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BROADWAY IN NEW ORLEANS ANNOUNCES 2013 - 2014 SEASON AT HISTORIC SAENGER THEATRE
THE BOOK OF MORMON to Anchor Season
New Orleans (March 21, 2013)- East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans announces the lineup of Broadway's biggest hits for the 2013 - 2014 season to be showcased at the newly-renovated Saenger Theatre.
From the creators of "South Park" and winner of nine Tony Awards, THE BOOK OF MORMON will play a limited two-week engagement October 15 through 27 at the Saenger Theatre. The New York Times calls it "the best musical of this century" and Entertainment Weekly says it's "the funniest musical of all time."
The season continues with the musical tale of everlasting love GHOST THE MUSICAL, Broadway's feel-good musical comedy smash SISTER ACT, the classical musical love story based on the Academy Award®-winning animated feature film Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the incredible journey of MEMPHIS, the Tony Award®-winning Best Play that TIME Magazine calls "A Landmark Theater Event," WAR HORSE, and "the next best thing to seeing the Beatles," according the Associated Press, RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES.
"With the return of the Broadway Series to the Saenger Theatre, we're thrilled to present the best of Broadway, including THE BOOK OF MORMON, to New Orleans for the 2013 - 2014 season," said David Skinner, general manager of Ace Theatrical Group. "Through the trials and triumphs of each story, fortified with award-winning music, this season delivers an exhilarating experience that will have viewers begging for more."
Shows in the East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans 2013 - 2014 season include:
THE BOOK OF MORMON
October 15 - 27, 2013
Winner of nine Tony Awards® including Best Musical, 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 MORMON contains explicit language. The Original Broadway Cast Recording for THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of the 2011 GRAMMY Award® for Best Musical Theater Album, is available on Ghostlight Records. http://www.bookofmormonthemusical.com/
GHOST THE MUSICAL
November 19 - 24, 2013
GHOST THE MUSICAL is "unlike anything seen on stage before!" - Newsday. Relive the iconic and magical moments from the Oscar®-winning movie GHOST in a brand-new Broadway musical. GHOST THE MUSICAL breathes glorious new life into a timeless love story. The musical features an original pop score from multiple GRAMMY Award®-winners Dave Stewart, one half of the 80s pop duo the Eurythmics, and Glen Ballard, co-writer with Alanis Morissette on the multi-platinum album Jagged Little Pill, among many other notable credits and collaborations. The musical's tale of everlasting love is thrilling entertainment for audiences of all ages. Adapted from the hit film by its Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin, GHOST THE MUSICAL follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam's untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death.
December 17 - 22, 2013
SISTER ACT is Broadway's feel-amazing musical comedy smash! The New York Post calls it "RIDICULOUSLY FUN," and audiences are jumping to their feet in total agreement! Featuring original music by 8-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 convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, SISTER ACT is reason to REJOICE!
Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
February 4 - 9, 2014
Based on the Academy Award®-winning animated feature film, Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, presented by NETworks, 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. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Saenger Theatre!
March 11 - 16, 2014
TURN UP THAT DIAL...From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, MEMPHIS is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves -- filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock 'n' roll. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, MEMPHIS , which played pre-Broadway at the La Jolla Playhouse, features a Tony®-winning book by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change) and a Tony®-winning original score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan. Directing is Tony® nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu), and choreography is by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys). Get ready to experience Broadway's most exciting new destination what AP calls "The very essence of what a Broadway musical should be." http://www.memphisthemusical.com/.
May 13 - 18, 2014
"A Landmark Theater Event" - TIME Magazine. A heart-warming tale of loyalty and friendship, WAR HORSE is the winner of five 2011 Tony Awards®. 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. This powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness that is currently playing to packed houses in London and around the world. At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets created by South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company, that bring to life breathing, galloping, charging horses strong enough for men to ride.
SPECIAL SUBSCRIBER OPTION - ADD TO YOUR SEASON PACKAGE:
RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES
January 17 - 19, 2014
As a special option to the Season Subscription package, RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES returns to New Orleans with nine new songs that have not been heard in previous productions for four performances, Jan. 17 - 19, 2014. As "the next best thing to seeing The Beatles!" (Associated Press), 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.
SUBSCRIPTION PACKAGES ON SALE NOW!
Season tickets for the 2013 - 2014 East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans series are on sale now and can be purchased online at BroadwayInNewOrleans.com or by calling (800) 218-7469, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CST. Six-show season ticket package prices start at $154, which includes THE BOOK OF MORMON, GHOST THE MUSICAL, SISTER ACT, Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, MEMPHIS, and WAR HORSE. Current Broadway in New Orleans Season Subscribers are the first to be seated in the Saenger Theatre. The final deadline for current Season Subscribers to renew and keep their seats is April 25. Individual tickets will be available six to eight weeks prior to each scheduled performance. For groups pricing, please call (504) 287-0372.
Arts Center Enterprises - New Orleans, LLC - (ACE) is a theatrical facility management company with more than 30 years of experience in the field of professional performing arts facility management and theatrical property development. Allen Becker, together with his partners David Anderson, Gary Markowitz and Kirk B. Feldmann have succeeded in establishing a successful business model that combines an entrepreneurial operating strategy, with a wealth of industry relationships, which result in active, vibrant, well-managed and self-sustaining performing arts facilities. Not only has this business model served to uplift communities through the presentation of powerful live performances, but it has served to also provide economic stimulus into urban corridors in need of revitalization. Please visit ACE New Orleans online at MahaliaJacksonTheater.com.
Broadway Across America, part of the Key Brand Entertainment family of companies which includes Broadway.com and is operated by British theatre producer John Gore (Owner & CEO). Broadway Across America presents first-class touring musicals and plays across 40 North American cities and, under the supervision of Beth Williams (CEO - Theater Division), is dedicated to the development and production of new and diverse theatre. Recent and current Broadway productions include Hands on a Hardbody; Million Dollar Quartet (Broadway, off-Broadway, West End, US Tour, Las Vegas); Pippin; The Testament of Mary; How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Memphis; One Man, Two Guvnors; The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess; and the Toronto production of War Horse. Upcoming: Tuck Everlasting, Little Miss Sunshine, Big Fish, and The Blonde Streak. Broadway.com is the premier theater website for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. For more information please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and Broadway.com.
New Orleans Theatre Association (NOTA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation whose mission is to attract and present the finest theatrical and performing arts attractions available in New Orleans. NOTA is also dedicated to financial and technical support of local non-profit institutions in New Orleans that are dedicated to the furtherance of theatrical and musical education and production.
Canal Street Development Corporation - In 1989, the former D. H. Holmes department store, parking garage and storage facilities were offered as a donation by the Dillard family to the City of New Orleans. With a tremendous opportunity to reshape one of the most important areas of the city, the Canal Street Development Corporation was formed as a public benefit corporation to accept the donation consisting of nearly two square blocks bounded by Canal, Dauphine, Bienville and Bourbon Streets. That property portfolio consists of a soon to be Hyatt Hotel, apartments, parking garage and a number of restaurants. The Canal Street Development Corporation has also partnered with ACE Theatrical Group to restore and expand the historic arts venue.