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16 J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 6 N E W O N B R OA D WAY There's been one word on Broadway lately: Hamilton. "It's 'Hamilton' mania," said Stephanie Lee, president and co-owner of "It's cast such a broad net on Broadway, and we're seeing a new audience because of it." Although "Hamilton" has been a boon for Broadway, which had a record-setting 2015-16 season, selling more than 13.3 million tickets, "we look to next season for even more" theater- goers and new hits, Lee said. "Dear Evan Hansen" is already "teeing up as the next hot ticket," she said. The show premiered in 2015 in Washington, D.C., and opened Off-Broadway in March to record-setting audiences. It was fast-tracked to Broadway and will premier in November at the Belasco Theatre. The original musical follows socially awkward teen Evan Hansen, played by Ben Platt of the "Pitch Perfect" movies, as he gets tangled up in a web of social mores and social media surrounding a tragedy. "Come From Away" is slated to open on Broadway in spring 2017 at an undetermined theater. The musical is based on the true story of the 10,000-person town of Gander, Newfoundland, which found itself playing host to the world on Sept. 11, 2001, as 38 fl ights were diverted to Gan- der International Airport after the terrorist attacks in New York City. "It's about this small town that was basically turned into an international sleepover and how this community comes together to accommodate thousands of people from all over the world," Lee said. "It's a very heartfelt story about what grew out of a global tragedy." Producers are resurrecting three heavy-hitters this season, including "Cats," opening on Broadway in August, and "Miss Saigon," coming to Broadway in spring 2017. But perhaps the most anticipated is producer Scott Rudin's revival of "Hello, Dolly!" headlined by Bette Midler. David Hyde Pierce will join the production, which is the fi rst Broadway revival of the show since 1995 and is slated to start previews in March at the Shubert Theatre. W W W . B R O A D W A Y . C O M "Come From Away" will debut on Broadway in spring 2017. "IT'S ABOUT THIS SMALL TOWN THAT WAS BASICALLY TURNED INTO AN INTERNATIONAL SLEEPOVER AND HOW THIS COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER TO ACCOMMODATE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD." — S T E P H A N I E L E E

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