‘Wicked’ and ‘Shrek’ are coming to Sacramento

By April 25, 2011

Broadway’s blockbuster musical, “Wicked,” will be the highlight of the 2011-12 Broadway Sacramento season at the Community Center Theater, which will include five other recent Broadway hits, including three currently playing in New York . In addition to “Wicked,” the season will be “Shrek: the Musical,” “Rain, a Tribute to the Beatles,” “West Side Story,” “Mamma Mia” and “Million Dollar Quartet.”

The season begins with the Sacramento premiere of “Shrek the Musical,” Sept.27-Oct. 2. The musical, based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life on stage.

In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre — not a handsome prince — up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a villain with a “short” temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand … and his name is Shrek.

Featuring a terrific score of 19 all-new songs, big laughs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, WWOR-TV proclaims “Shrek the Musical,” ‘far, far and away the funniest new musical on Broadway.’”

Next in the line-up is “Rain, a Tribute to The Beatles,” Dec.27-Jan. 1, 2012. Direct from Broadway, Rain performs the full range of The Beatles’ discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. Together longer than The Beatles, Rain has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance in this multi-media concert, that’s as infectious as it is transporting. From the early hits to later classics (“I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Hard Day’s Night,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Let It Be,” “Come Together,” “Hey Jude” and more), this adoring tribute will take audiences to a time when all is needed was love, and a little help from your friends.

More than 50 years ago one musical changed theater forever. Now it’s back, and mesmerizing audiences once again as “West Side Story” comes to Sacramento, Jan.24-29. Directed by David Saint, using Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction, “West Side Story” remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever.

The new Broadway cast album of “West Side Story” recently won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics of the American musical theater as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.”

An option for subscribers is “Mamma Mia!” March 13-18, — the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Whether it’s your first visit or 14th, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time at “Mamma Mia!”

April 17-22, “Million Dollar Quartet” makes its Sacramento Premiere. It’s the smash hit Broadway musical, inspired by the true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time.

On Dec. 4, 1956, these four young musicians were gathered together by Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions of all time. “Million Dollar Quartet” brings that legendary night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations featuring timeless hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more.

The Broadway Sacramento season ends with the much awaited Sacramento premiere of “Wicked”, May 23-June 17.

Long before Dorothy arrived  in Munchkinland, two girls met in the land of Oz. One – born with emerald-green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete — and completely satisfying — new musical in a long time” (USA Today).

On Broadway and around the world, “Wicked” has worked its magic on critics and audiences alike. Winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, “Wicked” is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” and “the defining musical of the decade” (The New York Times).

While most Broadway Sacramento presentations over the last decade have been presented for two or more weeks, “Wicked” will be the only show this season with a multi-week run.

Broadway Sacramento, presented by the nonprofit California Musical Theatre, is the largest performing arts event in the Capital Region. Broadway Sacramento is sponsored by Wells Fargo.

All performances are at the Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., in downtown Sacramento.

Current season ticket holders will receive renewal packets by mail on April 25, and the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office will begin taking reservations for new subscribers on that day as well.

Season ticket buyers will save an average of 15 percent off of the price of the tickets if sold separately. Season tickets are available only at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office, 1419 H St., Sacramento or by calling 916-557-1999.

For groups of 12 or more (both single-show and subscriptions) call 916-557-1198.


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