Broadway San Jose Announces Complete Lineup for 2015-16 Season

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The six-production season includes “The Lion King,” “Riverdance,” “Pippin,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Newsies” and “Motown the Musical.”

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Following a record-breaking 2014-15 season, Broadway San Jose, a Nederlander Presentation, recently announced the six productions that will comprise the lineup for the 2015-16 season. Highlights include the triumphant return engagement of Disney’s “The Lion King,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic “The Wizard of Oz,” the smash hit “Motown the Musical,” Disney’s “Newsies” and more.

In addition, a limited engagement of Disney’s beloved classic musical “Beauty and the Beast” will be available as a special season add-on. Broadway San Jose season subscriptions range in price from $223–$513 for the basic six-show package and can be purchased online at or by calling (866) 395-2929. Single ticket on-sale dates will be announced at a later date.

“Broadway San Jose’s 2015-16 season is filled with Tony Award-winning blockbusters featuring magic, puppetry, dance and some of the most beautiful music every written,” said Broadway San Jose General Manager Nanci Williams. “Led by the return engagement of Disney’s landmark musical “The Lion King” – last seen at the Center for the Performing Arts in 2006 – our season will showcase a wide array of theatrical productions that will delight, entertain and surprise the whole family!”

Guests at the season launch event were treated to surprise performances from the Broadway casts of Disney’s “The Lion King,” Disney’s “Newsies” and “Motown the Musical” on-stage at the Center for the Performing Arts. Joel Karie and Thembelihle Cele from the cast of Disney’s “The Lion King” performed “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”; Adam Kaplan from the cast of Disney’s “Newsies” performed “Santa Fe”; and Donald Webber and Rebecca Covington from the cast of “Motown the Musical” performed a medley of songs, including “Get Ready” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.”

All performances for Broadway San Jose’s 2015/16 season will be held at the 2,700-seat San Jose Center for Performing Arts, a mid-century modern architectural showcase designed by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation at the corner of Park Avenue and Almaden Boulevard in downtown San Jose.

The 2015-16 Season

Disney’s “The Lion King”
Sept. 9 – Oct. 4, 2015
More than 70 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon of Disney’s “The Lion King. Now, San Jose’s best-loved musical returns. Winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, this landmark musical event brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway.
“The Lion King” also features some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award®-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice.

“Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour”
Nov. 24-29, 2015
The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand in “Riverdance- The 20th Anniversary World Tour.” Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song.

Jan. 5-10, 2016
“Pippin” is Broadway’s high-flying, death-defying hit musical. Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of “Wicked,” “Pippin” will lift audiences up and leave them smiling. This unforgettable new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical Revival. Come experience “Pippin,” one young man’s journey to be extraordinary.

“The Wizard of Oz”
Jan. 29 – Feb. 4, 2016
This new production of “The Wizard of Oz” is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally reconceived for the stage. Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, this production contains the beloved songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

(Special season add-on)
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”
April 1-3, 2016
Based on the Academy Award®-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes and dazzling production numbers, including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song.

Disney’s “Newsies”
May 10-15, 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” is filled with one heart-pounding number after another. It’s a high-energy explosion of song and dance no one will want to miss.

“Motown the Musical”
June 21-26, 2016
It began as one man’s story became everyone’s music and is now Broadway’s musical. “Motown the Musical” is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Experience it live on stage in the record-breaking smash hit “Motown the Musical.”

About the company:
Broadway San Jose presents Broadway musical theatre to the Silicon Valley. They perform in the heart of beautiful downtown San Jose at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. As part of the Nederlander family, the Silicon Valley is directly connected to Broadway in New York, making it easy for them to bring the magic of Broadway right to San Jose. For more information, visit

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