The 2010-2011 Broadway Across America-Atlanta season is coming to an end this May, but there’s no need to fret because the new season is just around the corner. Kicking off the season is Wicked (Sept. 14-Oct 9, 2011), followed by Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Nov. 29-Dec. 4, 2011), Memphis (Jan. 31-Feb 5, 2012), Billy Elliot the Musical (March 14-25, 2012) and Les Misérables (April 24-29, 2012). The season will close with Jersey Boys (May 22-June 10, 2012).
Wicked premiered at the Fox in 2006 and, thanks to high audience demand, it’s back as the season special. Have you ever wondered how the Wicked Witch got to be so wicked? Well this musical tells the backstory between witches Elphaba (the Wicked) and Glinda (the Good) before Dorothy spuns into the picture.
Just in time for the holidays, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas transforms the well known classic about the grouchy Mr. Grinch into a toe-tapping musical. Watch his heart grow as you listen to songs such as, “You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas.”
Memphis is the true story of a white disc jockey who was one of the first to play black artists’ music on the radio in the 1950s. The show explores the forbidden love that develops between him and an African-American singer and features a wild rock ’n’ roll score.
Billy Elliot the Musical is about what happens when a boxer realizes his real passion is dance. The musical comedy takes place during the 1984-85 coal miners’ strike in Britain. While Billy’s father and brother are battling riot police, Billy is secretly taking ballet lessons. The score is written by renowned musician Elton John.
Travel back in time to 1815 Toulon, France, where the tragic story Les Misérables takes place. The classic tale of redemption and revolution is the third longest-running Broadway show in history, so don’t miss this 25th Anniversary production.
Last, but not least, is Jersey Boys. This documentary-style musical is based on the 1960s group The Four Seasons and tells the story of how four average boys — Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi — became one of the most successful groups in pop music history. The musical features their most famous songs including, “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” and more.
Don’t forget about the remaining shows left in the 2010-2011 season: Burn the Floor (Mar 22-27), Shrek the Musical (April 26-May 1) and Hair (May 17-May 22). For tickets or more information, visit broadwayacrossamerica.com/Atlanta/ or foxtheatre.org.
Madeline is a senior at Centennial High School who plans on majoring in graphic design at Florida State University in the fall. This semester, She is interning as an editorial assistant with Atlanta Metropolitan Publishing, producers of Encore Atlanta.