Proctors Announces 2015-2016 Broadway Series

March 24th, 2015, 9:39 am by Greg
The cast of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

The cast of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”

The Best Musical of 2014 will kick off Proctors’ upcoming Key Private Bank Broadway Series, as well as its national tour, in September. And two blockbuster musicals – “The Lion King” and “The Book of Mormon” – are returning for encore runs on the Schenectady stage.

Before a full house at Proctors’ Broadway Bash on Monday evening (March 23), it was announced that “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” 2014’s Tony Award-winning Best Musical, will launch the new season, followed by “Motown the Musical,” “Matilda the Musical,” “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” a month-long run of “The Lion King” and “Once.” In addition, the non-subscription shows, “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” and “The Book of Mormon,” were also announced.

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Here are the details of the eight newly announced shows headed to Proctors:

“A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER”
September 19-26
The North American tour will tech and launch at Proctors. Getting away with murder can be so much fun… and there’s no better proof than the hit show that’s earned unanimous raves and won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical. It’s the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, an heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by — you guessed it — eliminating the eight pesky relatives who stand in his way.

“MOTOWN THE MUSICAL”
November 17-22
It began as one man’s story… became everyone’s music… and is now Broadway’s musical. It’s the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Featuring plenty of classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,”

“MATILDA THE MUSICAL”
December 8-13
Time Magazine’s No. 1 Show of the Year and the winner of 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards, it’s the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages on Broadway and in London’s West End.

“RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA”
January 19-24, 2016
The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of “The Sound of Music” and “South Pacific” has been delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic fairytale. This lush production features memorable songs, the pumpkin, the masked ball and, of course, the glass slipper.

“THE LION KING”
March 22–April 17, 2016
More than 70 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon of “Disney’s The Lion King,” winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals and well-crafted music by Tony Award-winning songwriters Elton John and Tim Rice.

“ONCE”
May 10-15, 2016
Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards (including Best Musical) and the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, “Once” is an intimate Broadway experience featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage. Based on the charming 2006 film, the show tells the charming tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs (penned by Marketa Irglova and the Swell Season’s Glen Hansard).

Additional new shows announced for Proctors:

“THE BOOK OF MORMON”
October 20-25
Hailed by The New York Times as “the best musical of this century” and the winner of
nine Tony Awards, “The Book Of Mormon” is the blockbuster Broadway smash from Trey Parker and Matt Stone (“South Park”) and Bobby Lopez (Oscar-winning composer of “Frozen” and “Avenue Q”). The daring musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of
missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word.

“IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS”
December 22-27
The timeless holiday movie “White Christmas” is adapted for the stage in a lavish new production that tells the story of a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a magical
Vermont inn and falling for a stunning sister act in the process. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs Irving Berlin ever wrote.