Playhouse Square Reveals 2011-2012 Broadway Schedule

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Million Dollar Quartet: Celebrity likenesses impersonated.
  • Million Dollar Quartet: Celebrity likenesses impersonated.

Playhouse Square revealed the lineup of its 2011-2012 Broadway Series Tuesday in a multimedia press conference at the Westfield Insurance Studio Theatre. The new lineup, opening this fall, is heavy on formative moments in the history of rock & roll — with hearty doses of irreverence, stunning choreography, and a dash of nudity for good measure.

Highlighting the presentation was a performance by the Chicago cast of Million Dollar Quartet, the season’s first show, slated for October 11-23. It’s inspired by the events of December 4, 1956, when Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley came together for an impromptu jam session at Sam Phillips’ legendary Sun studios in Memphis.

The rest of the 2011-2012 schedule unfolds this way:

La Cage Aux Folles (November 8-20): The hilarious, oddball tale of a family trying to hold it together amid trying yet fabulous circumstances.

Hair (January 17-29, 2012): Revival of the show that made headlines for its nudity and, in 1971, made headlines for having a bomb explode outside the Cleveland theater during a performance. Of course, everybody had bombs back then.

Memphis (February 28-March 11): The based-on-a-true-story tale of a white DJ who brought rock music out of the underground clubs and onto the airwaves. Not to be confused with the legendary Alan Freed, who did the same thing, but with a nicer looking jacket.

The Addams Family (April 10-22): Wednesday Addams brings home a grotesquely normal boyfriend in this adaptation of the Charles Addams-inspired comic, TV series, and movies. Quite possibly featuring dancing corpses.

Come Fly Away (May 8-20): The work of choreographer Twyla Tharp shares the spotlight with the original music of Frank Sinatra, backed by a live onstage big band.

Sondheim on Sondheim (May 30-July 22): A retrospective on the Tony/Oscar/Pulitzer-winning composer and lyricist, including interview segments interspersed with performances.

Tickets for all shows are available starting today, with individual seat prices as low as $10. Learn more right here.

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