Welcome to our second season of Broadway In The Hood at The Smith Center! We’ve titled our 2016/17 season, "Dare To Believe In Broadway" a very fittingly named since three of our five new shows have been recent hits on Broadway and one of our productions saw a wonderful revival on NBC in December 2015. With our new season, we are proud to bring to you some of Broadway’s most beloved musicals, as well as the Las Vegas premiere of the hit Broadway play, "The Mountaintop." Your continued loyalty has allow us to become a local favorite, as well as a hub for quality local theatrical productions.
September 2-3, 2016
Winner! 7 Tony Awards, including Best Musical! A beloved Broadway gem, The Wiz infuses L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with a dazzling mix of rock, gospel, and soul music! This timeless tale of Dorothy’s adventures through the Land of Oz is a fun, family-friendly, modern musical and one of the most fabulous Broadway musicals EVER!
November 18-20, 2016
“The funniest production ever to make you cry.” Steel Magnolias tells the story of six strong southern women and one heartwarming story – a story of friendship, love, sharing, determination and sacrifice – a story based on a true event in the life of its author, Robert Harling. “Steel Magnolias” introduces us to women who regularly go to Truvy’s beauty salon in a small Louisiana town, a cozy place where all ladies who are “anybody” go to have their hair done. These ladies discuss men, love, age, neighbors, children and life, and they learn that sometimes laughter is the only medicine.
January 13-15, 2017
The entire play is set in a room at the Lorraine Hotel the evening before his assassination. In The Mountaintop, an exhausted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. returns from a prophetic speech during the sanitation workers’ strike and is visited by a mysterious maid, Camae, with a much greater mission than delivering his coffee. With vivid theatrical imagination and powerful emotion, playwright Katori Hall beautifully fictionalizes the final hours of Dr. King’s life in this Olivier Award-winning drama about leadership, legacy and mortality.
February 3-5, 2017
Comes to life in the three-time Tony award-winning musical revue, Ain’t Misbehavin’. Join five performers on a journey through the timeless music of Thomas “Fats” Waller. You’ll be jumpin’ and jivin’ with memorable songs such as “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Black and Blue,” “This Joint is Jumpin’,” and “I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling.” One of the most popular, well-crafted revues of all time, the sometimes sassy, sometimes sultry, has moments of devastating beauty that is simply unforgettable.
March 24-26, 2017
We will be accepting submissions for our 2017 Writer’s Block New Voices Play Festival! This festival is an opportunity for up-and-coming or accomplished playwrights to submit their work. We will be selecting 4 original plays or musicals that will be performed on the main stage in the Troesh Theatre at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. The plays will be directed by Broadway in the Hood directors who will be casting actors from the local community. Each play will be performed before a panel of theatre professionals and the local audience.