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'Hamilton,' 'Lion King' and more Broadway shows schedule Austin performances

Michael Barnes
Austin 360

Broadway in Austin and Texas Performing Arts announced on Feb. 4 that touring shows will return Dec. 7 — that's this year — with two surprise mega-hits, "Hamilton" and "The Lion King," in the new mix.

"Hamilton" took Austin by storm in 2019, just as it had in New York and the rest of the country. The hip-hop take on the story of the nation's founders became the hottest ticket in town and wasn't expected back in Austin for another run this soon.

Daveed Diggs, from left, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos and Lin-Manuel Miranda in the original Broadway cast of the mega-hit musical "Hamilton." In a surprise move, Texas Performing Arts and Broadway in Austin are bringing a touring version back to Austin in late 2021.

"The Lion King," Disney's second big foray into the live Broadway realm after "Beauty and the Beast," roared into Austin in 2007, nine years after it opened on the Great White Way. (That's how long it took mega-hits to reach the Austin market back then.) It returned in 2013 but hasn't been back since. 

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Both shows will stick around for multi-week runs.

The other selections up for the planned 2021-2022 season at the University of Texas campus include the Tony Award-winning "Hadestown," the movie makeover "Tootsie," the disco dream "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical," Tina Fey's "Mean Girls," and the fantastical "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

Once they start coming, they don't pause for a breath. A hit musical will arrive once a month from December 2021 through May 2022, before taking a short summer break.

It’s been more than 20 years since the musical version of “The Lion King “opened on Broadway. It returns to Austin's Bass Concert Hall in 2022.

Two shows that had been planned for this season before it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, "Wicked" and "To Kill a Mockingbird," could not be rescheduled but will return in a future season. The Broadway in Austin season shut down in March 2020 when the pandemic started. The shutdown affected Disney’s “Aladdin,” a Broadway in Austin production that was to run March 12-22, 2020 and has not been rescheduled.

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"Tootsie" the musical is based on the 1982 movie starring Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange. The Broadway version, which changes the movie's setting among other adjustments, is coming to Austin in 2022.

Current Broadway in Austin subscribers will keep their seating locations for the regular season ("Hamilton" is separate). Also, new season subscription packages that guarantee access to "Hamilton" tickets are available now on a first-come, first-serve basis. Prices start as low as $239 for a six-show package, $288 for a seven-show package that includes "Hamilton." Single-ticket sales will come later.

“We sincerely thank our subscribers for their patience,” said Bob Bursey, executive director of Texas Performing Arts, in a statement. “With the addition of 'Hamilton' and 'The Lion King' and new dates for five productions making their Austin debuts, it will be worth the wait. We can’t wait to welcome Broadway in Austin audiences back in December.”

"Hadestown" won the Tony Award for best musical. It makes its Austin debut in 2022.

2021-2022 Broadway in Austin Season

Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive, ticket info at BroadwayinAustin.com, 800-731-7469.

Dec. 7-19: "Hamilton" (season add-on)

Jan. 11-16, 2022: "Hadestown"

Feb. 22-27: "Tootsie"

March 22-27: "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"

April 7-24: "The Lion King"

May 3-8: "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical"

Aug. 2-7: "Mean Girls

Editor's note: Broadway in Austin announced after publication that the dates for "The Lion King" had changed due to travel accommodations. This story has been updated to reflect the changes.