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IU Auditorium announces 2018-19 season featuring award-winning Broadway shows

For Immediate Release Apr 30, 2018

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University Auditorium 2018-19 season launches in October, featuring award-winning Broadway shows, contemporary and classical musical acts, dance, and family-friendly favorites. The season will run through April 2019.

A scene from 'Elf the Broadway Musical.'
Matt Kopec as Buddy and Gordon Gray as Santa in “Elf The Musical.”Photo by Joan Marcus

The season includes national tours of Tony-winning Broadway musicals ”Chicago” and ”Monty Python’s Spamalot” as well as new musicals ”Elf the Broadway Musical,” ”Something Rotten” and ”Finding Neverland”; a night of masterful jazz by Branford Marsalis and his quartet; a holiday season concert by Straight No Chaser; a special 50th-anniversary performance of ”Dennis James Hosts Halloween”; a performance and educational residency by The Cleveland Orchestra; and much more.

“We at IU Auditorium have the privilege of delivering a variety of world-class arts and entertainment right to Bloomington’s doorstep, from circus acts to Straight No Chaser, mariachi to Monty Python, and everything in between,” said Doug Booher, executive director of IU Auditorium. “We’re especially excited for the opportunity to connect these artists to our community this season. Plus, this year, IU students will be featured alongside prominent artists such as The Cleveland Orchestra and Dennis James during their performances. We look forward to bringing a season of experiences that our community can join in and enjoy.”

The Cleveland Orchestra
Music Director Franz Welser-Möst with The Cleveland Orchestra.Roger Mastroianni, Courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra

To get the best possible seats, patrons may become IU Auditorium subscribers by choosing five or more season events. They can purchase these using a variety of payment options, including payroll deduction for IU employees and bursar billing for IU students.

Subscribing at this time allows patrons to get the best seats available before tickets go on sale to the general public Aug. 14. For more information, visit or call 812-855-1103. The priority date for subscriptions to the 2018-19 season is July 20.

The IU Auditorium 2018-19 season is presented with support from season partners Curry Auto Center, The Herald-Times, B97, IU Residential Programs and Services, and the Cook Family of Companies.

To see the complete list of events, visit The website features video clips and select songs from next season’s performances, in addition to direct links to the IU Auditorium Facebook page, Twitter page and Email Club, whose members receive exclusive benefits throughout the year. Tickets are available online 24/7 at or in person at the IU Auditorium box office, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

2018-19 IU Auditorium Season

  • “Chicago,” Oct. 10 and 11: The longest-running American musical in Broadway history tells a universal story of fame and fortune.
  • “Dennis James Hosts Halloween,” Oct. 26: The world-renowned cinema organist and IU alum celebrates his 50th-anniversary performance with “The Phantom of the Opera.”
The cast of 'Spamalot.'
The cast of “Spamalot.”
  • “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” Oct. 30 and 31: This cheeky musical features lavish sets and costumes of medieval times, as well as the classically laughable “Monty Python” skits.
  • “Elf the Broadway Musical,” Nov. 13 and 14: Join Buddy the elf as he embarks on a journey from the North Pole to the Big Apple to find his father.
  • “Chimes of Christmas,” Dec. 1: A holiday spectacular with performances by IU Jacobs School of Music ensembles, including the Grammy-nominated Singing Hoosiers.
  • Straight No Chaser, Dec. 13: These IU-born local legends turned international stars are back for another holiday performance.
  • The Cleveland Orchestra, Jan. 23: The Cleveland Orchestra, now in its 100th year, will perform a breathtaking performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2.
The cast of 'Rent.'
The cast of “Rent.”
  • “Rent” 20th-Anniversary Tour, Jan. 28 and 29: This Pulitzer Prize-winning musical follows the story of a year in the lives of seven friends living in New York City’s East Village.
  • Mariachi Los Camperos, Feb. 9: This Grammy Award-winning band, founded by the late Natividad “Nati” Cano, brought the mariachi performance out of the traditional venue – the cantinas – and into the concert hall.
  • “Something Rotten,” Feb. 27 and 28: This hilarious smash tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom who, stuck in the shadow of “rock star” Shakespeare, set out to write the world’s very first musical.
Dancers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Dancers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, March 19: The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is renowned for celebrating the human spirit through the African-American cultural experience and the American modern dance heritage.
  • “Reversible,” April 2 and 3: Montreal-based circus company 7 Fingers tells the stories of the generation who forged the world we live in today.
  • An Evening with Branford Marsalis, April 6: This three-time Grammy Award winner, along with the Branford Marsalis Quartet, brings an unparalleled energy to the art of jazz.
  • “Finding Neverland,” April 23 and 24: This musical follows author J.M. Barrie as he finds the inspiration for his beloved childhood story, “Peter Pan.”

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