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2007/2008 Season

Updated 22 May 2007
Providence Performing Arts 30th Season

The Little Old Lady Dance choreographed by Susan Stroman from The Producers will appear at PPAC in 2008.



A great new season at PAC debuts November 2007

Don't forget - the current season is still running
See riDance's performance page to see what's playing now
Upcoming performance which feature dance include:
Hairspray (May 4 through 6)
Chita Rivera - A Dancer's Life (May 15 through 20)
FloorPlay (May 23)
Maya Angelou (June 1)
Willie Nelson & Family (June 13)
Diana Krall (July 10)
Rhode Island Monthly's Best of Rhode Island Party (July 19)
The Spinners (July 20)


Citizen's Bank Broadway Series
November 13, 2007 to May 11, 2008
Contemporary Classics
January 18, 2008 to April 13, 2008



CITIZENS BANK BROADWAY SERIES 2007/2008

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
November 13 to 18, 2007


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will kick off the Citizens Bank Broadway Series from November 13 – 18, 2007. In this Tony-Award winning new musical comedy, six young people in the throes of puberty learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser.

SPELLING BEE has been hailed by The Wall Street Journal as "perfect in every possible way - that rarity of rarities, a super-smart musical that is also a bona fide crowd pleaser."

This tuneful, offbeat and at times heartwarming show offers audience members the opportunity (strictly voluntary) to become part of the action as on-stage spellers. The New York Times calls Spelling Bee, "irresistible, riotously funny and remarkably ingenious - gold stars all around."

Cirque Dreams: Jungle Fantasy
December 4 to 9, 2007


Cirque Dreams: Jungle Fantasy leaps on PPAC stage December 4 – 9, 2007. An international cast of graceful aerialists, spine bending contortionists, vine swinging characters, strong men, and balancers bring this jungle dream to life in a lush, Broadway setting filled with wildly unpredictable designs, special effects, inventive choreography, puppeteering, and dazzling costumes. Cirque Dreams: Jungle Fantasy is an exhilarating journey the entire family can experience together.

Rent
January 18 to 20, 2008


The Theatrical experience that changed Broadway forever. Whether it's your first time or your 100th time, it's time you checked out RENT! The winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize, RENT is about being young, learning to survive, falling in love, finding your voice, and living for today. RENT has made a lasting mark on Broadway with songs that rock and a story that really resonates and now the smash-hit sensation of RENT is coming to you.

Monty Python's Spamalot
January 29 to February 3, 2008


Monty Python's Spamalot makes its Ocean State debut January 29 – February 3, 2008. Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical, Spamalot is the outrageous new musical comedy "lovingly ripped off" from the film classic Monty Python and The Holy Grail.

Directed by Tony Award-winner Mike Nichols, 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.

The Wedding Singer
February 19 to 24, 2008


Set in 1985, The Wedding Singer is a new romantic musical comedy based on the hit movie and features the memorable character of Robbie Hart, a rock-star wannabe and New Jersey's favorite wedding singer. Robbie is the life of the party – until his own fiancee leaves him at the altar. Heartbroken, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Enter Julia, a charming waitress who wins his affection. Unfortunately for Robbie, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of the decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.

With a brand new score that pays homage to the pop songs of the 1980's, The Wedding Singer will take audiences back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer just might be the coolest guy in the room.

Camelot
March 4 to 9, 2008


British stage and film legend Michael York (The Three Musketeers, Cabaret, and Austin Powers) will star in this magnificent new production of Lerner and Loewe's timeless masterpiece. King Arthur's enchanted kingdom, Camelot, is a place where honor and chivalry reign, but can this idyllic land survive when Queen Guenevere falls in love with Sir Lancelot? The splendid, memorable score includes the romantic and haunting If Ever I Would Leave You, the captivating How to Handle a Woman, and the majestic Camelot. Rediscover the grandeur of one of history's greatest love stories.

The Drowsy Chaperone
May 6 to 11, 2008


The Drowsy Chaperone concludes the Citizens Bank Broadway Series. Winner of the most 2006 Tony Awards of any musical on Broadway, this new critically acclaimed musical comedy begins when a die-hard musical fan plays his favorite cast album, a 1928 smash hit called The Drowsy Chaperone, and the show magically bursts to life.

The audience is instantly immersed in the glamorous, hilarious tale of a celebrity bride and her uproarious wedding day, complete with thrills and surprises that take both the cast (literally) and the audience (metaphorically) soaring into the rafters!



2007/2008 CONTEMPORARY CLASSICS SERIES

Rent
January 18 – 20, 2008


Rent kicks off the Contemporary Classics Series January 18 – 20, 2008. The winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize, RENT is about being young, learning to survive, falling in love, finding a voice, and living for today. Rent has made a lasting mark on Broadway with its rousing, rocking score and poignant story, and now this smash-hit returns to Providence.

Riverdance
March 28 – 30, 2008


Now in its 12th year, this internationally-acclaimed celebration of Irish music, song, and dance returns to the Providence Performing Arts Center. "An explosion of sight and sound that simply takes your breath away", cheers The Chicago Tribune. "A family evening unlike anything else!" raves The London Times.

The Producers
April 11 to 13, 2008


Based on the 1968 Mel Brooks film of the same name, this irreverent musical comedy follows the humorous travails of theatre producer Max Bialystock and accountant Leo Bloom as they attempt to pull off the scam of a lifetime. "Mel Brooks has put the comedy back into musical comedy. The Producers is the funniest, most fearlessly irreverent thing ever seen on stage!" writes USA Today. Now you can experience one of the biggest Tony Award winners in Broadway history when it returns to Providence! With direction and choreography by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (Crazy for You, Contact, The Music Man), The New York Times raves "The Producers is a blissful spectacle that will leave you delirious!"




SPECIAL SHOWS

Jethro Tull
Friday November 30, 2007


Fresh off the official release of Aqualung Live and with a career that spans over three decades, JETHRO TULL have carved out a musical niche all their own, selling over 60 million albums including Aqualung, Thick As a Brick, and Stand Up, from which came radio staples such as "Locomotive Breath" and "Aqualung." Formed in London in 1968 and led by innovative flutist and lead singer Ian Anderson and guitarist Martin Barre, JETHRO TULL helped define a unique and progressive blend of acoustic and electric music that draws influences from music of the Far East, primal blues, and, of course, rock. As live performers, the group is unparalleled, famous for their instrumental virtuosity and theatrical flair. Don’t miss the legendary JETHRO TULL, coming to PPAC for one night only!

Save Money & Get Better Seats - Become a Subscriber

PPAC Subscribers receive a host of benefits, including guaranteed seat location, exchange privileges, advance ordering, and more. For to subscribe to the 2007/2008 Citizens Bank Broadway Series and the 2007/2008 Contemporary Classics Series, contact the Box Office at 401-421-2787. The Box Office is open from 10A – 6P Monday through Friday and noon – 5P on Saturdays.

Subscribers are invited to consider joining The President’s Club; some of the special features offered exclusively by The President's Club include use of a private lounge area with restroom access, coat check, light fare, and much more. Subscribers may purchase a membership for two by making a $500 tax-deductible donation to the PPAC Annual Fund. The President's Club will be open during all subscription performances and other selected performances. For more information please contact Executive Assistant for Development, Patricia Neves, at pneves@ppacri.org or 401-574-3122.

Group Sales

Schools, organizations, clubs, churches, families, and friends who wish to obtain more information on group sales of 20 or more, please contact Paul Hiatt at (401) 574-3162 or phiatt@ppacri.org. Details regarding reception rooms and restaurant packages are available for groups upon request.

Even More Information!

Family shows and special engagements will be announced at a later date; visit ppacri.org for the most current information. Please note that all dates, programs, and artists are subject to change without notice.

For inquiries and information about advertising in the CenterStage program book, please contact Sharon Corcoran, CenterStage advertising sales representative, at direct@ppacri.org or call 401-574-3136.



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2007/2008 PPAC Season

Providence Performing Arts Center
220 Weybosset Street
Providence RI
Box Office: 401-421-2787
Website: http://www.ppacri.org



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