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Miller Auditorium announces 2019-20 series: Grinch, cats and blue men to take the stage

Les Misérables
The cast of "Les Misérables" takes the Miller Auditorium stage Jan. 28 – Feb. 2, 2020. (WWMT/Miller Auditorium/Matthew Murphy)

Miller Auditorium on Monday announced its 2019-20 Zhang Financial Broadway in West Michigan Series.

Kicking off the series is "Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical" will run at Miller from Nov. 15-17, 2019. The auditorium also will host "Les Misérables," "WAITRESS," "Blue Man Group" and "CATS" during the 2019-20 season.

"Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical"

Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale comes to life on stage in this musical rendition in performances Nov. 15-17, 2019.

The show features the hit songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas.”

The Grinch discovers there’s more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday classic. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the Whos, an endlessly cheerful bunch bursting with holiday spirit. Celebrate the holidays with the show The New York Times calls "100 times better than any bedtime story!"


"Les Misérables"

Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables, direct from a two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. The Miller performances run Jan. 28 – Feb. 2, 2020. With its new staging and re-imagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, the new production has left audiences and critics awestruck, cheering “Les Miz is born again!”

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells a story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring the songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars," “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this epic story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history, seen by more than 130 million people in 44 countries and in 22 languages around the globe.


"WAITRESS"

Meet Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. Pouring her heart into her pies, she crafts desserts that mirror her topsy-turvy life such as “The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie” and “Betrayed By My Eggs Pie.” When a baking contest in a nearby county —and a satisfying run-in with someone new —show Jenna a chance at a fresh start, she must find the courage to seize it. Change is on the menu, as long as Jenna can write her own perfectly personal recipe for happiness.

Brought to life by a groundbreaking, all-female creative team, the Tony Award-nominated "WAITRESS" features original music and lyrics by seven-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles (“Love Song,” “Brave”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and original direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland).

“WAITRESS is a little slice of heaven!” says Entertainment Weekly, and is “sweet, sassy and passionate,” according to New York Magazine. "WAITREES" is on stage at Miller from March 27–29, 2020.


"Blue Man Group"

Since debuting at New York’s Astor Place Theatre in 1991, the live "Blue Man Group" performance has expanded to additional domestic residencies in Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas and Orlando, an international residency in Berlin, and multiple North American and World tours, reaching more than 35 million people worldwide. On stage at Miller Auditorium from May 1–3, 2020, the performances are described as euphoric celebrations of human connection through art, music, comedy and non-verbal communication.


"CATS"

"CATS," the record-breaking musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, has been performed for audiences in more than 30 countries and in 15 languages. On tour across North America, the show will stop in Kalamazoo on May 15–17, 2020.

Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this musical, which includes the song "Memory." The Winner of 7 Tony Awards including best musical. "CATS" tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn.

The show at Miller will include the original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock, Sunset Boulevard), original scenic and costume design by John Napier (Les Misérables), all-new lighting design by Natasha Katz (Aladdin), all-new sound design by Mick Potter, new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne (Phantom) and direction by Trevor Nunn (Les Misérables).


Preparing for the show

Broadway in West Michigan subscriptions are available by phone and in person. For more information, contact the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office at 269- 387-2300, 800-228-9858 or online at www.millerauditorium.com. Miller Auditorium’s 2019-20 Marana Group Spotlight Series events will be announced at a later date, along with single ticket on-sale dates.