Wharton Center Announces the 2009-2010 Season

Another show stopper this season is Young Frankenstein. (February 2-7, 2010). From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation The Producers is the monster musical comedy based on Mel Brooks’ classic comedy masterpiece. The story follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein (that’s Fronkensteen) as he attempts to complete his grandfather’s masterwork and bring a corpse to life. Together with his oddly shaped and endearing helper Igor (that’s Eye-gor), his curvaceous lab assistant Inga, and in spite of his incredibly self-involved madcap fiancée Elizabeth, Frankenstein succeeds in creating a monster – but not without scary, and often hilarious, complications.

Returning to the Wharton stage is the audience favorite A Chorus Line (April 6-11, 2010). Winner of nine Tony® Awards, including Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for drama, A Chorus Line is the longest running American Broadway musical ever. Come meet the new generation of Broadway’s best. The show takes place in an empty theater, on a bare stage, as casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete. For 17 dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime. It’s what they’ve worked for – with every drop of sweat, every hour of training – every day of their lives. It’s the one opportunity to do what they’ve always dreamed – to have the chance to dance.

The winner of seven 2008 Tony Awards, South Pacific (April 27-May 2, 2010) is as relevant today as when it first thrilled audiences in 1949. The Broadway classic returns to Wharton Center with its extraordinary score, including Broadway classics Some Enchanted Evening, Younger Than Springtime, Bali Ha’i, There Is Nothin’ Like A Dame, and A Wonderful Guy.

Other season highlights include the five-time Grammy Award-winner Billy Joel and legendary director/choreographer Twyla Tharp’s Broadway hit Movin Out’ (October 16-17, 2009) TIME magazine declared Movin’ Out the  “#1 show of the year! “ It brings 24 Billy Joel classics to electrifying new life as it tells the story of five lifelong friends over two turbulent decades.

If you are looking for an experience for the entire family, then look no further than 101 Dalmatians The Musical (January 26-31, 2010). Led by the creative team of Jerry Zaks (La Cage aux Folles, Smokey Joe’s Café, Everybody Loves Raymond), B.T. McNicholl (Spamalot, Billy Elliot, Cabaret) and Dennis DeYoung (a founding member of the rock group Styx, The Hunchback of Notre Dame), 101 Dalmations The Musical will transport you to a slightly topsy-turvy, exciting and altogether fantastic reality that gives grand license for song, dance and spectacle in a one-of-a-kind show that will leave you cheering.

Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award® for Best Play, August: Osage County (Tuesday, February 16 – Wednesday, February 17, 2010) is a grand, gripping new play which tells the story of the Westons, a large, extended clan that comes together at their rural Oklahoma homestead when the alcoholic patriarch disappears. Forced to confront unspoken truths and astonishing secrets, the family must also contend with matriarch Violet, a pill-popping, deeply unsettled woman at the center of this storm. The New York Times cheers,  “August: Osage County is flat-out, without qualification, the most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years, “ and TIME magazine named August: Osage County the  “#1 Show of the Year! “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s international award-winning phenomenon Phantom of the Opera (May 19-June 6, 2010) directed by Harold Prince has woven its magical spell over standing room audiences in more than 100 cities worldwide. Phantom of the Opera, the longest running show in Broadway history, returns to Wharton Center to take your breath away. It’s a timeless story of seduction and despair and the one show The London Sunday Times called  “God’s gift to the musical theatre. “

This is just a taste of what Broadway lovers will experience this season. Wharton Center also has a mix of classical musicians, including the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman (November 9, 2009). Don’t miss the award-winning violinist, who possesses four Emmy Awards and 15 Grammy Awards. Witness the expertise of Perlman as a performer and as an experienced conductor who has led orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony.

Those fascinated in the art of dance will be eager to see Pilobolus (February 24, 2010), the dance troupe acclaimed for a collaborative choreographic process and unique weight-sharing approach to partnering that gave the young company a nontraditional but powerful new set of skills with which to perform dances.

Other notables such as author David Sedaris, famous for his sardonic wit and incisive social critiques will perform at the center. (October 18, 2009). And The Rat Pack is coming back (December 18 & 19, 2009)! The spirited tribute celebrates the timeless talents of Vegas’ four favorite sons: Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Joey Bishop.

Bob Hoffman
Bob Hoffman is the public relations manager at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts.








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