Get Your Broadway Fix at The Playhouse
From "Annie" to "Jersey Boys," the hits will keep on coming.
Big time Broadway is back at The Playhouse on Rodney Square. The 2015-2016 season begins with the ever-popular "Annie" (Dec. 1-6) followed by “Chicago—The Musical” (Jan. 2-17), “Mama Mia!” (March 4-6), “Blue Man Group” (March 17-20), “Forty-Second Street” (April 19-24) and “Jersey Boys” (May 10-15).
The Playhouse is now managed by The Grand Opera House. Steve Bailey, managing director of programming at both venues, says, “We recognize The Playhouse on Rodney Square as a community asset that we are managing on their (DuPont’s) behalf.” Executive director Mark Fields points out that “The former 102-year-old DuPont Theatre is the longest continuously operating Broadway touring house in the country.”
Because it’s also one of the smallest, the budget for the new season represents a 25 percent increase over last year’s expenditures, before the new theater’s leadership teamed up with Innovation Arts & Entertainment of Chicago to make sure it could book the best Broadway has to offer. Adam Epstein, the firm’s head, “has the connections, and quite frankly, the clout to deliver a Broadway series in Wilmington that you want and that we think you deserve,” Fields says.
Season tickets are now on sale at www.theplayhouse.org, by calling 888-0200 and at the box office. Packages range from $140 for four shows to $590 for premium weekend seats for all six shows. Individual show tickets will go on sale soon. In addition to the six Broadway plays, the 1,240-seat Playhouse will also serve as an alternate venue for concerts. If the 1,208-seat Grand is not available, event sponsors now have the option to book at The Playhouse.