by Jim Ridley
For breadth of musical theater, try topping a show-tune continuum that extends from Cole Porter and irving Berlin through Elton John to Billie Joe Armstrong. That's what TPAC unveiled last night at the gala preview for its 2012-13 HCA/TriStar Broadway Series, which opens Oct. 23-28 with the lauded current Broadway revival of Porter's Anything Goes.
Anything Goes makes an especially noteworthy launch for the season. A featured player will be Stephanie Rothenberg, a former Nashvillian with lots of local theater and recording credits. Currently, she's playing the female lead opposite Nick Jonas and Beau Bridges in the highly touted Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Reworked cinematic properties dominate the lineup, which includes Irving Berlin's White Christmas (Nov. 13-18); Flashdance (March 19-24, 2013); and perhaps the most promising of the bunch, the Tony-winning Catch Me if You Can (Jan. 22-27, 2013), adapted from the Steven Spielberg true-life con-man saga by the high-powered team of librettist Terrence McNally, composer Marc Shaiman and lyricist Scott Wittman.
The blockbuster The Lion King concludes the season with what is likely another instant sellout run May 7-June 4, 2013. But the surprise among the bunch may be the acrobatic extravaganza Traces, which made Time magazine's Top 10 list last year for live theater: a white-knuckled display of leaps, dives and dizzying feats conceived by the Montreal troupe Les 7 Doigts de la Main. We're also happy to see the stage version of Green Day's American Idiot (March 5-7, 2013) as a special attraction, along with the head-banging musical Rock of Ages (April 19-20, 2013), whose film version is en route to theaters.
Information on season tickets (starting at $100 for a six-play package) follows in the TPAC release below.
TPAC ANNOUNCES 2012-13 BROADWAY SERIES
Diverse, musical season brings home the best of Broadway, concludes with the triumphant return of Disney’s The Lion King
Season tickets on sale now!
MUSICAL CITY – The wait is over. The most anticipated announcement in Nashville’s performing arts community is here, as the Tennessee Performing Arts Center raises the curtain on the six Broadway titles from its 2012-13 HCA/TriStar Broadway Series, plus two Broadway “specials,” that will make our city not just Music City… but Musical City.
In a presentation to season ticket holders, special guests, and press on Tuesday, President and CEO Kathleen O’Brien unveiled the new season, which will conclude in 2013 with a four-week run of the awe-inspiring, Tony Award®-winning hit Disney’s The Lion King. The season includes beloved classics like Cole Porter’s Anything Goes and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, the acrobatic off-Broadway smash Traces, plus new favorites Flashdance and Catch Me If You Can.
“These six thrilling shows represent the best of Broadway and TPAC’s commitment to bringing diverse and dynamic entertainment to Nashville,” O’Brien said. “From time-tested classics and fresh new productions to the captivating style of cirque and record-breaking spectacles, the productions in our next season will excite and delight audiences of all ages. We’re proud to offer a season that will have both an immense economic impact on our community and a powerful entertainment impact on our audience.”
In addition to the six shows in the season ticket series, the HCA/TriStar Broadway at TPAC season will feature two music-centered specials, with both American Idiot and Rock of Ages making their Nashville debuts.
“This year, we are having a little fun with our beloved Nashville’s famous moniker. We are asking our audiences and all of Nashville to consider our town a home for music lovers, musical living, and one of the nation’s premier destinations for musical theater and the performing arts. With a season full of popular music, from Cole Porter to Green Day, we believe next season is a perfect fit for Nashville’s national dominance as the home of music.”
The schedule for the 2012-13 HCA/TriStar Broadway Series is:
Anything Goes (October 23-28, 2012) – “So delightful, so delicious, so de-lovely,” says the Associated Press. All aboard for Roundabout Theatre Company’s Tony® Award-winning musical comedy hit.
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (November 13-18, 2012) – Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas promises a merry and bright theatrical experience for the whole family.
Catch Me If You Can (January 22-27, 2013) – Fly away in this suspense-filled musical adventure. Based on the Dreamworks film, Catch Me If You Can captures Frank W. Abagnale’s journey of romance, intrigue, and deception. Contains some mature content.
Traces (February 19-24, 2013) – The off-Broadway and international sensation Traces unleashes ninety minutes of heart-stopping urban energy featuring music, dance, and high-risk acrobatics.
Flashdance (March 19-24, 2013) – Based on the unforgettable film, Flashdance tells the inspiring story of a working-class girl with a dream of becoming a professional dancer. Contains some mature content.
Disney’s The Lion King (May 7 – June 2, 2013) – Nashville’s best-loved musical makes a triumphant return. Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle and watch Disney’s The Lion King come to life.
“This is the first return engagement of Disney’s The Lion King since its record breaking debut here in 2006. People of all ages have embraced this production, and they want to experience it again or share it with a new generation,” O’Brien said. “Like last time, we will be modifying the seating in Andrew Jackson Hall to accommodate some of the most awe-inspiring, memorable scenes in the history of musical theatre. We’re glad to have it back for four weeks and, again, we expect to sell out. Buy your tickets in advance.”
The schedule for the HCA/TriStar Broadway at TPAC Specials is:
American Idiot (March 5-7, 2013) – A thrilling new musical, featuring the music of Green Day, tells the story of three lifelong friends forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Contains some mature content.
Rock of Ages (April 19-20, 2013) – Enjoy an awesome good time about dreaming big, playing loud, and partying on. This arena-rock love story features a mix of 28 rockin’ ‘80s tunes. Contains some mature content.
Season tickets are now on sale. The cost of a six-show season package for the HCA/TriStar Broadway Series ranges from $100 to $405, depending on seat location and day of performance. Those who purchase season tickets in advance save 25% on average over purchasing tickets to each show individually and are able to secure their tickets before single tickets go on sale. Single tickets for individual shows generally go on sale to the general public approximately six to eight weeks prior to opening night.
Season ticket holders also receive exclusive benefits and services not available to the general public, including free ticket exchange privileges if they have a change of schedule, locked-in prices, no ticket processing fees, additional pre-sale offers to TPAC shows, flexible payment plans, a free one-year subscription to Center Stage magazine, and discount parking.
Current season ticket holders have been mailed information on how to renew their season tickets for 2012-13. TPAC Subscriber Services is accepting new orders, processed on a “first come-first served” basis after seating assignments are made for renewing season ticket holders.
For more information on the HCA/TriStar Broadway Series, visit www.tpac.org/broadway, where season tickets can be purchased now, or call TPAC Subscriber Services at (615) 782-6560 or (800) 410-4216 if you live outside the Nashville area. You may also visit the TPAC Box Office at 505 Deaderick Street in downtown Nashville. For information on group tickets, call the TPAC Group Sales Office at (615) 782-4060.
This series is supported by The HCA Foundation on behalf of HCA and the TriStar Family of Hospitals. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include American Airlines, Coca-Cola, Dasani, and NovaCopy. Nissan is a sustaining partner for TPAC.
Full descriptions of TPAC’s six-show season and specials are included below from text provided by the producers of each show:
October 23-28, 2012
ALL ABOARD for this saucy and splendid production of Roundabout Theatre Company’s ANYTHING GOES, winner of three 2011 Tony® Awards including Best Musical Revival and Choreography! One of the greatest musicals in theater history, Cole Porter’s first-class musical comedy is sailing to Nashville, while it continues a triumphant run on Broadway where The New York Times calls it “MUSICAL-COMEDY JOY" and USA Today hails it as "GLORIOUS and EXUBERANT!" When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love… proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail. Peppering this timeless classic are some of musical theater’s most memorable standards, including “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “You’re the Top” and, of course, “Anything Goes.” Don’t miss what the AP exclaims as, “So DELIGHTFUL, So DELICIOUS, So DE-LOVELY!”
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
November 13-18, 2012
Get ready to discover a delightful new show that's as fresh and rare as newly fallen snow! The classic holiday tradition Irving Berlin’s White Christmas comes to the stage at last, as a brand new Irving Berlin musical direct from Broadway and opening at TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall this November. Brimming with such Berlin hits as "Blue Skies," "How Deep is the Ocean?" and, of course, the unforgettable title song. Irving Berlin’s White Christmas tells the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and finding their perfect mates in the bargain. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas promises to be a merry and bright theatrical experience for the whole family!
Catch Me If You Can
January 22-27, 2013
Based on the hit DreamWorks film and the incredible true story that inspired it, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN is the high-flying, splashy new Broadway musical that tells the story of Frank W. Abagnale, Jr., a teenager who runs away from home in search of the glamorous life. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer — living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when Frank’s lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl chases Frank to the end...and finds something he never expected. This delightfully entertaining musical has been created by a Tony Award®-winning “dream team," with a book by Terrence McNally (The Full Monty, Ragtime), a swinging score by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman (Hairspray), choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Legally Blonde) and direction by Jack O'Brien (Hairspray, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels). Don’t miss this big-hearted musical adventure based on an astonishing real-life story of being young, in love…and in deep, deep trouble!
- Michael Meseke
February 19-24, 2013
TRACES combines awe-inspiring acrobatics with infectious urban energy. Entertainment Weekly hailed it as, "The most fun and memorable 90 minutes you will have all year." Time Out NY gave TRACES its highest "FIVE STARS" rating, describing it as a thrilling modern brand of circus with a street smart twist and TIME Magazine has named TRACES among the Top Ten Plays and Musicals of 2011. Fusing the traditions of circus with the energy of street performance, the artists of TRACES employ every trick in the book—from music, dance, and illustration to skateboarding, basketball, and high-risk acrobatics—to make a lasting impression. TRACES, which has been called “a whole new kind of awe-inspiring theatre” (NBC TV), is spectacularly anti-spectacle, relying instead on the fantastic abilities of the performers, individuals who appear to be nothing more than a group of friends, just as easygoing, affable, and potentially clumsy as the guy next door—until they unleash ninety minutes of heart-stopping acrobatics and unbridled energy that leave audiences breathless and exhilarated. TRACES is the ultimate affirmation of life and a celebration of the particular talents of endearing young artists so eager to please that they literally jump through hoops for you.
March 19-24, 2013
Launching both a Broadway production and U.S. National Tour, FLASHDANCE tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a working-class girl from Pittsburgh with a dream of becoming a professional dancer. She works by day as a steel mill welder, and a bar dancer at night while aspiring to be accepted at a prestigious ballet academy. When Alex catches the eye of her boss Nick Hurley, their romance shows her the meaning of love and drives her ambition to pursue her dream. The original Paramount Pictures film was a worldwide smash hit that became a pop culture phenomenon, grossing over $150 million and featuring a Grammy Award-winning soundtrack. FLASHDANCE features a score including the hit songs from the movie, all of which became Top Ten hits on the radio around the world including the Academy Award-winning title song “Flashdance – What a Feeling,” “Maniac,” “Gloria,” “Manhunt,” “I Love Rock & Roll.” In addition to these hits, 16 brand new original songs have been written for the stage by Robbie Roth and Robert Cary. FLASHDANCE features a book by Tom Hedley (co-writer of the original screenplay with Joe Eszterhas) and Robert Cary, music by Robbie Roth, lyrics by Robert Cary and Robbie Roth and direction and choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, Memphis).
Disney’s The Lion King
May 7 – June 2, 2013
Experience the phenomenon of Disney’s THE LION KING when Nashville’s best-loved musical makes a triumphant return to TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall following its record-breaking 2006 engagement! Visually stunning, technically astounding and with a musical score like none other you’ve ever heard. Giraffes strut, birds swoop, gazelles leap. The entire savannah comes to life and as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. See the Tonyâ Award-winning Broadway sensation that Newsweek calls “a landmark event in entertainment.” The New York Times says, “There is simply nothing else like it.” Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by a cast of more than 40 actors. Wonder at the inspiration of award-winning director Julie Taymor, who created visual images for this show that you’ll remember forever. Thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African Pridelands and an unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice’s Oscarâ-winning song “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and “Circle of Life.” Order your season tickets now and let your imagination run wild.
2012-13 Broadway Season Specials
March 5-7, 2013
Direct from Broadway, the smash-hit musical AMERICAN IDIOT tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Their quest for true meaning in a post 9/11 world leads them on the most exhilarating theatrical journey of the season. Based on Green Day’s GRAMMY® Award-winning multi-platinum album, AMERICAN IDIOT boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. The result is an experience Charles Isherwood of The New York Times declares “thrilling, emotionally charged, and as moving as any Broadway musical I’ve seen this year!” Featuring the hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the blockbuster title track, AMERICAN IDIOT features the music of Green Day and the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong, direction by Tony Award® winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening), choreography by Olivier Award winner Steven Hoggett (Black Watch), music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), Tony Award® winning set design by Christine Jones and Tony Award® winning lighting design by Kevin Adams.
Rock of Ages
April 19-20, 2013
The worldwide party musical ROCK OF AGES features a mix of 28 rockin’ ‘80s tunes including DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’, WE BUILT THIS CITY, THE FINAL COUNTDOWN, WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE, HERE I GO AGAIN, CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING and I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS. In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl met a big city rocker and in LA’s most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the ‘80s. It’s five time 2009 Tony® nominee ROCK OF AGES, an arena-rock love story told through the mind blowing, face-melting hits of JOURNEY, NIGHT RANGER, STYX, REO SPEEDWAGON, PAT BENATAR, TWISTED SISTER, POISON, ASIA, WHITESNAKE and many more. Don’t miss this awesomely good time about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on!