BROADWAY SACRAMENTO 2014-15 SEASON ANNOUNCED:  FEATURES THREE SACRAMENTO PREMIERES, RETURN OF TWO BROADWAY BLOCKBUSTERS & FIRST-TIME BROADWAY SACRAMENTO PRESENTATION OF CLASSIC HIT MUSICAL

Varied Lineup of Musicals Includes Dirty Dancing, Once & Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Plus Blockbusters Jersey Boys & RAIN Back by Popular Demand

California Musical Theatre 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.

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

Season Ticket Information

Season tickets go on sale Monday, April 14 at 10:00 a.m.  Current season subscribers will receive renewal packets in the mail by that day, and, will have until June 6 to renew their season tickets.  Season tickets are available only at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office, 1419 H Street, 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.

Season tickets go on sale on Monday, April 14 at 10:00 a.m.  For more information call (916) 557-1999 or visit www.BroadwaySacramento.com.

2014-15 Broadway Sacramento Season

Jersey Boys

  • Dates:  November 5 – 22, 2014
  • Performances: Performances begin on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 8:00 PM; running through Nov. 22 with performances Tuesday – Saturday at 8:00 PM; Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 PM; with a Sunday evening performance at 7:30 PM on Nov. 9 and a Monday evening performance at 8:00 PM on Nov. 17.
  • Credits:  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.
  • Broadway Sacramento History:  2007-08
  • Broadway History:  The musical began previews on Broadway on October 4, 2005 and officially opened on November 6, 2005 at the August Wilson Theatre. The Broadway production had 38 previews and is still running. It reached its 3468th performance on March 23, 2014, making it the 14th longest-running show on Broadway.
  • Awards:
    • Won 2006 Tony Award® for Best Musical
    • Won 2006 Tony Award® for Best Actor in a Musical (John Lloyd Young)
    • Won 2006 Tony Award® for Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Christian Hoff)
    • Won 2006 Tony Award® for Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Howell Binkley)
  • Brief Description:  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.
  • Show Website:  www.jerseyboysinfo.com

Dirty Dancing – the classic story on stage

  • Dates:  December 26, 2014 – January 4, 2015
  • Performances:  Tuesday – Saturday at 8:00 PM; Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 PM; with a Sunday evening performance at 7:30 PM on Dec. 28.
  • Credits:  Written by Eleanor Bergstein; Directed by Sarah Tipple; Choreographed by Kate Champion; Music Supervisor: Conrad Helfrich
  • Broadway Sacramento History:  Sacramento premiere
  • History:  Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage was first performed at the Theatre Royal, Sydney, Australia on 18 November 2004. Following this success, Dirty Dancing broke more records in London where it opened on 24 October 2006 at the Aldwych Theatre. Following the end of the 2011 UK tour, Dirty Dancing has returned to London for a strictly limited season at the Piccadilly Theatre and a new UK tour will launch in Bristol in March 2014. The show has gone on to perform across the world.
  • Brief DescriptionDirty 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. Featuring the hit songs, “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do you Love Me?” and the heart stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” London’s Sunday Express says “This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!”
  • Show Website:  www.dirtydancingontour.com

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

  • Dates:  January 27 – February 1, 2015
  • Performances: Tuesday – Saturday at 8:00 PM; Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 PM; with a matinee performance on Friday, Jan. 30 at 2:00 PM.  There will be no matinee on Thursday, Jan. 29.
  • Credits:  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
  • Broadway Sacramento History:  First time presented by Broadway Sacramento (has been produced five times at Music Circus)
  • Broadway History:  The original production opened on Broadway on January 27, 1982; Closed on September 4, 1983 after 747 performances. The revival opened on Broadway on November 10, 1993; Closed on May 29, 1994 after 231 performances.
  • Brief Description: One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & 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 (Hairspray, Hair) as The Narrator and Broadway star Ace Young (Grease, Hair) as Joseph.  Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven 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.”
  • Show Website:  www.josephthemusical.com/ustour

Rain: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES

  • Dates:  March 17-22, 2015
  • Performances:  Tuesday – Saturday at 8:00 PM; Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 PM
  • Credits: Rain original members: 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. Rain 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”.
  • Broadway Sacramento History:  2011-12
  • Broadway History:  Opened on October 26, 2010; Closed on July 31, 2011 after 300 performances.
  • Brief Description:  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 RAIN 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. Don’t miss the Broadway smash that’s taking the world by storm…RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles.
  • Show Website:  www.raintribute.com

ONCE

  • Dates:  April 14-19, 2015
  • Performances: Tuesday – Saturday at 8:00 PM; Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 PM
  • Credits:  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
  • Broadway Sacramento History:  Sacramento premiere
  • Broadway History:  Opened March 18, 2012; currently running.
  • Awards:  Winner of 8 2012 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Best Actor (Steve Kazee) and Best Director (John Tiffany). Also named Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards. 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.
  • Brief Description: 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 heights… 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.
  • Show Website:  www.oncemusical.com

RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S Cinderella

  • Dates:  May 12 – 17, 2015
  • Performances:  Tuesday – Saturday at 8:00 PM; Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 PM
  • Credits:  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
  • Broadway Sacramento History:  Sacramento premiere (was at Music Circus in 1961)
  • Broadway History:  Opened March 03, 2013 at the Broadway Theatre; currently running; 441 performances as of March 23, 2014
  • Awards:  Won Tony Award® for Best Costume Design of a Musical, nominated 9 Tony Awards®.
  • Brief Description:  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.

Show Website:  cinderellaonbroadway.com

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