The Providence Performing Arts Center Announces its 2020/2021 Season Featuring Three National Tour Launches

L-R: Ephraim Sykes, Jawan M. Jackson, Jeremy Pope, Derrick Baskin and James Harkness. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Eight shows, including three tour launchings, comprise the 2020/2021 season at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC).

As previously announced earlier this year, three of the productions in the 2020/2021 Taco/The White Family Foundation Broadway Series will launch their National Tours at PPAC: Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations (July 18 – 25, 2020), Pretty Woman: The Musical (October 20 – 25, 2020), and The Prom (January 23 – 29, 2021). Since 2008, PPAC has been the Theatre of Choice for opening 22 National Tours.

“For the first time ever, you can give the gift of a subscription to our next Broadway Season in time for holiday giving,” President and CEO of the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) J.L. “Lynn” Singleton said. “In addition, PPAC Subscribers for the 2020/2021 Season will have first opportunity to renew for the 2021/2022 Taco/The White Family Foundation Broadway Series, which will feature a return engagement of Hamilton.”

The Broadway Series will also feature The Cher Show (December 29, 2020 – January 3, 2021), the Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival Oklahoma! (March 2 – 7, 2021), Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (March 16 – 21, 2021), Lincoln Center Theater production of Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady (April 20 – 25, 2021), and Mean Girls (June 15 – 20, 2021).

The complete line-up for the 2020/2021 Season will be announced at a later time.

Patrons may reserve their eight-show subscription package with just a $99.00 initial payment (per subscription); balance may be paid in up to ten monthly payments. For complete details on subscription pricing and to reserve, please contact a Box Office representative at (401) 421-ARTS (2787) or Sharon Corcoran in Direct Response at (401) 574-3136 for complete information. Box Office Hours are Monday through Friday, 10A to 5P; Saturday, 10A to 2P and two hours prior to curtain time(s) on performance days. Direct Response Hours are Monday through Friday, 9A to 5P.

The Shows

Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations
July 18 – 25, 2020 • National Tour Launches at PPAC
A 12-time Tony Award® nominee and the winner of the 2019 Tony Award® for Best Choreography, the new Broadway smash hit Ain’t Too Proud is the electrifying new musical that follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

It’s a thrilling story of brotherhood, family, loyalty, and betrayal, as the group’s personal and political conflicts threatened to tear them apart during America’s decade of civil unrest. Set to the beat of the group’s treasured hits, including “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Get Ready,” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” the unforgettable untold story of this legendary quintet takes you behind the music like never before.

Pretty Woman: The Musical
October 20 – 25, 2020 • National Tour Launches at PPAC
Fall In Love All Over Again. One of Hollywood’s most beloved stories of all time is now coming to Providence! Pretty Woman: The Musical features direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award®-winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), an original score by Grammy®-winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance (“Summer of ’69”, “Heaven”), and a book by the movie’s legendary director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J.F. Lawton.

Pretty Woman: The Musical is “Big Romance & Big Fun!” ( and “Dazzles!” (Deadline). The Hollywood Reporter calls it “Irresistible! A romantic fantasy. A contemporary fairy tale.” And BuzzFeed News says, “If you love the movie, you’ll love the musical!” The 3-time Audience Choice Award-Winner is brought to life by a powerhouse creative team representing the best of music, Hollywood, and Broadway. Pretty Woman: The Musical will lift your spirits and light up your heart.

The Cher Show
December 29, 2020 – January 3, 2021

Superstars come and go. Cher is forever. For six straight decades, only one unstoppable force has flat-out dominated popular culture — breaking down barriers, pushing boundaries, and letting nothing and no one stand in her way. The Cher Show is the Tony Award-winning musical of her story, and it’s packed with so much Cher that it takes three women to play her: the kid starting out, the glam pop star, and the icon.

The Cher Show is 35 smash hits, six decades of stardom, two rock-star husbands, a Grammy®, an Oscar®, an Emmy®, and enough Tony Award-winning Bob Mackie gowns to cause a sequin shortage in New York City, all in one unabashedly fabulous new musical that will have you dancing in the aisles!

The Prom
January 23 – 29, 2021 • National Tour Launches at PPAC
Everyone’s invited to the joyous Broadway hit that New York Magazine calls “smart and big-hearted” and The New York Times declares a Critic’s Pick! The Prom is a new musical comedy about big Broadway stars, a small town, and a love that unites them all. The Prom features direction and choreography by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (Mean Girls, The Book of Mormon), a book by Tony Award winner Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone) and Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (Aladdin), music by Tony Award nominee Matthew Sklar (Elf) and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin.

March 2 – 7, 2021
Over 75 years after Rodgers & Hammerstein reinvented the American musical, this is Oklahoma! as you have never seen it before – reimagined for the 21st century. Stripped down to reveal the darker psychological truths at its core, Daniel Fish’s critically acclaimed production tells the story of a community circling its wagons against an outsider, and the violence of the frontier that shaped America. Upending the sunny romance of a farmer and a cowpoke, this Oklahoma! allows the classic musical – and our country – to be seen in a whole new light. Oklahoma! is the 2019 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical Revival and is now nominated for a 2020 Best Musical Theater Album Grammy Award.

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
March 16 – 21, 2021
She was a girl from Boston with a voice from heaven, who shot through the stars from gospel choir to dance floor diva. But what the world didn’t know was how Donna Summer risked it all to break through barriers, becoming the icon of an era, and the inspiration for every music diva who followed. With a score featuring more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits including “Love to Love You Baby,” “Bad Girls,” and “Hot Stuff,” this electric experience is a moving tribute to the voice of a generation.

My Fair Lady
April 20 – 25, 2021
From Lincoln Center Theater and director Bartlett Sher comes “a sumptuous new production of the most perfect musical of all time” (Entertainment Weekly), Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady. Boasting such classic songs as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain,” and “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” My Fair Lady tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” But who is really being transformed?

Mean Girls
June 15 – 20, 2021
Direct from Broadway, Mean Girls is the hilarious hit musical from an award-winning creative team, including book writer Tina Fey (“30 Rock), composer Jeff Richmond (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), lyricist Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde) and director Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon). Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. Soon, this naïve newbie falls prey to a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung. New York Magazine cheers, “Mean Girls delivers with immense energy, a wicked sense of humor and joyful inside-jokery.” USA Today says, “We’ll let you in on a little secret, because we’re such good friends: GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!”