Orpheum Theatre announces 2011-2012 Broadway series

2011-04-28T16:30:00Z 2011-04-28T17:20:11Z Orpheum Theatre announces 2011-2012 Broadway series

By Bruce R. Miller


Sioux City Journal

Four musicals, an Elvis tribute show, the Blue Man Group and an a cappella performance are included in the 2011-2012 Broadway at the Orpheum series.

Announced Thursday night at “The Rat Pack is Back,” the final show of the 2010-11 season, the lineup includes two classic musicals – “South Pacific” and “Fiddler on the Roof” – and two recent Tony nominees, “Young Frankenstein” and “The Color Purple.”

The season opens Oct. 26 with “South Pacific” and closes April 15 with Straight No Chaser, an a cappella group that has appeared on countless holiday television shows.

Season ticket holders have until June 3 to renew their subscriptions. After that date, tickets will be released for public sale. All but one show begin at 7:30 p.m. “The Color Purple” starts at 7 p.m.

The season:

“South Pacific” (Oct. 26) – Based on the Tony-winning revival directed by Bartlett Sher, this musical shows what happens when two couples have to deal with the realities of World War II and discrimination. It features such songs as “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair” and “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame.”

“Fiddler on the Roof” (Nov. 16) – Actor John Preece stars as Tevye in the Tony-winning musical based on Sholom Aleichem’s short stories. Its songs: “If I Were A Rich Man,” “Sunrise Sunset” and “Tradition.”

“The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein” (Jan. 17) – Oscar-winning writer Mel Brooks adapted his Frankenstein spoof for the stage. The musical (featuring “Puttin’ on the Ritz”) recalls those campy horror films of the 1930s and 1940s.

“Elvis Lives” (Feb. 6) – Four impersonators recreate Elvis Presley’s life through his music. In addition, an Ann-Margret impersonator joins them.

“Blue Man Group” (March 13) – Returning to Sioux City, the comic production shows how three alien-like characters interact with humans without speaking.

“The Color Purple” (April 1) – Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, the new musical follows a young woman as she grows to be strong and independent despite an abusive childhood. The show’s cast album was nominated for a Grammy.

Straight No Chaser (April 15) – Begun at Indiana University, the a cappella group branched out on its own with acclaimed YouTube videos, CDs and concert performances.

Tickets for all Broadway shows are available through all Ticketmaster outlets.

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