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JANUARY 2024

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2024
From Andrew Willmon, Executive Director

The Anticipation!

At Broadway Theatre League anticipation is always in the air. The New Year only heightens the excitement. The dreams, the possibilities, and the next big show on the Mark C. Smith Concert Hall stage. We are all over the moon excited to welcome Aaron Sorkin’s To Kill A Mockingbird starring Richard Thomas as Atticus Finch and Mary Badham as Mrs. Henry DuBose. Shortly followed by the command performance of The Simon and Garfunkel Story on March 7. And still more excitement awaits us as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar. It’s a mesmerizing production of the iconic musical phenomenon. And finally, “Welcome to Hollywood! What’s your Dream!” Pretty Woman will grace our stage with the classic love story and more importantly, we all get to go Shopping!

The next big question you may be wondering is, when will you announce the new season! The million-dollar question with so many exciting possibilities.  Over the next few months BTL will be getting all the special details together for announcing the new season of exciting shows. What blockbusters are coming? What favorite shows are coming, and what new and exciting shows will we welcome to Huntsville. At this point, we don’t even know for sure. Please stay tuned as the excitement builds.

In the meantime, enjoy every moment of this beautiful new year with limitless possibilities. And thank you for being such a special part of BTL’s family. Happy New Year to you and yours all throughout the year.

 
MEAN GIRLS RECAP

We ended last year with lots of PINK! Mean Girls weekend was so fetch and so fun! Thank you to all of our patrons and sponsors and new friends who went back to High School with us for Mean Girls!

Read all about the week at Kip's Korner: That's a Wrap for "That's so Fetch"
 
STOMP
 

STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique—an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding electrifying show. As the Boston Globe says, “If you haven’t seen STOMP, GO! If you have seen it, take someone and share the pleasure!” STOMP. See what all the noise is about.

 

STOMP
January 26 - 27, 2024
3 Performances
Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 & 8
 Interview with former STOMP cast member 

Check out Kip's interview with Peter Michael Marino, a former cast member with STOMP. He performed in STOMP in NYC and toured all over the US and South America for six years. Peter reflects on this time with STOMP and how it changed his life. 
 
GIRAFFES CAN'T DANCE

Giraffes Can't Dance is part of BTL's Student Outreach Program. This is a FREE Community Show thanks to sponsors, grants and individual donors! 

GERALD WAS A TALL GIRAFFE ...
All the animals in the jungle know their own special dance, but Gerald the Giraffe can't seem to move without a clumsy step. But with the help of a wise cricket, he finds his own song and dances to the beat of his own drum! In this stage adaptation of the beloved children's book, filled with African rhythm and lots of dancing, Gerald learns that his differences are what make him special. Based on the book by Giles Andreae. The performance runs 60 minutes. Recommended for all ages. Reserve your free tickets at the link below.

GIRAFFES CAN'T DANCE
Friday, February 2, 2024 at 7pm
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Richard Thomas as Atticus Finch. Mr. Thomas is an Emmy Award-winning actor for his performance in the iconic series The Waltons.
 
Mary Badham as Mrs. Henry Dubose. At the age of 10, Ms. Badham was chosen for the role of "Scout" for the feature film of TKAM starring Gregory Peck and earned an Oscar nomination for her performance.
 
All rise for Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork. The New York Times Critic’s Pick TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is “the most successful American play in Broadway history” (60 Minutes). Rolling Stone gives it 5 stars, calling it “an emotionally shattering landmark production of an American classic,” and New York Magazine calls it “a real phenomenon. Majestic and incandescent, it’s filled with breath and nuance and soul.” With direction by Tony Award® winner Bartlett Sher, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD — “the greatest novel of all time” (Chicago Tribune) has quickly become “one of the greatest plays in history” (NPR).
 
Set in Alabama in 1934, Harper Lee’s enduring story of racial injustice and childhood innocence centers on one of the most venerated characters in American literature, small-town lawyer Atticus Finch. The cast of characters includes Atticus’s daughter Scout, her brother Jem, their housekeeper and caretaker, Calpurnia, their visiting friend Dill, and a mysterious neighbor, the reclusive Arthur “Boo” Radley. The other indelible residents of Maycomb, Alabama, are Bob Ewell, Tom Robinson, prosecutor Horace Gilmer, Judge Taylor and Mayella Ewell. 


TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
February 16 - 18, 2024
5 Performances
Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 & 8, Sunday at 1 & 6:30
SHOW & TELL WITH BTL
 
Show and Tell with BTL is on weekday mornings at 6am on Fox 54.  There is a new episode every Monday. You can also check it out on YouTube

Here are our December episodes:
Episode 7: Patrice x 2
Episode 8: Ditto
Episode 9: Santa, I can explain...
Episode 10: The Christmas Episode
Show Previews

January 6 – Days of Wine And Roses (Musical/Drama); Starring Broadway favorites Kelli O’Hara and Brian d’Arcy James
Show Openings

January 9 – Prayer for the French Republic (Play); Drama Desk Award-winning play comes to Broadway following Manhattan Theatre Club’s highly acclaimed, twice-extended, sold-out world premiere at New York City Center
Show Closings

January 14 – Shucked (Musical Comedy); Book by Tony Award winner Robert Horn and score by the Grammy Award winning Nashville songwriting team of Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally

January 28 – Gutenberg! The Musical! (Musical Comedy); It’s a reunion of the two tony-nominated leads from The Book of Mormon: Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells
Shows Coming Soon

February 10 – The Notebook (Musical); Following a critically acclaimed engagement in Chicago; Based on the Nicholas Sparks’s book that has sold millions of copies and a film that’s one of the highest grossing romantic dramas of all-time

February 24 – Water For Elephants (Musical); Based on the acclaimed bestselling novel, where it comes to vivid life on Broadway in a unique, spectacle-filled musical

March 8 – The Who’s Tommy (Musical); Direct from a record-breaking, groundbreaking Chicago premier, The Who’s rock opera is coming back to Broadway after earning five Tony Awards, 25 years ago
 Don't forget to check out Kip's Korner! Kip is BTL's Broadway Touring Outreach & Communications Coordinator and brings his experience, industry knowledge and unique perspective to us. Plus, he has lots of friends and he's not afraid to ask them questions! 
 
Let's get together! Broadway is fun in groups! Groups of 10 or more can get discounted tickets to most of our shows. Find out more about bringing your group to a BTL show!
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