Fairy tale romance, early Elvis and the "Jersey Boys" sounds of The Four Seasons are part of the six-show "Broadway at the Tennessee" 2013-14 season.
The series runs from September to May at the Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St. It begins with a Disney musical and ends with the tribute to American rock-pop group The Four Seasons. In between are a story of 1950s Memphis dance clubs, a musical based on a Will Ferrell film, the return of the theatrical standard "Stomp" and a play set around the music of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis.
"Broadway at the Tennessee" subscription packages go on sale starting at 10 a.m. May 13 at the theater's Clinch Avenue box office 865-684-1200, Ext. 2. Single show tickets go on sale in August.
The season starts with pure fantasy. "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" returns to the Tennessee 7 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. The romance of a beautiful young woman, an incredibly ugly creature and how they fall in love is based on Disney's 1991 animated feature film. The musical opened on Broadway in 1994 and spent 13 years on the New York stage. A touring production was part of the 2009-10 Broadway at the Tennessee season.
The other shows in the 2013-14 season are:
"Elf the Musical," 2 and 7:30 p.m. Nov, 16; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17. Also based on a movie, "Elf" played its last Broadway show this January. The musical tells the story of Buddy, an orphan raised as an elf who comes to New York to find his birth father. "Elf" is based on the 2003 film that starred Will Ferrell as Buddy.
"Memphis," 8 p.m. Dec. 6, 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 7. The musical set in the underground dance clubs of Memphis in the 1950s won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Musical. It tells the story of a white disc jockey who, according to promotional materials, "wants to change the world" and a black singer trying for her break in music.
"Million Dollar Quartet," 8 p.m. Jan. 24, 2 and 8 p.m. Jan. 25. The musical is based on the December 1956 recording session that put Presley, Cash, Lewis and Perkins together in Memphis' Sun Records studio. The songs include "Blue Suede Shows," "That's All Right," "Great Balls of Fire," "Walk the Line" and "Hound Dog."
"Stomp," 8 p.m. March 7, 2 and 8 p.m. March 8. The stage show featuring dance and choreographed percussion using everything from brooms to boxes of matches, returns to the Tennessee. Versions of the popular "Stomp" have been around since the 1990s. The show was part of the first "Broadway at the Tennessee" season in 2009-10.
"Jersey Boys," April 29-May 4. The season ends the story of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band The Four Seasons. "Jersey Boys" tells how the group known for such hits as "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "Rag Doll" moved from living a blue-collar life to being a successful band. Other songs in the show include "Sherry," "Oh What a Night" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You." Shows are 7:30 p.m. April 29-May 1; 8 p.m. May 2; 2 and 8 p.m. May 3; and 2 and 7:30 p.m. May 4.
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