Ogunquit Playhouse to Produce Two Regional Premieres of International Smash Hit Shows for the 2014 Season!
For Immediate Release:
October 25, 2013
The Ogunquit Playhouse, America’s Foremost Summer Theatre, is honored to be one of the first regional theatres in the nation to produce the astonishing international musical sensation Billy Elliot and to be selected by Cameron Mackintosh to be the American Northeast premiere of his hit musical stage adaptation of The Witches of Eastwick. “We are thrilled to be able to enjoy an extraordinary season that includes these two premieres at the Ogunquit Playhouse for 2014,” said Executive Artistic Director Bradford Kenney. “Ogunquit Playhouse is fortunate to have a close relationship with members of the original Broadway team for Billy Elliot and is looking forward to working with them to create this wonderful show for our stage. I personally have great affection for and have been able to enjoy Witches of Eastwick as it has developed in the UK and I am very excited to be able to bring this exciting musical to America for our audiences.” Both of these shows are part of an exciting lineup of musicals for the 2014 season at the historic Playhouse. Finalized dates for the 2014 season will be announced later this year with the addition of one more show.
Billy Elliot the Musical features Elton John’s spectacular score and an inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Set in a northern England mining town, against the background of the 1984/1985 miners’ strike, audiences follow Billy’s journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family as well as the whole community. This moving theatrical experience is heightened by the unforgettable music by Elton John, sensational dance and a powerful storyline. Billy Elliot is the spectacular international musical that has enough heart, humor and passion to be called “the best show you’ll ever see” by the New York Post.
The Witches of Eastwick are the original “desperate housewives!” This sexy new musical comedy is based on the Warner Brothers hit motion picture starring Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon and Cher. Brewing and stewing about their dull lives, these small-town New England women wish for the man of their dreams ― and they get far more than they bargain for when all hell breaks loose and the devil incarnate, Darryl Van Horne, arrives to liven things up! You won’t want to miss this hysterical and devilish show, with its beautiful original score, that was declared, “musical comedy heaven” by London’s Daily Mail. Three sexy witches and one lucky devil will leave you asking the question – “Trick or treat?”
The season line up will also include Grease, the beloved rock n’ roll celebration of teen angst, fast cars and first loves all set in the fabulous fifties with songs that will make you want to stand up and shout, "A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop a-wop-bam-boom!" The practically perfect Mary Poppins will to fly over the rooftops of London and into the Ogunquit Playhouse in this family musical that features the unforgettable songs from the popular Disney film including “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “Chim Chim Cher-ee.” The hottest joint in town is Smokey Joe’s Café and this Tony Award nominated and Grammy Award winning tribute to legendary songwriters Leiber and Stoller is a sizzling, song-and-dance celebration of over 40 of rock ‘n’ roll's greatest hits, including "Hound Dog," “Stand by Me,” “Yakety Yak,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Spanish Harlem,” "On Broadway," "Kansas City," "Love Potion #9," "Fools Fall in Love” and more. Bursting with infectious energy it’s no wonder this electrifying show became the longest-running musical revue in Broadway history.
Season ticket packages are on sale now and the only way to guarantee the best seats for the best price to these five exciting shows. Prices start at only $175 for a five-show package and $99 for a three-show package. Gift cards and flex passes are also on sale for the holiday gift-giving season. Individual tickets sales begin mid-winter. To learn more about becoming a member, or to purchase tickets and gift certificates, visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.com or call the Box Office at 207-646-5511.
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About the Ogunquit Playhouse: The Ogunquit Playhouse is America’s Foremost Summer Theatre, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, producing the finest Broadway musicals each season, with performances Tuesday through Sunday from mid-May to mid-October. Follow the Ogunquit Playhouse on Twitter (@OgunquitPH) and like us on Facebook (facebook.com/OgunquitPlayhouse) for behind-the-scenes info, photos and fun throughout the season. For a complete list of show times, pricing and more information about the season visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org.