2016-2017 Ameren Illinois Broadway Series Announced
Monday, March 28, 2016, 9:25 A.M.
Ameren Illinois and the SMG managed Peoria Civic Center Proudly Announce
THE 2016-2017 AMEREN ILLINOIS BROADWAY SERIES
WICKED TO KICK OFF AND ANCHOR SEASON
Peoria, IL – Immerse yourself in the enchanting experience of Broadway right here in Peoria with the Ameren Illinois Broadway Series. The 2016-2017 Series will kick off with the return of Peoria’s most popular musical WICKED, followed by Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA and ONCE the Musical. The 2016-2017 series also features MAMMA MIA! as a series extra. Current season ticket holders will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets; if you are a current season ticket holder you should have received your packet by March 25th. Renewals are due Monday, May 9th 2016.
New season tickets will go on sale Wednesday, May 18th 2016. The Peoria Civic Center brings in some of Broadway’s biggest hits to be enjoyed at the fraction of the cost of a larger city. Get even more when you become a season ticket holder; have a seat all your own and save with special, discounted rates. This year season tickets start at $125. New season tickets can be purchased starting Wednesday, May 18th at the Toyota Box Office at the Peoria Civic Center, www.peoriaciviccenter.com, or by phone at (309) 673-3200.
- The Season kicks off with WICKED, running October 26th – November 6th. Show times are: October 26th at 7:30pm, October 27th at 2pm and 7:30pm, October 28th at 8pm, October 29th at 2pm and 8pm, October 30th at 1pm and 6:30pm, November 1st at 7:30pm, November 2nd at 7:30pm, November 3rd at 7:30pm November 4th at 8pm, November 5th at 2pm and 8pm and November 6th at 1pm and 6:30pm. WICKED, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another girl, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.” With a thrilling score that includes the hits “Defying Gravity,” “Popular” and “For Good,” WICKED has been hailed by The New York Times as “the defining musical of the decade.” Time Magazine cheers, “if every musical had the brain, the heart, and the courage of WICKED, Broadway really would be a magical place.” The Peoria Civic Center theater is that magical place. From the first electrifying note to the final breathtaking moment, WICKED—the untold true story of the Witches of Oz—transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story. It will send your spirits soaring to heights you’ll never forget.
- Next be enchanted by Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA on January 18th and 19th at 7:30pm. Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream... or a really great pair of shoes. Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is brought to you locally by Avanti’s Ristorante.
- Wrap up the season by falling in love with ONCE the Musical on March 25th with shows at 2pm and 8pm. 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.
- As a series extra, MAMMA MIA! makes a stop in Peoria as part of their farewell tour for one show only on March 9th at 7:30pm. MAMMA MIA! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Whether it’s your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time at MAMMA MIA!
The 2016-2017 Ameren Illinois Broadway Series is sponsored by Ameren Illinois. Show times and dates are subject to change; please refer to www.PeoriaCivicCenter.com for the most up to date information on all shows.
About the Peoria Civic Center
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 www.PeoriaCivicCenter.com.
Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theaters, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Solider Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering company SAVOR, currently serving more than 130 accounts worldwide.
SAVOR is the food and beverage division of SMG, the global leader in public facilities and special event venue management. Since its inception in 1983, SAVOR has specialized in creating menus that showcase local cuisine expertly prepared and presented to ensure a seamless dining and entertainment experience. SAVOR currently provides catering, concessions and special event services, to more than 130 facilities worldwide.
The company is also an industry leader in introducing green standards and programs to public facilities. SAVOR’s commitment to farm to table freshness and food quality features locally grown products for their venue clients whenever possible. SAVOR staff prides themselves on being on the cutting edge of the latest food and beverage trends in addition to searching out the most innovative food technologies available on the market. To learn more, visit www.savorsmg.com