'Broadway on Hennepin' season showcases Tony Award-winning favorites and Minnesota debuts

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New 2014-2015 Broadway on Hennepin Season Showcases Current Tony Award-Winning Shows, Five Minnesota Debuts and Far-Ranging Favorites

Hennepin Theatre Trust Announces Broadway Touring Season with 2013 Tony Award-Winners Kinky Boots and Pippin and the Minneapolis premiere of Motown The Musical


 

MINNEAPOLIS—Hennepin Theatre Trust today announced its stellar and far-ranging new 2014-2015 Thrivent Financial Broadway on Hennepin season, featuring Broadway’s hottest Tony Award-winning shows, five Minnesota premieres and many classic favorites. Making their local debuts are Kinky Boots, winner of six 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Pippin, the 2013 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical Revival and the record-breaking hit Motown The Musical. The season runs from August 2014 through August 2015 at the historic Orpheum, State and Pantages Theatres.

 

Back by popular demand following its recording-breaking Minneapolis run in 2013, The Book of Mormon, the multi-Tony Award-winning musical from the creators of South Park, will return for a limited three week engagement.

 

Appearing for the first time in Minneapolis is Dirty DancingThe Classic Story on Stage and I Love Lucy® Live on Stage. The season also features such popular audience favorites as Annie, Jersey Boys, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. The poignant Oliver! is showcased in the continuation of the innovative Broadway Re-Imagined series, co-produced locally by Theater Latté Da and the Trust.

 

Broadway on Hennepin season subscribers, Hennepin Theatre Trust Donors and groups can purchase tickets first when season packages go on sale at 9 a.m., Wednesday, January 22, 2014. Individual tickets will be made available later. Visit HennepinTheatreTrust.org for more information.

 

“An outstanding ‘Broadway on Hennepin’ season like this, with five productions that have never been here before including two, new 2013 Tony winners, makes our downtown Cultural District an entertainment magnet for residents and visitors alike,” commented Tom Hoch, President/CEO of Hennepin Theatre Trust. “Minneapolis is known for its arts and culture and we thank our community for the enthusiastic support which makes it possible for us to bring these musicals to town as well as produce shows locally.”

 

“Thrivent Financial is proud to support Hennepin Theatre Trust and its upcoming Broadway season,” stated Michael Dominowski, Director of Community Relations. “The touring and local theatre offerings help make downtown Minneapolis, where over 1,000 Thrivent employees work, a thriving and vibrant destination. This was truly unique way for Thrivent to be a part of the community.”

 

The season begins in August 2014 with the return The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical from the creators of South Park, which runs at the Orpheum, August 20–September 7. The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.”

 

The step-up appeal of Dirty DancingThe Classic Story on Stage takes center stage October 7–19 at the Orpheum. Dancing and passion make this stage adaptation come to life with the hit songs everyone knows and loves including “Hungry Eyes,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.”  Arriving just in time for the holidays at the Orpheum is the sensational Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, November 25–30, featuring Berlin classics like “Blue Skies,” “How Deep is the Ocean?” and, of course, the unforgettable title song.

 

Turning up the heat December 16–28 at the Orpheum, the record-breaking smash hit Motown The Musical is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more.  Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” Motown The Musical tells the story behind the hits as the whole Motown family fights against the odds to create the soundtrack that changed America.  Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat.

 

Adapted from the most beloved program in television history, the brand new hit show I Love Lucy® Live on Stage brings comic antics to the State Theatre January 20–25, 2015. Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel are presented live on stage for the very first time!  Oliver!, the newest Broadway Re-Imagined offering from the Hennepin Theatre Trust and Theater Latté Da partnership, will debut at the Pantages Theatre, February 4–March 1, 2015. In this poignant, extraordinary tale with a twist, nationally acclaimed director Peter Rothstein brings Charles Dickens’ vivid characters to life with iconic songs like “Consider Yourself,” “Food, Glorious Food” and “You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two.”

 

Pippin, winner of four 2012 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, makes its Minnesota debut at the Orpheum, February 17-22, 2015. In an astonishing new production full of sizzling choreography in the style of Bob Fosse plus death-defying acrobatics, Pippin tells the story of a young prince in search of the meaning of his existence. Will he choose a happy, but simple life or will he risk everything for glory?

 

The ever popular Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, presented by NETworks, returns to the Orpheum, March 10–15, 2015. This family favorite is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish costumes and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. The Tony Award-winning Annie returns to the Orpheum March 31–April 5, 2015, bursting with gutsy charm and eternal optimism. This timeless story of America’s favorite orphan features indefatigable songs like “Tomorrow” and “It’s the Hard Knock Life.”

 

Oh, what a night! The Tony and Grammy Award-winning Best Musical Jersey Boys returns to the Orpheum April 28May 3, 2015. This energetic story about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons has audiences coming back again and again to relive the excitement of the smash hit musical about how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. Kinky Boots, Broadway’s new high-heeled hit, makes its Minneapolis debut July 28–August 2, 2015 at the Orpheum. Winner of six 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Kinky Boots is the heartwarming story of Charlie Price, a man trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save the family business. He finds inspiration in the form of Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. With an original pop score from Tony and Grammy Award-winner Cyndi Lauper, this red-hot musical smash has sold-out audiences on Broadway dancing in the aisles every night.

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SEASON TICKET INFORMATION

Subscription Packages for renewing and new subscribers go on sale at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 The eight show package includes Kinky Boots, Pippin, The Book of Mormon, Motown the Musical, Dirty Dancing, I Love Lucy® Live on Stage, Annie and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Package prices start at $298. For the seven show package (not including The Book of Mormon) prices start at $249. Both packages include applicable season ticket discounts, theatre restoration and handling fees. Season Specials are Jersey Boys, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Oliver!  Information is available 24 hours a day at HennepinTheatreTrust.org. Patrons can purchase a season ticket package in person at the State Theatre Box Office (805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 55402). Ticket buyers can also visit HennepinTheatreTrust.org, call the Broadway Across America Season Ticket Hotline at 1.800.859.SHOW (7469) or fax their order to 1.800.329.8587.

 

Current Season Ticket Holders are urged to respond to renewal notices immediately to retain their season seats or to request an upgrade. Friday, February 21 is the renewal deadline. Group tickets, with discounts available for many performances, are also on sale now and provide a great way to celebrate many family, office or social occasions. Group minimums and discounts vary; please call 612.373.5665 for information and reservations.

 

Hennepin Theatre Trust Donors can also purchase Subscription Packages, access concierge ticketing, buy tickets to individual shows and gain special benefits. To become a Donor, call 612.455.9513. Single tickets for individual productions will go on sale to the general public at a later date. Prices, shows, artists, dates and times are subject to change without notice. Further information will be posted as it becomes available at HennepinTheatreTrust.org. Patrons can also sign up to get email notifications of the latest updates.

 

SEASON TICKET HOLDER BENEFITS

Season Ticket Holders get the best access to guaranteed seats for the year’s hottest shows and enjoy many benefits including:

  • Priority PRE-SALE opportunities to buy additional tickets before public on-sale dates
  • EASY payment plan—pay in monthly installments at no additional charge
  • SEASON HANDBOOK—an information guide, plus a dining coupon book
  • FREE TICKET EXCHANGE and replacement services
  • Benefits in ALL Broadway Across America markets
  • GUARANTEED premium seat locations
  • SPECIAL EVENT INVITATIONS to private parties, backstage tours and other opportunities

 

 

2014-15 BROADWAY SEASON–Additional Information

 

The Book of Mormon, August 20–September 7, 2014, Orpheum Theatre

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 a 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 Book of Mormon contains explicit language. 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

 

Dirty DancingThe Classic Story on Stage, October 7–19, 2014, Orpheum Theatre

Dirty Dancing is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring the hit songs, “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” London’s Sunday Express says “This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!” Don’t miss your chance to see this record-breaking live theatre sensation. You’ll have the time of your life!

 

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, November 25–30, 2014, Orpheum Theatre
The classic holiday movie “White Christmas” comes to the stage at last! This new musical shines with timeless Berlin hits like “Blue Skies,” “How Deep is the Ocean?” and, of course, the unforgettable title song. Irving Berlin’s White Christmas tells the story of two buddies putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and finding their perfect mates in the process. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas promises a merry and bright theatrical experience for the whole family!

 

Motown The Musical, December 16–28, 2014, Orpheum Theatre
It began as one man’s story…became everyone’s music…and is now Broadway’s musical. Motown The Musical is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Now, experience it live on stage in the record-breaking smash hit Motown The Musical!

 

I Love Lucy® Live on Stage, January 20–25, 2015, State Theatre

I Love Lucy® Live on Stage is the brand-new hit stage show adapted from the most beloved program in television history! It’s 1952 and you are a member of the Desilu Playhouse studio audience awaiting the filming of two hilarious and oh-so-familiar “I Love Lucy®” episodes. A charming host invites you to experience the behind-the-scenes filming process of this brand new thing called “television,” the Crystaltone Singers perform advertising jingles in perfect ‘50s style harmony and the sidesplitting antics of America’s favorite foursome – Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel – are presented live on stage and in color for the very first time! It’s a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience that TV Guide’s William Keck calls “the most entertaining stage production I’ve seen in years – including Broadway!” The truth is in the title – whether young or old, everybody really does love Lucy!

 

Oliver!, February 4–March 1, 2015, Pantages Theatre, Broadway Re-Imagined Series  

Presented by Theater Latté Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust

Broadway Re-Imagined returns with Oliver!, the extraordinary tale with a twist. Nationally acclaimed director Peter Rothstein stages the Tony Award-winning musical in an all-new production at the Pantages Theatre. This third Broadway Re-Imagined collaboration between Theater Latté Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust brings to life Charles Dickens’ vivid characters including the Artful Dodger, Fagin and, of course, the young orphan Oliver. Lionel Bart’s unforgettable score, featuring The Minnesota Boychoir as the Workhouse Orphans, showcases such iconic songs as “Consider Yourself,” “Food, Glorious Food,” “You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two” and “As Long As He Needs Me.” Oliver’s quest to find a home and family takes us on a heart-wrenching and heart-warming musical journey. Don’t miss this classic for the entire family!

 

Pippin, February 17–22, 2015, Orpheum Theatre

Pippin is back on Broadway for the first time since it thrilled audiences 40 years ago. The show The New York Times declared “Astonishing. A Pippin for the 21st century,” won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival! With a beloved score by Tony nominee Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Wicked), Pippin tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy, but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory. This captivating new production is directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus (Hair and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess). It features sizzling choreography in the style of Bob Fosse and breathtaking acrobatics by Les 7 Doigts De La Main, the creative force behind the nationwide sensation Traces.

 

NETworks presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, March 10–15, 2015, Orpheum Theatre (Season Special)

Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, the smash hit Broadway musical, is returning to Minneapolis! Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of more than  35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Orpheum Theatre! BeautyAndTheBeastOnTour.com

 

Annie, March 31–April 5, 2015, Orpheum Theatre

Leapin’ Lizards! One of the world’s best-loved musicals is back in time-honored form.  Directed by original lyricist Martin Charnin, this new production of Annie will be a classic incarnation of the beloved original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.” Don’t wait until tomorrow.  Get your tickets today! “An intensely likable musical!  It has a rare kind of gutsy charm.” -The New York Times. “Spectacular on every count.” –Newsweek. “Big, warm-hearted, funny and overflowing!” -New York Post.

 

Jersey Boys, April 28–May 3, 2015, Orpheum Theatre (Season Special)

“Too good to be true!” raves the New York Post for Jersey Boys, the 2006 Tony Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30!  Jersey Boys, winner of the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album and most recently, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” “It will run for centuries!” proclaims Time Magazine. The JERSEY BOYS creative team comprises two-time Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff, book writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, composer Bob Gaudio, lyricist Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo. Contains adult language.

 

Kinky Boots, July 28–August 2, 2015, Orpheum Theatre
Broadway’s new high-heeled hit is the winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, and Grammy winner Cyndi Lauper has made history with Kinky Boots as the first solo woman ever to receive the Tony Award for Best Score! Kinky Boots tells the story of Charlie Price, a man who has reluctantly 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. Featuring direction and Tony-winning choreography by Jerry Mitchell and a spectacularly uplifting book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein, this red-hot musical smash has sold-out audiences dancing—and strutting—in the aisles every night, and now it’s your turn to join the celebration!

 

 

HENNEPIN THEATRE TRUST, owner of the historic Orpheum, State, Pantages and New Century Theatres, is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to arts-inspired community cultural development. We achieve our mission by presenting a rich mix of live performances, creating inspiring arts education experiences and advancing a thriving Hennepin Avenue Cultural District in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Trust’s activities include presenting Broadway touring productions and the related Broadway Confidential series, concerts, comedy, speakers and other variety entertainment plus educational initiatives including our SpotLight Musical Theatre and Critical Review programs for high schools, Teen Ushers, the Access Program and Family Day on Hennepin events.

 

BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA is part of the Key Brand Entertainment family of companies which includes Broadway.com and is operated by John Gore (Owner & CEO).  BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring musicals and plays in North America, operating in 40 markets.  As a leading Broadway producer, BAA is dedicated to the development and production of new and diverse theatre.  Current/upcoming productions include Beautiful, Betrayal, Big Fish, Bullets Over Broadway, Little Miss Sunshine, Million Dollar Quartet and Pippin. Past productions include Hairspray, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Memphis, Promises, Promises, The Producers and War Horse. Broadway.com is the premier theater website for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. For more information please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and Broadway.com.

 

THEATER LATTÉ DA is an award-winning Twin Cities musical theater company that combines music and story to illuminate the breadth and depth of the human experience. The company seeks to create new connections between story, music, artists and audience by exploring and expanding the art of musical theater.   

 

 

Karen R. Nelson | Communications Director
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