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Friday, March 11, 2011

Don't Miss Broadway In Detroit's 50th Anniversary Season!

As you know, I'm a big Broadway In Detroit fan and have enjoyed my past couple reviews. I have a few more coming up but was floored and ecstatic when I saw the list of shows coming with the 50th Anniversary season. Beauty and the Beast? Wicked? Blue Man Group? Wow! These are all shows that are sure to not disappoint. 

Please read the following press release for more details on the shows and how to get your season tickets! I hope to bring you reviews of the shows as they come through. 

Broadway In Detroit Presents a Solid Gold Season
 to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary

Season subscription tickets now on sale!

DETROIT, MI, March 7, 2011 ― It’s a golden jubilee of crowd-pleasing, hit Broadway shows!  In celebration of the Fisher Theatre’s 50th anniversary, a solid gold line-up of six sensational shows will headline the 2011-2012 Broadway In Detroit Subscription Season.   For subscription ticket information (renewals and new subscriptions) please or call the Fisher Theatre at (313) 872-1000, ext. 0.    

Kicking-off the 50th anniversary subscription season will be Come Fly Away, bringing together the music of Frank Sinatra and the creative vision of Twyla Tharp, September 2011 at the Fisher Theatre.  The rest of the line-up unfolds as follows: A Christmas Story, The Musical!  at the Fisher Theatre, November 2011; Million Dollar Quartet, theBroadway hit musical about a one-time jam session of four rock ‘n’ roll icons, will appear at the Fisher Theatre, January – February 2012; Shrek the Musical at the Fisher Theatre, March 2012; Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Fisher Theatre, April 2012; and, Blue Man Group brings its first-ever theatrical tour to the Fisher Theatre, May 2012

In addition to the shows on the 2011-2012 Broadway In Detroit Subscription Season, three very special attractions will be presented as part of the 50th anniversary season celebration: Wicked at the Detroit Opera House, December 2011; Green Day’s American Idiot, January 2012,  (venue to be announced); and Rock of Ages at the Fisher Theatre, February 2012.

“We knew we had to put together a solid gold line-up of hit shows on the 2011-2012 Broadway In Detroit Subscription to duly commemorate our 50th anniversary,” said Broadway In Detroit Executive Director Alan Lichtenstein. “We believe we’ve accomplished this goal with a collection of shows that represent the five decades that we’ve been bringing the best ofBroadway to Detroit audiences.”

Broadway In Detroit 2011-2012 Subscription Shows
            Come Fly Away is the new Broadway musical that brings together the legendary music of Frank Sinatra and the creative vision of Tony Award-winner Twyla Tharp (Movin’ Out). This one-of-a-kind experience combines the seductive vocals of “Ol’ Blue E yes” with the sizzling sound of a live on-stage big band and the visceral thrill of Tharp’s choreography. As 15 of the world’s best dancers tell the story of four couples falling in and out of love, audiences will experience the exhilaration of a first kiss, the excitement of a first dance, and the bittersweet moments of a first good-bye in a world of sparkling romance. Come Fly Away features a score of beloved Sinatra classics including “Fly Me to the Moon,” “My Way,” “New York, New York” and “Makin’ Whoopee.”

America’s #1 Christmas movie comes to life on stage -- A Christmas Story, The Musical!  This hilarious holiday musical is based on the writings of radio humorist Jean Shepherd and chronicles young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way towards the holiday gift of his dreams — a Red Ryder Action Air Rifle BB Gun.  A kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a double-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between young Ralphie and his Christmas wish. Produced by the film’s original Ralphie, Peter Billingsley, A Christmas Story, The Musical! features a bright holiday score by composer/lyricist team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and a hilarious book by Joseph Robinette. It’s a perennial holiday classic that will entertain the whole family.

Million Dollar Quartet is the smash hit Broadway musical inspired by the true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians were gathered together by Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ’n’ Roll” at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions of all time. Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations featuring timeless hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more.

Shrek the Musical, based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life on stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre — not a handsome prince — shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a villain with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand… and his name is Shrek. Featuring a terrific score of 19 all-new songs, big laughs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, WWOR-TV proclaims Shrek the Musical, “Far, far and away the funniest new musical on Broadway!” Shrek the Musical is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the smash hit Broadway musical presented by NETworks, is coming to Detroit. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Fisher Theatre!

Now on the road for its first U .S. theatrical tour, Blue Man Group is best known for their wildly popular shows which combine comedy, music, and technology to produce a totally unique form of entertainment.  The New York Timesheralds the show as “One of the most delightful performance pieces ever staged.” E! Entertainment News exclaims, “Blue Man Group is what every live performance aspires to be.” Although it is impossible to describe, people of all ages agree thatBlue Man Group is an intensely exciting and wildly outrageous show that leaves the entire audience in a blissful, euphoric state. With no spoken language, Blue Man Group is perfect for people of all ages, languages and cultures.

Broadway In Detroit 2011-2012 Special Attractions
Back by “popular” demand! Entertainment Weekly calls Wicked  “the best musical of the decade,” and when it last played Detroit in 2008, it broke box office records and sold out in record time. Winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards®, Wicked is Broadway’s biggest blockbuster, a cultural phenomenon and was just named “the defining musical of the decade” by The New York Times. Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One — born with emerald green skin — is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked W itch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete and completely satisfying new musical in a long time” (USA Today).  Wicked is an extra attraction and subscribers will receive first opportunity to purchase tickets prior to public sale.

The New York Times calls Green Day’s American Idiot, “thrilling and emotionally charged, as moving as anything on Broadway!” Based on Green Day’s groundbreaking rock opera of the same name, this daring new musical tells the story of three lifelong friends forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia and features the smash hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,”  “Holiday,” “21 Guns” and the blockbuster title track. Nominated for three 2010 Tony Awards® including Best Musical and winner of the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, American Idiot is an extra attraction and subscribers will receive first opportunity to purchase tickets prior to public sale.

 Making an encore appearance, Rock of Ages is an awesomely good time about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on! Set in 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl meets a big city rocker in Los Angeles’ most famous rock club and they fall in love to the greatest songs of the ‘80s.  Rock of Ages is an arena-rock love story told through the mind-blowing, face-melting hits of Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake and many more. Rock of Ages is an extra attraction and subscribers will receive first opportunity to purchase tickets prior to public sale.

Benefits for Subscribers
            As always, Broadway In Detroit subscribers can save up to 15% off the individual show ticket price, get the best seats in the house and the same seats for each show, have full exchange privileges, and have the first opportunity to purchase tickets to special attractions -- including Wicked, American Idiot and Rock of Ages -- before public notification.  An added benefit for subscribers is the ability to post tickets for sale or forward to friends or clients up to two hours before show time via the Broadway In Detroit Ticket Exchange Program.  Subscription prices include parking costs in the Fisher Theatre surface parking lot and deck.

Purchasing Subscription Tickets
2011-2012 Broadway In Detroit Subscription tickets are priced as low as $305 for all six shows and are now on sale.  For additional information or to order subscription tickets, call the Fisher Theatre at (313) 872-1000, ext. 0, Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Subscription tickets may also be ordered online at

Group Sales
Reservations are being accepted now for groups of 12+ to 20+ (minimum varies depending on show) by and using the name of the show as your subject line, or phone (313) 871-1132, Monday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Individual tickets for all shows will go on sale at a later date.

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