We already knew that the Tony-winning megahit The Book of Mormon would be in the 2013-'14 Lexus Broadway Series at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, and now we know when. It'll kick off the five-show season, opening Aug. 21, 2013 and running through Sept. 1.
Mormon, by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, along with Robert Lopez (Avenue Q), leads what will be a killer second half of 2013 for touring shows at ATTPAC's Winspear Opera House. It's followed by the acclaimed play Peter and the Starcatcher in September and then the new version of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, which takes the Gershwins masterpiece opera and adds a book adapted by playwright Suzan-Lori Parks with and music adapted by Diedre Murray, in December. (That 2012 Broadway production, starring Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis, featured Dallas' Cedric Neal.)
The spring of 2014 brings the latest Broadway version of the Stephen Schwartz musical Godspell in February, and the perennial favorite Disney's Beauty and the Beast in April.
And here's a fun fact for you: Peter and the Starcatcher is Rick Elice's adaptation of a novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson that does to the J.M. Barrie stories about The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up what Wicked did to The Wizard of Oz. And that means that you have three chances to see versions of the Peter Pan story in DFW this year alone, starting with the tour of the musical Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby, which opens at Bass Performance Hall on Tuesday, March 26; and then in the new Bill Sherman/Rajiv Joseph musical Fly, having its world premiere at the Dallas Theater Center this summer. Follow those with Peter and the Starcatcher for year of Neverland fun.
Casting for Porgy and Bess and Godspell hasn't been announced yet.
Here's the full news release on the Lexus Broadway Series, which has subscription and ticket sale info in it:
DALLAS (March 21, 2013) – The AT&T Performing Arts Center continues its tradition of bringing the latest and best of Broadway to Dallas. Today the Center announced an exciting and diverse lineup of hit shows for its 2013/2014 season of the Lexus Broadway Series.
From the creators of “South Park” and winner of nine Tony® Awards, The Book of Mormon will play a limited two-week engagement August 21 through September 1, 2013 at the Center’s Winspear Opera House. Subscribers receive priority seating, so a season subscription will be the best way to guarantee tickets to The Book of Mormon.
The season also features Peter and the Starcatcher, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, the hit revival of Godspell, and Disney's Beauty and the Beast.
“Our goal in selecting shows for the Lexus Broadway Series is to bring what is current, relevant and important from Broadway to North Texas and our world-class performing arts center,” said president and acting CEO of the Center, Doug Curtis. “We feel this new season checks every one of those boxes.”
Lexus Broadway Series subscribers will continue to enjoy a number of unique benefits, including the Center’s inter-show ticket exchange, which provides subscribers the flexibility to exchange tickets for one show in the season for another show in the season (limit one exchange per season – restrictions apply to The Book of Mormon).
Subscription packages for Orchestra and Mezzanine seating are $380 for Tuesday through Friday performances and Sunday evening performances; and are $485 for Saturday evening performances and weekend matinees.
Subscription packages for the five-show season range from $130 for Starlight Circle seating to $1,000 for packages in the Cree Box Circle.
Season subscriptions are available now. Information is available at www.attpac.org/broadway. Subscriptions must be purchased by phone at 214-880-0202, or in person at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Box Office at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora Street (Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.), or at the remote Box Office at Park Place Lexus Plano at 1025 Preston Road.
THE 2013/2014 LEXUS BROADWAY SERIES
The Book of Mormon – August 21 - September 1, 2013
Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” Entertainment Weekly says it’s “the funniest musical of all time.” From “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, it’s The Book of Mormon, winner of nine Tony® Awards including Best Musical. Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” calls it “a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry.” Contains explicit language.
Peter and the Starcatcher – September 17 – September 29, 2013
Hailed by The New York Times as "the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades," this musical play takes a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew. The winner of five Tony® Awards, this swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan is the innovative and imaginative musical play based on the best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. A company of twelve actors plays more than a hundred unforgettable characters, all on a journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up? This epic origin story of popular culture’s most enduring and beloved character proves that your imagination is the most captivating place in the world.
The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess – December 11 – December 22, 2013
Time magazine exclaims, “A don’t-miss theatre event! The #1 Broadway musical of the year.” Winner of the 2012 Tony® Award for Best Revival of a Musical, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess is hitting the road in a stunning and stirring new staging, including such legendary songs as “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So” and “I Got Plenty of Nothing.” The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess features one of Broadway’s most accomplished creative teams, led by Tony®-nominated director Diane Paulus (Hair), Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog), and two-time Obie Award-winning composer Diedre L. Murray (Running Man), bringing George and Ira Gershwin’s legendary masterwork to the Broadway stage for the first time in more than 35 years.
Praised by The New Yorker as, “A great achievement!” and hailed by the Associated Press as, “a gorgeous version of the Gershwin masterpiece,” the classic story of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess is set in Charleston’s fabled Catfish Row, where the beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past, and the only one who can rescue her is the courageous Porgy. Threatened by her formidable former lover Crown, and the seductive enticements of the colorful troublemaker Sporting Life, Porgy and Bess’ relationship evolves into a deep romance that triumphs as one of theatre’s most exhilarating love stories.
Godspell – February 18 – March 2, 2014
“Godspell is cause to rejoice! This irresistibly exuberant production will make you a believer in the power of musical theater!” says USA Today.
Prepare ye for Godspell, the beloved musical from Stephen Schwartz, the Grammy® and Academy Award®-winning composer of Wicked. Enjoy all the good gifts of one of the most enduring shows of all time in a brand new and up-to-date, intimate, one-of-a-kind production with the Tony®-nominated score filled with the popular hits “Day By Day,” “Light of the World ” and “Turn Back, O Man.” This timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love has touched the hearts of countless theater-goers all over the world – and now you can join in the celebration as a spectacular ensemble of bright young stars stirs your soul, raises your spirit and lifts you right out of your seat.
NETworks presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast – April 15 - April 27, 2014
Based on the Academy Award®-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of more than 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes and dazzling production numbers, including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song.
Here's a video of Andrew Rannells performing "I Believe" from The Book of Mormon on the Tony Awards in 2011: