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WICKED, A CHORUS LINE Set For VTA 2009-10 Broadway Series

The wait is over! Victoria Theatre Association has announced the 2009-2010 Miami Valley and Good Samaritan Hospitals Broadway Series, and it includes the Dayton Premiere of Broadway's biggest blockbuster, WICKED!

The good news doesn't end there - the spectacular lineup also includes the return of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, plus the revival of A CHORUS LINE, along with ALL SHOOK UP, the new musical revue BROADWAY HOLIDAY and The Human Race Theatre Company's all-new production of the Tony® and Pulitzer-winning play TALLEY'S FOLLY.

"This will be one of Victoria Theatre Association's biggest and best seasons ever," says Bill Bloebaum, Victoria Theatre Association Interim President & CEO. "With both Wicked and Phantom playing at the Schuster Center for three weeks, the potential economic impact for downtown Dayton and the region is considerable. When The Phantom of the Opera came to the Schuster Center in 2003, it brought more than 60,000 people downtown and nearly $4 million into Dayton's economy."

Victoria Theatre Association is also pleased to announce a brand new partnership with series title sponsor Premier Health Partners for the Miami Valley and Good Samaritan Hospitals Broadway Series. This sponsorship agreement will play an important role in being able to bring the latest Broadway blockbusters to Dayton.

The season gets underway in December, and continues through June 2010:

BROADWAY HOLIDAY

December 8 -20, 2009, Victoria Theatre

It's time for a Broadway Holiday! Join five Broadway stars, some of the best voices and greatest talents from the Big Apple itself, as they recreate their legendary performances and take you on an incredible journey through Broadway history - sprinkled liberally with songs of the season! Take a musical tour of Times Square, 42nd Street and Broadway, from the classics My Fair Lady and Oklahoma!, through ground breakers such as West Side Story, Man of La Mancha, and Chicago, to the current blockbusters Mamma Mia!, South Pacific, and Jersey Boys. You'll also enjoy great holiday songs brought to us by Broadway and other classics like "We Need A Little Christmas", "White Christmas," and more!

WICKED

February 17 - March 7, 2010, Schuster Center

So Much Happened Before Dorothy Dropped In.

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 Witch makes for "the most complete and completely satisfying new musical in a long time" (USA Today). On Broadway and around the world, WICKED has worked its magic on critics and audiences alike. Winner of 20 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards®, WICKED is "Broadway's biggest blockbuster" (The New York Times).

 

ALL SHOOK UP

March 9 - 21, 2010, Victoria Theatre

This exciting Broadway musical combines 25 smash hits of Elvis Presley with a new story of a rock 'n roll rebel. Featuring such classics as "Heartbreak Hotel," "Burning Love," "Jailhouse Rock," "Blue Suede Shoes," "Don't Be Cruel" and many more, it's the tale of a handsome and mysterious guitar playing roustabout who arrives in a small, square, mid-western town and meets a girl with dreams of hitting the open road. The whole town ignites in this hip-swiveling, smash hit musical comedy. ALL SHOOK UP features a book by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change) and musical arrangements by Stephen Oremus (Wicked, Avenue Q).

A CHORUS LINE

April 27 - May 2, 2010, Schuster Center

In an empty theatre, on a bare stage, casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete. For 17 dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime. It's what they've worked for - with every drop of sweat, every hour of training, every day of their lives. It's the one opportunity to do what they've always dreamed - to have the chance to dance. This is A CHORUS LINE, the musical for everyone who's ever had a dream and put it all on the line. Winner of nine Tony Awards®, including "Best Musical" and the Pulitzer Prize for drama, this singular sensation is the longest-running American Broadway musical ever. Now A CHORUS LINE returns. Come meet the new generation of Broadway's best.

TALLEY'S FOLLY

May 11 - 23, 2010, Victoria Theatre

Spend an evening in the delightful-yet-quirky courtship of Sally Talley and Matt Friedman. On the night of July Fourth, on the banks of the Niangua River in the "show me" state of Missouri, Jewish accountant Matt, from St Louis, attempts to seal his future life with Sally. Bookish, totally honest and delightfully funny, Matt refuses to accept Sally's rebuffs and her fears that her family would never approve of their marriage. Charming and indomitable, he gradually overcomes her defenses until it is clear they are two kindred spirits who have truly found each other. Set in a more-innocent time, Lanford Wilson's touching romantic comedy won the Pulitzer Prize.

 

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

June 9 - 27, 2010, Schuster Center

Andrew Lloyd Webber's international award-winning phenomenon directed by Harold Prince has woven its magical spell over standing room audiences in more than 100 cities worldwide. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, the longest running show in Broadway history, now returns to Dayton to take your breath away. It's a timeless story of seduction and despair and the one show The London Sunday Times called "God's gift to the musical theatre."

HOW TO GO

Reserve your tickets now - season subscriptions for the 2009-2010 Miami Valley and Good Samaritan Hospitals Broadway Series are available through Ticket Center Stage, and may be ordered at the Schuster Center box office in downtown Dayton or by calling (937) 228-3630 or toll free (888) 228-3630. Ticket Center Stage hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday, noon - 4 p.m., and two hours prior to each performance.

To learn more about Victoria Theatre Association, visit www.victoriatheatre.com. More information about the 2009-2010 Miami Valley and Good Samaritan Hospitals Broadway Series is available online at www.victoriatheatre.com/broadway

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