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Arizona Broadway Theatre celebrates 10th anniversary with 8 musical productions

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Monday night, Feb. 17, Arizona Broadway Theatre announced its 10th season lineup of shows to a packed house of season subscribers and invited donors. “This momentous season is all about being bold,” ABT’s executive producer and founder Kiel Klaphake told guests. “ABT has become synonymous with full-scale, high-quality musical spectacles, so going into the 10th anniversary season we knew the productions had to be some of the biggest musicals to date with mesmerizing scores, stunning choreography and incredible stories.” The shows will be performed on the ABT Mainstage from October 2014 through September 2015. “We know you won’t be disappointed,” Klaphake added.

The 2014-2015 season kicks off with “The Producers,” the Tony Award-winning Mel Brooks classic, and ends with the murder mystery farce “Lucky Stiff.” The following is a list of all titles and dates of production:

  • Oct. 10–Nov. 9: “The Producers”
  • Nov. 28–Dec. 28: “White Christmas
  • Jan. 9–Feb. 15, 2015: “The King and I
  • Feb. 27–April 4, 2015: To be announced
  • April 17–May 10, 2015: “Sweet Charity”
  • May 22–June 21, 2015: “The Little Mermaid
  • July 10–Aug. 9, 2015: “Legally Blonde”
  • Aug. 28–Sept. 20, 2015: “Lucky Stiff”

For details about these shows, click “View 8 photos.”

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional performing arts organization located at 7701 W. Paradise Lane in Peoria, Ariz., ABT produces eight Mainstage productions each season and up to 12 special events annually. The deadline for season subscription renewals is March 17, and individual tickets for 10th-anniversary season productions go on sale during ABT’s annual open house on Saturday, June 14. More information is available online or by calling the box office at (623) 776-8400.

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‘The Producers’ at Arizona Broadway Theatre
‘The Producers’ at Arizona Broadway Theatre Arizona Broadway Theatre

‘The Producers’ at Arizona Broadway Theatre

“The Producers,” Oct. 10–Nov. 9, 2014: Get ready to laugh out loud at the antics of the scheming Bialystock and Bloom, who plot to produce the most notorious Broadway flop in history, only to be met with the one thing they didn’t bargain for: success. “The Producers” is the stage adaption of the 1960s film starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder and features such songs as ,” “When You’ve Got It, Flaunt It,” “The King of Old Broadway” and “Heil Myself.”

‘White Christmas’ at Arizona Broadway Theatre
‘White Christmas’ at Arizona Broadway Theatre Arizona Broadway Theatre

‘White Christmas’ at Arizona Broadway Theatre

“White Christmas,” Nov. 28–Dec. 28, 2014: The whole family will enjoy Irving Berlin’s heartwarming holiday classic, “White Christmas,” with such familiar songs as “I Love a Piano,” “Sisters,” “Blue Skies” and of course, “White Christmas.” ABT promises huge production numbers and breathtaking choreography for the musical, which tells the story of song-and-dance men Bob Wallace and Phil Davis (World War II veterans), who team up with a sister act to rescue a failing Vermont inn run by their former commanding officer. The musical is based on the 1954 film starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen.

‘The King and I’ at Arizona Broadway Theatre
‘The King and I’ at Arizona Broadway Theatre Arizona Broadway Theatre

‘The King and I’ at Arizona Broadway Theatre

“The King and I,” Jan. 9–Feb. 15, 2015: East meets West in this unlikely love story involving the king of Siam and Anna Leonowens, who has come to teach the royal children. One of the “patron-most requested” productions at ABT, the original “King and I” opened on Broadway in 1951 starring Yul Brynner and Gertrude Lawrence. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical and features such well-known songs as “Getting to Know You,” “Something Wonderful” and “I Whistle a Happy Tune.”

To be announced production at Arizona Broadway Theatre
To be announced production at Arizona Broadway Theatre Arizona Broadway Theatre

To be announced production at Arizona Broadway Theatre

To be announced, Feb. 27–Apr. 4, 2015: Its identity under lock and key, the fourth show of ABT’s 10th season is to be announced later this year. “You know the wait for this especially popular production’s title will be well worth it,” said Brad York, sales and marketing director at Arizona Broadway Theatre. “We will release the title on June 1, 2014, when our licensing agreement allows us to shout it from the rooftops.”

‘Sweet Charity’ at Arizona Broadway Theatre
‘Sweet Charity’ at Arizona Broadway Theatre Arizona Broadway Theatre

‘Sweet Charity’ at Arizona Broadway Theatre

“Sweet Charity,” Apr. 17–May 10, 2015: Premiering on Broadway in 1966 with Gwen Verdon and John McMartin in the starring roles, “Sweet Charity” offers a poignant yet funny look at the misadventures of loveable Charity Hope Valentine, a dancer-for-hire at a Times Square dance hall. It contains such memorable songs as “If My Friends Could See Me Now,” “Big Spender” and “Too Many Tomorrows.” The 1969 film of the same name starred Shirley MacLaine and John McMartin. Bob Fosse directed and choreographed both the film and the stage musical.

‘The Little Mermaid’ at Arizona Broadway Theatre
‘The Little Mermaid’ at Arizona Broadway Theatre Arizona Broadway Theatre

‘The Little Mermaid’ at Arizona Broadway Theatre

“The Little Mermaid,” May 22–June 21, 2015: ABT promises state-of-the-art effects and brilliant costumes in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” which is based on the 1989 animated Disney film of the same name. The family-friendly musical brings to life the magical underwater kingdom of Ariel, the beautiful mermaid who dreams of becoming human,  and includes such songs as “Under the Sea” and “Kiss the Girl.”

‘Legally Blonde’ at Arizona Broadway Theatre
‘Legally Blonde’ at Arizona Broadway Theatre Arizona Broadway Theatre

‘Legally Blonde’ at Arizona Broadway Theatre

“Legally Blonde,” July 10–Aug. 9, 2015: Based on the 2001 film of the same name starring Reese Witherspoon, “Legally Blonde” takes a humorous look at life through the eyes of an ambitious blonde. The stage version of the girl-power musical debuted on Broadway in 2007 and earned seven Tony Award nominations and 10 Drama Desk nominations.

‘Lucky Stiff’ at Arizona Broadway Theatre
‘Lucky Stiff’ at Arizona Broadway Theatre Arizona Broadway Theatre

‘Lucky Stiff’ at Arizona Broadway Theatre

“Lucky Stiff,” Aug. 28–Sept. 20, 2015: Closing out ABT’s tenth season is “Lucky Stiff,” a zany murder mystery farce in which Timid, unassuming Harry travels with his recently murdered (and embalmed) uncle to Monte Carlo in order to claim an inheritance. The journey comes with slamming doors, mistaken identities and millions in diamonds. Based on the 1983 novel “The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo,” by Michael Butterworth, the musical premiered off-Broadway in April 1988.

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