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‘Book of Mormon’ tops list of Broadway shows for Kansas City

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Kansas City fans of the TV show, South Park, line up now for the Broadway musical from Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of South Park, because their irreverent Broadway blockbuster, Book of Mormon headlines the new season from Broadway Across America for a two week run, Feb. 24-March 8 at Municipal Auditorium’s Music Hall, 2015.

Broadway Across America announced their upcoming season on Feb. 9, 2014 with certified Broadway hits on the agenda for Kansas City audiences. Besides Book of Mormon, scheduled productions include: Motown the Musical, Chicago, Peter & the Starcatcher, Mamma Mia, Once, and The Price Is Right.

The upcoming Broadway shows split their locations between the Music Hall and the Muriel McBride Kauffman Theater inside the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Book of Mormon, Chicago, Once and Motown the Musical come to the larger auditorium, The Music Hall. The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts hosts Mamma Mia, Peter & the Starcatcher, and The Price Is Right.

The two most anticipated shows, Book of Mormon and Motown the Musical highlight the season. Book of Mormon won the 2011 Tony Awards® as Best Musical along with eight other Tony Awards® along with six Drama Desk Awards. Motown earned five Tony® nominations in 2013 but other shows blocked its success. Once won Best Musical for 2012 along with seven other Tony Awards®. The ever-popular Chicago claimed six Tonys® and boasts some London West End wins as well, evidenced by two Olivier Awards®. Not an underachiever, Peter & the Starcatcher claimed five Tony Awards® of 10 nominations. Mamma Mia captured six Tony® nominations but failed to grab one award in 2002.

The Book of Mormon
February 24-March 8, 2015 - Music Hall
From Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park, and Robert Lopez, co-creator of Avenue Q Comes the Book of Mormon, a musical that Jon Stewart of The Daily Show describes as, “a crowning achievement, so good it makes me angry.” Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls Book of Mormon “the best musical of this century.”

Motown the Musical
December 9-14, 2014 - Music Hall
Berry Gordy changed the tune of American popular music by his energetic and successful foray into the recording business with the creation of the Motown sound. Motown the Musical is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Gordy’s Motown shattered barriers, shaped lives and made the world want to sing and dance to the rhythm and blues of African American performers. Musical nostalgia guarantees audiences will sing along with the ever-famous melodies and lyrics.

Chicago
January 20-25, 2015 - Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Chicago has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping-song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you've ever seen,” a press release stated. Chicago holds six Tony Awards®, two Olivier Awards®, a Grammy® and thousands of standing ovations. Chicago contains all the songs of the Academy Award® winning film as well as others that were cut from the movie. Chicago is guaranteed a crowd pleaser that always delivers.

Once
March 24-29, 2015 - Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Once features a group of actor/musicians who play the score with their instruments onstage. Once tells the tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights…but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than a normal romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, Once draws audience members in from the very first note and never lets go. Once is considered an unforgettable story about going for one’s dreams and the power of music to connect.

Peter & the Starcatcher
May 26-31, 2015 - Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Peter & the Starcatcher, the most magical evening of madcap fun, is now on tour! Hailed by The New York Times as "The Most Exhilarating Storytelling on Broadway in Decades," this musical play takes a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew. The show won five Tony Awards®. Peter & the Starcatcher delights audiences as the swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan. Bring the imagination and let go and get hooked on the story. Peter & the Starcatcher is the innovative and imaginative play based on the best-selling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. A company of a dozen actors play more than a hundred unforgettable characters, all on a journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up?

SPECIAL ENGAGEMENTS (Not included in season package).:
Mamma Mia!
October 7-12, 2014 - Music Hall
Mamma Mia! will take the stage at the Music Hall October 7-12, 2014 in a return engagement for Kansas City audiences. More than 54 million people worldwide have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! an uplifting, feel-good experience. Abba’s timeless classics propel the tale of love, laughter and friendship. With more productions playing internationally than any other musical, Mamma Mia! is the World’s No.1 show.

The Price Is Right Live
November 15, 2014 - Music Hall
America’s #1 game show straight from your television comes to the Music Hall for one night only, November 15, 2014.

Season tickets start at $175 for all five shows and payment plans are available, a release from Theater League said. New season members should order early for the best seats and may reserve a place in line for 2014-15 season tickets by calling 816.421.7500 or by visiting the Theater League offices at 9140 Ward Parkway, Suite 220. More information is available at theaterleague.com.

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