If you’re well-acquainted with the attractions and institutions that make Lancaster, PA a unique place to visit, play, and live, you’re likely familiar with the Fulton Theatre – the city’s fantastically historic yet fully modern performing arts venue. If not, it’s time to meet the “Grand Old Lady of Prince Street” in today’s post!
Home to the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, as well as a regional destination for well-produced popular musicals and stage plays, the Fulton first came to life in 1852 as a community center for meetings, lectures, concerts, and theatrical performances. Though it’s had a few reincarnations over the years, including a stint in the mid-20th century as a movie house, today’s Fulton Theatre is one of the best live performance stages in perhaps the entire USA. (It is, after all, reportedly the oldest working theater in the nation.)
Feeling like a show? The current 2018-2019 season is chock full of familiar favorites within the Mainstage Series, as well as family-friendly delights in the Eichmann Family Series and critically acclaimed works in the Studio Series. Get your tickets today for the best seats in the house!
The scene is 1920s Chicago and murder scandals have sent vaudeville actress Velma Kelly and chorus girl Roxie Hart to the women’s block in Cook County Jail. The corrupt justice system, which includes their lawyer Billy Flynn and Matron “Mama” Morton, is not going to stand in their way in this tale about striving for fame and the perception of the celebrity criminal. Unforgettable musical numbers like “All That Jazz” and “When You’re Good to Mama” will delight you!
- Show dates: Closing soon! January 22 – February 24, 2019
A timeless romance that celebrates the music in our hearts, Once follows thirty-something star-crossed lovers named only “Girl” and “Guy” as they write music together and he moves from Dublin, Ireland to NYC to pursue his dreams. Avid Broadway fans will recognize Once as a recent 8-time Tony Award winner with an Academy Award-winning song, “Falling Slowly.”
- Show dates: March 19 – April 14, 2019
A musical revue that celebrates the hits of swing legend Duke Ellington, Sophisticated Ladies features fantastic dancing, gorgeous costumes, and amazing vocals in addition to an onstage Big Band! Come out to hear the hits like “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” “Mood Indigo,” and “I’m Beginning to See the Light,” and be whisked back in time to the golden age of jazz.
- Show dates: April 30 – May 25, 2019
The perfect summer blockbuster, Mamma Mia! features the unforgettable bubblegum hits of 1970s Scandinavian pop group, ABBA, as the vehicle for a tantalizing wedding-based family mystery. Can Sophie determine who her father is so he can walk her down the aisle on her big day?
- Show dates: June 4 – July 14, 2019
Bring the children in your life along on the marionette Pinocchio’s famous quest to become a real boy, and inspire a lasting love of theatre. Dreams do come true!
- Show dates: March 30 – April 13, 2019
Be transported to the magical realm of princes looking for their princesses! This delightful retelling of the classic fairy tale will captivate both young and young-at-heart audience members alike.
- Show dates: May 11 – May 25, 2019
Join your big screen favorites like Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe, Gloria the hippo, and more of Central Park Zoo’s escaped animal friends in this staged retelling of the modern classic!
- Show dates: June 15 – July 6, 2019
The Tennessee Williams classic centers around Tom and his complicated relationships with his controlling mother Amanda and his fragile sister Laura, both of whom he supports with his soul-crushing job at a St. Louis shoe warehouse. Later revealed to be semi-autobiographical, The Glass Menagerie launched Tennessee Williams out of obscurity in 1944 to become one of America’s most treasured playwrights.
- Show dates: February 12 – March 3, 2019
This fascinating and critically-acclaimed one-man play delves into the true life story of transgender Charlotte Von Mahlsdorf, who survived in East Berlin during both Nazi and Communist rule. Written by Doug Wright and a winner of two Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2004, I Am My Own Wife is a can’t-miss examination of what it takes to hide in plain sight.
- Show dates: April 2 – April 28, 2019
A riveting and genre-expanding rock musical, Next to Normal deals with themes of mental illness, suicide, drug abuse, and the darker side of modern suburban life. The story follows Diana Goodman, a mother of teenagers, who suffers with bipolar disorder and psychosis. Written by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt in 2008, the show won three Tony Awards in 2009 and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2010.
- Show dates: May 14 – June 2, 2019
How About Dinner to Go with that Show?
Don’t forget that Lancaster is also home to a burgeoning restaurant scene that rivals much larger metropolitan regions. Before you check out the next great show at the Fulton Theatre, you’ll want to be sure to grab a bite at one of our favorite Downtown eateries!
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