"Motown," "Anything Goes" and "Pippin" bound for Lauderdale

Photo by Joan Marcus

It’s all about hits: hit records, hit songs and hit shows.

The 2014-2015 Broadway season at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts includes hot-right-now road tours of “Motown: The Musical,” “Pippin” and “Anything Goes.”

The season, produced by Broadway Across America, will also include longtime favorites “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Annie” and “Disney’s The Lion King.”

“Every show we are presenting at the Broward Center this season reflects the longevity of these extraordinary productions, most of which continue to play on Broadway to record breaking sales,” said Susie Krajsa, executive vice president of Presenting for Broadway Across America in a press release Thursday.


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Season tickets for the six-show package cost from $185 to $593. To order, call 800-764-0700 or go to BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com.

“What a great season awaits our Broadway fans,” said Kelley Shanley, president and CEO of the Broward Center in the same press release. “This coming season Broadway audiences will also enjoy new experiences at the Broward Center as the New River Bistro opens this fall in a stunning waterfront setting. It’s all part of our commitment to bring the best in arts and entertainment to the Broward Center.”

The lineup is as follows:

“Annie,” Oct. 7-19, 2014: The musical has buzz again in anticipation of the forthcoming film version produced by Will Smith and Jay Z. The Tony-winning score includes “Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “Maybe,” “Little Girls,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” and “Tomorrow.” Go to AnnieTheMusical.com.

“The Phantom of the Opera,” Nov. 19-30, 2014: The pop opera is back with new costumes, choreography and staging. The score includes favorites such as “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask of You” and “Masquerade.” Go to ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com/new-york.

“The Lion King,” Jan. 7-Feb. 1, 2015: The “Circle of Life” circles back to South Florida with giant animal puppets and a score from Elton John and Tim Rice, including “Hakuna Matata” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.” Go to LionKing.com.

“Motown: The Musical,” Feb. 24-March 8, 2015: The record company that changed the face of pop music is now a stage musical charting the rise of Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie and Stevie Wonder.Go to MotownTheMusical.com.

“Pippin,” March 31-April 12, 2015: The 1970s hit musical about a medieval prince looking for meaning in his life has been revived with acrobatics added to Bob Fosse’s original choreography. Go to PippinTheMusical.com.

“Anything Goes,” May 5-17, 2015: Cole Porter’s shipboard romance musical-comedy sails again, with standards such as “I Get A Kick Out of You,” “It’s De-Lovely” and “You’re the Top” on-board. Go to RoundAboutTheatre.org.