The AT&T Performing Arts Center Announces the 2011-2012 Lexus Broadway Series Season

11 04 2011

“We have raised the bar on Broadway in Dallas once again. The AT&T Performing Arts Center’s 2011-2012 Lexus Broadway Series brings five fresh, groundbreaking musicals to the Dallas Arts District,” said Doug Curtis, interim CEO of the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

“Our season kicks off with some of the most rousing and soul-stirring songs ever written for the stage in HAIR. Then, just in time for the holidays, we are honored to bring North Texas the 25th Anniversary mega-production of LES MISERABLES. You may have seen LES MIZ before, but never with this magnificent new staging in the intimate and embracing confines of the Winspear Opera House.”

“Next spring, the Lexus Broadway Series features two exciting Dallas premieres: The 2008 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, IN THE HEIGHTS, and the electrifying AMERICAN IDIOT, based on rock band Green Day’s smash hit album,” Curtis continued. “The season closes with JERSEY BOYS, presented for the first time in the incomparable setting of the Winspear,” said Doug Curtis, interim CEO of the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

ABOUT THE SHOWS:

HAIR (September 20 – October 2, 2011) – The new award-winning production of HAIR is an electric celebration on stage. Winner of the 2009 Best Musical Revival Tony Award, HAIR features an extraordinary cast and unforgettable music. HAIR tells the story of a group of friends choosing to speak up and sing out in celebration of love, life and freedom. The first great rock musical, it has some of the most rousing and soulful songs ever written, including “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Easy to be Hard,” “Good Morning, Starshine,” “Aquarius” and the title song, “Hair.” Bloomberg News summed up the musical in the following way: “The most exciting show in town! HAIR feels utterly of the moment in its power to move us. There’s nothing like it.”

LES MISERABLES (December 20, 2011 – January 1, 2012) – Cameron Makintosh presents a brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil and Schonberg’s legendary musical. LES MISERABLES, with glorious new staging and dazzlingly re-imagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. This new production has been acclaimed by critics, fans and new audiences and is breaking box office records wherever it goes. The show has been hailed as “a five star hit and astonishingly powerful” by the London Times. The New York Times proclaimed LES MISERABLES “an unquestionably spectacular production from start to finish.”

IN THE HEIGHTS ( March 13 – 25, 2012) — Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical, IN THE HEIGHTS is a moving, funny and uplifting show about a community of hard-working immigrants seeking a better life and trying to find their place in their new country. IN THE HEIGHTS takes place in Manhattan’s Washington Heights – a place where coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you and which ones you leave behind. IN THE HEIGHTS also won Tony Awards for Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestration. The New York Times review called the show “A singular sensation. This musical is about chasing your dreams and finding your true home.”

AMERICAN IDIOT (May 8 – 20, 2012) – Based on Green Day’s groundbreaking rock opera, AMERICAN IDIOT tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. The daring new musical features the smash hits, “Holiday,” “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” and “21 Guns.” The show opened on Broadway April 20, 2010 and won rave reviews from The New York Times, which called the production “thrilling and emotionally charged … as moving as anything on Broadway.” The Los Angeles Times said “This new concert-musical hybrid, visually mesmerizing and aesthetically dazzling, is irresistible.” AMERICAN IDIOT was nominated for Best Musical of 2010 and won two Tony Awards. On February 13, the show received a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show album.

JERSEY BOYS ( June 12 – July 15, 2012) – The documentary-style musical based on the lives of one of rock ‘n’ roll’s legendary groups, The Four Seasons, opened on Broadway November 6, 2005 and was an immediate sensation. Ben Brantley of The New York Times wrote, “THE CROWD GOES WILD. I’m talking about the real, mostly middle aged crowd at the August Wilson Theater, who seem to have forgotten what year it is or how old they are.” Pat Collins of UPN TV said, “Oh what a fantastic night you’ll have. This is a phenomenal hit, with more show-stopping hit songs than any new show on Broadway. It’s impossible not to love Jersey Boys, a spectacular, behind-the-scenes tell-all pop musical.

The Four Seasons, Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi, were four blue collar kids who became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame performers sold 175 million records worldwide.

JERSEY BOYS won four Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Actor, Best Featured Actor and Best Lighting Design. The show also was named outstanding musical by the Outer Critics Circle and won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical. THE JERSEY BOYS show album also received a Grammy Award.

The Dallas Fort Worth Lexus Dealer Association is the title sponsor of the Center’s Lexus Broadway Series. Lexus is the official vehicle of the Center and its resident companies, the official valet sponsor and the naming rights holder for the Center’s two underground parking areas.

New for the 2011-2012 Lexus Broadway Series is the Inter-Show Ticket Swap, which provides subscribers the opportunity to exchange tickets for any show in the season for any other show in the season (limit one exchange per season – some restrictions apply).

Subscription packages for the five shows range from $125 for Starlight Circle seating to $1,250 for Director’s Club in the box section.

Subscription packages for Orchestra and Mezzanine seating are $375 for Tuesday through Friday shows and Sunday evening performances; and $490 for Saturday evening shows and Weekend matinees.

Subscription packages are available now and can be purchased online at www.attpac.org/broadway, by phone at 214.880.0202, or in person at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Box Office at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora Street (Monday through Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm; Sunday 11 am – 4 pm), or at the remote Box Office at Park Place Lexus Plano at 1025 Preston Road.

About the AT&T Performing Arts Center

Open since October 2009, the AT&T Performing Arts Center is a vibrant destination for entertainment in the heart of the downtown Dallas Arts District. The Center presents a variety of programs, including its Lexus Broadway Series, Brinker International Forum, JAZZ ROOTS and, in association with TITAS, contemporary dance and music, and other performances. The Center also provides performance space for The Dallas Opera, Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Black Dance Theatre and Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, in unparalleled venues set within a 10-acre urban park.

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