BROADWAY SAN JOSE ANNOUNCES 2013-14 SEASON LINE-UP FEATURING THREE-WEEK ENGAGEMENT OF WICKED

Cast of JERSEY BOYS Perform at Season Launch Event Attended By BSJ Subscribers

SAN JOSE, CA [April 23, 2013] – Broadway San Jose, a partnership between the Nederlander organization of New York and Team San Jose, announced the six shows in its 2013-14 Season today at an event attended by approximately 500 Subscribers and community leaders at the San Jose Center for Performing Arts in downtown San Jose. Headlining the Broadway San Jose season will be a three-week run of WICKED, the Tony Award winning musical that maintains its position as the top selling musical on Broadway, nine years after its premiere. 

                The fifth Broadway San Jose season will start in October of 2013 with the Bay Area exclusive engagement of PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, followed by a new revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic EVITA in November.  The first show of 2014 will be a multi-media tribute to chart-topping, Grammy-Award-winning The Bee Gees, with a unique tribute performance titled THE AUSTRALIAN BEE GEES SHOW; followed by a musical tribute to Webber, Broadway’s most beloved composer, beginning in May.  Coming in July is the blockbuster JERSEY BOYS, the rags-to-rock-to-riches story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. 

Guests at the Season Launch event were treated to a surprise performance from the touring cast of JERSEY BOYS, who appeared on stage immediately following a presentation of video clips from the six shows.  Cast members Nick Cosgrove (Frankie), Miles Jacoby (Bob Gaudio), Christopher DeAngelis (Nick Massi), and Adam Zelasko (Tommy DeVito) performed a medley of music from the Tony Award winning Best Musical. Nick Cosgrove then delighted the audience with a solo performance of the hit single Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.

Broadway San Jose general manager Nanci Williams says her staff is gearing up for the biggest season yet.  “With two blockbusters, two Bay Area premiere engagements, and a three-week run of WICKED, our fifth season in San Jose promises to bring more patrons to the San Jose Center for Performing Arts, and to downtown San Jose, than ever before.”

For more than 40 years, the Center for the Performing Arts has played center stage for patrons of all ages to enjoy symphonies, ballets, community events, comedies, and musical performances,” said Bill Sherry, Team San Jose CEO. “San Jose residents and visitors deserve the best Broadway has to offer and Broadway San Jose’s fifth season is the best line-up yet.”

                Broadway San Jose’s 2013-14 season begins on October 29th, 2013 and runs through September 14th, 2014 at San Jose Center for Performing Arts in downtown San Jose. Season tickets, at prices ranging from $197 to $489, can be purchased on-line at www.broadwaysanjose.com , or by calling (866) 395-2929.  Single ticket on-sale dates will vary by show, with season-opener PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT tickets likely to become available just after Labor Day.

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THE NEDERLANDER ORGANIZATION is a New York-based company prominent for three generations in the ownership of theatres and the production of distinguished theatrical and concert presentations. Under the leadership of chairman James M. Nederlander and president  James L. Nederlander, the company has built a network of theatres including nine on Broadway; three in London; four in Chicago; and several throughout the United States including Los Angeles, San Diego and San Jose.  For over three decades, the Nederlanders have been prolific producers of theatrical productions with over 100 Broadway and touring shows to their credit.  The company has been instrumental in presenting many of Broadway’s most successful shows, most notably Annie, Chicago, La Cage aux Folles, Legally Blonde, Peter Pan , and Whose Afraid of Virginia Wolf .   For more information go to www.nederlander.com .

TEAM SAN JOSE is an innovative partnership unifying the San Jose Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, hotels, arts groups, organized labor, and City-owned venues to deliver and exceptional visitor experience and serve as the gateway to San Jose as a destination. Team San Jose manages the San Jose Convention Center and Arts and Entertainment venues including the California Theatre, the Center for Performing Arts, Montgomery Theatre, Parkside Hall, San Jose Civic and South Hall.  For more information go to www.sanjose.org .

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2013-2014 BROADWAY SAN JOSE SEASON SCHEDULE

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT

October 29 - November 3, 2013

With over 500 dazzling 2011 Tony®Award-winning costumes, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Musical features a hit parade of over 20 dance-floor favorites including “It's Raining Men,” “Finally” and “I Will Survive.”  The new musical opened on Broadway to critical acclaim on March 20, 2011 at the Palace Theatre. The Hollywood Reporter called Priscilla “funny and fabulous! Joyous entertainment with eye-popping visuals and unexpected heart!”  NY-1 News raved “Beneath all that glitz beats a great big sequined heart!” WOR Radio sang “All the songs you’ve loved for years will blow you out of your seat!” 

Priscilla Queen of the Desert won a 2011 Tony Award® for Best Costume Design for Academy Award® winners Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner’s designs. The new hit musical received three Best Musical award nominations from the Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Award organizations. Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner were also honored with 2011 Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Costume Design. 

Priscilla Queen of the Desert is the most successful Australian musical of all time, had its world premiere in Sydney in 2006.  It is adapted from the 1994 Academy Award® winning film  The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert .

EVITA

November 19 - 24, 2013

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony blockbuster musical, EVITA , returns at last in this new revival of the 1980 Tony Award winning Best Musical.  Eva Peron 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 the theater’s most beautiful songs, including “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Another Suitcase in Another Hall,” and “High Flying, Adored.”  This stunning new production of EVITA is directed by Michael Grandage and choreographed by Rob Ashford.

THE AUSTRALIAN BEE GEES SHOW

February 4 - 9, 2014

From the producers that brought you RAIN – A Tribute to The Beatles and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience , PFX – The Pink Floyd Experience , Annerin Productions presents The Australian Bee Gees Show, a celebration of one of the most influential and famous musical groups of all time. Their record breaking music is captivated on stage with mesmerizing resemblance in sound and mannerisms in a multimedia theatrical concert experience that takes a nostalgic trip through the legacy the Bee Gees left behind while celebrating over four decades of the infectious music written by the Gibb brothers. Together for more than 17 years, The Australian Bee Gees Show has mastered the look, sound and personality of the adored trio, while cementing their reputation as the world’s leading Bee Gees show.

The Australian Bee Gees Show captures unsurpassed and state of the art sound, live camera images, and vivid graphics to celebrate one of the top five most successful recording artists of all time alongside the Beatles, McCartney, Elvis and Michael Jackson.  

The MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER

May 27 - June 1, 2014

The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber is a theatrical celebration of the music that has captivated theatre audiences from one of Broadway’s most prolific and beloved composers.  Since bursting onto the Broadway scene some 30 years ago, Tony, Grammy and Academy Award winning composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has brought to the stage a host of musical blockbusters that have made his name synonymous with the word “hit.”   

The best known selections from these inspirational and diverse works have been fashioned into a theatrical evening of music that is, like the songs themselves, unforgettable.  Included in The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber are the great songs and musical excerpts from PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, CATS, EVITA, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, STARLIGHT EXPRESS, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOLOR, SONG AND DANCE, REQUIEM, ASPECTS OF LOVE, SUNSET BOULEVARD and WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND.

JERSEY BOYS

July 15 - 20, 2014

JERSEY BOYS is the Tony, Grammy and Olivier 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 sound, and sold 175 million records – all before they were 30 years old.

JERSEY BOYS , winner of the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album features the hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.”

The JERSEY BOYS creative team is comprised of two-time Tony Award-winner director Des McAnuff, book writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, composer Bob Gaudio, lyricist Bob Crewe, and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

WICKED

August 27 - September 14, 2014

               

WICKED , winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy® Award and 3 Tony® Awards, is the untold story of the witches of Oz.  It is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.  Long before Dorothy drops in, two other 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.  WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good .

WICKED has “cast quite a spell” ( Washington Post ) throughout North America, breaking box office records in every city that it has played, including Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Philadelphia and Boston, to name a few.  It will play 24 performances in San Jose, over a three-week engagement.  Declared “A Cultural Phenomenon” by Variety and “The Best Musical of the Decade” by Entertainment Weekly , WICKED has amassed over $2.9 billion in ticket sales and has been seen by 36 million people in its 9-year history.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz ( Godspell , Pippin , Academy Award® winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt ) and book by Winnie Holzman (“My So Called Life,” “thirtysomething”) WICKED is based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire.   WICKED , The musical is directed by two-time Tony® Award winner Joe Mantello ( Take Me Out , Love!  Valour! The Vagina Monologues ) and features musical staging by Tony® Award winner Wayne Cilento ( Aida , The Who’s Tommy ). 

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Nanci Williams

Broadway San Jose

(408) 792-4548

Meghan Horrigan

Team San Jose

(408) 499-1345

PHOTOGRAPHY AND SHOW GRAPHICS ARE AVAILABLE FOR EDITORIAL USE, with permission.

CONTACT :

ANDREW KRACHT

AKracht@broadwaysanjose.com

(408) 792-4580

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