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Broadway in Fresno

April 01, 2010 17:02 ET

The Wait Is Over... Something Wicked Is Coming to Fresno!

Fresno Lexus Broadway in Fresno Announces the 2010-2011 Broadway Season Including the Premiere Engagement of "Wicked" Musical -- April, 2011

FRESNO, CA--(Marketwire - April 1, 2010) - Fresno Lexus Broadway In Fresno announces its 2010-11 Broadway Series premiere of WICKED MUSCIAL April 6-17, 2011 at the Saroyan Theatre. Called "a cultural phenomenon" by Variety and just named "the defining musical of the decade" by The New York Times, WICKED continues to thrill audiences around the world. Winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy® Award and three Tony® Awards, there are currently eight musical productions of WICKED worldwide.

Fresno Lexus Broadway In Fresno also announces our other productions included the 2010-11 season: Disney's Beauty and the Beast, The Color Purple, Legally Blonde The Musical, and Monty Python's Spamalot. All musical performances will be held at Fresno's Saroyan Theatre. Don't miss out on some of the hottest tickets in Fresno next season!

Fresno Lexus Broadway in Fresno season tickets, including WICKED musical tickets, are on sale now to returning subscribers. Prices range from $185 - $292.50 depending on seating preference. Patrons renewing their subscriptions receive priority seating at the Saroyan Theatre through April 16. New subscribers will be invited to join us on April 16. Groups of 20 or more can call (877) 771-5277 for discount information and to make reservations. 

"WICKED is not only the theatrical event of the season, it is very positive economic news for the city of Fresno and the region," says Fresno Lexus Broadway In Fresno CEO John Ballard. "This premiere engagement will bring 35,000+ people to Fresno from Modesto to Bakersfield generating a local economic impact in excess of $8 million."

Based on research conducted by the League of American Theaters, blockbuster events such as WICKED generate three dollars in the local economy for every dollar spent on a ticket in the form of hotel reservations, restaurant dining, shopping revenues, and spending on other local services.

"Without question, the 2010-2011 season boasts the strongest line-up of Broadway musicals we have ever presented at the Saroyan Theatre going back more than a decade," according to Ballard.

BROADWAY IN FRESNO SERIES PRODUCTION INFORMATION (performances included with season tickets):

The Fresno Lexus Broadway In Fresno Premiere Engagement of
WICKED MUSICAL
April 6-17, 2011

WICKED is a new musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz ("Godspell," "Pippin," "Disney's Enchanted," Academy Award winner for "Pocahontas" and "The Prince of Egypt") and book by Winnie Holzman ("My So Called Life," "Once And Again" and "thirtysomething"), based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire.

Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz One -- born with emerald green skin -- is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

WICKED has "cast quite a spell" (Washington Post) throughout North America, breaking box office records in every city that it has played, including Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Philadelphia and Boston, to name a few. The spell will continue when Broadway's biggest blockbuster arrives in Fresno!

Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
November 9-10, 2010

Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the smash hit Broadway musical is coming to Fresno! Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million worldwide. This classic love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including "Be our Guest" and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Saroyan Theatre!

THE COLOR PURPLE
December 7 & 8, 2010

THE COLOR PURPLE, a soul-stirring musical based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the moving film by Steven Spielberg. It is the unforgettable and inspiring story of a woman named Celie, who finds her unique voice in the world. Nominated for eleven Tony® Awards, THE COLOR PURPLE is a landmark theatrical event, a celebration of love, and a Broadway phenomenon. With a joyous Grammy®-nominated score featuring jazz, gospel and blues, THE COLOR PURPLE is capturing the hearts of young and old, and uniting audiences in a community of joy.

"A ROOF-RAISING STORY OF TRIUMPH!" -- Michael Kuchwara, AP

"A SOARING, EPIC TALE. It made a JOYFUL noise in my heart." -- Richard Corliss, Time Magazine

"BLESSED WITH TALENT. A bright odyssey of survival and triumph with a fairy-tale sense of wonder." -- Ben Brantley, New York Times

LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL
February 1 & 2, 2011

It's here, and it's "AN ELLE OF A SHOW" (Time Magazine). The hilarious MGM film is Broadway's new smash hit musical, and now LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL is coming to you. LEGALLY BLONDE follows sorority star Elle Woods, an underestimated blonde who doesn't take "no" for an answer. When her boyfriend dumps her for someone more "serious," Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style. After turning Broadway and MTV hot pink, this "feel-good song and dance juggernaut" (New York Magazine) is "the best new musical around!" (WOR).

MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
March 2 & 3, 2011

Winner of the 2005 Tony® Award for Best Musical, MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT is the outrageous new musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the film classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail. With a book by Eric Idle and music and lyrics by the Grammy® Award-winning team of Mr. Idle and John Du Prez, SPAMALOT tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Flying cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen and show-stopping musical numbers are just a few of the reasons audiences everywhere are eating up SPAMALOT.

Broadway in Fresno At a Glance:
What: Fresno Lexus Broadway In Fresno 2010-11 Broadway Season
When: Renewing Season subscriptions are now available!
New Season Ticket Subscribers are invited to join us on April 16, 2010
Where: All 2010-11 season events take place at the Saroyan Theatre
How: Subscriptions are a great way to save money and select premium seats.
On April 16 new subscribers may download forms at www.BroadwayInFresno.com
Tickets also available to groups 20+ on April 19 at noon by calling 877.771.5277

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