Walnut Street Theatre Announces 2016-17 Season
Philadelphia’s largest producer of musicals for the city’s theatre scene is getting ready for its 208th season! While the Philly theatre scene as a whole is much smaller and could be compared to New York’s Off-Broadway and downtown theatre scene, one venue stands among the others as Philadelphia’s premiere musical producer in a city that loves the arts. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Walnut Street Theatre has announced it’s 2016-17 season!
Philadelphia is the birthplace of our nation. While the city is not only home to some of the most historic independence sites in the country, it is also home to the oldest theatre in America. The Walnut Street Theatre produces five large Broadway musicals each season on its Main Stage. They finish their run of A Christmas Story (Pictured Right) this week. Each year, the announcement of the following season is one of the most anticipated for the theatre which has an incredibly large subscriber base. While the 2015-16 season continues on at the Walnut, the 2016-17 season is now official! Next year at the Walnut, audiences can expect to see;
- South Pacific (September 6th – October 23rd)
- The Wizard Of Oz (November 8th – January 8th)
- Laughter On The 23rd Floor (January 17th – March 5th)
- The Importance Of Being Earnest (March 14th – April 30th)
- Saturday Night Fever (May 16th – July 2nd)
The Walnut Street Theatre was built and opened in 1809. It is the oldest operating theatre in the English-speaking world and oldest theatre in America. The first production held in the theatre was The Rivals in 1812. From 1941 to 1969, the theatre was owned by The Shubert Organization and held many pre Broadway runs for shows that would soon be very well-known as A Streetcar Named Desire, The Diary of Anne Frank, A Man For All Seasons and A Raisin in the Sun just to name a few. The Walnut Street Theatre Company took over in 1983 to serve as a regional not for profit producing company and has been in place their ever since. Still on the boards for this season are A Christmas Story (Finishing this week), Harvey, Peter And The Starcatcher and Sister Act! You can expect coverage on these productions coming up on our blog! The 2016-17 season for Walnut Street marks the theater’s 208th season!
Luner Lowdown: The upcoming Walnut season is without a doubt going to be one to remember. I’m personally very pleased with the season lineup and I think the community should be pleased as well. With classics such as The Wizard of Oz and new stories like Laughter On The 23rd Floor, I wholeheartedly recommend multiple visits to the Walnut in 2016.
Luner on Theatre will continue to keep you updated on the Philadelphia theatre scene and the Walnut Street’s season as it unfolds! We’ve worked over the past year to expand our coverage adding an additional staff member and expect to do even more in 2016! Visit our Philadelphia Theatre Page for more! For more information, visit The Walnut Street Theatre’s Official Website, Facebook or Twitter. (Please note; Unless a photo is noted to be taken by Luner on Theatre, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post.) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!