Theater League and Broadway Across America Announce 2013-2014 Kansas City Broadway Series
Season boats a string of Tony award-winning productions.
Kansas City, MO (May 16, 2013) - Theater League and Broadway Across America are proud to announce the 2013-2014 Kansas City Broadway Series. An exciting return engagement of Broadway’s biggest blockbuster, WICKED, the new musical SISTER ACT and five-time Tony® Award winner, WAR HORSE, comprise the 2013-2014 Series at the Music Hall. The Kansas City Broadway Series also presents 2013 Tony® Award Best Musical nominee BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL and the critically acclaimed Sandy Hackett’s RAT PACK SHOW at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
Season tickets start at $145 for all five shows and can be purchased by calling 816.421.7500, online at theaterleague.com or by visiting the Theater League office at 9140 Ward Parkway Suite 220, Kansas City, MO.
Back by “Popular” demand, the season begins with WICKED at the Music Hall October 9-27, 2013. Variety calls WICKED “a cultural phenomenon.” When WICKED last played Kansas City in 2009, it broke box office records and sold out in record time. Winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards®, WICKED is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (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).
The new year brings the new musical, SISTER ACT, to the Music Hall January 21-26, 2014. SISTER ACT is Broadway’s feel-amazing musical-comedy smash hit The New York Post calls “RIDICULOUSLY FUN,” and audiences are jumping to their feet in total agreement. Featuring original music by eight-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE LITTLE MERMAID, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS), SISTER ACT tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime, and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look—a convent. Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.
The third offering at the Music Hall is the theatrical event WAR HORSE, April 1-6, 2014. A heart-warming tale of loyalty and friendship, WAR HORSE is the winner of five 2011 Tony® Awards. As World War I begins, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped from England to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home. This powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness that plays to packed houses in London and around the world. The centerpieces of WAR HORSE are astonishing life-sized puppets created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, that bring to life breathing, galloping, charging horses strong enough for men to ride.
Coming to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in 2013-14 is a show straight from Broadway – BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL, February 11-16, 2014. BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL, based upon the popular movie of the same name, tells the story of the challenges and unexpected bonds formed through the thrill of extreme competition. From the Tony® Award-winning creative minds of Lin-Manuel Miranda (IN THE HEIGHTS), Tom Kitt (NEXT TO NORMAL) and Jeff Whitty (AVENUE Q), BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL, nominated for two Tony Awards, including Best Musical, showcases a vibrant score and endearing story. With a colorful crew of characters, an exciting fresh sound and explosive dance with aerial stunts, this hilariously universal story is sure to be everything you hoped for and nothing like you expected. The New York Times calls it, “Impossible to resist!”
The 2013-2014 Kansas City Broadway Series concludes with the critically acclaimed Sandy Hackett’s RAT PACK SHOW, May 27-June 1, 2014 at the Kauffman Center. Celebrate the Golden Age of Las Vegas with a cabaret-style evening “starring” Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Joey Bishop and Sammy Davis Jr. This lauded theatrical production includes great arrangements of the classic songs everyone knows and loves, including “That’s Amore,” “For Once in My Life,” “Luck Be a Lady” and “Mack the Knife.”
Season members may also add tickets to two special engagement performances offered in conjunction with the series: Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST will take the stage at the Music Hall December 10-15, 2013, and the new musical, AMERICAN IDIOT, based on Green Day’s Grammy® Award-winning multi-platinum album, will be at the Kauffman Center, January 11-12, 2014.
Performance schedule for the Kansas City Broadway Series is as follows:
WICKED, October 9-27, 2013 - Music Hall
SISTER ACT, January 21-26, 2014 - Music Hall
BRING IT ON, February 11-16, 2014 - Kauffman Center
WAR HORSE, April 1-6, 2014 - Music Hall
RAT PACK SHOW, May 27-June 1, 2014 - Kauffman Center
Season tickets start at $145 for all five shows and are available online at theaterleague.com, by calling 816.421.7500 or by visiting the Theater League office at 9140 Ward Parkway, Suite 220, Kansas City, MO.
The 2013-2014 Kansas City Broadway Series is welcomed by The Hotel Phillips.
EDITORS NOTE: Production photos are available by contacting
Nancy Besa at BesaPR@me.com
BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA, part of the Key Brand Entertainment family of companies which includes Broadway.com and is operated by British theatre producer John Gore (Owner & CEO). Broadway Across America presents first-class touring musicals and plays across 40 North American cities and, under the supervision of Beth Williams (CEO – Theater Division), is dedicated to the development and production of new and diverse theatre. Recent Broadway productions include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Memphis; Million Dollar Quartet (Broadway, off-Broadway, West End, US Tour); One Man, Two Guvnors; The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess; and the Toronto production of War Horse. Upcoming: Hands on a Hardbody, Tuck Everlasting, Little Miss Sunshine, Big Fish and the Las Vegas production of Million Dollar Quartet. 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 LEAGUE, founded in 1976, is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, community-based performing arts organization dedicated to the development of professional theater, both as a cultural and an educational resource. Serving its constituent communities by producing and presenting Broadway musicals, plays and new works in local performing arts centers. Theater League enriches the lives of more than 300,000 theater attendants annually, made possible by the support of the organization’s 30,000 members, who subscribe to Theater League’s cultural offerings. Theater League presents National Broadway Tours and professional touring productions to; Kansas City, Phoenix, Santa Barbara, South Bend, Thousand Oaks, Toledo and Wichita.
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