THE PRODUCERS, THE KING AND I, LUCKY STIFF and More Set for Arizona Broadway Theatre's 10 Anniversary Season
Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT) today announced its big, bold and all Broadway 10th Anniversary Season lineup to a packed house of invited donors and season subscribers. The eight full-scale productions will appear on the ABT Mainstage for the 2014-2015 season October 2014 through September 2015.
Arizona Broadway Theatre's executive producer and founder Kiel Klaphake welcomed guests to the evening with a celebratory hint at the 10th Anniversary Season before beginning the lineup announcement festivities.
"This momentous season is all about being bold," said Klaphake. "ABT has become synonymous with full-scale, high-quality musical spectacles, so going into the 10th Anniversary Season we knew the productions had to be some of the biggest musicals to date with mesmerizing scores, stunning choreography and incredible stories. We know you won't be disappointed."
The anticipated season will kick off October 10, 2014 with the Tony Award-winning, Mel Brooks' classic The Producers. This take-no-prisoners stage adaptation of the 1968 film tells the story of scheming Bialystock and Bloom - two names that should strike terror and hysteria in anyone familiar with the show - and their plot to produce the most notorious Broadway flop in history. The only thing they don't bargain for? Success! On stage through November 9, 2014, get ready to laugh out loud at this "equal opportunity offender," with songs like "The King of Old Broadway," "When You've Got It, Flaunt It" and "Heil Myself."
Next on the roster, ABT will invite audiences to experience the holidays with the heartwarming, Irving Berlin classic White Christmas. The beloved and timeless score will be brought to life like never before with its huge production numbers and breathtaking choreography. Based on the 1954 film starring Danny Kaye, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen, the musical spectacle follows World War II veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis and their pursuit of romance while en route to the ultimate wintery holiday in Vermont. On stage November 28 through December 28, 2014, the show promises to be a merry and bright experience for the whole family with Berlin classics including, "Blue Skies," "I Love A Piano" and, of course, the perennial favorite "White Christmas."
The New Year will once again bring a "patron most-requested" Broadway hit to the ABT stage, Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I. Known for its dramatic and richly textured tale of East versus West, this uplifting journey, and truly memorable love story, dazzles in score, dance and story. Winning the Tony Award for Best Musical, The King and I brings beloved songs such as, "Getting To Know You" and "Something Wonderful" to royal life." The show will be on stage January 9 through February 15, 2015.
Under lock and key, the fourth show of ABT's 10th season is to be announced later this year. The run dates for the unknown production will be February 27 through April 4, 2015.
"With the stellar lineup we're announcing this evening, you know the wait for this especially popular production's title will be well worth it," said Brad York, sales and marketing director at Arizona Broadway Theatre. "We will release the title on June 1, 2014 when our licensing agreement allows us to shout it from the rooftops."
Sweet Charity takes the stage April 17 through May 10, 2015, offering a tender and poignant, yet hilariously funny, look at the misadventures of loveable Charity Hope Valentine in the ways of love. With entertaining songs popularized by Shirley MacLaine in the 1969 film including," If They Could See Me Now" and "Too Many Tomorrows" paired up with incredible dancing, audiences will adore the bright and sophisticated comedy about the journey of finding love.
Audiences will be treated to the captivating, professional Valley premiere of Disney's The Little Mermaid May 22 through June 21, 2015. Ariel's magical, underwater kingdom comes to vibrant life with state-of-the-art effects and brilliant costumes in this family-friendly gem. Irresistible songs, including, "Under The Sea" and "Kiss The Girl" will be brought to life as only ABT can do when the magical Disney stage experience hits the Mainstage.