Walton Arts Center 2011-12 Broadway Season announced

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The Walton Arts Center 2011-12 Broadway Season lineup is out and Broadway Subscriptions are on sale now.

The upcoming season includes The Midtown Men, West Side Story, Rock of Ages, Bring It On: The Musical, Million Dollar Quartet, Circus Oz, and Mary Poppins.

To purchase a subscription, call 479-443-5600 or send an email to [email protected]. Or, you can use the arts center’s online Survey Monkey tool to send a request and a ticketing representatives will contact you to work out all of the details.

2011-12 Broadway Season dates

Aug. 19-20 – The Midtown Men
Oct. 25-30 – West Side Story
Nov. 15-20 – Rock of Ages
Feb. 7-12 – Bring It On: The Musical
Feb. 21-26 – Million Dollar Quartet
Mar. 29-Apr. 4 – Circus Oz
Apr. 17-22 – Mary Poppins

2011-12 Broadway Season descriptions

Descriptions courtesy of Walton Arts Center

The Midtown Men – August 19 & 20
This special concert tour reunites four stars from the Original Cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys. Tony Award® winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer, star in this one-of-a-kind concert experience celebrating the music that defined the 1960s!

During their time in the mega-hit musical Jersey Boys, these four talented artists shared the stage for over a thousand performances. Additionally, they delighted television audiences with appearances on the “Today Show,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and “Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve,” among many others. They also performed at Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, the US OPEN, Yankee Stadium and “Broadway on Broadway” in Times Square and are featured on the show’s Grammy Award®-winning album.

Now these four Broadway Stars are taking their own unique sound and chemistry on the road, singing the hits of The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Jackson Five, The Mamas and The Papas, the Four Seasons and more! This electrifying and heartfelt new concert is thrilling audiences from coast-to-coast and is quickly developing an impressive following of all ages.

West Side Story – October 25-30
More than fifty years ago one musical changed theater forever. Now it’s back, and mesmerizing audiences once again. From the first note to the final breath, West Side Story soars as the greatest love story of all time. Directed by David Saint, using Tony® Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction, West Side Story remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The new Broadway cast album of West Side Story recently won the 2010 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Show Album. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.”

Rock of Ages – November 15-20
Contains mature content
It’s five-time, Tony Award® nominated smash-hit musical ROCK OF AGES, a hilarious, feel-good love story. In 1987 on the Sunset Strip,a small town girl met a big city rocker and in LA’s most famousrock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the 80’s. ROCKOF AGES, 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. Don’t miss this awesomelygood time about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on!

Bring It On: The Musical – February 7-12
BRING IT ON: The Musical explodes on the Walton Arts Center stageas one of the most remarkable scores in years unites with breathtakingdance and the thrilling, cutthroat world of competitive cheerleading.The team behind this explosive new show is an extraordinarily rareunion of Broadway’s most acclaimed, award-winning young creators.With an original libretto by Tony Award® winner Jeff Whitty (AvenueQ), music and lyrics by Tony Award®-winning composer Lin-ManuelMiranda (In The Heights), music by Pulitzer and Tony Award®-winningcomposer Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), lyrics by Broadway lyricistAmanda Green (High Fidelity) and music supervision by Tony Award®winner Alex Lacamoire (Wicked), BRING IT ON: The Musical is directedand choreographed by Tony Award® winner Andy Blankenbuehler (InThe Heights).
Is the need to win worth the cost of your closest friends? AOL.com calls this original musical comedy “nothing like you expect andeverything you will love!” Game on.

Million Dollar Quartet – February 21-26
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the new smash-hit musical inspiredby the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ rollicons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins forthe first and only time.

On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians gathered atSun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jamsessions ever. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that legendarynight to life, featuring a score of rock hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,”“Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,”“Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Who Do YouLove?,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more.This thrilling musical brings you inside the recording studio with fourmajor talents who came together as a red-hot rock ‘n’ roll band forone unforgettable night. Don’t miss your chance to be a fly on the wallof fame… at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET!

Circus Oz – March 29-April 4
Bounding onto the stage with their renowned dare devilry and quirkyantics, the irreverently irresistible Circus Oz promises an adventurouscontemporary circus explosion.
Australia’s most-loved circus is renowned for the collective mayhemthat never stops from the moment the band strikes up until the lastcurtain call. The powerful acrobatics will contest gravity, gracefulaerial artists will win your heart, the knock-about comedy will bowlyou over and the live musicians will save the day with the last beat.
Each show, like every Circus Oz performance in 33 years, will be aonce off. With bold, courageous spirit, Circus Oz brings you daring,dynamic, quirky circus that will leave you on the edge of your seat,steamed up and howling for more! Suitable for all ages.
Circus Oz is an animal free spectacular

Mary Poppins – April 17-22
MARY POPPINS is bringing its own brand of Broadway magic totheaters across the country, which has Variety raving, “This is therare touring production that over-delivers on every level!” Featuringthe irresistible story and unforgettable songs from one of the mostpopular Disney films of all time, plus brand-new breathtaking dancenumbers and spectacular stage-craft, MARY POPPINS is everythingyou could ever want in a hit Broadway show! So get swept up in thefun of this high-flying musical the New York Post gives 4 out of 4 starsand calls “a perfect piece of musical theater.”