King Center's Broadway season includes tours of 'Dear Evan Hansen,' 'Come From Away'

A beloved musical about an ever-optimistic little girl, a stage remake of a Hollywood romantic blockbuster, plus two unique stories about outsiders finding their sweet spots in the world await audiences at the King Center, where 2024-2025 season ticket packages are now on sale.

“I’m really excited about our diverse season that includes everything from classic family favorites to newer Broadway hits, and I cannot wait for people to discover there is something they are going to love coming to the King Center,” said Bob Papke, general manager of the King Center and vice president of ASM Global.

“Every season of our Broadway series has had the highest quality shows, and sharing this with our Space Coast community is an honor.”

On Oct. 29 and 30, “Dear Evan Hansen” kicks off the Broadway at the King Center season, made possible by ASM Global and the American Theatre Guild, the largest not-for-profit touring Broadway presenter in the nation.

The first musical to tackle connections in the digital age, “Dear Evan Hansen” follows the life of a high school student urged by his therapist to write letters to himself in order to overcome his social anxiety. A letter that was never meant to be seen goes viral and embarks Evan on a new but emotionally tangled life.

Winner of six Tony Awards, a Grammy Award and the Olivier Award for Best Musical, “Dear Evan Hansen” is a coming-of-age story that is both personal and contemporary.

Like Evan, Little Orphan Annie longs to be part of a tribe, and the story of the plucky newspaper comics heroine is the stuff of one of the best-loved musicals of all time. “Annie” continues the King Center Broadway season with performances Jan. 28 and 29, 2025.

Christopher Swan and Rainier Treviño in the North American tour of the beloved musical "Annie." The show will be at the King Center in Melbourne on Jan. 28 and 29, 2025.
Christopher Swan and Rainier Treviño in the North American tour of the beloved musical "Annie." The show will be at the King Center in Melbourne on Jan. 28 and 29, 2025.

All the iconic songs by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin are in this newest reprise of a celebration of how family, optimism and a huge dose of get-up-and-go surmounts the hardest of life’s knocks.

On the heels of “Annie” for one performance on Feb. 21, 2025, is “Come from Away,” which “Newsweek” promises will take “you to a place you never want to leave.”

Addison Garner as "Beverley Bass" and the touring cast of "Come From Away," the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. The show will be at the King Center in Melbourne on March 4 and 5, 2025.
Addison Garner as "Beverley Bass" and the touring cast of "Come From Away," the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. The show will be at the King Center in Melbourne on March 4 and 5, 2025.

The place is Gander, Newfoundland, with a population of less than 12,000 residents, and the time is just after the September 11 attacks. Thirty-eight inbound planes from Europe carrying 7,000 passengers were ordered by the FAA to land unexpectedly at Gander International Airport after air space is shut down. The characters in this most unusual and uplifting of musicals are based on real-life residents and the stranded travelers they housed and fed at their little city. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but humanity triumphed over hate during these darkest of days.

The season ends on April 15 and 16, 2025 with “Pretty Woman: The Musical.” With a score by Grammy winners Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance and a book by legendary director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J.F Lawton, this stage musical version retains all the charm of the film, an international hit when it debuted in 1990. Thirty years later, “Pretty Woman” continues to channel the inner romantic within us all.

"Pretty Woman, the Musical" delivers all the iconic moments you remember from the movie. The show will be at the King Center in Melbourne on April 15 and 16, 2025.
"Pretty Woman, the Musical" delivers all the iconic moments you remember from the movie. The show will be at the King Center in Melbourne on April 15 and 16, 2025.

The dates may seem far off, but now is the time to lock in the good seats with a season ticket, which also locks in prices before tickets go on sale to the public, plus more benefits including easy exchanges. Kingcenter.com or the box office at 321-242-2219 are the two official ways to purchase tickets to meet Evan Hansen, Annie, a pretty woman and pretty much the entire population of Gander, Newfoundland.

The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne. For tickets and additional information, visit kingcenter.com or call 321-242-2219.

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