PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The curtains will rise once again as Broadway returns to the Providence Performing Arts Center stage this fall.

On Tuesday, PPAC President and CEO J.L. “Lynn” Singleton held a news conference to lay out the theater’s plans for the 2021-22 season, as well as detail what’s being done to ensure the comfort and safety of patrons.

PPAC’s stage has been dark since the pandemic forced the theater to shut down last spring. Singleton said they plan to install the best air filtration system available, and both PPAC and the Veterans Memorial Auditorium have entered into the GBAC STAR Accreditation Program to receive a seal of approval for cleaning and COVID-19 protocols.

“Certainly, we’re going to enact protocols that when people come here to see a show, they’re going to have peace of mind and realize that what’s being done will be done well,” he added.

PPAC’s Broadway series kicks off with Pretty Woman: The Musical from Oct. 9–16, followed by the comeback of the Tony Award-winning musical and pop culture phenomenon “Hamilton” from Nov. 30 through Dec. 12.

Full PPAC 2021-22 Lineup

Pretty Woman: The MusicalOct. 9 – 16, 2021
HamiltonNov. 30 – Dec. 12, 2021
Cirque Dreams HolidazeDec. 17 – 18, 2021
Rent: The 25th Anniversary Farewell TourJan. 14 – 16, 2022
Jesus Christ SuperstarJan. 25 – 30, 2022
An Officer and a GentlemanFeb. 18 – 20, 2022
The PromMarch 8 – 13, 2022
Oklahoma!March 22 – 27, 2022
Dear Evan HansenApril 5 – 10, 2022
Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the TemptationsApril 12 – 17, 2022
My Fair LadyMay 11 – 15, 2022
Blue Man GroupMay 20 – 22, 2022

In November, Singleton announced the venue would not host any Broadway shows until late fall 2021. PPAC had planned to hold its 2020/2021 Broadway season from January through June 2021, but were forced to further postpone it after the national touring industry updated its plans.

According to PPAC, subscription renewal packages will be sent out in early May and the deadline to renew is Thursday, June 10.

Renewing and new subscribers will have guaranteed subscription seats to Hamilton and the other shows in the Broadway series, and will also be able to order extra tickets to those shows in advance.

PPAC said its box office is currently closed, but current and prospective subscribers can
call (401) 421-ARTS (2787) Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or email to learn more.