PIPPIN, KINKY BOOTS, 'NICE WORK' & More Set for The Bushnell's 2014-15 Broadway Series Season
In a sure sign spring is near, The Bushnell announced today its 2014-2015 Broadway Series season. Beginning in September 2014, The Bushnell will bring seven popular Broadway titles to Hartford as part of the Series, along with an additional off-Series blockbuster to round out a strong season lineup. Series titles are Broadway classics EVITA, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, and CAMELOT, last year's Tony-winning Best Musical Revival, PIPPIN, Gershwin tuner NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, and back-to-back Tony Award-winning Best Musicals ONCE and KINKY BOOTS. The phenomenal crowd-pleaser WICKED was also announced to return to Hartford for three weeks in November as a special off-subscription offering.
Bushnell President and CEO David Fay said of the lineup, "I'm thrilled that the staff at The Bushnell has again put together an exciting and well-rounded season of high-quality entertainment from Broadway and beyond. I'm especially excited to welcome the phenomenal WICKED back to Hartford along with recent Tony winners PIPPIN, ONCE, and KINKY BOOTS. There is much to appeal to families, Broadway traditionalists, and those who enjoy contemporary theatrical offerings. I think our season ticket holders and single ticket buyers will be very happy with these selections."
Current season ticket holders will receive their renewal packages in March, and new subscription packages will be available in early summer; new patrons interested in season tickets may call the Box Office now to have their name placed on a waiting list. Single tickets will go on sale this summer.
The 2014-2015 Broadway Series
EVITA, September 23-28, 2014
Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber's landmark Tony Award-winning musical returns at last! Eva Perón used her smarts and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. Adored by her people as a champion of the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world - while her greed, outsized ambition and fragile health made her one of the most tragic. EVITA tells Eva's passionate and unforgettable true story and features some of the theater's most beautiful songs, including "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "Another Suitcase in Another Hall," and "High Flying, Adored."
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, October 14-19, 2014
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."
WICKED, November 5-23, 2014
Off-subscription, not part of the Broadway Series
Back by "Popular" demand! Winner of over 50 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 - musical in a long time" (USA Today).
PIPPIN, January 6-11, 2015
PIPPIN returns to Broadway for the first time since it thrilled audiences 40 years ago! With a beloved score by Tony Award nominee Stephen Schwartz, PIPPIN tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. This captivating production is directed by Diane Paulus. It features sizzling choreography in the style of Bob Fosse and breathtaking acrobatics by the creative force behind the nationwide sensation Traces.
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, February 3-8, 2015
Get ready for this 1920s-era feel-good musical, complete with extravagant dance numbers, glittering costumes and an unlikely love story between a wealthy playboy and a rough and tumble lady bootlegger. This lighthearted crowd pleaser is set against the backdrop of classic Gershwin hits like "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," "Someone to Watch Over Me" and "Fascinating Rhythm." NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT is a sparkling, madcap tale that combines laughter, romance and high-stepping Broadway magic for an evening bursting with girls, glamour and the glorious songs of Gershwin!
CAMELOT, April 21-26, 2015
Experience Camelot's "one brief shining moment" as Lerner and Loewe envisioned it in one of theatre's most legendary musicals. Intimate and fresh, never has this story of passion, pageantry and betrayal been more captivating. Recount the time-honored legend of King Arthur, Guenevere, Lancelot, and the Knights of the Round Table in an enchanting fable of chivalry, majesty, and brotherhood. The celebrated score includes the classics "If Ever I Would Leave You," "The Simple Joys of Maidenhood," and the title song, "Camelot."
ONCE, May 19-24, 2015
ONCE is the celebrated new musical based on the Academy Award-winning film. It tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together. Brought to the stage by an award-winning team of visionary artists and featuring an ensemble cast of gifted actor/musicians, ONCE is a musical celebration of life and love: thrilling in its originality, daring in its honesty, and unforgettable in every way.
KINKY BOOTS, June 23-28, 2015
Charlie Price has suddenly inherited his father's shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father's legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola. A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man he's meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible... and discovers that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world. KINKY BOOTS is the must-see new musical that proves that sometimes, the best way to fit in is to stand out!
· Current season ticket holders will receive their renewal packages in the mail in March.
· If you wish to become a season ticket holder, please call The Bushnell Box Office at 860-987-5900. In early summer, new season ticket orders will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis after all renewing patrons have been accommodated.
· On-sale dates for individual tickets will be announced soon.
Photo by Joan Marcus