Broadway San Jose

bayareatheatreThe Nederlander Organization has joined forces with Team San Jose to fill the void created by last November’s closing of the American Musical Theatre of San Jose. Team San Jose controls the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, boasting over 2500 seats, and the Nederland Organization, run by James A. Nederlander from New York, hosts Wicked, West Side Story and The Lion King in addition to other Broadway Musicals. Together, the two organizations will take responsibility for the American Musical Theatre of San Jose’s bookings at Team San Jose’s venue. The Nederlander organization’s presence in San Jose will increase with their planned concerts at the San Jose Civic Auditorium. The Nederlander Organization will provide an economic stimulus to faltering areas of San Jose by reviving the arts scene with Broadway San Jose, bringing Broadway to the west coast. Local businesses will find new patrons with Broadway San Jose’s ticket holders looking for places to eat before the show. Furthermore, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed believes that a local area to find Broadway quality performances will decrease pollution by reducing weekend trips to San Francisco. Additionally, the five year contract signed by the Nederlander Organization for Broadway San Jose will help pay off the million dollar loan taken out by the American Musical Theatre of San Jose (AMTSJ), as well as cover the costs of improvement to the Center for Performing Arts, such as remodeling the parking lot and fixing the restrooms. President of the Nederlander Organization James A. Nederlander states that “adding San Jose to our valued list of touring cities will continue to allow us to bring the Best of Broadway and beyond to more Californians than ever.” Similar to the Nederlander Group’s theatre groups in Los Angeles, San Diego, New York, Chicago and London, among other cities, the partners recently stated their plans to bring national tours of Broadway shows to this South Bay city. The 2009-2010 inaugural season starts off strong this September with Spamalot, Legally Blond, Spring Awakening, Avenue Q and the farewell tour of Riverdance. The Broadway San Jose production of the Monty Python musical comedy Spamalot won the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical, is directed by Tony Award Winner Mike Nichols and written by the Grammy Award winning Eric Idle and John Du Prez. The story follows the Knights of the Round Table as they quest for the Holy Grail, while running across the Monty Python and the Holy Grail favorites: killer rabbits, catapulted cows and Frenchman with attitudes. The show will run from September 15 to the 20, 2009. The Nederlander Organization is leaving a different kind of Broadway in San Jose with the modern take on eight-time Tony Award Winner, Spring Awakening, by Frank Widekin, with music by “Barely Breathing” artist Duncan Sheik set in 1890s Germany. Produced by Amadeus’s Tom Hulce and Tony Award Winner Ira Pittelman, among others, this fusion of contemporary music and ethics, sensuality and rock and roll is intended to be powerful, educational and entertaining for Broadway San Jose ticketholders.Catch the last performances of fifteen-year-old Riverdance at the Center for the Performance Arts in San Jose. This celebration of Irish culture, through exhibition of Celtic music and step dance took the world by storm, tapping its way into Broadway hearts since 1994, buy tickets to the Broadway San Jose farewell performances between December 29, 2009 and January 3, 2010 before its too late. Nudity and strong language…in a puppet show? Only in the 2004 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q, can Broadway in San Jose bring the tale of people and puppets trying to find careers, love and the meaning of life in New York City. Entertainment Weekly called it “one of the funniest shows you’re ever like to see,” and with song titles like “I’m Not Wearing Underwear Today,” how could it not be? Remember, these puppets aren’t for kids: if you want Sesame Street updated to Generation X, find it in the Broadway San Jose production of Avenue Q, running from January 12 to January 17, 2010. If you loved the movie, why not try the musical? With a Tony-Award stacked creative team, Legally Blonde The Musical chronicles the journey of Elle Woods and her Chihuahua Bruiser as she makes her way from UCLA sorority sister to the top of her class at Harvard Law. Appropriate for preteens and older, this musical will play from March 16 to March 21, 2010. Former patrons of the American Musical Theatre of San Jose (AMTSJ) will receive 30% off tickets to the five-show package with priority seating at the Center for Performing Arts, and AMTSJ patrons who’s tickets to the 2008-2009 tour of Avenue Q were cancelled will get additional discounts. On top of these great deals, buying your tickets at www.broadwaysanjose.com adds an additional $10 off. Already, non-AMTSJ subscribers can buy their subscription packages for between $120 and $440, with single tickets from $20 to $90 later this year. Join today to become an Inaugural Season Ticket Holder at Broadway San Jose in order to receive great seats, deals and special benefits.