Broadway lights will be shining in Wichita for the 2011-2012 Broadway at Century II Series brought to town by Theater League.
The four live shows will be "Young Frankenstein," "Mamma Mia!," Blue Man Group and "In the Heights."
The series starts in December and stretches to May. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 19. Tickets start at $29, with available discounts including those for groups, students and seniors.
"These are national Broadway tours," said Amy Hamm, Theater League senior marketing director. "The shows are cast on Broadway. They are Broadway sets and costumes. It's like seeing the Broadway show but up the street instead of going to New York."
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Audiences who have not been to a Broadway show have the opportunity to experience a whole new side of musical theater.
"It's the excitement of contemporary Broadway," said Theater League President Mark Edelman. "I think Broadway is the U.S.' s and perhaps the world's theater."
Theater League is working to broaden the opportunity to more people.
"We are charged with the responsibility to bring to the community the most current and best works from the Broadway stage," Edelman said. "Our organization represents a Broadway series in eight communities in the nation."
The shows were selected by a process of popular demand.
"We really take a lot of care to bring shows to the market that our subscribers want to see," Hamm said. "We send out surveys at the beginning of every season."
With the public's opinion in hand, Theater League tries to make selections that match the results, along with a mix of less popular titles people might enjoy.
The choices include the popular show "Young Frankenstein," which will hit the stage first, Dec. 8-10. The comedic stylings of Mel Brooks' production are sure to bring a laugh or two as the plot takes the audience through an over-the-top horror show.
ABBA fans can get their dancing shoes ready for "Mamma Mia!" —showing Feb. 7-9. The popular '70s band's songs narrate the classic Broadway hit.
Performing on a Broadway tangent, Blue Man Group is mixing up the series with a different style of music. Blue Man Group will start off spring with its eccentric combination of music and technology April 6-8.
"Blue Man Group is not exactly musical theater, but it is stretching the boundaries," Edelman said.
Concluding the Broadway series is "In the Heights," May 8-10. The show won four 2008 Tony Awards, including best musical, for its all-American tale of life in Manhattan.
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2011-2012 BROADWAY AT CENTURY II SERIES
* "Young Frankenstein" — Dec. 8-10
* "Mamma Mia!" —Feb. 7-9
* Blue Man Group — April 6-8
* "In the Heights" — May 8-10
To purchase tickets, visit theaterleague.com or call 316-219-4849 beginning Sept. 19.