The Orpheum’s Broadway Season Begins
The Orpheum Theatre usually has a mix of classic Broadway shows that have been around for a while and really popular shows. They're doing that again this year, and they kicked off the 2013-2014 Broadway season with Flashdance last Thursday.
Jillian Mueller as Alex Owens, Matthew Hydzik as Nick Hurley in the National Tour of Flashdance the Musical. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.
Though it is a musical, this show is really only about the dancing: ballet, breakdancing, and that indefinable frenzied eighties dance style a la "Maniac." Flashdance is still there for a couple more days if you want to catch it. Yes, they do the water scene. (Mature content.)
Here's a brief rundown of what else the Orpheum is bringing to Memphis this season:
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story Oct. 15-20
They call it a "jukebox musical" – biographical, with lots of familiar songs.
West Side Story Nov. 5-10
Romeo and Juliet in 1950s New York City. (Mature content.)
Sister Act Dec. 3-8
Nuns become divas. Sequined habits galore.
The Cast of Sister Act The Musical. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Wicked Jan. 29 – Feb 16, 2014
A new classic. I saw this at the Orpheum when it was here a few years ago; it was hilarious. I bought the soundtrack as soon as I got home and listened to it for three months straight. I'm totally biased because this is one of my favorites.
War Horse March 25-30, 2014
A dramatic musical with giant horse puppets. From the photos and video, the production value looks seriously impressive.
Joey and Topthorn in the National Tour of War Horse. Photo by Brinkhoff/Mögenburg.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat April 22-27, 2014
Bring the kids to this one.
Book of Mormon June 24-29, 2014
Now the one you've all been waiting for. Props to the Orpheum for nabbing this Tony-winning musical for us. I have a sneaky feeling (OK, I'm certain) that this will sell out. Tickets for folks who aren't season ticket holders will go on sale in early 2014. (Mature content.)
The Book of Mormon First National Tour Company. Photo by Joan Marcus.
You can find links to information about each of these shows and purchase tickets here.
Kids under the age of four are not permitted at the Orpheum's Broadway performances. Some musicals have mature content which I've noted above. If you're looking for ADA accessible seating and parking arrangements, I'd recommend visiting this page on the Orpheum's website and calling ahead to get all the details.
The Orpheum Theatre
203 S Main St.
Memphis, TN 38103