'Billy Elliot,' 'Memphis,' 'La Cage' coming to Pantages Theatre in 2011-12
Broadway/LA said that its upcoming 2011-12 season at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood will feature a total of nine productions, including touring versions of the Tony-winning shows "Billy Elliot," "Memphis," "La Cage aux Folles" and "Million Dollar Quartet" as well as the return of "Wicked."
"Come Fly Away" (Oct. 19 to 30), Twyla Tharp's musical-dance production set to the vocals of Frank Sinatra, will open the new season. The musical has seen productions on Broadway, Atlanta and is now playing in Las Vegas. "Wicked" (Nov. 30 to Jan. 22), which first ran at the Pantages in 2005 and later in 2007, is returning for a two-month run.
"Billy Elliot: the Musical" (April 12, 2012 to June 2, 2012) will make its Los Angeles premiere. The show, which is based on the 2000 movie about a boy ballet dancer, won the Tony Award for best musical in 2009. Elton John wrote the music, and the book and lyrics are by Lee Hall.
Also making its L.A. premiere is the critically panned "The Addams Family" (June 5, 2012 to June 17, 2012). The musical, based on the characters created by Charles Addams, features an original story by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa.
The critically lauded Broadway revival of "La Cage aux Folles" (July 10, 2012 to July 22, 2012) will make its local debut.
"Memphis" (July 31, 2012 to Aug. 12, 2012), which saw an early run at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2008 before moving to Broadway and winning the 2010 Tony for best musical, will return to Southern California. The show, which features an original score by David Bryan and Joe DiPietro, tells the story of race relations and romance in the segregated South.
Other productions include "Riverdance" (Nov. 15 to 20) and the ABBA musical "Mamma Mia!" (March 27, 2012 to April 8, 2012).
Casting for all of the productions will be announced at a later date, a spokesman for Broadway/LA said.
[Updated: the closing date for "La Cage aux Folles" has been updated to reflect the most recent information provided by Broadway/LA.]
-- David Ng
Photo: the Broadway cast of "Memphis." Credit: Joan Marcus