Dallas — The 2014-15 season for the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Broadway Series was announced Monday night. You'll notice that "Lexus" is not in the Broadway Series title; they'll be looking for a new naming sponsor of the series after the current season ends.
The season includes the return of the mammoth hit The Book of Mormon (a subscriber special) and marks the first time for the tour of the popular The Phantom of the Opera at the Winspear Opera House (wouldn't it be cool if the Winspear's LED chandelier did the crashing?). Also in the warhorse category: Annie, the tour of the most recent Broadway revival.
As for new musicals, there are three, two of which have already been announced: Newsies and Motown the Musical. For my money, the most exciting show on the season is the musical Once, a smaller-scale show based on the 2006 Irish indie film about a busker and an immigrant who fall in love. The show pulled out a surprise win over Newsies to take the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical.
Here's the line-up and more about the shows and subscriptions from the ATTPAC news release:
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Aug. 6-24, 2014
ONCE Dec. 17–28, 2014
NEWSIES April 29–May 10, 2015
ANNIE June 23–July 5, 2015
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL July 21–Aug. 9, 2015
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND,
THE BOOK OF MORMON – Feb. 10–22, 2015
DALLAS (February 17, 2014) – The AT&T Performing Arts Center today announced its 2014-2015 Broadway Series season featuring The Phantom of the Opera, ONCE, Newsies, Annie, and Motown The Musical. All performances will take place at the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House.
Back by popular demand following its record-breaking two week engagement in 2013, the multi-Tony Award®-winning musical from the creators of South Park, The Book of Mormon, will return for a limited engagement. Season subscribers will have the option to add The Book of Mormon to their season subscription.
The Center also announced that the current Broadway smash Matilda The Musical will be part of the subsequent 2015/2016 season.
Season subscriptions are available now.
“This is our biggest and best Broadway season yet,” said president and CEO of the Center, Doug Curtis. “There is something for everyone.”
THE 2014/2015 BROADWAY SERIES
The Phantom of the Opera – August 6 – August 24, 2014
This Phantom features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award®-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award® winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and a new staging by director Laurence Connor. The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score – with songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade” – is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this Phantom one of the largest productions now on tour.
ONCE – December 17 – December 28, 2014
Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical and the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, ONCE is truly an original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up 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 you in from the very first note and never lets you go. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams…not living in fear…and the power of music to connect all of us.
Newsies – April 29 – May 10, 2015
They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines…Direct from Broadway comes Newsies, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards® for Best Score and Best Choreography, Newsies has audiences and critics alike calling it “A MUSICAL WORTH SINGING ABOUT!” (The New York Times). Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it’s a high-energy explosion of song and dance you just don’t want to miss.
Annie – June 23 – July 5, 2015
The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”
Motown The Musical – July 21 – August 9, 2015
It began as one man's story… became everyone's music… and is now Broadway's musical. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Now, experience it live on stage in the record-breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL!
The Book of Mormon – February 10 – February 22, 2015
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.
2015-2016 Broadway Series
MATILDA THE MUSICAL opened in April 2013 at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre to rapturous reviews and has been celebrated on 10 “Top Ten” lists for 2013, including TIME Magazine’s #1 Show of the Year.
The production has received four Tony Awards and a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theater for each of the four girls who shared the title role, two Outer Critics Circle Awards, five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical.
Winner of a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards including Best Musical, MATILDA THE MUSICAL is based on the beloved novel by best-selling author Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox). It is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her destiny.
MATILDA THE MUSICAL is directed by Tony Award® winner Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage), who helms this production with a book by Tony Award®-winning playwright Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Australian comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin.
The production has sets and costumes by Tony Award® winner Rob Howell, with choreography by Peter Darling, orchestrations, additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Tony Award®winner Hugh Vanstone, and sound by Simon Baker.
Broadway Series subscribers enjoy free ticket replacement, discounted pre-paid parking and the Center’s inter-show ticket exchange, which provides the flexibility to exchange tickets for one show to another in the season (limit one exchange per season – excludes The Book of Mormon).
Center Circle members enjoy Broadway better than anyone else with a wide range of exclusive benefits. Member benefits include priority access to the best available seats, access to the Capital One Bank Members Lounge for complimentary beverages at each performance and access to the Platinum Circle orchestra seating for Platinum Circle members. Membership donations not only help the nonprofit Center bring the very best in performing arts to North Texas, but also support the Center’s community and education programs, including Community Partners which provides free tickets to those who would otherwise not have access. To join Center Circle with a membership donation, visit attpac.org/support or call Membership Services at 214-978-2888.
Five-show subscription packages for Orchestra seating are $430 for Tuesday through Friday performances and Sunday evening performances; and are $505 for Saturday evening performances and weekend matinees.
Subscription packages for the five-show season range from $140 for Starlight Circle seating to $1,000 for packages in the Cree Box Circle.
Information is available at www.attpac.org/broadway. Subscriptions may also be purchased by phone at 214-880-0202, or in person at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Information Center, 2353 Flora Street (Monday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Tuesday thru Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.).
Naming note: For now, the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 season will be known as the Broadway Series. A new naming sponsor will be announced when the selection is complete. The series will continue to be known as the Lexus Broadway Series through the current 2013/2014 season. Lexus is continuing its generous support and partnership with the AT&T Performing Arts Center and its resident companies.