The AT&T Performing Arts Center announced its five-show Broadway subscription series tonight, but it’s the sixth bonus show than many locals will be jazzed about.
In February 2015, the super-gay Book of Mormon returns to the Winspear Opera House for a two-week engagement. The Tony-winning juggernaut was a sell-out last summer, but its inclusion as a non-subscription show means those who didn’t get to see it — or who want to see it again — have a better chance of scoring tickets.
Of the five shows in the main series, two are returning favorites, and three are recent hits. Among the returning shows are The Phantom of the Opera (Aug. 6–24), which will play for nearly three weeks — the first time at the Winspear. The production is an all-new staging of the 20-year-old hit.
It will be followed after a four-month gap by Once (Dec. 17–28), the Tony Award winner for best musical and best score, based on the captivating movie.
Next up with be Mormon (Feb. 10–22, 2015), followed by Newsies (April 29–May 10), the Disney hit from Alan Menken; then another returning fave, Annie (June 23–July 5), which was recently revived on Broadway with Jane Lynch as the wicked Miss Hannigan. The season concludes with a new, already-announced production of a current hit, Motown The Musical (July 21–Aug. 9, 2015). That’s a full 12-months of shows.
The following season, the hit Matilda will be presented, though dates are not presently known.
Another major change is that the series will no longer be called the Lexus Broadway Series — as of the final show of this season, Beauty and the Beast, in April. No replacement presenting sponsor has been announced yet.