Nannies to Witches,
Love Children To Boy Singers
All Are A Part Of 2010-2011 Series
From Broadway Across America - Boston
Drew Murphy, President of Broadway
Across America – Boston, recently announced that the BAA-B
2010-2011 Season will include six major productions at
Boston’s Colonial Theatre and the Boston
schedule features touring companies of some of Broadway’s top shows,
including: "Rock of Ages," transporting audiences
back to the 80’s and featuring Boston Conservatory
graduate and "American Idol" star Constantine
Maroulis; the 2009 Tony Award-winning
Best Musical Revival "Hair," directed by the
A.R.T's critically acclaimed Diane Paulus; the
new touring production of "West Side Story,"
as revisited by Arthur Laurents; the Tony
Award-winning "Mary Poppins," based
on the original stories by P.L. Travers and the popular
Walt Disney film; the return of the Tony
Award-winning Best Musical, "Jersey Boys,"
showcasing the music of and story behind Frankie Valli &
The Four Seasons; and "Wicked," flying
back to Boston for a record third time, telling the story of what really
happened before Dorothy dropped into the merry old land of Oz.
Season tickets are on sale now. Individual ticket
sales will begin at a date to be announced. For the eighth consecutive
year, the season will be sponsored and presented by Lexus.
The line-up was unveiled at an invitational gathering of
600 at The Colonial Theatre. Following a wine and cheese
reception in the theater's lobby, guests took their seats in the theater
for the program which included video showcases of the selected shows as
well as live performances by Matthew Hydzik and
Haley Carlucci from "West Side Story," Catherine
Walker and Mark Ledbetter from "Mary Poppins" (accompanied
by Brian Taylor), and James Carpinello, Ericka
Hunter and Joel Hoekstra (guitarist from "Night
Ranger" from "Rock of Ages."
Guests also heard a presentation from longtime Boston arts
commentator and critic Joyce Kulhawik about the Marilyn
Rodman Theatre for Kids, which brings at-risk children to live
theater and sporting events at no cost. This past season, the Rodman program
brought 1800 children to see "In The Heights" at
The Opera House. Since its inception in 2003, the group has distributed
more than 33,000 tickets to kids throughout the state.
Of the new season, Murphy commented, “The upcoming
Season brings us back to a time and place that helped shape identities,
generations and events that speak to the collective spirit and consciousness.
This Season will be about reminiscing, recreating and redefining your
Series sponsors include: JetBlue Airways, Fleming’s
Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, Columbus Hospitality Group (owners
of Mistral, Teatro, Sorellina, Mooo, L'Andana in Burlington
and the hotels XV Beacon, The Inn @ St. Botolph, and
First Choice Bed and Breakfast) and WCVB TV / thebostonchannel.com.
In calendar order, the season includes the following:
September 1 - October 17, 2010
Boston Opera House
Entertainment Weekly calls "Wicked" "the best
musical of the decade.” When it last played Boston, it broke box
office records and sold out in record time. Winner of 35 major awards,
including a Grammy and three Tony Awards,
"Wicked" was just named “the defining musical of the decade"
by The New York Times. Long before that pigtailed girl
from Kansas plunked herself down in Munchkinland, two very different young
ladies met in the land of Oz. One, with emerald green skin, is smart,
fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious, very popular
-- and blonde. How these two become the Wicked Witch of the West
and Glinda the Good makes for what USA Today
calls "the most complete and completely satisfying new musical in
a long time."
October 6 - 17, 2010
In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl meets a big city rocker.
In LA’s most famous rock club, they fall in love to the greatest
songs of the 80s. This is five-time 2009 Tony Award nominee
"Rock of Ages," an arena-rock love story told through the mind-blowing
hits of Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benetar,
Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake and more. The
good time musical about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on will
star Boston Conservatory graduate Constantine Maroulis (center
above), from the Broadway cast.
December 16, 2010 - January 30, 2011
"Too Good To Be True," raved 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
from New Jersey 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. Winner of the 2006
Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album
and most recently, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical,
"Jersey Boys" features the hit songs “Sherry,”
“Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh
What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes
Off You," among others.
Feb.17- March 20, 2011
Boston Opera House
The world’s most famous nanny blows into the Boston Opera House
in February. Combining the best of the original stories by P.
L. Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film,
the Tony Award-winning "Mary Poppins" is produced
by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh. Featuring such time-honored
songs as “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “A Spoonful of
Sugar,” “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” and, of
"Mary Poppins" was hailed by The New York Daily News
as “a roof-raising, toe-tapping, high-flying extravaganza!”
March 22 - April 10, 2011
The Public Theater’s new Tony
Award-winning production of "Hair," directed
by Diane Paulus, is easily one of the most electric celebrations
on Broadway! This exuberant musical about a group of young Americans
searching for peace and love in a turbulent time has struck a resonant
chord with audiences young and old. "Hair" features an
extraordinary cast and dozens of unforgettable songs, including “Aquarius,”
“Let the Sun Shine In,” "Good Morning, Starshine"
and “Easy To Be Hard.” Its relevance
is undeniable; its energy is unbridled; and its truth is unwavering.
This is "Hair." (Note: While many find
this show suitable for young adults -- 13 and older -- parental discretion
is advised. There is a dimly lit 20-second scene with nudity that is non-sexual
June 14- July 9, 2011
More than fifty years ago, one show changed how we thought about musical
theater. Now it’s back on Broadway, thrilling audiences all over
again. From the first note to the final breath, "West Side
Story" soars as one of the greatest love stories of all time.
Directed by its two-time Tony Award-winning librettist
Arthur Laurents, "West Side Story" remains
as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The Leonard
Bernstein - Stephen Sondheim score is considered to be one of
Broadway's finest and features such classics of the American musical theater
as "Something's Coming," "Tonight," "America,"
"I Feel Pretty" and "Somewhere."
The new Broadway cast album recently won the 2010 Grammy Award
for Best Musical Show Album.
To order Season Tickets, visit
broadwayacrossamerica.com/boston or call 866-523-7469. For information
on Group Sales, call 866-633-0194 or email BostonGroups@broadwayacrossamerica.com.
production photos: Joan Marcus