The Tennessee Theatre's 2013-14 "Broadway at the Tennessee" series is starting off with a hit. Both shows of the Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" are sold out.
Based on the fairy tale of a beautiful woman and a prince turned into an ugly creature, the Disney version of the story has remained a hit since it was first a 1991 animated film. The musical opened on Broadway in 1994 and spent 13 years on the New York stage.
The next show in the 2013-14 "Broadway at the Tennessee" season is "Elf the Musical." The Nov. 16-17 show is based on the Will Ferrell movie. Other shows are the Dec. 6-7 "Memphis" set in the 1950s world of Memphis underground dance clubs and the Jan. 24-25 "Million Dollar Quartet." Million Dollar Quartet" is based on the December 1956 recording session that put Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins together in Memphis' Sun Records studio.
The dance and choreographed percussion show "Stomp" returns to the theater March 7-8. "Stomp" was part of the theater's first "Broadway" season in 2009-10. The series' longest running show is the season-ending, eight-show "Jersey Boys." The April 29-May 4 musical tells the story of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band The Four Seasons.
The Tennessee Theatre recently became a member of the National Broadway League. That membership allows the theater and A.C. Entertainment, which books and manages the theater, to be in line for more popular touring Broadway productions. The New-York based, 700-member league is the national trade association for the Broadway industry. Members are theater owners, operators, producers, presenters and general managers in more than 200 United States cities.
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