Despite the performing arts and entertainment industry being hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wharton Center Executive Director Mike Brand announced a new season.
"Wharton Center is ready to move forward and do what we do best: present the finest of the performing arts," said Brand. "We are as excited as ever to announce a new season. The 2020-2021 season offers opportunities for our partners to relax, have fun, and enjoy experienced that we are confident will make lifelong memories."
Five Broadway hits were expected to be included in the season:
- Mean Girls
- Jesus Christ Superstar
- Pretty Woman: The Musical
- Disney's Frozen
Mean Girls, Dec. 8-13, 2020
The Wharton Center said Mean Girls is a hilarious hit musical from an award-winning creative team, including Tina Fey, Jeff Richmond, Nell Benjamin, and Casey Nicholaw.
Jesus Christ Superstar, Jan. 26-31, 2021
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Wharton Center said this was a mesmerizing production directed by Timothy Sheader, choreographed by Drew McOnie, and had award-winning music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Tim Rice. This production is set against the backdrop of the final week in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through Judas eyes.
Pretty Woman: The Musical, Feb. 16-21, 2021
The Audience Choice Award-winner had an incredible record-breaking run on Broadway, according to the Wharton Center, and is brought to life by a powerhouse creative team, including two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell, Bryan Adams, and Jim Vallance.
Cats, May 11-16, 2021
This seven Tony Award winning musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber, includes one of the most treasured musical theater songs, "Memory". Wharton Center said it's the original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber with all-new sound design by Mick Potter, and new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler.
Disney's Frozen July 7-18, 2021
The Wharton Center said the Tony-nominated Best Musical is an unforgettable theatrical experience, filled with sensational effects, stunning sets and costumes, along with powerhouse performances.
Wharton Center's lineup continued with the Performing Art Series hosting the world's greatest performing artists including Canadian Brass, Celtic Woman, EVIDENCE, Itzhak Perlman, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Renee Elise Goldsberry.
A complete list of the Wharton Center's 2020-2021 season events could be viewed online, or a brochure could be requested by calling 1-800-WHARTON.