Pantages Announces 2012-2013 Season, Book Of Mormon, Priscilla Queen Of Desert Featured
Broadway/L.A. today revealed the remainder of its lineup for the 2012-2013 Pantages season, a seven-show package that includes the previously-announced West Coast Premiere engagement of “The Book of Mormon.” Rounding out the season will be four Los Angeles premieres of recent Broadway hits – “Donny & Marie – Christmas in Los Angeles,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert,” and “Sister Act.” – plus two star-lead revivals – Cathy Rigby stars in “Peter Pan” and Constantine Maroulis heads a brand-new pre-Broadway production of “Jekyll & Hyde.”
In addition, the Pantages will host return engagements of three productions which recently enjoyed hugely popular runs –“West Side Story,” Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” and “Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles,” in addition to the previously-announced revival of “Chicago,” starring Christie Brinkley.
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Because of the growing demand for Season Tickets, Broadway/L.A. is transitioning from a standard two-week engagement to three-week runs, which means that current Season Ticket Holders will receive substantial seating upgrades, and new Season Ticket Holders will have the opportunity to access the best seat locations available in 15 years.
Season Ticket Holders lock in the most amazing seats at the most amazing prices, and they enjoy a host of benefits not available to the general public, such as lost ticket insurance and any-time-any-reason exchange. Season Ticket Holders have 24/7 account access through a custom website that provides the ability to check performance dates and seating locations, update account information, secure additional priority seats, and make payments online with a few simple clicks. Plus, they are rewarded with each and every purchase with Audience Rewards, redeemable for tickets, memorabilia, cast recordings, special VIP experiences and much more.
Season Tickets Packages may be reserved beginning today at www.BroadwayLA.org. Best seats will be reserved by those who order earliest, although actual seat locations will not be assigned until a later date, after completion of renewals of existing Season Ticket Holders. To purchase by phone, please call Season Ticket Services toll-free 866-755-BWAY(2929).
Again this season, the Pantages Theatre offers all five price levels in the first 16 rows of the main floor Orchestra Level. Prior to last season, the lowest two ticket prices were only available in the Rear Mezzanine.
7-Show Orchestra Level Season Ticket packages start at just $241!
For the theatergoer who desires the very best, Broadway/L.A. is proud to offer its ultimate theatrical package, the Pantages President’s Club®, featuring VIP service, privileges and convenience. President’s Club Membership includes access to the brand new President’s Club VIP Suite; located just off the Pantages Grand Lobby, it is an elegant private retreat where members receive free food and beverage service, private restroom facilities and concierge-level service. Perhaps best of all, members receive exclusive access to seating in the first 12 rows of Center Orchestra, with two or four tickets for each production in our seven-show season. Members also enjoy priority seat access to all Nederlander theatres worldwide, the ability to purchase extra “house seats” to all Broadway/L.A. shows, free parking for all season productions, and invitations to any opening night parties during the season. A limited number of positions are available in the Pantages President’s Club. For more information, please visit www.BroadwayLA.org/PrezClub or call 323-468-1725.
Broadway/L.A. is the Los Angeles theatrical division of The Nederlander Organization, owner of the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. The Nederlander Organization also owns or operates nine theatres on Broadway, three theatres on the West End in London, and operates Broadway Seasons in several other U.S. cities.
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Season Production #1:
“The Book of Mormon”
September 5 – November 25, 2012
As previously announced, the Pantages Theatre is proud to be hosting the West Coast premiere engagement of “The Book of Mormon,” winner of nine Tony Awards® including Best Musical, which will play a strictly limited 12-week engagement at the Pantages from September 5 – November 25, 2012.
“The Book of Mormon” was hailed by The New York Times’ Ben Brantley as “the best musical of this century.” In addition to its nine Tonys, the landmark production was named “Best Musical” by the New York Drama Critics Circle, the Drama Desk, the Outer Critics Circle and the Drama League.
“The question people most ask me about the show – aside from ‘can you get me tickets?’ – is ‘when’s it coming to L.A.?’” commented Robert Lopez. “It’s great to finally have a good answer to one question, if not the other.”
“We moved to Los Angeles twenty years ago to try and make it as filmmakers,” commented Trey Parker and Matt Stone. “The last thing we expected is that one day we would be bringing our Broadway musical here. It’s crazy and great.”
“The Book of Mormon” features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award®-winning creators of the landmark animated series, “South Park.” Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q. The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker.
“The Book of Mormom” is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, Best Music (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Lyrics (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Director (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Actor in a Musical (Josh Gad) and Best Director (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker) and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.
“The Book of Mormom” features set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan. Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus. Music direction and vocal arrangements are by Stephen Oremus.
The Original Broadway Cast Recording for “The Book of Mormon,” the winner of the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, is available on Ghostlight Records.
Parent Advisory: Contains explicit language.
For more information, visit www.BookofMormonOnTour.com
Season Production #2:
“Donny & Marie – Christmas In Los Angeles”
December 4 - 23, 2012
America’s favorite brother and sister duo are spending the holidays in Hollywood, playing a limited 3-week engagement at the Pantages, December 4-23, 2012.
Appearing together for the first time on a live Los Angeles stage, the beloved sibling entertainers will star in “Donny & Marie – Christmas In Los Angeles.” In the holiday tradition of the Osmond Family Christmas television specials, the legendary Donny and Marie invite families to join them to celebrate the joy of the season in true Osmond fashion. With a dash of Christmas spirit and their trademark show-stopping production numbers, “Donny & Marie – Christmas In Los Angeles” features favorite holiday hits mixed with the irresistible chemistry that made these two chart-topping music superstars international entertainment icons.
Donny Osmond began his illustrious career in entertainment at the age of 5, and by 13 had already collected 18 gold records, eventually earning a grand total of 33 throughout his career, with sales of more than 80 million albums. He recently released his 55th record, Love Songs of the 70s, which shipped gold in the UK. His starring role as Joseph in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat lasted for more than a year and a half and the show broke records during its six year run of 2,000 performances at the Chicago Theatre.
During his extensive career, Donny has been a singer, actor, triple-threat television series host (talk show, game show, variety show), best-selling author (his autobiography entered the UK bestseller chart at #1 last year), commercial spokesman, motivational speaker, and even a race car driver. Reflecting his multi-generational worldwide fan base, his website, donny.com, receives a staggering 120 million plus hits annually. Donny was the Dancing with the Stars champion in the fall of 2009, where 37 million viewers watched each week, continues as a special correspondent for Entertainment Tonight and often appears on Good Morning America. Donny currently hosts two daily nationally syndicated radio shows and in 2011 he and Marie released their first studio album (Donny & Marie) in more than two decades, topping the country chart at #1 with the single “A Beautiful Life”.
Beginning with her national debut at age three on The Andy Williams Show, Marie Osmond has proven to be a resilient talent with a magnetic presence known across generations, performing for almost five continuous decades. Marie recorded “Paper Roses” at age twelve, making history as the youngest female artist to have her debut record go to #1 on the charts, followed by a Grammy nomination. On film, Marie starred in The Gift of Love (1979) Side By Side (1982) and I Married Wyatt Earp (1983)…. “oh, yeah”…and Goin’ Coconuts (As she says: “Some things you never stop paying for!”) In addition to making over 30 albums and numerous gold records, Marie won a Country Music Association’s “Vocal Duo of the Year” award in 1986 for Meet Me In Montana, with the late Dan Seals. After reaching the finals in season five of Dancing With the Stars, Marie released a much-anticipated inspirational album titled I Can Do This which rose instantly to the iTunes top ten listing after she performed “Pie Jesu” on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Marie is the author of two New York Times best-selling books, is celebrating 21 years of “Marie Osmond Collectible Dolls,” and has helmed the top North American children’s charity, Children’s Miracle Network, as co-founder for 30 years.
Season Production #3
Cathy Rigby is “Peter Pan”
January 15 – 27, 2013
Tony Award® nominee Cathy Rigby is once again taking flight as “Peter Pan,” the timeless and magical two time Emmy Award® winning and two-time Tony Award nominated production, which will return to the Pantages Theatre for two weeks only, January 15-27, 2013.
“Peter Pan” is possibly the ultimate memory-making family experience, combining spectacle and fantasy into a unique elixir that produces joy in audiences of all ages. Transported into an enchanted world where dreams literally take flight, generations of theatergoers have been captivated by the story of a boy who refused to grow up and as he takes three Darling children on a series of Neverland adventures that will change forever the way they look at home, family and friendship.
Director Glenn Casale, who helmed the 1999 Emmy-winning and Tony-nominated revival production, is once again guiding Peter, Hook and a merry band of characters. A major force in the L.A. theatre scene, Casale has been a resident at the California Musical Theatre for almost 23 seasons, directing over 550 shows. The flying sequence choreographer is Paul Rubin, affectionately known as "The Fly Guy." The creative team includes Patti Columbo (Choreographer), Keith Levenson (Musical Director), Michael Gilliam (Lighting Design), Julie Ferrin (Sound Design), and Sean Boyd (Fight Director).
PETER PAN is produced by McCoy Rigby Entertainment, Nederlander Presentations, Albert Nocciolino in association with Larry Earl Payton, Michael Filerman, Heni Koenigsberg and La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts.
For more information, please visit www.CathyRigbyIsPeterPan.com.
Season Production #4:
Constantine Maroulis in
“Jekyll & Hyde”
February 12 – March 3, 2013
Pantages audiences are getting a jump on New Yorkers this season, as they’re treated to an exciting new production of “Jekyll & Hyde,” which will play a limited 3-week engagement, February 12 – March 3, 2013, prior to the show’s Broadway opening that Spring. “Jekyll & Hyde” stars Tony Award® Nominee Constantine Maroulis in the dual title role of Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde.
Conceived for the stage by Tony and GRAMMY Award® nominee Frank Wildhorn and Steve Cuden, the four time Tony Award Nominated musical “Jekyll & Hyde”features a book & lyrics by two-time Oscar winner, Emmy winner and four-time Tony Award Nominee Leslie Bricusse, music by Frank Wildhorn, and will be directed and choreographed by Tony Award Nominee Jeff Calhoun.
After four thrilling, chilling years on Broadway and multiple world-wide tours, this dark and dangerous love story returns in a stunning new production that includes all the classic songs – including “This is the Moment,” “A New Life” and “Someone Like You” –that first grabbed audiences by the throat and transformed “Jekyll & Hyde” into a theatrical phenomenon.
Constantine Maroulis wowed Pantages audiences last year as a played the lead role in our wildly successful presentation of Rock of Ages, sharing with L.A. the portrayal that garnered him a Best Actor Tony nomination and a Drama League nomination for his performance. Constantine made his Broadway debut in the Tony-Nominated production of The Wedding Singer and just completed a stint in the title role of the hit production of Toxic Avenger at the Alley Theatre in Houston. Constantine was a finalist on the fourth season of American Idol. He played the role of Roger Davis in the national tour of “Rent.” This spring, Constantine will appear in the Warner Brothers feature film version of Rock of Ages, starring Tom Cruise.
The musical is based on the acclaimed Robert Louis Stevenson novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which spins the tale of a London doctor who, in his quest to cure his father’s mental illness, accidentally unleashes his evil alternate personality.
“Jekyll & Hyde”was first introduced to the world in a 1990 concept album featuring Colm Wilkinson and Linda Eder, and shortly thereafter had its world premiere at the Alley Theatre in Houston starring Chuck Wagner as Jekyll/ Hyde and Linda Eder as Lucy. Following a 30-city National Tour, the Broadway production opened at The Plymouth Theatre on April 28, 1997 and earned four Tony Award nominations. Directed by Robin Phillips and choreographed by Joey Pizzi, the production starred Robert Cuccioli, who earned a Tony Nomination for his portrayal of Jekyll/ Hyde, Linda Eder, who won the Theatre World Award for her Broadway debut, as Lucy, and Christianne Noll as Emma Carew. After 1,543 performances, and featuring such replacements as Sebastian Bach and David Hasselhoff in the title role, the production played its final performance on January 7, 2001. The show’s popularity catapulted well beyond the Great White Way and, within the subsequent decade of its world premiere, “Jekyll & Hyde”became an international sensation with multiple tours in the UK and North America, and over a dozen recordings from Germany, Spain, Austria, Hungary, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Japan and South Korea, among others.
Season Production #5:
“Catch Me If You Can”
March 12 – 24, 2013
Based on the hit DreamWorks film and the incredible true story that inspired it, “Catch Me If You Can” will have its Los Angeles premiere, flying into the Pantages in a limited two-week engagement, March 12-24, 2013.
“Catch Me If You Can” captures the astonishing true story of Frank Abagnale, Jr., a world-class con artist who passed himself off as a doctor, a lawyer, and a jet pilot—all before the age of 21. With straight-arrow FBI agent Carl Hanratty on Frank's trail, we're off on a jet-setting, cat-and-mouse chase, as a jazzy, swinging-sixties score keeps this adventure in constant motion. In the end, Agent Hanratty learns he and Frank aren't so very different after all, and Frank finds out what happens when love catches up to a man on the run.
This engagement follows hot on the heels of the recent Broadway run, where the show received considerable acclaim. The New York Times exclaims, “Hot diggity! This portrait of the con artist as a young man comes to ecstatic life.” WOR Radio calls it “absolutely marvelous” and proclaims “Catch Me If You Can” “a real Broadway musical with showstoppers to enthrall just about everyone.” And Vanity Fair says ““Catch Me If You Can” will move you to live life to the fullest and dance past anything standing in your way,” and urges “Get your seats now!”
“Catch Me If You Can” is based on the book and hit 2002 film of the same name directed by Steven Spielberg with screenplay by Jeff Nathanson and book by Frank Abagnale, Jr.
Nominated for four Tony Awards® and six Drama Desk Awards, “Catch Me If You Can” assembled a Tony Award-winning "dream team." Terrence McNally (The Full Monty, Ragtime) wrote the book, Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman (Hairspray) wrote the swinging score, Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Legally Blonde) choreographed, and Jack O'Brien (Hairspray, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) piloted the production as its director.
Season Production #6:
Bette Midler Presents
“Priscilla Queen Of The Desert”
May 28 – June 16, 2013
Broadway’s Tony Award® winning hit, “Priscilla Queen Of The Desert”, will light up the Pantages stage as perhaps never before when the production has its Los Angeles premiere engagement for three weeks only, May 28-June 16, 2013. As with the Broadway production, the national tour is proudly presented by Hollywood legend Bette Midler, who is dedicated to sharing the show she dearly loves with audiences around the country.
This spectacular-spectacular tells the story of three best friends on the wildest road trip ever. The trio hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed. With over 500 2011 Tony Award-winning, dazzling costumes and a hit parade of dance-floor favorites including “It’s Raining Men” and “I Will Survive," “Priscilla Queen Of The Desert” promises two of the happiest hours ever spent sitting in (or jumping out of) a theatre seat!
“Priscilla,” as she’s affectionately known for short, is a huge global hit that broke box office records in Australia, New Zealand, England and Canada before taking Broadway by storm. NY-1 News raves, “Beneath all that glitz beats a great big sequined heart!” WOR Radio sings, “All the songs you’ve loved for years will blow you out of your seat!” And The Hollywood Reporter proclaims “Priscilla”“funny and fabulous” and calls it “joyous entertainment with eye-popping visuals and unexpected heart.”
“Priscilla” was awarded a 2011 Tony Award for Best Costume Design for Academy Award® winners Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner’s designs. The duo were also honored with 2011 Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Costume Design. The new hit musical was also honored with three Best Musical award nominations from the Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Award organizations.
Due to mature language and situations, “Priscilla” is recommended for audiences age 13 and up.
For more information, visit: www.PriscillaOnBroadway.com
Season Production #7:
“Sister Act: The Musical”
July 9 – 28, 2013
Broadway’s divine musical comedy, “Sister Act,” will convert audiences at the Pantages Theatre when the production has its Los Angeles premiere engagement for three weeks only, July 9 - 28, 2013.
“Sister Act” features an original score with music by multi-Academy®, Grammy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning composer Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Enchanted), lyrics by Tony and Academy Award-nominee Glenn Slater (The Little Mermaid), and a book by multi-Emmy Award winners Cheri and Bill Steinkellner (“Cheers”) with additional book material by Tony and Olivier Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane (Xanadu, The Little Dog Laughed). Directed on Broadway by four-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Zaks (Guys and Dolls, A Funny Thing…Forum, Smokey Joe’s Café), the production features choreography by Tony and Olivier Award nominee Anthony Van Laast (Mamma Mia, Bombay Dreams) and is based on the Touchstone Pictures motion picture Sister Act written by Joseph Howard.
When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place cops are sure she won't be found - a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and an uptight Mother Superior. Using her fabulous disco-ness and killer voice to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church, but in doing so blows her cover. Soon it’s nun-on-the-run time but she finds salvation in the heavenly power of her newly found sisterhood. Based on the mega-hit feature film, “Sister Act” features an original Alan Menken/Glenn Slater score with a vast inspiration of musical styles from Motown, soul and funk to great big disco anthems and Barry White inspired musical comedy.
Elisabeth Vincentelli of The New York Post calls “Sister Act,” “One of the season’s happiest surprises! Off the charts and packed with goodies, to which we say: Amen!” Joe Dziemianowicz of The New York Daily News raves “A blessed event has landed on Broadway. Sister Act is a feel-good crowd pleaser worth celebrating. It keeps on purring from one happy moment to the next.” Charles Isherwood of The New York Times says, “When the wimples start quivering and the nuns start rocking to raise the Gothic rafters, all’s right in the kingdom of musical comedy!” and Mark Kennedy of The Associated Press calls “Sister Act,” “In a word, divine. This is a musical that hits all the right spots, achieving something close to Broadway grace. It will convert you.”
“Sister Act” received five 2011 Tony Award nominations: Best Musical, Best Original Score (Alan Menken (music)/ Glenn Slater (lyrics)), Best Book of a Musical (Cheri & Bill Steinkellner and Douglas Carter Beane), Best Actress in a Musical (Patina Miller) and Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Victoria Clark).
For more information, visit: www.SisterActTheMusical.com
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Optional Season Event #1
“Chicago” starring Christie Brinkley
May 15- 27, 2012
As previously announced, one of the most popular shows in Pantages history, “Chicago” is returning to Hollywood for a limited two-week engagement, May 15-27, 2012. The show will feature the local stage debut of supermodel Christie Brinkley, hot on the heels of starring in the show on Broadway, as Roxie Hart. Also starring will be John O’Hurley in the role of Billy Flynn.
Now in its 16th year on The Great White Way, the record-breaking smash hit musical “Chicago” is now the fourth longest-running production in Broadway history. With a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, “Chicago” is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival and the Grammy Award® for Best Musical Cast Recording. This production was the inspiration for the phenomenally-successful motion picture which was honored with six Academy Awards® including Best Picture of 2002. It had been a quarter of a century since a musical film was so honored.
Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, “Chicago” is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago's slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today's tabloids.
Throughout her phenomenal career as one of the country's most successful and recognizable supermodels, Christie Brinkley has appeared on more than 500 magazine covers worldwide. But more than that, she has also excelled as an artist, writer, photographer, designer, actress, philanthropist, environmentalist and political activist. On the big screen, she made her acting debut in 1983 opposite Chevy Chase in the hit feature film National Lampoon's Vacation and its 1997 sequel, Vegas Vacation. She has also famously appeared in Billy Joel's classic music videos "Uptown Girl," "Keeping the Faith" and "All About Soul," as well as Mick Jones' music video "Just Wanna Hold." On television, Christie has appeared on NBC's Mad About You and hosted Lifetime Television's InStyle Celebrity Weddings, which became the highest rated special in Lifetime's history.
Directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Tony Award winner Ann Reinking, “Chicago” features set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by Tony Award winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony Award winner Ken Billington and sound design by Scott Lehrer.
For more information on “Chicago,” please visit www.ChicagoTheMusical.com.
Optional Season Event #2
“Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles”
January 28 – February 3, 2013
Following their recent, phenomenally successful Broadway engagement, the internationally-acclaimed Beatles concert, “Rain – A Tribute To The Beatles,” will return for its second command Los Angeles engagement for one week only, January 28 – February 3, 2013. Or to quote Variety, “The Beatles are back!”
The Associated Press calls them “the next best thing to seeing The Beatles!,” and indeed, “Rain” performs the full range of The Beatles' discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. Together longer than The Beatles, “Rain” has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that’s as infectious as it is transporting.
From the early hits to later classics (I Want To Hold Your Hand, Hard Day’s Night, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Let It Be, Come Together, Hey Jude and more), this adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends!
Critics from coast to coast pay witness to the incredible power of this unique theatrical experience. The Los Angeles Times describes “Rain” as “a two-hour homage to pop music’s most brilliant gem.” The New York Times says, “The audience is enraptured.” The Chicago Sun-Times writes, “On their feet, with arms raised high above their heads, all in the audience were swaying and singing along in blissed-out, nostalgia-powered unison!” The Boston Herald calls them “Uncanny! “Rain” are a quartet of fine musicians in their own right … as The Beatles, they triumph!” And even deep in the heart of Texas, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram exclaims, “Boomer Heaven! “Rain” creates musical nirvana … makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up!”
For more information, please visit www.RainTribute.com.
Optional Season Event #3
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”
March 26 – April 7, 2013
Last year’s engagement of NETworks Presents Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” turned out to be one of the Pantages’ most popular shows ever, and due to an extraordinary demand for tickets, the smash hit production will return for two weeks only, March 26 – April 7, 2013.
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” the award-winning worldwide Broadway musical sensation, is produced by NETworks Presentations. This elaborate theatrical production brings magical new life to the tale best known from Disney’s classic animated feature film, which was the first animated feature film ever to be honored with an Academy Award® nomination as Best Picture.
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” features the animated film’s Academy Award-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional songs with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The book is written by Linda Woolverton.
The original creators of the Broadway production are together again for this new touring production. The play is directed by Rob Roth and choreographed by Matt West, with Costume Design by Ann Hould-Ward (Tony Award® winner for her work on Disney’s
”Beauty and the Beast” , Lighting Design by Natasha Katz, Scenic Design by Stanley A. Meyer, Sound Design by John Petrafesa Jr. and Music Supervision by Michael Kosarin.
Director Rob Roth: “It has been wonderful to bring the entire original design team back together to work on this new production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” As a director, it is rare to have the opportunity to revisit your work fifteen years later. Hopefully I’ve grown and developed as an artist, along with my collaborators, and we can bring 15 years of experience to this new production. We have remained very close as a team over the years of producing the show around the world, and it has been so much fun getting together to re-explore and re-invent the show for this new NETworks tour. The theme of “Beauty” is about seeing past the exterior into the heart of someone, and this is reflected in the design for the show, which is about transparency and layers, seeing past one thing and into another.”
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is the beloved story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” has become an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 21 countries.
For more information, please visit www.BeautyAndTheBeastOnTour.com.
Optional Season Event #4
“West Side Story”
April 9 – 14, 2013
2010’s runaway holiday hit, “West Side Story” played to sold-out crowds at the Pantages night after night. Next year, the most beloved musical of all time will return to Los Angeles for a one-week command engagement, April 9-14, 2013.
“West Side Story” tells the story of star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria as they struggle to rise above the hatred and intolerance that surrounds them. “West Side Story”
soars as the greatest love story of all time and remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever.
“West Side Story” is written by three theatrical luminaries: two-time Tony Award® winner Arthur Laurents (book) and multiple Tony and Grammy Award® winners Leonard Bernstein (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics), the latter of whom marked his Broadway debut with this show.
The Associated Press says “West Side Story” “remains Broadway’s best dance-driven musical. Five decades have not dimmed the extraordinary choreography or the score that pulsates throughout.” Variety says, “The true stars of “West Side Story” are Jerome Robbins' graceful, endlessly expressive choreography and Leonard Bernstein's score, which still sounds bracingly modern a half-century after it was first heard. The music is a primal force.”
The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.”