Although New York, with its amazing theatre and musicals, is 2500 miles away, you can catch some great Broadway shows right here in the Inland Northwest. West Coast Entertainment’s Best of Broadway series brings national touring acts to downtown Spokane’s INB Performing Arts Center every fall. This season includes 10 shows from October to May.
Anything Goes: A classic Cole Porter Broadway musical that won 3 Tony Awards in 2011, this romantic comedy is set on the stage of the SS American, out at sea. Family friendly. Runs October 10–13.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis: This show features the holiday music of Mannheim Steamroller with multimedia visual effects. Great family holiday activity. One show only, November 20.
American Idiot: This hit musical is based on the rock band Green Day’s album of the same name, and it features many of the songs. It is a story about three friends trying to make their way to a meaningful life in a post-9/11 world, through struggles with addiction, war, and the draw of the safety of suburbia. Adult content. Runs November 22–23.
Million Dollar Quartet: This show brings a very famous night to life, December 4, 1956, when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins jammed together during a recording session for the first and only time. Family friendly. Runs December 12–15.
Hello Dolly!: Still popular after 50 years, this Broadway classic has netted 10 Tony Awards. Sally Struthers stars as Dolly, a determined matchmaker who travels to Yonkers, NY, to find a match for a “half-millionaire.” Family friendly. Runs January 30–February 2, 2014.
Million Dollar Quartet
The Ten Tenors: Ten of Australia’s most prestigious tenors bring rock and classical music together in one smorgasbord show of Broadway’s biggest hits. Great date night idea for Valentine’s Day. Also family friendly. One night only, February 15, 2014.
Bring It On: The Musical: This show, based on the film, shows the good and the bad that extreme competition brings out in people, and it also features some amazing dance scenes and aerial stunts. Family friendly. One night only, March 4, 2014.
Sister Act: Another musical based on a movie, this show is beloved by audiences and critics alike. New York Times said, “When . . . . nuns start rocking to raise the Gothic rafters, all’s right in the kingdom of musical comedy.” Family friendly. Runs March 27-30, 2014.
Wicked: If you have not seen this amazing, surprising story of how the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good became who they are in The Wizard of Oz, do not wait to buy tickets. Every time this show comes to Spokane, it breaks box office records. It has won over 50 major awards, and for good reason. Family friendly. Runs May 7–25, 2014.
Book of Mormon: From the creators of South Park comes an irreverent comedy that is selling out everywhere it goes. Dates are not set yet, but it will be here in the fall of 2014.
Tickets are available in season ticket packages or for individual shows through TicketsWest. Season tickets, which include most, but not all, shows, range from $137.50 to $304.50. Click here for individual show pricing.