Adaptations rule the roster of Broadway hits coming to the Paramount next season—which means lots of crowd-pleasing blockbusters.
The 2013–14 season kicks off with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s revamped production of The Wizard of Oz (Oct 9–13). The show premiered on the West End in 2011 and comes to the States for the first time this year. While Seattle Children's Theatre put on a mighty fine rendition of Oz just last year, this production features new songs by Webber and Tim Rice.
The wildest entry in the lineup is assuredly Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Nov 12–17), the road-trip comedy about three friends (two drag queens and a transsexual) en route to a show in the Australian Outback. The musical employs well-known pop songs (“It’s Raining Men,” “I Will Survive,” and plenty of Madonna) to create the campiest of pleasures.
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice make a second appearance this season with a 2012 revival of Evita (Dec 31–Jan 5, 2014). British director Michael Grandage is at the helm of this production, revisiting the famed tale of former Argentinian First Lady Eva Perón. (Fun fact: This is the only show in the lineup that wasn’t adapted from a film—though Evita became a Golden Globe winner for best musical or comedy in 1996, beating out...Fargo?!)
Disney’s The Lion King (Mar 11–Apr 6, 2014) returns to the Seattle stage for the first time since 2009. The show recently overtook Phantom of the Opera as highest-grossing Broadway musical of all time. The family-friendly production brings the story of lion prince Simba to life in a spectacle full of striking masks, animal puppets, and masterful costumes.
The season concludes with the first touring production of the heartfelt singer-songwriter drama Once (May 27–June 8, 2014). The show cleaned house at last year’s Tonys, winning eight awards including best musical. Based on the Academy Award–winning indie hit of the same name, the story follows a Dublin busker who starts a musical collaboration with a woman he meets by hapenstance. As their relationship grows, she pushes him to pursue his musical dream. The play features many of the original songs written by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, who went on to form the folk-rock band the Swell Season after costarring in the film.
Season and group tickets are on sale now by phone at 888-451-4042 or on STG’s website at stgpresents.org/Broadway. Individual show tickets will go on sale at a later date.