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Shea’s Performing Arts Center announces Broadway Series

Shea’s Performing Arts Center and Broadway Partner/Producer Albert Nocciolino proudly present the 2013-14 M & T Bank Broadway Series, featuring multiple Tony-Award winning shows and brand new tours.

President of Shea’s Anthony Conte said, “On behalf of Shea’s Board and staff, I would like to thank our subscribers, donors, volunteers and the entire Buffalo-Niagara community for the tremendous support given Shea’s over the years. The season we are introducing includes five Tony Award-winning shows that were on Broadway last season. It is only through their support of our programming that this is possible. Also, in response to the audience surveys we have conducted over the past few years, we are excited to be presenting a dramatic play as part of our upcoming season.”

The 2013-2014 M&T Bank Broadway Series:

“Ghost the Musical” - Oct. 15 – 20.

Relive the iconic and magical moments from the Oscar-winning movie “Ghost” in a brand-new Broadway musical. “Ghost” The Musical breathes glorious new life into a timeless love story. The musical features an original pop score from multiple Grammy Award-winners Dave Stewart, one half of the 80s pop duo the Eurythmics, and Glen Ballard, co-writer with Alanis Morissette on the multi-platinum album Jagged Little Pill, among many other notable credits and collaborations. The musical’s tale of everlasting love is thrilling entertainment for audiences of all ages.

“War Horse” - Nov. 12 -17.

A heart-warming tale of loyalty and friendship, and winner of five 2011 Tony Awards, “War Horse” tells the story of young Albert and his beloved horse Joey. When Joey is sold to the cavalry and shipped from England to France, he is soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home. The story of this dramatic play is set in World War I England.

Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas! the Musical” Dec. 17 – 22.

Broadway holiday sensation, which features the hit songs “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas,” (written by Albert Hague and Dr. Seuss) from the original animated series, makes its long awaited Buffalo debut. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the Holiday loving Whos. Magnificent sets (John Lee Beatty) and costumes (Robert Morgan) inspired by Dr. Seuss’ original illustrations help transport audiences to the whimsical world of Whoville, while the Music and Book of Mel Marvin and Timothy Mason breathe new life into this timeless story of the true meaning of Christmas.

The Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess” March 11 – 16, 2014.

See what Time Magazine exclaims is, “A don’t miss theatre event. The number one Broadway musical of the year.” Winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, The Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess” is hitting the road in a stunning and stirring new staging, including such legendary songs as “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” and “I Got Plenty of Nothing.”

“Once” - March 25 - 30, 2014

Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including best musical, “Once” is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/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, not living in fear and the power of music to connect all of us.

“Evita” - June 10 – 15, 2014.

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning musical returns at last.

Eva Perón used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. Adored by her people as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world — while her greed, outsized ambition and fragile health made her one of the most tragic. “Evita” tells Eva’s passionate and unforgettable true story, and features some of theater’s most beautiful songs, including “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” and “High Flying, Adored.”

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