The Lexington Opera House has revealed a lineup of six shows for the 2010-11 Broadway Live season, four of which are Tony Award winners for best musical and all of which are probably familiar titles to theatergoers and non-theatergoers alike.
"We have four new shows to the Opera House, and two which haven't been here in over 10 years," Opera House program director Luanne Franklin said.
The shows are:
The Color Purple, Sept. 10-12: The title already had a storied legacy thanks to Alice Walker's novel and Steven Spielberg's movie when Oprah Winfrey brought it to Broadway in 2005.
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Spring Awakening, Oct. 29-31: The 2007 Tony Award winner for best musical, about teenagers' coming of age in turn-of-the-century Germany, is cited along with Hair and Rent as musicals that changed Broadway. Glee's Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff starred in the original Broadway production.
A Chorus Line, Nov. 19-21: The revival of the 1975 hit stayed true to the show's origins and time. Franklin's daughter Lyndy Franklin, host of Thursday night's announcement event at the Opera House, made her Broadway debut in the 2006 revival of Chorus Line.
Spamalot, Jan. 14-16: Killer bunnies, knights who say "Ni" and the Lady of the Lake and other favorite Monty Python bits start off the new year at the Opera House with the stage version of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Fiddler on the Roof, Feb. 11-13: Franklin says the 1964 musical about Tevye the Milkman struggling with changes big and small in his Russian village is always the most-requested show for the Broadway Live series.
Legally Blonde, April 15-17: This is the show that made Lexington Catholic High School graduate Laura Bell Bundy a Broadway star. "It's wonderful to bring this show to Lexington and drive home this amazing feat Laura accomplished," Franklin says.
There are some pricing changes for the new season. Both Sunday performances, matinee and evening, will be at prices traditionally associated with matinee. And the Opera House will offer three-show subscription packages for $139 to $214, depending on show time and seat location. The mini-series are Blonde, Spring Awakening and Chorus Line in one package; and Purple, Spamalot and Fiddler in the other. Mini-series subscribers will be able to buy single tickets to other shows before the general public.
Season subscriptions go on sale Friday; they're priced at $195 to $260, depending on time and seat location.
Season subscriptions can be ordered in person at the Lexington Center Ticket office or by calling (859) 233-3535. Single tickets for fall shows will go on sale Aug. 9, and 2011 shows will go on sale Nov. 15.
Series subscribers also will have the first opportunity to buy tickets for John Lithgow's one-man show, Stories by Heart, which will be presented Oct. 5 as part of the Alltech Fortnight Festival.