Walton Arts Center officials announced the 2012-13 Broadway Series this past weekend during an exclusive event with comedian and Broadway insider Seth Rudetsky.
During the event, current series subscribers were invited to renew their subscription for the season which includes early access to seats, discounts on single tickets, exchange privileges and guaranteed early access to next season’s shows.
Season tickets won’t be available for new subscribers until later this spring.
For those who didn’t make it, the full schedule is listed below.
Shrek: The Musical
Tuesday, Oct. 30 – Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012
Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, Shrek: The Musical brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life on stage.
In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a villain with a “short” temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand, and his name is Shrek.
Tuesday, Dec. 4 – Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012
Set in a small English town, Billy Elliot follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising talent for dance that inspires his family and his whole community, and changes his life forever.
Called “The best show you’ll ever see” by the New York Post and honored with 10 Tony Awards in 2009, Billy Elliot has been seen in Sydney, New York, Melbourne, Chicago, Seoul, and Toronto since its 2005 London debut.
Catch Me If You Can
Tuesday, Jan. 8 – Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013
Based on the hit DreamWorks film and the true story that inspired it, Catch Me If You Can is a new Broadway musical that tells the story of Frank W. Abagnale, Jr., a teenager who runs away from home in search of the glamorous life. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer – living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when Frank’s lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl chases Frank to the end, and finds something he never expected.
Catch Me If You Can is created by a Tony Award-winning “dream team,” with a book by Terrence McNally (The Full Monty, Ragtime), a swinging score by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman (Hairspray), choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Legally Blonde) and direction by Jack O’Brien (Hairspray, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels).
Tuesday, Feb. 5 – Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013
From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tenn., comes a new Broadway musical 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.
Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Memphis, which played pre-Broadway at the La Jolla Playhouse, features a Tony-winning book by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change) and a Tony-winning original score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan. Directing is Tony nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu), and choreography is by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys).
Tuesday, April 9 – Sunday, April 14, 2013
Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Anything Goes is the winner of three 2011 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and Choreography.
This Cole Porter comedy also includes some of musical theater’s most memorable standards, including “I Get a Kick out of You,” “You’re the Top,” and of course, “Anything Goes.”
See why the AP called it, “So DELIGHTFUL, So DELICIOUS, So DE-LOVELY!”
Wednesday, May 22 – Sunday, May 26, 2013
War Horse travels from the verdant English countryside to the fields of France and Germany at the outbreak of World War I. A boy’s beloved horse has been sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. Caught up in enemy fire, the horse serves on both sides of the war, and survives an odyssey that leaves him alone in no-man’s land. The boy, now a young man, cannot forget his horse, and embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.
Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company brings breathing, galloping, full-scale horses to life on the stage.
2012-13 subscriber first-access shows
STOMP – Sept. 7-9, 2012
Hair – Feb. 22-23, 2013
American Idiot – April 26-28, 2013