Hollywood Pantages Announces the 2014-2015 Season
The Hollywood Pantages, a Nederlander Theatre, revealed its lineup for the
2014-2015 SEASON, featuring six blockbuster productions currently playing to sold-out houses on Broadway and a new production of a beloved title.
Hollywood Pantages General Manager Martin Wiviott states, "We've received hundreds of emails, Facebook posts and Tweets from our fans letting us know the Broadway shows they want to see on our stage. Their voices have been heard."
Broadway's biggest blockbuster WICKED will return during the 2014 holiday season. Rounding out the season will be the Los Angeles premieres of the 2013 Tony winner for Best Musical KINKY BOOTS, the 2013 Tony winner for Best Revival of a Musical PIPPIN, the incredible true story MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, the previously-announced Disney musical NEWSIES and Cameron Mackintosh's Spectacular New Production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. The new season will also feature the L.A. return of JERSEY BOYS, which will make its Hollywood Pantages Premiere.
These shows boast a sizable collection of awards and distinctions, including two GRAMMY Awards for Best Musical Show Album and 19 Tony Awards including three for Best Musical or Revival.
Season Ticket Packages go on sale to the general public on Monday, February 3rd at 10:00 AM at www.HollywoodPantages.com or by phone at 866-755-BWAY(2929). Current season ticket holders can renew their tickets beginning today. Classic 7-Show Packages start at $224 per person, and are available in five price levels, all of which are located on the Orchestra Level. Patrons can save $14 per package by ordering online.
The Hollywood Pantages is proud to offer its ultimate theatrical package: the Hollywood Pantages Presidents Club. Star members enjoy seats in the first 12 rows of the center orchestra, pre-show and intermission access to the private VIP Lounge with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, and dedicated restrooms. Director and Producer members enjoy additional exclusive privileges. For more information, please visit www.HollywoodPantages.com/PresidentsClub or call 323-468-1731.
Season Production #1
Hollywood Pantages Premiere Engagement
October 1 - 19, 2014
The Tony, GRAMMY and Olivier Award winning best musical JERSEY BOYS will return to L.A. for its Hollywood Pantages Premiere with a three week engagement October 1 - 19, 2014.
JERSEY BOYS is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sound and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were thirty. Hit songs featured in JERSEY BOYS include "Sherry," "Oh, What a Night," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" & "Who Loves You."
Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff, JERSEY BOYS is written by Academy Award winner Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo. JERSEY BOYS worldwide has been seen by over 18 million people (as of September, 2013).
Season Production #2
L.A. Premiere Engagement
October 21 - November 9, 2014
Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz's coming-of-age musical comedy PIPPIN is directed by Diane Paulus featuring choreography by Chet Walker in the style of Bob Fosse and circus creation by Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (also known as 7 Fingers). PIPPIN features music supervision and arrangements by Nadia DiGiallonardo, orchestrations by Tony Award winner Larry Hochman, scenic design by Tony Award winner Scott Pask, costume design by Dominique Lemieux, lighting design by Tony Award winner Kenneth Posner, sound design by Jonathan Deans and Garth Helm.
Royal heir Pippin is spurred on by a mysterious group of performers to embark on a death-defying journey to find his "corner of the sky." The original production of PIPPIN, directed by Bob Fosse, premiered on Broadway in 1972. It won five Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards, and ran for close to 2000 performances before closing in 1977. This production of PIPPIN made its debut at American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) in Cambridge, MA, where Diane Paulus serves as Artistic Director; December 5, 2012 to January 20, 2013. PIPPIN is noted for many Broadway standards including "Corner of the Sky," "Magic To Do," "Glory," "No Time at All," "Morning Glow," and "Love Song."
Season Production #3
L.A. Premiere Engagement
November 11 - 30, 2014
Producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig are pleased to announce the L.A. premiere of KINKY BOOTS, the six-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical that brings together four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Book) and GRAMMY Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (Tony Award winner for Best Score for Kinky Boots).
KINKY BOOTS will celebrate its L.A. Premiere at Hollywood Pantages for a three week engagement November 11 - 30, 2014. KINKY BOOTS is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell. Cyndi Lauper's Tony win has the distinction of marking the first time in Broadway history that a solo woman received the Tony Award for Best Score.
Inspired by a true story, KINKY BOOTS tells the story of Charlie Price, a man who has reluctantly inherited his father's nearly bankrupt shoe factory. Trying to live up to his father's legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible... and Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man he's meant to be. Together they discover that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.
The creative team for Kinky Boots also includes Tony Award nominee David Rockwell (Scenic Design), Tony Award winner Gregg Barnes (Costume Design), Tony Award winner Kenneth Posner (Lighting Design), Tony Award winner John Shivers (Sound Design), Josh Marquette (Hair Design), Randy Houston Mercer (Make-up Design), Telsey + Company (Casting), with Musical Supervision, Arrangements and Orchestrations by Tony and Grammy Award winner Stephen Oremus.
Season Production #4
L.A. Return Engagement
December 10, 2014 - February 1, 2015
By popular demand, WICKED, Broadway's biggest blockbuster, will return to the Hollywood Pantages for an eight week holiday engagement December 10, 2014 - February 1, 2015.
Based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED is the winner of over 50 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards. The blockbuster musical recently celebrated its 10th anniversary on Broadway, a milestone achieved by only ten other Broadway productions in history.
WICKED has been declared "A Cultural Phenomenon" by Variety and "The Best Musical of the Decade" by Entertainment Weekly. There are currently nine productions of the musical worldwide: New York, London, Japan (Tokyo), South Korea (Seoul), an Australian/Asian tour (Manila), Latin America (Mexico City), a U.K./Ireland Tour (Dublin), and two concurrent North American National Tours.
Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz. One - born with emerald-green skin - is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, and how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.
Season Production #5
L.A. Premiere Engagement
March 24 - April 19, 2015
NEWSIES, the direct from Broadway, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney, will celebrate its L.A. Premiere with a four week engagement at Hollywood Pantages March 24 - April 19, 2015. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Choreography, NEWSIES has audiences and critics alike calling it "A MUSICAL WORTH SINGING ABOUT!" (The New York Times).
NEWSIES features a Tony Award-winning score with music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman, with a book by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, NEWSIES is directed by Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, who won a 2012 Tony Award for his work.
Based on true events, NEWSIES tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. It's a rousing tale about fighting for what's right...and staying true to who you are.
Season Production #6
L.A. Premiere Engagement
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
April 28 - June 7, 2015
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy will celebrate its L.A. Premiere with a six week engagement at the Hollywood Pantages April 28 - June 7, 2015.
The hit Broadway musical follows Berry Gordy's journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more.
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL has been called "More than a Broadway show. A celebration of music that transformed America!" by CBS Sunday Morning News.
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, with a book by Berry Gordy and directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL includes some of Gordy's most legendary hits including "I Want You Back", "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "I'll Be There", "My Girl", "Please, Mr. Postman" & "Signed, Sealed, Delivered".
MOTOWN's creative team features choreography by Patricia Wilcox (Blues in the Night) and Warren Adams (Toy Story), scenic design by David Korins (Bring It On: The Musical, Annie), costume design by Tony Award nominee ESosa (The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, "Project Runway"), lighting design by Tony Award winner Natasha Katz (Once, Sister Act), sound design by Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenski (Rock of Ages, The Scottsboro Boys), projection design by Daniel Brodie (Jekyll and Hyde), hair and wig design by Charles LaPointe (Memphis) and casting by Telsey + Company.
Season Production #7
L.A. Premiere Engagement
Cameron Mackintosh's Spectacular New Production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
June 10 - July 26, 2015
Cameron Mackintosh's Spectacular New Production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA will celebrate its L.A. Premiere with a seven week engagement at the Hollywood Pantages June 10 - July 26, 2015.
With reinvented staging and scenic design, this new version of PHANTOM, the longest running show in Broadway history, will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America.
Andrew Lloyd Webber said, "It's wonderful to have a new production of PHANTOM touring America now that the show has celebrated over 25 years on Broadway. Director Laurence Connor has done an amazing job and this production has received huge critical acclaim in the UK."
Cameron Mackintosh said, ''After a glorious celebration of 25 phenomenal years on Broadway with no end in sight, I'm delighted to be able to bring this dazzling new production of PHANTOM -- which has been phenomenally well-received by both audiences and critics in the UK this past year -- to North America. With an exciting new design and staging, retaining Maria Bjornson's amazing costumes, I am confident North American audiences will fall in love with the PHANTOM in his new guise -- for the first time or all over again."
This production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is directed by Laurence Connor (the 25th Anniversary production of Les Miserables - coming to Broadway March 2014, Jesus Christ Superstar) with choreography by Scott Ambler, set design by Paul Brown, Tony Award-winning original costume design by Maria Bjornson, lighting design by Tony Award winner Paule Constable, sound design by Mick Potter and musical supervision by John Rigby. The production is overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; lyrics are by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe) and the book is by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Orchestrations are by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L'Opera by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.
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