SPRINGFIELD — Five national touring productions will be new to the Sangamon Auditorium stage for 2019-20 on the campus of the University of Illinois at Springfield.
The University of Illinois Springfield Performing Arts Center announced its Broadway series for the upcoming season on Monday. New this year, the Madden Broadway Series is being named for longtime series subscriber Peggy Madden of Decatur, who is this year's title sponsor.
Madden's financial support also is allowing the series to offer single-show tickets for $24 or a five-show subscription for $70.
The five shows are:
- "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" (7:30 p.m. Oct. 18). It tells the story of American singer-songwriter Carole King, who has been active since 1958, initially as one of the staff songwriters at the Brill Building and later as a solo artist. The show opened Jan. 12, 2014, on Broadway. It won a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album and two Tony awards.
- "Waitress" (8 p.m. Feb. 14), which tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and a rocky marriage. She makes desserts that mirror her life such as "The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie" and "Betrayed By My Eggs Pie." A baking contest and the town's new doctor may offer her a fresh start.
- "The Choir of Man" (7:30 p.m. March 4) is a new touring concert show that features a cast of nine who sing a variety of songs, including pub tunes, folk, Broadway and classic rock.
- "The Color Purple" (8 p.m. April 10), which is the 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival about a young woman's journey to love and triumph in the American South.
- "The Play That Goes Wrong" (7:30 p.m. May 7, 2020), which is an Olivier Award-winning comedy that is a hybrid of "Monty Python" and "Sherlock Holmes."
"One thing we wanted to focus on this year was to present shows that had not played Sangamon Auditorium before, and all five of these shows have never been at Sangamon Auditorium, and only 'The Color Purple,' as far as we're aware of, has ever even played Springfield," said UIS Performing Arts Center Director Bryan Rives.
Series subscriptions and single tickets are on sale now.
Single tickets are $89, $79, $69, $49 and $24. Subscribing to all five performances can save $100 per couple or $50 per person.
Orchestra seating and additional prime locations in other areas are available only by subscribing during the subscription sales period (to be determined).
"We wanted to make sure that if somebody wanted to subscribe that we set aside excellent seats for them, so we have the entire orchestra set aside for subscribers, and then we have prime locations in our loge, mezzanine and balcony for subscribers," Rives said.
"However, we also wanted people that just wanted to come to one or two of the shows and didn't want to subscribe to all five, they too, can go online right now or call our ticket center to buy tickets. It's just that they will not have access to orchestra seats nor to prime seats in those other locations, but they will be able to buy tickets."
For more information about a subscription or for single ticket sales, visit UISpac.com or call the UIS Ticket Office at 206-6160.
"The phones have already been ringing off the hook because we have over 35,000 people on our email list, and so sales are going strong already," Rives said.