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Broadway Sacramento 2014-15 season features premieres, classics

California Musical Theatre recently announced the 2014-15 Broadway Sacramento season at Community Center Theater, a varied lineup featuring the Sacramento premiere of three hit musicals, two blockbusters brought back due to popular demand and a classic musical that has been produced at Music Circus but never before part of the Broadway Sacramento season.

From the return engagement of the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning mega-hit musical “Jersey Boys,” the story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, through the magic of the brand new Tony-winning production of the classic tale Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” the 25th anniversary Broadway Sacramento season features an exciting lineup.

The season also includes “Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage,” the high-energy musical based on the beloved 1987 movie; a new production of the ever-popular Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice hit “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” featuring two stars from American Idol and Broadway fame; the return of the audience favorite “RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles”, in a newly expanded version of the show; and eight-time Tony Award-winner “Once,” an unforgettable and unique musical based on the 2007 Academy Award-winning film. “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” has been produced five times at Music Circus, but has not been in the Broadway Sacramento season.

Broadway Sacramento, sponsored by Wells Fargo and presented by the nonprofit California Musical Theatre, is the largest performing arts event in the Capital Region. All performances are at the Community Center Theater, 1301 L St. in downtown Sacramento.

Season tickets
Season tickets are now on sale. Current season subscribers will have until June 6 to renew their season tickets and keep their seat locations. Season tickets are available only at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office, 1419 H St. in Sacramento, or by calling (916) 557-1999.

Season subscribers save up to $123 off the price of a pair of single-show tickets, and they get the best seats available since they can purchase season tickets before single-show tickets are available to the general public. Six-show subscriptions range from $130.25 to $393.55, depending on performance day/time and seating location. Subscribers will be able to opt out of “RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles,” making a five-show subscription, which ranges from $111.10 to $330.20, depending on performance day/time and seating location. Single-show tickets will go on sale in late summer or early fall.

Groups of 12 or more can reserve tickets for Broadway Sacramento shows beginning May 19 by calling (916) 557-1198.

For more information call (916) 557-1999 or visit BroadwaySacramento.com.

2014-15 Broadway Sacramento Season

“Jersey Boys”
Nov. 5-22, 2014: Performances begin on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m. and run through Nov. 22 with performances Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.; with a Sunday evening performance at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 9 and a Monday evening performance at 8 p.m. on Nov. 17.

The “Jersey Boys” creative team comprises two-time Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff, book writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, composer Bob Gaudio, lyricist, Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

“Jersey Boys” is the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide — all before they were 30. Jersey Boys features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”

“Dirty Dancing — The Classic Story on Stage”
Dec. 26, 2014, through Jan. 4, 2015: Performances are scheduled Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.; with a Sunday evening performance at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 28.

The show is written by Eleanor Bergstein; directed by Sarah Tipple; choreographed by Kate Champion; music supervisor: Conrad Helfrich. This is a Broadway Sacramento premiere.

“Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage” is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. The show features the hit songs, “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do you Love Me?” and the heart stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.”

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
Jan. 27 through Feb. 1, 2015: Performances are scheduled Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. with a matinee performance on Friday, Jan. 30. at 2 p.m. There will be no matinee on Thursday, Jan. 29.

Show credits include music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; lyrics by Tim Rice; book by Tim Rice; music arranged by Martin Silvestri and Jeremy Stone; music orchestrated by Martin Silvestri and Jeremy Stone; musical director: David Friedman.

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler, this new production will feature Broadway/television star Diana DeGarmo as The Narrator and Broadway star Ace Young as Joseph. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his 11 brothers and the coat of many colors, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including “Those Canaan Days,” “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.”

“RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles”
March 17-22, 2015:  Performances are scheduled Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

“RAIN” original members are Steve Landes, Joey Curatolo, Joe Bithorn and Ralph Castelli. “RAIN” is acknowledged to be the first, longest running, and most successful Beatles tribute show in the world. The show started back in 1975 as an original band that also loved to play the music of the Beatles. They developed a huge following of Beatles fans around the Los Angeles/Orange County area. Word got to producer Dick Clark who was so impressed with the authenticity of their sound that he hired them to do the entire soundtrack to his film “The Birth Of The Beatles.”

“RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles” is a live multi-media spectacular that takes you on a musical journey through the life and times of the world’s most celebrated band. Going further than before, this expanded show adds even more hits that you know and love from the vast anthology of Beatles classics such as “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Hard Day’s Night,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Let It Be,” “Come Together” and “Hey Jude.” This stunning concert event takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is the next best thing to the Beatles.

“Once”
April 14-19, 2015:  Performances are scheduled Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Book by Enda Walsh; music and lyrics by Academy Award winners Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova; directed by John Tiffany; movement by Steven Hoggett; music supervision and orchestration by Martin Lowe. This is a Broadway Sacramento premiere.

Winner of 8 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, “Once” is a truly 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 on 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 height s… 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 go. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams and the power of music to connect us all.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”
May 12-17, 2015: Performances are scheduled Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

The show features music by Richard Rodgers; lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; new book by Douglas Carter Beane; original book by Oscar Hammerstein II; music arranged by David Chase; musical director: Andy Einhorn; music orchestrated by Danny Troob; additional orchestrations by Bill Elliott, Doug Besterman and Larry Hochman; additional lyrics by Douglas Carter Beane and David Chase. This is a Broadway Sacramento premiere.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of “The Sound of Music” and “South Pacific” that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love — the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more — plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a really great pair of shoes.

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