Discover a little Paris magic in Dayton this week 

Published: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 11:13 AM

“An American in Paris” will be on stage at the Schuster Center Nov. 7-12. CONTRIBUTED
“An American in Paris” will be on stage at the Schuster Center Nov. 7-12. CONTRIBUTED

It’s wonderful how dynamic the latest national tour of “An American in Paris” is in its Broadway-caliber regional premiere courtesy of the Victoria Theatre Association’s Premier Health Broadway Series. 

Inspired by the 1951 Academy Award-winning film memorably choreographed by Gene Kelly with songs by George and Ira Gershwin, the show weaves exemplary components of song, dance and technology in its gorgeous blend of musical theater and ballet. Here are five reasons why you should see this entertaining and romantic confection set in 1945 Paris at the end of World War II continuing through Sunday, Nov. 12 at the Schuster Center.

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Ballet sequences are a highlight of “An American in Paris.” CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

1. A STORY OF FRIENDSHIP, LOVE AND WAR

Following the liberation of France, U.S. Army Lieutenant Jerry Mulligan (McGee Maddox dancing with skillful finesse) plans to head home, but chooses to stay having been smitten by lovely ballerina Lise Dassin (simply stunning Allison Walsh).

Jerry, an aspiring painter, soon makes friends with fledgling composer Adam Hochberg (a comical yet nuanced Matthew Scott) and wealthy Henri Baurel (fittingly sophisticated Ben Michael), but can’t get Lise off his mind.

Even when he’s devastated to learn Lise is engaged to Henri, he vows to win her heart, desperately hoping for some good to come of his life after experiencing the horrors of war.

“The show is about the characters’ struggle to find life, to find love, to find happiness again after this dark period,” said director/choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. “The movie was made in the early ‘50s and the war was still very fresh, so Paris was treated in a kind of hyper-unrealistic way.

With the distance of time, there was so much more we could do. We had the freedom to place Paris in a more realistic, historical context, and talk about what the city was like after the Nazis left, and how romance and art and music were balm to the wounds. Paris behaves as a character in the show and we see the city open up and breathe again.”

2. THE TIMELESS MUSIC HITS

George and Ira Gershwin’s timeless hits include such gems as “I Got Rhythm,” “The Man I Love,” “But Not For Me” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.”

George’s orchestral works, particularly “Concerto in F,” “Second Rhapsody” and “Cuban Overture,” also propel the story to great effect.

“Gershwin is so cool,” said Maddox, former principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada who began dancing at the age of 3. “It’s not a challenge to feel cool and sexy at the end of the evening having danced to his music. George was a rock star in his day. When you listen to his music, you really feel that early jazz essence.”

Playwright Craig Lucas says the creators of “An American in Paris” were able to focus on what it was like for American GI’s after the war. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

3. TREMENDOUS CHOREOGRAPHY

Wheeldon duly won the Tony Award for Best Choreography and his remarkable routines ranging from tap to jazz are worth the price of admission.

The sheer storytelling flair of dramatic opener “Concerto in F” is notable in addition to the playful restlessness of “Fidgety Feet,” Maddox and Walsh’s expert partnering in “Liza,” the razzle dazzle of “I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise” (featuring a knockout transition from a small nightclub to the lavish stage of Radio City Music Hall), and the thrilling titular Act 2 ballet (colorfully bathed in red, white, blue, yellow and black).

“In some way Gene Kelly has influenced every male dancer,” Maddox said. “Anytime I’m on stage, I like to feel as if I’m representing Gene Kelly but also Baryshnikov, Nureyev and all the greats that came before me. I wouldn’t be where I am without them. But Christopher Wheeldon is brilliant. There was certainly risk involved with this show, but knowing the show itself is pretty much encompassed by the dance, and the dance is really the shining moment of this musical, speaks to Christopher’s fearlessness as an artist.”

The plot of “American in Paris” centers around a World War II veteran who comes to Paris and falls in love with a beautiful French girl. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

4. YOU WILL FEEL LIKE YOU’RE IN PARIS

The technical, digital landscape of theater design continues to rapidly evolve, specifically enabling projection designers to imaginatively enhance any environment or set pieces. In this instance, 59 Productions completely heightens the look and feel of Paris to astounding degrees. Streets, cafés, boulangeries, the Seine and more vividly appear throughout as if drawn like a painting. It is a marvel. In fact, 59 Productions duly shared the Tony for Best Scenic Design with Bob Crowley, who also designed costumes.

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Ben Michael as Henri Baurel, McGee Maddox as Jerry Mulligan and Matthew Scott as Adam Hochberg in “An American in Paris” (Contributed photo)

5. THE PEDIGREE

Nominated for 12 Tonys in 2015 including Best Musical, “An American in Paris” was named Outstanding Musical by the Drama League and Outstanding New Musical by the Outer Critics Circle.

The cast album, featuring Muse Machine alumna Jill Paice of Beavercreek as Milo Davenport, received a Grammy nomination.

“There’s so much familiar music in this show, but when you juxtapose that with Christopher’s neo-classical choreography, it makes it a pretty refreshing show,” Maddox said. “This is a show old and young people can enjoy together.”

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WANT TO GO? 

What: “An American in Paris” 

When: Now showing through Sunday, Nov. 12. 

Where: Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton 

Tickets: $25 -$98. Student and military discounts are available. Get tickets online at TicketCenterStage.com, at the Box Office, or by phone at 937-228-3630 or 888-228-3630. 

NOTE: Saturday matinee performances of Broadway Series presentations are signed and/or audio interpreted. Please let the ticket agent know at least two weeks before the performance if you would like either of these services when you order your tickets at Ticket Center Stage.

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5 reasons to see ‘Phantom of the Opera’ on its final weekend

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 9:53 AM

Phantom

The music of the night returns with a stunning makeover as the national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s global megahit “The Phantom of the Opera” continues through Sunday, April 22 courtesy of the Victoria Theatre Association’s Premier Health Broadway Series. 

Produced by legendary British powerhouse Cameron Mackintosh and based on the novel by Gaston Leroux, “Phantom” tells a romantic, mysterious and compelling account of the titular musician who takes young soprano Christine Daae under his wing in late 19th century Paris. Meanwhile, Christine is wooed by the dashing Raoul, infuriating the Phantom and fueling his vengeful takeover of the Paris Opera House.

Here are five reasons why you should see this thrilling spectacle on its final weekend. 

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“The Phantom of the Opera” comes to the Schuster Center April 11-22. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY MATTHEW MURPHY(Staff Writer)

 

1. EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN 

Director Laurence Connor brings character-driven finesse and breezy fluidity to this reconceived production. He dials back the cinematic opulence of the original helmed by Harold Prince (which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary on Broadway) while adding new touches. In particular, “Prima Donna,” an ode to diva Carlotta (excellently conceited Trista Moldovan), is treated as a beautiful transition, guiding the audience directly into the operatic sequence “Poor Fool, He Makes Me Laugh.”

Connor also moves the vibrant “Masquerade” inside the Opera House, another effective departure from the original, and alters the Phantom’s suspenseful final seconds to magical degrees. “The original production was brilliant, but this production is truly spectacular,” said Eva Tavares, who portrays the haunted Christine. “I also feel ours is a grittier production. We want to make our characterizations as real as possible.” 

 

2. A POWERFUL LOOK AT EMPATHY 

Despite the Phantom’s treachery and defiance in his obsessive pursuit of Christine, it is imperative to feel some sense of connection to his struggle nonetheless.

“I find the show to be based in a real place of empathy,” Tavares said. “It’s about loving someone and caring for someone even when they don’t love or care for themselves. Even when the people around Christine tell her the Phantom is vicious, she knows the real person inside. He was a tortured individual who was dealt a hard hand at a young age. Christine’s unabashed and unfiltered empathy really speaks to people. She displays a kindness we all need in our lives.” 

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Eva Tavares as Christine in "The Phantom of the Opera." CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY MATTHEW MURPHY

3. A BEAUTIFULLY COMPLEX CHRISTINE 

As Tavares navigates her role with lovely elegance, she provides a beautifully complex journey from giddy chorus girl (her star-is-born excitement throughout the gorgeous “Think of Me” is an early highpoint) to mature woman.

There is also a very telling moment in Act 1 when Christine grows suicidal, another savvy directorial choice from Connor.

The soaring ballad “All I Ask of You” literally becomes Raoul’s plea to bring Christine off the ledge. 

 

4. APPEALING NON-TRADITIONAL CASTING 

Standing 6-foot-7, Quentin Oliver Lee, an African-American, firmly leads the production in the vocally demanding titular role. His refreshing and imposing presence certainly gives the material a great deal of renewed subtext.

“Diversity in casting shouldn’t be an issue,” said Tavares, who is 5-foot-1. “The people who are right for a role should be cast. Quentin is an amazing actor who brings a lot to the role. We have a great dynamic as friends. I’m so glad and so grateful to be part of a company that sees the value in diversity in casting.” 

A 52-member cast will come to town for “The Phantom of the Opera” April 11-22. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY MATTHEW MURPHY(Staff Writer)

 

5. VISUAL SPLENDOR 

Even though this tour overall strays from the original’s iconic nature, you’ll still be dazzled by Maria Bjornson’s fabulous costumes, Scott Brown’s scenic design, Scott Ambler’s terrific choreography (notice the Paso Doble intensity within “The Point of No Return”), Nina Dunn’s video/projection design, and one grand chandelier that is a character all its own. 

 

WANT TO GO?

What: “The Phantom of the Opera” 

Where: Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton 

When: Through April 22; 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday 

Cost: $25-$118 

Tickets/more info: Call Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630 or visit ticketcenterstage.com 

 

Contact this contributing writer at rflorence2@gmail.com

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Diverse cast of Dayton kids taking on Cinderella and her glass slipper this weekend

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Clara Bement as Joy;  Ana Smith as Grace; Fischer Barnett as step mother and  Kiama As Tenza as Cinderella in Stivers School for the Arts' presentation of
Clara Bement as Joy; Ana Smith as Grace; Fischer Barnett as step mother and Kiama As Tenza as Cinderella in Stivers School for the Arts' presentation of "Cinderella."(Photo: contributed by Paula Powell)

A glass slipper is going lead to a whole lot of magic near downtown this weekend. 

Stivers School for the Arts is taking on Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” during shows Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. 

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students.  

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“It is a great story, and it has great music,” said Paula Powell, the production’s manager. “Each actor brings (his or her) own personality (to the characters). We have a pretty diverse group of kids in the cast.”  

Dave Lewis as the Prince and Kiama Wa Tenza as Cinderella in Stivers School for the Arts' presentation of "Cinderella."(Photo: Paula Powell, contributed)

Many of the actresses and actors don’t reflect the classic story’s traditional typecasting.

Based on “The Wonderful World of Disney: Cinderella,” a 1997 movie starring Whitney Houston and Brandy Norwood, Stivers’ diverse show includes a black girl,  Kiama Wa-Tenza, as Cinderella and Fischer Barnett, a teen boy, as the stepmother. 

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The diverse casting was no big deal at Stivers, said Powell, Stivers director of choirs, noting that the arts transcends.

“We are pretty easy-going here,” she said. “People auditioned and the characters just sorted themselves out.”

About 70 students from each of the  school’s magnet programs are represented in the production that includes music from a student orchestra. 

The show includes audio and visual elements and Puppets from Zoot Theatre Company.

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Desmond Kingston as the Dove and Trinity Hines Anthony as the Fairy Godmother in Stivers School for the Arts' presentation of "Cinderella."(Photo: contributed by Paula Powell)

Beside Wa-Tenza and  Barnett,  key actors and actresses include  Trinity Hines Anthony as Fairy Godmother; David Lewis as the Prince; Isaac Bement  as  Lionel, the royal steward;  Clara Bement  as Joy, a step sister; Ana Smith as Grace, the other step sister; Logan Van Bibber as King; Erin Fultz as Queen;  Brandan Jeffries and Lamorris Render as Mice; Ryan Gibson as Charles the cat and Desmond Kingston as Dove. 

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Stivers School for the Arts' is presenting "Cinderella."(Photo: contributed by Paula Powell)

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‘Phantom of the Opera’ is in Dayton this weekend -- and you’ve never seen it like THIS before

Published: Thursday, April 12, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Phantom

Yes, you’ve seen “Phantom.”

But not this “Phantom.”

The new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” is playing at the Schuster Center through April 22 as part of a North American tour.

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Based on the French novel “Le Fantôme de l’Opéra” by Gaston Leroux, the plot revolves around a deformed but gifted composer who lives beneath the Paris Opera house and becomes obsessed with a beautiful chorus girl, Christine Daaé. As a result of the Phantom’s threats, Christine replaces the opera company’s diva, Carlotta. Although Christine feels sorry for Eric (The Phantom), she falls in love with her childhood friend, Raoul, an opera patron.

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DRAMATIC CHANGES

The last time Cameron Mackintosh’s production of “Phantom” came to Dayton was in 2010; this will be the first time the newly interpreted musical has been seen here. According to associate director Seth Sklar-Heyne, those who’ve seen the show over the past 30 years will find much of this new show familiar but will also be surprised by some dramatic changes.

“Cameron MacIntosh’s idea was to take the material and put it through a new lens,” he explains. “The premise for this version is that the Phantom is a real man and that’s what makes this version of the storytelling different than the original.”

Solar-Heyne shares thoughts about the three elements that have been preserved and those that may come as a surprise:

A 52-member cast will come to town for “The Phantom of the Opera” April 11-22. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY MATTHEW MURPHY(Staff Writer)

WHAT’S THE SAME?

1. THE COSTUMES. “The hundreds of iconic Victorian costumes designed by Maria Bjornson have been retained. The show is set in Paris in the mid- to late 1800s, so it’s about silhouettes. The men have tailcoats, the women have bodices cinched at the waist and large skirts with bustles and have hair designs to match — large curls, stacked hair with hats. There’s something very opulent about the dress, even the costumes that represent what they’d wear during the day are very stylized and ornate.”

2. THE MUSIC. “The music by Andrew Lloyd Webber is one of the things that makes this piece timeless. The music is still the foundation and the backbone to what we do on stage. You’ll leave with a great sense of the melodies and part of that is the way Andrew has structured the musical motif repeatedly. A lot of the themes represent characters. So, for example, the Phantom sings the title song and whenever he is referred to you hear that theme and connect to both his character and the drama. In the way of an old-fashioned musical, a live orchestra fills the theater with a detailed and lush orchestral score.”

3. THE STORY. “People have come to love the story and identify with these characters. There is something to be said for the classic beauty of it. The love triangle is the heart of the production. The message of the story is to love your fellow man no matter what. You can learn to love without judgment, without your eyes. You can see something in someone that may not be on the outside.”

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“The Phantom of the Opera” comes to the Schuster Center April 11-22. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY MATTHEW MURPHY(Staff Writer)

WHAT’S NEW, DIFFERENT?

 1. THE SET DESIGN. “There have been huge leaps in engineering and mechanics that allow us to achieve a lot with the physical production that we couldn’t have done 30 years ago. The original was set in a black box and very stylized and minimal in terms of its elements. In this production, which tours in 20 trucks, we try to inhabit the nooks and crannies of the Paris Opera house in incredible detail. There’s a chandelier but it does a lot more than it used to do. We don’t have a staircase; we’ve relocated that scene in a mirrored, gilded ballroom. In the past, the manager’s office scenes were suggested by a curtain and a table. Now we have a 10-ton cylindrical wall that cracks open to reveal the slice of a naturalistic office space. And when the Phantom takes Christine on the journey to his lair, we show him controlling and engineering the descent to the catacombs. So the Phantom spectacle still seems like magic but it’s more grounded in the character’s genius as an engineer.”

2. NEW CHOREOGRAPHY. New choreography for this production is by Scott Ambler; new staging is by director Laurence Connor.

2. THE CHARACTERS. “This show is still filled with incredible illusions but at its core we’re seeing a story of a real man who has suffered in life because of this deformity and been misunderstood. In the original production, we think of him as a Svengali existing on another level; he’s able to control things and manipulate people in a way that’s unexplained. In this production, we see a real man who pursues a girl because she’s able to provide something to him that will heal him.”

The Schuster Center will host a new North American tour of "Phantom."Submitted photo by Matthew Murphy.

WANT TO GO?

What: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera”

When: April 11-22

Where: The Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, Second and Main streets in downtown Dayton.

Tickets: Prices range from $25 to $118 at Ticketcenterstage.com or (937) 228-3630

Presented by: Premier Health Broadway Series.

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‘School of Rock,’ ‘Book of Mormon’ are coming to Dayton — and you won’t believe what else

Published: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
Updated: Friday, April 06, 2018 @ 6:23 PM

9 shows at the Schuster Center

The touring shows the Victoria Theatre Association will be bringing to town for the new theater season that begins this fall have been announced.

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Premiere Health Broadway Series 2018-19 

SCHOOL OF ROCK — THE MUSICAL

Oct. 2-7, 2018, Schuster Center

SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICALOCTOBER 2-7, 2018 – SCHUSTER CENTERSCHOOL OF ROCK is based on the hit film. The musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie, and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. CONTRIBUTED

The VTA’s 2018-19 Premiere Health Broadway Series kicks off Oct. 2 with “School of Rock — The Musical.” Based on the hit film, the musical features 14 new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber as well as all of the original songs from the movie. Musical theater’s first-ever kids’ rock band will play their instruments live on stage. 

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FINDING NEVERLAND

Jan. 15-20, 2019, Schuster Center

FINDING NEVERLANDJANUARY 15 - 20, 2019 – SCHUSTER CENTERFINDING NEVERLAND tells the musical story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY JEREMY DANIEL(JEREMY DANIEL)

Next up is “Finding Neverland,” which follows the life of playwright J.M. Barrie, author of “Peter Pan.” 

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RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S THE KING AND I

Feb. 12-17, 2019, Schuster Center

RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S THE KING AND IFEBRUARY 12-17, 2019 – SCHUSTER CENTERTwo worlds collide in this musical, based on the 2015 Tony Award®-winning Lincoln Center Theater production. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting to Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY JEREMY DANIEL(JEREMY DANIEL)

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most glorious musicals, “The King and I,” comes to the Schuster during Valentine’s Day season. 

Set in 1860s Bangkok, it’s the story of the unconventional relationship between the King of Siam and the British schoolteacher who comes to instruct his wives and children. 

The beloved songs from this Tony winner range from “Getting to Know You” and “I Whistle a Happy Tune” to “Shall We Dance” and “Hello Young Lovers.” 

ON YOUR FEET!

March 5-10, 2019, Schuster Center

ON YOUR FEET!MARCH 5 - 10, 2019 – SCHUSTER CENTERFrom their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. ON YOUR FEET! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet. Directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), with choreography by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and an original book by Academy Award® winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), ON YOUR FEET! features some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter-century – and one of the most inspiring stories in music. CONTRIBUTED

 

Emilio and Gloria Estefan are the focus of “On Your Feet!,” the inspiring story of the talented Cuban couple who came to America, faced adversity and managed to break barriers and reach the top of the pop music world. 

LES MISÉRABLES 

April 2-7, 2019, Schuster Center

LES MISÉRABLESAPRIL 2-7, 2019 – SCHUSTER CENTERCameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award®-winning musical phenomenon, LES MISÉRABLES, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. Set against the backdrop of 19th century France, LES MISÉRABLES tells an unforgettable story of heartbreak, passion, and the resilience of the human spirit. Featuring the beloved songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. With its new staging and reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck. CONTRIBUTED

A new production of the celebrated musical “Les Misérables” featuing new staging and scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo will be at the Schuster Center. Classic songs from the Tony winning musical include “I Dreamed a Dream, “On My Own,” “Bring Him Home” and “One Day More.” 

WAITRESS

June 25-30, 2019, Schuster Center

WAITRESSJUNE 25 - 30, 2019 – SCHUSTER CENTERInspired by Adrienne Shelly’s film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna – a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life. This music celebrates friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie and contains mature content. CONTRIBUTED

 

The final treat of the Broadway series is “Waitress,” the story of a small-town waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of escaping her loveless marriage and finding a happier life. The musical is based on the popular film. 

 

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THE WIZARD OF OZ

Oct. 23-25, 2018, Schuster Center

THE WIZARD OF OZOCTOBER 23 - 25, 2018 – SCHUSTER CENTERThere truly is no place like home as the greatest family musical of all time, the wonderful WIZARD OF OZ, twists its way into Dayton. The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography and classic songs. A spectacular celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film, THE WIZARD OF OZ will blow you away from the moment the tornado touches down and transports you to a dazzling Oz, complete with munchkins and flying monkeys. CONTRIBUTED

Catch up with Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography and classic songs. Based on the 1939 MGM film, this production includes a tornado touchdown, munchkins and flying monkeys.

CHICAGO

Feb. 1-2, 2019, Schuster Center

CHICAGOFEBRUARY 1 & 2, 2019 – SCHUSTER CENTERThis triumphant hit musical is the recipient of six Tony Awards®, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy®, thousands of standing ovations and now is the No. 1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history. CHICAGO is a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz and one show-stopping song and dance number after another. CONTRIBUTED

The Tony and Grammy winner and the longest running American musical on Broadway is headed back to town. The classic tale features show-stopping song and dance numbers.

 THE BOOK OF MORMON

May 21-26, 2019, Schuster Center

THE BOOK OF MORMONMAY 21 - 26, 2019 – SCHUSTER CENTERThe nine-time Tony Award®-winning Best Musical follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, THE BOOK OF MORMON has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY JULIETA CERVANTES(JULIETA CERVANTES/Photo: Julieta Cervantes)

This hilarious Tony-winning musical comedy returns. The story follows the misadventures of a pair of missionaries sent halfway across the world.

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OTHER SHOWS JUST ANNOUNCED

Thanks to the Morris Furniture Company Family Series, the kids can look forward to live entertainment as well. 

That schedule includes “The Ugly Duckling” (Nov. 10); “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” (Nov. 16-17); “The Phantom Tollbooth” (Feb. 2, 2019); “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” (Feb. 23, 2019); “Diary of a Worm, A Spider & A Fly” (March 23, 2019) and “Magic School Bus Live: Lost in the Solar System” (April 27, 2019). 

Also announced is the line-up for the popular National Geographic Live series. The speakers will include former NASA chief scientist Ellen Stone on Feb. 3-4; big wall climber Mark Synnott on March 10-11 and Arctic photographer Florian Schulz on April 14-15. The series takes place at the Victoria Theatre. 

TICKETS

Season tickets are available now. Single-show ticket information will be available at a later time. For ticket information, visit (937) 228-3630 or ticketcenterstage.com.

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