2013-14 Broadway Lights season
Tickets are on sale (starting at 10 a.m. Sunday) for Blumenthal Performing Arts season of touring shows. The packages entitle you to seven shows (or eight, if you want Peter and the Starcatcher); season ticket-holders get first crack at single tickets for those shows and the seven titles in the Broadway Extras list.
Details: 704-372-1000; blumenthalarts.org.
Matthew Bournes Sleeping Beauty (Nov. 5-10): Wordless dance theater, in the style of Bournes Edward Scissorhands. He reinterprets the myth with a Princess and a Prince who have shall we say, undying love.
The Book of Mormon (Dec. 26-Jan. 5, 2014): The comic 2011 Tony-winning musical shows what happens to missionaries in Africa who combine faith and fables to combat AIDS, a murderous warlord and other obstacles.
Evita (March 4-9, 2014): The Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical about the rise to power of Argentinas Juan and Eva Peron got new Latin orchestrations for its Broadway revival.
Ghost The Musical (April 1-6, 2014): The 1990 film about a woman whose deceased love watches over her has been turned into a show with standards (Unchained Melody) and new songs by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard.
Peter and the Starcatcher (April 29-May 4, 2014): Rick Elice (Jersey Boys) adapted the book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, which shows how Peter evolved into a flying boy and the piratical Black Stache became his rival.
We Will Rock You (May 27-June 1, 2014): The ruling powers of Earth 300 years in the future insist on conformity, which includes a ban on rock music. Luckily, rebels armed with the songs of Queen challenge the empire.
The Gershwins Porgy and Bess (July 15-20, 2014): This is the abridged version rewritten by Susan-Lori Parks and Diedre Murray, which made purists growl and audiences purr. Won 2012 Tony for musical revival.
Once (Sept. 30-Oct 5, 2014): 2012 Tony-winning musical depicts the tentative romance between a Dublin musician and the Czech immigrant to Ireland who ponders a musical (and perhaps personal) relationship with him.
I Love Lucy Live On Stage (Aug. 2-18): Based on the TV show.
The Lion King (Aug. 6-Sept. 1): Tour of the popular Disney musical about a young lion deprived of his patrimony.
Forbidden Broadway (Nov. 12-24): For three decades, versions of this musical revue have spoofed pretension, pomposity (and sometimes just popularity) on the Great White Way. This version includes old favorites and new entries.
Potted Potter (Oct. 16-20): All you need to know about the seven Harry Potter novels, boiled down to 90 minutes by two performers and delivered with a smile.
Godspell (Dec. 3-8): Stephen Schwartzs breakthrough musical of 1971 sets familiar gospel texts in a circus-like atmosphere, popularizing the story of Jesus coming, preaching and crucifixion.
The Mountaintop (Feb. 2014): Katori Halls warts-and-all drama shows Martin Luther King Jr. on the night before his assassination, confiding hopes, fears and feelings to a woman who has come to clean his hotel room.
Rock of Ages (Feb. 21-23): The return of the musical full of songs from the 1970s and 1980s, about a young woman who goes to Los Angeles to perform and is drawn to an ambitious young musician and a dissolute rocker.
Blue Man Group (April 15-20): Band of zanies produces multi-media shows in which anything aural, visual or conceptual goes.
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