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Richard H. Blake (Broadway: A Bronx Tale, Jersey
Boys, Legally Blonde, Wicked)
A BRONX TALE: October 29-November 14, 2021
The Axelrod Performing Arts Center
announces its grand reopening with A BRONX TALE, The
Musical, directed by Broadway veteran Richard H. Blake,
one of the musical’s original stars, on October 29. Based on Chazz
Palminteri’s autobiographical play and film starring Robert De
Niro, A Bronx Tale has been described as “Jersey Boys Meets
West Side Story,” with a Motown/rock-infused score by Oscar
winner Alan Menken.
Hunter Foster (Broadway: The Bridges of Madison
The Producers and Million Dollar Quartet)
THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY: March 11-27, 2022
In March 2022, Broadway star Hunter
Foster directs THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, one of the
most under-rated musicals of the century with a glorious score by Jason
Robert Brown. The musical is based on Robert James Waller’s
best-selling novel and the film starring Meryl Streep and Clint
Eastwood with a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman.
Lisa Stevens (Broadway/West End: Chicago, Bombay
Dreams, Spamalot, 9 to 5)
GREASE: June 3-19,
(Rescheduled from June 2020)
At long last—GREASE opens June
3! The Axelrod’s new production of one of the world’s most successful
musicals is being directed and choreographed by Lisa Stevens.
With a rock and roll score by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, Grease
became the longest running Broadway musical in history when it closed
in 1980, with 3,388 performances, and the film starring John Travolta
and Olivia Newton John became the highest grossing musical film ever.
The show remains one of the most popular of all musicals and has been
recorded over 150 times in dozens of languages.
(The Color Purple, West Side Story, Memphis and
the film Hello, Again)
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA: November 5-27, 2022
Rodgers & Hammerstein's
CINDERELLA, from the most successful writing team in Broadway
history, opens November 2022. Based on the 1957 television musical
starring Julie Andrews, Cinderella is the most magical
princess musical of all time with all the charm and romance of
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classics The Sound of Music, South
Pacific and The King and I. The Axelrod production will be
directed and choreographed by Todd Labron Underwood with a
The Axelrod Performing Arts Academy
presents THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL, based on the beloved animated
series created by Stephen Hillenburg, TV’s number-one kids’
show for over 20 years. The Broadway production—which The New York
Times called “brilliant”—was a surprise to children and adults
alike, the hippest thing on Broadway (next to Hamilton!). The
Axelrod production, directed by Broadway’s original Mrs. Puff, Abby
C. Smith, is hilarious family fun. The SpongeBob Musical has
an eclectic and entertaining score by such pop legends as David
Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Sara Bareilles, Yolanda Adams,
Aerosmith, Lady Antebellum and more!
Gabriel Chajnik (Director, Axelrod Contemporary Ballet
THE NUTCRACKER ROCKS!: December 11-19, 2021
Returning to the Axelrod stage this
December, THE NUTCRACKER ROCKS!, a reimagined modern version
of the classic holiday ballet directed and choreographed by Gabriel
Chajnik with the Axelrod PAC’s own professional ballet company.
Based on the Tchaikovsky original, The Nutcracker Rocks!
includes new music by Gaslight Anthem’s Alex Levine and a new
book by Reuben Jackson. Don’t miss this festive holiday
tradition at the Axelrod!