The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina announces its upcoming Tony Award-Winning season. All five shows that make up the run are multiple Tony Award winners, combining for 29 awards.
“We’re really excited about the next season” said Kathleen Bateson, president and CEO of the Arts Center. “These shows all ranked high on our audience surveys, and there’s a certain pressure to meet the expectations of our loyal patrons. Plus, we’re coming off of what was, creatively, a very successful year, so we have a great opportunity to build on that with this upcoming season.
“These five shows are iconic, and each has a stellar reputation, so it’s going to be fun putting our own local touch on these familiar productions.”
The most decorated of the bunch kicks off the season. The classic “Cabaret” will run Sept. 30 – Oct. 25. A winner of 12 Tony Awards, this groundbreaking classic features such hit songs as the title track and “The Money Song.” Directed by Russell Garrett (“Chicago”), “Cabaret” is certain to move audiences with its recognizable melodies and stirring story.
For Christmas, Dec. 2-27, the Arts Center will produce “My Fair Lady.” The winner of six Tony Awards, the musical adaptation of the George Bernard Shaw play has entertained audiences for decades. Fresh off the Arts Center’s spring hit musical, “Les Misérables,” director Casey Colgan will bring a familiar take to classic Broadway tunes, such as “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face” and “I Could Have Danced All Night.”
Coming in February is the recent Broadway smash “Boeing-Boeing.” Coming off a successful 2008 revival that netted the play two Tony Awards, the Wall Street Journal called “Boeing-Boeing,” “The funniest play to hit Broadway in ages!” Bernard is a successful architect juggling three fiancées and their airlines’ timetables. But when a faster Boeing jet throws their schedules off, sending all three women to Bernard’s apartment at once, hilarity ensues.
Director Colgan is back in the spring for “Elton John’s Aida” (April 28-May 30, 2010), a grand, epic musical and winner of four Tony Awards and a Grammy Award. “Aida” revolves around a “love pyramid” between the prince of Egypt, his fiancé, Amneris, and Aida, the princess of Nubia. The show features the music of Elton John, the pop legend and composer of recent Broadway hits “The Lion King” and “Billy Elliott.”
Closing out the season next summer will be “The Who’s Tommy,” featuring a score from the legendary English rock band. Winner of five Tony Awards, including best score, and featuring classics such as “Pinball Wizard,” “I’m Free” and “Tommy, Can You Hear Me,” the L.A. Times proclaimed, “What takes you to the mountain is The Who’s immortal music. (Tommy) is back!”
Season tickets are on sale now. For more information, visit www.artshhi.com or call 888-860-2787.
The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina is a non-profit performing arts organization. In addition to a 349-seat, main-stage theater that hosts an annual theater and performing arts series, the organization oversees two art galleries and a community arts educational program. The Arts Center received the 2006 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award for top arts organization in South Carolina.