Broadway in Bakersfield is back with show-stopping vengeance for its 2018-2019 season. Get a taste of the Big Apple without the bitter cold and join the world-class Broadway ensembles and musicians performing the American classics “Jersey Boys” and “The Wizard of Oz” at the Rabobank Theater on Jan. 14 and Jan. 28, respectively.
Chicago-based Jam Theatrical produces and promotes Broadway casts, musicians and crews across the country. In partnership with Rabobank Theater, Broadway in Bakersfield has delighted locals with the sights and sounds of award-winning musicals and live theater since its opening season in 2005, and some season subscribers have kept their seats reserved since the very beginning.
“Kids get to experience live theater for the first time and we get to see shows that are national productions and touring with some of the best actors and musicians in the country,” said Nick Wynne, marketing manager at the Rabobank Arena, Theater and Convention Center. “Normally these productions go to the Pantages or San Francisco, so this a great opportunity for locals to see.”
Reminisce a time when music was best listened to with the television switched to “American Bandstand” and be dazzled by an international Broadway ensemble performing the biggest hits from the Four Seasons. “Jersey Boys” places audiences in the front row and behind the scenes to watch the comedic and dramatic rise to chart-topping fame of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons in an era before social media. The story of these blue-collar sons of Jersey is a coming-of-age story that could only take place in the glittering lights of the American stage.
“Jersey Boys,” winner of “Best Musical” at the 2006 Tony Awards, still reigns today as one of the most iconic and exciting stage productions in recent memory, winning multiple Tonys, Grammys and Olivier awards, and was eventually developed into a feature film produced by Clint Eastwood.
Don’t feel left out as “Jersey Boys” leaves town to continue its tour, because Broadway in Bakersfield offers a second chance at escaping the Bakersfield winter with Dorothy and Toto. The 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz” won an Oscar for “Best Original Score” and now the live musical version takes to the Rabobank stage with the original scoring and lyrics. Get ready to feel like a child watching the Yellow Brick Road to Emerald City come alive – not simply in Technicolor.
Sing along to classics like “We’re Off to See the Wizard” and, of course, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” while enjoying a world-class Broadway cast, especially Murphy, the Broadway dog, as Toto. Purchase your tickets online or subscribe to Broadway in Bakersfield and ensure you have a perfect view of the dancers and musicians for each upcoming show. ￼