Tony Award-winning musical "In the Heights" as well as the recent Disney revival of the classic "Mary Poppins" are among the six touring shows that will come to Sacramento between September 29 and June 19 of next year. For the first time in producing organization California Musical Theatre’s 22 year history of bringing Broadway shows, all six of the shows will be Sacramento premieres.
Along with "In the Heights" and "Mary Poppins," this season’s shows will include the dance spectacle "Burn the Floor," the seasonal "Cirque Dreams Holidaze" and two new shows based on films: "9 to 5," based on the Dolly Parton movie and "Young Frankenstein," based on the Mel Brooks comedy.
Ticket subscriptions for the shows will go on sale next Monday, April 12. Current season ticket holders will get first shot, and the Wells Fargo Pavillion Box Office will take orders for new subscriptions at the same time.
According to a press release from CMT, "Season ticket buyers will be receiving their DEEPEST SUBSCRIBER DISCOUNT EVER – an average of over 17 percent – meaning that every renewing subscriber will be paying less for the 2010-11 season. Six-show subscription packages are $96.90 to $338.20. Five-show packages (not including "Cirque Dreams Holidaze") are only $81.90-$285.60. Season tickets available only at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office, 1419 H Street, Sacramento, or by calling (916) 557-1999. For more information and complete prices for our season tickets, visit www.BroadwaySacramento.com. For groups of 12 or more (both single-show and subscriptions), call (916) 557-1198 beginning Monday, April 12."
Descriptions of the six shows follow, from the California Musical Theatre press release:
BURN THE FLOOR
September 29-October 10, 2010
The international dance sensation Burn the Floor visits Sacramento direct from its record-breaking run on Broadway! You’ve seen ballroom dance on shows like "Dancing with the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance." Now, with Burn the Floor, you will feel, live on stage, all the passion, the drama and the sizzling excitement of 20 gorgeous champion dancers, in a true theatrical experience, a performance with a grace and athleticism that The New York Times calls, "Dazzling!" From Harlem’s hot nights at The Savoy, where dances such as the Lindy, Foxtrot and Charleston were born, to the Latin Quarter where the Cha-Cha, Rumba and Salsa steamed up the stage, Burn the Floor takes audiences on a journey through the passionate drama of dance. The elegance of the Viennese Waltz, the exuberance of the Jive, the intensity of the Paso Doble – audiences will experience them all, as well as the Tango, Samba, Mambo, Quickstep and Swing. Burn the Floor-it’s Ballroom. Reinvented.
IN THE HEIGHTS
November 3-14, 2010
"In the Heights," winner of four 2008 Tony Awards including best musical!, is a sensational new show about chasing your dreams and finding your true home. With an amazing cast, incredible Tony Award-winning dancing and a thrilling Tony Award-winning score, "In the Heights" is an exhilarating journey into a vibrant Manhattan community – a place where the coffee is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. Experience the next chapter of the classic American story at the most joyous and exciting musical on Broadway. Find out what it takes to make a living, what it costs to have a dream, and what it means to be home…"In the Heights."
CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE
December 29, 2010-January 2, 2011
From the creators of the groundbreaking Broadway hit, Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, comes a new holiday musical of season’s dreamings hailed by the New York Daily News as…"charm, sparkle and talent by the sleighload" and "a jaw dropping winter wonderland" by the Atlantic City Press. Created and directed by Neil Goldberg, Cirque Dreams Holidaze is an original new musical extravaganza filled with spectacle, imagination and whimsical dreams. Ornaments come to life as costumed characters who perform astonishing feats that celebrate the holiday season and showcase pageantry, ingenuity and breathtaking artistry. An international cast of acrobats, aerialists, singers, dancers and musicians fill this Cirque Dream on stage, in the air and while dangling from a 24 foot tall magical tree. Add to that the pomp, cirque-umstance and amazement of gingerbread men flipping through the air, toy soldiers skillfully marching on thin wires, snowmen daringly balancing, icemen sculpting powerfully, penguins spinning, puppets caroling and reindeer soaring high above a landscape of holiday wonderment and you will see why Cirque Dreams Holidaze makes the perfect gift of entertainment. With over 100 dazzling costumes, an original musical score and some holiday favorites, Cirque Dreams Holidaze will have audiences of all ages mesmerized with its memorable tribute to the holiday season.
9 TO 5
March 9-20, 2011
"9 to 5: The Musical" is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era. This new musical comedy, direct from Broadway, is based on the hit movie and features Dolly Parton’s original hit title song along with her new Tony Award® -and Grammy-nominated score. The book is by Patricia Resnick (co-writer of the original screenplay). "9 to 5: The Musical" tells the story of three unlikely friends who conspire to take control of their company and learn there’s nothing they can’t do – even in a man’s world. Outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic, "9 to 5: The Musical" is about teaming up and taking care of business… it’s about getting credit and getting even … and it’s about to open in Sacramento.
For more information, visit the 9 to 5 page at www.BroadwaySacramento.com or visit www.9to5themusical.com.
April 13-24, 2011
The classic Mel Brooks movie is ALIVE…and it’s headed here! You’ll have a monstrously good time at this spectacular new production, winner of the 2008 Outer Critics Circle Award and the Broadway.com Audience Award for best musical! Don’t miss the sensational cast delivering all your favorite moments from the classic film, plus brand-new show-stopping numbers for the stage, including "Transylvania Mania," "He Vas My Boyfriend" and "Puttin’ on the Ritz." This wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein (that’s Fronkensteen) as he attempts to create a monster–but not without scary and hilarious complications. The brains behind the laughter is mad genius and three-time Tony winner Mel Brooks himself – who wrote the music and lyrics and co-wrote the book – along with his record-breaking team from The Producers: five-time Tony-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman and three-time Tony-winning writer, Thomas Meehan.
For more information, visit the Young Frankenstein page at www.BroadwaySacramento.com or visit www.youngfrankensteinthemusical.com.
June 2-19, 2011
Beginning in June 2011, the world’s most famous nanny will arrive in Sacramento. Combining the best of the original stories by P. L. Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film, the Tony® Award-winning "Mary Poppins" is everything you’d hope for in a Broadway musical-and more. Produced by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh, the show includes such wonderful songs as "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "A Spoonful of Sugar," Let’s Go Fly a Kite" and, of course, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." The New York Daily News hails "Mary Poppins" as "a roof-raising, toe-tapping, high-flying extravaganza!" Let your imagination take flight at this perfectly magical musical!
For more information, visit the Mary Poppins page at www.BroadwaySacramento.com or visit www.marypoppinsonbroadway.com.