The RiverPark Center announced its Broadway series Monday, which includes three shows that will be coming to Owensboro for the first time.

This year's RiverPark Broadway line-up includes "Cirque Dreams Holidaze," "Finding Neverland," "Waitress," and "An American in Paris." Subscribers may also choose to add "DRUMLine Live Holiday Spectacular" to the season package as well.

According to show synopses and show information provided by the RiverPark, "DRUMLine Live Holiday Spectacular" will kick off the season 7 p.m. Nov. 17 with is a journey through chart-topping holiday classics. The show features well-known holiday tunes through the lens of gospel, jazz, soul and Motown rhythms fused with the hip-hop beats of a historically black college and university.

Following that will be "Cirque Dreams Holidaze" 7 p.m. Dec. 12. This is a new cirque show with more than 300 costumes, 20 acts, and 30 artists from all over the world, many of whom have been featured on the hit show "America's Got Talent."

Opening 2020 will be "Finding Neverland" 7 p.m. Feb. 18. This winner of Broadway's Audience Choice Award for Best Musical is directed by Tony winner Diana Paulus and based on the Academy Award-winning film of that same title. It follows the story behind the creation of a well-loved character: Peter Pan.

The Tony-nominated hit "Waitress" will follow at 7 p.m. March 25. This show includes music by singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles who is known for hits "Brave" and "Love Song." It follows the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage.

Closing out the season will be "An American in Paris" 7 p.m. April 30. This show is set in post-war Paris when love is in the air. The music is written by George Gershwin and is matched by gravity-defying dance. It tells the story of World War II veteran Jerry Mulligan who comes to newly-liberated Paris to start a new life as a painter and meets a young Parisian shop girl.

Current subscribers have until June 7 to renew their current seats, and while the RPC is always accepting new subscribers, they won't be seated until after the current subscribers have their option to renew.

Other benefits of being a subscriber include ticket discounts and advanced sales of added shows before the general public. Tickets are also received by mail so subscribers can bypass the box office for shows, and they also have ticket insurance included at no cost.

Single tickets go on sale Sept. 6.

Roxi Witt, RPC executive director, said this is an exciting evening, with the choice of one or two holiday shows.

"Our audiences traditionally love holiday shows, so there are a couple of great ways to add to the holiday season," Witt said.

This Broadway season will be Witt's last with the RiverPark, something she said is bittersweet.

"I have been here 27 and a half years, since nine months before the building opened," Witt said.

While she is sad about leaving, she is looking forward to being able to come to the shows and enjoying them as a patron, she said.

"Literally, I haven't gotten to see most of the shows because I really am back here (in her office)," she said. "We have to write checks to the shows that night, so I am back here."

There are many memorable moments throughout her career, but Witt said the most notable is when "Love Letters," the first Broadway show, came to the RPC in 1992. It coincided with Al Gore and Dan Quayle campaign trips to Owensboro.

"They were both here on the same day as our opening (Broadway) show," she said. "That's a funny memory, but it's a very vivid memory."

Faith Holley, RPC director of development and marketing, said the center will be announcing some additions to its programming this season in the fall, and encouraged the community to keep a look out for those.

Bobbie Hayse, bhayse@messenger-inquirer.com, 270-691-7315.

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