ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Fabulous Fox Theatre, today, announced its 2015–2016 U.S. Bank Broadway Series featuring five new hits that are making their St. Louis debuts. The season opens this fall with MATILDA THE MUSICAL, winner of four 2013 Tony Awards®. Disney’s high-energy new musical NEWSIES kicks off 2016 followed by BEAUTIFUL–The Carole King Musical and the contemporary smash IF/THEN.  Rounding out the season are the stunningly romantic THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY and a new production of the beloved classic, THE SOUND OF MUSIC.
MATILDA THE MUSICAL | October 21 – November 1, 2015
“Welcome to the deliriously amusing, heartwarming, head-spinning world of MATILDA THE MUSICAL. You won’t want to leave” says Bloomberg News. Time Magazine’s #1 Show of the Year and the winner of 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards®, MATILDA is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, MATILDA continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages on Broadway and in London’s West End.  The Wall Street Journal says, “The makers of MATILDA have done the impossible – triumphantly! It is smart, sweet, zany and stupendous fun.”
Disney’s NEWSIES | January 19 – 31, 2016
Direct from Broadway comes NEWSIES, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards® for Best Score and Best Choreography, NEWSIES has audiences and critics alike calling it “a musical worth singing about,” says The New York Times. Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it’s a high-energy explosion of song and dance you just don’t want to miss.  Based on true events, NEWSIES tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. It’s a rousing tale about fighting for what’s right…and staying true to who you are.  NEWSIES was brought to the stage by an award-winning creative team. It features a score by Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast”) and Jack Feldman (“The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride”); a book by Harvey Fierstein (“La Cage Aux Folles”); choreography by Christopher Gattelli (“South Pacific”); and direction by Jeff Calhoun (“Big River”).
BEAUTIFUL–The Carole King Musical | February 23 – March 6, 2016
BEAUTIFUL–The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of 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, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
BEAUTIFUL features a stunning array of beloved songs written by Goffin/King and Mann/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 St. Louis connections as its producer Paul Blake was the executive producer at The Muny for 22 years and director Marc Bruni has directed numerous Muny shows including “The Music Man” and “Legally Blonde the Musical.” The book is by Tony Award®-nominee and Academy Award®-nominated writer Douglas McGrath and choreography is by Josh Prince.  BEAUTIFUL took home two 2014 Tony Awards and the 2015 Grammy® for Best Musical Theater Album.
IF/THEN | March 15 – 27, 2016
IF/THEN is a contemporary Broadway musical about living in New York today – and all the possibilities that tomorrow brings.  With unforgettable songs and a deeply moving story by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning creators of “Next to Normal,” this “fascinating, ambitious, and original new musical” (New York Post) simultaneously follows one woman’s two possible life paths, painting a deeply moving portrait of the lives we lead, as well as the lives we might have led.  The Toronto Star calls it “The bravest new musical in a long time. Led by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s dazzling score, it is one of the few Broadway shows that looks and sounds like the world of today.“  “A smart, deeply touching and big-hearted new musical” says The Washington Post. “Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's score is invested with melodic urgency, bringing you to tears or breathlessness.” And the Chicago Tribune calls it “A thoroughly fascinating, intellectually and musically rich new musical.  It is a zesty, savvy and ambitious original.”
THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, one of the most romantic stories ever written, first captured the nation’s attention as a best-selling novel by Robert James Waller and is now an irresistible, two time Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical. This stunning new production features gorgeous, soulful music by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (“Parade,” “The Last Five Years”) that the Daily News hails as “one of Broadway’s best scores in the last decade.” With a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman (“The Secret Garden,” “The Color Purple”) and direction by Tony winner Bartlett Sher (“South Pacific” “The Light in the Piazza”), THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY is the unforgettable story of two people caught between decision and desire, as a chance encounter becomes a second chance at so much more.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC | April 26 – May 8, 2016
The hills are alive with the brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by Jack O’Brien.  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 and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II with a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, as suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp.
Series Specials
Eight specials for the 2015–2016 Season will be offered to subscribers for priority seating before their public on-sale dates. The ultimate feel-good show,MAMMA MIA!, returns to the Fox November 6–8. For the holidays, the Fox welcomes back IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS November 17–22 andCIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE December 4–6. Back by popular demand, WICKED returns December 9, 2015 – January 3, 2016. Dance St. Louis will present RIVERDANCE– The 20th Anniversary World Tour February 12–14. “Be Our Guest” at the Fox for NETworks presents Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST March 11–13.  The boys are back in town when JERSEY BOYS visits the Fabulous Fox May 18–22.
New six-show season ticket packages will go on sale May 31st. Current U.S. Bank Broadway season subscribers will receive their renewal information beginning the week of April 27. On-sale dates for individual shows will be announced later. For more information, please call the Fox Subscription office at 314-535-1700. Groups of 15 or more should call 314-535-2900 for special rates and reservations. The Broadway Series at the Fabulous Fox Theatre is presented by U.S. Bank.
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