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Broadway at the Tennessee



 The Tennessee Theatre is thrilled to announce the 2016-2017 Broadway at the Tennessee Theatre season! 

“Part of the mission at The Tennessee Theatre is to offer diverse, high-quality entertainment, which includes bringing the best of Broadway to Knoxville,” says Becky Hancock, Executive Director of the Tennessee Theatre. “Broadway brings together long-time Theatre attendees and first-timers to this beautiful venue, to experience a popular art form and create lasting memories in the Official State Theatre of Tennessee.”

 2016-2017 Broadway at the Tennessee Theatre Season: 

December 2-4, 2016
42nd Street                                 
January 27 & 28, 2017 
February 18 & 19, 2017
Rent - 20th Anniversary Tour                              
March 10 & 11, 2017
May 2-4, 2017
June 2-4, 2017

Subscription packages for the season are on sale now! Three different packages with four, five, and six show options are available. Subscription benefits include reduced service fees compared to single ticket purchases, first notification of next year’s season, and free same-show ticket exchanges. To renew a current subscription or to purchase a new subscription, call the Tennessee Theatre box office at 865-684-1200, ext 2. Or visit the box office in person on Clinch Avenue, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., or Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m, or click HERE.

Learn more about our Broadway Spotlight Club where you can experience Broadway with star treatment.


 Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella: December 2-4, 2016 

The 2016-2017 season kicks off with the Tony Award®-winning RODGERS + HAMMERSTEINS CINDERELLA. From the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific, this lush production 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.


42nd Street: January 27 & 28, 2017 

The season continues in the New Year with the quintessential backstage musical comedy classic, 42ND STREET. The song and dance combines the fable of Broadway with an American Dream story and includes some of the greatest songs ever written, such as “We’re In the Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “Dames,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and of course 42nd Street.”


Chicago: February 18 & 19, 2017 

CHICAGO, which opened to rave reviews on November 14, 1996, is now in its 20th year on Broadway and is one of the longest running American musicals, showing no sign of ever slowing down! Chicago is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording. Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids.

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composter opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.


Riverdance - 20th Anniversary World Tour: May 2-4, 2017

The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand in RIVERDANCE – The 20th Anniversary World Tour. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland – in rock, music, theater, and song – nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of RiverdanceRiverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour is composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, and comes directly to North America from a sold-out run across Europe and Asia. 


Dirty Dancing: June 2-4, 2017

The 2016-2017 Season concludes just as summer begins to heat up: DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE is the record-breaking live sensation, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance, and sensational dancing. Featuring the hit songs, Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life,” you’ll truly have the time of your life!