The Book of Mormon Announces Lottery Ticket Policy For Performances at The Smith Center Beginning July 30

“THE BEST MUSICAL OF THIS CENTURY.
Heaven on Broadway! A celebration of the privilege
of living inside that improbable paradise called a musical comedy.”
Ben Brantley, THE NEW YORK TIMES

ANNOUNCES LOTTERY TICKET POLICY
PERFORMANCES BEGIN JULY 30
AT THE SMITH CENTER

THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, is pleased to announce a lottery ticket policy for the National Tour, which begins July 30 at The Smith Center in Las Vegas and plays a limited one-week engagement through Aug. 4. In Las Vegas, the production will conduct a pre-show lottery at the box office, making a limited number of tickets available at $25 apiece.

 

The wildly popular lottery for the Broadway production has attracted as many as 800 entries at some performances.  The producers of THE BOOK OF MORMON are pleased to offer low-priced lottery seats for every city on the National Tour.

 

Entries will be accepted at the box office beginning two and a half hours prior to each performance; each person will print their name and the number of tickets (1 or 2) they wish to purchase on a card that is provided. Two hours before curtain, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets priced at $25 each. Only one entry is allowed per person. Cards are checked for duplication prior to drawing. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Tickets are subject to availability.

 

THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. The production is choreographed by Casey Nicholaw and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker. The show also features set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan.  Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus.  Music direction and vocal arrangements are by Stephen Oremus.

 

THE BOOK OF MORMON is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album; four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical, and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.

 

The Original Broadway Cast Recording for THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, is available on Ghostlight Records.

 

 

 

For more information, visit www.BookofMormonTheMusical.com

Follow THE BOOK OF MORMON on Twitter and on Facebook.

 

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.

SOMETHING ROTTEN! is Coming to Las Vegas Aug. 8 – 13, 2017 at The Smith Center; Tickets on Sale June 16!

IS COMING TO LAS VEGAS
OPENING AUG. 8 – 13, 2017 AT THE SMITH CENTER
TICKETS ON SALE JUNE 16, 2017

“A DELIRIOUSLY ENTERTAINING new musical comedy that brings down the house!”
–New York Post

“FRESH, IRREVERENT and HYSTERICAL!”
Associated Press

 The completely original new musical SOMETHING ROTTEN!, directed and choreographed by Tony® Award winner Casey Nicholaw (THE BOOK OF MORMON, ALADDIN), with music and lyrics by GRAMMY® Award winner and Tony® Award nominee Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award and Tony® Award nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Tony® Award nominees Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O’Farrell, opens at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts Aug. 8 – 13, 2017. Book your tickets online at www.TheSmithCenter.com, call 702.749.2000 or visit The Smith Center box office.

Nominated for 10 Tony® Awards including “Best Musical,” SOMETHING ROTTEN! comes to Las Vegas with three principal cast members directly from Broadway: Rob McClure as “Nick Bottom,” Adam Pascal as “Shakespeare” and Josh Grisetti as “Nigel Bottom.” The touring cast also features Maggie Lakis as “Bea,” Blake Hammond as “Nostradamus,” Autumn Hurlbert as “Portia,” Scott Cote as “Brother Jeremiah” and Jeff Brooks as “Shylock.”

 

The award-winning design team of Broadway veterans includes Scott Pask (scenic design), Gregg Barnes (costume design), Jeff Croiter (lighting design), Peter Hylenski (sound design), Josh Marquette (hair design), Phil Reno (music direction/conductor), Glen Kelly (arrangements), Larry Hochman (orchestrations), Steve Bebout (associate director) and casting by Telsey + Company/Bethany Knox, CSA.

 

From the director of ALADDIN, co-director of THE BOOK OF MORMON and the producer of RENT, AVENUE Q and IN THE HEIGHTS, this hilarious new musical comedy tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, two playwrights stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar Will Shakespeare. When a soothsayer foretells the next big thing in theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, the Bottom brothers set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! With the most singing, the most dancing and the most gut-busting laughs on Broadway, it’s something wonderful… something for everyone… It’s SOMETHING ROTTEN! – “the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years” (Time Out New York)!

 

With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, SOMETHING ROTTEN! is an uproarious dose of pure Broadway fun and an irresistible ode to musicals — those dazzling creations that entertain us, inspire us and remind us that everything’s better with an exclamation point!

 

Follow SOMETHING ROTTEN! on Twitter: @RottenBroadway, Facebook, and Instagram.

 

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 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.

Back By Popular Demand – The Book of Mormon at The Smith Center Sept. 22 – Oct. 18 – Tickets On Sale June 8

“THE BEST MUSICAL OF THIS CENTURY.
Heaven on Broadway! A celebration of the privilege
of living inside that improbable paradise called a musical comedy.”
Ben Brantley, THE NEW YORK TIMES

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

the book of mormon

Performances Begin Sept. 22
at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

Public On Sale Monday, June 8

Back by popular demand, THE BOOK OF MORMON, which played a record breaking four-week week run in 2014 returns to Las Vegas for a limited engagement Sept. 22-Oct. 18 at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.  Single tickets will go on sale Monday, June 8 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available at The Smith Center box office (361 Symphony Park Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89106), by visiting www.TheSmithCenter.com, or by calling 702-749-2000. For preferred seating and special rates for groups of 10 or more, contact 702-749-2348.

 

THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, “South Park.” Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q.  The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker.

 

THE BOOK OF MORMON is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album; four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical, and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.

THE BOOK OF MORMON features set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan.  Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus.  Music direction and vocal arrangements are by Stephen Oremus.

The Original Broadway Cast Recording for THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, is available on Ghostlight Records.

 

For more information, visit www.BookofMormonTheMusical.com

Follow THE BOOK OF MORMON on Twitter and on Facebook.

 

Season Subscriptions to 2013-2014 Broadway Las Vegas® at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts Now Available

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Season Subscriptions to 2013-2014 Broadway Las Vegas® at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts Now Available

“The Book of Mormon” to anchor season

  

New season subscriptions for the highly anticipated 2013-2014 Broadway Las Vegas® series at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts are now available.

Broadway Las Vegas season subscribers see all of the season productions with exclusive benefits, including the best seats at the best prices, the ability to keep seats from season to season and flexibility to change tickets dates.

The upcoming season, sponsored by Southern Nevada Ford Stores, brings many of Broadway’s most beloved and famed musicals and plays to Las Vegas for the first time. From the creators of “South Park” and winner of nine Tony Awards, “The Book of Mormon” will play a limited engagement June 10 through July 6. Season ticket holders receive priority ticket opportunities to shows; the best way to guarantee seats to “The Book of Mormon.”The 10-show series features timeless Broadway classics as well as some of today’s newest productions. Combined, the celebrated roster of productions represents an impressive 40 Tony® Award wins.

The Broadway Las Vegas 10-show package begins at $273. Tickets for individual performances go on sale at a later date beginning with “Les Miserables” on May 24.

Orders for new subscriptions for the 2013-2014season visiting www.TheSmithCenter.com, by phone at 702-749-2847 or 808-326-6868 (TTY) and at the Box Office located at 361 Symphony Park Ave. On sale dates for tickets to individual shows will be announced at a later date.

For preferred seating and special rates for groups of 10 or more, contact 702-749-2348.

More information on the 10 productions below.

LES MISÉRABLES
Wednesday, Aug. 7 – Sunday, Aug. 11
Cameron Mackintosh presents a brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical, “Les Misérables” LES MISÉRABLES, with glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. This new production has been acclaimed by critics, fans and new audiences and is breaking box office records wherever it goes. The New York Times calls this “Les Misérables” “an unquestionably spectacular production from start to finish.” NY1-TV proclaims “musical theatre fans can rejoice: ‘Les Miz’ is born again.”

 

THE WIZARD OF OZ
Tuesday, Sept. 10 – Sunday, Sept. 15
An enchanting adaptation of Frank Baum’s 1900 novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and the timeless 1939 MGM screenplay, “The Wizard of Oz” is an Andrew Lloyd Webber production entirely reconceived for the stage. Featuring the classic songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, including “Over the Rainbow,” “We’re Off to See the Wizard” and “If I Only Had a Brain,” “The Wizard of Oz” opened in March 2011 and features character favorites Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion and Toto as well as new songs from Webber and Tim Rice.

 

WAR HORSE
Wednesday, Oct. 2 – Sunday, Oct. 6
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. This powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness that is currently playing to packed houses in London and around the world. At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, that bring to life breathing, galloping, charging horses strong enough for men to ride.

 

SISTER ACT
Tuesday, Oct. 15 – Sunday, Oct. 20
“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 eight-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.

EVITA
Tuesday, Nov. 26 – Sunday, Dec. 1
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.” Don’t miss the stunning new production of “Evita,” directed by Michael Grandage and choreographed by Rob Ashford, that Channel 4 New York calls “The hottest ticket in town!”

MAMMA MIA!
Tuesday, Jan 7Sunday, Jan. 12
“MAMMA MIA!” is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. The smash-hit musical 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.

FLASHDANCE – THE MUSICAL
Tuesday, Jan. 28 – Sunday, Feb. 2
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the pop culture phenomenon “Flashdance” tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night with dreams of one day becoming a professional performer. When romance with her steel mill boss threatens to complicate her ambitions, Alex learns the meaning of love and its power to fuel the pursuit of her dream. Featuring a score that includes the biggest hit songs from the original movie, the stage musical also features 16 brand new songs with music by Robbie Roth and lyrics by Robert Cary and Robbie Roth.

THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS
Tuesday, April 15 – Sunday, April 20
Time Magazine exclaims “The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess” is, “A don’t miss theatre event! The #1 Broadway musical of the year.” Winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” features stunning new staging, accompanied by a magnificent 23-piece orchestra and includes such legendary songs as “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So” and “I Got Plenty of Nothing.” Praised by the New Yorker as “A great achievement!,” the classic story is set in Charleston’s fabled Catfish Row, where the beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past that can only be rescued by the courageous Porgy. Threatened by her formidable former lover Crown, and the seductive enticements of the colorful troublemaker Sporting Life, Porgy and Bess’ relationship evolves into a deep romance that triumphs as one of theater’s most exhilarating love stories.

ONCE
Tuesday, May 20 – Sunday, May 25
Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical and winner of the 2013 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album, “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 an everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, “ONCE” draws audiences in from the very first note and never lets go. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams, not living in fearand the power of music to connect all of us.

THE BOOK OF MORMON
Tuesday, June 10 – Sunday, July 6
Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” Entertainment Weekly says it’s “the funniest musical of all time.” From “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, it’s “The Book of Mormon,” winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical. Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” calls it a “crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry.”

 

 

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, a 258-seat Cabaret Jazz club, the 250-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.

 

 

*PHOTOS/VIDEO* The Smith Center brings 10 Broadway shows and 40 Tony Awards® to Las Vegas in 2013-2014

The Smith Center brings 10 Broadway shows and 40 Tony Awards® to Las Vegas in 2013-2014

It was a monumental evening tonight at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts as president and CEO, Myron Martin, hosted the center’s first-ever President’s Reception. Held in the intimate Troesh Studio Theatre inside Boman Pavilion, Martin welcomed guests to an evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as he remarked on the success of The Smith Center’s first year before announcing the 2013-2014 Broadway Las Vegas® season.

Sponsored by Southern Nevada Ford Stores, the upcoming Broadway Las Vegas season is comprised of 10 of Broadway’s most beloved productions featuring many timeless classics and some of the most recent smash hits. Combined, the 10-part series, which includes the previously announced “The Book of Mormon,” brings an impressive 40 Tony Awards® to Las Vegas.

After unveiling the new season, Martin welcomed a surprise guest to the stage – the star of one of the upcoming productions, Joey from “War Horse.” At 10-feet long and eight-feet tall, Joey is the astonishing horse puppet that brings the timeless book and classic screenplay to life on stage. Controlled by three specialized puppeteers, each with different roles, Joey entertained guests and brought smiles into the room as he demonstrated stage techniques and galloped across the theater.

The upcoming season includes “Les Misérables,” Wednesday, Aug. 7 – Sunday, Aug. 11; “The Wizard of Oz,” Tuesday, Sept. 10 – Sunday, Sept. 15; “War Horse,” Wednesday, Oct. 2 – Sunday, Oct. 6; “Sister Act,” Tuesday, Oct. 15 – Sunday, Oct. 20; Evita,” Tuesday, Nov. 26 – Sunday, Dec. 1; “Mamma Mia!” Tuesday, Jan 7 – Sunday, Jan. 12; “Flashdance – The Musical” Tuesday, Jan. 28 – Sunday, Feb. 2; “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” Tuesday, April 15 – Sunday, April 20; “Once,” Tuesday, May 20 – Sunday, May 25; and “The Book of Mormon,” Tuesday, June 10 – Sunday, July 6.

Guests also enjoyed signature cocktails provided by Wirtz inspired by the Broadway Las Vegas season and exquisitely presented hors d’oeuvres spreads created by Culinary Arts Catering.

For more information on the 2013-2014 Broadway Las Vegas season, including subscription information for current and prospective season ticket holders, visit www.TheSmithCenter.com.

Photo Credit Erik Kabik