OK, this is what a nerd I am: I am so excited about Broadway Across America releasing its lineup for the 2011-2012 season in Atlanta that today’s Music Thursday going to celebrate songs from those very shows!
And the lineup is:
Wicked: Sept. 14–Oct. 9, 2011
Loosely based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, this musical takes the story of The Wizard of Oz and re-envisions it from the “wicked” witch’s perspective. It’s also one of my all-time faves!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical: Nov. 29–Dec. 4, 2011
Based on Dr. Suess’ seasonal favorite, this show is sure to be a Christmastime crowd pleaser.
Memphis: Jan. 31–Feb. 5, 2012
This musical tells the semi-biographical story of Dewey Phillips, the first white DJ to play black music in the 1950s.
Billy Elliot: The Musical: March 14–20, 2012
Featuring music by Sir Elton John, it was only a matter of time before the musical, based on the film about a motherless boy who eschews boxing for ballet, was reworked for Broadway.
Les Miserables: April 24–29, 2012
This Broadway standard is based on the eponymous French novel that chronicles the life of ex-convict Jean Valjean from 1815 through the 1832 June Rebellion. This fact-based synopsis does not give this amazing musical credit.
Jersey Boys: May 22–27, 2012
This biographical musical documents the story of the 1960s rock band The Four Seasons through its music. Great show; take your mom!