Imperial Theatre

The Wells, Augusta's Theatre Beautiful was built for the presenting of vaudeville and photoplays to the community by Mr. Jake Wells. The Theatre opened on Monday, February 18, 1918. After the acquisition of several other local theatres by Lynch Enterprises, The Wells Theatre's was changed to The Imperial Theatre. Throughout the early 1900's the theatre continued to provide the city of Augusta and the surrounding area with great entertainment. Included in this bill of fare was Leo Carrillo who later became the Cisco Kid's partner, Poncho; and the famous ballet dancer Anna Povlova. It is in the Broad Street Historical District and is listed on the National Register as important to the character of the entire district. Although it is a certainty that a large number of celebrities of the day must have graced the stage of the theatre only a few are documented in the Imperial Theatre's archives. Among the earliest recorded appearances was the visit of Charlie Chaplin, who appeared at the theatre on April 18, 1918 selling Liberty war bonds. Today, the historic Imperial Theatre serves as downtown Augusta's home for the performing arts. Audiences can see Ballet, Broadway Plays and Musicals, Concerts from both local and international artists and more on the Imperial stage.

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Thursday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Friday: 10 AM - 4 PM

General
Hours of Operation
  • Tuesday Opening Time: 10 AM
  • Tuesday Closing Time: 4 PM
  • Wednesday Opening Time: 10 AM
  • Wednesday Closing Time: 4 PM
  • Thursday Opening Time: 10 AM
  • Thursday Closing Time: 4 PM
  • Friday Opening Time: 10 AM
  • Friday Closing Time: 4 PM
Facility Info
Meeting Rooms
  • Reception Capacity 50
  • Theatre Capacity 841
  • Classroom Capacity 30
Anna
  • Classroom Capacity: 30
  • Reception Capacity: 50
Charlie
  • Classroom Capacity: 30
  • Reception Capacity: 50

Brava, Jessye! A Musical Tribute by Russell Joel Brown & Damien Sneed

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Presented by Jessye Norman School of the Arts

Presented each year, The Annual Jessye Norman School of The Arts benefit concert is an opportunity for the school, it’s students, and the community to play host to a number of world class artists and entertainers. The JNSA singers and Dancers and sometimes even Jessye Norman herself will appear or perform on stage in a wonderful evening of classical, broadway tunes, and operatic pieces. This year, Russell Joel Brown and Damien Sneed will pay tribute to Ms. Norman directly in a lively show that will be sure to delight all who attend. All proceeds from the concert will help to ensure continuing operation of the free after school program

 

 

 

Terri Gibbs and Friends

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The Lions Club of Augusta will host “Terri Gibbs and Friends” – a benefit concert for Augusta University’s James and Jean Culver Vision Discovery Institute – at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Imperial Theatre. www.culvervdi.org 

The Grammy-nominated performer in country and contemporary Christian music genres was raised in Augusta and graduated in 1972 from Butler High School. Gibbs, 63, is best known for the 1981 hit single Somebody’s Knocking. The song reached No. 8 on U.S. country charts, No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 3 on the Adult Contemporary chart. A year later, Gibbs’ single Ashes to Ashes made the Top 20 hit on the country charts as did her 1983 song Anybody Else's Heart but Mine.

Gibbs, who grew up singing in the church choir, returned to Christian music in the late 1980s, releasing several albums, including the Grammy-nominated Turn Around. She released her sixth and most recent album, Sum It All Up, in June.

Gibbs was named Top New Female Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music in 1980 and was the inaugural winner of the Country Music Association’s Horizon Award in 1981. In 2012, Gibbs received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Artists Music Guild. 

Blind since childhood, Gibbs is using her fall performance to raise awareness of degenerative eye diseases.  Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Culver Vision Discovery Institute and its research into new treatments and therapies for patients suffering from blindness and visual disorders.

Since 1971, when Lions Clubs International was founded, clubs like the Lions Club of Augusta have worked on projects designed to prevent blindness, restore eyesight and improve eye health and eye care for hundreds of millions of people worldwide

 
 

Justin Townes Earle

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Once compared to a man who wears many suits, in thirty-two short years Justin Townes Earle has experienced more than most, both personally and professionally. Between releasing four full-length-critically-acclaimed albums, constant touring, multiple stints in rehab, a new found sobriety, being born Steve Earle’s son, amicable and not-so-amicable break-ups with record labels, and facing the trials and tribulations of everyday life, it’s safe to say JTE has quite the story to tell. His fifth album (and first ever on Vagrant Records) serves as the perfect platform for such narrations.

Entitled Single Mothers, the album is comprised of ten tracks that showcase exactly why Justin Townes Earle is considered a forefather of Contemporary Americana. As a recently married, sober man JTE writes from a point of maturity and content we’ve not seen before on past records. “One day I just realized it’s not cool to die young, and it’s even less cool to die after 30,” Justin states as he reflects on a life past and his newly found clarity. What he’s created is an album that’s raw, honest and personal in a way he hasn’t touched upon since his debut.

 

Southern Soul & Song: Justin Townes Earle

  • Imperial Theatre

Friday, November 3, 7:30 p.m.

Southern Soul & Song: Justin Townes Earle

Gritty and raw, Justin Townes Earle’s music is as authentic as it gets. This Americana, alt-country singer-songwriter-musician will have you tapping your toes and crying in your beer, all within this one show. This is his first time performing at the Imperial Theatre. For tickets, call 706-722-8341 or visit www.imperialtheatre.com.

Southern Soul & Song: Suzy Bogguss

  • Imperial Theatre

Friday, December 15, 7:30 p.m.

Southern Soul & Song: Suzy Bogguss

Acclaimed female country music singer-songwriter Suzy Bogguss, a star for thirty years, returns to the Imperial theatre. She’ll preform some of her greatest hits as well as singles from her latest album Lucky, a collection of songs written by Merle Haggard. For tickets, call 706-722-8341 or visit www.imperialtheatre.com.

When Push Comes to Shove

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Presented by Raisin AJ Productions

 

After months of counseling sessions with their self-help coach, Pat Chante’, a perplexed “common-law married” mother of four and Eunice, a married devout Christian, agree to attend a self-healing retreat with hopes of bettering themselves to better their marriages.  

 

After their usually detailed therapist Dr. Hannah messes up the group booking, the ladies end up at a party resort where solidarity is at the least. Tensions begin to flare when they run into Olivia White; a chaotic old friend.  She’ll become the driving force behind drama and confessions that lead to secrets being revealed.  

 

These four women will soon realize that the love they have for the men in their lives, may be greater than the love they have for themselves.  And after Dr. Hannah’s deepest secret is revealed, everyone must attempt to put their differences aside and come together to help each other make the right decision… whether to choose love over life. May seem like an easy choice, but these ladies need you to help them choose Saturday November 11th, 2017 at the historic Imperial Theatre in Augusta, GA.   

 

“When push comes to shove”, is a dramatic yet comedic stage play that for the first time in a Raisin AJ Production will allow the audience to interact with cast members for an explosive mind blowing experience filled with laughter, mixed emotions and live entertainment that will be well worth the watch.


 

The Nutcracker

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resented by Colton Ballet Company

The holiday season brings to mind family, friends and...The Nutcracker! Come and experience the same magic and grandeur that Ron Colton brought to Augusta in 1971. Your entire family will enjoy this classic holiday tale that has become a tradition in the CSRA. Join us as Colton Ballet Company of Augusta brings this holiday favorite to life during the 2016 Thanksgiving Weekend!

Discounts for children are only available for 1pm performances. Senior, Military and Group (10+) rates are available for all shows.  All Discounts are only available for Orchestra and Mezzanine Sections.

The Nutcracker

  • Imperial Theatre

   
 

resented by Colton Ballet Company

The holiday season brings to mind family, friends and...The Nutcracker! Come and experience the same magic and grandeur that Ron Colton brought to Augusta in 1971. Your entire family will enjoy this classic holiday tale that has become a tradition in the CSRA. Join us as Colton Ballet Company of Augusta brings this holiday favorite to life during the 2016 Thanksgiving Weekend!

Discounts for children are only available for 1pm performances. Senior, Military and Group (10+) rates are available for all shows.  All Discounts are only available for Orchestra and Mezzanine Sections.

The Nutcracker

  • Imperial Theatre

   
 

resented by Colton Ballet Company

The holiday season brings to mind family, friends and...The Nutcracker! Come and experience the same magic and grandeur that Ron Colton brought to Augusta in 1971. Your entire family will enjoy this classic holiday tale that has become a tradition in the CSRA. Join us as Colton Ballet Company of Augusta brings this holiday favorite to life during the 2016 Thanksgiving Weekend!

Discounts for children are only available for 1pm performances. Senior, Military and Group (10+) rates are available for all shows.  All Discounts are only available for Orchestra and Mezzanine Sections.

The Nutcracker

  • Imperial Theatre

   
 

resented by Colton Ballet Company

The holiday season brings to mind family, friends and...The Nutcracker! Come and experience the same magic and grandeur that Ron Colton brought to Augusta in 1971. Your entire family will enjoy this classic holiday tale that has become a tradition in the CSRA. Join us as Colton Ballet Company of Augusta brings this holiday favorite to life during the 2016 Thanksgiving Weekend!

Discounts for children are only available for 1pm performances. Senior, Military and Group (10+) rates are available for all shows.  All Discounts are only available for Orchestra and Mezzanine Sections.

The Nutcracker

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Presented by Columbia County Ballet

The magic of Tchaikovsky’s  masterpiece comes to life on the Imperial stage as the Columbia County Ballet sets this Christmas classic to dance.  The Nutcracker is the story of Clara, a young girl who dreams of toy soldiers battling giant mice and a  Nutcracker doll who comes to life in time to save her.  The Nutcracker then transforms into a handsome Prince  and takes her on a journey.  Clara and her Prince travel through a land of snow and into the Kingdom of Sweets where they meet the Sugar Plum fairy.

 

Tickets on sale October 3rd at 10am! 

     

The Nutcracker

  • Imperial Theatre

   
 

Presented by Columbia County Ballet

The magic of Tchaikovsky’s  masterpiece comes to life on the Imperial stage as the Columbia County Ballet sets this Christmas classic to dance.  The Nutcracker is the story of Clara, a young girl who dreams of toy soldiers battling giant mice and a  Nutcracker doll who comes to life in time to save her.  The Nutcracker then transforms into a handsome Prince  and takes her on a journey.  Clara and her Prince travel through a land of snow and into the Kingdom of Sweets where they meet the Sugar Plum fairy.

 

Tickets on sale October 3rd at 10am! 

     

A Christmas Carol, The Musical

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Presented by The Augusta Players

A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE MUSICAL

Brimming with music and dance, love and laughter, the Augusta Players will give the holiday spirits the full Broadway treatment with the musical version of the Charles Dickens classic. With a score filled with beautiful melodies and emotional lyrics, join the many that make this theatrical event part of their annual holiday traditions.

December 8-10, 2017

Friday, December 08, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 09, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 3:00 PM

A Christmas Carol, The Musical

  • Imperial Theatre

   

Presented by The Augusta Players

A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE MUSICAL

Brimming with music and dance, love and laughter, the Augusta Players will give the holiday spirits the full Broadway treatment with the musical version of the Charles Dickens classic. With a score filled with beautiful melodies and emotional lyrics, join the many that make this theatrical event part of their annual holiday traditions.

 

Friday, December 08, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 09, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 3:00 PM

A Christmas Carol, The Musical

  • Imperial Theatre

   

Presented by The Augusta Players

A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE MUSICAL

Brimming with music and dance, love and laughter, the Augusta Players will give the holiday spirits the full Broadway treatment with the musical version of the Charles Dickens classic. With a score filled with beautiful melodies and emotional lyrics, join the many that make this theatrical event part of their annual holiday traditions.

 

Suzy Bogguss

  • Imperial Theatre

   

Presented by Morris Museum of Art Budweiser True Music's Southern Soul and Song

Some of Suzy's accomplishments include ten albums for Capitol Records, one of which has been certified platinum and three others, gold. Eight of her singles have cracked country music's top 5. Suzy is the recipient of a GRAMMY award (for Best Traditional Folk Album as a part of Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster) as well as several awards from the Academy of Country Music, The Country Music Association, CMT, and ASCAP. Her songs have been heard on television shows and in commercials. She has performed on many national television shows including: In Performance At The White House (PBS), A Capitol 4th (PBS), Austin City Limits, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Live With Regis And Kelly, and The View. Suzy is a frequent guest on National Public Radio's A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. In 2011 Suzy released American Folk Songbook a 17 song CD and hardcover book with stories and sheet music, available online and nationally at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores.

John Berry

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Presented by JB Music

Mention his name to just about any country music lover and the response will likely be, "What an awesome vocalist!" Between 1979 and 1990 John recorded and marketed six albums on his own Clear Sky Records label. Those early discs and John Berry's strong regional popularity attracted him attention on Music Row. Capitol Records signed him in 1992 and it was there that he had a string of hits, including "Your Love Amazes Me", "Standing on the Edge of Goodbye", "I Think About It All The Time", "Change My Mind", "If I Had Any Pride Left At All", "Kiss Me In The Car", 'What's In It For Me", and "You and Only You". But it was his stunning performance of the title track of the 1995 CD O Holy Night that led to his most enduring legacy.

John Berry began doing a Christmas tour in 1996 and this year will mark his 21st consecutive Christmas concert series.As John has grown in his walk with Christ, his calling has been to share God's love with his audience. Moving into a new phase in his career, John's tenor voice remains an instrument that is able to touch all our hearts.

 

"Sleeping Beauty" Performed by The State Ballet Theatre of Russia

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Presented by Hollywood Stars Intl Mgmt Inc

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia

 SLEEPING BEAUTY

 Ballet - féerie in two acts with a prologue and an apotheosis

Music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Choreography by Marius Petipa

Production by Anatoly Emelianov

Founded by legendary dancer and former Prima Ballerina of The Bolshoi Theatre Ballet, Maya Plisetskaya, The State Ballet Theatre of Russia -now under the direction of award-winning dancer and Moiseyev Dance Company soloist Nikolay Anokhin - presents the most passionate love story Ballet.

This full-scale production is choreographed by very Famous Choreographer Marius Petipa based on Brothers Grimm's version, where love help to be in life. The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents 55 of Russia’s brightest ballet stars to bring this celebration of true love onto our stage and into our hearts.

   

Southern Soul & Song: The Boxcars

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Friday, January 12, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Southern Soul & Song: The Boxcars

The Boxcars, a Grammy Award-winning bluegrass ensemble, is comprised of former members of Lonesome River Band, Union Station, Blue Mon Rising, and J.D. Crowe’s band New South, among others. These seasoned musicians will perform at the Imperial Theatre for the first time. For tickets, call 706-722-8341 or visit www.imperialtheatre.com.

The Boxcars

  • Imperial Theatre

   

Presented by Morris Museum of Art Budweiser True Music's Southern Soul and Song

The Boxcars is an American Bluegrass band. In addition to being Grammy-nominated, the band has received numerous International Bluegrass Music Awards both as a group and individually.The Boxcars were founded by Adam Steffey, Ron Stewart, Keith Garrett, John Bowman, and Harold Nixon. They released their debut self-titled album in 2010 and were nominated for numerous International Bluegrass Music Awards the year after. In 2014, Bowman left the group to focus on his career of preaching and singing in churches, releasing a solo album in June of that year. Bowman was replaced by Gary Hultman in June 2014.

 

 

   

Sam Bush

  • Imperial Theatre

   
   

Presented by Morris Museum of Art Budweiser True Music's Southern Soul and Song

If joy were a person, he’d bring both peace and frenzy. He’d be full of music, light, and energy that soothes even as it stirs us up. Eyes closed, wire-rim glasses in place, mandolin pressed against his ribs, joy would be Sam Bush on a stage.

“I feel fortunate that when it’s time to play, no matter how I feel physically or mentally, once the downbeat starts, my mind goes to a place that’s all music,” says Bush. “The joy of the music comes to me and overtakes me sometimes––I just become part of the music.”

That rapt merging of life and art fills Bush’s new album Storyman, a freewheeling collection that gleefully picks and chooses from jazz, folk, blues, reggae, country swing, and bluegrass to create a jubilant noise only classifiable as the Sam Bush sound. Many of the songs are stories––several of them true––and the legendary mandolin player co-wrote every one of them with friends including Guy Clark, Emmylou Harris, Jon Randall Stewart, Jeff Black, and others.

“I’m hoping it just kind of flows for people and makes them go, ‘Hey! It’s a Sam record. It sounds like Sam and the band,’” Bush says. “But for the first time ever, I also find myself thinking, ‘I hope you enjoy the stories.’ It’s my singer-songwriter record.”

The Father of Newgrass and King of Telluride has long since established himself as roots royalty, revered for both his solo and sideman work, which includes time with Harris, Lyle Lovett, and Béla Fleck. But instead of kicking back and soaking up honors such as an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award and suite of Grammys and International Bluegrass Music Association trophies, Bush still strives relentlessly to create something new.

 

 

 

Southern Soul & Song: Sam Bush

  • Imperial Theatre

Friday, February 9, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Southern Soul & Song: Sam Bush

The Father of Newgrass and King of Telluride, mandolin virtuoso Sam Bush returns to rock the Imperial Theatre. He’s a fan favorite who just gets better and better. For tickets, call 706-722-8341 or visit www.imperialtheatre.com.

 

Sister Act

  • Imperial Theatre

   
   

Presented by The Augusta Players

SISTER ACT

Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony-and-eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and truly moving story, Sister Act will leave audiences breathless. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to REJOICE!

February 23-25, 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 3:00 PM

 

 

 

 

Sister Act

  • Imperial Theatre

   
   

Presented by The Augusta Players

SISTER ACT

Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony-and-eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and truly moving story, Sister Act will leave audiences breathless. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to REJOICE!

February 23-25, 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 3:00 PM

 

 

 

 

Sister Act

  • Imperial Theatre

   
   

Presented by The Augusta Players

SISTER ACT

Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony-and-eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and truly moving story, Sister Act will leave audiences breathless. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to REJOICE!

February 23-25, 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 3:00 PM

 

 

 

 

THE LITTLE MERMAID

  • Imperial Theatre

   
   

Presented by The Augusta Players

THE LITTLE MERMAID

Take a trip under the sea with The Augusta Players, as Disney’s The Little Mermaid makes its Augusta debut. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and “Part of Your World.” Come fall in love with this enchanting and magical Broadway musical for the first time–or all over again!

May 11-13, 2018

Friday, May 11, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 3:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

THE LITTLE MERMAID

  • Imperial Theatre

   
   

Presented by The Augusta Players

THE LITTLE MERMAID

Take a trip under the sea with The Augusta Players, as Disney’s The Little Mermaid makes its Augusta debut. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and “Part of Your World.” Come fall in love with this enchanting and magical Broadway musical for the first time–or all over again!

May 11-13, 2018

Friday, May 11, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 3:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

THE LITTLE MERMAID

  • Imperial Theatre

   
   

Presented by The Augusta Players

THE LITTLE MERMAID

Take a trip under the sea with The Augusta Players, as Disney’s The Little Mermaid makes its Augusta debut. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and “Part of Your World.” Come fall in love with this enchanting and magical Broadway musical for the first time–or all over again!

May 11-13, 2018

Friday, May 11, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 3:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

THE LITTLE MERMAID

  • Imperial Theatre

   
   

Presented by The Augusta Players

THE LITTLE MERMAID

Take a trip under the sea with The Augusta Players, as Disney’s The Little Mermaid makes its Augusta debut. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and “Part of Your World.” Come fall in love with this enchanting and magical Broadway musical for the first time–or all over again!