Best of Broadway coming to Niceville
Date: 8/21/2014 Album ID: 1836136
Photos by Special to the Daily News
This season marks the 18th anniversary of the completion and opening of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center’s mainstage theater where the touring Broadway shows are held. The massive theater, with its 10-story mainstage, first opened to the public on Jan. 27, 1997, with a sold-out performance of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra.
The national touring season at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center begins Sept. 12 with a special evening of improvisational comedy direct from New York. The stars of tomorrow from the renowned improvisational theatre Upright Citizens Brigade will provide a master-class to NWF State theater students and then present an evening performance for the public in the mainstage theater. Tickets are $10 each.
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On Sept. 25, Recycled Percussion appears in an unprecedented combination of extreme percussion, engaging humor and extraordinary athleticism with a show that has been rocking the Las Vegas strip for over two years. Tickets are $35 each.
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On Oct. 6, brings former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee to the mainstage. Huckabee will speak on “Weapons of Mass Instruction,” host a Q & A session and perform his bass guitar with the NWF State College Jazz Ensemble. The appearance benefits NWFSC music programs. Tickets are: $15 each or $65 each for the event plus a VIP reception with Huckabee.
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On Oct. 10, an all-new production of one of theatre’s most legendary musicals, “Camelot,” appears as the first national touring Broadway musical of the season. Winner of four Tony Awards, never has this story of passion, pageantry and betrayal been more captivating. Tickets are $45 each.
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On Jan. 6, 2015, enjoy a return engagement of the Broadway comedy “Menopause the Musical” that sold out the Mattie Kelly Arts Center’s mainstage theater in 2012. Tickets are $45 each.
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They took Broadway by storm as four stars from the original cast of the smash hit musical “Jersey Boys.” Now these brilliant performers are together again on their 4th national tour as The Midtown Men, appearing Jan. 22, 2015, singing favorite ’60s hits. Tickets are $45 each. (The Midtown Men is not affiliated with “Jersey Boys”).
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On Jan. 26, experience world-class ice skaters in a dazzling one-of-a-kind ice show with the national tour of Celebration on Ice. Tickets are $35 adult and $20 for youth age 18 and younger.
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Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. The new smash-hit musical, “Million Dollar Quartet,” inspired by the famed recording session that brought together these music icons for the first and only time, appears Feb. 2. Tickets are $45 each.
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On Feb. 7, One Singular Sensation: the Music of Marvin Hamlisch celebrates one of the most successful composers of the 20th century and includes four Broadway stars performing the music of “The Way We Were,” “A Chorus Line,” “The Sting”, “The Goodbye Girl” and more. Tickets are $35 each.
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The winner of five Tony Awards, “Peter & the Star Catcher” appears Feb. 10. This musical takes a hilarious romp through the Neverland for a magical evening of madcap fun for all ages. Tickets are $45 each.
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Another “back by popular demand” event appears Feb. 20 with a return engagement of In the Mood that sold out the Mattie Kelly Arts Center’s mainstage theater in 2013. This retro musical revue celebrates the 1940s Swing era with the classic hits of Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller, The Andrews Sisters, Benny Goodman and more. Tickets are $35 each.
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The final Broadway musical of the season, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” appears March 10 with a rip-roaring stage version of the popular MGM movie. Tickets are $45 each.
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On March 14, thrill to the magic of Cirque de la Symphonie in a live performance with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra in the season’s final national show. This Special Event is a fundraiser for the NFSO and features aerial Cirque flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and more. Tickets are $37 each.
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