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March 24, 2013

Bringing Broadway Home

Boston hosts 10 shows in upcoming season

By Tracey Dee Rauh
Managing Editor of Features

---- — Broadway In Boston has announced the lineup of 10 shows for the 2013-14 season on stages at the Boston Opera House, the Citi Performing Arts Center Emerson Colonial Theatre, the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre and the Charles Playhouse.

“We remain committed to ensuring that Boston continues to be the pre-eminent destination for all Broadway productions,” said Rich Jaffe, president of Broadway In Boston.

Broadway In Boston is the city’s leading theatrical presenter and producer of Broadway since 1984. For the past 29 years, more than 6 million theatergoers have experienced over 250 Broadway In Boston productions in many of the city’s historic theater.

“The variety of our season reinforces our commitment to developing a deeper sense of community and expanding the diversity of our programming and audiences.”

Broadway In Boston is part of the Broadway Across America network. To learn more about the organization and the upcoming season, visit www.BroadwayInBoston.com.

Here’s an overview of what theater lovers can expect, and a heads up to save the dates.

‘TUCK EVERLASTING’

July 28 to Aug. 18

Citi Performing Arts Center Emerson Colonial Theatre

If you could live forever, would you? That’s the eternal question of “Tuck Everlasting.”

In a small New England town, a young girl dreaming of adventure stumbles upon a family with a fabulous secret. Their chance encounter sends them on an unforgettable journey that will test everything they believe about love, life, and what it means to truly feel alive.

Based on the beloved best-selling, award-winning novel by Natalie Babbitt, “Tuck Everlasting” comes to life on stage in a wholly original production, directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (“The Book of Mormon,” “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Spamalot”), featuring a book by Tony Award nominee Claudia Shear (“Dirty Blonde”) and music and lyrics by Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen (“The Burnt Part Boys”). Visit www.TuckEverlastingMusical.com.

‘MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET’

Oct. 8 to 20

Citi Performing Arts Center Emerson Colonial Theatre

“Million Dollar Quartet” is the Tony Award–winning Broadway musical, inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time.

On Dec. 4, 1956, these four young musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. “Million Dollar Quartet” brings that legendary night to life, an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations featuring a score of rock hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more.

This musical brings viewers inside the recording studio with four major talents who came together as a red-hot rock ‘n’ roll band for one unforgettable night. Visit www.MillionDollarQuartetLive.com.

‘WE WILL ROCK YOU’

Nov. 5 to 10

Boston Opera House

From London’s West End, the worldwide hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton comes to Boston for a limited engagement. “We Will Rock You” features the greatest hits of the legendary British rock group, Queen.

Now in its 11th year in London and seen by a staggering 15 million people worldwide, this multi-award-winning and record-breaking phenomenon boasts a score of killer Queen tunes such as, “Another One Bites The Dust,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “We Are The Champions,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and, of course, “We Will Rock You.” Visit www.BroadwayInBoston.com.

‘A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL’

Nov. 20 to Dec. 8

Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre

Ralphie Parker wants only one thing for Christmas: An Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle. “A Christmas Story, The Musical” tells the tale of Ralphie’s desperate quest to ensure that this most perfect of gifts ends up under his Christmas tree.

Directed by Tony Award-winner John Rando and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, this new musical based on the classic 1983 movie, which itself was based on stories by legendary radio humorist Jean Shepherd, features funny and heartfelt songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and a faithful, yet inventive, book by Joseph Robinette. The New York Times says, “I was dazzled.” Visit www.AChristmasStorytheMusical.com.

‘I LOVE LUCY LIVE ON STAGE’

Dec. 3 to 22

Citi Performing Arts Center Emerson Colonial Theatre

“I Love Lucy I Live On Stage” is the brand-new hit stage show adapted from one of the most beloved programs in television history.

It’s 1952 and viewers are members of the Desilu Playhouse studio audience awaiting the filming of two hilarious and oh-so-familiar “I Love Lucy” episodes. A charming host entertains and enlightens viewers to the behind-the-scenes filming process of this brand new thing called “television.” The Crystaltone Singers perform advertising jingles in perfect 50s-style harmony. And the sidesplitting antics of America’s favorite foursome – Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel – are presented live on stage and in color for the very first time.

This is a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience TV Guide’s William Keck calls “the most entertaining stage production I’ve seen in years.”

‘ONCE’

Jan. 7 to 19, 2014

Citi Performing Arts Center Emerson Colonial Theatre

Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, “Once” is a truly original Broadway experience.

Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, it tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights, but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance.

Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, “Once” draws viewers in from the very first note and never lets go. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams, not living in fear, and the power of music to connect all people. Visit www.OnceMusical.com.

‘AMERICAN IDIOT’

Feb. 7 to 9, 2014

Boston Opera House

A critical sensation on Broadway and in London, the smash-hit musical “American Idiot” tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia.

Based on Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album and featuring the hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the title track, “American Idiot” takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. With direction by Michael Mayer (“Spring Awakening”), choreography by Steven Hoggett (“Once”) and orchestrations and arrangements by Tom Kitt (“Next to Normal”), the result is an experience Charles Isherwood of The New York Times declares “thrilling, emotionally charged, and as moving as any Broadway musical I’ve seen this year!”

Visit www.AmericanIdiottheMusical.com.

‘FLASHDANCE, THE MUSICAL’

March 11 – 23, 2014

Citi Performing Arts Center Emerson Colonial Theatre

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, the pop culture phenomenon of “Flashdance” is now live on stage.

With electrifying dance at its core, “Flashdance, The Musical,” tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night with dreams of one day becoming a professional performer. When romance with her steel mill boss threatens to complicate her ambitions, Alex learns the meaning of love and its power to fuel the pursuit of her dream.

This show features a score that includes the biggest hit songs from the movie, including the Academy Award-winning title song “Flashdance, What a Feeling,” “Maniac,” “Gloria,” “Manhunt,” and “I Love Rock & Roll.” In addition to these hits, 16 brand new songs have been written for the musical with music by Robbie Roth and lyrics by Robert Cary and Robbie Roth. The show features a book by Tom Hedley (co-writer of the original screenplay), and Robert Cary, with direction and choreography by Sergio Trujillo (“Jersey Boys,” “Memphis”). Visit www.FlashdancetheMusical.com.

‘THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA’

June 11 to 20, 2014

Boston Opera House

Following an acclaimed sell-out tour of the United Kingdom, Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal musical success, “The Phantom of the Opera” will make its premiere in Boston as part of a brand new U.S. National Tour.

Hailed as “Stunning, intense and spectacular” by the Sunday Express, this production features a new design by Paul Brown, costumes by Maria Björnson, a new staging by Laurence Connor (director of the recent acclaimed 25th anniversary celebration at the Royal Albert Hall), and new choreography by Scott Ambler. The production is overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh. Visit www.ThePhantomOfTheOperaTour.com.

BLUE MAN GROUP

Ongoing

Charles Playhouse

Blue Man Group is a global phenomenon with theatrical and digital media operations across three continents, permanent live performance installations in six cities, an ongoing theatrical tour of the U.S.A. and Canada, and a highly acclaimed show on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Epic.

Here in Boston, Blue Man Group continues to pack the Charles Playhouse by showcasing ingenuity and technology while uniting the audience in primal, collective exhilaration. Theatergoers 7 to 70 will enjoy the show’s unique combination of theatre, percussion, music, art, science and humor. Visit www.blueman.com/boston.