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A season of award-winning musicals and plays based on bestselling books will showcase dance, spark romance and leave hearts aching, if not breaking, when the 2017-2018 Tampa Broadway series takes the stage at downtown Tampa’s Straz Center this fall.

Stage versions of popular films, youngsters identifying with their inner rock stars and a couple from Cuba who achieve international stardom for their music are among the sensational shows lined up so be sure to reserve seats and get ready to applaud.

Fun Home

Fun Home is the winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical. It is based on a popular memoir about a daughter’s coming to terms with her sexual identity while attempting to come to grips with how her father’s sexual

struggles impacted her childhood. The material is described as a mix of heavy themes and lightheartedness. The tragicomedy was a 2014 Pulitzer Prize finalist for drama so it should be worth the weight.

On Your Feet

It will be difficult not to get On Your Feet, or at least not tap your toes and snap your fingers, while listening to lots of pop favorites made famous by Emilio and Gloria Estefan.

The couple left Cuba to come to the U.S. to make a name for themselves with their Latin-influenced music and infectious lyrics with the help of their band, the Miami Sound Machine. This true story of their struggles and triumphs promises to be a real highlight of the season.

Photo credit: Ana Villafañe and the cast of ON YOUR FEET! by Matthew Murphy

Love Never Dies

Diehard fans of The Phantom of the Opera can finally find out how the phantom manages to carry on his musical journey despite the tragic loss of his one true love. Could there finally be a happy ending in his future? Find out when Love Never Dies haunts the hall this December.

More From This Season and Beyond

Rounding out this notable roster is School of Rock, a tale of a substitute teacher who challenges his young charges to break free of constraints and rock on. The Color Purple tugs at the heart as it follows a young woman’s struggles to overcome oppression is another Tony award-winning musical set in the American South. The Bodyguard made everyone hold their breath before melting as the romance between a singer and her bodyguard unfolded.

While the upcoming season offers a stellar line-up, there is even greater anticipation for what is waiting in the wings. The highly anticipated touring production of Hamilton raps its way through history. This reveals how the fates and foibles of our founding fathers shaped the future of this country.

Exact dates have not been disclosed. Only Broadway season ticket holders for 2017-2018 are guaranteed seats upon renewal of tickets for the 2018-2019 season.


Feature image credit: ON YOUR FEET! by Matthew Murphy