Theatre League (RBTL) and Partner Albert Nocciolino, has been announced!  During the ’15-’16 Season, audiences have been entertained by NEWSIES, MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS and BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, and  MATILDA THE MUSICAL, and DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE are still to come!  In the upcoming ’16-’17 Season, Rochester will see another award-winning lineup to be comprised of:


September 27 – October 2, 2016

Hailed as “One of the most fully immersive works ever to wallop Broadway” by The New York Times, this "dazzling" (Associated Press) adaptation is the Tony Award®-winning new play by Simon Stephens, adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel and directed by Tony winner Marianne Elliott. Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.


October 25-30, 2016

FINDING NEVERLAND is Broadway’s biggest new hit and the winner of Broadway.com's Audience Choice Award for BEST MUSICAL! This breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart” (Time Magazine). Vogue cheers, "it’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!” Directed by visionary Tony winner Diane Paulus, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters: Peter Pan.  Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers.  With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. FINDING NEVERLAND is “far and away the best musical of the year!” (NPR).


December 13-18, 2016

Cirque Dreams lights up the 2016 holiday season with its critically acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza… Cirque Dreams Holidaze…a new cirque show...Broadway musical... and family Christmas spectacular all in one! Hailed by The New York Daily News as a "delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent by the sleighload & so full of energy it could end our dependence on oil!" Be amazed by this holiday spectacle with over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 artists from every corner of the globe. Many of these acts have been featured on America’s Got Talent and similar TV shows in other countries making Cirque Dreams Holidaze the greatest variety show on the planet! Witness snowmen, penguins, angels, reindeer, toy soldiers, gingerbread men, ornaments and of course Santa; with soaring acrobatics, gravity defying feats, elaborate production numbers, imaginative costumes, illusions and more. The show also celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with singers, original music and seasonal favorites all performed in a winter wonderland of amazement.


February 28 – March 5, 2017

“Sparkling, fresh and lively.” – Los Angeles Times

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE! A brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O’Brien, is coming to Rochester. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. THE SOUND OF MUSIC features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp.  THE SOUND OF MUSIC enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over 50 years when “The Sound of Music Live!” aired on NBC in December, 2013 and was seen by over 44 million people. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.


March 29 -April 9, 2017

So much happened before Dorothy dropped in. WICKED, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle.  Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another girl, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”  With a thrilling score that includes the hits “Defying Gravity,” “Popular” and “For Good,” WICKED has been hailed by The New York Times as “the defining musical of the decade.” Time Magazine cheers, “if every musical had the brain, the heart, and the courage of WICKED, Broadway really would be a magical place.” RBTL’s Auditorium Theatre is that magical place. From the first electrifying note to the final breathtaking moment, WICKED—the untold true story of the Witches of Oz—transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story. It will send your spirits soaring to heights you’ll never forget.

Roundabout Theatre Company's CABARET

May 2-7, 2017

Direct from Broadway, the acclaimed masterpiece comes to Rochester! As part of their 50th Anniversary Season, the critically acclaimed and award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to present SAM MENDES (Skyfall, American Beauty) and ROB MARSHALL’S (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) Tony Award®-winning production of CABARET. Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd––and to leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through their dangerous times? Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.” Leave your troubles outside – life is beautiful at CABARET, JOHN KANDER, FRED EBB and JOE MASTEROFF’s Tony-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.

In addition to the M&T Bank Broadway Season lineup, several Season Specials will also be presented by RBTL and Albert Nocciolino.  Shows will be announced throughout the Season, but at this time, we are pleased to announce three Specials. Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons with a highly requested return of the Tony Award®-winning true-life musical phenomenon, JERSEY BOYS. Experience MAMMA MIA!, the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill with ABBA’s greatest hits.  Finally, RIVERDANCE, the international Irish dance phenomenon that captures the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song.

RBTL and Albert Nocciolino are thrilled to be bringing another sensational season of touring Broadway to Rochester! 6-show Season Ticket Packages, for as low as $229, are on sale now to both renewing and new Subscribers. For additional information on Subscriber benefits or to purchase Season Tickets please call 585.222.5000. Season Tickets are also available online at www.rbtl.org and in person at the Auditorium Theatre Box Office. Individual tickets are not on sale at this time.


Author: Rachel Laber

Rachel Laber is the Director of Communications and Public Relations for Visit Rochester. If you are interested in learning more about Rochester and the Finger Lakes, contact Rachel at (585) 279-8325. Journalists, bloggers, and travel writers interested in visiting the Rochester/ Finger Lakes region learn more here.