CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR 50TH ANNIVERSARY NORTH AMERICAN TOUR OF ICONIC MUSICAL PHENOMENON JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, PLAYING THE SMITH CENTER NOV. 5-10

“A lush, glorious sound the likes of which you’ve never heard before.  This is not your grandmother’s ‘Superstar.’”

– Chicago Sun-Times

“A gorgeous, thrilling, heavenly musical. Turning water into top quality wine with a revival of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice rock musical, originally released as a concept album.”

– The Guardian

CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR 50TH ANNIVERSARY

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR OF ICONIC MUSICAL PHENOMENON

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR AS IT RETURNS TO ITS ROCK ROOTS

 

PLAYING THE SMITH CENTER IN LAS VEGAS NOV. 5-10

Work Light Productions recently announced casting for the 50th Anniversary Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s iconic musical, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. Winner of the 2017 Olivier Award® for Best Musical Revival, the North American presentation of the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s production officially launch at Austin’s Bass Concert Hall on Oct. 8 before visiting more than 30 cities including Las Vegas, where it will play The Smith Center for the Performing Arts Nov. 5-10. Tickets starting at $40 are available at TheSmithCenter.com.

 

“We are thrilled to have put together this incredible company.  It’s now time for us to plug into the Brown Album and make that music live again on stage.  The show will resound with audiences across North America like it was written for us today,” says director Tim Sheader.

 

The cast is led by Aaron LaVigne (Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark, RENT) in the role of Jesus along with James Delisco Beeks (Kinky Boots, Aida) as Judas, Jenna Rubaii (Groundhog Day, American Idiot) as Jesus’ devoted follower Mary and Alvin Crawford (The Lion King, Candide) as Caiaphas.

 

Casting also includes Tommy Sherlock (Pilate), Tyce Green (Annas), Eric A. Lewis (Simon), Paul Louis Lessard (Herod), Tommy McDowell (Peter), along with David André, Sara Andreas, Wesley J. Barnes, Derek Ferguson, Brian Golub, Brittany Rose Hammond, Garfield Hammonds, Keirsten Nicole Hodgens, Sheila Jones, Rebecca Kritzer, Jacob Lacopo, Charles McCall, Danny McHugh, Pepe Nufrio, Sarah Parker, Erick Patrick, SandyRedd, Jasmine Schmenk, and Chelsea Williams (Pepe Nufrio and Tommy Sherlock are appearing with the support of Actors’ Equity Association).

 

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ, as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’, ‘Gethsemane’ and ‘Superstar’.

 

The North American tour will be helmed by acclaimed director Timothy Sheader and cutting-edge choreographer Drew McOnie, with set and costume design by 2016 Tony AwardÒ nominee, Tom Scutt and music supervision by Tom Deering. Rounding out the creative team is lighting design by Lee Curran, with co-sound design by Keith Caggiano and Nick Lidster.

 

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is a proven musical phenomenon with a world-wide fan base. The original 1971 concept album (commonly known as The Brown Album) was named Album of the Year on the Billboard Pop Charts, surpassing albums such as Carole King’s “Tapestry” and Janis Joplin’s “Pearl.” NBC’s recent Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert starring John Legend, Sara Bareilles and Alice Cooper won a 2018 Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special.

 

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, selling out two consecutive engagements in 2016 and 2017. The production opened for a limited engagement on West End, this summer at the Barbican.

 

The North American tour of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is produced by Stephen Gabriel and Work Light Productions by arrangement with Really Useful Group Ltd. Casting is by Wojcik/ Seay Casting. The original production was produced by Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

 

For additional information about this production, please visit ustour.JesusChristSuperstar.com

 

Facebook & Instagram: @JesusChristSuperstar | Twitter: @JCSTheMusical

CAST BIOS

 

Aaron LaVigne (Jesus) is honored to be playing the iconic role of Jesus in the 50th Anniversary Production of Jesus Christ Superstar.  He is also a songwriter originally from Cincinnati and based in New York City. Theater highlights include Broadway: Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. Off-Broadway: RENT. National Tour: RENT. Regional Theater: Jesus Christ Superstar; Civil Wartick,tick…BOOM!. Concerts: symphonic soloist, and guest artist with various cruise and land-based companies.  Aaron writes, performs, and tours his original music. His EP, Call Your Mom, is available at the merch table & on iTunes & all streaming services.  He is a founding member of Here Comes The Sun, celebrating the music of the greatest music of all time, The Beatles (@HCTSband). aaronlavigne.com. Instagram: @aaron_lavinay. B.F.A. Northern Kentucky University.

 

James Delisco Beeks (Judas) is an award-winning entertainer and seasoned Broadway performer whose credits include Kinky Boots, Aida, Ragtime, and Smokey Joe’s Cafe. He was also seen Off-Broadway in Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party.  James is the winner of the Reality TV series “The Entertainer” on E!; where he won a $1 million dollar contract to headline in Las Vegas. As one of world’s leading MJ Tribute artists, he moonwalked his way through the US, Canada, and Asia with Windborne’s Music of Michael Jackson symphonic tour to rave reviews from 2010-2019. He is also an author currently finishing his new novel entitled ‘HisStory (An American story) to be released in 2020.  For more information and music visit jamesbeeks.com. Social: @jamesdbeeks

 

Jenna Rubaii (Mary). Originally from Clearwater, Florida, Jenna started her career at the age of six in an all-girl song and dance group in Tampa, performing at corporate events, festivals, spring training baseball stadiums, half time at sporting events and for two presidents. Jenna recently originated the role of “Joelle” in the original cast of the critically-acclaimed musical Groundhog Day on Broadway, performing on the “Tony Awards®,” “Good Morning America” and on the Original Broadway Cast Recording. She also starred in in the International Tour of Green Day’s American Idiot, as “Extraordinary Girl,” and in the Asia Tour of Saturday Night Fever, as “Stephanie Mangano,” playing to sold-out houses from Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theater to London’s Hammersmith Apollo to Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands. Jenna fronts the band, Water & Rye (debut EP available on Spotify & Apple Music) and has performed regularly throughout NYC at Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, Club Bonafide and Rockwood Music Hall. She holds a Bachelor’s of Music from University of Miami. Jenna is also an ambassador for the fair-trade fashion company, Noonday Collection. In her downtime, she is an avid yoga practitioner, a nature-loving hiker and a craft-cocktail aficionado, infamous for dragging her friends on adventures that involve all three. @jrubaii  www.JennaRubaii.com

alvin 0014

Alvin Crawford (Caiaphas). Broadway: The Lion King, Lost In The Stars, Candide, Miss Saigon and The Buddy Holly Story. Regional credits: A Raisin In the Sun at Westport Country Playhouse, The Odyssey at The Old Globe. National Tours: The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (Crown) and Martin Guerre (Andre). Film / TV appearances include Blue Bloods “Law & Order SVU,” “Nurse Jackie,” And So It Goes, It Runs in the Family, Clarence, Pray For Me Paul Henderson, PBS Live From Lincoln Center’s Production of Show Boat and PBS Live from Carnegie Hall’s production of South Pacific. Alvin is a graduate of The Juilliard School.

 

Tommy Sherlock (Pilate). Tommy, the ‘scouser’ is from the Beatles’ homeland…Liverpool! Tommy fought his way through childhood as a black belt in karate. Many trophies, British and world titles and few broken noses later, he gracefully, like a duck to water, started dancing…(Bruce Lee was a ballroom and Latin dancing champion….. so it’s all good). From acting in scenes of the cult comedy League of Gentlemen, to dancing his way through life in Wicked, from leading the way in Footloose in his first lead role, to getting naked in Hair, the last 12 years on the West End stage brought him to Las Vegas, where he and his fellow mates stormed the strip with their very own show, Tenors of Rock. The headlining show was an instant hit, scooping both the Best of Las Vegas/Vegas.com awards for ‘best new show’ and has ran for over 700 performances to date.

 

Tyce Green (Annas) has toured and opened for mega-hit bands Heart, Air Supply, and Berlin. His debut album, HERO, is written and produced by legendary Grammy-Award winning songwriter Jim Steinman. In 2018, Tyce was featured in the first round of the new season 1 of “American Idol” on ABC. Select theatre credits: Rock of Ages (Franz), Altar Boyz (Mark), Hands on a Hardbody (Chris), Spring Awakening (Moritz), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (John Calhoun). Social media: @tyce. tyceofficial.com

 

Eric A. Lewis (Simon) is glad to be in the number with the cast of Jesus Christ Superstar. Other credits include the off-Broadway hit Spamilton, Jimmy Early in Dreamgirls at Porchlight Music Theatre (Jeff Award), Five Guys Named Moe at Court Theater, Jim Conley in Parade at Boho Theater, Jesus Christ Superstar at Lyric Opera, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, All Shook Up, and That’s What I Call Rick n Roll at Fireside Theater, In the Heights (Seattle Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Paramount Theater), Ragtime and Sister Act at Marriott Theatre.

 

Paul Louis Lessard (Herod). National Tour debut! Favorite Regional: Frank Wildhorn’s US premiere of The Count Of Monte Cristo (Albert De Morcerf, Pioneer Theatre Co), North Shore Music Theatre, Portland Center Stage, The Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Penn. Shakes, MSMT, Northern Stage, MTW. Film: Easter Mysteries. Lincoln Center: I Am Harvey Milk. NYC: NYMF award winner. University of Michigan BFA. Interlochen Arts Academy. London Dramatic Academy. paullouislessard.com

 

Tommy McDowell (Peter). National Tours: Roundabout Theatre Company’s Cabaret (Max, Herman, Cliff u/s), American Idiot (1st National, Swing). Regional: Jersey Boys (Nick Massi), Hairspray (Link Larkin), Grey Gardens (Joe Kennedy, Jr), Urinetown (Bobby Strong), The Who’s TOMMY (Tommy), Once (Eamon). IG: @tommy_mcdowell.

 

David André (Ensemble) is thrilled to be on the 50th Anniversary Jesus Christ Superstar tour, his first National Tour. He is a native of Miami, FL, attended the Boston Conservatory for a BFA in Musical Theater, and is now currently based in NYC. Since moving to NYC, he has been involved in an international tour, regional productions, workshops, readings, concerts and has worked with incredible directors, choreographers and composer like Sammi Cannold, Trevor Bachman, Stephen Hoggett, and Stephen Casey. He has also been involved in live podcast recordings of a show called Farmed: A Live Podcast Musical. His past credits include Into the Woods (Jack, Theater 2020), Smokey Joe’s Café (Victor, Dutch Apple), The Brontës (George Smith, Theater in Asylum), HAIR (Geva Theater Center), Ragtime on Ellis Island (Directed by Sammi Cannold), Ragtime (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), We Are Here (Jerome, NYC Workshop directed by Steven Hoggett) and Legally Blonde (China Tour).

Instagram: @da_go

 

Sara Andreas (Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of such an iconic show. Broadway/Off-Broadway: Escape To Margaritaville (Female Tourist, u/s Rachel), Catch Me of You Can, Clueless the Musical (Heather, u/s Mrs. Geist/ Ms. Stoeger). National Tours/Las Vegas: Rock of Ages (Regina), Anything Goes, Addams Family (u/s Morticia), Legally Blonde (u/s Brooke, Serena, Margot, Pilar). Instagram @Sara.Andreas. www.glitterartbysara.com

Wesley J. Barnes (Ensemble) is a Los Angeles Native/NYC Transplant. Received a BA in theatre performance from Concordia University Irvine. Favorite credits include: Magic of the Dance (Germany and Taiwan), The Scottsboro Boys, Newsies, Sophisticated Ladies, Hairspray, Pamelas First Musical, Songs for a New World, Choir Boy, In the Heights. Insta-@mistahwes

 

Derek Ferguson (Swing/Assistant Dance Captain) hails from Kansas City, Mo! Theatre: Wonderland (Broadway), We Will Rock You (Vegas), LA’s For The Record series; BAZ (Scott Hastings), Boogie Nights (Dirk Diggler) and Zemekis (Marty McFly). Film: No Strings Attached (Benji), Behind the Candelabra. T.V.: “The Marvelous Ms. Maisel,” “The Tick,” “Trueblood” and both seasons of NBC’s “SMASH.” Derek has backup danced for Ne-Yo, Miley Cyrus, Paula Abdul, Jordin Sparks, The Pussycat Dolls and Betty White!

 

Brian Golub (Ensemble). Brian Golub’s most notable film credit is his supporting role as Kristen Bell’s secretary in Disney/Touchstone Pictures’ When In Rome. Tours: School of Rock (1st National, Gabe/Jeff/Mr. Hamilton, u/s Ned), Joseph…Dreamcoat (Reuben), Jekyll & Hyde (South Korean Tour). Recording: Grammy nominated cast album of Hair (Broadway Actors Fund Benefit). NYC: Standard Time, NBS, Fleet Week, Caligula, Floyd Collins. Awards: Carbonell Award Best Actor Winner (Huey in Memphis at the Slow Burn Theatre), Carbonell Best Supporting Actor Nominee (Motel in Fiddler On The Roof and Malcom in Full Monty at the Actors Playhouse), Zoni Award Best Supporting Actor Nominee (Abraham in Altar Boyz at the Phoenix Theatre). Regional: Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour, Phoenix Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (Annas, Casa Mañana), Nerds (Philadelphia Theatre Co.), South Pacific (Professor, Barrington Stage), Spamalot (Herbert), Wedding Singer (George, Gateway Playhouse), Spelling Bee (Coney Bear, Actors Playhouse and Chip, Phoenix Theatre), All Shook Up (Dennis), Les Miserable (Combeferre, Maine State), Forever Plaid (Jinx in 7 productions). Brian is also a NYC based yoga Teacher and Reiki Healer. BrianGolub.com, @brigolub.


 

Brittany Rose Hammond (On-Stage Swing) AKA “Bitty” is elated to be part of one of her favorite shows! Favorite credits include: Me and My Girl (City Center Encores!), HAIR (National Tour), Kathy Selden in Singin’ in the Rain (Engeman Theater) and Gingy in Shrek (Sacramento Music Circus). When not onstage, this California native is a passionate dance teacher and choreographer. BrittanyRoseHammond.com

 

Garfield Hammonds (Ensemble). Originally from Lorain/Cleveland Ohio. Holds a Master of Music Degree from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Lives in NYC. Broadway/Nat’l Tours: Motown The Musical; Kiss Me, Kate. Fave credits: PMJ, Ragtime, Man of La Mancha, 25th Annual…Spelling Bee, Big River, Smokey Joe’s Café. Opera: Metropolitan Opera Competition (Distr. Winner), La Traviata, L’Elisir d’Amor, Cosi Fan Tutte, La Cenerentola, Porgy & Bess. Instagram: @gfield3

 

Keirsten Nicole Hodgens (Soul Girl) is elated to be joining the cast of Jesus Christ Superstar! Selected Regional Credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Master Class (Timeline Theater), Ragtime (Marriott Theater Lincolnshire), Jesus Christ Superstar (Paramount Theater) and Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Drury Lane). She is an Indianapolis native and is proud to now be a New York resident! Instagram: @shespeaksmusic

 

Sheila Jones (Ensemble) is grateful to be a part of this production and cast. This is her national tour debut and is excited to see more of America. Favorite credits include Oklahoma (Denver Center), Swing (NCL), Ragtime (Lees McRae), and Once On This Island (Lakeland Center). BFA from Florida State University. @jo.sheila

 

Rebecca Kritzer (Swing/Dance Captain) is a New Yorker by way of Miami, is thrilled to be a part of this iconic show! First national tours include Wicked, and the original company of In The Heights. She has also performed In The Heights regionally at The Actor’s Playhouse, Theatre Under the Stars, and Olney Theatre Centre, where she also served as Associate Choreographer and Dance Captain. She performed in Israel with the Broadway musical Soul Doctor, and most recently was seen in West Side Story at Maltz Jupiter Theatre. Rebecca lives in New York, working as an actor in theater, TV and film, and as an arts educator and dance teacher. She earned a double-major B.A. degree in Journalism and Religious Studies from NYU, with magna cum laude honors. www.rebeccakritzer.com

 

Jacob Lacopo (Ensemble) is stoked to spread this story of Christ’s love from coast to coast! Originally from Troy, Illinois, he graduated from Webster Conservatory in St. Louis, MO in 2013. First falling in love with theatre playing Winthrop in The Music Man, he got his professional start in The St. Louis Muny’s youth programs from the age of 9 to 18 where he returned after graduating college to receive his Actor’s Equity membership in Spamalot followed by West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Beauty and the Beast, Young Frankenstein, 100 Year Centennial Gala, and most recently the regional premiere of Kinky Boots! Other credits include: Empire (NYC staged-reading), Fiddler on the Roof (Fyedka, Maltz Jupiter Theatre), Legally Blonde (Carlos, Norwegian Cruise Line), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Gideon), Grease (Doody), 9 to 5, Pirates of Penzance, The Music Man (Little Theatre on the Square), A Chorus Line (Mike), The Sound of Music (Rolf, McLeod Summer Playhouse), Chicago, Oklahoma, Curtains (Timber Lake Playhouse) and She Loves Me (Insight Theatre Company)… in addition to being a certified yoga teacher with Yoga to the People in NYC. @JacobLacopo

 

Charles McCall (Ensemble/Assistant Dance Captain/Fight Captain). Born in New Jersey, and having grown up in St. Louis, Chicago, and New York City, Charles is a man of the States. Just off the First National Tour of Aladdin, Charles traces his roots through dancing at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, and Breton Follies with Breton Tyner-Bryan, training at SAB, to the Center of Creative Arts in St. Louis, where his musical journey began.

 

Danny McHugh (Swing). Born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis, MN. BFA from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. National tours: Rock of Ages (Drew), White Christmas (Jimmy). Off-Broadway: Blue Man Group (Blue Man). Favorite regional credits include: Floyd Collins (Floyd), BAZ in Las Vegas (Christian), Singin in the Rain (Don Lockwood), and getting to work with Stephen Schwartz as Pip in the original cast of Magic To Do on Princess Cruises.

 

Pepe Nufrio (Ensemble). National Tour debut! Pepe is a New York actor from Madrid, Spain. After 20 years in Spain and halfway through business school, Pepe decided to move to NYC to study acting at AMDA. Favorite credits include: Into The Woods (Barrington Stage), Evita (St. Louis Rep.), West Side Story (Philadelphia Orchestra), From Here to Eternity (NYC’s Jerome Robbins Theater), Grease (Pioneer Theater), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Fulton Theater). Pepenufrioart.com @thepepenufrio

 

Sarah Parker (Riot Girl) is currently a company member of Camille A. Brown and Dancers. In 2015, she took part in Hofesh Shechter’s developmental lab for the latest Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof, and then went on to join the show’s company under the direction of Bartlett Sher. She was part of the cast’s performances on the “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” “Late Night with Stephen Colbert” and “The Tony Awards®.” Sarah is featured in 3 episodes of the hit Amazon TV series “Mozart in the Jungle,” and performed in NBC’s Emmy-winning “Jesus Christ Superstar LIVE” last April. She has also danced in events for Under Armour, Robin Hood, Ernst & Young, ULTA Beauty, MATRIX/ L’Oreal, and Brooks Brothers. As a teacher, Sarah is known for her athletic improvisation and contemporary movement workshops.

 

Erick Patrick (Ensemble). From an early age, Erick knew that he wanted to entertain people. His creative journey began in church where he developed his love for music. His passion for acting came a few years later in middle school, where Erick was in his first musical. Erick attended The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts where he studied acting on camera. Since graduating Erick has been in shows both regionally (Mamma Mia) and on tour (Motown the Musical). Erick is incredibly grateful for each and every opportunity.

 

SandyRedd (Soul Girl) is a powerhouse singer, songwriter, actress and entrepreneur, and a Chicago native performer taking the industry by storm.  She recently left the entire world in shock and awe after wowing celebrity judge panelists Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Blake Shelton on the newest Season 15 of NBC’s hit show “The Voice”.  However, SandyRedd’s story begins long before her journey to “The Voice”.   Honored as a Leading Lady of Success in the field of music by WGCI & IHeart Radio, nominated for the 2018 Chicago Music Awards R&B Entertainer of the Year & Best Female Vocalist, winner of the WGCI Kickstart Your Dreams “Next to Blow out of Chicago” contest by Mountain Dew & Rap Legend Twista, Honored for Music Excellence & Community by RollingOut Magazine, and the founder of the Mama’s Birds Performing Arts Youth Organization which fosters mentorship through music, SandyRedd is definitely leaving her mark on the world with no plans of stopping anytime soon.

 

Jasmine Schmenk (Soul Girl) is from Toledo, Ohio by way of Cleveland. She grew up singing in church, attending an arts based high school (TSA), and went on to study musical theatre at Wright State University. Before graduating she was able to accept the role of Joanne Jefferson in the 20th Anniversary National Tour of RENT.

 

Chelsea Williams (Ensemble) hails from Windham, Maine and is a graduate of Emerson College where she received a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. Broadway: In Transit (standby for Jane and Kathy), Mamma Mia! (u/s Sophie). Nat’l tours: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (u/s Betty), Mamma Mia! (Sophie).  Regional: Casa Mañana, Maine State Music Theatre, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Gloucester Stage.

 

Photo editors and journalists: download photos and headshots HERE.

 

#  #  #

 

ABOUT THE SMITH CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

The hallmark of downtown Las Vegas’ 61-acre urban development known as Symphony Park, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a public-private partnership that opened in March 2012. Heralded as the city’s Heart of the Arts®, The Smith Center is an architectural triumph and long-awaited cultural achievement that educates and entertains the citizens of Southern Nevada. The $470 million world-class performing arts center offers a blend of performances by resident companies, first-run touring attractions, lectures and internationally-acclaimed performers in music, theater and dance. The five-acre campus features four performance spaces including the 2,050-seat Reynolds Hall, the 244-seat Myron’s Cabaret Jazz club, the 220-seat Troesh Studio Theater and the 1.7-acre Donald W. Reynolds Symphony Park for outdoor concerts. Additionally, the campus is home to the Discovery Children’s Museum that opened in March 2013. For more information about The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, please visit www.TheSmithCenter.com. Keep up with news and events on Facebook and follow The Smith Center on Twitter at @SmithCenterLV.

The Smith Center Presents a Blockbuster 2019-2020 Broadway Las Vegas Series® Season

 


 

 

THE SMITH CENTER PRESENTS A BLOCKBUSTER
2019-2020 BROADWAY LAS VEGAS SERIES® SEASON

 

 

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts will present a blockbuster season for its 2019-2020 Broadway Las Vegas® Series sponsored by Southern Nevada Ford Stores and Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie Law Firm.

 

With an impressive award collection including 24 Tonys, two Grammys, 26 Drama Desk Awards, seven Laurence Olivier Awards, and more, the 10-show series will launch in July 2019 with the highly-anticipated return of the smash hit musical THE BOOK OF MORMON. The season will continue with the inspiring tale of ANASTASIA, the return of gravity-defying Broadway sensation WICKED, iconic musical phenomenon JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, and the heart-warming holiday hit DR. SUESS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL. Get away from it all with ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE, featuring original compositions and some of the most beloved Jimmy Buffet classics. Explore the depths of theatrical innovation with THE SPONGEBOB MUSCIAL, the Tony Award-winning revival of ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, and the hilarious Tony-nominated hit musical MEAN GIRLS. The 10-time Tony Award-winning “Best Musical,” THE BAND’S VISIT will conclude the season in June 2020.

 

2018 – 2019 season ticket holders may renew now by visiting TheSmithCenter.com/Broadway2019-2020, by phone at 702-749-2VIP (2847) or 808-326-6868 (TTY), and at the box office located at 361 Symphony Park Ave. To register your interest for new season ticket subscriptions, which will be announced this spring, visit TheSmithCenter.com/Broadway2019-2020.

 

THE BOOK OF MORMON

Tuesday, July 30 – Sunday, Aug. 4, 2018

The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” And Entertainment Weekly says, “Grade A: the funniest musical of all time.” Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show calls it “Genius. Brilliant. Phenomenal.” It’s The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award®-winning Best Musical. This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, THE BOOK OF MORMON has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language.

 

ANASTASIA

Tuesday, Aug. 20 – Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019

Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical ANASTASIA is on a journey to Las Vegas at last! From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family. ANASTASIA features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, a lush new score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) with direction by Tony Award® winner Darko Tresnjak.

 

WICKED

Wednesday, Sept. 11 – Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019

WICKED, The Smith Center’s most “popular” musical, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle.  Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, 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.” 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 that USA Today cheers is “a complete triumph! An original musical that will make you laugh, cry, and think.”

 

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

Tuesday, Nov. 5 – Sunday, 10, 2019

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is an iconic musical phenomenon with a world-wide fan base. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, a new mesmerizing production comes to North America. Originally staged by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and helmed by the acclaimed director Timothy Sheader (Crazy for You, Into the Woods) and award winning choreographer Drew McOnie (King Kong, Strictly Ballroom), this production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival garnering unprecedented reviews and accolades. Appealing to both theater audiences and concert music fans, this production pays tribute to the historic 1971 Billboard Album of the Year while creating a modern, theatrical world that is uniquely fresh and inspiring. With music and lyrics by Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winners Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’, ‘Gethsemane’ and ‘Superstar’.

 

  1. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL

Tuesday, Nov. 26 – Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical is the record-setting Broadway holiday sensation which features the hit songs “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas” from the original animated special. 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 and costumes inspired by Dr. Seuss’ original illustrations help transport audiences to the whimsical world of Whoville and helps remind us of the true meaning of the holiday season. Don’t miss what The New York Times calls “AN EXTRAORDINARY PERFORMANCE! 100 times better than any bedtime story.”

 

ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE

Tuesday, Jan. 7 – Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020

Welcome to Margaritaville, where people come to get away from it all — and stay to find something they never expected. Get ready for a hilarious and heartwarming musical with the most unforgettable songs from one of music’s greatest storytellers. USA Today calls it “A little slice of paradise!” and Entertainment Weekly raves, “It will knock your flip-flops off!” So don’t let the party start without you.

 

THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL

Tuesday, Feb. 4 – Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020

A legendary roster of Grammy® Award winners. A visionary director and a Tony Award®- winning design team. One of the world’s most beloved characters. Turn them loose on stage and what do you get? The bold, original musical The New York Times declares, “BRILLIANT!”  “Wonders our from the stage in a ravishing stream and invention” (Time Out New York) as Broadway’s best creative minds reimagine and bring to life the beloved Nickelodeon series with humor, heart and pure theatrically in a neon-sparkly “party for the eyes and ear” (Daily Beast). Be there when SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face catastrophe – until a most unexpected hero rises to take center stage. This “creative explosion” (Broadway.com) is “nothing short of genius” says Theatermania, so bring the entire family to celebrate friendship and cooperation, and learn the power of unity and inclusion. Get ready to enjoy the “Broadway Extravaganza” (The New Yorker) that New York Magazine calls “effervescent candy-for-the-spirit.” Explore depths of theatrical innovation in NICKELODEON’S THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL, 2018 Best Musical winner of the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, where the power of optimism really can save the world.

 

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND

Tuesday, March 10 – Sunday, March 15, 2020

Music. Fire. Rain. Passion. And that’s just the opening number…“What a delight it is to enter the world of ONCE ON THIS ISLAND!” raves The New York Times. Winner of the 2018 TONY AWARD FOR BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is the sweeping, universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, and ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods, Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart. The groundbreaking vision of two-time Tony Award nominated director Michael Arden (Spring Awakening revival) and acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown (NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live) conjures up “a place where magic is possible and beauty is apparent for all to see!” (The Huffington Post). With a score that bursts with life from Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the Tony Award-winning songwriters of Anastasia and Ragtime, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is a timeless testament to theater’s unlimited possibilities.

 

MEAN GIRLS

Tuesday, April 14 – Sunday, April 19, 2020

Direct from Broadway, MEAN GIRLS is the hilarious hit musical from an award-winning creative team, including book writer TINA FEY (“30 Rock), composer JEFF RICHMOND (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), lyricist NELL BENJAMIN (Legally Blonde) and director CASEY NICHOLAW (The Book of Mormon). Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. Soon, this naïve newbie falls prey to a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung. New York Magazine cheers, MEAN GIRLS delivers with immense energy, a wicked sense of humor and joyful inside-jokery.” USA Today says, “We’ll let you in on a little secret, because we’re such good friends: GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!”

 

THE BAND’S VISIT

Tuesday, June 23 – Sunday, June 28, 2020

Spend an evening in the company of unforgettable strangers at The Band’s Visit—now one of the most celebrated musicals ever. It rejoices in the way music brings us to life, brings us to laughter, brings us to tears, and ultimately, brings us together. In an Israeli desert town where every day feels the same, something different is suddenly in the air. Dina, the local café owner, had long resigned her desires for romance to daydreaming about exotic films and music from her youth. When a band of Egyptian musicians shows up lost at her café, she and her fellow locals take them in for the night. Under the spell of the night sky, their lives intertwine in unexpected ways, and this once sleepy town begins to wake up. The Band’s Visit features music and lyrics by Tony Award and Drama Desk Award winner David Yazbek, and a book by Tony, NY Drama Critics Circle, Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Awards winner Itamar Moses. It is based on the screenplay by Eran Kolirin, and is directed by Tony, Drama Desk, Lortel and Obie Award winner David Cromer.

BROADWAY BOUND AND STUDIO ONE’S SUMMERLIN DANCE ACADEMY PRESENT LITTLE WOMEN

LITTLE WOMEN

BROADWAY BOUND AND STUDIO ONE’S SUMMERLIN DANCE ACADEMY PRESENT LITTLE WOMEN

Broadway Bound and Studio One’s Summerlin Dance Academy are proud to present the theater production of Little Women at the Summerlin Library Theater February 8 – 16, 2013 for eight high-energy performances, which will include special raffle giveaways for prizes, such as four tickets to Jersey Boys.  

Based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic 1869 semi-autobiographical novel, the musical is centered on the four March sisters— brassy, aspiring writer Jo, romantic Meg, pretentious Amy, and kind-hearted Beth. Along with their beloved Marmee, they live in Concord, MA while the family patriarch is away serving as a Union Army chaplain during the Civil War. The story takes place over the course of a few years and primarily focuses on Jo March and her desire to become a famous writer and keep her family together during times of great struggle. The girls all try to achieve their dreams and goals in life, but eventually their futures are quite different from what they initially imagined. Little Women is full of sword fights and soaring ballads, which the talented young cast brings to life.

“We are so excited to bring Las Vegas this vibrant production that showcases the remarkable talent of our community’s youth,” said Michael Vojvodich, director and instructor of the Broadway Bound Musical Theater Program, whose credits include title roles in Jesus Christ Superstar and Jekyll and Hyde, and collaborations with musical theater legends such as Jerry Herman, Susan Egan, Michael McElroy and Marvin Hamlisch.

“We have a great cast of very dedicated young performers who have been a delight to work with,” said musical director Alex Cheney, who has performed with Virginia Musical Theatre and Opryland Productions, and serves as the entertainment coordinator for Caesars Entertainment Corporation.

The Broadway Bound program at Studio One’s Summerlin Dance Academy is the first of its kind in Las Vegas not only to provide its students instruction in acting technique, singing and dancing, but also to offer youth in the community opportunities to be cast in full-scale, multi-show productions. Net proceeds from Broadway Bound shows are donated to Broadway Bound Kidz, a non-profit organization, which is committed to the enrichment, entertainment and education of young people in a theater arts and dance environment.

Performances of Little Women will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, along with 1 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at www.broadwayboundlv.com or by calling (702) 838-5131.

Little Women is a stage musical based on the book by Louisa May Alcott. It is produced through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI), 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. 

 

About Broadway Bound:
Broadway Bound’s mission is to provide the Las Vegas community with live Broadway style musicals performed by children ranging in age from 5 to 18 years old.  Broadway Bound offers courses at the Studio One’s Summerlin Dance Academy to children ages 5 and up.  Broadway Bound is located at 1181 S. Buffalo Drive Suite 130, Las Vegas, Nevada 89117 and can be reached by calling (702) 838-5131 or www.BroadwayBoundLV.com .