It’s good to be the king.
Julie Taymor’s six-time Tony Award-winning, artistically astonishing adaptation of Disney’s “The Lion King” returns to Dayton next summer as the highly anticipated centerpiece of the Victoria Theatre Association’s 2015-2016 Premier Health Broadway Series.
Announced Feb. 24 at an elegant ceremony attended by more than 500 guests inside the Wintergarden of the Schuster Center, “The Lion King” serves as the climax of a six-show season containing some of the strongest productions assembled by the Victoria in recent years. Having seen all of them I assure you there is immense appeal within each totally guaranteed to satisfy multiple tastes and demographics.
The lineup includes the exhilarating 2013 Tony-winning, circus-themed revival of Stephen Schwartz’s “Pippin,” 2014’s breezy and nostalgic Woody Allen adaptation of “Bullets Over Broadway,” the intimate 2012 Tony-winning adaptation of “Once,” the gorgeous 2013 Tony-winning revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” and composer Jason Robert Brown’s beautifully romantic, Tony-winning adaptation of “The Bridges of Madison County.”
“The Victoria Theatre Association is in the quality of life business,” stated Victoria Theatre Association and Arts Center Foundation CEO & President Ken Neufeld, who served as emcee. “I am really excited about the new shows on this year’s Premier Health Broadway Series. Each Tony Award-winning production will give our audiences a unique and rich theatrical experience.”
The 45-minute ceremony was particularly heightened by a selection from each show wonderfully rendered by Wright State University musical theater students Sean Jones, Lauren Schorr, Keaton Eckhoff, and Emma Jordan with professor Jamie Cordes and accompanist Amy Gray. Various business and community leaders such as Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and Montgomery County Commissioner Judy Dodge notably assisted Neufeld with the announcements.
A complete rundown of the 2015-2016 season information follows courtesy of the Victoria Theatre Association.
2015-2016 Premier Health Broadway Series
Oct. 6-11, 2015 – Schuster Center
PIPPIN is Broadway’s high-flying, death-defying hit musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, PIPPIN will lift you up and leave you smiling. This unforgettable new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival. Hailed as “an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza” (NY1), it’s unlike anything Broadway has ever seen! Come experience PIPPIN, one young man’s journey to be extraordinary.
BULLETS OVER BROADWAY
Nov. 3-8, 2015 – Schuster Center
Hailed by Time Magazine as “Musical Theatre Gold,” BULLETS OVER BROADWAY is the hilarious new musical comedy about the making of a Broadway show. Written by Woody Allen, with direction and choreography by Susan Stroman, and based upon the screenplay of the acclaimed film by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY is the story of a young playwright who, in desperate need of financial backing for his next show, accepts an offer he can’t refuse from a mobster looking to please his showgirl girlfriend. Don’t miss what The New Yorker exclaims as, “a fun machine from start to finish!” Loaded with big laughs, colorful characters, and the songs that made the ‘20s roar, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY is bringing musical comedy back with a bang.
Jan. 19-24, 2016 – Schuster Center
Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actors/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting 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. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights… but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams and the power of music to connect us all.
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA
Feb. 9-14, 2016 – Schuster Center
The world’s most famous makeover story just got a makeover! Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a really great pair of shoes.
THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
March 15-20, 2016 – Schuster Center
One of the most romantic stories ever written, this irresistible, two time Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical first captured the nation’s attention as a best-selling novel. This stunning new production features gorgeous, soulful music by Tony Award®-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years) that the Daily News hails as “one of Broadway’s best scores in the last decade.” With a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman (The Secret Garden, The Color Purple) and direction by Tony® winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza), THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY is the unforgettable story of two people caught between decision and desire, as a chance encounter becomes a second chance at so much more.
Disney’s THE LION KING
June 7- July 3, 2016 – Schuster Center
More than 70 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon of Disney’s THE LION KING, and now you can, too, when Dayton’s best-loved musical returns to the Schuster Center. Winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, this landmark musical event brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award®-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. THE LION KING also features some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award®-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice. There is simply nothing else like THE LION KING.
2015-2016 Projects Unlimited Star Attractions
Projects Unlimited Star Attractions appeal to a broad variety of audiences and may include blockbuster Broadway hits, cutting-edge off-Broadway theatre, family-friendly shows and concerts. Ranging from single-evening events to a three-week run, most Projects Unlimited Star Attractions tickets go on sale to the general public this summer or in 2016. More Star Attractions will be announced as the 2015-2016 season approaches.
THE BOOK OF MORMON
Aug. 18-23, 2015- Schuster Center
Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” Entertainment Weekly says it’s “the funniest musical of all time.” From “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, it’s THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards® including Best Musical. Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” calls it “a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry.”
Contains explicit language.
Recommended for 17 and up.
On Sale to general public June 22, 2015.
When you’ve charted twenty-one Top 40 country singles, including eleven Number Ones, you’re no stranger to hit music – especially if you’re your last name is Cash. But ROSEANNE CASH isn’t just about hit music; she and her stand up band are about beautiful, expressive, amazing, award-winning, bone-chilling music. And you can experience it live at the Victoria. Her latest project The River and the Thread won three 2015 Grammy® Awards, among others and is the most played album in Americana radio for the past year. Featuring a long list of guests from young guns like John Paul White (The Civil Wars) and Derek Trucks, to such legends like John Prine and Tony Joe White, the album’s unique sound draws from country, blues, gospel, and rock. Cash’s last two albums, Black Cadillac (2006) and The List (2009), were both nominated for Grammy® Awards; The List—an exploration of essential songs as selected and given to Rosanne by her father, Johnny Cash—was also named Album of the Year by the Americana Music Association. In addition, her best-selling 2010 memoir, Composed, was described by the Chicago Tribune as “one of the best accounts of an American life you will likely ever read.”
EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL
Nov. 5-7, 2015 – Victoria Theatre
All the elements of Sam Raimi’s cult classic films combined in one crazy theatrical experience! “BLOODY HILARIOUS!” cheers The Toronto Star. This may be the only musical where you can choose to sit in the “Splatter Zone” and get drenched from the mayhem, or watch from a safe (and dry) distance.
Theatrical gore, adult language and situations.
Recommended for 17 and up.
On Sale to Season Ticket Holders in July.
MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS
Dec. 2, 2015 – Schuster Center
Experience the magic! MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS by Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday tradition for the past 30 years! Grammy Award® winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. Their holiday CDs have become synonymous with Christmas and continue to occupy top spots on Billboard’s Seasonal Charts every year!
On sale to season to Season Ticket Holders in July.
2015-2016 Victoria Theatre Family Series
THE BERENSTAIN BEARS LIVE! in FAMILY MATTERS THE MUSICAL
Oct. 17, 2015 ─ Victoria Theatre
Stan and Jan Berenstain originally published The Berenstain Bears in 1974 and have gone on to publish over 300 books, create three animated television series, an upcoming feature-length movie, and now a brand new musical! Approved by the authors themselves and appropriate for Mamas, Papas, and Young Cubs of all ages, this live musical production is filled with fun songs and dancing. Using the iconic stories and imagery of the books, you and your family will see Bear Country come to life on stage while learning about the importance of honesty, health, and safety. In the end, it becomes clear to each of the Berenstain Bears that what truly matters is family!
“A bear-y big blast, a kid-a-thon of giggles!” – Big Apple Parent
“Spirited, energetic and hilarious for all generations!” – Time Out New York
A show for kids with songs by music icon Bob Marley? Sure! Bob Marley’s songs are known the world over for their powerful message of love, peace, and harmony. Now a whole new generation can discover his most joyous songs. Adapted by Michael J. Bobbitt from a children’s book by Cedella Marley (Bob’s daughter) and directed by Nick Olcott, THREE LITTLE BIRDS tells a tale of triumph over anxiety – quite a common problem among children today! Ziggy is so terrified of hurricanes, mongooses and other things in his native Jamaica that he is afraid to leave the house. Adding to his apprehension is the lurking presence of a bogeyman named Duppy, who sneaks up on people and steals their hair (now that is frightening!). This fresh musical production is drenched in upbeat tunes, bright colors and Caribbean flavor!
“With a jammin’ score… and buoyant design to match, the show flaunts such jubilant, tropical candy tones that the outside world looks drab in comparison.” – The Washington Post
“Bob Marley’s music and songs are performed in a way that is lively and fun, with the universal message of love, joy and celebration.” – DCMetro Theatre Art
TIM AND THE SPACE CADETS
Feb. 20, 2016 ─ Victoria Theatre
Brooklyn-based TIM AND THE SPACE CADETS play songs about the important things in life: pizza parties, snow days, and summer vacations. Songwriters Tim Kubart and Matt Puckett weave their own childhood memories through textured pop tunes, rockers, and lullabies, including their XMKiDS chart-topping single “Superhero.” Their new album, Anthems for Adventure, aims to inspire everyone to turn off their TVs and computers, and get outside and play. It celebrates adventures as grand as riding a cardboard rocketship to space and as small as giving up an old pair of sneakers for new ones. The band takes on familiar and iconic childhood experiences with indie flair, distorted guitars, and lyrics that bridge the gap between innocence and wisdom in a way for listeners of all ages to appreciate and understand, bravely exploring the full spectrum of childhood emotion. TIM AND THE SPACE CADETS are veterans of renowned festivals like Lollapalooza’s Kidzapalooza, and venues like Symphony Space, The Smithsonian Museum, and New York City’s South Street Seaport. Tim’s energy is infectious, and a Space Cadets set is engaging and interactive – a true indie rock experience for families and fans, full of strong musicianship, and a tap dancing sidekick.
“I like to say TIM AND THE SPACE CADETS isn’t music for kids, it’s music about being a kid, so kids can relate and everyone else can relive those memories.” – Tim
ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE’S WE ARE IN A PLAY!
From the Kennedy Center Theatre for Young Audiences
March 12, 2016 ─ Victoria Theatre
Elephant Gerald is an elephant: lumbering, formally attired, prone to melancholy. Piggie is (what else!) a piggie: perky, smiley, full of fun. Total opposites? No way! In Mo Willems’s beloved, award-winning, best-selling children’s books, Elephant Gerald and Piggie are best friends! And in WE ARE IN A PLAY! a brand-new vaudevillian romp of a musical, Elephant Gerald and Piggie sing and dance their way through plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense – facing fundamental questions like: What do you wear to a fancy pool costume party? Should you share your ice cream? How can two friends play with one toy? Backed by nutty back-up singers The Squirrelles, our duo even gets the audience involved in the action. So get ready for a musical experience ripped from the pages of your favorite books. You’ll be doing the “Flippy Floppy Floory” dance all night long!
“A fun experience, and a great way to introduce your child to theater.“ – BroadwayWorld.com
“Families will be clapping, singing, and dancing along at this unforgettable, lively show.” – Northern Virginia Magazine
“Gerald and Piggie are special characters with a friendship that translates to all types and ages.” – MD Theater Guide
Get ready for an afternoon of fun as you watch pets jumping, dancing, flying through the air, or balancing in ways you’ve never seen before! This unique and hilarious show features amazing cats, dogs, birds and mice –many who have been rescued from animal shelters – performing a variety of stunts and skits! The ring-leader is Moscow Circus superstar and master juggler Gregory Popovich, winner of many international circus competitions. He and his furry friends have been featured in People magazine and The New York Times Sunday Magazine and have captivated audiences in Las Vegas and around the world! Gregory has made guest appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” a Penn and Teller special, “Extreme Variety,” “Thirty Seconds to Fame,” and Animal Planet. Enjoy this extravaganza of European-style clowns, amazing juggling and balancing acts, and of course, very talented performing pets.
“Five stars… Very entertaining show. If you like magic, juggling, and pet tricks, this is your show… Funny, funny and funny. The fact that the animals were all rescues made it even better.” – viator.com, Las Vegas Travel Review Site
2015-2016 The Frank M. Tait Foundation Discovery Series
The Frank M. Tait Discovery Series brings more than 18,000 students to downtown Dayton’s Victoria Theatre for a live theatre experience.
THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE
Oct. 28, 2015
MADELINE AND THE BAD HAT
Nov. 19, 2015
DR. KABOOM’S ELECTRICITY SHOW
Dec. 7-8, 2015
THREE LITTLE BIRDS
Jan. 29, 2016
HARRIET TUBMAN AND THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
Feb. 5, 2016
ERIC CARLE’S THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR
Feb. 29, 2016
April 20, 2016
For more information about the 2015-2016 Season and the remainder of the 2014-2015 Season, please visit www.victoriatheatre.com.
WHY BECOME A SEASON TICKET HOLDER?
GUARANTEED SEATS AND THE BEST SEATS
With series shows playing the Schuster for only one week (with the exception of Disney’s THE LION KING), Season Ticket Holders’ seats are more valuable than ever. Season Ticket Holders receive the first priority to sit in the best available seats!
ADVANCE SALE OPPORTUNITIES
Season Ticket Holders receive advance opportunities to buy tickets to other shows that are not part of the Premier Health Broadway Series, including all Projects Unlimited Star Attractions, as well as and extra tickets to the shows on the series.
Renewing Premier Health Broadway Series Season Ticket Holders SAVE 15 percent off individual ticket prices! New Subscribers save 10 percent. Family Series subscribers save $34 over purchasing individual show tickets and may purchase a package of four shows for $40 per person or five shows for $50 per person.
CONVENIENCE, FLEXIBILITY AND FREE EXCHANGES
Many find reserving these “nights out” on the calendar in advance ensures time to relax and rejuvenate with loved ones. Season Ticket Holders can easily exchange into another performance date and time if their normal Season Ticket date is no longer convenient. Season Ticket Holders are responsible for any upgrade fees if exchanged into a more expensive seat location or performance time.
PAY IN PART- OR PAY IN FULL AND SAVE
Season Ticket Holders have the opportunity to renew Season Tickets with a minimum of $100 deposit with a small handling fee of $10.
PURCHASE PARKING IN ADVANCE AND SAVE
Season Ticket Holders can purchase the same discounted parking packages for The Arts Garage Victoria Theatre Association has offered for the past several years, saving $2 each time they park for their series performances.
Groups may also make reservations at this time. Group rates will vary; however, groups of 10 or more traditionally save 10 percent. More group sales information is available by calling Betty Gould, Group Sales Manager, 937-228-7591 x 3074.
Individual tickets to shows go on sale at a later date.
Tickets may be purchased in person at Ticket Center Stage, located in the Wintergarden of the Schuster Center, by phone at 937-228-3630, toll-free at 888-228-3630, or by visiting www.ticketcenterstage.com. Ticket Center Stage Box Office hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday noon-4 p.m. and two hours prior to each performance.