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March 6, 2012

'Book of Mormon,' 'War Horse' headed to Kennedy Center in 2012-13 season

You just know it's going to be major ca-ching time at the Kennedy Center box office for the 2012-2013 theater season.

For a start, the lineup has “The Book of Mormon,” the wildly popular musical that remains one of the hottest tickets in New York. It will cap the season with a run in the summer of 2013, preceded by such current Broadway hits as “War Horse” and “Anything Goes.”

”Million Dollar Quartet,” about the night Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins jammed together, is also in the mix, along with a musical version of “Jekyll and Hyde” featuring Constantine Maroulis, and "Irving Berlin's White Christmas."

The theatrical entries in the center's big festival next season, Nordic Cool 2013, include the U.S. premiere of ...

a dramatization of the epic Ingmar Bergman film "Fanny and Alexander" by the Royal Dramatic Theatre from Stockholm. A coalition of Icelandic theater groups will present "Bastards: A Family Saga," based on "The Brothers Karamazov."

Other Nordic Cool highlights include Ibsen's "The Wild Duck," performed by Oslo's Warmblooded National Theatre.

A mini-fest of plays by Tom Murphy, covering several chapters of Ireland's history, is also on the 2012-13 schedule.

For a touch of nostalgia, how about a new production of Ferenc Molnar's "The Guardsman"? This comedy about a married couple of newlywed actors was a Broadway hit in 1924 for the storied husband-and-wife team of Alfred Lunt and Lynne Fontanne.

To get you in the mood for trying to find tickets to "The Book of Mormon" next season, here's a little song from the the show:

Posted by Tim Smith at 11:29 AM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Drama Queens


Whoa! This is a great season! Whoa!

Baltimore bypassed again...Next season's Hippodrome offerings are no where on par with War Horse or Book of Mormon...

At least it looks like both shows will arrive the following season, so I guess that is better than never. TIM

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About Tim Smith
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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