• 'Book of Mormon' highlights 2013-14 Orlando Broadway season


    ORLANDO, Fla. - Florida Theatrical Association is celebrating 25 years of bringing the best of Broadway to Orlando with the announcement of the amazing FAIRWINDS Broadway Across America – Orlando 2013-2014 season! The sensational 2013-2014 season will be headlined by the Broadway phenomenon BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards®, including Best Musical. The season will also include the heartwarming winner of five Tony Awards® in 2011, WAR HORSE, and the winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, ONCE. Rounding out the 2013-2014 season will be the pop culture phenomenon FLASHDANCE THE MUSICAL, the Broadway classic smash hit EVITA, and the acclaimed GHOST The Musical, based on the popular movie.

    The 2013-2014 season will also offer two outrageously fun season specials, MAMMA MIA! and JERSEY BOYS. FAIRWINDS Broadway Across America – Orlando season ticket holders will have first access to purchase tickets to these hit shows before they go on sale to the general public. Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at www.OrlandoBroadway.com, by calling 1.800.448.6322 (M – F, 10a.m. – 5p.m.), or in person at 100 S. Eola Drive, Suite 100, Orlando, Fla. 32801 (M – F, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

    “Our 2013-2014 season is the most spectacular lineup we’ve ever presented in Orlando,” said Ron Legler, President/CEO of Florida Theatrical Association. “We have garnered the very best shows to mark 25 years of FTA’s success in bringing the best of Broadway to Orlando and celebrating our final season at the Bob Carr.”

    Prices for the six-show season range from $196 to $668, depending on performance time, day of week and seating location selected.  There are a variety of reasons to join the family of FAIRWINDS Broadway Across America – Orlando season tickets holders, including:

    • Premium seat locations for all six season shows
    • Priority and additional ticket purchase offers prior to public onsale
    • Complimentary ticket exchange and replacement services
    • Broadway Bon Appétit dining discount offers

    Tickets to individual shows in the 2013 – 2014 Season are not available for purchase at this time.  All shows will be performed at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre.  Current season ticket holders should expect their renewal packets to arrive via USPS no later than February 22.

    THE BOOK OF MORMON - called “the best musical of this century” by Ben Brantley of The New York Times and “the funniest musical of all time” by Entertainment Weekly - is the brainchild of South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Winner of nine Tony Awards® including Best Musical, THE BOOK OF MORMON tells the story of  two boys from Salt Lake City embarking on a Mormon mission to Uganda. Jon Stewart of The Daily Show calls it “a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry.” Experience the marvel that is  THE BOOK OF MORMON in Orlando October 29 – November 10, 2013.

    Pop culture phenomenon FLASHDANCE, celebrating its 30th Anniversary, is now live on stage. With electrifying dance at its core, FLASHDANCE-THE MUSICAL tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night with dreams of one day becoming a professional performer. When romance with her steel mill boss threatens to complicate her ambitions, Alex learns the meaning of love and its power to fuel the pursuit of her dream. FLASHDANCE-THE MUSICAL features a score that includes the biggest hit songs from the movie, including the Academy Award-winning title song Flashdance - What a Feeling, Maniac, Gloria, Manhunt, and I Love Rock & Roll, in addition to 16 brand new songs written for the musical.  FLASHDANCE dances its way into Orlando, December 3 – 8, 2013.

    Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights...but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It's an unforgettable story about going for your dreams...not living in fear...and the power of music to connect all of us. Orlando audiences will be mesmerized by ONCE, January 28 – February 2, 2014.

    A heart-warming tale of loyalty and friendship, WAR HORSE is the winner of five 2011 Tony Awards®. Set in 1914 England as World War One begins, WAR HORSE tells the story of  Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, who is sold to the cavalry and shipped from England to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home. This powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness currently playing to packed houses in London and around the world. At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets, created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, that bring to life breathing, galloping, charging horses strong enough for men to ride. Don’t miss the magic of WAR HORSE, February 25 – March 2, 2014.

    TIM RICE and ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER's Tony Award®-winning musical EVITA returns at last! Eva Perón used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. Adored by her people as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world — while her greed, outsized ambition and fragile health made her one of the most tragic. EVITA tells Eva's passionate and unforgettable true story, and features some of theater's most beautiful songs, including Don't Cry for Me Argentina, Another Suitcase in Another Hall and High Flying, Adored.  Don’t miss the stunning new production of EVITA, March 25 – 30, 2014!

    Relive the iconic and magical moments from the Oscar-winning movie Ghost in a brand new Broadway musical. GHOST The Musical breathes glorious new life into a timeless love story. The musical’s tale of everlasting love is thrilling entertainment for audiences of all ages. Adapted from the hit film by its Academy Award-winning screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin, GHOST The Musical follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam's untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death. GHOST will grace the Orlando stage May 13 – 18, 2014.

    MAMMA MIA! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill.  Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits –including Dancing Queen, S.O.S., Super Trouper, Take A Chance on Me and The Winner Takes It All –with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.  Whether it’s your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, MAMMA MIA!  October 3 – 9, 2013.                                                                                                                                

    JERSEY BOYS is the 2006 Tony Award®-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30!  JERSEY BOYS features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” JERSEY BOYS will rock its way into Orlando April 15 – 27, 2014!

    The 2013 – 2014 FAIRWINDS Broadway Across America – Orlando Season is as follows:

    THE BOOK OF MORMOM                                      October 29 – November 10, 2013

    FLASHDANCE  THE MUSICAL                                December 3 – 8, 2013

    ONCE                                                                               Jannuary 28 – February 2, 2014

    WAR HORSE                                                                 February 25 – March 2, 2014

    EVITA                                                                             March 25 – 30, 2014

    GHOST                                                                           May 13 – 18, 2014

    2013 – 2014 Season Specials:

    MAMMA MIA!                                                              October 3 – 9, 2013

    JERSEY BOYS                                                               April 15 – 27, 2014

    For more information on the 2013 – 2014 Season, or to order online, log onto www.OrlandoBroadway.com

    FAIRWINDS Broadway Across America - Orlando is presented by Florida Theatrical Association, a non-profit civic organization with a volunteer board of trustees established to ensure the continued presentation of quality touring Broadway productions and the promotion of arts education throughout the state of Florida.  For more information about FAIRWINDS Broadway Across America - Orlando, visit www.FloridaTheatrical.org .

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