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'Spring Awakening' and 'Violet' highlight theater company's first season at Broward Center

Staff Writer

Four musical will make up the first season of Slow Burn Theatre Company in their new home: the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

“Theater audiences have come to expect the best at the Broward Center and we have put together a tremendous season to unveil in what will be the newly updated Amaturo Theater,” says Matthew Korinko, executive director of the company. “This season is designed as a thank you to our faithful audiences and a spectacular introduction to those seeing our work for the first time.”

The season begins October 22 – November 8, 2015 with "Big Fish," based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the film directed by Tim Burton with music and lyrics by Tony nominee Andrew Lippa. In the musical, a traveling salesman, who lives life to its fullest, thrills those around him with his incredible, larger-than-life stories. His son, who is ready to become a father himself, is determined to find the truth behind his father's epic tales.

"Violet" continues the season January 21- February 7, 2016. The musical tells the powerful story of a young woman accidentally scarred by her father. In hopes that a TV evangelist can cure her, she embarks on a cross country bus trip to find him. The musical features a score that includes genres such as American-roots, folk and gospel composer Jeanine Tesori ("Caroline Or Change," "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and "Shrek").

Next will be "Spring Awakening" March 17 – April 3, 2016. The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this rock musical explores the journey of a group of German students in the 19th century as they move from adolescence to adulthood. With music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater, Spring Awakening is a fusion of morality, sexuality, passion and rock and roll.

The season culminates with the South Florida premiere of "Heathers: The Musical" June 9 – 26, 2016. Brought to you by the award-winning creative team of Kevin Murphy ("Reefer Madness," "Desperate Housewives"), Laurence O'Keefe ("Bat Boy," "Legally Blonde") and Andy Fickman ("Reefer Madness," "She's the Man"), this musical is based on the 1989 film about a teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique in high school.

“We are very excited to welcome Slow Burn Theatre as one of our partners in the arts,” says Kelley Shanley, Broward Center's CEO and president. “After working with co-founders Patrick Fitzwater and Matthew Korinko on our new Abdo New River Room Theater Series, we knew we wanted to extend that collaboration with this award-winning company.”

Each production will run for three weeks with performances Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. The Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center will undergo renovations which will include new seats and enhancements to lighting and sound before the new season begins.

Tickets will be offered on a full four-show subscription for $150 or a three-show flexible subscription for $115. Tickets will go on sale to current Slow Burn Theatre subscribers and Broward Center Entourage members on January 23. New subscriptions will be available on January 31 and tickets to individual shows, priced at $45, go on sale February 13.  To order, call 954-462-0222 or go to BrowardCenter.org. For more information, go to SlowBurnTheatre.org.

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