BALTIMORE — Broadway is coming back to Baltimore.
"I can hear the orchestra. I can feel the excitement. I know that it’s coming. It’s gonna be such a spectacular day when we can all come back together again," said Ron Legler, President of the Hippodrome Theatre.
Tuesday, Legler announced eight shows have been scheduled for the upcoming season starting in September.
"It’s been a really tough year. We have hundreds of people that work behind the scenes at the Hippodrome. A lot of union people, our stage hands, our musicians, our box office teams. They’ve all been out of work for almost a year," said Legler.
The Hippodrome Theatre and the team at Broadway Across America have been collaborating with producers to relaunch shows.
They settled on the fall, because it’s not financially feasible to tour with the limited capacity audiences that are required right now.
"We don’t even break even on a show until we get to 75% so if we opened at a 50% capacity, the shows would lose money and then they would have to stop touring, so it just doesn’t make financial sense. That’s why we know we are gonna be one of the last industries to reopen," said Legler.
They will present a reopening plan to the city and state that includes other adjustments to make it safe for people to return.
"A lot of the stuff that we’re doing is UV lighting in the HVAC systems and technology that we’re just learning as we go but we are gonna make every effort to make sure there are touch-less environments throughout the theater," said Legler.
Seven of the shows were rescheduled from last season.
Shows include Hamilton, Mean Girls, Dear Evan Hansen, Tootsie, Pretty Woman: The Musical, Hairspray, Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations and The Prom.
To Kill a Mockingbird could not be rescheduled into the current season but will make its Baltimore premiere in the future.
Here are the new dates.
- Pretty Woman: The Musical September 28-October 3, 2021
- Tootsie December 14-19, 2021
- The Prom January 18-23, 2022
- Dear Evan Hansen March 15-20, 2022
- Ain’t Too Proud May 3-8, 2022
- Hairspray June 14-19, 2022
- Mean Girls July 12-17, 2022
- Hamilton October 4-30, 2022
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical has been rescheduled to February 15-20, 2022 and is available as a season option to subscribers:
Season Ticketholders for the previously announced shows will retain their same seats for the rescheduled ones.
Subscribers can log into their account to confirm the date and time of their tickets.
In the event the Hippodrome cancels any performance this season, the ticket value will be redeemed.
If you paid in full, you will receive a credit, refund, or be able to donate the value of your tickets.
If you have a payment plan, the value will be applied to the remaining payments on your account.