Broadway/San Diego ~ A Nederlander Presentation, announced its stellar 33rd Season of great theatre.
The company excitedly explained, "this year, more importantly than ever, theatre lives up to its promise to take us away and teach us about life, love and other cultures - whether they are in Africa, uptown Manhattan, the Ivy League or fantastic & funny alternate realities! Take an "Escapation/PLAYcation" with the entire family and discover the theatrical royalty the 2009-2010 Season offers".
"A new year and a new season brings with it the spirit of hope and anticipation; and our 2009-2010 Season of hit Broadway musicals and special attractions is certain to please everyone", said Nederlander Vice President Joe Kobryner.
"From the eternal ‘can do' attitudes of ‘UCLA cheerleading grad off-to-Harvard Law School' Elle Woods in Legally Blonde The Musical, to the drop-dead non-stop laughter of Monty Python's Spamalot, it's a year of great fun," he remarked. "For the family, we have one of the great all-time animated classics 101 Dalmatians coming to life on stage; along with the latest in the gravity-defying gymnastic eye-popping kaleidoscope that is Cirque Dreams Illumination," Kobryner added.
"This year we are delighted to be presenting a season of great value to families, exemplified by the 2008 Tony Award-winning musical, In The Heights, a show that is a testament to the importance of family and being faithful to where you came from. The musical speaks to people of all ages and cultures," explained Diane E. Willcox, General Manager of Broadway/San Diego. "And we urge you to share the Celtic classic Riverdance one last time in their farewell performances at the Civic."
"In addition," continued Willcox, "those very popular Aussie blokes, The Ten Tenors, will brighten the holidays with a repertoire that is currently selling out in cities across Europe! North County Times called their 2005 run "Entertaining ... fun for all ages! " -- which is an apt description of our entire season - featuring the incredible, jaw-dropping Disney's The Lion King - a theatrical piece de resistance of unmatched artistry and appeal."
Broadway/San Diego's season is once again supported by sponsor San Diego County Credit Union. In regards to their ongoing sponsorship, Irene Oberbauer, President and CEO of San Diego County Credit Union, commented "San Diego County Credit Union is extremely pleased to return as season sponsor of Broadway/San Diego for the fourth consecutive year. This partnership gives us the opportunity to work hand in hand with San Diego's premier live theatre and support various non-profit organizations through our sales efforts. As San Diego's largest locally based financial institution, San Diego County Credit Union is committed to giving back to the communities where we live, work and play."
Kobryner noted: "San Diego County Credit Union has been a staunch supporter of our work for four seasons now. We are delighted and honored to continue this relationship."
The 2009-2010 BROADWAY/SAN DIEGO SEASON,
sponsored by SAN DIEGO COUNTY CREDIT UNION, includes:
September 8 - 13, 2009
MUSICAL Monty Python's SPAMALOT
Winner of the 2005 Tony Award® for Best Musical, Monty Python's SPAMALOT is the outrageous new musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the film classic "Monty Python and The Holy Grail." Directed by Tony Award®-winner Mike Nichols, with a book by Eric Idle and music and lyrics by the Grammy Award-winning team of Mr. Idle and John Du Prez, SPAMALOT tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Flying cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen and show-stopping musical numbers are just a few of the reasons audiences everywhere are eating up SPAMALOT. The New Yorker raved "A no-holds-barred smash hit."; The Sunday Times agrees it "Raises silliness to an art form."
Family friendly for teens and older - by the creators of Monty Python - ‘nuff said.
October 13 - November 8, 2009
MUSICAL Disney's THE LION KING
By popular demand, multiple award-winning Disney's THE LION KING will return to San Diego for the first time since its triumphant premiere engagement in 2005. Relive the phenomenon of Disney's THE LION KING ~ marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by award-winning director Julie Taymor, whose visual images for this show you'll remember forever ~ she became the first woman in Broadway history to win the Tony® Award for Best Director of a Musical; one of six Tonyâ Awards including Best Musical. Thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African Pridelands and an unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice's Oscarâ-winning song "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" and "Circle of Life." "There is simply nothing else like it," says The New York Times www.LionKingTour.com
Family friendly for all ages, special note: Disney recommends its productions for ages 6 and up.
December 8 - 13, 2009
THE TEN TENORS HOLIDAY
Internationally renowned Australian group THE TEN TENORS returns to San Diego for the holidays, featuring songs from their new album ‘Nostalgica' as well as holiday classics. THE TEN TENORS set out to capture the intimacy between themselves and the audience during live performances, whilst invoking nostalgic memories of people, places or times in history. With an unparalleled palette of repertoire, THE TEN TENORS have taken their passion for quality music and powerful singing to such venues as London's Royal Albert Hall, the Sydney Opera House, The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow; and are delighted to be sharing this latest step in the journey with San Diego audiences. Los Angeles Times says "Their sound ... is what's truly sexy ... pure electricity and undeniable drama."
Family friendly. www.thetentenors.com
SPOTLIGHT PARTNER: Brenda & Dave Rickey & Daughters Foundation
March 30 - April 4, 2010
MUSICAL LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL
It's here, and it's "An Elle Of A Show" - Time Magazine. The hilarious MGM film is now a smash hit musical, and now LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL is coming to you. UCLA sorority star Elle Woods doesn't take ‘no' for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone ‘serious,' Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style. LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL will take you from the sorority house to the halls of justice with Broadway's brightest new heroine (and of course, her chihuahua, Bruiser). The verdict? This much fun shouldn't be legal! The NY Observer says LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL is "Funny and smart"; WWOR-TV calls it "The funniest, most fabulous new musical!" and Bergen Record agrees "Comedy reigns! Undeniably entertaining!"
Family friendly for pre-teens and older. www.LegallyBlondeTheMusical.com
April 13 - 18, 2010
CIRQUE DREAMS ILLUMINATION
In the spirit of the enormously successful Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, the only show of its kind to ever perform on Broadway, comes the newest stage spectacle from Cirque Dreams, created and directed by Neil Goldberg. CIRQUE DREAMS ILLUMINATION is a bustling city of incredible dreamers set in a landscape of towering buildings and infinite possibilities, created and directed by Neil Goldberg. Ablaze with lights and activities, objects and shapes transform into windows and stairways that lead beyond imagination. City dwellers collect objects that are balanced beyond belief, linemen delicately walk wires, daredevils leap tall buildings and flyers redefine the risks of flight. Everyday occurrences are transformed into astounding feats performed by an international cast of acrobatic urbanites, flexible fanatics, world-class athletes, musicians and more. This action packed Cirque Dream is enhanced with over 100 inventive costumes and set in a fantastical cityscape of dimension and special effects. A "Jaw dropping, family friendly spectacle" LA Times "Dazzling! Great family entertainment and a reason to stand up and cheer." New York Daily News
Fun and satisfying for the whole family. www.cirqueproductions.com/
LOCAL SPOTLIGHT PARTNER :
June 1 - 6, 2010
MUSICAL 101 DALMATIANS The Musical
101 DALMATIANS The Musical is an experience for the entire family about what it means to be a family, canine and courageous. More than a simple story about good versus bad, the family bands together to overcome every hurdle and hardship in the most difficult times. Led by the creative team of Jerry Zaks (La Cage Au Folles, Smokey Joe's Cafe, "Everybody Loves Raymond"), B.T. McNicholl (Spamalot, Billy Elliot, Cabaret) and Dennis DeYoung (founding member of the rock group Styx, The Hunchback of Notre Dame); 101 DALMATIANS The Musical will transport audiences to a slightly topsy-turvy, exciting, and altogether fantastic reality that gives grand license for song, dance and spectacle in a one-of-a-kind show that will leave everyone cheering.
Fun and satisfying for the whole family.
July 27 - August 1, 2010
MUSICAL IN THE HEIGHTS
Winner of the 2008 Tony Awards® for Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Choreography.
Get ready to experience an exhilarating journey into Washington Heights, one of Manhattan's most vibrant communities. Named "The Best Musical Of The Year" by New York Magazine. IN THE HEIGHTS features an amazing cast, incredible dancing and a gripping story of hope and self-discovery. IN THE HEIGHTS is your ticket into a world where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. The New York Times calls it "A musical about chasing your dreams and finding your true home ... a singular new sensation!"
Multi-generational for ages 5-95 www.intheheightsthemusical.com
2009-2010 EXTRA SEASON EVENT:
January 5 - 10, 2010
RIVERDANCE Farewell Performances
RIVERDANCE, the thunderous celebration of Irish music, song and dance that has tapped its way onto the world stage thrilling millions of people around the globe, will play eight farewell performances in San Diego. The Washington Post calls it "A phenomenon of historic proportions!" Discover why nothing in the world compares to The Original International Phenomenon; now entering its 14th year in 2009! Whether it's your first time or your fifth, you won't want to miss these farewell performances of RIVERDANCE! The London Times calls it "A family evening unlike anything else!" www.riverdance.com