2014-2015 Broadway Theater Series Announced

Monday, May 12, 2014, 2:30 A.M.

2014-2015 Broadway Theater Series Announced

Ameren Illinois and the Peoria Civic Center Announce

The 2014-2015 Broadway Theater Series


Peoria, IL – Ameren Illinois and the SMG managed Peoria Civic Center proudly announce its 2014-2015 Broadway Theater Series, featuring six of the most popular national touring productions including NICE WORK, WHITE CHRISTMAS, SISTER ACT, STOMP, ANYTHING GOES, and PETER AND THE STARCATCHER.  Season tickets start at $222. Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST will be offered as an extra, and Broadway Theater Series season ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the show with their subscriptions. 


2013-2014 season ticket holders have received renewal packets that are due May 19th, 2014. This season, tickets are $426 for box seats, $384 for rows A-D, $318 for main floor and 1st balcony, and $222 for 2nd balcony. New season tickets will go on sale Monday, June 9th, 2014 and the Mini Season tickets will be available for purchase on Monday, July 14th, 2014.  New season tickets and Mini Season tickets can be purchased at the Peoria Civic Center box office, www.peoriaciviccenter.com  or by phone at (309)673-3200.  2013-2014 season ticket holders will receive the first opportunity to purchase the best available seats, discounts on ticket prices, and advance notice on theatrical events at the Peoria Civic Center.    Single tickets to all shows will go sale at a later date.


The season kicks off with NICE WORK on October 28th and 29th, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. both nights.  It's the Roaring Twenties and a cast of outrageous characters gather in New York to celebrate the wedding of wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter. But things don't go as planned when the playboy meets Billie Bendix, a bubbly and feisty bootlegger who melts his heart. The champagne flows and the gin fizzes in the hilarious, Tony®-winning musical comedy NICE WORK. This brand-new musical features a treasure trove of George and Ira Gershwin’s most beloved, instantly recognizable tunes set in a fresh and funny song-and-dance spectacular with a book by Tony winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis) and direction and choreography by three-time Tony winner Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes).  NICE WORK is filled to the brim with classic songs, including “But Not For Me,”  “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “I’ve Got a Crush on You” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” This sparkling, madcap tale combines laughter, romance and high-stepping Broadway magic for an evening bursting with girls, glamour and the glorious songs of Gershwin!  For more information please visit www.niceworkonbroadway.com.  


Next up, take a trip to Vermont with WHITE CHRISTMAS running November 11th-16th, 2014.  Shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 2 p.m. and 7:30p.m. on Thursday, 8 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.  Get ready to discover a delightful new show that's as fresh and rare as newly fallen snow! The classic holiday tradition WHITE CHRISTMAS comes to the stage at last, as a new Irving Berlin musical from Broadway, brimming with such Berlin hits as "Blue Skies," "How Deep is the Ocean?" and, of course, the unforgettable title song. Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of two showbiz 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 CHIRSTMAS promises to be a merry and bright theatrical experience for the whole family!  For more information please visit www.whitechristmasthemusical.com.   


Get your act together and see SISTER ACT on December 20th, 2014 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.  SISTER ACT is 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 8-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!  For more information please visit www.sisteractthemusical.com.


Ring in 2015 with a dance performance you will never forget with STOMP on January 13th -14th, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. both nights.  STOMP is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, utterly unique and appeals to audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered an armful of awards and rave reviews, and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. The return of the percussive hit also brings some new surprises, with some sections of the show now updated and restructured and the addition of two new full-scale routines, utilizing props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans. As USA Today says, “STOMP finds beautiful noises in the strangest places.” STOMP. See what all the noise is about.  For more information please visit www.stomponline.com


Next up is ANYTHING GOES on February 9th-10th, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. both nights.  ALL ABOARD for this saucy and splendid production of ANYTHING GOES, winner of three 2011 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival and Choreography!  One of the greatest musicals in theater history, Cole Porter’s first-class musical comedy is sailing to Peoria, The New York Times hails it a “MUSICAL-COMEDY JOY” and USA TODAY calls it “GLORIOUS and EXUBERANT!”  When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love…proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail.  Peppering this timeless classic are  some of musical theatre’s most memorable standards, including “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “You’re the Top,” and of course, “ANYTHING GOES.”  Don’t miss what the AP exclaims as, “So DELIGHTFUL, So DELICIOUS, So DE-LOVELY!”  For more information please visit www.anythinggoesontour.com.


The final show of the Peoria Civic Center’s 2014-2015 Broadway Theater Series is PETER AND THE STARCATCHER on May 5th-6th, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. both nightsPETER AND THE STARCATCHER, the most magical evening of madcap fun, is now on tour!  Hailed by The New York Times as "THE MOST EXHILARATING STORYTELLING ON BROADWAY IN DECADES," this comedy takes a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew.  The winner of five Tony Awards®, this swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan will have you hooked from the moment you let your imagination take flight. PETER AND THE STARCATCHER is the innovative and imaginative play based on the best-selling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.  A company of a dozen actors play more than a hundred unforgettable characters, all on a journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up?  This epic origin story of popular culture’s most enduring and beloved character proves that your imagination is the most captivating place in the world.  For more information please visit www.peterandthestarcatcher.com


Season ticket holders also have the opportunity to buy tickets in advance for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST on February 27th, 2015 at 7:30 pm.  Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Peoria Civic Center Theater!  For more information please visit www.beautyandthebestontour.com


The 2014-2015 Broadway Theater Series is sponsored by Ameren Illinois.  Show times are subject to change; please refer to www.PeoriaCivicCenter.com for the most up to date information on all shows. 


The Peoria Civic Center, an SMG managed facility, is an entertainment and convention venue that contributes significantly to the economic impact on the downtown Peoria area.  For the most up-to-date event information, please check us out on the web at http://www.PeoriaCivicCenter.com.


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