For Immediate Release
Matt Hessburg
(916) 446-5880, Ext. 124
mhessburg@calmt.com

2015–2016 SEASON FEATURES FIRST-TIME BROADWAY SACRAMENTO PRESENTATION OF SIX HIT SHOWS

Season Also Includes Motown The Musical, Disney’s Newsies, Pippin, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and ELF The Musical

Five-Show and Six-Show Season Tickets Available Starting April 17

California Musical Theatre announced the 2015-16 Broadway Sacramento season at the Community Center Theater, featuring six shows not previously presented on the series, two of which were produced in the round at Music Circus but never before part of Broadway Sacramento.

The 2015-16 Broadway Sacramento season includes:

From the creators of “South Park” and winner of nine Tony Awards®, THE BOOK OF MORMON will play a limited two-week engagement March 9 – 20, 2016, at the Community Center Theater. The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century” and Entertainment Weekly says it’s “the funniest musical of all time.”

The record-breaking smash hit Motown The Musical, a high energy celebration of the music that shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat; Disney’s Newsies, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new Disney musical, direct from Broadway, filled with one heart-pounding number after another; Pippin, Broadway’s high-flying, death-defying hit musical that won four Tony Awards and was hailed by critics as “an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza”; Disney’s The Little Mermaid, the classic love story that captivates audiences of all ages, with music by the composing team from Beauty and the Beast; and the family favorite ELF The Musical, based on the hilarious holiday movie about the adventures of Buddy the elf.

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

Season Ticket Information:

Season tickets go on sale Friday, April 17 at 10:00 a.m. Current season subscribers will receive renewal packets in the mail, and will have until June 5 to renew their season tickets and keep their current seat locations. 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 $104 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 (including The Book of Mormon) range from $138.75 to $417, depending on performance day/time and seating location. Five-show subscriptions (not including The Book of Mormon) range from $100.75 to $324, depending on performance day/time and seating location. Single-show tickets to some shows will go on sale in late summer or early fall.

Groups can reserve tickets for Broadway Sacramento shows beginning May 18, by calling (916) 557-1198.

Season tickets go on sale on Friday, April 17 at 10:00 a.m. For more information call (916) 557-1999 or visit BroadwaySacramento.com.

2015-16 Broadway Sacramento Season

ELF THE MUSICAL
Dates: November 6 – 15, 2015 (13 performances)
Performances: Fri. Nov. 6, 8:00 PM; Sat. Nov. 7, 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM; Sun. Nov. 8, 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM; Tue. Nov. 10, 8:00 PM; Wed. Nov. 11, 8:00 PM; Thu. Nov. 12, 2:00 & 8:00 PM; Fri. Nov. 13, 6:30 PM; Sat. Nov. 14, 1:00 & 6:30 PM; Sun. Nov. 15, 1:00 PM.
Credits: Book by Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan; music by Matthew Sklar; lyrics by Chad Bequelin.
Broadway Sacramento History: First time in Broadway Sacramento season.
Broadway History: Holiday season show on Broadway: Original production November 14, 2010 – January 2, 2011; second production November 9, 2012 – January 6, 2013.
Brief Description:
– ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.
– With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF.
– The New York Times says that ELF is “SPLASHY, PEPPY, SUGAR-SPRINKLED HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT!” USA Today calls ELF, “ENDEARINGLY GOOFY!” Variety proclaims, “ELF is happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids and plenty smart for adults!”
– Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award® winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone).
Show Website: Elfontour.com

PIPPIN
Dates: December 29, 2015 – January 3, 2016 (8 performances)
Performances: Tuesday – Saturday at 8:00 PM; Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 PM.
Credits: Book by Roger O. Hirson and Bob Fosse; music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.
Broadway Sacramento History: First time in Broadway Sacramento season (produced at Music Circus in 1979).
Broadway History: Original production opened October 23, 1972 and closed June 12, 1977; current production opened April 25, 2013 and closed January 4, 2015.
Awards: Original production won 5 Tony Awards, including Best Actor (Ben Vereen), Best Choreography (Bob Fosse) and Best Direction of a Musical (Bob Fosse); also won 5 Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Choreography and Outstanding Director. Current production won 4 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Direction of a Musical (Diane Paulus); also won 5 Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Choreography and Outstanding Director of a Musical.
Brief Description:
– Pippin is Broadway’s high-flying, death-defying hit musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, Pippin will lift you up and leave you smiling.
– This unforgettable new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival.
– Hailed as “an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza” (NY1), it’s unlike anything Broadway has ever seen! Come experience Pippin, one young man’s journey to be extraordinary.
– Direct from an acclaimed run at Boston’s American Repertory Theater, this captivating new production is directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus (Hair and The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess). It features sizzling choreography in the style of Bob Fosse and breathtaking acrobatics by Les 7 Doigts de la Main, the creative force behind the nationwide sensation Traces.
– Pippin is noted for many Broadway standards including “Corner of the Sky,” “Magic To Do,” “Glory,” “No Time at All,” “Morning Glow,” and “Love Song.” Join us… for a magical, unforgettable new Pippin.
– Pippin tells the story of a young man at a crossroads in his life. Does he follow in the footsteps of his father, one of the most powerful men in the land? Or does he strike out on his own, to find his own “corner of the sky?”
– Pippin is a play within a play. The story is told by a traveling troupe of actors, acrobats and clowns (called “Players”), directed by the mysterious Leading Player. Like a circus or vaudeville act, the Players both act out the roles of the story and speak directly to the audience.
Show Website: PippinTheMusical.com

DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID
Dates: February 2 – 7, 2016 (8 performances)
Performances: Tuesday – Saturday at 8:00 PM; Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 PM.
Credits: Book by Doug Wright; lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater; music by Alan Menken.
Broadway Sacramento History: First time in Broadway Sacramento season (produced at Music Circus in 2012).
Broadway History: Opened January 10, 2008 and closed August 30, 2009.
Brief Description:
– With music by the team from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, including “Part of Your World,” “Under the Sea,” and “Kiss the Girl,” The Little Mermaid is Disney storytelling at its best.
– Unsatisfied with her life at sea, young mermaid Ariel longs to experience the human world above, so she embarks on a fascinating journey to discover her true self. The classic love story and memorable songs have captivated audiences of all ages.
– This production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, the hit Broadway musical based on the popular animated film, is directed by California Musical Theatre Artistic Director Glenn Casale, who also directed the 2012 Music Circus production of the show, which was its West Coast premiere and the first time it had been produced in the round.

THE BOOK OF MORMON
Dates: March 9 – 20, 2016 (16 performances)
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 March 13.
Credits: Book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone.
Broadway History: Opened March 24, 2011, currently running.
Awards: Winner of nine Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, Best Direction, Best Featured Actress, Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Sound Design and Best Orchestrations; the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical; 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album; four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical; Drama League Award for Best Musical.
Brief Description:
– The New York Times calls it “The best musical of the century.”
– The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.”
– And Entertainment Weekly says, “Grade A: The funniest musical of all time.”
– John Stewart of “The Daily Show” calls it “A crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry.”
– It’s The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award®-winning Best Musical from the creators of “South Park.“
– Contains explicit language.
Show Website: Bookofmormonthemusical.com

NEWSIES
Dates: April 12 – 17, 2016 (8 performances)
Performances: Tuesday – Saturday at 8:00 PM; Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 PM
Credits: Book by Harvey Fierstein, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman.
Broadway Sacramento History: First time in Broadway Sacramento season.
Broadway History: Opened March 29, 2012, closed August 24, 2014.
Awards: Won two Tony Awards, including Best Original Score and Best Choreography; won two Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Choreography and Outstanding Music.
Brief Description:
– They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines…Direct from Broadway comes Newsies, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney.
– Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards® for Best Score and Best Choreography, Newsies has audiences and critics alike calling it “A MUSICAL WORTH SINGING ABOUT!” (The New York Times).
– Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it’s a high-energy explosion of song and dance you just don’t want to miss.
– Based on true events, Newsies tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. It’s a rousing tale about fighting for what’s right…and staying true to who you are.
– Newsies was brought to the stage by an award-winning creative team. It features a score by Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast) and Jack Feldman (The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride) and a book by Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), with choreography by Christopher Gattelli (South Pacific) and direction by Jeff Calhoun (Big River).
Show Website: Newsiesthemusical.com

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
Dates: May 18 – 29, 2016 (16 performances)
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 May 22.
Credits: Book by Berry Gordy, music and lyrics by The Legendary Motown Catalog.
Broadway Sacramento History: First time in Broadway Sacramento season.
Broadway History: Opened April 14, 2013, closed January 18, 2015. Scheduled to re-open on Broadway in July 2016.
Brief Description:
– It began as one man’s story…became everyone’s music…and is now Broadway’s musical. Motown The Musical is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more.
– Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat.
– Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit Motown The Musical!
Show Website: Motownthemusical.com

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