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Broadway in Columbia announces 2019-2020 season

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Broadway in Columbia recently announced that some of Broadway’s biggest hits will be coming to Columbia’s Koger Center for the Arts as part of the all-new 2019-2020 season.

This year includes the largest undertaking in the history of the series, when the Broadway blockbuster “Wicked” flies into Columbia for three weeks.

“We have been working on bringing ‘Wicked’ to Columbia for over five years,” said Daniel Hampel of Broadway in Columbia. “The show will anchor another spectacular offering of Broadway hits this upcoming season. It is a testimony to the growing significance of Columbia as a truly emerging center for arts and entertainment. It is very exciting to have an event of this magnitude right in our own backyard. This may well be the biggest entertainment event in the history of Columbia.”

Hampel also credits the critical importance of the Koger Center’s efforts and recent installation of a state-of-the-art grid system. “With this significant technical investment, it is now possible for large shows such as ‘Wicked’ to come here. Without the improvements undertaken by the Koger Center, ‘Wicked’ would never have been able to come nor other shows of equal size. These shows are simply enormous and require a great deal of sophisticated capabilities for a venue to host them. The Koger Center is now fully capable of that.”

This season will also feature the return of “Cats,” which makes an appearance for the first time in more than a decade, as well as the Columbia premieres of “Christmas Wonderland Holiday Spectacular,” “An American in Paris,” and “Bandstand.”

Season ticket packages start at $199. For more information, go to www.kogercenterforthearts.com.

Broadway in Columbia 2019-2020 season lineup

Mannheim Steamroller

Nov. 22, 2019

Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics along with a selection of compositions from Davis’ Fresh Aire series.

‘Christmas Wonderland Holiday Spectacular’

Dec. 17-18, 2019

Start Christmas in style as Santa and his merry helpers take you on a nostalgic journey that features glittering costumes and a high-kicking chorus line.

‘Wicked’

Jan. 22-Feb. 9, 2020

This Broadway hit looks at what happened in the Land of Oz, but from a different angle.

Long before Dorothy arrives to Oz, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin — smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships — until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”

‘An American In Paris’

March 31-April 1, 2020

This Tony Award-winning musical is about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Inspired by the Academy-Award winning 1951 film, “An American in Paris,” the play features music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin and a book by Tony nominee and Pulitzer Prize finalist Craig Lucas.

‘Bandstand’

April 29-30, 2020

Six soldiers return from war and, through the power of music, finally find a place to call home.

‘The Color Purple’

May 12, 2020

Hailed as “a direct hit to the heart,” this Tony Award winner tells the story of a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South.

‘Cats’

June 16-17, 2020

Rediscover ‘Cats.’ The performance features new sound design, direction and choreography for a new generation.

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