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CAPA Announces 2011-2012 Broadway Season

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CAPA and Broadway in Columbus jointly announced their six-show seven-week Broadway season starting in October 2011 and running through June 2012. The shows include Billy Elliot The Musical, Shrek, The Blue Man Group, West Side Story, Memphis and Mamma Mia. Subscriptions for the series go on sale today at www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com.

Descriptions of the six shows can be found below.

October 19-30, 2011
Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.)

Thrilling audiences worldwide and winning ten 2009 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, “The best show you will ever see” (New York Post) is coming to Columbus! Billy Elliot the Musical is a joyous celebration of one young boy’s triumph against the odds. Called “the most inspiring show I’ve seen in years” by Ben Brantley of The New York Times, the story follows Billy’s journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring into a ballet class, discovering his dream to dance. Billy Elliot is brought to life by the Tony-winning creative team of director Stephen Daldry, choreographer Peter Darling, and writer Lee Hall along with music legend Elton John, who has written what the New York Post calls “His best score yet!” Billy Elliot will enchant the dreamer in all of us.

January 10-15, 2012
Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.)

SHREK THE MUSICAL, based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, 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 more than a dozen other fairytale 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. Featuring a terrific score of 19 all-new songs, big laughs, great dancing, and breathtaking scenery, WWOR-TV proclaims Shrek the Musical, “Far, far and away the funniest new musical on Broadway!” Shrek the Musical is part romance, part twisted fairy tale, and all irreverent fun for everyone!

February 7-12, 2012
Palace Theatre (34 W. Broad St.)

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. The New York Times heralds the show as “One of the most delightful performance pieces ever staged.” E! Entertainment News exclaims, “Blue Man Group is what every live performance aspires to be.” 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.

April 17-22, 2012
Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.)

More than 50 years ago, one musical changed theater forever. Now it’s back and mesmerizing audiences once again. From the first note to the final breath, West Side Story soars as the greatest love story of all time. Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction is recreated for the tour by David Saint, the Associate Director on Broadway. West Side Story remains as powerful, poignant, and timely as ever. The new Broadway cast album won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty,” and “Somewhere.”

May 29-June 3, 2012
Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.)

From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs, and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. 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. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves filled with laughter, soaring emotion, and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, MEMPHIS 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). Get ready to experience Broadway’s most exciting new destination, what AP calls “The very essence of what a Broadway musical should be.”

Special add-on for the 2011-12 season:

December 13-18, 2011
Palace Theatre (34 W. Broad St.)

Mamma Mia! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me,” and “The Winner Takes It All,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship. Whether it’s your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time at Mamma Mia!

More information can be found online at www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com.

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