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The Orpheum Theatre in Memphis announces its 2014-2015 Broadway Season

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The Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, Tenn. has formally announced its lineup of Broadway shows for the 2014 - 2015 season. In a release posted by Christina Torres, Press Relations Manager for the theatre, the following shows are scheduled for the season, beginning Sept. 24, 2014.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

September 24 – October 5, 2014

Following an acclaimed sold-out tour of the United Kingdom, Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's phenomenal musical success, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, will come to Memphis as part of a brand new North American Tour. Hailed by critics as "bigger and better than ever before," this production boasts many exciting special effects including the show's legendary chandelier, new scenic and lighting designs, new staging and choreography. The beloved story and thrilling score will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest productions now on tour.

ONCE

October 28 – November 2, 2014

Winner of 8 2012 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting 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 your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It's an unforgettable story about going for your dreams and the power of music to connect us all.

A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL

November 25 – 30, 2014

The story takes place in 1940’s Indiana, where a bespectacled boy named Ralphie has a big imagination and one wish for Christmas—a Red Ryder BB Gun. A kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a cranky department store Santa, and a tripledog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the obstacles that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas dream. Originally produced on Broadway by the film’s original Ralphie, Peter Billinsgley, A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL is musical comedy entertainment that captures a simpler time in America with delicious wit and a heart of gold.

Disney’s THE LION KING

February 3 – March 1, 2015

Back by popular demand, experience the phenomenon of Disney’s THE LION KING when Memphis’ most eagerly awaited stage production ever will leap onto the Orpheum stage. Visually stunning, technically astounding and with a musical score like none other you’ve ever heard. See the Tony Award®-winning Broadway sensation that Newsweek calls, "a landmark event in entertainment." The New York Times states, "There is simply nothing else like it." Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by a cast of more than 40 actors. Wonder at the inspiration of award-winning director Julie Taymor, who created visual images for this show that audiences will remember forever. Thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African Pridelands and an unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice's Oscar®-winning song "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" and "Circle of Life."

KINKY BOOTS

May 19 – 24, 2015

KINKY BOOTS is the exhilarating Broadway musical that will lift your spirits to new high-heeled heights! Winner of six Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL, this inspirational story follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Together, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible… proving that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world. Inspired by a true story, KINKY BOOTS features a joyous, Tony-winning score by CYNDI LAUPER, direction and Tony-winning choreography by JERRY MITCHELL and a hilarious, uplifting book by four-time Tony winner HARVEY FIERSTEIN. Join the sold-out audiences who’ve discovered why – sometimes – the best way to fit in is to stand out!

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL

July 14 – 19, 2015

It began as one man's story… became everyone's music… and is now Broadway's musical. 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. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL!

Although the 2014-2015 Broadway shows have been scheduled, there is still some great performances left in the Orpheum's 2013-2014 Broadway Season. They include:

WAR HORSE

March 25-30, 2014 (See full description at http://www.examiner.com/article/war-horse-gallops-into-the-orpheum-theat...)

The tour of WAR HORSE, which was adapted from the book by Morpurgo by Nick Stafford, is directed by Bijan Sheibani based on the original Tony® Award-winning direction by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, and presented in association with Handspring Puppet Company. At the heart of the show are life-sized puppets which bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreanmcoat

April 22-27, 2014

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The story is based on the "coat of many colors" story of Joseph from the Bible's Book of Genesis.

The Book of Mormon

June 24-29, 2014

The Book of Mormon is a religious satire musical with book, lyrics, and music by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone. Best known for creating the animated comedy South Park, Parker and Stone co-created the music with Lopez, a co-composer/co-lyricist of Avenue Q. The show lampoons organized religion and traditional musical theatre, reflecting the creators' lifelong fascination with Mormonism and musicals.

For tickets to any of the shows, visit The Orpheum Theatre, The Orpheum Box Office (901.525.3000), the ticket counter at The Booksellers at Laurelwood, and all Ticketmaster centers (901.743.ARTS).

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