The Tennessee Performing Arts Center announced the six diverse Broadway titles of its 2012-13 HCA/TriStar Broadway Series which will conclude with the return of Disney’s The Lion King.

In a presentation last month, TPAC President and CEO Kathleen O’Brien unveiled the new season, which will conclude in 2013 with an awe-inspiring, four-week run of Disney’s Tony Award®-winning hit, The Lion King. The season includes beloved classics like Cole Porter’s Anything Goes and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, the acrobatic off-Broadway smash Traces, plus new favorites Flashdance and Catch Me If You Can.

“These six thrilling shows represent the best of Broadway and TPAC’s commitment to bringing diverse and dynamic entertainment to Nashville,” O’Brien said. “From time-tested classics and fresh new productions to the captivating style of cirque and record-breaking spectacles, the productions in our next season will excite and delight audiences of all ages. We’re proud to offer a season that will have both an immense economic impact on our community and a powerful entertainment impact on our audience.”

In addition to the six shows in the season ticket series, the HCA/TriStar Broadway at TPAC season will feature two music-centered specials, with both American Idiot and Rock of Ages making their Nashville debuts.

Anything Goes is the delightful, delicious, and de-lovely Tony® Award-winning musical comedy hit by Cole Porter.

Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas promises a merry and bright theatrical experience for the whole family.

Based on the Dreamworks film, Catch Me If You Can captures Frank W. Abagnale’s journey of romance, intrigue, and deception in a suspense-filled musical adventure.

The off-Broadway and international sensation Traces unleashes ninety minutes of heart-stopping urban energy featuring music, dance, and high-risk acrobatics.

A thrilling new musical featuring the music of Green Day, American Idiot tells the story of three lifelong friends forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. 

Based on the unforgettable film and featuring its hit songs including the title track “Flashdance - What a Feeling”, Flashdance tells the inspiring story of a working-class girl with a dream of becoming a professional dancer.

Rock of Ages is the arena-rock love story that features a mix of 28 rockin’ ‘80s tunes.

Disney’s the Lion King, one of Nashville’s best-loved musicals makes a triumphant return as the season’s finale.

“This is the first return engagement of Disney’s the Lion King since its record breaking debut here in 2006. People of all ages have embraced this production, and they want to experience it again or share it with a new generation,” O’Brien said. “Like last time, we will be modifying the seating in Andrew Jackson Hall to accommodate some of the most awe-inspiring, memorable scenes in the history of musical theatre. We’re glad to have it back for four weeks and, again, we expect to sell out. Buy your tickets in advance.”

Season tickets to the HCA/TriStar Broadway Series are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (615) 782-6560 or by logging on to www.tpac.org/broadway.

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