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Announcing the 9th Season at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

2_Adrienne_Arsht_Center_photo_by_Robin_HillThe Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is proud to announce its ninth season of showcasing Broadway’s greatest hits in the Ziff Ballet Opera House with a five-show subscription package that is power-packed with musical blockbusters.

The Broadway in Miami 2014-2015 season presented by Bank of America includes The Book of Mormon. From the creators of “South Park” and winner of nine Tony® Awards, The Book of Mormon will play a limited two-week engagement (December 2 – 14, 2014). The New York Times  calls it “the best musical of this century” and Entertainment Weekly  says it’s “the funniest musical of all time.”

I Love Lucy® Live on Stage  (September 29 – October 5, 2014) is the brand-new hit stage show adapted from the most beloved program in television history; Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (October 28 – November 2, 2014), a Tony Award®-winning contemporary take on the classic tale; and Sister Act (April 14 – 19, 2015), a sparkling musical tribute to the universal power of friendship.

In addition, local audiences wil experience, for the first time, the South Florida premiere of Disney’s Newsies (February 3 – 8, 2015), the crowd-pleasing musical about a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York.

Plus, two favorites return to the Arsht Center as add-ons to the series: NETworks presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (December 30, 2014 – January 5, 2015), the smash-hit family musical based on the Academy Award®-winning animated film brings in the New Year; and Miami’s most popular musical Wicked (March 11 – 29, 2015).  

The Broadway in Miami 2014-2015 subscription season is made possible with the generous support of Bank of America and is presented by Florida Theatrical Association, Broadway Across America and the Adrienne Arsht Center.

Season ticket prices for the five-show subscription package range from $150 to $564.

“With the continued support of Bank of America for a fourth consecutive year, the Arsht Center has secured for the 2014-2015 season a year’s worth of beautiful stories of friendship, classic fairy tales and hard-fought dreams come true. Loyal subscribers and new audiences alike will be pleased to enjoy some of Broadway’s biggest blockbusters, the first South Florida play of the inspirational Disney’s Newsies, and some of the greatest musicals ever to hit the Great White Way,” said John Richard, president and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center.

The Broadway in Miami 2014 – 2015 five-show subscription series at the Adrienne Arsht Center – Ziff Ballet Opera House is as follows:

  

I Love Lucy® Live on Stage

Sirena Irwin as Lucy and Bill Mendieta as Ricky in I LOVE LUCYR LIVE ON STAGE Photo by Jeremy Daniel 2September 30 – October 5, 2014 

I Love Lucy® Live on Stage is the brand-new hit stage show adapted from the most beloved program in television history! America’s favorite foursome – Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel – is live on stage and in color for the very first time!

It’s 1952 and you are a member of the studio audience awaiting the filming of two hilarious and oh-so-familiar I Love Lucy® episodes. Imagine stepping back in time onto the Desilu Playhouse soundstage where a charming host entertains and enlightens you to the behind-the-scenes filming process, the 1950s hi-fidelity technology and this brand-new thing called “television.”

The episodes begin and you witness, firsthand, the side-splitting antics of that crazy redhead in the Ricardo’s New York apartment and thril to the Cuban sounds of “The Ricky Ricardo Orchestra” at the famed Tropicana Nightclub. In-between scenes? The Crystaltone Singers perform live advertising jingles of the show’s newest sponsors in perfect ’50s style harmony. Can you say “Brylcreem?!”

L.A. Examiner’s Ron Irwin says I Love Lucy® Live on Stage is an absolutely brilliant and utterly engaging tribute to that iconic television show!”  TV Guide’s Wil iam Keck calls it  “the most entertaining stage production I’ve seen in years – including Broadway!” 

The truth is in the title – whether young or old, everybody really does love Lucy!

  

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Cinderella Santino Fontana and Laura Osnes photo Carol RoseggOctober 28 – November 2, 2014

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale.

This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments audiences love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Fans will be transported back to their childhood as they rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a really great pair of shoes.

  

The Book of Mormon

THE BOOK OF MORMON First National Tour Company 2 photo Joan Marcus 2013December 2 – 14, 2014 

Winner of nine Tony Awards including “Best Musical”! From Trey Parker and Matt Stone, four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of “South Park,” and Tony Award-winner Robert Lopez, co-creator of the Tony Award–winning Best Musical Avenue Q, comes The Book of Mormon, a new religious satire Broadway musical that Jon Stewart of The Daily Show  describes as “a crowning achievement, so good it makes me angry.”

Featuring choreography by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw, The Book of Mormon is directed by Nicholaw and Parker. Audiences should not miss the chance to see what Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls “the best musical of this century.” Contains explicit language.

Disney’s Newsies

S01_01 NEWSIES Ensemble Photo by Deen Van MeerFebruary 3 – 8, 2015 

They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines. Direct from Broadway comes Newsies, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. 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). Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it’s a high-energy explosion of song and dance audiences should not want to miss.

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.

Newsies is brought to the stage by an award-winning creative team. It features a score by Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast) and Jack Feldman (The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride) and a book by Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), with choreography by Christopher Gattelli (South Pacific) and direction by Jeff Calhoun (Big River).

Sister Act

Sister Act LogoApril 14 – 19, 2015

Sister Act is Broadway’s feel-amazing musical comedy smash! The New York Post calls it “Ridiculously Fun,” and audiences are jumping to their feet in total agreement! Featuring original music by Tony® and eight-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors), Sister Act tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look—a convent!

Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to rejoice!

SEASON ADD-ONS:   

NETworks presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and The Beast LogoDecember 30, 2014 – January 4, 2015   

Tale as old as time, true as it can be. Based on the Academy Award®-winning animated feature film, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is an eye-popping spectacle that has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

  

Wicked

Gina Beck and Alison Luff 2014 (Photo by Joan Marcus)March 11 – 29, 2015 

Back by “popular” demand. Variety  calls Wicked “a cultural phenomenon,” and it continues to break box office records across North America. Winner of over 50 major awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony® Awards, Wicked is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times).

Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two 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. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete – and completely satisfying – musical in a long time” (USA Today).

All programs, artists, ticket prices, availability, dates and times are subject to change without notice. Visit arshtcenter.org for up-to-date information for details and schedules. 

The two add-ons are not part of the five-show Broadway in Miami 2014-2015 season; however, subscribers have the first opportunity to purchase tickets to these blockbusters.