Broadway in Tucson 2011/2012 Season

Broadway in Tucson’s 2010/2011 proved to be a great season of the best performances to hit the stage. I personally had the chance to watch two Tony Award winning shows, “The Color Purple” and “Wicked.” It was worth the price of the tickets. As excited as I was for last season, I am ecstatic about the performances on the Broadway in Tucson 2011/2012 schedule. The shows are a blend of classic Broadway musicals and new Broadway hits. As with last season, I hope to share the beauty of the theater with my daughter.

“West Side Story”
September 20-25, 2011
Tucson Music Hall

“West Side Story” is the Tony Award-winning musical that first wowed American audiences in the 1950s, retelling the story of Romeo and Juliet amid the backdrop of the New York streets. Most audiences have become familiar with the musical via its Academy Award-winning film, featuring the love story of the America Tony and the Puerto Rico beauty Maria. The revival maintains the integrity of the original story, with classic songs like “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty,” and “Somewhere.” The new production also features several classic songs in Spanish.

“Shrek the Musical”
October 18-23, 2011
Tucson Music Hall

Practically anyone who has had a child in the last decade knows the story of Shrek, the loveable ogre who falls in love with a princess and has a donkey sidekick. “Shrek the Musical” adds singing and dancing to this Oscar-winning tale of love that goes beyond outward appearances, friendship and heroism. Parents should mark their calendars and bring their children to the show, giving them a chance to see their favorite characters in real life.

“Rock of Ages”
March 13-18, 2012
Tucson Music Hall

“Rock of Ages” debuted as a trial run in Los Angeles in 2006 before making its leap to Broadway in 2009. It has been nominated for five Tony Awards. I have looked forward to seeing this one since hearing about it and watching a performance on “The Today Show.” If you love 80’s music, “Rock of Ages” is for you. Performers sing classic songs from Journey, Pat Benatar, Styx and Poison. Come on. Who doesn’t like Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again”? Watch the clip on its official website and you’ll be hooked. Probably the best contemporary play since “Rent.”

“In the Heights”
April 24-29, 2012
Tucson Music Hall

“In the Heights” is the winner of the 2008 Tony Award-winning Best Musical and tells the story of an immigrant family looking for a better life in Manhattan. The story is told from the point of view of three generations. I have to admit that I’m not familiar with this stage performance. After I watched the clip on the show’s official website, it reminds me of old-school musicals like “West Side Story.”

“Mary Poppins”
May 15-20, 2012
Tuscon Music Hall

Say it with me, ” Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” For 50 years, “Mary Poppins” has been a childhood right of passage. Who hasn’t dreamed of a babysitter or nanny who flies, jumps into painting and sings like an angel? I really want to bring my daughter to this one. She’s seen it on television, but after taking her to her first stage performances this year, I know she will appreciate a live-action “Mary Poppins.” I can’t wait to “Chim Chim Cher-ee” to the Tucson Music Hall with my daughter.

I definitely want to save my nickels and dimes because this is the best Broadway in Tucson lineup that I’ve seen since moving here. I’ve never wanted to see all of the shows. There’s always one or two I want to clear my calendar for. This year’s shows bring back a sense of nostalgia, as well as tell new stories. Season packages are on sale now. You can pick your seats and the shows you want to see. Individual tickets go on sale in the fall. Select tickets start under $50.