Stage & Dance

'Peter Pan,' 'In the Heights' highlight 2011-12 Broadway Live season

Cathy Rigby as Peter Pan
Cathy Rigby as Peter Pan

The Lexington Opera House has announced what it calls a "monster" 2011-12 season that will simultaneously celebrate two anniversaries: the Broadway Live's series' 35th and the theater's 125th.

It opens with a production of Peter Pan, Sept. 23 to 25, featuring Cathy Rigby, 58, in her signature role as the boy who doesn't want to grow up.

The monsters of the season are Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein, Nov. 4 to 6, and Shrek the Musical, Feb. 17 to 19. Those shows bookend 2008 Tony Award winner for best musical, In the Heights, Jan. 20 to 22.

"We always want to get the Tony Award winners and biggest hits as soon as we can after they've been on Broadway," said Opera House program director Luanne Franklin.

The season will close with four of the primary cast members of the Tony-winning show The Jersey Boys in a production called The Midtown Men, April 27 to 29. The show will feature music by Jersey Boys subject Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons as well as the Beatles, Beach Boys and others. Before that will be Come Fly Away, March 9 to 11, the show of Frank Sinatra's music set to choreography by Twyla Tharp.

The main change from the just-completed 2010-11 season will be that family shows, Peter Pan and Shrek, start at 1 p.m. for matinees and 7 p.m. for evening performances.

Franklin said family shows such as Disney's Beauty and the Beast have been very successful in recent seasons.

"I don't try to schedule two family shows in a season," she said. "But I don't have any problems doing that if we have the opportunity."

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