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by BWW News Desk
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts just announced the stellar lineup for the 2013-2014 Broadway Las Vegas series running August 2013 to July 2014. The upcoming season, sponsored by Southern Nevada Ford Stores, brings many of Broadway's most beloved and famed musicals and plays to Las Vegas for the first time.
The 10-part series features timeless Broadway classics as well as some of today's newest productions, including the previously announced "The Book of Mormon." Combined, the celebrated roster of productions represents an impressive 40 Tony Award wins.
Tickets to the upcoming Broadway Las Vegas series are currently only available to existing season subscribers. Current season ticket holders can renew for the upcoming season beginning Feb.19. Orders for new subscriptions for the 2013-2014 season begin in May by visiting www.TheSmithCenter.com, by phone at 702-749-2000 or 808-326-6868 (TTY) and at the Box Office located at 361 Symphony Park Ave. On sale dates for tickets to individual shows will be announced at a later date.
For preferred seating and special rates for groups of 10 or more, contact 702-749-2348.
Wednesday, Aug. 7 - Sunday, Aug. 11
Heralded as one of the most moving musicals of all time, "LES MISERABLES" is an epic and uplifting story that captures the survival of the human spirit. Called "an unquestionably spectacular production from start to finish" by The New York Times, "LES MISERABLES" is the winner of eight Tony Awards and has been seen by nearly 60 million people worldwide. The musical features its original famed scores including "I Dreamed a Dream," "On My Own," "Stars," "Bring Him Home," "One Day More," "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" and "Master of the House." Since opening at the Barbican Theatre in 1985, "LES MISERABLES" has been adapted into 21 different languages in more than 40 countries. Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, the musical features glorious new staging and spectacular reimagined scenery.
The Wizard of Oz
Tuesday, Sept. 10 - Sunday, Sept. 15
An enchanting adaptation of Frank Baum's 1900 novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" and the timeless 1939 MGM screenplay, "The Wizard of Oz" is an Andrew Lloyd Webber production entirely reconceived for the stage. Featuring the classic songs from the Oscar-winning movie score, including "Over the Rainbow," "We're Off to See the Wizard" and "If I Only Had a Brain," "The Wizard of Oz" opened in March 2011 and features character favorites Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion and Toto as well as new songs from Webber and Tim Rice.
Wednesday, Oct. 2 - Sunday, Oct. 6
Winner of five Tony Awards, "War Horse" is the stage play based off Michael Morpurgo's namesake novel which inspired Steven Spielberg's Oscar-nominated feature film. Hailed by The New York Times as "theatrical magic," "War Horse" is the powerful story of a young boy's beloved horse, Joey, who has been enlisted to fight for the English in World War I. What follows is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, filled with stirring music and songs and told with some of the most innovative stagecraft of our time. The play premiered at the National's Olivier Theatre in 2007 and has been seen by more than one million people worldwide.
Tuesday, Oct. 15 - Sunday, Oct. 20
Produced by Whoopi Goldberg, Stage Entertainment and Troika Entertainment, "Sister Act" tells the story of disco diva Deloris Van Cartier's journey in protective custody after witnessing a murder. Stuck in a convent and disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and an uptight Mother Superior. The hilarious comedic musical was nominated for five Tony Awards and the Associated Press says, "In a word, divine. This is a musical that hits all the right spots, achieving something close to Broadway grace."
Tuesday, Nov. 26 - Sunday, Dec. 1
One of the most adored Broadway musicals of all time, "Evita" follows the life of Eva Perón as she rises from the slums of Argentina to the president's mansion as first lady. One of Andrew Lloyd Webber's famed musicals, "Evita" captures Perón's journey to becoming one of the most powerful women in the world while her greed, ambition and fragile health create a tragic tale. Winner of seven Tony Awards, "Evita" features some of Broadway's most beautiful songs including "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" and "High Flying, Adored."
Tuesday, Jan 7 - Sunday, Jan. 12
The story of "Mamma Mia" follows the life of a mother, daughter and three possible dads. Seen by more than 45 million people worldwide, "Mamma Mia" is an ultimate feel-good show written by Catherine Johnson. The musical, a five-time Tony Award nominee, tells the story of a daughter's quest to identify her father on the eve of her wedding, captured best by the story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs.
Flashdance - The Musical
Tuesday, Jan. 28 - Sunday, Feb. 2
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the pop culture phenomenon "Flashdance" tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night with dreams of one day becoming a professional performer. When romance with her steel mill boss threatens to complicate her ambitions, Alex learns the meaning of love and its power to fuel the pursuit of her dream. Featuring a score that includes the biggest hit songs from the original movie, the stage musical also features 16 brand new songs with music by Robbie Roth and lyrics by Robert Cary and Robbie Roth.
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Tuesday, April 15 - Sunday, April 20
Winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" features stunning new staging and includes such legendary songs as "Summertime," "It Ain't Necessarily So" and "I Got Plenty of Nothing." Praised by the New Yorker as "A great achievement!," the classic story is set in Charleston's fabled Catfish Row, where the beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past that can only be rescued by the crippled but courageous Porgy. Threatened by her formidable former lover Crown, and the seductive enticements of the colorful troublemaker Sporting Life, Porgy and Bess' relationship evolves into a deep romance that triumphs as one of theater's most exhilarating love stories.
Tuesday, May 20 - Sunday, May 25
Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, "Once" is a truly original Broadway experience featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage. "Once" follows the story of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights, but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance.
The Book of Mormon
Tuesday, June 10 - Sunday, July 6
Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls it "the best musical of this century." Entertainment Weekly says it's "the funniest musical of all time." From "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, it's "The Book of Mormon," winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical. Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show" calls it a "crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry."