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Straz Broadway season: Magic, Motown and Mormons

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A mysterious masked man, a glass-slippered charwoman, a curly-topped orphan, Detroit hit-makers and a royal heir will find their corner of the sky at the Straz Center as part of its 2014-15 Broadway season, it was announced today.

The Morsani Hall stage will host a new production of “The Phantom of the Opera,” plus “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” “Annie,” “Motown The Musical” and “Pippin,” winner of this year’s Tony Award for Best Musical revival.

The season also includes “Dirty Dancing,” “The Illusionists” and encores of “The Book of Mormon” and “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.”

“Our Broadway season is once again filled with the top-notch shows that our audiences have come to expect and enjoy,” Judith Lisi, president and CEO of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, says in a news release. “This season truly has something for everyone.”

The season schedule is:

“Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella” (Oct. 21-26) — This isn’t the Disney fairy tale, so there’s no bibbidi-bobbidi-boo, but there are magical transformations, glass slippers and beloved songs such as “In My Own Little Corner and “Ten Minutes Ago,” written by the musical legends.

“Dirty Dancing” (Dec. 2-7) — Just try putting Baby in a corner in this adaptation of the popular movie featuring songs such as “Hungry Eyes” and “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.”

“The Phantom of the Opera” (Dec. 17-Jan. 4, 2015) — Celebrating more than 25 years on Broadway, the beloved Andrew Lloyd Webber musical has new scenic design and reinvented staging (don’t worry, the chandelier still drops), all wrapped in the show’s thrilling score, including “Magic of the Night.”

“The Book of Mormon” (Jan. 20-Feb. 2015) — See what all your friends were raving about in November when the outrageous (and we’re putting that mildly) musical about Mormon missionaries in Africa returns to Tampa for an encore 12-day run.

“Annie” (Feb. 17-22, 2015) — It’s still a hard-knock life for our favorite red-headed orphan, who finds a better tomorrow (get it?), with Daddy Warbucks in this new incarnation of the Broadway original.

“Motown The Musical” (March 17-22, 2015) — The story of Motown founder Berry Gordy rising from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul is told in a musical chock-full of familiar hit tunes from Diana Ross to Smokey Robinson to Michael Jackson.

“Pippin” (April 14-19, 2015) — Follow a young prince on a journey to find meaning in his life in the Tony Award-winning musical with Bob Fosse-style choreography and dazzling acrobatics.

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” (May 5-10, 2015) — Be the Straz’s guest and don’t freak out when teapots and candelabras start singing in this “tale as old as time” romance that brings together a bookish young woman and a prince trapped inside a hideous beast. Like we haven’t heard that before.

“The Illusionists” (May 26-31) — Going way beyond abracadabra and into brain-bending territory, seven master illusionists will perform outrageous stunts, including levitation, sawing people in half and a water-torture escape.

Current season-ticket holders will soon receive renewal notices. Call the Straz for new season subscriptions (not including “Book of Mormon” and “Beauty and the Beast” encores), which will cost $175 to $638, depending on performance and seat assignment. Individual show tickets will go on sale at a later date.

For more information, call the Straz Ticket Office at (813) 229-7827 or check the website at www.strazcenter.org.

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