Arts Center Features Dozen Mega-Hit Broadway & Artist Shows
Individual Tickets - Available August 20
/Season Opens September 26 with Menopause the Musical
Season packages are now available for the largest series ever of Broadway shows and Artist events to appear at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. The lineup of a dozen national and internationally touring shows is a record for the $25 million performing arts venue and includes award-winning hits such as FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL, HAIR, and SHREK THE MUSICAL, as well as the National Circus of China in CIRQUE CHINOIS, the international tour of a WOMEN OF IRELAND concert and more.
The priority window for Season Packages and group sales is August 1 to 19, when only season or group packages will be sold. Continuing a popular option started last season, patrons may choose their own selection of five or more national shows for a Custom Season Package to receive a 10% (ten percent) discount off the ticket price of each show. A discount of $5 off per ticket is available for groups of 10 or more tickets to a single show if the group sale is made by a single purchaser. To best serve patrons, packages and group sales must be purchased by phone, mail, or in-person from the Box Office only (packages and discounts are not available by web sales). Contact or visit the Box Office between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday at (850) 729-6000 or toll-free 1-888-838-ARTS (2787).
Individual tickets for all shows go on sale August 20 by web, phone or in-person from the Box office. Purchase tickets online at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center website at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org. Each of the 12 nationally touring shows appears at 7:30 p.m. for one performance only. Individual tickets are $45 each for Broadway events and $35 each for Artist Series events. For online ticket sales, show photos, videos and additional information, see the Mattie Kelly Arts Center website.
The 2012-13 Broadway and Artist Season starts September 26 with the wildly popular MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL -- a hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the '60s, '70s, and '80s. The season continues October 11 with the new live-concert experience BROADWAY ROX that celebrates the contemporary musicals of Broadway from the pop and rock genres. The international touring sensation DRUMLINE LIVE appears on November 7 with an explosion of energy and athleticism set to the hottest contemporary hip hop, R&B, and classic Motown tunes, as well as the rousing sounds of the great marching band brass tradition.
A hit for the whole family - SHREK THE MUSICAL, appears on November 19, followed by NUNSET BOULEVARD on November 29, starring Cindy Williams of "Laverne & Shirley" TV fame as Mother Superior. The Tony Award® winning musical FIDDLER ON THE ROOF comes to the Mattie Kelly Arts Center stage on December 3; and direct from Beijing, the National Circus of the People's Republic of China, performs CIRQUE CHINOIS on December 12.
The Mattie Kelly Arts Center season continues in 2013 on January 12 with NEW YORK TENORS, showcasing of some of the world's greatest vocalists. The groundbreaking musical HAIR appears January 30. This electric musical celebration of the turbulent 1960's and search for peace and love features an extraordinary cast and unforgettable songs such as "Age of Aquarius", "Let the Sun Shine In", "Good Morning, Starshine" and more! Parental discretion is advised for this show.
IN THE MOOD on February 2 features a retro 1940's musical with the sensational String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra, vocalists and dancers. An innovative and exciting concert production showcasing Ireland's leading female performers in WOMEN OF IRELAND appears on February 15; and the smash-hit musical comedy ROCK OF AGES appears on April 1 to round out the season with a rock-n-roll love story told through the hits of Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Twisted Sister, and Poison.
The Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center is located at 100 College Boulevard on the eastern edge of the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College. The center is easily accessible from Interstate 10, coastal communities via the Mid-Bay Bridge in Destin, or State Highways 85 and 285. See the Mattie Kelly Arts Center website at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org or contact the Box Office at (850) 729-6000 to be placed on the center's mailing list to receive a season brochure and updates. Show titles and dates are subject to change. All ticket sales include a $2 per ticket Box Office processing fee in addition to the ticket price. All the 1,650 seats in the main theater at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center are no more than 90 feet from the stage - making every seat "the best seat in the house," according to Dr. Cliff Herron, executive director for the $25 million state-of-the-art performance venue.
In date order, the 2012-13 Mattie Kelly Arts Center Season includes:
September 26 - Inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine, Menopause the Musical is a hilarious musical parody, set to classic tunes from the '60s, '70s, and '80s, that has audiences all over the world cheering and dancing in the aisles! The show is a certified mega-hit about four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex, and more! The laughter-filled 90-minute production is "the perfect destination for a girls' treat out" according to the Baltimore Times Herald. Tickets are $45 each.
October 11 - Six of Broadway's hottest performers and a 5-piece rock band come together in Broadway Rox – a visually amazing production that celebrates the contemporary musicals of Broadway from the pop and rock genres, bridging the gap between traditional Broadway musicals and a full-blown Rock Show! Those familiar with GLEE and SMASH will love the awesome mash-ups of their favorite Broadway songs, from shows like Wicked, Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia, Rent, Rock of Ages, and many more! And, the Northwest Florida State College Soundsations Showchoir takes the stage alongside Broadway's brightest stars for a New York and Niceville mix! Don't miss this celebration of youth, energy, humor and great music. Tickets are $35 each.
November 7 - Kicking off its fourth packed-house USA tour, DRUMLINE Live brings an explosive energy and athleticism to an eclectic mix of sounds – from the hottest contemporary hip hop, R&B, and classic Motown tunes to the rousing sounds of the great brass tradition. The energetic cast has honed its precision with years of training in marching band programs across the southern USA where the tradition of the show style marching band was born. With its "boisterous brass, perfectly precise percussion syncopation, and sassy dance numbers [that] fly off the stage and into the audience," The Clarion hails DRUMLINE Live as "a definite crowd pleaser…a must see!" Tickets are $35 each.
November 19 - It's big, it's green and it's taking "ogre" Niceville! Part romance, part twisted fairy tale, and all irreverent fun for everyone, Shrek the Musical brings all of your favorite characters from the Oscar-winning DreamWorks animated film to the stage in this family-friendly production. Joined by a wise-cracking donkey, Shrek goes on a life changing adventure to reclaim the deed to his swamp. Along the way, the unlikely hero fights a fearsome dragon, rescues the feisty princess Fiona and learns that real friendship and true love aren't only found in fairy tales. Tickets are $45 each.
November 29 - The Little Sisters of Hoboken head to Hollywood in Nunset Boulevard – the latest installment in the internationally famous Nunsense franchise. The lovable TV icon Cindy Williams, of Laverne & Shirley, plays Mother Superior in this comedy that follows the Little Sisters on their exciting trip to Tinseltown. They are thrilled at the prospect of performing at the Hollywood Bowl, only to discover that they are really booked at the Hollywood Bowl-A-Rama. ABC Television calls Nunset Boulevard "Heavenly, Hilarious, Wacky & Unpredictable." Featuring all new songs, audience participation and heavenly humor, it would be a real sin to miss this production! Tickets are $35 each.
December 3 - Relive the tradition! The Tony-Award winning musical, Fiddler on the Roof, has captured the hearts of people all over the world with its humor, warmth and honesty. Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, Fiddler on the Roof is filled with a rousing, heartwarming score, and timeless songs such as Tradition, Matchmaker- Matchmaker, If I Were a Rich Man and Sunrise-Sunset. No other musical has so magically woven music, dance, poignancy and laughter into such an electrifying and unforgettable experience. Join in the tears of laughter, joy and sadness as Tevye, a poor milkman, tries to keep his family's beloved traditions and faith strong in spite of a changing world. Tickets are $45 each.
December 12 - Direct from Beijing, the National Circus of the People's Republic of China presents Cirque Chinois, an international sensation featuring outstanding acts like the Great Teeterboard, Grand Flying Trapeze, Group Contortion, and many more! The National Circus was founded in 1953 and has toured 80 countries around the world, making it one of the longest running and most distinguished circus troupes in China. Their troupe introduced a new "non-animal" performance style that has reinvented the ancient tradition of the Chinese circus, influencing the pioneers of "Cirque du Soleil" and performers around the world. Tickets are $35 each.
January 12 - Enjoy a night of Broadway, Opera and American classics with three of New York's greatest talents: Daniel Rodriguez, Andy Cooney and Michael Amante – The New York Tenors. Rodriguez, known as "The Singing Policeman" and "America's Tenor," soothed the nation's grief in the days following September 11. Cooney, christened "Irish America's favorite son" by the New York Times, has performed internationally, including two sold-out performances at Carnegie Hall. And Amante, "The People's Tenor," is a combination of All-American good looks, romantic Italian charm and an incredible voice. Individually, the three men are superb, but together, The New York Tenors provide an overwhelming, "can't miss" showcase of some of the world's greatest vocalists and repertoire. Tickets are $35 each.
January 30 – The Tony Award winning production of HAIR is at once both a joyous celebration of youth and a poignant journey through a tumultuous 1960s America! This exuberant musical about a group of young Americans searching for peace and love in a turbulent time has struck a resonant chord with audiences young and old. HAIR is an electric celebration on stage, featuring an extraordinary cast and unforgettable songs, including "Aquarius," "Let the Sun Shine In," "Good Morning, Starshine" and "Easy To Be Hard." Tickets are $45 each.
February 2 - Let the brassy big band sounds of In the Mood take you back in time to one of America's greatest musical generations – the 1940s Swing Era. More than a concert, the In the Mood Singers and Dancers, together with the String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra, show you a retro look at a time in history when music moved the Nation's spirit. In the Mood features classic hits by Frank Sinatra, Glen Miller, the Andrews Sisters, Benny Goodman, and more; music that ranged from up-tempo big band rhythms to mellow ballads that inspire a future filled with hope, promise and prosperity. Tickets are $35 each.
February 15 - Ireland's traditions of music, song and dance come to the stage in Women of Ireland, an innovative and exciting concert production showcasing the next generation of Ireland's leading female talent. The show demonstrates the pure qualities of Irish music in a contemporary setting, transporting the revered ethnic music from the Irish fireside to the international concert hall platform. Featuring world championship dancers and performances by some of Ireland's finest; Women of Ireland is an energetic and exciting event unparalleled on today's international stages. Tickets are $35 each.
April 1 - Party to some of the greatest songs of the '80s with Rock of Ages – the five-time Tony nominated Broadway hit that's rockin' its way across the USA on national tour – just as a new movie based on the show also hits the screen. Rock of Ages, is a hilarious, feel-good, rock-n-roll love story told through the hits of Journey, STYX, REO Speedwagon, Twisted Sister, Poison, and many more. Featuring 28 classic rock tunes including "Don't Stop Believin'," "We Built This City," "Here I Go Again," "Renegade" and "I Want to Know What Love Is," Rock of Ages, told through the hit songs of music icons, follows a small town girl and a big-city dreamer. It will be an awesomely good time celebrating dreaming big, playing loud, and partying on! Tickets are $45 each.
In addition to Broadway and Artist Series events, a slate of Children's Series shows will be presented in matinee performances to school groups. Individual tickets are available to Children's Series shows on a space available basis for $6 each. Shows include "Harry, Dirty Dog" on October 19; "Skippy Jones" on November 5, "Little Engine that Could" on February 11 and "Give Mouse a Cookie" on April 22.