With Charlotte taking the international stage last year as the host of the 2012 Democratic Convention, the city has gained more notoriety on a national level. That increase has effected the city in many ways, attracting movies, television and tourists to our city, and the Blumenthal Performing Arts program has benefitted in a major way this year, bringing some of the most high-profile shows to appear on The Great White Way to the Queen City. All tickets are available via the Blumenthal's website, www.blumenthalarts.org, along with show details. For a quick peek at what's to come in the upcoming season, read on:
1. The Book of Mormon
Kicking off one of the Blumenthal's best seasons yet is, appropriately, "the best musical of the century," according to The New York Times. Written by Matt Parker and Trey Stone, the creators of the hit series SouthPark, The Book of Mormon tells the tale of two young Mormon missionaries as they prepare to go on their mission. They are assigned to travel to Africa, and find that the natives are living quite differently than they're used to. The musical is full of laughs and catchy songs, leading it to win 9 Tony Awards, but warning: it's probably not suitable for anyone under 18; the humor is, to say the least, graphic. Tickets are on sale now and the show runs from Dec. 26 2013-January 5 2014.
The Tony award winning classical musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber is making its return to the Queen City in March 2014. Telling the tale of Eva Peron, it follows her journey to the First Lady of Argentina through song. The story features songs made famous like "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" and High Flying, Adored," and is sure to bring a tear to your eye when Peron's tragic tale unfolds. Tickets are onsale now and the show runs March 4-9 2014.
3. GHOST: The Musical
The musical adaptation of the Oscar-winning movie GHOST brings the love story to life in a new way. Driven by a pop score written by Grammy Award-winners David Stewart of Eurthmics and Glen Ballard, co-writer with Alanis Morissette on Jagged Little Pill, the audience will follow Sam and Molly on a roller coaster ride of a love story as he tries to communicate with her from beyond the grave. Tickets are on sale now and the show runs April 1-6 2014.
4. Peter and the Starcatcher
Peter and the Starcatcher returns to the Neverland of Peter Pan-with a twist. The prequel to Peter's story, the musical winner of five Tony Awards will take you on a journey to the crazy Neverland you never thought existed. Tickets are on sale now and the show runs from April 29-May 4 2014.
5. We Will Rock You
From Queen and ben Elton, the musical that took off in London's West End has finally come to Charlotte. Set in a time where music is mindless and unoriginal the story follows a group of Bohemians looking to bring Rock n' Roll back to the people. Tickets are on sale now and the show runs May 27-June 1 2014.
6. The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess
Declared by Time Magazine to be a "don't miss theatre event," the winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical is coming to Charlotte on a tour that brings the stage musical to life for the first time in more than 35 years. Tickets are on sale now and the show runs July 15-20 2014.
The Blumenthal's 2013-2014 season will wrap up with the winner of 8 Tony Awards, Once. All the actors double as musicians who play their own instruments, and the tale revolves around a Dublin street musician who falls in love. Tickets are on sale now and the show runs Sept. 30-Oct. 5 2014