There are two classic musicals, a comedy and two new musicals on tap for the 2008-09 Broadway on Broadway Series at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.
"It's a good season," said RiverCenter executive director Enoch Morris. "I'm excited."
Morris made the announcement before tonight's "Ring of Fire" performance, and will repeat it Wednesday.
Patrons at tonight's “Ring of Fire” show will find order forms were placed on each season subscriber's seat. New subscribers could also buy their tickets, though their seat assignments will not be given out until the current season subscribers turn in their forms.
In previous years the Broadway series has been announced in mid-June, months after the other RiverCenter series' announcements. This year, it's announced first. The International, Variety and Discovery series will be announced later this spring.
“We've been under the gun," Morris said. "We have taken over booking the series. That allows us to make decisions much earlier. So we decided to move it on. From now on, we'll make the announcement at the next to the last show.”
Until this year, the RiverCenter worked with the Theatre Council, a Chicago-based agency, to book the Broadway series. Morris decided that the 2007-08 season would be the last year for the Theatre Council to book shows in the RiverCenter.
The season opens Nov. 17-18 with "The Pajama Game," the Tony Award-winning show about a feisty employee in a factory that makes pajamas. Songs include "Steam Heat," "Hey There" and "Hernando's Hideaway."
"Nunsense," Dec. 2-3, is about the Little Sisters of Hoboken who discover their cook, Sister Julia, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters. They need money to bury five of them, so they put on a variety show. It stars Sally Struthers.
"Ain''t Misbehavin'," Jan. 20-21, is on its 30th anniversary tour. The 1978 hit stars 2003 "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard and 2003 contestant Frenchie Davis, who recently finished a run on Broadway in "Rent." It's based on songs by Fats Waller.
"The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," March 9-10, is the Tony Award-winning musical about six young people competing in a spelling bee.
The season ends with "The Drowsy Chaperone," May 5-6. It's a new musical about a man who buys his favorite cast album for a 1928 hit called "The Drowsy Chaperone," about a celebrity bride and her wedding day. While listening to the album, the musical magically comes to life.
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