Hollywood Pantages Theatre 2016-17 Season Overview

One of my greatest goals in life was always to be “rich” enough to afford season tickets to the Hollywood Pantages. I have been seeing shows at the Pantages since I was a little kid, and I have had a love affair with the theater ever since. For the past three years, I have been lucky enough to be a season ticket holder (though let’s be clear, it has nothing to do with being rich!). My mom and I have been able to find some good holiday deals and we have found a way to make it work. For the upcoming season, there are no deals (and there won’t be, you’ll see why in a minute), but when I purchased my season tickets for the 2016-17 season, I was able to set up a payment plan so that I didn’t have to pay for them all at once. To be honest, they were out of my budget and probably an unnecessary expense, especially given the fact that I no longer have steady income, but I just had to do it. One, because there is a truly awesome line up of shows coming to the Pantages, and two, because one of those shows is Hamilton.

If you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is the Broadway musical that has literally taken the world by storm. So far the show has won the Pulitzer, a Grammy and 11 Tonys. I was so so so lucky enough to see the show on Broadway in New York in January and I am not exaggerating when I say it was a life-changing moment (I mean, six months after seeing it, I am now self-employed and free from a job that made me miserable). Whether you are a fan of theater or not, this is a show that everyone should see. And yes, the music and the story are both fantastic, but the staging and the choreography are what really blew me away. I cannot say enough good things about Hamilton, and if you live in LA and you want to see the show, the best way to do that is by becoming a season ticket holder. Individual tickets are going to be hard to get, and once ticket brokers get a hold of them, prices are going to skyrocket. Plus, in addition to Hamilton, you are going to get some other really great shows as well, and here are my unsolicited thoughts on all of them:

Hedwig and the Angry Inch: The movie Hedwig and the Angry Inch was something of a cult favorite when I was in college, the kind of movie that had Rocky Horror style live performances where people dressed up and did crazy things along with the film. I was a fan of it when it came out, but Matt is the one who is really excited for this one as he was a bigger fan of the movie than I was. Darren Criss is going to be headlining this one (the role was originated by NPH…and if you don’t know who that is, you should just leave now) and I am hoping he redeems himself from his so-so performance at The Little Mermaid Live in Concert.

The King and I: I’m a sucker for a classic musical, and while this one was never one of my favorite musical movies as a kid, you really can’t go wrong with Rodgers and Hammerstein. Plus, that dress yo.

Finding Neverland: Sad that I didn’t get to see Matthew Morrison in this role, but I am super excited to see how the backstory of Peter Pan comes together in a musical. I actually have never seen the movie it is based off of, and I think I will hold off until after I see the show. I’m really looking forward to the sets and costumes for this one.

An American in Paris: This one is going to be all about the dancing for me. I was actually surprised when Matt told me he was excited for this one since it seemed like one of the more girly shows in the season, but apparently from a musician’s point of view, this is a pretty stellar show, so it should be a fun one.

The Bodyguard: This is the one eh spot in the season for me. Honestly, I’ll probably sell our tickets to this one.

The Book of Mormon: Aside from Hamilton, this is the only show I’ve seen before, so if we are super broke, we might sell these tickets too, but I hope we don’t have to. I loved Book of Mormon the first time I saw it, and I would love to see it again. Not just because it is hilarious (which it is), but because the music and the choreography is so fun. It really is an incredibly clever and well done show.

Hamilton: I’ll say it again, this show is life-changing. I would not be surprised if individual tickets for this show were selling in the $500 per ticket range, so really, it makes sense to just get the season ticket package. I CANNOT wait to see this show again, and I am really excited for Matt to see it for the first time. We have our fingers crossed that Lin-Manual Miranda (the writer/creator/star) is going to do some of the performances here in LA, but even without him, the show is going to be stellar. If you take nothing else away from me and this blog, let it be this: Hamilton is amazing and you need to see it.

I still have one more show to see in the current season at the Pantages, but I am already so excited for the next one. So much good theater to see, plus a really wide range of shows. According to the Pantages website, season ticket packages are limited and going quickly, so if you think you are interested, I would get yours now! Maybe I’ll run into you at the theater!

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