TPAC announces 2008-2009 Broadway Series

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The Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) has announced the next line-up of Broadway tours coming to Nashville as part of their 2008-2009 season of HCA/TriStar Broadway at TPAC. The season offers a blend of musical theatre classics, comedies and contemporary hits, including three winners of the coveted Tony Award for Best Musical.

Anchored by a three-week run of the smash success Jersey Boys, the six-show subscription series features titles that are icons of American entertainment and pop culture, all touring to Nashville for the first time.

The upcoming line-up, marking HCA/TriStar’s fifth year of sponsorship, includes:

Avenue Q, October 28-November 2, a cast of people and puppets who tell the story in a smart, risqué and downright entertaining way, and winner of three 2004 Tony Awards including Best Musical.

The Wizard of Oz, presented by Bank of America, January 13-18, 2009, a new staging of the Royal Shakespeare Company production, faithfully adapted from the treasured 1939 film.

The Pajama Game, presented by Doubletree Hotel, February 17-22, 2009, winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical (1954) and Best Revival (2006) and dance showcase originally choreographed by Bob Fosse, where love crosses the line in a labor dispute in a pajama factory.

Jersey Boys, March 18-April 5, 2009, winner of the 2006 Tony Award for best musical, telling the surprising story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, intermixed with “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Sherry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “December, 1963 (“Oh, What a Night”) and more of the band’s chart-topping hit songs.

Happy Days – A New Musical, presented by Hotel Indigo, May 5-10, 2009, a new, nostalgic tour developed by Garry Marshall, creator of the popular television series set in 1950s Milwaukee, with music and lyrics by multiple Grammy Award-winner Paul Williams.

Legally Blonde – The Musical, June 23-28, 2009, fresh from Broadway, where it was adapted last year from the hit MGM film about Elle Woods, an underestimated blonde who sheds her sorority girl persona and proves herself at Harvard Law.

Outside of the six-show subscription package, TPAC will present these Broadway specials:

Rain: The Beatles Experience, November 14-16, a live performance of the legendary band’s music, recreated to perfection and blended with live camera projection, historic ‘60s footage and lighting effects for a breathtaking multi-media event that shows what Beatlemania was all about.

Tuna Does Vegas, December 2-7, the new comedy starring creators Joe Sears and Jaston Williams, who take the characters from the legendary small town to “Sin City” for hilarious escapades in this fourth installment in the hit series set in Tuna, Texas.

Riverdance, February 24-March 1, 2009, the original international phenomenon returns for an all-time audience favorite and its farewell engagement celebrating Irish music, song and dance, along with Spanish Flamenco and African-American tap.

“From one year to the next, you never really know what will happen on Broadway in New York or on national tour. We work hard to present variety every year, but this season is especially diverse in terms of setting, time, content, and story line—a true sampler of what’s happening, and what’s hot, in American musical theatre today,” said Kathleen O’Brien, TPAC’s president and chief executive officer. “We think our audiences will love this season as a whole. We hope they’ll find it an adventure, filled with unexpected fun and surprises as we take them all the way from Avenue Q to Oz.”

Subscriptions—or season tickets—for the six-show season are now on sale. The cost of the six-show package for the HCA/TriStar Broadway at TPAC series ranges from $135 to $411, depending on seat location and day of performance. Single tickets for the individual shows will be on sale to the general public approximately six to eight weeks prior to opening at TPAC.

TPAC also has announced that Wicked will be coming fall 2009, as part of the 2009-2010 Broadway season. Dates and ticket information will be announced at a later date, and subscribers of the 2008-2009 HCA/TriStar Broadway at TPAC season will have the first chance to purchase tickets, before the general public.

Another benefit, “Share the Stage with a Friend,” gives subscribers a $20 credit to their own account when they make a referral to TPAC that results in the sale of another six-show subscription. There is no limit on the number of referrals.

Current subscribers have been mailed information on how to renew their season tickets for 2008-2009. TPAC Subscriber Services also is accepting new orders, processed on a “first come-first served” basis after seating assignments for renewing subscribers are made. Subscribers receive a number of benefits including advance access to great seats, customer service on a dedicated phone line and a Subscriber Rewards Program, which features special offers from area restaurants, retailers and attractions.

For more information on the HCA/TriStar Broadway at TPAC series, visit www.tpac.org/broadway, where season subscriptions may be purchased on-line; call TPAC Subscriber Services at 615-782-6560 (or 1-800-410-4216, outside of the Nashville calling area) or visit the TPAC Box Office at 505 Deaderick Street or Davis-Kidd Booksellers in The Mall at Green Hills. For information on seating for groups of 20 or more, call the TPAC Group Sales Office at 615-782-4060.

This series is supported by The HCA Foundation on behalf of HCA and the TriStar Family of Hospitals. Bank of America, Doubletree Hotel and Hotel Indigo are presenting show sponsors of The Wizard of Oz, The Pajama Game and Happy Days – A New Musical, respectively.