The Victoria Theatre Association unveiled one of its strongest Broadway Series lineups Monday, February 13 in the Wintergarden of the Schuster Center.
Sponsored by Premier Health Partners, the primarily family-friendly, unabashedly commercial 2012-13 Broadway Series, containing four local premieres, is an attractive mix of classic and contemporary titles. The standouts: “Mary Poppins,” Disney’s delightful 2006 Tony Award-nominated spectacle (yes, Mary will fly inside the Schuster’s Mead Theatre) particularly adhering to the book by P.L. Travers and incorporating charming new songs by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe alongside Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman’s timeless originals; “Next to Normal,” Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s acclaimed 2009 Tony-nominated and 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical about a grieving dysfunctional family which will be produced by the Human Race Theatre Company; and “Dreamgirls,” a dazzling revival of Tom Eyen and Henry Krieger’s 1981 Motown-inspired hit notably inserting “Listen” from the Academy Award-winning 2006 film adaptation. The remaining productions are “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” (an adaptation of the 1954 holiday film of the same name which arrived on Broadway in 2008 following multiple regional engagements including Springboro’s La Comedia Dinner Theatre), Jeanine Tesori and David Lindsay-Abaire’s humorous 2008 adaptation of “Shrek The Musical” (based on the 2001 Dreamworks film of the same name), and Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice and Andrew Lippa’s 2010 adaptation of “The Addams Family,” a visually appealing creepfest which has received significant rewrites since closing on Broadway six weeks ago.
Included among the special Star Attractions is the regional premiere of Green Day’s “American Idiot,” an electrifying post-9/11 tale of three disillusioned friends (based on the band’s 2004 Grammy Award-winning album) which should have won the 2010 Tony for Best Musical. The local premiere of the 1980s-infused “Rock of Ages,” a 2009 Tony nominee for Best Musical which will hit the big screen this summer starring Tom Cruise, is also worthwhile. The Victoria warns that “American Idiot,” “Rock of Ages” and “Next to Normal” contain strong language and adult themes and may not be suitable for all audiences, particularly children under the age of 13.
The season announcement event, emceed by Kim Faris of 94.5 LITE FM and attended by over 500 arts patrons, also included lineups for the Projects Unlimited Variety Series and the PNC Family Series. Next season will also feature the debut of a promising, lecture-driven series entitled National Geographic Live!, a collaboration with Five Rivers Metro Parks spotlighting first-hand accounts of exploration. The lineups for National Geographic Live!, Michelob Ultra Cool Films Series and Physicians for Kids Discovery Series will be announced at a later date.
Season tickets for the six-show Broadway Series are priced at $235, the three-show Projects Unlimited Variety Series are $90 and the four-show PNC Family Series are $40. Single tickets will be available at a later date. For more information, call Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630 or visit www.ticketcenterstage.com.
Premier Health Partners Broadway Series
“Irvin Berlin’s White Christmas”
November 27-December 2, 2012 – Schuster Center
“The Addams Family”
March 5-10, 2013 – Schuster Center
April 16-21, 2013 – Schuster Center
“Next to Normal”
May 7-19, 2013 – Victoria Theatre
June 4-9, 2013 – Schuster Center
An Evening with Branford Marsalis
September 23, 2012 – Schuster Center
“Menopause The Musical”
October 12-14, 2012 – Victoria Theatre
March 12-14, 2013 – Victoria Theatre
“Rock of Ages”
May 21-22, 2013 – Schuster Center
Projects Unlimited Variety Series
Over the Rhine
October 26, 2012 – Victoria Theatre
The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth
February 1, 2013 – Victoria Theatre
April 12, 2013 – Victoria Theatre
PNC Family Series
“Fred Garbo’s Inflatable Theater Company”
November 3-4, 2012 – Victoria Theatre
December 1-2, 2012 – Victoria Theatre
“The Number 14”
February 16-17, 2013 – Victoria Theatre
March 9-10, 2013 – Victoria Theatre