By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

California Musical Theatre announced the 2017-18 Broadway Sacramento season at the Community Center Theater, featuring four shows not previously presented in the series and two that are favorites of Broadway Sacramento audiences.

The season features Sacramento premieres of “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical,” “Something Rotten!,” “ Finding Neverland,” and “An American in Paris.” Returning shows are “The Book of Mormon” and “Jersey Boys.”

Three of the shows are two-week engagements: “Beautiful–The Carole King Musical,” “The Book of Mormon” and “An American in Paris.” “The Book of Mormon,” returns for its second engagement; it was last presented by Broadway Sacramento in 2016. “Jersey Boys” has been presented by Broadway Sacramento twice before, in 2007 and 2014.

Season subscriptions provide significant savings—up to $120 off the price of a pair of single-show tickets—and guarantee tickets to every show in the season. 4-show subscriptions (base season, including “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical,” “Something Rotten!”, “Finding Neverland,” “An American in Paris”) range from $89 to $281, depending on performance day/time and seating location.

There are two options for a five-show subscription: Subscriptions with the base season plus “Jersey Boys” range from $116 to $350, and subscriptions with the base season plus “The Book of Mormon” range from $129 to $376. Six-show subscriptions range from $156 to $445. Single-show tickets range from $25 to $153 and will go on sale at a later date.

Season tickets are on sale now. Current season subscribers will receive renewal packets in the mail, and will have until May 19 to renew their season tickets and keep their current seat locations.

Season tickets are available only at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office, 1419 H Street, Sacramento, or by calling (916) 557-1999.

Groups can reserve tickets for Broadway Sacramento shows beginning May 15 by calling (916) 557-1198.

For more information on season tickets call: (916) 557-1999 or visit www.BroadwaySacramento.com.

Nov. 1–12, 2017 (16 performances)

“Beautiful – The Carole King Musical” tells the inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, King made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song.

“Beautiful” has a book by Tony and Academy Award-nominated writer Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, choreography by Josh Prince, and took home two 2014 Tony Awards and a 2015 Grammy Award.

Jan. 2 – 7, 2018 (8 performances)

With 10 Tony nominations including “Best Musical,” “Something Rotten!” is a “big, fat hit!” (New York Post). Set in the ‘90s – the 1590s – this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom (Tony nominee Rob McClure and Broadway’s Josh Grisetti), two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the "rock star" Shakespeare (Tony nominee Adam Pascal) keeps getting all the hits.

When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical! With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, “Something Rotten!” is “The Producers” + “Spamalot” + “The Book of Mormon.” “ Squared!” (New York Magazine).

Jan. 30 – Feb. 4, 2018 (8 performances)

“Jersey Boys” is the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi.

This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30! Jersey Boys features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” “The Crowd Goes Wild!” proclaims The New York Times.

Mar. 7 – 18, 2018 (16 performances)

The New York Times calls it "the best musical of this century." The Washington Post says, "It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals." And Entertainment Weekly says, "Grade A: the funniest musical of all time." Jimmy Fallon of “The Tonight Show” calls it "Genius. Brilliant. Phenomenal." It's “The Book of Mormon,” the nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical.

This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Contains explicit language.

Apr. 10 – 15, 2018 (8 performances)

The winner of Broadway.com’s “Audience Choice Award” for “Best Musical,” this breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart,” says Time Magazine. Vogue cheers, “It’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!” Directed by visionary Tony-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award winning film, “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).

May 16-27, 2018 (16 performances)

“An American in Paris” is the new Tony Award-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war.

Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2015 season!

EDITOR’S NOTE: Information used in this report obtained from the California Musical Theatre publicity department.