Shea's Announces 2012-13 M&T Bank Broadway Series!

March 15, 2012 Updated Mar 15, 2012 at 11:48 PM EDT

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March 15, 2012 Updated Mar 15, 2012 at 11:48 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY – Shea’s Performing Arts Center and Broadway Partner/Producer Albert Nocciolino proudly present the 2012-13 M & T Bank Broadway Series, the 25th Anniversary Broadway Season, featuring the biggest hit on Broadway and winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical THE BOOK OF MORMON as well as several spectacular productions in their first national tour!

President of Shea’s Anthony Conte said, “We’re very excited to present this amazing season as we embark on our 25th year of presenting Broadway in Buffalo. This season was a record year for us with over 13,000 season tickets sold, the most in the history of Shea’s, and we thank the community for their support.”

Co-presenter of Broadway productions at Shea’s for 25 years and Producer Albert Nocciolino expressed his excitement about the evolution and success over the years and the upcoming 2012-13 Broadway Season. “I am thrilled with the success we have seen at Shea’s with the growth of our subscription base and the reputation that Shea’s has in the touring Broadway community. We are very appreciative for the support of our subscribers over the years in helping us become one of the top one-week subscription markets in the country. We look forward to this spectacular 25th Anniversary Broadway Season and continuing to provide an exceptional entertainment experience,” he said.

The 2012-2013 M & T Bank Broadway Series:

BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL SEPTEMBER 25 – 30, 2012

Thrilling audiences worldwide and winning ten 2009 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, “THE BEST SHOW YOU WILL EVER SEE” (New York Post) is coming to BUFFALO! BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL is the joyous celebration of one young boy’s journey to make his dreams come true. Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class to discover a surprising talent. Brought to life by a phenomenal cast and Tony Award-winning creative team including music legend Elton John, BILLY ELLIOT will enchant the dreamer in all of us. www.billyelliottour.com

JEKYLL & HYDE OCTOBER 30 - NOVEMBER 4, 2012

Starring in the dual title role of Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde, American Idol star and Tony® Award nominee Constantine Maroulis injects new life into the classic tale of good and evil. After four thrilling, chilling years on Broadway and multiple world-wide tours, this dark and dangerous love story from Tony® and Grammy® Award nominee Frank Wildhorn returns in a stunning new pre-Broadway production that includes all the classic songs (This is the Moment, A New Life, Someone Like You) that first grabbed audiences by the throat and transformed JEKYLL & HYDE into a theatrical phenomenon.

WHITE CHRISTMAS DECEMBER 4 – 9, 2012

The classic holiday movie White Christmas comes to the stage! This brand new musical shines with classic Berlin hits like “Blue Skies,” “How Deep is the Ocean?” and, of course, the unforgettable title song. Irving Berlin’s White Christmas tells the story of two buddies putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and finding their perfect mates in the process. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas promises a merry and bright theatrical experience for the whole family!

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT FEBRUARY 19 – 24, 2013

BETTE MIDLER proudly presents the most OUTRAGEOUSLY FUN Broadway musical: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT! This spectacular show tells the uplifting story of a trio of friends on a road trip of a lifetime, who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed.

An international hit with over 500 dazzling, 2011 Tony® Award-winning costumes, PRISCILLA features a hit parade of dance-floor favorites including “It's Raining Men,” “Finally” and “I Will Survive.” The Hollywood Reporter calls PRISCILLA “funny and fabulous! Joyous entertainment with eye-popping visuals and unexpected heart!” www.priscillaonbroadway.com

SISTER ACT MARCH 19 – 24, 2013

Broadway's feel-amazing musical comedy smash! The New York Post calls it "RIDICULOUSLY FUN,” and audiences are jumping to their feet in total agreement! Featuring original music by eight-time Oscar® winner ALAN MENKEN (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors), SISTER ACT tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look—a convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, SISTER ACT is reason to REJOICE! www.sisteractthemusical.com

THE BOOK OF MORMON JUNE 11 – 16, 2013

Nine 2011 Tony Awards® say it's the Best Musical of the Year. Vogue says, “It's the funniest musical of all time.” And The New York Times says, “It's the best musical of this century.” It's THE BOOK OF MORMON, the Broadway phenomenon from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez. The Daily Show's Jon Stewart calls it “A crowning achievement. So good, it makes me angry.” Contains explicit language. For more information, please visit www.BookofMormonTheMusical.com.

2012-2013 Special Engagements include:

MY MOTHER’S ITALIAN, MY FATHER’S JEWISH, AND I’M HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

At Shea’s Smith Theatre November 8 – 18, 2012

After a successful engagement of “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy” at the Shea’s Smith Theatre in May, 2010 and one of the longest running one-man shows in Broadway history, the holiday show will entertain and engage audiences as Steve Solomon portrays family members everyone can relate to! Variety says “Steve is Alan King, Billy Crystal, a smidgen of Don Rickles and George Carlin all thrown in.” Having headlined throughout the United States and Europe for over 20 years, Steve’s stories relate to the wacky side of the human condition.

Neglia Ballet Artists’ THE NUTCRACKER November 24 & 25, 2012

Neglia Ballet Artists, The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Shea’s collaborate for the fourth consecutive season to present Tchaikovsky’s classic holiday ballet The Nutcracker on Thanksgiving weekend.

BLUE MAN GROUP February 7 – 10, 2013

Experience the Phenomenon. BLUE MAN GROUP is best known for their wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts which combine comedy, music, and technology to produce a totally unique form of entertainment. The New York Times heralds the show as “One of the most delightful performance pieces ever staged.” E! Entertainment News exclaims, “BLUE MAN GROUP is what every live performance aspires to be.” The Baltimore Sun raves, “Blue Man Group packs a wallop. It’s a big, loud, funny, silly, visually arresting production!” Although it is impossible to describe, people of all ages agree that BLUE MAN GROUP is an intensely exciting and wildly outrageous show that leaves the entire audience in a blissful, euphoric state. With no spoken language, BLUE MAN GROUP is perfect for people of all ages, languages, and cultures. BLUE MAN GROUP is now on the road for its first U.S. theatrical tour. This unique experience is a form of entertainment like nothing else; guaranteed to be an outing you will never forget. www.blueman.com

JERSEY BOYS May 7 - 26, 2013

The premiere engagement of JERSEY BOYS in Buffalo in 2010 was an overwhelming success, seen by over 68,000 theatergoers, breaking the box office record for the most tickets sold in one week, and

The Buffalo News claims “Well Crafted ‘Jersey Boys’ Hits Every Note In Peerless Performance.” JERSEY BOYS worldwide has been seen by approximately 14 million people (as of January, 2012).

President of Shea’s Tony Conte said, “we are very excited for the return of Jersey Boys as it continues to be one of our most requested shows. In addition, this multi-week engagement provides a significant economic impact, drawing visitors Downtown and to the region.”

JERSEY BOYS is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of 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.

SEASON TICKETS TO THE 2012-13 M & T Bank BROADWAY SERIES ARE ON SALE NOW. To order, call (716) 847-0850, go to www.sheas.org or to the Shea’s Ticket Office, 650 Main Street. There are many season ticket holder benefits including priority seating, exchange privileges, convenient payment plans, parking plan (first-come, first-serve basis) and first opportunity to purchase tickets to the Broadway Series shows and Special Engagements.

To book a group (15+) now, call 716-829-1153.

Upcoming single ticket on sale dates will be posted to www.sheas.org when that information becomes available.

Shea’s Broadway Series sponsors are M & T Bank, The Buffalo News, Independent Health, & WKBW-TV.

Shows, dates, times, prices, & artists subject to change.

SHEA’S MISSION STATEMENT

To restore and maintain Shea’s Buffalo Theatre for present and future generations to enjoy as a working historic theatre providing a wide variety of live performing arts experiences for our patrons and innovative and effective educational experiences fostering an appreciation of live theatre by area youth.

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