"The Book of Mormon" will be in good company when the 2013-14 series of touring Broadway shows opens in Orlando in the fall.
"War Horse," the 2011 best-play Tony winner, and "Once," the Tonys' best musical of 2012, will join "The Book of Mormon" when the series celebrates its 25th and last year at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre. The 2014-15 season will be at the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando.
The series, presented by Florida Theatrical Association, opens in October with the previously announced "Book of Mormon." Also playing: the musicals "Flashdance," "Ghost" and "Evita." Two popular musicals — "Mamma Mia!" and "Jersey Boys" — that have previously played in Orlando will return, though not as part of the series subscription.
"Our 2013-2014 season is the most spectacular lineup we've ever presented in Orlando," said Ron Legler, president and CEO of Florida Theatrical Association. "We have garnered the very best shows to mark 25 years of FTA's success in bringing the best of Broadway to Orlando and celebrating our final season at the Bob Carr."
Six-show series tickets, which range from $196-$668, go on sale at 10 a.m. today; call 1-800-448-6322 or go to OrlandoBroadway.com.
Here's the series schedule:
• The Book of Mormon: Oct. 29-Nov. 10. With a mix of crude language and heart, the nine-time 2011 Tony winner tells the story of two naïve Mormon missionaries who travel to AIDS-ravaged Uganda and learn lessons about religion, humanity and friendship in high comic style. It's the brainchild of "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker.
• Flashdance the Musical: Dec. 3-8. The film "Flashdance" was a 1980s phenomenon of leggings, off-the-shoulder sweatshirts and songs such as "Maniac," "I Love Rock and Roll" and the title track. The stage adaptation features 16 new songs to tell the story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel-mill welder by day and bar dancer by night who dreams of making it big.
• Once: Jan. 28-Feb. 2, 2014. Featuring an ensemble of actor-musicians who play their own instruments on stage, "Once" took home eight 2012 Tony awards, including the best-musical trophy. In the story, based on an independent film, a Dublin street musician is about to give up on his dreams when a quirky young woman takes an interest in his love songs.
• War Horse: Feb. 25-March 2, 2014. In 1914 England, a young boy's beloved horse is sent with the troops to fight in World War I. Boy and horse have emotional adventures amid the horror of war in this highly imaginative staging that stars life-size horse puppets. The award for best play was one of its five 2011 Tony awards.
• Evita: March 25-30, 2014. The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical charting the rise and fall of Argentinean first lady Eva Peron is back on the road after its recent Broadway revival.
• Ghost the Musical: May 13-18, 2014. Special effects bring to life moments from the 1990 Patrick Swayze-Demi Moore movie about a couple whose love transcends the man's death.
• As for the nonseries shows: Mamma Mia!, based on the music of Abba, will run Oct. 3-9. Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, will run April 15-27, 2014.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun