‘School of Rock,’ ‘Book of Mormon’ are coming to Dayton — and you won’t believe what else


The touring shows the Victoria Theatre Association will be bringing to town for the new theater season that begins this fall have been announced.

>> PHOTOS: We can’t wait to see these Broadway shows here in Dayton

Here are the shows we can’t wait to see:

Premiere Health Broadway Series 2018-19 

SCHOOL OF ROCK — THE MUSICAL

Oct. 2-7, 2018, Schuster Center

The VTA’s 2018-19 Premiere Health Broadway Series kicks off Oct. 2 with “School of Rock — The Musical.” Based on the hit film, the musical features 14 new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber as well as all of the original songs from the movie. Musical theater’s first-ever kids’ rock band will play their instruments live on stage. 

>> Where you can see School of Rock right now

FINDING NEVERLAND

Jan. 15-20, 2019, Schuster Center

Next up is “Finding Neverland,” which follows the life of playwright J.M. Barrie, author of “Peter Pan.” 

>> The best concerts coming up in Dayton in 2018

RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S THE KING AND I

Feb. 12-17, 2019, Schuster Center

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most glorious musicals, “The King and I,” comes to the Schuster during Valentine’s Day season. 

Set in 1860s Bangkok, it’s the story of the unconventional relationship between the King of Siam and the British schoolteacher who comes to instruct his wives and children. 

The beloved songs from this Tony winner range from “Getting to Know You” and “I Whistle a Happy Tune” to “Shall We Dance” and “Hello Young Lovers.” 

ON YOUR FEET!

March 5-10, 2019, Schuster Center

 

Emilio and Gloria Estefan are the focus of “On Your Feet!,” the inspiring story of the talented Cuban couple who came to America, faced adversity and managed to break barriers and reach the top of the pop music world. 

LES MISÉRABLES 

April 2-7, 2019, Schuster Center

A new production of the celebrated musical “Les Misérables” featuing new staging and scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo will be at the Schuster Center. Classic songs from the Tony winning musical include “I Dreamed a Dream, “On My Own,” “Bring Him Home” and “One Day More.” 

WAITRESS

June 25-30, 2019, Schuster Center

 

The final treat of the Broadway series is “Waitress,” the story of a small-town waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of escaping her loveless marriage and finding a happier life. The musical is based on the popular film. 

 

Projects Unlimited Star Attractions 2018-19 

THE WIZARD OF OZ

Oct. 23-25, 2018, Schuster Center

Catch up with Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography and classic songs. Based on the 1939 MGM film, this production includes a tornado touchdown, munchkins and flying monkeys.

CHICAGO

Feb. 1-2, 2019, Schuster Center

The Tony and Grammy winner and the longest running American musical on Broadway is headed back to town. The classic tale features show-stopping song and dance numbers.

 THE BOOK OF MORMON

May 21-26, 2019, Schuster Center

This hilarious Tony-winning musical comedy returns. The story follows the misadventures of a pair of missionaries sent halfway across the world.

>> The theater shows you must see in March

OTHER SHOWS JUST ANNOUNCED

Thanks to the Morris Furniture Company Family Series, the kids can look forward to live entertainment as well. 

That schedule includes “The Ugly Duckling” (Nov. 10); “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” (Nov. 16-17); “The Phantom Tollbooth” (Feb. 2, 2019); “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” (Feb. 23, 2019); “Diary of a Worm, A Spider & A Fly” (March 23, 2019) and “Magic School Bus Live: Lost in the Solar System” (April 27, 2019). 

Also announced is the line-up for the popular National Geographic Live series. The speakers will include former NASA chief scientist Ellen Stone on Feb. 3-4; big wall climber Mark Synnott on March 10-11 and Arctic photographer Florian Schulz on April 14-15. The series takes place at the Victoria Theatre. 

TICKETS

Season tickets are available now. Single-show ticket information will be available at a later time. For ticket information, visit (937) 228-3630 or ticketcenterstage.com.

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