Nationals: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Tour Dates Slated

News   Nationals: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Tour Dates Slated
Following a late summer run at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre, the national tour of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will take off across the country this fall. Tour stops have been announced.

The new musical currently enjoys a San Francisco run at The Post Street Theatre and will play an open-ended sit-down run at Chicago's Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place (starting March 28). The Georgia run — which opens the regional company's season — precedes the show's national tour which starts in Baltimore.

Cities slated to see the bee include:



  • Baltimore, MD - Hippodrome Theatre (Sept. 19-Oct. 1)


  • Pittsburgh, PA - Heinz Hall (Oct. 31-Nov. 5)


  • Minneapolis, MN - State Theatre (Nov. 7-12)


  • Cincinnati, OH - Aronoff Center for the Arts (Nov. 14-26)


  • Costa Mesa, CA - Orange County PAC (Dec. 9-31)


  • Portland, OR - Keller Auditorium (Jan. 2-7, 2007)


  • Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre (Jan. 9-14, 2007)


  • San Antonio, TX - Majestic Theatre (Feb. 6-11, 2007)


  • Louisville, KY - Kentucky Center (Feb. 20-25, 2007)


  • Fort Lauderdale, FL - Broward Center for the Performing Arts (March 13-17,2007)


  • Tampa Bay, FL - Carol Morsani Hall @TBPAC (March 27-April 1,2007)


  • Orlando, FL - Carr Performing Arts Centre (April 10-15, 2007) Casting for the tour will begin this spring. The original Broadway creative team will return for the Atlanta production and national tour.

    The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee pits 10 contestants (six actors, four audience members) against each other in a battle for the championship of the local spelling competition.

    The spellbinding new musical directed by James Lapine (Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods) and created by composer-lyricist William Finn, librettist Rachel Sheinkin and conceiver Rebecca Feldman.

    The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee earned six Tony Award nominations including Best Score, Best Book, Best Direction, Best Featured Actor (Dan Fogler) and Featured Actress (Celia Keenan-Bolger) as well as for the top prize of Best Musical. Fogler and book writer Sheinkin took home awards for their work.

    Tour stops and dates can be found on the web at For more information on the musical, visit


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