If Broadway buzz is your thing, then you're going to love the shows heading to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts next season. In a major coup for South Florida, the inaugural tour of"War Horse" is included among them.
The spate of musicals presented by Broadway Across America is as follows:
"Million Dollar Quartet," Nov. 6-18: A look at Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins' one-time-only jam session at Sam Phillips' legendary Sun Studio in Memphis on Dec. 4, 1956. Hits in the jukebox musical include "Blue Suede Shoes," "That's All Right," "Sixteen Tons," "Great Balls of Fire," "I Walk the Line," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Who Do You Love?" "Folsom Prison Blues" and "Hound Dog." Visit MillionDollarQuartetLive.com
"Sister Act," Dec. 18-30: Based on the 1992 movie, the stage musical is produced by that film's star, Whoopi Goldberg. It closely follows the movie's plot of a nightclub singer in the witness protection program, who is hidden in the last place gangsters would think to look for her: the Holy Order of the Little Sisters of Our Mother of Perpetual Faith. The music is by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, who also composed the scores for "Beauty and the Beast," "Little Shop of Horrors" and "The Little Mermaid." Visit SisterActBroadway.com
"Flashdance -- The Musical," March 5-17, 2013: Another show based on a movie, this time the 1983 chick flick that made Jennifer Beals a household name. Like that mega-hit film, the musical revolves around a young woman who is a welder by day and a pole-dancer by night. The Academy Award-winning hit "Flashdance … What a Feeling," as well as 1980s chart-toppers "Maniac" and "I Love Rock and Roll" are included in the score, which is filled out with 10 original songs. Visit FlashdanceTheMusical.com
"The Addams Family," April 9-21, 2013: Set in the kooky, spooky world of cartoonist Charles Addams, this macabre musical owes more to the original New Yorker magazine gags than the television series or the two feature films. Much of the creative team behind "Jersey Boys" (book writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, along with choreographer Sergio Trujillo) reunited to create the show. Visit TheAddamsFamilyMusicalTour.com
"War Horse," May 7-19, 2013: Steven Spielberg's World War I epic may still be fresh in audiences' minds, but this show follows the original source material (a 1982 children's novel by Michael Morpurgo), which centers on the experiences of Joey, a beloved horse belonging to a country boy named Albert. When WWI takes Joey from the farm to the cavalry, Albert vows to bring him home. The West End production won six Olivier Awards in 2008, and the Broadway staging carried home six Tony Awards in 2011, including Best Play and a special Tony for the Handspring Puppet Company, which brings the horse to life in the critically lauded play. Visit WarHorseOnstage.com
The series also will include Agatha Christie's "BBC Murders" at Parker Playhouse Jan. 15 to Feb. 3, 2013. The show comprises four lost radio plays by the late, great mystery writer: "Three Blind Mice" (on which "The Mousetrap" is based), "Butter in a Lordly Dish," "Yellow Iris" and "Personal Call." The last two include musical numbers written by Rupert Holmes ("The Mystery of Edwin Drood" and "Curtains")
Not part of the series, but worth mentioning, is the return of "Wicked" to South Florida Jan. 30 to Feb. 17, 2013. Visit WickedTheMusical.com.
Broadway Across America Subscription Season at Broward Center for the Performing Arts and Parker Playhouse
Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale; and Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale
Cost: Season tickets for the six-show package range from $169 to $530
Contact: 800-764-0700 or BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com/fortlauderdale