The World Awaits, 2015-2016
By Richard Schultz, October 2015 Issue.
Each season, touring shows bring the world closer together. By hosting an eclectic array of themes, performance styles and talent, local stages continue to offer a wide array of titles – from contemporary and popular to classical and even obscure – certain to appeal to varied tastes.
With so much to choose from this arts season, we recommend broadening your horizons by taking in one of these touring shows. The world awaits.
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Jan. 12-17 If/Then
Tony Award winner and Broadway superstar Idina Menzel (Wicked, Rent, Frozen, “Glee”) will reprise her critically acclaimed performance as Elizabeth, a role and a Broadway musical written specifically for her. This original new musical with unforgettable songs and a deeply moving story by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning creators of Next to Normal follows two distinct storylines in the life of Elizabeth, a city planner who moves back to New York to restart her life in that city of infinite possibilities. When her carefully designed plans collide with the whims of fate, her life splits into two parallel paths and she finds herself at the intersection of choice and chance. Menzel will be joined by original cast members LaChanze, Anthony Rapp and James Snyder.
Feb. 16-21 The Bridges of Madison County
One of the most romantic stories ever written, The Bridges of Madison County first captured the nation’s attention as a best-selling novel. This two-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical follows the tale of Iowa housewife Francesca Johnson and her life-changing, four-day whirlwind romance with traveling photographer Robert Kincaid. It’s an unforgettable story of two people caught between decision and desire, and chance encounter becomes a second chance at so much more.
March 15-20 A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Coming direct from New York, this 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by – you guessed it – eliminating the eight pesky relatives (all played by one fearless man) who stand in his way. All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress, who is after more than just love; his fiancée, who is his cousin (but who’s keeping track?); and the constant threat of landing behind bars. Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance – and be done in time for tea.
June 14-19 Newsies
They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines. Direct from Broadway and winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Score and Best Choreography, this high-energy explosion of song and dance is filled with one heart-pounding number after another. Based on true events, Newsies tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. It’s a rousing tale about fighting for what’s right and staying true to who you are.