Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Book of Mormon, War Horse Head Bushnell's 2013-2014 Season

Tony winners The Book of Mormon and War Horse are among the shows announced for the 2013-2014 Broadway Season at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford.

Also in the lineup: Fashdance, the Musical; Miss Siagon, A Christmas Story, Peter and the Starcatcher and Gost, the Musical.

Current season ticket holders will receive their renewal packages in March, and new packages will be available in early summer. Interested patrons are encouraged to call the Box Office (860-987-5900) to have their name placed on a waiting list. Single tickets will go on sale this summer.

The 2013-2014 Broadways Series

MISS SAIGON, September 17-22, 2013

A classic love story is brought up-to-date in one of the most stunning theatrical spectacles of all time. In MISS SAIGON, Puccini's Madame Butterfly bursts into the modern world. This powerful pop opera is an emotional tale about forbidden love, the tragedies of war and the sacrifices made to achieve the American Dream. Tony Award-winning musical MISS SAIGON, created by the visionaries behind LES MISERABLES, features a touching love story told through a series of sensational musical numbers including "Why God Why?" and "The American Dream.”

FLAHSDANCE THE MUSICAL, October 15-20, 2013

Sparks will fly as FLASHDANCE THE MUSICAL explodes onto the stage! FLASHDANCE tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh welder by day and dancer by night with dreams of one day becoming a professional performer. When romance with her steel mill boss threatens to complicate her ambitions, Alex learns the meaning of love and its power to fuel the pursuit of her dream. Celebrating the film’s 30th anniversary, FLASHDANCE THE MUSICAL features all of the movie’s hit songs including, “Maniac,” “I Love Rock & Roll,” and of course “Flashdance-What a Feeling” in addition to 16 brand new songs written for the musical with music by Robbie Roth and lyrics by Robert Cary and Robbie Roth.

A CHRISTMAS STORY, November 12-17, 2013

A CHRISTMAS STORY is the hilarious account of Ralphie Parker’s desperate quest to ensure that this most perfect of gifts ends up under his tree this Christmas. Directed by Tony Award winner John Rando and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, this musical based on the classic 1983 movie, has been called “a true gift” by New York Magazine and is sure to spark some holiday wonder.

WAR HORSE, January 28-February 2, 2014

WAR HORSE, based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, is a powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and magnificent artistry. South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company brings breathing, galloping, full-scale horses to life on the stage — their flanks, hides and sinews built of steel, leather and aircraft cables. Set during World War I in England, WAR HORSE follows a young man’s extraordinary journey to be reunited with his cherished horse. WAR HORSE has played to sold out audiences from Broadway to the West End, and was recently adapted into an Academy Award nominated film by Steven Spielberg.

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, February 18-23, 2014

A wildly theatrical, hilarious and innovative retelling of how a miserable orphan came to be The Boy Who Never Grew Up, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER upends the century-old legend of Peter Pan. Based on the best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel, the Tony Award-winning Best Play features a dozen actors portraying more than 100 unforgettable characters and uses their enormous talent, ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination. The Neverland you never knew can be discovered in this epic origin story of one of pop culture’s classic characters.

THE BOOK OF MORMON, March 18-30, 2014

Winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical! From Trey Parker and Matt Stone, four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of South Park, and Tony Award winner Robert Lopez, co-creator of the Tony Award–winning Best Musical AVENUE Q, comes THE BOOK OF MORMON. In this musical satire, two missionaries are sent on a mission trip to Uganda, but are soon over their heads in a land plagued by war, poverty and AIDS. Featuring choreography by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw, THE BOOK OF MORMON is directed by Nicholaw and Parker. Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls “the best musical of this century” and The Daily Show's Jon Stewart calls it “A crowning achievement. So good, it makes me angry.” Contains explicit language.

GHOST THE MUSICAL, June 10-15, 2014

Adapted from the hit film, GHOST THE MUSICAL follows the tragic love story of Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam’s untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, desperate to communicate with her, Sam turns to a store front psychic who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death. The Associated Press calls GHOST THE MUSICAL, “eye-poppingly brilliant with glorious songs and Newsday exclaims, “unlike anything see onstage before.” The musical’s tale of everlasting love is captivating entertainment for audiences of all ages.

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