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4 reasons to say ‘Hello’ to The Book of Mormon!

 

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1.The star-studded writing team

You may have heard the names Trey Parker and Matt Stone before, especially if you are a South Park fan. The two funny men created the musical along with Robert Lopez, the co-composer and co lyricist of Avenue Q (and subsequently Frozen). The trio worked together on the book, lyrics and music to create what The New York Times later would call “The best musical of this century.”

2.Witty, smart and hilarious are common descriptors

When you read reviews of the national touring production, you’ll often see words like “witty,” “smart” and “hilarious” describing everything from the writing, to the choreography and the music. It’s hard to disagree when Entertainment Weekly calls it “the funniest musical of all time.”

3.It has a lot of awards to its name

The musical is a 9 time Tony® winner, received 4 Drama Desk awards, and was recognized with 4 Outer Critics Awards. Oh, and the Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album in 2012.

4. Last time it broke a house record, and it’s “even better the second time around”

The Book of Mormon was so well received during its 2014 Fox Cities stop, it broke a house record, grossing $1.38 million in a one-week engagement. According to the Daily Herald in Chicago, it’s even better the second time around, saying “If you think you’ve ‘been there done that’ — think again. I saw the show when it first opened and really enjoyed it, but this time I loved it.”

 

When will we be seeing you at the theater?

Broadway Fast 5: August

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Emilio Madrid-Kuser, Broadway.com

Emilio Madrid-Kuser, Broadway.com

 

1. An early look at the 20th anniversary cast of Rent!

Jonathan Larson’s Tony-winning musical Rent is hitting the road this fall in honor of the groudbreaking show’s 20th anniversary. Rent will kick off on September 20 in Dallas, and play more than 60 cities across the country. The show’s cast members rehearsed a few numbers and met the press on August 23. See the sneak peek here!

 

Miranda and Menken Photo by: Bruce Glikas

Miranda and Menken
Photo by: Bruce Glikas

2. Lin-Manuel Miranda announces (another) new project

Once you’re in the Mickey Mouse Club, you’re in it for life. After writing songs for Disney’s Moana and appearing in the upcoming Mary Poppins sequel, Lin-Manuel Miranda will team up with certified Disney legend Alan Menken. The two will pen tunes (and adapt some familiar ones) for a new live action take on The Littler Mermaid according to Deadline. The Little Mermaid has had a significant impact on Miranda’s life and career; the Hamilton creator credits the film as part of the reason why he and his wife Vanessa named their son Sebastian.

 

Kara Lindsay and Jeremy Jordan Photo by: Deen van Meer

Kara Lindsay and Jeremy Jordan
Photo by: Deen van Meer

3. Yes, there will be a Newsies movie.
It’s official! The rumors were true and Newsies will make its worldwide cinema debut in early 2017, starring Jeremy Jordan, reprising his Tony Award-nominated performance as Jack Kelly. It’s all thanks to those folks over at Disney Theatrical Productions teaming up with Fathom Events. Those joining Jordan from the original Broadway cast include Kara Lindsay as Katherine, Ben Fankhauser as Davey and Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Crutchie, with North American tour stars Steve Blanchard as Joseph Pulitzer and Aisha de Haas as Medda Larkin. Additional cast from the Broadway and North American tour ensemble will also return. Jordan and the returning original Broadway cast members will join the cast of the North American tour for one performance only, which will be filmed on September 11 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Hollywood in front of an invited audience.

 

Chris Haston/ NBCUniversal

Chris Haston/ NBCUniversal

4. Hairspray Live! continues to add to already starry cast

The nicest kids in town! This month Rosie O’Donnell, Sean Hayes and Andrea Martin all joined the starry cast of the NBC live musical event scheduled for Dec. 7! They join a starry cast including Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad, Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle, Ariana Grande as Penny Pingleton, Derek Hough as Corny Collins, Dove Cameron as Amber Von Tussle, Garrett Clayton as Link Larkin,  Martin Short as Wilbur, Kristin Chenoweth as Velma Von Tussle and newcomer Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad.  O’Donnell will appear as the Gym Teacher, Hayes as Mr. Pinky and Martin as Prudy Pingleton.

 

Photo by: Noam Galai/Getty Images

Photo by: Noam Galai/Getty Images

5. Andrew Lloyd Webber now has 3 shows on Broadway

Fancy-footed felines, a kid band that can roll with surprise visits from music icons and that masked man—they’re all currently rocking the Great White Way thanks to seven-time Tony winner Andrew Lloyd Webber. Following the return of his iconic 1983 tuner Cats on July 31, the music maker and producer once again marks three hit musicals simultaneously running on the Main Stem. School of Rock, which is playing at the Winter Garden, nabbed four Tony nominations in 2016, while The Phantom of the Opera continues to make audiences fall in love 28 years later at the Majestic. The stars of Lloyd Webber’s works, including Great White Way trailblazer Alex Brightman, angel of music James Barbour and glam pop pussycat Leona Lewis, recently snapped a pic with the mastermind, showcasing his legacy and knack for amplifying diverse and delightful stories on the stage. Here’s to you, Andrew Lloyd Webber!

 

 

 

 

5 Reasons You Can’t Miss The Grinch!

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1. Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical is a Wisconsin Premiere!
That means you get to see it before all of your friends–or better, you get to invite all of your friends along! This show tours the country only during the holidays each year and is making it’s first stop and only Wisconsin stop at the Fox Cities P.A.C. this winter! You don’t want to miss it!

Stefan Karl as The Grinch. Photo by: PAPARAZZIBYAPPOINTMENT.COM

Stefan Karl as The Grinch. Photo by: PAPARAZZIBYAPPOINTMENT.COM

 

2. Let’s face it, you are already hearing the song in your head.
The show features all of your favorite cartoon moments, including the famous and familiar song “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” Experience it all like you never have before in this live action musical.

 

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Grinch Company. Photo by: PAPARAZZIBYAPPOINTMENT.COM

 

3. It’s tradition!
For so many families, watching Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas has become a holiday rite of passage! Continue the tradition but instead of gathering in front of the television, make a night of it and experience the hilarity and magic of the classic tale at the theater!

 

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Bob Lauder as Old Max. Photo by: PAPARAZZIBYAPPOINTMENT.COM

4.  The important lessons
As the famous Dr. Seuss book says “Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas…perhaps….means a little bit more.”–an important reminder, no doubt, for everyone and what a great message to share with your friends and family!

 

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Brooke Lynn Boyd and Stefan Karl/PaparazziByAppointment.com

 

5. Your heart will grow three sizes
Whether it’s the contagious joy of the Whos, the warm, fuzzy holiday story or the personal joy you get from spending time with your loved ones at the theater, Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical is meant to help fill your heart with happiness in time for the holiday hustle.

Pretty your Pumpkins with Broadway this Halloween

Everybody loves a great creative pumpkin design. Here are a few ideas you can use, inspired by this season’s Broadway hits.

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This Cinderella design was done by our very own Administrative Assistant, Kelly Rutten. She chose to bedazzle it a little more as a centerpiece but you can do this with orange pumpkins, after all Cinderella will turn it into a carriage anyway! 🙂

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No carving required! Just a sharpie and a little wordsmithing and you can have the best Broadway pumpkin on the block!

Halloween Kinky

Print this out and put the pumps on your pumpkin! Especially if you loved the recent visit by Kinky Boots, this might just be your pumpkin!

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Mash-up the holidays with this holiday mash-up! Pick your favorite Grinch face as a nod to the Broadway show and the beloved cartoon. If stores put out Halloween and holiday decorations at the same time, can’t you?

What will your pumpkin look like this Halloween?

Boots for the Board

Our board members got an opportunity to try on the sky-high-stilettos that trademark Kinky Boots!

See what they had to say about the show rolling into town:

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Why are you excited to see the show?
Darwin Copeman: I’m intrigued by the story line of Kinky Boots. A young man trying to save the family business through traditional methods finds the answer to his dilemma by embracing a friendship with someone that maintains a non-traditional life-style. Yet, the business owner sees an opportunity to provide a product that helps the business and in doing so, also removes the negative perception his staff has of the individual who doesn’t “fit in”.

Mame Heaney: I am excited to see Kinky Boots because I have seen the movie and it was delightful. (It) will be fun to see how Broadway follows or changes the script.

Lee Allinger: Kinky Boots provides the example of how the arts can indeed expand and change our perspective. As the superintendent of a public school system serving 16,000+ students I am reminded daily of the richness that diversity brings to our classrooms. As educators when we take the time to understand our students and families with the goal of a positive and welcoming learning environment for all – it is then that the richness of diversity improves the educational experience for all students. As we continue our journey to become an inclusive-welcoming community the arts becomes the catalyst for ongoing community dialogue. Kinky Boots will provide all of us with an often not heard perspective – one that can  indeed open our minds and hearts.

Kinky Boots marks the 26th time a touring Broadway performance has had its first Wisconsin stop in Appleton. Why are  Broadway Wisconsin Premiere important for our community?

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Darwin Copeman

Darwin Copeman: The Broadway premieres that appear at the Fox Cities PAC are incredibly valuable both economically and culturally. Our community businesses are rewarded with opportunities to showcase their quality and service as thousands of people stay in local hotels, enjoy dinner and even a nightcap after each performance. Witnessing a professional Broadway performance within minutes of your home rather than traveling to NYC is a cultural gift that offers a unique experience to many that they will cherish for a lifetime.

Becky Tuchscherer: Beyond the fact that having a Broadway premiere in our community draws people in from across the state for the show, it also shows off our community. Show goers are able to experience a wonderful evening at the theatre with all its fanfare, and at the same time experience the unique mixture of urban style and small town warmth that the Fox Cities has to offer. Top that off with the economic impact that is generated for our local businesses and it is no wonder that people love our Fox Cities Performing Arts Center.

Lee Allinger: Kinky Boots marks the 26th Broadway premiere for our Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. What an incredible opportunity for all of us across the Fox Cities and beyond to experience a live performance at the highest level. There is nothing like a live performance to ignite our spirits, open our minds, and get us positively interacting with others.

Tell us the truth…did you love the boots?

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Mame Heaney

Darwin Copeman: I have to admit some initial trepidation when asked to slip on the Kinky Boots. However, that concern quickly disappeared when I realized that standing 6’1″ instead of my natural 5’7″ had it’s advantages!

Becky Tuchscherer: Who wouldn’t love a pair of boots made just for you?

Mame Heaney: Short of breaking my neck in those heels, I love the boots…I love red shiny boots…would have been wonderful with a mini red  rain coat that I had … would have matched them perfectly!

 

6 reasons to see Kinky Boots

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1. The shoes
With a name like “Kinky Boots” you might have high expectations for the shoes. Good thing you won’t be disappointed because this production is full of fabulous footwear!

 

 

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2. A Cyndi Lauper score
An award-winning score by a pop icon? Check. Performed by phenomenal musicians and actors? Double check. You’ll be tapping your toes and humming along.

 

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3. The choreography
There’s dancing in sky-high stilettos and across moving conveyor belts. What more could you ask for?

 

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4. It’s based on a true story…and movie.
The show is actually based on a British film released in 2006. The film was based on a real story and a real company.

 

 

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5. It reveals the secrets to life
Spoiler alert. The characters in the show tell you their six secrets to success, which apply to business and to life. We won’t tell you what they are, but we will tell you they will change your mind!

 

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6. It will “Raise You Up!”
There’s no secret that Kinky Boots is an all around feel-good show. We dare you to leave without feeling raised up!

Broadway Fast 5: September

 

 

 

 

 

Sad news, musical triumphs and the scoop on a new musical film….it’s all in this months Broadway Fast 5!

1_1742501. Death of young history-making actor rocks Broadway community

Twenty-one year old Kyle Jean-Baptiste made history in July when he was both the first African American and youngest ever Jean Valjean on Broadway, filling in for the role as an understudy. He regularly played Constable and Courfeyrac in the production, his first on Broadway after recently graduating from Baldwin Wallace in the spring. Tragically, on Aug. 29 he accidentally fell from a fire escape and passed away. The theater community spent much of early Sept. honoring his memory including dimming the lights on the Imperial Theater, where Les Miserables is held.

 

1_1745082.P!nk to workshop Broadway musical

Alecia Moore, more popularly known as pop/rock music legend P!nk, is working on a musical inspired by her life and featuring her music. Previously called MEAN (The Musical), the title has been changed to True Love and the show is set for a second developmental workshop this October.

 

1_1739953. Hamilton takes Broadway by storm

Hamilton, the hip-hop musical about the founding father, has taken the Broadway world by storm, bringing in huge numbers each week and houses full of famous faces. The musical also released a cast recording in Sept. that was previewed with NPR and available widely for download. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the show’s creator and star even offered up the possibility of hearing the music on the radio in the future. Miranda was recently recognized with a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant for his creativity.

 

Photo by Bruce Glikas, Rob Marshall4. Mary Poppins film revival confirmed

Director Rob Marshall (Chicago, Into the Woods) will helm a new live-action musical film of Marry Poppins. The Disney movie is said to be set in London approximately 20 years after the original. Finding Neverland screen writer is set to pen the film and songwriting duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Smash, Hairspray) will compose a new score and original songs.

 

7_2142945. Elsie Fest

Glee favorite, Broadway alum and Youtube hit Darren Criss organized the very first Elsie Fest in New York, an event that was said to be the Coachella for Broadway. The line-up for the event read like a whos-who of Broadway and added a little flair to the end of summer season.

Learn How Kinky Boots’ Hopeful Message Can Make the World a Little Better on Broadway Balances America

You’ll get a kick out of this! Broadway Balances America, the special six-part series airing on The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television, returned on September 22 with a behind-the-scenes look at the tour of the Tony-winning Kinky Boots. Correspondent Amber Milt traveled to New York and talked to the show’s Tony and Grammy-winning composer Cyndi Lauper and producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig about how the musical’s uplifting message is inspiring fellows from Lauper’s True Colors Fund for LGBT youths. Milt also speaks with star (and Milwaukee native!) Kyle Taylor Parker about how Kinky Boots has touched his life. Click play!

The Center will be hosting a version of the Raise You Up program discussed in the video when Kinky Boots is in town Oct. 12-18 for selected students from Appleton Central High School. Stay tuned for more on that!

Original post published on Broadway.com.

Broadway Fast 5: August

Broadway to movies, movies to Broadway and a new man in boots…it’s all in your Broadway Fast 5.

1_1741611. Wayne Brady enters the Land of Lola

When Billy Porter leaves his award-winning role in Kinky Boots on Broadway to join Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed funny man Wayne Brady will fill the shoes. Brady, who has won awards for “Whose Line Is It Anyway” and “The Wayne Brady Show,” is not new to Broadway having played Billy Flynn in Chicago in 2004 and appearing in Rent in 2010. We, for one, cannot wait for his high-heeled debut.

 

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2. Plan for a Matilda Movie

A plan for a new musical version of the Matilda movie, spun off from the major Broadway hit, may happen sooner than originally thought. Director Matthew Warchus confirmed he is already in pre-production for the film adaptation and according to The Sydney Morning Herald the movie will probably begin filming at the end of next year.

 

1.1681343. Sara Bareilles Musical will make its way to Broadway

Waitress, the musical based on the 2007 film, has confirmed it will make its way to Broadway. Currently running at the American Reperatory Theater, the musical features a score by Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles and a book by Jessie Nelson. The show is scheduled to preview in March 2016 and officially open in April.

 

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Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelley & Common

4. The Wiz rounds out casting

More great casting announced for NBC’s live production of The Wiz coming this winter. Grammy winner Ne-Yo, Oscar and Grammy winner Common and movie musical alum Elijah Kelley. The three will play Tinman, the Gatekeeper and Scarecrow, respectively. The new cast members join the previously reported trio of Grammy winners: original Dorothy Stephanie Mills as Aunt Em, Queen Latifah as the Wiz and Mary J. Blige as Evillene. Three-time Tony nominee and In Living Color star David Alan Grier will play the Cowardly Lion, Uzo Aduba and Amber Riley as Glinda and Addaperle and newcomer Shanice Williams takes on the role of Dorothy. No word yet if this cast is on board for the forthcoming Broadway revival of the show, which is set to open in the 2016-17 season.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber has revealed that he is in negotiations with a London theater about a 50th anniversary production of his classic tuner Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The composer told The Stage that he and lyricist Tim Rice: “realized in May this year that it was 50 years since we met, so that means that Joseph, too, is nearly 50 years old. So we’re wondering if we should be doing something about it—it’s the most performed work of mine in America.” It was reported last year that Elton John’s Rocket Pictures had acquired the movie rights and is aiming to make an all-new animated feature of the musical. This wouldn’t be Joseph’s first foray into film—a straight-to-video movie starring Donny Osmond was released in 1999.

Everybody say…Kinky Boots!

Here at the Center we are getting ready to kick-up our heels and celebrate the start of a new season with the Wisconsin premiere of Kinky Boots!

However, in order to tell you what to expect….we needed to know ourselves! So a few weeks ago a small group of us from our development and marketing staff went to Chicago to catch a mid-week matinee of the huge-hearted production…and what we saw was amazing.

Steven Booth and Kyle Taylor Parker in Kinky Boots Photo by Matthew Murphy

Steven Booth and Kyle Taylor Parker in Kinky Boots
Photo by Matthew Murphy

The show, with a catchy score by Cyndi Lauper, amazing choreography and direction by the legendary Jerry Mitchell and a hilarious book by Harvey Fierstein, amazed even our theater-crazed staff.

The production, with it’s larger-than-life characters, costumes and energy, takes a unique story and follows a touching tale of familial relationships, the importance of acceptance and the value of friendship in a funny, thoughtful and fabulous way.

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We couldn’t help ourselves! We had to snap a photo booth picture!

Lola and the Angels, Lola’s Greek Chorus of fabulous drag queens in search of sturdy stilettos, might be the flashiest part of the production, but the main heart of the story focuses on Charlie and Lola coming to terms with who they are – as friends, as sons, as men. The relationships that develop between them and the other characters in the show leave audiences with the feeling that you can change the whole world when you change your mind and accept people for their unique differences.

We could not be more excited to bring this production to the Fox Cities! Individual tickets go on sale Aug. 28 at 10 a.m. but Season Ticket Holders and groups of 10 or more can order tickets now! For more information on the show, visit our website and be sure to click “behind the scenes” to connect with Kinky Boots on social media!