Broadway in Columbus Announces Its 20/21 Season

The North American Tour of Come From Away. Photo: Matthew Murphy

The Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) and Broadway in Columbus have announced the next exciting lineup for the PNC Broadway in Columbus series.

The six-show 2020-21 season, supported in part by PNC, includes four productions never before seen in Columbus—the Tony® Award-winning Come From Away, the dazzling musical production of the beloved movie Pretty Woman: The Musical, Disney’s newest spectacular Broadway musical, Frozen, and winner of eight 2019 Tony® Awards including Best Musical and the 2020 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album, Hadestown. The season also includes the acclaimed new production of Fiddler on the Roof and the record-breaking, classic musical, Cats.

Subscriptions for the 2020-21 PNC Broadway in Columbus season include:

September 15-20, 2020 | Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.)

Come From Away is a Best Musical winner all across North America! New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein and helmed by this year’s Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave!”

December 8-13, 2020 | Palace Theatre (34 W. Broad St.)

Tony®-winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind South Pacific, The King and I, and 2017 Tony®-winning Best Play Oslo bring a fresh and authentic vision to this beloved theatrical masterpiece from Tony winner Joseph Stein and Pulitzer Prize winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick.

The original production won ten Tony® Awards, including a special Tony® for becoming the longest-running Broadway musical of all time. You’ll be there when the sun rises on this new production, with stunning movement and dance from acclaimed Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter based on the original staging by Jerome Robbins. A wonderful cast and a lavish orchestra tell this heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the timeless traditions that define faith and family.

Featuring the Broadway classics “Tradition,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” and “To Life,” Fiddler on the Roof will introduce a new generation to this uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life!

February 9-14, 2021 | Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.)

After an incredible run on Broadway, Audience Choice Award-winner Pretty Woman: The Musical is now on tour! Pretty Woman: The Musical is brought to life by a powerhouse creative team representing the best of music, Hollywood, and Broadway. Featuring direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (HairsprayKinky BootsLegally 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 will lift your spirits and light up your heart. “If you love the movie, you’ll love the musical!” (BuzzFeed News).

March 23-28, 2021 | Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.)

Cats, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in more than 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour across North America! 

Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most-treasured songs in musical theater, “Memory.” Winner of seven Tony® Awards including Best Musical, Cats tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn.

The original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Phantom of the OperaSchool of RockSunset Boulevard), original scenic and costume design by John Napier (Les Misérables), all-new lighting design by Natasha Katz (Aladdin), all-new sound design by Mick Potter, new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne (Phantom), and direction by Trevor Nunn (Les Misérables) make this production a new Cats for a new generation!

April 27-May 2, 2021 | Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.)


Welcome to Hadestown, where a song can change your fate. Winner of eight 2019 Tony® Awards including Best Musical and the 2020 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album, this acclaimed new musical by celebrated singer/songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and innovative director Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) is a love story for today… and always.

Hadestown intertwines two mythic tales — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone — as it invites you on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit industry against nature, doubt against faith, and fear against love. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers, and singers, Hadestown is a haunting and hopeful theatrical experience that grabs you and never lets go.

June 2-13, 2021 | Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.)

From the producer of The Lion King and AladdinFrozen, the Tony®-nominated Best Musical, is now on tour across North America, and the critics agree, “It’s simply magical!” (LA Daily News). Heralded by The New Yorker as “thrilling” and “genuinely moving,” Frozen features the songs you know and love from the original Oscar®-winning film, plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers by the film’s songwriters, Oscar winner Kristen Anderson-Lopez and EGOT winner Robert Lopez. Joining them on a creative team that has won a cumulative 16 Tony Awards are Oscar winner Jennifer Lee (book), Tony and Olivier Award winner Michael Grandage (director), and Tony winner Rob Ashford (choreographer). An unforgettable theatrical experience filled with sensational special effects, stunning sets and costumes, and powerhouse performances, Frozen is everything you want in a musical—It’s moving. It’s spectacular. And above all, it’s pure Broadway joy.

Current Broadway in Columbus subscribers have until Monday, March 30, to renew their subscriptions. New subscribers can begin purchasing subscriptions on Monday, April 20.

Subscriptions range from $226.65-$745.90 per person and can be purchased online at, by phone at (800) 294-1892 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm), or in-person at the CBUSArts Ticket Center (39 E. State St.). CBUSArts Ticket Center hours are Mondays-Fridays 9am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm.

New subscribers who wish to receive a reminder email about the April 20 subscription on-sale date can register at

In addition, the 2020-21 PNC Broadway in Columbus season will include two season add-on productions. These shows are not included in the 2020-21 subscription, but subscribers have the opportunity to purchase tickets prior to each going on sale to the general public. 

2020-21 season add-ons include:

January 29 & 30, 2021 | Palace Theatre (34 W. Broad St.)

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical tells the Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning, inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music. She wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend,” and the title song, Beautiful has a book by Tony® Award nominee and Academy® Award-nominated writer Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, choreography by Josh Prince, and took home two 2014 Tony® Awards and a 2015 Grammy® Award.

March 5-7, 2021 | Palace Theatre (34 W. Broad St.)

Riverdance as you’ve never seen it before! A powerful and stirring reinvention of this beloved favorite celebrated the world over for its Grammy Award-winning score and the thrilling energy and passion of its Irish and international dance. Twenty-five years on, composer Bill Whelan has re-recorded his mesmerizing soundtrack while producer Moya Doherty and director John McColgan have completely reimagined the groundbreaking show with innovative and spectacular lighting, projection, and stage and costume designs. Immerse yourself in the extraordinary power and grace of its music and dance beloved by fans of all ages. Fall in love with the magic of Riverdance all over again.