Here’s the press release from Broadway in Chicago:
BROADWAY IN CHICAGO IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE 2012 BROADWAY IN CHICAGO SPRING SEASON SERIES:
THE BOOK OF MORMON, AMERICAN IDIOT, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s SOUTH PACIFIC, BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL, FELA! and JERSEY BOYS
Off-season specials include: IN THE HEIGHTS, MAMMA MIA!, RIVERDANCE and CATS
CHICAGO (Sep. 8, 2011) – Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce the complete 2012 Spring Season Series. The upcoming spring season will include THE BOOK OF MORMON, AMERICAN IDIOT, SOUTH PACIFIC, BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL, FELA! and JERSEY BOYS. Off-season specials include IN THE HEIGHTS, MAMMA MIA, RIVERDANCE and CATS.
Broadway In Chicago’s 2012 Season Series emphasizes the long-standing commitment of bringing the best of Broadway In Chicago. The complete season line-up, including performances dates and venues, is as follows:
THE BOOK OF MORMON
Dec. 11, 2012 – March 3, 2013
Bank of America Theatre
Winner of 9 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 Broadway musical that Jon Stewart of The Daily Show describes as, “a crowning achievement, so good it makes me angry” and by Entertainment Weekly as “the funniest musical of all time.” Featuring choreography by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw, THE BOOK OF MORMON is directed by Nicholaw and Parker. Don’t miss your chance to see what Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls “the best musical of this century.” Contains explicit language.
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Feb. 7 – Feb. 19, 2012
Direct from Broadway, the smash-hit musical AMERICAN IDIOT tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Based on Green Day’s GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum album and featuring the hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the blockbuster title track, AMERICAN IDIOT boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. With direction by Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening), choreography by Steven Hoggett (Black Watch) and orchestrations and arrangements Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), the result is an experience Charles Isherwood of The New York Times declares “thrilling, emotionally charged, and as moving as any Broadway musical I’ve seen this year!”
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Rodgers & Hammerstein’s SOUTH PACIFIC
Feb. 14 – Feb. 26, 2012
Cadillac Palace Theatre
SOUTH PACIFIC is based on James Michener’s Pulitzer Prize winning book Tales of the South Pacific, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s SOUTH PACIFIC has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, a book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan. “Simply Wonderful! Beguiling Theatrical Magic!” hails the New York Post for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s SOUTH PACIFIC. This breathtaking new production of SOUTH PACIFIC is based on the 2008 Tony Award® winning Lincoln Center Theater production, directed by Bartlett Sher. Set on a tropical island during World War II, the musical tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices. The beloved score’s songs include “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” “This Nearly Was Mine” and “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame.” USA Today cheers, “????! Gorgeous! SOUTH PACIFIC doesn’t just float; it soars!”
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BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL
March 6 – March 25, 2012
Cadillac Palace Theatre
BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL is the explosive new musical comedy that raises the stakes on over-the-top high school rivalries. Set against the world of competitive cheerleading, this powerhouse new show hilariously proves that winning isn’t everything when it means losing something – or someone – you really care about. BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL has brought together some of the freshest and funniest creative minds on Broadway, including Tony Award-winning writer Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q); Tony Award-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (In The Heights); Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning composer Tom Kitt (Next to Normal) and lyricist Amanda Green (High Fidelity); Tony Award-winning orchestrator Alex Lacamoire (Wicked); and Tony Award-winning director/choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler (In The Heights). This entirely original musical comedy combines an exciting new sound, gravity-defying choreography, and a thrilling story to create a total theatrical event worth cheering for. Game On!
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March 27 – April 8, 2012
FELA!, the joyous dance, theater, music spectacle, has thrilled audiences in three continents. The Tony Award® winner, directed and choreographed by Bill T. Jones explores the extravagant world of Afrobeat legend, Fela Kuti. FELA! comes to Chicago’s Oriental Theater following its sold-out run at London’s prestigious National Theatre where The Guardian’s Michael Billington exclaimed, “It breaks down conventional barriers between stage and auditorium and joins passion and politics. The dancing is ecstatic, the music lifts the spirits, and the stage is alive with movement.” After Ben Brantley of the New York Times raved, “There should be dancing in the streets!” Bill T. Jones earned a Tony Award® for Best Choreographer. He was also given the Astaire Award and received a 2010 Kennedy Center Honor along with Oprah Winfrey.
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April 5 – June 2, 2012
Bank of America Theatre
THE BOYS ARE BACK IN CHICAGO! The Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical JERSEY BOYS, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons is back by popular demand. The musical will make its much-anticipated return to Chicago to play the Bank of America Theatre. The premier engagement of JERSEY BOYS in Chicago was an overwhelming success running for more than two years, 951 performances and seen by more than one million theatergoers, JERSEY BOYS worldwide has been seen by approximately 13 million people (as of July 17, 2011). JERSEY BOYS was hailed as “The most exciting musical Broadway has seen in years!” by Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune. “PURE PLATINUM! A SUPERCHARGED KNOCKOUT PRODUCTION!” raves Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times. “THE CROWD GOES WILD,” says Ben Brantley, The New York Times. “WILL RUN FOR CENTURIES,” exclaims Richard Corliss, Time Magazine.
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OFF-SERIES SUBSCRIPTION SHOWS
IN THE HEIGHTS
Jan. 10 – Jan. 15, 2012
IN THE HEIGHTS, this 2008 Tony Award-winning Best Musical is a moving, funny, and uplifting new show about a community of hard-working immigrants seeking a better life and trying to find their place – their home – in their new country. With a remarkable young cast, thrilling Tony® Award-winning dancing and a dynamic Tony® Award-winning score, In the Heights is an exhilarating journey into a vibrant Manhattan community – a place where the coffee is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. Experience the next chapter of the classic American story at the most joyous and exciting musical on Broadway.
Jan. 24 – Jan. 29, 2012
MAMMA MIA! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Now the Broadway sensation is coming to Chicago’s Oriental Theatre and it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Whether it’s your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time at MAMMA MIA!.
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March 13 – March 18, 2012
FAREWELL TOUR! EXPERIENCE THE ORIGINAL! Now in its 17th phenomenal year, RIVERDANCE, the internationally acclaimed celebration of Irish music, song and dance that has touched the hearts of millions around the world is coming to Chicago’s Oriental Theatre for one week only. “A phenomenon of historic proportions!” raves The Washington Post. “An explosion of sight and sound that simply takes your breath away,” cheers the Chicago Tribune. “A family evening unlike anything else!” declares The London Times. Discover why nothing in the world compares to the original! Whether it’s your first time or your fifth, there is no better way to experience the magic of magic of RIVERDANCE with your family.
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May 1 – May 6, 2012
Cadillac Palace Theatre
The show that revolutionized musical theatre, CATS, is coming to Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre for one week only! In October of 1991 CATS became the longest continuously touring show in American theatre history. Five continents, 26 countries, over eight and a half million audience members and almost 30 years later, CATS is still America’s most loved family musical. Celebrating not only its Broadway touring legacy but the birth of the musical spectacular, CATS is still revolutionary and awe inspiring. Now that it was been seen by millions of audience members worldwide, it is time to celebrate with the whole family the magic, the mystery, the wonder of CATS. Create a special ‘memory’ one more time.
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The 2012 Broadway In Chicago Spring Season Series ticketholders will receive a multitude of special benefits, including savings up to 50% priority seating at each venue, ticket exchange privileges, pre?paid and discounted parking, access to gift cards to give tickets as gifts, as well as the first opportunity to purchase additional tickets to future Broadway In Chicago productions, including those not currently listed in the 2012 Season Series.
Group tickets (with only 15 or more) are currently available for all of the 2012 Season Series shows by calling (312)977?1710. 2012 Season Series subscription packages will go on?sale to new subscribers on Sep. 18, 2011. The Season Series can be purchased through www.BroadwayInChicago.com or by calling at (312)977-1717.
For additional information on Broadway In Chicago shows, please visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com.