Broadway Series

Arts and Humanities
1:14 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Under the Irreverence in 'The Book of Mormon' Beats a Sweet, Traditional Heart

Phyre Hawkins, Mark Evans and Christopher John O'Neill in "The Book of Mormon" first national tour.
Credit Joan Marcus / Broadway Across America

By now, everyone’s heard about how famously irreverent the award-winning musical “The Book of Mormon” is. The religious satire that pokes hard at the self-serving naïvete of young Mormon men dispatched to evangelize in rural Africa was written by “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and “Avenue Q” / “Frozen” writer Robert Lopez, a creative team whose pointed sense of humor is rivaled only by its love for and deep understanding of traditional musical theatre.

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Arts and Humanities
10:58 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Broadway in Louisville Will Hold Lottery for Cheap 'The Book of Mormon' Tickets

Credit Broadway Across America

The wildly-popular Broadway musical "The Book of Mormon," which won nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, is coming to Louisville next week for a two-week engagement. Broadway in Louisville just announced that they'll hold a pre-show lottery for $25 tickets before each performance of the hit musical, which runs in the Kentucky Center's Whitney Hall May 27-June 8. 

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Arts and Humanities
1:44 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

REVIEW | Video and Effects Star in Broadway’s ‘Ghost: the Musical’

Steven Grant Douglas and Katie Postotnik in "Ghost: the Musical" American tour.
Credit Joan Marcus

Love it or hate it, the trend of adapting stage musicals from hit films isn’t leaving Broadway any time soon – a musical adaptation of "Pretty Woman" is in the works now. Sometimes it works beautifully – the smash hit comedy “Legally Blonde” is arguably an even better musical (thanks largely to incredibly catchy and heartfelt songs by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin) than film, and the wistful musical romance “Once” has taken a charming, small film and turned it to a powerful live experience (currently featuring Louisville native Adam Brown on Broadway, too!).

Both of those stories are transformed significantly by the addition of song and dance, which means there were artistic reasons (aside from business reasons) to adapt them for the stage.

Currently on its American tour, another film-to-stage adaptation, “Ghost: the Musical,” opened yesterday and runs through Sunday in the Broadway in Louisville series at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts’ Whitney Hall.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Broadway Series Brings 'Lion King' Back to Louisville

Brown Lindiwe Mkhize as “Rafiki” in the opening number “The Circle of Life” from "The Lion King" National Tour.  
Credit  Joan Marcus / Disney

Broadway in Louisville is bringing "Disney's The Lion King" back next year. The organization announced its 2014-15 season today, which opens October 7 with "I Love Lucy Live On Stage," a live re-enactment of two episodes of the iconic 1950s sitcom. All shows play in the Kentucky Center's Whitney Hall.

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Arts and Humanities
10:16 am
Wed November 20, 2013

REVIEW | 'War Horse' Balances Spectacle With Heart

Albert rides Joey in "War Horse."
Credit Brinkhoff/Mögenburg

Much has been made of the puppetry wizards who bring the eponymous heroes of "War Horse," a horse named Joey and his cavalry buddy Topthorn, to life. The life-sized horse puppets created by the Tony Award-winning Handspring Puppet Company are certainly impressive, but the beating heart behind the acclaimed play is the strong relationship between Joey and his owner Albert, who enlists in the British Army in an attempt to rescue Joey from the unspeakable terrors of World War I.

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Arts and Humanities
11:29 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Puppeteers Bring 'War Horse' Equine Star to Life

Puppeteers bring "War Horse" to life.
Credit Brinkhoff/Mögenburg

The 2011 Broadway premiere of the World War I drama “War Horse” won five Tony Awards, including Best Play and Best Direction. But the show also garnered a special Tony Award for Handspring Puppet Company, which designed the show’s star – a life-sized horse puppet named Joey.

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Arts and Humanities
1:22 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

REVIEW | Whimsy Lightens the Dark in 'The Addams Family' Musical

Shaun Rice as Uncle Fester in the 2013-14 national tour of "The Addams Family."
Credit Carol Rosegg

They’re still creepy and kooky, but in “The Addams Family” musical, you can only snap along to that old theme song during the overture. With new songs and a story sourced not from the 1960s television show or the popular films but Charles Addams’ old New Yorker cartoons, the accomplished creative team behind the Broadway musical crafted a visually-rich, likable comedy by drawing on familiar Addams family character traits, gentle wit and a fun mix of musical styles.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu March 7, 2013

'War Horse' Joining Slate of All-New Broadway Series Season

Andrew Veenstra (Albert) with Christopher Mai, Derek Stratton, Rob Laqui (Joey the horse) in "War Horse."

The acclaimed Broadway drama “War Horse” is coming to the Kentucky Center in November. The Broadway in Louisville series announced their next season today, which includes the popular musical “The Book of Mormon.” All of the shows scheduled for next season are new to Louisville.

Rounding out the season are musical adaptations of two early-Nineties films, “Ghost” and “Sister Act,” and “The Addams Family,” which opens the season in October.

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Arts and Humanities
4:04 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Great 'I Want' Moments in Musicals

Emily Behny as Belle.

The Broadway touring production of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" opens tonight in the Kentucky Center's Whitney Hall.

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Arts and Humanities
12:20 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Review: 'Wicked' Stars Shine Extra Bright

Jeanna de Waal as Galinda and Christine Dwyer as Elphaba in the touring production of "Wicked."
Joan Marcus Wicked the Musical

The Broadway in Louisville production of the smash hit “Wicked” opened Thursday at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. The Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical depicts the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good, polar opposite witches from the classic tale “The Wizard of Oz,” as schoolgirls struggling with their ambitions, convictions and loyalty in an oppressive political climate.

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