The Denver Center Attractions announced its 2012 Broadway Tours Season this Sunday during the telecast of the 2011 Tony Awards. This year’s offerings are a balance of sure-fire hits (some of which have been quite popular in Denver previously) and exciting new offerings.
Kicking off the season January 10–21 is BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL, the explosive new musical comedy that raises the stakes on over-the-top high school rivalries. Set against the world of competitive cheerleading, this powerhouse new show hilariously proves that winning isn’t everything when it means losing something – or someone – you really care about. This show has brought together some of the freshest and funniest creative minds on Broadway, including Tony Award-winning writer Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q); Tony Award-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (In The Heights); Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning composer Tom Kitt (Next to Normal) and lyricist Amanda Green (High Fidelity); Tony Award-winning orchestrator Alex Lacamoire (Wicked), and Tony Award-winning director/choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler (In The Heights). BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL is an entirely original musical comedy combining an exciting new sound, gravity-defying choreography, and a thrilling story to create a total theatrical event worth cheering for. Game On! www.bringitonmusical.com
I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE, the record-breaking hit, returns to the Garner Galleria Theatre with an all new production February 17-June 24. Everything you’ve secretly wanted to know about dating, mating, and marriage; husbands, wives, kids, and in-laws but were afraid to ask! Parents who talk baby talk, men who talk and women who pretend to listen, infidelity, and the injustice of long lines for the ladies room are just some of the issues that are hilariously skewed in Joe DiPietro’s hugely successful musical revue. Four actors take on the lives of more than 20 characters as they face the trials and tribulations of dealing with the opposite sex. I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE, sponsored by MolsonCoors, is the perfect date-night comedy for adults.
Next up, subscribers will experience the music of the legendary Johnny Cash with RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH, a co-presentation with the Denver Center Theatre Company. This musical revue uses 39 of the singer’s best-known songs to describe the journey of a man in search of his soul. Full of love and emotion, humor and empathy, the show, like all country songs, tells it like it is. RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH plays The Stage Theatre March 23–May 13 and is supported by Producing Partners L. Roger Hutson and Leslie McKay.
WICKED will be back by “Popular” demand April 11–May 20 in The Buell Theatre. Entertainment Weekly calls WICKED “the best musical of the decade.” Winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, WICKED is Broadway’s biggest blockbuster, a cultural phenomenon and was just named “the defining musical of the decade” by The New York Times. 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 makes for “the most complete and completely satisfying new musical in a long time” (USA Today). www.wickedthemusical.com
THE ADDAMS FAMILY will play The Buell Theatre with two snaps June 19–July 1. Sponsored by U.S. Bank, this smash-hit musical comedy brings the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and, of course, Lurch to spooky and spectacular life. Based on the family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, this magnificently macabre new musical comedy is created byJersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, Drama Desk-winning composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party), choreographer Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and Olivier Award-winning director/designers Phelim McDermott & Julian Crouch (Shockheaded Peter) with creative consultation by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks. Come meet the family. We’ll leave the lights off for you. www.theaddamsfamilymusical.com
Winner of three Tony Awards including the award for Best Musical Revival, this hilarious new production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES plays The Buell Theatre September 4 –16. It was the biggest hit of the 2010 Broadway season, leaving audiences in stitches night after night. LA CAGE tells the story of Georges, the owner of a glitzy nightclub in lovely Saint-Tropez, and his partner Albin, who moonlights as the glamorous chanteuse Zaza. When Georges’ son brings his fiancée’s conservative parents home to meet the flashy pair, the bonds of family are put to the test as the feather boas fly. LA CAGE is a tuneful and touching tale of one family’s struggle to stay together… stay fabulous… and above all else, stay true to themselves. With a glorious score of hummable melodies and a dynamite cast featuring the “notorious and dangerous Cagelles,” LA CAGE is an indisputable musical comedy classic… and this extraordinary new version shows you why! www.lacage.com
Turn up that dial because MEMPHIS will rock Denver’s Buell Theatre October 10–21. From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, MEMPHIS is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves — filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical, MEMPHIS features a Tony-winning book by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change) and original score by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan. Directing is Tony nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu) with choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys). Get ready to experience Broadway’s most exciting new destination… MEMPHIS!www.memphisthemusical.com
2012 season ticket packages start at just $218. To purchase a subscription, please call Denver Center Ticket Services: 303.893.4100 or800.641.1222, or visit the ticket office located in the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex at Speer & Arapahoe. Subscription packages also can be purchased online at www.denvercenter.org/bwaysubs. Single tickets are not available at this time.