Hollywood Pantages Unveils the Lineup for Its New Season
On tap for 2018: 'School of Rock,' the 'Phantom' sequel 'Love Never Dies,' 'Aladdin,' 'On Your Feet,' 'Waitress' and 'The Color Purple.'
Two musicals from Andrew Lloyd Webber — School of Rock and Love Never Dies, the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera — will play at the Pantages Theater as part of the historic Hollywood theater's 2018 lineup, it was announced Tuesday.
The Lloyd Webber musicals will be making their Los Angeles premieres, staged back-to-back at the Pantages from April 3-22 and May 3-27, respectively.
Also set for the famed Nederlander theater are the Broadway hit productions of Disney's Aladdin (Jan. 10- March 31); On Your Feet, the jukebox musical based on the lives and music of Gloria and Emilio Estefan (July 6-29); and Waitress, which is backed by an all-female creative team and features music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles (Aug. 2-26). None of the three have played in L.A. before.
Meanwhile, The Color Purple, the 2016 Tony Award winner for best musical revival, returns to town with a re-imagined production (May 29-June 17).
"This season promises to deliver the wonder of live theatrical magic every night right here in Hollywood," Pantages GM Jeff Loeb said in a statement.
Love Never Dies reflects an extensive reworking of the material by an Australian creative team for the original premiere down under in 2011. Directed by Simon Phillips (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Musical), the show will tour North America for the first time as a rare example of a major West End musical that has received a complete makeover.
The rollicking School of Rock features 14 songs from Lloyd Webber as well as all the original tunes from the 2003 Jack Black movie on which it's based. The kids play their instruments live on stage.
On Your Feet features such iconic songs as "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You," "Conga" and "Get on Your Feet."
Season-ticket packages are available at the Pantages website.
As previously announced, Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton will also have a run at the Pantages this year, from Aug. 11 through Dec. 30.