THE BOOK OF MORMON, AMERICAN IDIOT, WICKED and More Set for Broadway Across America in Austin, 2013-14

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Broadway in Austin at Texas Performing Arts has announced an amazing 2013-2014 Season with four Austin premieres and two all-time favorites.

From the creators of South Park and winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, The Book of Mormon kicks off the 13-14 Season with a limited two-week engagement October 1-13, 2013. Season Subscribers receive priority ticket opportunities to shows, so the best way to guarantee seats to The Book of Mormon is as a Broadway in Austin Season Subscriber.

In the past ten years, the Austin community has had the pleasure of experiencing over 50 Broadway touring shows live on stage at Texas Performing Arts' Bass Concert Hall, with more than 145,000 patrons attending in the 2011-2012 season alone. It is anticipated that Disney's The Lion King, now playing through February 10, 2013, will play for over 70,000 patrons. "We are pleased to continue presenting Austin audiences with the best that Broadway has to offer," states Kathy Panoff, Texas Performing Arts Director and Associate Dean. "With Austin premieres of The Book of Mormon and War Horse, the 2013-2014 Broadway in Austin Season is one of our best ever."

The 2013-2014 Season explodes into Austin featuring five show-stopping productions and a season special that "defies gravity" from October 2013 to May 2014 at Texas Performing Arts' Bass Concert Hall. The Broadway in Austin 2013-2014 Season line-up offers a five-show package with the option of adding a sixth show as a Special Subscriber Option, including:

THE BOOK OF MORMON
October 1 - 13, 2013
Winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, "South Park." Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q. The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python's Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker. The Original Broadway Cast Recording for THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, is available on Ghostlight Records. www.BookofMormonTheMusical.com

CHICAGO
November 19 - 24, 2013
A true New York City institution, CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping-song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you've ever seen. It's no wonder CHICAGO has been honored with 6 Tony Awards, 2 Olivier Awards, a GRAMMY and thousands of standing ovations. It's also no surprise that CHICAGO has wowed audiences all around the world, from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa. Whether you're looking for your first Broadway musical, whether you've seen the Academy Award-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage or whether you've seen it before and want to recapture the magic, CHICAGO always delivers.

MEMPHIS
December 10 - 15, 2013
From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, MEMPHIS is about a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves -- filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock 'n' roll. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical, MEMPHIS played pre-Broadway at the La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre, and features a Tony-winning book by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change) and a Tony-winning original score with music by Bon Jovi's founding member David Bryan. MEMPHIS is directed by Tony nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu), and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys). Get ready to experience Broadway's most exciting new destination.

AMERICAN IDIOT
January 14 - 19, 2014
Direct from Broadway, the smash-hit musical AMERICAN IDIOT tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Based on Green Day's GRAMMY Award-winning multi-platinum album and featuring the hits "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "21 Guns," "Wake Me Up When September Ends," "Holiday" and the blockbuster title track, AMERICAN IDIOT boldly takes the American musical where it's never gone before. With direction by Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening), choreography by Steven Hoggett (Black Watch) and orchestrations and arrangements by Tom Kitt (Next to Normal).

War Horse
May 6 - 11, 2014
A heart-warming tale of loyalty and friendship, War Horse is the winner of FIVE 2011 Tony Awards. England, 1914. As World War One begins, Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped from England to France. He's 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. This powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness that is currently 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.

WICKED SPECIAL SUBSCRIBER OPTION - ADD TO YOUR SEASON PACKAGE
February 19 - March 9, 2014
Back by "Popular" demand. Variety calls WICKED "a cultural phenomenon," and each time it plays Austin, it breaks box office records and sells 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 makes for "the most complete - and completely satisfying - new musical in a long time" (USA Today).

SEASON PACKAGES ARE ON SALE NOW Five-show Broadway in Austin season subscription packages are on sale now; prices start as low as $139. More information at BroadwayInAustin.com or call Broadway in Austin at 800-731-SHOW (7469). The deadline for current Season Subscribers to renew their seats is February 28. Groups of 10 or more for select shows are also available by calling 877-275-3804 or via email at Austin.Groups@BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com. Individual show ticket sales will be announced at a later date.

TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS is situated on the main campus of one of the largest and most prestigious research universities in the country; Texas Performing Arts serves The University of Texas at Austin campus and the Austin community at large through a diverse season of world-class fine arts performances, educational activities, and collaborative partnerships. Texas Performing Arts presents an international season of music, theatre, dance, and conversation in our multiple venues, as well as the best in touring Broadway productions and concert attractions. As a university-based arts center it is also committed to serving the academic mission of the College of Fine Arts by supporting the work of our students, faculty and staff on our stages, classrooms, studios and production shops; and in the educational outreach programs it provides for the Austin community.

BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA, part of the Key Brand Entertainment family of companies which includes Broadway.com, is owned and operated by British theatre producer John Gore (CEO) and entertainment industry veteran Thomas B. McGrath (Chairman). Broadway Across America presents first-class touring musicals and plays across 40 North American cities and, under the supervision of Beth Williams (CEO - Theater Division), is dedicated to the development and production of new and diverse theatre. Current and upcoming Broadway productions include Hands on a Hardbody; and the US tour production of Million Dollar Quartet. Broadway.com is the premier theater website for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. For more information, visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com.

Photo Credit: John Daughtry

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