Orpheum Season 2013-2014
Sept. 17-22: “Flashdance”
Oct. 15-20: “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story”
Nov. 5-10: “West Side Story”
Dec. 3-8: “Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy”
Jan. 29-Feb. 16: “Wicked”
March 25-30: “War Horse”
April 22-27: “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber”
June 24-29: “The Book of Mormon”
A flight to New York won’t be necessary to take in two of Broadway’s current top-grossing musicals next season.
The national tour of “The Book of Mormon,” the irreverent comedy by the creators of “South Park,” will have its Orpheum theater premiere in June 2014.
The hit musical “Wicked,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz” from the witch’s perspective, will visit the Orpheum for the third time in January.
“When I heard that ‘Book of Mormon’ was going on tour, I called the agent and asked how soon we could get it,” said Orpheum president Pat Halloran. “It’s been one of the hottest shows on Broadway.”
The Tony-winning musical is a religious satire about two young Mormon missionaries in Uganda, where their religion doesn’t connect with people dying of famine, AIDS and war.
The most unusual addition to the Orpheum next season, however, may be the play “War Horse,” the story of a young man and his horse who survive the battlefields of World War I. Life-sized horse puppets operated by the actors anthropomorphize the gentle, exploited animals.
One of those puppets was demonstrated Friday evening, when the Orpheum officially announced its 2013-14 season.
Based on the 1982 children’s book, the drama won the 2011 Tony Award for best play. The book also inspired Steven Spielberg’s 2011 film of the same name.
Coming for the first time to the Orpheum are the movie-based musicals “Flashdance,” featuring the choreography of Sergio Trujillo (“Memphis” and “Jersey Boys”), and “Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy.”
“Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” recounts the life of the rock-and-roll legend, while “West Side Story” revives the classic Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim musical set in New York City.
A concert salute to the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber will take place in April. Halloran said the event still being planned will feature eight vocalists with Broadway credits, dancers and an on-stage orchestra.
Subscription renewals begin Monday and go on sale to the general public April 29. Packages start at $182.50 for seven shows.
Halloran says that adjustments in pricing and seat locations have been made because “Wicked” is a repeat performance and because the content of “The Book of Mormon” is not “everyone’s cup of tea.”
“You have the ability to opt out of any show on the season,” Halloran said. “We’re not going to make anybody take ‘Wicked’ or ‘Book of Mormon,’ though we expect these are going to be very popular shows.”