Starlight Theatre announces 2014 Broadway Season

For more information, contact: Karen Massman VanAsdale karen.vanasdale@kcstarlight.com (816) 997-1144 (o)

Kansas City, Mo.: Starlight Theatre’s 64th Broadway Season will offer another unforgettable summer of shared experiences with five family-friendly productions that include a mix of classic Broadway favorites and new contemporary rock shows. The lineup includes The Wizard of Oz (Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production), We Will Rock You, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Sound of Music and Blue Man Group.

“Each year, Starlight attempts to offer the region a season of musical productions that are as diverse as our audiences, and I think the 2014 Broadway season definitely fits that bill,” said Donna Thomason, interim president of Starlight. “In Starlight’s Annual Show survey, all five shows in the upcoming Broadway series appeared in the Top 10 List of productions that patrons have asked to see at Starlight.”

STARLIGHT THEATRE’S 2014 BROADWAY SEASON
WIZARD OF OZ- June 10-15, 2014 This new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally reconceived for the stage. Developed from the ever-popular MGM screenplay, this new production contains all the beloved songs from the Oscar® winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog, Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for the family.

WE WILL ROCK YOU-The Musical by QUEEN & Ben Elton, June 17-22, 2014 We Will Rock You features the greatest hits of the legendary British rock group, Queen. Now in its 12th year in London and seen by a staggering 15 million people worldwide, this hilarious, multi-award-winning and record-breaking phenomenon boasts a fantastic score of killer Queen tunes that you just can't resist singing along to, such as “Another One Bites The Dust,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “We Are The Champions,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and, of course, “We Will Rock You.” It's the world champion of musicals and the show that rocks harder than any other, so don't miss the party!

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, July 8-13, 2014 One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. The first collaboration of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera, Cats) and Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King), Joseph blends pop, country and rock into an uplifting, technicolored story of biblical proportions. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the “coat of many colors,” this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including “Those Canaan Days,” “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.” Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will feature Broadway and television star Diana DeGarmo (Hairspray, Hair) as the The Narrator and Broadway Star Ace Young (Grease, Hair) as Joseph.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC, July 25-31, 2014 The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical. The Sound of Music follows the true story of the Von Trapp family in Austria. This show has it all - an irrepressible heroine who finds her calling, lonely children who find a mother, an aloof Naval officer who finds a wife, and a united family who find courage in one another as they escape the approaching evil of the Third Reich. Audiences will rejoice in the well-known songs that include "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Ev’ry Mountain," and "Edelweiss."

BLUE MAN GROUP, September 9-14, 2014 Experience the phenomenon. Blue Man Group is best known for their wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts which combine comedy, music, and technology to produce a totally unique form of entertainment. Although it is impossible to describe, people of all ages agree that Blue Man Group is an intensely exciting and wildly outrageous show that leaves the entire audience in a blissful, euphoric state. With no spoken language, Blue Man Group is perfect for people of all ages, languages, and cultures. This unique experience is a form of entertainment like nothing else; guaranteed to be an outing you will never forget.

TICKET AND THEATRE INFORMATION Season and Single Tickets: Current Starlight Theatre Season Ticket Holders may renew their tickets beginning in October at kcstarlight.org, by calling 816-363-STAR (7827) or at Starlight Theatre, 4600 Starlight Road. Box Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Season tickets offer the best value with benefits that include guaranteed seating at renewal, up to 36 percent savings compared to single tickets, free general parking, free ticket exchanges, and concession stand, dining and shopping discounts. New season and single tickets will be available in 2014. Gift certificates redeemable for all 2014 Broadway shows are now on sale.

Group Tickets: Groups of 15 or more including organizations, schools, churches, youth groups and companies, can receive discounted tickets and optional catered dinner by contacting Stacey Million, Starlight’s group sales manager, at groups@kcstarlight.com or 816-997-1137.

Notable Dates: Each Thursday night is Starlight’s Young Professionals Night - Young professionals receive special seating and group ticket discount price to the performance. Each Saturday Night performance will be described for the blind and visually impaired by Kansas Audio-Reader Network. Each Sunday Night performance will be interpreted for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.

Dining: Starlight offers multiple dining options including dinner in the Applause Club with customized menus for each production; lighter fare options on the Encore Deck; and multiple concession stands.

Pre-show: Pre-show tours of the stage, Starlight’s Walk of Stars, gardens and fountains are offered nightly along with pre-show performances at the Spotlight Stage. For information about other Starlight services, visit kcstarlight.com.

ABOUT STARLIGHT THEATRE Starlight Theatre, winner the 2013 IAVM Venue of Excellence Award, is the largest and oldest performing arts organization in Kansas City and the second largest outdoor producing theatre in the country. Opened as a theater in 1950 and as a not-for-profit organization in 1951, Starlight presents and produces Broadway musicals and concerts, offers extensive community outreach and educational programming including classes, scholarships and Starlight’s Blue Star Awards, the second largest musical theatre award program for local high schools and students in the country. Located on 16 acres, Starlight’s venue includes rehearsal halls, gift store, club area for dining, concessions, gardens, fountains and a 10-story, climate-controlled stage. For more information, visit www.kcstarlight.com.

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