The seventh annual series of Great White Way musicals coming to the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach includes nine-time Tony winner “The Book of Mormon” and four-time Tony winner “Memphis.”
Hot revival “Pippin,” which earned Tony hardware four times in 2013 (and four back in 1973), is slated for a run. Speaking of revivals, Kravis is also getting “Anything Goes,” which nabbed three Tonys.
Rounding out the season are “Flashdance — the Musical” and “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” (a best costume Tony winner).
Following is a breakdown of the productions.
“Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” Nov. 11-16: The legendary composers created the musical for television in 1957 as a vehicle for Julie Andrews. It has been remade twice: in 1965 with Lesley Ann Warren and in 1997 with Brandy. Douglas Carter Beane wrote the critically acclaimed 2013 Broadway adaptation. Hit songs include “In My Own Little Corner” and “Impossible/It’s Possible.”
“The Book of Mormon,” Dec. 16-21: This twisted religious satire has music, book and lyrics by “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, working with Robert Lopez (who co-wrote the book for “Avenue Q”). The show tells the story of two extremely naive Mormon missionaries sent to Uganda, where they face a warlord and indifference from the locals, who have their hands full dealing with hunger, genocide, poverty and AIDS. And yes, it's a musical comedy.
“Flashdance — the Musical,” Jan. 27–Feb. 1, 2015: Like the 1983 chick flick that made Jennifer Beals a household name, the musical revolves around a young woman who is a welder by day and a pole-dancer by night. The Academy Award-winning hit “Flashdance … What a Feeling,” as well as 1980s chart-toppers “Maniac” and “I Love Rock and Roll” are included in the score, which is filled out with 10 original songs.
“Anything Goes,” March 10-15, 2015: Musical legend Cole Porter’s shipboard-romance-musical-comedy sails with standards such as “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “It’s De-Lovely” and “You’re the Top.”
“Memphis,” April 7-12, 2015: Set in the 1950s, this musical is about a white radio DJ who falls in love with a black nightclub singer against the backdrop of segregation and the rise of rock 'n' roll and R&B. Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan wrote the original score.
“Pippin,” April 28-May 3, 2015: The 1970s-era hit about a medieval prince looking for meaning in his life has been re-imagined with cirque-esque acrobatics layered atop Bob Fosse’s original choreography
Kravis on Broadway subscriptions for all six shows range in price from $174 to $492. Subscribers will get renewals in April. Tickets for the general public will go on sale midsummer. To order, call 561-832-7469 or go to Kravis.org/broadway.