We reported last September that Dallas would finally get a look at The Book of Mormon, the Tony-winning musical from the creators of South Park that has left critics raving and some elderly audience members leaving at intermission after realizing what sort of performance they bought tickets to. The AT&T Performing Arts Center has finally announced dates: August 21 through September 1. New York performances are sold out until three days after the Rapture, so it's best to move quickly if you want tickets.
The rest of the 2013/2014 Lexus Broadway Series Season looks pretty good too, if decidedly less offensive than rapid-fire AIDS jokes and sexual organs on people's faces turning into frogs (I promise that will make sense). Check the full schedule below.
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THE 2013/2014 LEXUS BROADWAY SERIES
The Book of Mormon - August 21 - September 1, 2013 Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls it "the best musical of this century." Entertainment Weekly says it's "the funniest musical of all time." From "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, it's The Book of Mormon, winner of nine Tony® Awards including Best Musical. Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show" calls it "a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry." Contains explicit language.
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Peter and the Starcatcher - September 17 - September 29, 2013 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 winner of five Tony® Awards, this swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan is the innovative and imaginative musical play based on the best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. A company of twelve actors plays 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? This epic origin story of popular culture's most enduring and beloved character proves that your imagination is the most captivating place in the world.
The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess - December 11 - December 22, 2013 Time magazine exclaims, "A don't-miss theatre event! The #1 Broadway musical of the year." Winner of the 2012 Tony® Award for Best Revival of a Musical, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess is hitting the road in a stunning and stirring new staging, including such legendary songs as "Summertime," "It Ain't Necessarily So" and "I Got Plenty of Nothing." The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess features one of Broadway's most accomplished creative teams, led by Tony®-nominated director Diane Paulus (Hair), Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog), and two-time Obie Award-winning composer Diedre L. Murray (Running Man), bringing George and Ira Gershwin's legendary masterwork to the Broadway stage for the first time in more than 35 years.
Praised by The New Yorker as, "A great achievement!" and hailed by the Associated Press as, "a gorgeous version of the Gershwin masterpiece," the classic story of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess is set in Charleston's fabled Catfish Row, where the beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past, and the only one who can rescue her is the courageous Porgy. Threatened by her formidable former lover Crown, and the seductive enticements of the colorful troublemaker Sporting Life, Porgy and Bess' relationship evolves into a deep romance that triumphs as one of theatre's most exhilarating love stories.
Godspell - February 18 - March 2, 2014 "Godspell is cause to rejoice! This irresistibly exuberant production will make you a believer in the power of musical theater!" says USA Today.
Prepare ye for Godspell, the beloved musical from Stephen Schwartz, the Grammy® and Academy Award®-winning composer of Wicked. Enjoy all the good gifts of one of the most enduring shows of all time in a brand new and up-to-date, intimate, one-of-a-kind production with the Tony®-nominated score filled with the popular hits "Day By Day," "Light of the World " and "Turn Back, O Man." This timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love has touched the hearts of countless theater-goers all over the world - and now you can join in the celebration as a spectacular ensemble of bright young stars stirs your soul, raises your spirit and lifts you right out of your seat.
NETworks presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast - April 15 - April 27, 2014 Based on the Academy Award®-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of more than 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes and dazzling production numbers, including "Be Our Guest" and the beloved title song.