Musicals highlight Broadway series

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Classic musicals highlight the 2012-2013 Broadway Series at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center, as productions of "West Side Story," "Hair" and "Rock of Ages" are scheduled.

Tickets went on sale recently for the five productions that are part of the Tallahasse venue's Best of Broadway series. Also scheduled are "The Midtown Men" and "The Addams Family."

The series kicks off Oct. 8 with the party rock musical "Rock of Ages," which features a mix of 28 rock classics from the 1980s, including "Don't Stop Believin'," "The Final Countdown," "Wanted Dead or Alive" and "I Want to Know What Love Is." Set in 1987 Los Angeles, the five-time Tony Award nominee centers on the relationship of a small-town girl who falls for a big-time rock musician.

A Bernstein/Sondheim classic that changed theater forever, "West Side Story" is the timeless tale of forbidden love that blossoms into the greatest love story ever told. Based on Tony Award-winner Arthur Laurents' Broadway direction, the Nov. 29 production features such classic and well-known songs as "Tonight," "I Feel Pretty," "America" and "Somewhere."

"Hair," which sprang from the turbulent late 1960s, is a celebration of young America searching for peace and love. The production, which is suggested for mature audiences due to a dimly-lit, nonsexual nude scene, features classic songs such as "The Flesh Failures," "Easy to Be Hard," "Good Morning, Starshine" and "Aquarius: Let the Sun Shine In." The production is scheduled for Jan. 31.

Tony Award-winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony-nominee J. Robert Spencer of "Jersey Boys" fame appear in the March 22 Tallahasse production of "The Midtown Men." The concert experience features top 1960s hits made famous by The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Temptations, The Jackson 5 and The Four Seasons, among others.

TV favorites from that all-together-ookie "Addams Family" will scare the laughs out of their audience in the April 23 production. Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandpa, Wednesday, Pugsley and Lurch will all be on hand for the production created by award-winning "Jersey Boys" authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, lyricist Andrew Lippa, choreographer Sergio Trujillo and production supervision by four-time Tony winner Jerry Zaks.

Season ticket prices range from $155 to $310, depending on location. Information about the series is available by calling (850) 222-0400 or (800) 322-3602, or online at www.tlccc.org.