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The new musical based on Sara Gruen's best-selling novel of the same name arrives on Broadway.

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Grant Gustin will play his final performance as Jacob on September 1, 2024.

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About Water for Elephants

“Many wonders await audiences at the Imperial Theatre.” - The New York Times

The critically acclaimed bestselling novel comes to “thrilling, dazzling” life (Time Out New York) in a unique, spectacle-filled new musical with "one of the more remarkable ensembles ever seen on Broadway” (New York Daily News)! Hailed as a Critic’s Pick, The New York Times calls it “stunning, emotional and gorgeously imaginative.”

After losing what matters most, a young man jumps a moving train unsure of where the road will take him and finds a new home with the remarkable crew of a traveling circus, and a life—and love—beyond his wildest dreams. Seen through the eyes of his older self, his adventure becomes a poignant reminder that if you choose the ride, life can begin again at any age.

Tony Award-nominated director Jessica Stone’s “huge, heart-filling" production (The New York Times) features a book by three-time Tony nominee Rick Elice adapted from Sara Gruen’s novel, and a soaring score by the acclaimed PigPen Theatre Co.

So, step right up to the “spellbinding entertainment” (Variety) at Water for Elephants, “the best new musical on Broadway” (Theatermania).

Grant Gustin Will Depart Water for Elephants in September
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Grant Gustin Will Depart Water for Elephants in September
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The Outsiders Wins Best Musical in a Split Tony Year; Read the Complete Winners List!
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The Cast of Stereophonic Will Perform at the Tony Awards; Presenters Announced
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Stereophonic and Water for Elephants Lead Drama Desk Award Winners
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Water for Elephants, Cabaret, Hell's Kitchen and More to Perform at the 2024 Tony Awards
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Hell's Kitchen, Water for Elephants and More Recognized at 2024 Chita Rivera Awards
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Merrily, Gatsby and More Win Big at 2024 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards
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The 2024 Chita Rivera Award Nominees Honor the Icon Who Lent Her Name to the Annual Celebration of Dance
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Water for Elephants' Tony-Nominated Writer Rick Elice Is Still 'Chasing the Music'
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Broadway Celebrates Juneteenth Concert to Honor Tony Winner Phylicia Rashad
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Stereophonic Leads 2024 Outer Critics Circle Award Winners; Oh, Mary! Receives Award for New American Play
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A Parade of Tony Nominees on The Broadway Show; Plus, The Outsiders’ Legendary Author S.E. Hinton
The Great Gatsby, The Notebook and Back to the Future Lead Nominations for Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards
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The Great Gatsby, The Notebook and Back to the Future Lead Nominations for Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards
Step Right Up with Water for Elephants’ Isabelle McCalla, Episode 8: The Vlog Is Over but the Ride Goes On
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Step Right Up with Water for Elephants’ Isabelle McCalla, Episode 8: The Vlog Is Over but the Ride Goes On
Ben Platt at the Palace, Jinkx Monsoon In-Studio and Opening Nights Galore on The Broadway Show
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Ben Platt at the Palace, Jinkx Monsoon In-Studio and Opening Nights Galore on The Broadway Show
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Stereophonic and Hell's Kitchen Lead 2024 Tony Award Nominations; Read the Full List
The Outsiders, Dead Outlaw and Stereophonic Lead 2024 Drama Desk Awards
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The Outsiders, Dead Outlaw and Stereophonic Lead 2024 Drama Desk Awards
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Water for Elephants Original Broadway Cast Recording Will be Released in May; Two Songs Now Available
Step Right Up with Water for Elephants’ Isabelle McCalla, Episode 7: Some Real Talk, and Then a Beyoncé Riff Challenge
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Step Right Up with Water for Elephants’ Isabelle McCalla, Episode 7: Some Real Talk, and Then a Beyoncé Riff Challenge
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Watch Casey Likes, Isabelle McCalla and Michael James Scott Reveal Broadway's Biggest Fan
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Jessica Lange Visits The Broadway Show; Plus, Suffs, The Wiz, Hell’s Kitchen and More Celebrate Broadway Openings
Stereophonic, Dead Outlaw and The Connector Lead 2024 Outer Critics Circle Award Nominations
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Stereophonic, Dead Outlaw and The Connector Lead 2024 Outer Critics Circle Award Nominations
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Tony Awards Administration Committee Rules on Eligibility for The Notebook, Water for Elephants, The Outsiders and More
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Sara Gettelfinger on Her Broadway Rise, Devastating Downfall and Clear-Eyed Comeback in Water for Elephants
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Step Right Up with Water for Elephants’ Isabelle McCalla, Episode 6: What If Marlena Were on Love Island?
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Step Right Up with Water for Elephants’ Isabelle McCalla, Episode 6: What If Marlena Were on Love Island?
At the Piano with The Notebook’s Ingrid Michaelson, a Trip to Hadestown with Jordan Fisher and More on The Broadway Show
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At the Piano with The Notebook’s Ingrid Michaelson, a Trip to Hadestown with Jordan Fisher and More on The Broadway Show
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Forbidden Broadway Will Make Its Broadway Debut Sooner Than Expected
Step Right Up with Water for Elephants’ Isabelle McCalla, Episode 5: Making a Cast Album and Celebrating Beyoncé
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Step Right Up with Water for Elephants’ Isabelle McCalla, Episode 5: Making a Cast Album and Celebrating Beyoncé
Water for Elephants Circus Designer Shana Carroll Explains the Trick of Fusing Two Art Forms on Broadway
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Water for Elephants Circus Designer Shana Carroll Explains the Trick of Fusing Two Art Forms on Broadway
Rachel McAdams, Amy Ryan, Betsy Wolfe and More Headline The Broadway Show; Plus a Performance From Steven Pasquale
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Rachel McAdams, Amy Ryan, Betsy Wolfe and More Headline The Broadway Show; Plus a Performance From Steven Pasquale
Step Right Up with Water for Elephants’ Isabelle McCalla, Episode 4: Opening Night on Broadway!
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Step Right Up with Water for Elephants’ Isabelle McCalla, Episode 4: Opening Night on Broadway!
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Sweeney Todd's Sutton Foster & Aaron Tveit Talk Sondheim and Spamalot's Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer Sings 'Diva's Lament' on The Broadway Show
The Stars of Broadway's Water for Elephants Revel in Childhood Dreams Come True on Opening Night
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The Stars of Broadway's Water for Elephants Revel in Childhood Dreams Come True on Opening Night
Step Right Up to Water for Elephants' Grand Broadway Opening!
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Step Right Up to Water for Elephants' Grand Broadway Opening!
Step Right Up with Water for Elephants' Isabelle McCalla, Episode 3: GMA, a Birthday and Some 'Wild' Musical Impressions
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Step Right Up with Water for Elephants' Isabelle McCalla, Episode 3: GMA, a Birthday and Some 'Wild' Musical Impressions
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A Water for Elephants Original Broadway Cast Recording Is On the Way
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Rachel McAdams, Ariana Madix and More on The Broadway Show; Plus, an Aladdin Anniversary with Alan Menken and a Rumble with The Outsiders
Step Right Up with Water for Elephants' Isabelle McCalla, Episode 2: A Random and Chaotic Day in the Life
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Step Right Up with Water for Elephants' Isabelle McCalla, Episode 2: A Random and Chaotic Day in the Life
Director  Jessica Stone Goes Big with Water for Elephants But Doesn’t Forget the Heart
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Director Jessica Stone Goes Big with Water for Elephants But Doesn’t Forget the Heart
Step Right Up with Water for Elephants' Isabelle McCalla, Episode 1: Accept Rage and Imperfection
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Step Right Up with Water for Elephants' Isabelle McCalla, Episode 1: Accept Rage and Imperfection
‘Step Right Up’ to the Greatest Vlog on Earth, Hosted by Water for Elephants Star Isabelle McCalla!
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‘Step Right Up’ to the Greatest Vlog on Earth, Hosted by Water for Elephants Star Isabelle McCalla!
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After 42 Years, Forbidden Broadway Will Make Its Broadway Debut
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Water for Elephants, Starring Grant Gustin and Isabelle McCalla, Begins Performances
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Spring Preview: Grant Gustin, Isabelle McCalla and Paul Alexander Nolan Step Into the Grit and Glamor of Water for Elephants
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Spring Preview 2024: Everything You Need to Know About the 18 Shows Set to Open on Broadway
Meet Grant Gustin, Isabelle McCalla and the Fearless Cast of Broadway’s Water for Elephants
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Meet Grant Gustin, Isabelle McCalla and the Fearless Cast of Broadway’s Water for Elephants
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Water for Elephants Author Sara Gruen Entrusts Broadway With Her Story of Chosen Family Under the Big Top
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Director Jessica Stone on Juggling the Tony-Winning Kimberly Akimbo with New Broadway Musical Water for Elephants
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Full Cast Set for Water for Elephants on Broadway
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Grant Gustin, Isabelle McCalla and More to Star in Water for Elephants on Broadway
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Water for Elephants Will March Into the Imperial Theatre in Spring 2024
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