Hershey, Pa. – April 2, 2015 — Hershey Theatre is pleased to announce another highly anticipated season of top Broadway entertainment. Four critically acclaimed productions will grace the stage at the iconic venue.

“Hershey Entertainment & Resorts and the M.S. Hershey Foundation are positively thrilled to announce the 87th season of presenting touring Broadway shows to Central Pennsylvania,” said Dennis Norton, Entertainment Programming Manager, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts. “Milton S. Hershey built the Hershey Theatre to celebrate the performing arts and we are proud to be carrying on his legacy of offering premier entertainment to the region.”

The much-anticipated 2015-2016 Broadway Season programming includes:  

§ Once
§ Matilda The Musical
§ Cinderella
§ Ragtime

About the shows
The variety-filled Broadway season kicks off September 15-20, 2015 with Once. Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Once is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, Once tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights… but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, Once draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams and the power of music to connect us all.

Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda will take the stage of the Theatre November 10-15, 2015. 

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production will visit January 26-31, 2016 and features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love— the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream... or a really great pair of shoes.

At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing…and anything is possible.  The Theatre will welcome Ragtime April 26-May 1, 2016. The stories of an upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician unfold - set in turn-of-the-century New York - all three united by their desire and belief in a brighter tomorrow.  Their compelling stories are set to theatre’s richest and most glorious Tony Award-winning score.

  In addition, Hershey Theatre is proud to collaborate with All Hands Interpreting Services to provide accessibility to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community. Interpreted performances are scheduled for Sunday matinee performances.  Liz Marvin, Program Director for Easter Seals echoed Norton’s thoughts stating, ”We applaud  Hershey Theatre for this important partnership so that the entire community can enjoy premier entertainment so close to home.”

“This is going to be a year to remember at Hershey Theatre, the area’s foremost performing arts center,” continued Norton. “In addition to this outstanding line-up, look for additional show announcements in the coming months.”

Subscription packages for these great shows are available now.  Tickets for all Broadway shows go on sale to the public on Monday, July 13 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets will be available at Hershey Theatre Box Office, online at www.HersheyTheatre.com, or by calling 717-534-3405.

The 2015-16 Broadway series is proudly presented by Capital BlueCross.