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Broadway on the Road
March 8, 2012 - Phyllis Sigal
I love Broadway. I'm always looking forward to what's coming up next at the Capitol Theatre and in Pittsburgh. I've always got my "must-see" list for the New York shows, as well. I get a daily email from TKTS in New York, so that I can dream about that next show I'll get to see on Broadway — at half-price, of course.
I'm looking forward to "Spamalot" tonight at the Capitol, and "Mamma Mia!" set for early May. I also can't wait to hear what's in store for us at next season's Broadway at the Capitol series — an announcement should be forthcoming later this spring.
Today, the PNC Broadway Across America — Pittsburgh 2012-13 season was announced.
Here's what's coming, according to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust:
• "War Horse," Nov. 13-18, at the Benedum Center
A synopsis: A remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship. England, 1914. As World War One begins, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped from England to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.
• "Flashdance," tour premiere, Jan. 1-6, Heinz Hall
A synopsis: The production tells an unforgettable story of Alex, a working-class girl striving to make her dreams of becoming a professional dancer a reality. It all started with a dream: To be bigger. To burn brighter. To dance harder. Based on the movie that defined a generation, directed and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo ("Jersey Boys," "Memphis," "The Addams Family"), this new musical features a score of smash hits including the Academy Award-winning title track “Flashdance — What a Feeling,” “Maniac,” “I Love Rock & Roll,” along with 16 original songs.
• "Les Miserables," Jan. 15-27, Benedum Center
A synopsis: Cameron Mackintosh presents a brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical, "Les Miserables," with glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. This new production has been acclaimed by critics, fans, and new audiences and is breaking box office records wherever it goes.
• "Sister Act," Feb. 5-10, Benedum Center
A synopsis: "Sister Act" is Broadway’s feel-amazing musical comedy smash. Featuring original music by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken ("Beauty and the Beast," "The Little Mermaid," "Little Shop of Horrors"), "Sister Act" tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look—a conven. Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.
• Bette Midler Presents "Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical," March 5-10, Benedum Center
A synopsis: This spectacular show tells the uplifting story of three friends on the road-trip of a lifetime. The trio hops aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and ends up finding more than they could ever have dreamed. An international hit with more than 500 dazzling, 2011 Tony Award-winning costumes, "Priscilla" features a hit parade of dance-floor favorites including “It’s Raining Men,” “Finally” and “I Will Survive.”
• "The Book of Mormon," March 26-April 7, 2013, Benedum Center; winner of nine 2011 Tony Awards
Vogue says, “It’s the funniest musical of all time.” And The New York Times says, “It’s the best musical of this century.” It’s The Book of Mormon, the Broadway phenomenon from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez. The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart calls it “A crowning achievement. So good, it makes me angry.”
• "Anything Goes," April 16-21, 2013, Heinz Hall; winner of three 2011 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and Best Choreography
A synopsis: When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love ... proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail. Peppering this timeless classic are some of musical theater’s most memorable standards, including “Get a Kick Out of You,” “You’re the Top,” and of course, “Anything Goes.”
• "Jersey Boys," Sept. 4-23, 2012, Benedum Center
• "Marry Poppins," Oct. 16-21, 2012, Benedum Center.
• "Stomp," Oct. 30-Nov. 4, 2012, Heinz Hall
• "Green Day's American Idiot," Feb. 19-24, 2013, Heinz Hall
For season tickets, call 412-456-1390 or log onto TrustArts.org/broadway and stay tuned to hear what's set for Wheeling's Broadway at the Capitol series.