Pantages Theatre Announces 2013-2014 Season
The Pantages Theatre today reveals its lineup for the 2013-2014 SEASON, a seven-show package. Back by popular demand, THE BOOK OF MORMON which played a record-breaking 12-week run in the fall of 2012 will return for a limited engagement beginning January 21, 2014.
Disney's THE LION KING will return to Hollywood after a seven-year absence. Rounding out the season will be five Los Angeles premieres including recent Broadway and West End hits - the 2012 Tony-winner for Best Musical ONCE, the supernatural love story GHOST THE MUSICAL, the hit Broadway revival of EVITA, Andrew Lloyd Webber's new production of THE WIZARD OF OZ , and a theatrical celebration of the composer himself, THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER. Season Ticket Holders may add two Pantages premieres to their package: WAR HORSE and Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT.
Season Production #1:
Andrew Lloyd Webber's New Production of
THE WIZARD OF OZ
September 17 - October 6, 2013
Andrew Lloyd Webber's new production of THE WIZARD OF OZ is an enchanting adaptation of the classic story, totally reconceived for the stage. The three-week engagement will play Pantages Theatre from September 17 - October 6, 2013.
The New York Post states that with THE WIZARD OF OZ "Andrew Lloyd Webber finds new magic over the rainbow! A gorgeous sense of spectacle!" The Sunday Telegraph calls the show "Brilliant...A ten-star production if ever there was one!" 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. Adapted by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jeremy Sams, the production is directed by Jeremy Sams. Choreography is by Arlene Phillips, Production Design by Robert Jones, Sound Design by Mick Potter and Lighting Design by Hugh Vanstone.
Season Production #2:
October 23 - November 10, 2013
Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award-winning musical EVITA returns to the Pantages Theatre for a limited engagement direct from the critically lauded revival this past Broadway season. The three-week engagement will play Pantages Theatre from October 23 - November 10, 2013.
Eva Peron used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. Adored by her people as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world - while her greed, outsized ambition and fragile health made her one of the most tragic. EVITA tells Eva's passionate and unforgettable true story, and features some of theater's most beautiful songs, including "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" and "High Flying, Adored." Channel 4 New York calls EVITA "THE HOTTEST TICKET IN TOWN!"
EVITA features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lyrics by Tim Rice. Direction is by Michael Grandage with choreography by Rob Ashford.
Season Production #3
Disney's THE LION KING
November 20, 2013 - January 12, 2014
By popular demand, Disney's THE LION KING, the highest-grossing show in Broadway history, will return to Hollywood for a very special eight-week holiday engagement from November 20, 2013 - January 12, 2014. This marks the production's first return to the Pantages in seven years since its eight-week sold-out engagement in 2006 and second return overall since its highly successful L.A. Premiere in 2000 for which the Pantages Theatre underwent a 10 million dollar renovation to accommodate the Tony-winning blockbuster.
THE LION KING won six 1998 Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Scenic Design (Richard Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a Musical. THE LION KING has also earned more than 70 major arts awards including the 1998 NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the 1999 GRAMMY for Best Musical Show Album, the 1999 Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Event of the Year and the 1999 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design.
Season Production #4:
THE BOOK OF MORMON
January 21 - February 9, 2014
THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, will play a limited engagement at the Pantages beginning January 21, 2014. Pantages Season Ticket Holders will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets to the production.
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." Contains explicit language.
Season Production #5:
THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
June 3 - 22, 2014
Pantages Theatre will host a very special theatrical event celebrating the work of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber entitled THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER. Special engagement will play Pantages Theatre for three-weeks only June 3 - 22, 2014.
Since bursting onto the Broadway scene 30 years ago, Tony, GRAMMY and Academy Award-winning composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has brought to the stage a host of musical blockbusters that have taken the theatre world by storm. The biggest hits from these inspirational works have been fashioned into a theatrical evening of music that is unforgettable just for Los Angeles theatre-goers.
Included in THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER are the great songs and musical excerpts from The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Starlight Express, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Song and Dance, Requiem, Sunset Boulevard, and, for the first time in the U.S., Love Never Dies.
Season Production #6:
GHOST THE MUSICAL
June 27 - July 13, 2014
The 2012 Tony-nominated and Drama Desk Award winner, GHOST THE MUSICAL, will make its L.A. Premiere at the Pantages Theatre for a limited three-week engagement June 27 - July 13, 2014.
Relive the iconic and magical moments from the Oscar-winning movie Ghost in a brand-new Broadway musical. GHOST THE MUSICAL breathes glorious new life into a timeless love story. The musical features an original pop score from multiple GRAMMY Award-winners Dave Stewart, one half of the 80s pop duo the Eurythmics, and Glen Ballard, co-writer with Alanis Morissette on the multi-platinum album Jagged Little Pill, among many other notable credits and collaborations. The musical's tale of everlasting love is thrilling entertainment for audiences of all ages.
Adapted from the hit film by its Academy Award-winning screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin, GHOST THE MUSICAL follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam's untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death.
Season Production #7:
July 15 - August 10, 2014
Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical and winner of the 2013 GRAMMY Award for Best Musical Theater Album, ONCE will make its L.A. Premiere at the Pantages Theatre for a limited four-week engagement July 15 - August 10, 2014.
ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale 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. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It's an unforgettable story about going for your dreams... not living in fear... and the power of music to connect all of us.
NY Daily News calls ONCE "the most romantic show on Broadway. It speaks volumes about the power of music and connection." The NY Post calls ONCE "a gem of a show! ONCE wins standing ovations the old-fashioned way: with a love story, great songs, compelling characters and inventive stagecraft." The Chicago Tribune calls ONCE "intensely moving."
ONCE features a book by award-winning Irish playwright & screenwriter, Enda Walsh, the Academy Award-winning music and lyrics of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, direction by the acclaimed John Tiffany, movement by Steven Hoggett and music supervision and orchestrations by Martin Lowe.
Optional Season Event #1
October 8- 13, 2013
WAR HORSE, winner of five 2011 Tony Awards including Best Play, returns to Los Angeles making its Pantages Theatre debut for one week only October 8 - 13, 2013.
A heart-warming tale of loyalty and friendship, and winner of FIVE 2011 Tony Awards, WAR HORSE tells the story of young Albert and his beloved horse Joey. When Joey is sold to the cavalry and shipped from England to France, he is 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.
Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness that is currently playing to packed houses in London and around the world. At its heart 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.
Optional Season Event #2
May 13 - 18, 2014
The national tour of the Broadway hit AMERICAN IDIOT, will return to L.A. making its Pantages Theatre debut for one week only May 13 - 18, 2014.
AMERICAN IDIOT, a 2010 Tony Award-nominated Best Musical and 2010 GRAMMY Award winner for Best Musical Show Album, features the music of Green Day with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong. The book is by Armstrong and Michael Mayer and direction is by Tony Award-winner Mayer (Spring Awakening). The production was called "wonderfully raucous" and "emotionally charged" by The New York Times and "flat-out electrifying" by the Boston Globe.
The musical features the hits "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "21 Guns," "Wake Me Up When September Ends," "Holiday" and the blockbuster title track "American Idiot" from Green Day's 2004 GRAMMY Award-winning, multi-platinum album. Also included in the score are several songs from Green Day's 2009 release "21st Century Breakdown," and an unreleased love song, "When It's Time."
Season Tickets Packages go on sale Monday March 4th at 10:00 AM at www.HollywoodPantages.com or by phone at 866-755-BWAY(2929). Current season ticket holders can renew their tickets starting Friday, February 22nd. Season Tickets are available in five price levels, all of which are located on the main floor Orchestra Level. Seven-Show Packages start at just $220 per person.
For the theatergoer who desires the very best, Pantages Theatre is proud to offer its ultimate theatrical package: the Pantages Presidents Club. All memberships include seats in the first 12 rows center orchestra, pre-show and intermission access to the recently-opened VIP Suite with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, and dedicated restrooms. "Star," "Director" and "Producer" level members enjoy varying VIP privileges. For more information, please visit www.HollywoodPantages.com/PresidentsClub or call 323-468-1731.
Season Ticket Holders lock in the best seats at the best prices, while enjoying a host of benefits not available to the general public, such as free anytime exchange privileges, lost ticket insurance and 24/7 account access. Season ticket holders are guaranteed first access to best seats for added events and the ability to pre-order season parking passes in Priority Lot A.
In addition, Pantages Season Ticket Holders earn Pantages Points for every dollar spent on tickets whether on season packages or added tickets and events. Through a partnership with Audience Rewards, members have access to www.HollywoodPantages.com/Rewards, an online portal listing redemption opportunities like free Pantages tickets, memorabilia, parking, drink vouchers and the special kinds of VIP experiences that simply can't be bought.
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