ASU Gammage 2017-2018 Broadway season tickets on sale May 15

May 8, 2017

ASU Gammage has announced season tickets for its 2017–2018 Desert Schools Broadway Across America – Arizona season will be available for purchase starting at 10 a.m. May 15.

The hit musical about America's founding father, "Hamilton," will anchor ASU Gammage’s largest Broadway season ever, which also includes groundbreaking new works and heartwarming favorites such as "Fun Home," "Something Rotten!", "The Bodyguard," "The King and I," "The Color Purple," The Humans" and "School of Rock."  Hamilton Eight-show season ticket packages including "Hamilton start at only $190. Due to the anticipated demand and limited availability, patrons are encouraged to purchase season tickets at Download Full Image

“We are so excited to bring the very best of Broadway to the Valley and with our 2017–2018 season we have truly raised the bar,” said Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, executive director of ASU Gammage and ASU vice president for cultural affairs. “Some other cities with "Hamilton" have sold out of season ticket packages this year, so we’re recommending patrons who are interested in season tickets purchase them right away. You don’t want to miss your shot to get eight shows for as little as $190! Four weeks of "Hamilton," the first engagement on a university campus is a game-changer and as a result, we expect record-breaking season ticket sales creating a surge of economic impact to the Valley.”

Becoming a season ticket holder is the best way to guarantee seats to "Hamilton" and the rest of the 2017–2018 season.

Due to the anticipated demand and limited availability, patrons are encouraged to purchase season tickets online at This will be the fastest and most efficient way to secure seats for this blockbuster season.

There are two ways to buy season tickets:

• online  (strongly recommended)
• in person at the ASU Gammage Box Office 

Eight-show season tickets are priced as follows:

• Tuesday–Thursday: $190, $410, $495, $585, $750*
• Friday and Sunday evening: $225, $455, $550, $635, $820*
• Saturday matinee, Saturday evening, Sunday matinee: $240, $475, $570, $665, $850*

* Requires donation to ASU Gammage VIP Club. Some seating zones may be sold out prior to public on sale with season ticket renewals.

Additional recommendations include:

• best availability Sunday evening
• have several days of the week in mind in the event that your first-day choice is unavailable
• have several seating zones in mind in the event that your first-price level is unavailable
• buying online is the fastest and easiest way to purchase tickets, and you get to experience an interactive seating map

If you don’t have an account with ASU Gammage on Ticketmaster, visit and click "Your Account" tab to start an account. This will ease your process purchasing season tickets.

The 2017–2018 full season includes:

"Fun Home"
Sept. 5–10, 2017

The winner of five 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, "Fun Home" is based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir. The production introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family that connect with her in surprising new ways.

"Something Rotten!"
Oct. 31–Nov. 5, 2017

Set in the ‘90s — the 1590s — "Something Rotten!" tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the "rock star" Shakespeare keeps getting all the hits. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. 

"The Bodyguard" 
Nov. 28–Dec. 3, 2017

Based on the hit film, the award-winning musical tells the story of former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, who is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. 

Jan. 30–Feb. 25, 2018

"Hamilton" is the story of America's founding father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, "Hamilton" is the story of America then, as told by America now.  

"The King and I"
March 20-25, 2018

Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

"The Color Purple"
April 17-22, 2018

"The Color Purple" is the 2016 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical Revival. With a score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, this re-imagining of a Pulitzer Prize-winning story is about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South. 

"The Humans"
May 29-June 3, 2018

Stephen Karam’s "The Humans" takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and give thanks at his daughter’s apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex, and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan’s deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. 

"School of Rock"
June 19-24, 2018 

Based on the hit film, this musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star turned substitute teacher who transforms a class of straight-A students into grade-A rockers. It features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever live kids rock band.

ASU Gammage was awarded the 2017 Economic Driver Award in the Small to Medium Business category for its positive influence on the Valley’s business community and economy, as part of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s (GPCC) Impact Awards.

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Brock Osweiler to share lessons learned at May 12 convocation

Osweiler is the featured convocation speaker for ASU's College of Integrative Sciences and Arts

May 8, 2017

ASU is committed to graduating master learners who, in the words of university president Michael M. Crow, are “capable of solving any problem, at any place, at any time and with the outcome-oriented mindset necessary to bring those solutions to life.”

ASU alumnus and NFL quarterback Brock Osweiler knows the pressure — and opportunity — of doing that while being rushed by 300-pound linemen. ASU College of Integrative Sciences and Arts alumnus Brock Osweiler visited with current ASU students at informal luncheon Learning, resiliency and mindset were topics that came up again and again at an informal lunch with students that ASU alumnus and NFL quarterback Brock Osweiler recently participated in, in advance of his convocation address on May 12 to College of Integrative Sciences and Arts 2017 graduates. Photo by Philamer Batangan/ASU. Download Full Image

Osweiler recently discussed the importance that learning and mindset have played in his career, when he met with current ASU students at an end-of-semester luncheon organized by the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts.

Their conversation, which included students invited from a number of ASU colleges, revealed some of the topics Osweiler will touch upon this Friday, May 12, when he shares his life journey as the featured speaker at the college’s convocation ceremony in Wells Fargo Arena — just three years after he walked across that same platform to celebrate completion of his bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies in 2014.

Osweiler, who was selected by the Denver Broncos in the second round of the NFL draft after his standout junior year at ASU, finished up his degree in the successive off-seasons, with concentrations in political science and sociology.

Since then he has earned a Super Bowl ring with the Broncos, helped take the Houston Texans into the playoffs last season, and is now a quarterback with the Cleveland Browns.

Last month he and his wife, Erin Osweiler, also an ASU alum, celebrated the birth of their first child.

“Not many of us, and not many 20-year-olds, have to launch and live their careers in the public eye,” noted Duane Roen, dean of the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts and University College, who moderated the conversation. “In learning to navigate the pressures of his career, Brock has developed a wisdom and emotional intelligence beyond his years.” 

In advance of Osweiler’s May 12 address, ASU Now encapsulated some of the stories and insights he shared with students at  the April 28 luncheon, in the Q&A below.

Note: The public is welcome to attend ASU’s College of Integrative Sciences and Arts convocation ceremony, to hear Brock Osweiler’s reflections and help celebrate the achievements of the college’s more than 800 graduates. The ceremony begins at 9 a.m. in Wells Fargo Arena on ASU’s Tempe campus.

Question: Your Instagram and Twitter accounts both feature the quote: “Give to the world the best you have and the best will come back to you.” Could you comment on that?

Answer: It’s a simple reminder of how I want to live. I actually got a fortune cookie with this quote on it in junior high. I took a photo of that and it’s been the background on my phone since about 2005. I’m a simple guy; I like to simplify my goals. When you can simplify things you can have a laser focus and make a bigger impact.

Q: What’s the biggest life lesson you’ve learned so far?

A: When I was drafted by the Broncos in 2011, a guy by the name of Peyton Manning happened to be there as well. It was pretty obvious that I was not going to be playing. There are a number of approaches I could’ve taken to that situation. I decided to view it as having the opportunity to essentially get a PhD in football. I sat there three-and-a-half years taking notes, listening, observing, trying to make the most of every day. I’m not saying that there weren’t many times when that was hard to do, to be patient, but I knew eventually I’d get my opportunity.

The lesson is that there’s a very small window that you have to separate yourself from others and make your dreams come true. You have to be ready for it, because you usually don’t know when it’s going to happen.

For me, that moment came on a cold evening one Sunday night in 2015 when the QB [quarterback] coach came up to me in the third quarter and said we’re taking Peyton out of the game. It was surreal, because when does he ever come out? The next week I got the start, was named AFC player of the week, and everything went from there. I was proud to be able to help put our team in place for the Super Bowl run.

Q: What is one thing you wish now you would’ve done in college?

A: I love this school and I feel like I got everything I could possibly get from my college experience. I made the best friends I could ever ask for, had amazing roommates, got my degree. I have nothing but love and no regrets for my time here. This’ll always be home to me.  

I do wish I would’ve read more. I’ve started reading a ton. Knowledge is power. I read a lot of self-help and motivational books.

Q: When did you know you wanted to play in the NFL?

A: When I was eight years old, I wouldn’t wake up on weekends and watch cartoons: I’d watch “Sports Center.” I knew every number on every team. Growing up in the brutal winters of Montana, nobody would ever want to go out and play catch with me. I’d throw the football against a tree as my target. Run up, get it, brush off the snow. I had tunnel vision on my ultimate goal of playing for the NFL and never let anything derail me.

Q: How do you deal with negative media and naysayers?

A: I drown out all that noise. It’s irrelevant. At the end of the day, you can only worry about what you can control. I can control my attitude, my energy, and the talk in my head.

If someone says you can’t do something, say absolutely I can do that, and here’s how I’m going to do it. Don’t run from the bad. “Failed” is just the first attempt at learning. I think the greatest pleasure in life is achieving something someone’s told you you can’t do. All of you are going to have times in your jobs that are going to be a roller coaster, with ups and downs. Mine just happen to be visible to the public.

Q: What’s one thing you struggled with and had to overcome?

A: Athletics has always come somewhat naturally to me; mentally, I kind of got it, if you will. But starting off in the NFL, I wasn’t sure how to study the encyclopedic playbook, and it was impacting my practice. I told myself, if you don’t figure out how to study this, you’re going to be out of this league. That’s when my organization skills skyrocketed. I scheduled out my whole day and ingrained a routine — from 6 to 9 p.m. it’s football, put your phone away and TV off. This season I’m learning my fourth playbook and I didn’t even sweat it. I know how to schedule out the day to be productive.  

Q: How do nerves affect you?

A: Three years ago I would say that my nerves were comparable to what I experienced in college and high school games. In fact, if the dean had invited me three years ago to give a convocation address, I probably would’ve had to turn it down because of nerves. But two years ago, the head trainer for the Broncos introduced me to a mental enhancement coach. He taught me so much about sports and nerves and specific mindsets.

I now know how to control my nerves. I know how to suppress anxieties. I now go in and don’t feel butterflies. I know how to prepare my body and brain to believe I’ve already done that game and played well in that game. Tell yourself, I’ve prepared for this; I’m gonna kill it, I’m so ready for this moment. To rewire your brain takes time, but your brain only knows what you feed it.  

Q: How much is being well-prepared a factor in getting over nervousness?

A: It’s everything. If you’ve done your homework you should be nerve-free; you’ve essentially already taken and passed the test and thought about every possible question or angle. Great preparation builds confidence, and when you have confidence you’re unstoppable.

Q: Any advice on keeping a positive mental attitude through adversity?

A: When times have gotten tough, I keep going back to asking: What’s my why? Why do I wake up and do the things I’m doing in my day? I want to leave a legacy that my family, my town and my state will be proud of. When you’re working for something bigger than yourself, it’s easy to stay inspired.

Any adverse situation is an opportunity to put an exclamation mark on your next opportunity. That’s when you get a chance to prove people wrong.

Sometimes you can be positive and hardworking and the situation just isn’t going to match up, because of things outside your control. But you can still control your energy and mindset and what you take away from the experience.  

I live year-to-year and try to make the most of that specific year and learn from it. What went well? What didn’t go so well? Then when I’ve taken all I can from the prior year, I bury that. That’s done. Right now my focus is getting the Browns to the Super Bowl. 

Maureen Roen

Director of Communications, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts