By Rod Stafford Hagwood
3:34 PM EST, February 16, 2013
Four of the five shows that have been announced for the 2013/2014 Broadway season at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami are also movies.
"Elf," "Once," "War Horse," and "Evita" all got big-screen treatments. And if you count "Mamma Mia!" which is not part of the six-show package presented by Broadway Across America, but rather a "season extra," then the number bumps up to five.
A sixth show will be added to the Arsht’s season later.
Here is the Broadway in Miami season, as of now:
"We Will Rock You," Dec. 10-15, 2013: For 11 years, this musical featuring the glam rock of Queen has blown the roof off the West End’s Dominion Theatre and venues in 13 other countries. Now, after being seen by more than 15 million people, the show comes stateside. (It briefly played Vegas in 2004.) The story is set 300 years from now, when rebel “Bohemians” go on a mission to bring back the Golden Age of music. It serves as a framework for hits such as "Radio Ga Ga," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and "Another One Bites the Dust." WeWillRockYou.co.uk.
"Elf," Dec. 31-Jan. 5, 2014: This modern-day Christmas classic is based on the hit 2003 movie starring Will Ferrell, and features a score from Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, the songwriting team behind the stage version of "The Wedding Singer." ElfMusical.com.
"Once," Feb. 4-9, 2014: The hot show of the 2012 Broadway season is based on the hot movie of 2006, which won an Oscar for Best Original Song for "Falling Slowly." Like the film, the stage musical tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their love of music, which evolves from friendship to collaboration to romance … all in one week. OnceTheMusical.com.
"War Horse," March 4-9, 2014: Life-size puppets bring to life trotting, snorting, whinnying horses for this play-with-music that wowed them during critically touted runs in London and New York (and won six Tony Awards) before enjoying mega-successful tours in Germany, Australia, Canada and the U.S. Based on the 1982 children’s novel by Michael Morpurgo and made famous by the 2011 Steven Spielberg movie, the story follows a horse named Joey and his remarkable life as a cavalry horse during World War I. WarHorseOnStage.com.
"Evita," May 26-June 1, 2014: Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock-opera score for this bio-musical of Argentina’s famed first lady Eva Peron includes hits such as "Don’t Cry for Me Argentina," "You Must Love Me," "Another Suitcase in Another Hall," "High Flying, Adored" and "Buenos Aires." EvitaOnBroadway.com.
SEASON EXTRA: NOT PART OF THE SIX-SHOW PACKAGE
"Mamma Mia!," Oct. 11-13, 2013: A perennial favorite of millions worldwide, this ABBA-riffic musical wraps a mother-daughter-daddy-guessing-game story around a Mediterranean island setting and hits such as "Dancing Queen," "Take a Chance on Me," "Super Trouper" and "The Winner Takes It All." Mamma-Mia.com
Shows will be staged at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., in Miami. Season tickets for the six-show package range from $130 to $555. Call 800-939-8587 or go to ArshtCenter.org.
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