Tampa's Straz Center announces Broadway season

'The Book of Mormon,' 'Phantom' highlight a varied schedule

mclear@bradenton.comFebruary 23, 2014 

AMY BOYLE

"The Book of Mormon" is coming back.

The very irreverent, very funny show that a lot of people consider one of the best musicals of all time is among the highlights of the just-announced 2014-15 Broadway season at the the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa.

Other shows that are sure to be crowd-pleasers are Andrew Lloyd Webber's perennially popular spectacle "The Phantom of the Opera," and "Disney's Beauty and the Beast."

The season is heavy on classics, but offers musicals from just about every decade of the past 60 years, from Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella," written for television in the 1950s, to "Mormon"," which was written by the creators of "South Park" and "Avenue Q," and was a sensation when it hit Broadway 2011.

That gives the 2014-15 season a wide scope of musical and theatrical styles.

"Our Broadway season is once again filled with the top-notch shows that our

audiences have come to expect and enjoy," said Judith Lisi, the president and CEO of the Straz Center. "This season truly has something for everyone."

The one show that may not be familiar to most people is "The Illusionists," a show based on spectacular magic acts that's been getting great response from audiences and critics.

Here's the season schedule:

• Oct. 21-26: "Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella."

• Dec. 2-7: "Dirty Dancing."

• Dec. 17-Jan.4: "The Phantom of the Opera."

• Jan. 20-Feb. 1: "The Book of Mormon."

• Feb. 17-22: "Annie."

• March 17-22: "Motown The Musical."

• April 14-19, 2015: "Pippin."

• May 5-10, 2015: "Disney's Beauty and the Beast."

• May 26-31, 2015: "The Illusionists."

For tickets and in formation, call 813-229-7827 or go to www.strazcenter.org.

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