Orlando's brand-new performing-arts center will present an old favorite — enduring musical "The Phantom of the Opera" — as its first touring Broadway show.
The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, which will open downtown this November, will also host a return engagement of smash "The Book of Mormon" as well as the current Tony-winning Broadway hit "Pippin" during the 2014-15 theatrical season.
Florida Theatrical Association, which presents the series with the Dr. Phillips Center, announced the season's lineup Tuesday night.
Other shows in the season, which will kick off Dec. 3, are "Motown the Musical," featuring hits from the '50s and '60s; the Cole Porter musical "Anything Goes"; "I Love Lucy Live on Stage," set in 1952 during production of the famed TV show; Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," last here in the fall of 2012; and the previously announced "Newsies," another Disney musical.
"The Book of Mormon," which will return after Christmas, and "Beauty and the Beast," which will be back in the spring of 2015, are not included in a season subscription. Tickets for those shows will go on sale at a later date.
Season-opener "The Phantom of the Opera" (Dec. 3-14) has been restaged for its latest tour, so even if "The Music of the Night" sounds familiar, it may look very different. The production, featuring 52 actors and musicians, boasts new special effects, choreography and scenic and lighting design.
"Newsies" (Jan. 27-Feb. 1, 2015) is a dance-heavy musical about scrappy newsboys who fight for their rights in 1899 New York City. The energetic show won 2012 Tonys for best score and choreography.
"Motown the Musical" (March 10-15, 2015) recalls the era of Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye with more than 50 hits.
Long before he wrote the music for "Wicked," Stephen Schwartz composed 1972's "Pippin" (April 21-26, 2015), the tale of young man searching for meaning in his life. The 2013 Broadway production won the Tony award for best musical revival.
"Anything Goes" (May 26-31, 2015) has an even longer history — the Cole Porter musical about love and other high jinks on the high seas debuted in 1934. It also has proved a critical and audience favorite; its last Broadway production won 2011 Tonys for best musical revival and choreography.
Finally, in "I Love Lucy Live on Stage" (June 23-28, 2015), actors re-create two episodes of the 1950s sitcom onstage. Unusually for series shows, "Lucy" has not played Broadway. It debuted in Los Angeles in 2011 and has also played Chicago. Its national tour began last year.
2014-15 Broadway series
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• 'The Phantom of the Opera': Dec. 3-14
• 'Newsies': Jan. 27-Feb. 1, 2015
• 'Motown the Musical': March 10-15, 2015
• 'Pippin': April 21-26, 2015
• 'Anything Goes': May 26-31, 2015
• 'I Love Lucy Live on Stage': June 23-28, 2015
These shows are not included in a series subscription.
• 'The Book of Mormon': Dec. 26, 2014-Jan. 4, 2015
• 'Beauty and the Beast': May 12-17, 2015Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun