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Season is set for Triad Best of Broadway

August 1, 2013


Aug. 01--Triad Best of Broadway is back with a roster of shows that have earned multiple Tony awards and nominations, as well as Grammy and Emmy awards.

The five stage productions for the 2013-14 season, which will be at War Memorial Auditorium, are "Hello Dolly," "Memphis," "Rock of Ages," "Sweet Charity" and "Jersey ?Boys."

Tickets are available for individual shows as well as season subscriptions. Benefits of series subscriptions include getting the best seats before the tickets are available to the public, saving money over buying individual tickets and getting the same seats every year.

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Here's more about the shows:

"Hello, Dolly!"

When: Nov. 17

Winner of 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, "Hello Dolly!" is one of the most enduring Broadway classics.

Emmy- award winning Sally Struthers ("All in the Family," "Gilmore Girls") stars as the strong-willed matchmaker Dolly, as she travels to Yonkers, N.Y., to find a match for the ornery Horace Vandergelder, "well-known unmarried half-a-millionaire."

The score includes ?the title song, "Put on ?Your Sunday Clothes," ?"It Only Takes A Moment" and "Before the Parade Passes By." The show has been around for almost 50 years.


When: Dec. 8

From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tenn., comes ?a musical that features explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love.

Inspired by actual events, the show is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break.

"Memphis" won four Tony Awards in 2010, including Best Musical and Best Score, including music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan.

"Rock of Ages"

When: Feb. 19

The worldwide party musical "Rock of Ages" features a mix of 28 tunes from the 1980s, including "Don't Stop Believin'," "We Built This City," "Wanted Dead or Alive," "Can't Fight This Feeling" and "I Want to Know What Love Is."

In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl met a big city rocker and in L.A.'s most famous rock club. They fall in love to ?the greatest songs of the 80's.

The show was nominated for five Tony Awards.

"Sweet Charity"

When: March 18

Some say Charity Hope Valentine loves too much, is a true original, eternal optimist and is the unluckiest romantic in New York City. "Sweet Charity" is a tender, poignant and funny look at the misadventures of gullible Charity Valentine, the "lady of the evening" who always gives her heart, and her earnings, to the wrong man.

The score by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields includes hits such as "Hey, Big Spender," "Rhythm of Life," "I'm A Brass Band" and "If My Friends Could See Me Now."

The show won five Tony Awards.

"Jersey Boys"

When: April 1-6

"Jersey Boys" is the true story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi.

The show centers on ?how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side ?of the tracks became one ?of the biggest American ?pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide -- all before they were 30.

The musical features ?such Four Seasons' hits as "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Sherry," "Walk Like A Man," "Oh, What A Night" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You."

"Jersey Boys" won four Tony Awards in 2006, including Best Musical, ?and a Grammy Award ?for Best Musical Show Album.


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