209th Anniversary Season · America's Oldest · Founded 1809

Join us for Walnut Street Theatre's 209th Anniversary Season!

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"This Broadway musical is as timeless as comedy itself!" -The New York Times

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum

Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart · Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

September 5, 2017 – October 22, 2017

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Stephen Sondheim's classic Tony Award-winning Best Musical is fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest Broadway shows ever written! A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum is a nonstop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted, courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a bevy of beautiful showgirls. This unforgettable, hysterical musical comedy will have you laughing all the way to the Forum with "something for everyone, a comedy tonight!"

Artwork Pictures: Frank Ferrante and Faith Sacher.

Forum · Study Guide

"Spectacular on every count!" -Newsweek


Book by Thomas Meehan · Music by Charles Strouse · Lyrics by Martin Charnin

November 7, 2017 – January 7, 2018

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Leapin' Lizards! Celebrate the holiday season with one of the world's best-loved musicals! Annie is a spunky orphan in 1930s New York City determined to find her parents. In one fun-filled adventure after another, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil schemes, befriends President Roosevelt and finds a new home with billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace and a lovable mutt named Sandy. This Tony Award-winning Best Musical for the entire family features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written including "It's the Hard Knock Life," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You," plus the eternal anthem of optimism, "Tomorrow." Annie will fill your heart with joy!

Annie · Study Guide

"This is why we go to the theatre, it's the BEST PLAY OF THE YEAR!" -New York Magazine

The Humans

By Stephen Karam

January 16, 2018 – March 4, 2018

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Winner of over twenty 2016 Best Play Awards, including the Tony Award! After a sleepless night, Erik Blake brings his family from Pennsylvania to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter's new apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the crumbling pre-war duplex, mysterious things start to go bump in the night and family tensions reach a boiling point. The hopes, dreams, and fears of the American middle class are first coaxed—then shoved—into the light in this humorous, hopeful, and heart-tugging new play. Entertainment Weekly raves The Humans is "hilarious and unforgettable—the best play of the year!"

"The funniest farce ever written!" -New York Post

Noises Off

By Michael Frayn

March 13, 2018 – April 29, 2018

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Brace yourself for comic chaos with the rip-roaring play within a play, Noises Off. The Opening Night performance of the farce Nothing On is just hours away, and as the cast stumbles through their final dress rehearsal, things couldn't be going any worse. With lines being forgotten, love triangles unraveling and sardines flying everywhere, it's complete pandemonium... and we haven't even reached intermission! Can the cast pull their act together on the stage even if they can't behind the scenes? Full of amazing surprises and glorious humor, you will relish every delicious moment of this classic comedy that The New York Times exclaims, "voyages to the outer limits of hilarity!"

Artwork Pictures: Alanna J. Smith

"Mamma Mia! has audiences dancing in the aisles!" -Associated Press

Mamma Mia!

Music and Lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus · and some songs with Stig Anderson · Book by Catherine Johnson

May 15, 2018 – July 22, 2018

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Put on your platform shoes, your feather boas and get ready for one of the most popular musicals of all time, Mamma Mia! On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. This sensational production contains ABBA's greatest hits, including "Super Trouper," "Lay All Your Love On Me," "Dancing Queen," "Waterloo" and more! Over 60 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good musical!

Artwork Pictures: Alanna J. Smith

All plays and dates subject to change.

Seasonal Information

All plays and dates subject to change.

Season Schedule 209th Season Brochure

Artwork Credits:
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
pictured — Frank Ferrante and Faith Sacher
Noises Off & Mamma Mia pictured — Alanna J. Smith


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