by Jim Ridley
Million Dollar Quartet — the Tony-winning musical that recreates the legendary Dec. 4, 1956 jam session involving Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis — and the acclaimed drama War Horse, noted for its inventive use of puppetry, lead TPAC's just-announced 2013-14 Broadway Series.
The upcoming season is studded with musicals, including the Queen pastiche We Will Rock You, the Glen Ballard-Dave Stewart musical version of the movie Ghost, Sister Act, and the return of the Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons blockbuster Jersey Boys. And speaking of blockbusters, the schedule is supplemented with Disney's Beauty and the Beast and a return run of the dazzling Wicked, as well as live shows by Food Network star Alton Brown and fruitcake-season favorite Mannheim Steamroller.
But Million Dollar Quartet is a particular wish-list item for Nashville theatergoers. Not only is the subject matter dear to Music(al) City's heart, the show received musical direction from our own Chuck Mead, whose beloved BR549 put a much-needed pep in Lower Broadway's step some two decades ago. (And sharp-eyed readers will recognize that the book was co-authored by Country Life hero Floyd Mutrux with music historian Colin Escott.)
Season tickets and group sales are now available, with six-show packages running from $100 to $395 depending on day and time. Below, the full schedule and release:
TPAC UNVEILS 2013-14 BROADWAY SEASON
Epic storytelling, iconic music, and popular favorites fill
TPAC’s Broadway series and specials
Season tickets and group tickets on sale now
NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Performing Arts Center announced on Tuesday the six Broadway titles in its upcoming 2013-14 HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC series as well as several special engagements, including the return of two popular favorites.
In a presentation to season ticket holders, group leaders, special guests, and media, TPAC president and CEO Kathleen O’Brien unveiled the six-show season package, including the return of Jersey Boys, new titles We Will Rock You, Ghost, Sister Act, Million Dollar Quartet, and War Horse, the 2011 Tony Award winner for Best Play and the first play included in the Broadway series since 2008.
“Everywhere you look Nashville is turning heads and making headlines, and we’re proud of the role TPAC plays in our city’s thriving creative community by providing audiences with the best of Broadway’s cutting-edge storytelling, family-friendly entertainment, and pop culture-filled blockbusters,” O’Brien said. “We begin and end next season with two of the most awarded Broadway productions in recent memory, one of which is returning to Nashville and a debut show we’ve been pursuing for some time. It’s a year of entertainment packed with new musicals, long-awaited returns, worldwide hits, and some of the most jaw-dropping artistry being presented on stage. We can’t wait to share it with you.”
The 2013-14 HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC Series is:
Jersey Boys, October 29 — November 3, 2013
We Will Rock You, November 12-17, 2013
Ghost, February 25 — March 2, 2014
Sister Act, March 11-16, 2014
Million Dollar Quartet, May 6-11, 2014
War Horse, June 3-8, 2014
In addition to the six-show season package, TPAC will host the return of family-favorite Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and the “cultural phenomenon” of Wicked, which will open for a four-week run next spring.
The full schedule of upcoming special engagements is:
Alton Brown, November 7, 2013
Mannheim Steamroller, November 23, 2013
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, September 24-29
Studio Tenn’s A Christmas Carol, December 12-22, 2013
I Love Lucy® Live on Stage, January 14-26, 2014
Wicked, March 26 — April 20, 2014
Season tickets and group sales are now available. The cost of a six-show season package for the HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC series ranges from $100 to $395, depending on seat location and day of performance. Single tickets for individual shows will go on sale approximately six to eight weeks prior to the performance.
Season ticket holders 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 will be mailed information on how to renew their season tickets for the next season. 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 Health Broadway at TPAC series, visit us at www.tpac.org/broadway, where season tickets may be purchased, 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.
The HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC series is supported by The HCA Foundation on behalf of HCA and the TriStar Family of Hospitals. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include Nissan North America, American Airlines, and Coca-Cola.
Full descriptions of the titles in the six-show season package and special engagements are included below from text provided by the producers of each show:
JERSEY BOYS (www.JerseyBoysTour.com) Thousands of theatergoers cheered when Jersey Boys made its premiere in Nashville in 2009. Worldwide, more than 14 million people have seen Jersey Boys. And now, the show that made critics and audiences cheer is “Working Its Way Back” to TPAC! 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.” “It will run for centuries!” proclaims TIME Magazine. Jersey Boys is not recommended for all ages. The show contains smoke, gun shots, strobe lights, drug references, sexual situations and profane “authentic Jersey language.”
WE WILL ROCK YOU (www.WeWillRockYou.com) From London’s West End, the worldwide smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton comes to Nashville for a limited engagement! We Will Rock You features the greatest hits of the legendary British rock group Queen. Now in its 11th year in London and seen by a staggering 15 million people worldwide, this hilarious, multi-award-winning and record-breaking phenomenon boasts a fantastic score of killer Queen tunes that you just can’t resist singing along to, such as “Another One Bites The Dust,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “We Are The Champions,” Bohemian Rhapsody,” and, of course, “We Will Rock You.” It’s the world champion of musicals and the show that rocks harder than any other, so don’t miss the party.
GHOST (www.GhosttheMusical.com) This exhilarating new Broadway and West End show fuses mind-bending illusions, a timeless story of everlasting love and a fresh pop/rock score by Grammy winners Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard (Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror,” Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know”) for a theatrical experience unlike any you have ever seen. Adapted from the hit film by its Academy Award-winning screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin and directed by Tony winner Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage, The Norman Conquests), this astounding spectacle is “eye-poppingly brilliant” (AP) and “unlike anything seen onstage before” (Newsday). Ghost the Musical is recommended for ages 12+. Please be advised that there is mild violence, mature themes and dialogue that is true to the story and plot. Parental guidance is suggested.
SISTER ACT (www.SisterActBroadway.com)
Sister Act is Broadway’s feel-amazing musical comedy smash! The New York Post calls it “ridiculously fun,” and audiences are jumping to their feet in total agreement! Featuring original music by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors), Sister Act tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look — a convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to REJOICE!
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET (www.MillionDollarQuartetLive.com) Million Dollar Quartet is the Tony award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. This thrilling musical brings you inside the recording studio with four major talents who came together as a red-hot rock ‘n’ roll band for one unforgettable night. Don’t miss your chance to be a fly on the wall of fame... at Million Dollar Quartet!
WAR HORSE (www.WarHorseOnStage.com) A heart-warming tale of loyalty and friendship, and winner of five Tony Awards®, War Horse tells the story of young Albert and his beloved horse Joey. When Joey is sold to the cavalry and shipped from England to France, he is soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey, and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home. Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness that currently is playing to packed houses in London and around the world. At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company that bring to life breathing, galloping, charging horses strong enough for men to ride. Recommended for audiences aged 10 and up.
2013-14 Special Engagements
DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (www.BeautyandtheBeastOnTour.com) The most beautiful love story ever told comes to life! The romantic Broadway musical for all generations, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the smash hit Broadway musical, is returning to Nashville! Based on the Academy Award®-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at TPAC.
STUDIO TENN’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL (www.StudioTenn.com) Studio Tenn’s perennial smash-hit A Christmas Carol will take the stage at TPAC’s Polk Theater December 12-22, in partnership with Humanities Outreach in Tennessee (HOT). Featuring design elements inspired by the Victorian/Industrial Era — presently enjoying a resurgence in the world of high fashion — this unique production evokes the styling and silhouettes of Charles Dickens’ day, but with strikingly modern twists. Fusing classical and current aesthetics and theatrical techniques, Studio Tenn’s innovative re-imagining of this holiday favorite transforms the familiar tale of Ebenezer Scrooge into a fresh, enthralling and unforgettable experience — a contemporary triumph for a truly timeless piece.
I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE (www.ILoveLucyLive.com) I Love Lucy® Live On Stage is the brand new hit stage show adapted from the most beloved program in television history! It’s 1952 and you are a member of the Desilu Playhouse studio audience awaiting the filming of two hilarious and oh-so-familiar I Love Lucy® episodes. A charming host entertains and enlightens you to the behind-the-scenes filming process of this brand new thing called “television,” the Crystaltone Singers perform advertising jingles in perfect ’50s style harmony and the sidesplitting antics of America’s favorite foursome — Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel — are presented live on stage and in color for the very first time! It’s a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience TV Guide’s William Keck calls “the most entertaining stage production I’ve seen in years — including Broadway!” The truth is in the title — whether young or old, everybody really does love Lucy!
WICKED (www.WickedtheMusical.com) Back by “Popular” demand. Variety calls Wicked “a cultural phenomenon,” and when it last played TPAC in 2011, it broke box office records and sold out in record time. Winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, Wicked is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times). Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One — born with emerald green skin — is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch makes for “the most complete, and completely satisfying, new musical in a long time” (USA Today).
ALTON BROWN In the late 1990s, Alton Brown reinvented the food show with his award-winning Good Eats. Now with this live, traveling, foodie, comedy, quiz, lecture, puppet, talk, science, storytelling, and music show, he’s reinventing the live, traveling, foodie, comedy... well, you get the point. Audiences are sure to be amazed, amused, edified and perhaps a little bit terrified. (Be sure to request a seat in the “poncho zone”.)
MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER Grammy Award-winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. Don’t miss this ultimate holiday tradition from the #1 Christmas music artist in history!