Coming Soon to PDX: Sondheim, Six, Beetlejuice, Tina Turner, and More
Whether you’re the thespian type to spring for season tickets, or you’re looking to thrill a theatrically inclined loved one with a night at the Keller Auditorium, Broadway in Portland’s box offices are open. The upcoming season features a few new titles and several deeply nostalgic favorites that haven’t left stages since they first went live in the ’80s. And some that reach much further back.
Odes to two musical monoliths, a gender-swapped reboot of Sondheim’s classic bachelor tale, a pinstriped Tim Burton number, and one of the most commercially successful musicals of all time, starring a few lions, fill out this season.
Six | July 25–30
What was the 30-plus-year English king Henry VIII most know for? His six wives, of course. The New York Times critics' pick from playwrights Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss tells the 16th-century women’s stories by way of a pop concert.
Tina—The Tina Turner Musical | Sept 5–10
Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Katori Hall (The Hot Wing King, The Mountaintop) has adapted the life of 12-time Grammy-winner Tina Turner for the musical stage. The play follows the “Queen of Rock ’n’ Roll” from early Phil Spector days to her solo “Disco Inferno” and “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” breakouts.
Les Mis | Nov 7–12
You know it, you love it. But it’s worth noting, when the production’s epic run premiered in Paris in 1980, reviewers panned this adaptation of the Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel. More than four decades later, what did they know?
Disney’s The Lion King | Jan 4–28, 2024
Tony-winning director Julie Taymor leads Broadway’s third-longest-running show in history, adapted from the 1994 Disney film. Taymor has also contributed to the score, among the likes of Elton John and Hans Zimmer.
Beetlejuice | Apr 9–12, 2024
You've been saying his name (and maybe even using him as a muse for your home renovation) since Tim Burton’s 1988 film, often three times, testing if Michael Keaton would show up, but the Broadway musical adaptation didn't hit stages until two decades later. “It's loud, it's cheeky, and it's all about excess,” wrote Vulture.
Annie | May 14–19, 2024
“It's the hard-knock life for us / 'Stead of treated / We get tricked / 'Stead of kisses / We get kicked / It's the hard-knock life”
Girl from the North Country | June 18–23, 2024
Irish playwright Conor McPherson’s production borrows its title, setting, and score (19 tracks from “Hurricane” to “Idiot Wind” to “Forever Young”) from Bob Dylan. This large-cast, Depression-era family drama isn’t a play about Dylan, however. Instead, it presents his “music as belonging to a parallel universe, a realm that abuts the dreary reality of the play’s here and now but never overlaps it,” says the New York Times.
Company | July 16–21, 2024
Tony Awards have rained on Company since its 1970 premiere. Songs from Stephen Sondheim and a book from George Furth originally told a story of modern dating centered on bachelor Bobby’s 35th birthday, where all of his friends want to know why he’s still single. Starting in 2018, productions swapped protagonist Bobby for Bobbie, a female lead.