This spring, some of Philadelphia’s premier stages will welcome popular musicals for days of toe-tapping songs and riveting scores by some of the most accomplished composers and musicians in the world.
Theaters like the Academy of Music and the Walnut Street Theatre will host everything from classic family-friendly shows like The Lion King, to current Broadway hits like Kinky Boots.
Since some of the most popular shows often sell out, we’ve rounded up the top musicals gracing our stages over the next few months — be sure to buy your tickets soon!
Read on for our guide to the top musicals coming to Philadelphia over the next few months.
• Annie at the Academy of Music
March 17-22. The sun will come out at the Academy of Music as Annie takes the stage as part of the Broadway Philadelphia series. This rendition of the show will be directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin. Tickets range from $20 to $115.50. MORE INFO
• Dirty Dancing at the Academy of Music
March 24-April 5. The much-loved musical film, Dirty Dancing, will dance its way to the Academy of Music from March 24 through April 5. Watch the story of Baby and Johnny unfold on stage and groove to songs like (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life and Hungry Eyes. Tickets range from $20 to $100.50. MORE INFO
• Jesus Christ Superstar at the Keswick Theatre
April 2-4. The hit musical Jesus Christ Superstar, a rock opera, will bring a tale of Jesus’ last week of life to the stage at the Keswick Theatre. The musical will appropriately coincide with Easter weekend. Tickets range from $19.50 to $34.50. MORE INFO
• The Jungle Book at the Arden Theatre
April 15-June 21. Children and adults alike will delight over the Arden Theatre Company’s rendition of The Jungle Book, an ever-popular film that is now an on-stage musical. Five actors make up the cast of the show, which will take place at the Arcadia Stage at the Arden. Tickets range from $20 to $36. MORE INFO
• The Color Purple at the Merriam Theater
April 17-19. For three days, Jennifer Holliday, a songstress in the Broadway world, will fill the Merriam Theater with music as The Color Purple visits Philadelphia. The book-turned-musical tells the story of African-American women living in Georgia during the 1930s. Tickets are $46.50 to $48.50. MORE INFO
• Kinky Boots at the Forrest Theatre
April 28-May 10. The Tony Award-winning show Kinky Boots will treat crowds to a story of an unexpected bond between a drag queen and a nearly bankrupt shoe factory owner to a score composed by Cyndi Lauper. Tickets for the show will go on sale on March 1. MORE INFO
• Memphis at the Walnut Street Theatre
May 12-July 12. Set in Memphis, Tennessee, in the 1950s, the hit musical Memphis tells the story of a radio DJ and a club singer. The musical is inspired by actual events and calls on a score of James Brown-worthy funk to round out the show. Tickets range from $24.50 to $92.50. MORE INFO
• Disney’s The Lion King at the Academy of Music
May 20-June 14. Disney’s The Lion King will fill the stage at the Academy of Music in the spring, from May 20 through June 14. Watch scenes from the film come alive while listening to the spectacular score, which promises hits like Can You Feel The Love Tonight and Circle of Life. Tickets range from $28.50 to $150.50. MORE INFO
• Passion at the Arden Theatre
May 21-June 28. Passion, a classic musical by Stephen Sondheim, perhaps one of the most accomplished composers in the world, will bring a tale of obsession to the F. Otto Haas Stage at the Arden. Set in 19th century Italy, the show follows a married army captain who is pursued by a dangerous woman. Tickets range from $15 to $36. MORE INFO