SOURCE: MagicSpace Entertainment

MagicSpace Entertainment

May 24, 2011 18:18 ET

The University of Akron's EJ Thomas Hall & Broadway In Akron Announce the 2011-12 Season of Performing Arts Events in Akron

AKRON, OH--(Marketwire - May 24, 2011) - EJ Thomas Hall and Broadway In Akron are proud to announce the 2011-12 performing arts events lineup, with the best touring Broadway shows coming to Akron for an unforgettable season! Broadway In Akron events for the upcoming season at EJ Thomas Hall include exciting shows for the entire family, like Blue Man Group, and timeless Broadway musicals, like My Fair Lady. Broadway In Akron, part of MagicSpace Entertainment, will present all shows at the University of Akron's EJ Thomas Hall.

The Broadway In Akron performing arts season opens with a Broadway classic, My Fair Lady(October 20-21), a show that has been called "the perfect musical." Next up, in its ONLY Northeast Ohio appearance, is Rock of Ages(November 29-30), the smash-hit musical the New York Times calls "Impossible to resist!" The Akron debut of Rock of Ages will be followed by The Color Purple(February 3-4), a Tony® and GRAMMY® award nominated musical with an unforgettable and inspiring story, and Fiddler on the Roof(March 1-2), the Tony Award® winning musical that has captured the hearts of people all over the world. The season will close with Blue Man Group(June 12-13), a show best described as "an intensely exciting and wildly outrageous experience!"

The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller by Chip Davis (December 18) will return to Akron after selling out in 2009 as a special engagement. Additional special events at EJ Thomas Hall, presented by Broadway In Akron, are often added throughout the season and subscribers are first in line for the best seats!

Broadway In Akron series packages for EJ Thomas Hall go on sale May 23, 2011 for new and returning subscribers. Package prices are $168.25, $211.75, $244.75 and $269.50, depending on seating. New subscribers will be seated in August. For further info, contact the EJ Thomas Hall Ticket Office at 330-972-7570 or visit Don't miss your opportunity to see some of the most exciting events in Akron this year -- become a Broadway In Akron season ticket holder today!

2011-2012 Season Broadway In Akron Show Details:
(In Chronological Order)

My Fair Lady
EJ Thomas Hall, Akron
October 20 & 21, 2011
Thursday 7:30PM & Friday 8:00PM

Big League Productions Inc presents My Fair Lady, a sparkling new production of the musical by which all others are measured. Based on Shaw's play and Pascal's movie, "Pygmalion," with book music and lyrics by Lerner and Loewe, My Fair Lady is triumphant. With Wouldn't It Be Loverly?, With a Little Bit of Luck, The Rain in Spain, I Could Have Danced All Night, On the Street Where You Live, Get Me to the Church on Time and I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face, it's no wonder everyone -- not just Henry Higgins -- falls in love with Eliza Doolittle.

My Fair Lady's 1956 Broadway production was a smash hit, setting a new record for the longest run of any major theatre production in history. The Broadway musical was followed by a hit London production, a popular film version starring Audrey Hepburn -- which won eight Academy Awards, and numerous revivals. It has been called "the perfect musical!"

Rock of Ages
EJ Thomas Hall, Akron
November 29 & 30, 2011
Tuesday 7:30PM & Wednesday 7:30PM

The Akron performance of Rock of Ages is the ONLY Northeast Ohio appearance!

The five-time, Tony Award® nominated smash-hit musical, Rock of Ages, is a hilarious, feel-good love story. The Akron Rock of Ages show will take you back to 1987 on the Sunset Strip, when a small town girl meets a big city rocker in LA's most famous rock club and fall in love to the greatest songs of the 80's. Rock of Ages, an arena-rock love story told through the mind blowing, face-melting hits of Journey, Night Ranger, STYX, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake, and many more. Don't miss this awesomely good time about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on!

"Impossible to resist!"
- Charles Isherwood, New York Times

"Rock and comedy in perfect proportion!"
- David Cote, Time Out

The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller by Chip Davis
EJ Thomas Hall, Akron
December 18, 2011
Sunday 4:00PM
*Broadway In Akron Special Show

Kick-off your Akron holiday celebration with Mannheim Steamroller's spectacular Christmas production. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a holiday show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with state of the art multimedia effects in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller with this ultimate family experience that has made Mannheim Steamroller America's favorite Christmas artist. With only one performance scheduled, don't miss your opportunity to see Mannheim Steamroller in Akron -- tickets will go quickly!

The Color Purple
EJ Thomas Hall, Akron
February 3 & 4, 2012
Friday 8:00PM & Saturday 8:00PM

The Color Purple is 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 SOARING, EPIC TALE. It made a JOYFUL noise in my heart." --Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

Fiddler on the Roof
EJ Thomas Hall, Akron
March 1 & 2, 2012
Thursday 7:30PM & Friday 8:00PM

Fiddler on the Roof, the Tony Award® winning musical that has captured the hearts of people all over the world with its universal appeal, will be stopping at Akron's EJ Thomas Hall as part of its North American Tour.

Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, Fiddler on the Roof has been lauded by critics again and again, and won the hearts of people all around the world. Filled with a rousing, heartwarming score, which includes "Tradition," "Matchmaker, Matchmaker," "If I Were A Rich Man" and "Sunrise, Sunset," Fiddler on the Roof is a timeless classic.

No other musical has so magically woven music, dance, poignancy and laughter into such an electrifying and unforgettable experience. Relive a glorious tradition of the musical theatre with Fiddler on the Roof in Akron!

Blue Man Group
EJ Thomas Hall, Akron
June 12 & 13, 2012
Tuesday 7:30PM & Wednesday 7:30PM

The Blue Man Group is coming to Akron's EJ Thomas Hall -- Experience the Phenomenon! Blue Man Group is best known for their wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts, which combine comedy, music, and technology to produce a totally unique form of entertainment. The New York Times heralds the show as "One of the most delightful performance pieces ever staged." E! Entertainment News exclaims, "Blue Man Group is what every live performance aspires to be." The Baltimore Sun raves, "Blue Man Group packs a wallop. It's a big, loud, funny, silly, visually arresting production!"

Although it is impossible to describe, people of all ages agree that Blue Man Group is an intensely exciting and wildly outrageous show that leaves the entire audience in a blissful, euphoric state. With no spoken language, Blue Man Group is perfect for people of all ages, languages, and cultures. Blue Man Group is now on the road for its first U.S. theatrical tour. This unique experience is a form of entertainment like nothing else; guaranteed to be an outing you will never forget. Blue Man Group is part of the Broadway In Akron season ticket package!

If you would like to receive a Broadway In Akron 2011-12 brochure, please log on to

Find Broadway In Akron on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact Information

  • Contacts:

    Elizabeth Randau
    Broadway In Akron Marketing Director
    (440) 655-5450
    Email Contact

    Nancy Logan Barton
    EJ Thomas Hall Marketing Manager
    (330) 972-6842
    Email Contact

    Beth Lynch
    EJ Thomas Hall Press/Promotions
    (330) 972-2701
    Email Contact