Season 2023/2024

The Hippodrome Theatre proudly presents its

51st Season - EMPOWER

The Hippodrome Theatre’s 51st season EMPOWER delivers a powerful lineup of stories showcasing strength, perseverance, and empowerment, including the brilliant, foul-mouthed women trying to save the world in  “POTUS: or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive”,  the guys holding the holiday together through teamwork in the return of  “The Ultimate Christmas Show (ABRIDGED)”. Scrooge finds his heart in our holiday tradition “A Christmas Carol”, a family struggles through the complexities of mental health in the Tony Award-winning musical “Next to Normal“, and two artists challenge societal norms in the modern comedy “White”. And as always, stay tuned for our summer musical announcement, which promises to be an exciting addition to an already incredible lineup.

The 51st Seasons promises unforgettable theatrical experiences that celebrate the triumphs and struggles of the human spirit – get your tickets and renew your subscriptions now!


Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive

Written by Selina Fillinger

September 8-October 1; Previews September 6-7

POTUS is a foul-mouthed political funhouse farce. Roar with laughter as seven brilliant and beleaguered women panic, problem-solve, and ultimately, persevere to save the President from himself.

The Ultimate Christmas Show


Book by Austin Tichenor and Reed Martin

November 24 - December 23

This audience favorite is back! The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) bursts with festive, slapstick fun as these cheerful comedians celebrate all of our favorite holiday traditions—at the same time.

A Christmas Carol

Adapted by Niall McGinty from Charles Dickens

November 25 - December 23

“A Christmas Carol” is a beloved Gainesville holiday tradition featuring singing and storytelling people of all ages will enjoy. Join us as we celebrate Scrooge’s redemption through dance, laughter, and heartfelt songs, and become part of this cherished annual family and community event. 

Next to Normal

Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey Music by Tom Kitt

January 26- February 18; Previews January 24-25

Get ready for an emotional rollercoaster ride with “Next to Normal”, the groundbreaking Tony Award-winning musical that explores the highs and lows of a modern-day family struggling with mental illness. With an electrifying rock score and heart-wrenching lyrics, this Tony Award-winning show will leave you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.


by James Ijames

March 29-April 14; Previews March 27-28

When a major museum seeks to showcase diverse voices in its next exhibition, Gus, an artist, enlists Vanessa’s help to create an audacious new artistic persona of color to get him in the show.  From there it all spins out of control in this modern comedy, exploring white privilege, racial politics and the fine line between appropriation and opportunity.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Music and Lyrics by William Finn Book by Rachel Sheinkin

May 31 to July 21; Preview: May 29-30

This show is a riotous ride, complete with audience participation and a delightful den of comedic genius. Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, this fabulous musical features a fast-paced, wildly funny, and touching story and a truly fresh and vibrant score and this bee is one unforgettable experience.

Hippodrome in the News

The Ilene Silverman Show – October 1, 2023