Saturday, September 18, 2021

BIG Announcement: Axelrod PAC Reopens 




Broadway Stars Direct at Axelrod PAC

Professional Theater and More!


APAC 2021/2022 Season Announcement



APAC's Artistic Director, Andrew DePrisco

announces our exciting 2021/2022 Season



Richard H. Blake (Broadway: A Bronx Tale, Jersey Boys, Legally Blonde, Wicked)


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 County, Urinetown, The Producers and Million Dollar Quartet)


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)


June 3-19, 2022

(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.




Todd LaBron Underwood
(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 sensational cast.





Abby C. Smith
(Broadway: The SpongeBob Musical)



November 27-December 5, 2021


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 Theater)


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!




Axelrod Performing Arts Center

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