A horse, a fake nun and a doctor with two personalities walk into a theater. Oh, and an idiot. Don’t forget the idiot.
Sound like the lead-in to a joke? Nope. It’s a tipoff to heavyweights in the 2012-13 Broadway Lights series imported by Blumenthal Performing Arts.
We’re used to musicals such as “Sister Act,” which dances into Ovens Auditorium in January with a Tony-nominated score by Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast”). We’ve even started to see edgy musicals such as “American Idiot,” based on the Grammy-winning Green Day album of that name (with added songs), which will rock the Belk next March.
So the biggest news in the season announcement – which comes at 6:15 p.m. today at McGlohon Theater – will be things we rarely see: a nonmusical and a show going toward Broadway, not coming from it.
“War Horse,” last year’s Tony-winning drama, comes to Belk Theater in May 2013 as the first touring nonmusical in four years. And a revamped “Jekyll & Hyde” uses Charlotte as a preparatory city in November, as part of a rare 25-week tour that takes it back to Broadway next spring.
So where, you may wonder, is “The Book of Mormon,” Broadway’s hottest musical and last year’s Tony winner?
Coming in the 2013-14 season, says Blumenthal President Tom Gabbard. Dates have been set, but the current slate had so many big titles – not to mention multiweek runs of “Wicked,” “Traces” and “The Lion King” – that he chose to hold the top seller for another time.
This season starts later than usual, Gabbard explains, because the Democratic National Convention and run-up to the general election will seize people’s attention and make air time for advertising less available and more expensive.
Here’s how the season will go: