Broadway musicals return to San Jose

broadwaysanjoseThe Nederlander Organization has joined with Team San Jose, responsible for over 2500 seat Center for the Performing Arts, to start Broadway San Jose following the death of the American Musical Theatre of San Jose. The New York based organization, which is home to Wicked, West Side Story and The Lion King, in addition to several other Broadway musicals, will now be responsible for the American Musical Theatre of San Jose’s bookings for the Center for the Performing Arts, after AMTSJ’s closing last year. Nederlander will also be organizing concerts at the San Jose Civic Auditorium. Though both Team San Jose and the San Jose arts community both mourn the loss of The American Musical Theatre of San Jose, they eagerly look forward to the future of musical theatre in the South Bay with or without AMTSJ. San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed approves of the arrangement, claiming that Broadway San Jose will benefit the city economically and ecologically, noting that by bringing Broadway to San Jose, pollution will be reduced by the lessening of pollution and local business will be bolstered by Broadway San Jose foot traffic. The five-year contract could be extended if it proves profitable, but meanwhile, will help pay for improvements needed for the Center for Performing Arts as well as for the loan paid by the city to the American Musical Theatre of San Jose. James Nederlander, President of the Nederlander Organization, 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.” The Nederlander Organization controls groups in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego, as well as across the country in New York and Chicago. The company is hosting Broadway in San Jose with national tours of Broadway shows. The upcoming season of Broadway San Jose will host productions of Riverdance’s farewell tour, Spamalot, Legally Blond, Spring Awakening and Avenue Q. The season kicks off this September with the Monty Python and the Holy Grail musical Spamalot, winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical. Created by a Tony and Grammy Award winning team (directed by Mike Nichols, written by Eric Idle and John Du Prez). Follow the journey of Arthur’s Knights as they search for the Holy Grail while encountering Monty Python classics like knights who say “nee,” mocking Frenchman and flying cows. This production runs from September 15 to the 20, 2009. Tom Hulce’s production of Spring Awakening by Frank Widekin is bringing a contemporary spin to this Broadway classic in its Broadway San Jose production. With music composed by Duncan Sheik, who’s albums hit the Billboard charts a few years ago with “Barely Breathing,” set in 1890s Germany. Joining morality and music, sex and drama, Broadway in San Jose has never been better than in this South Bay theatre. Bid adieu to the 1994 classic Riverdance on its farewell tour at the AMTSJ’s turned Neederlander theatre at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. Celebrating a millennia of Irish step dance and music, this fifteen-year-old revue will play from December 29, 2009 to January 3, 2010, so buy your tickets before its too late. It may not be Sesame Street, but it sure is entertaining. In the Broadway in San Jose production of 2004 Tony Award Winner (Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book) Avenue Q, puppets and people join forces to find the meaning of live 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,” “What Do You Do With A BA in English?” and “My Girlfriend, Who Lives In Canada,” how could it not be? Don’t let the puppets fool you, this Broadway San Jose show is not for kids. Catch the act from January 12 to January 17, 2010 If you’re entertained by the movie, then try the musical. From March 16 to March 21, 2010, Legally Blonde the Musical sets the beloved chick flick to a Tony Award winning creative team, as Elle Woods metamorphoses from UCLA sorority sister to Harvard Law student. Appropriate for fans of the movie, catch this musical at the previously AMTSJ-owned San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. American Musical Theatre of San Jose patrons will receive 30% off ticets to the five-show package with priority seating. AMTSJ ticket holders to the 2008-2009 tours of Avenue Q will receive at least $3 off the price of admission. On top of these great deals, visit www.broadwaysanjose.com to get $10 off the five show package, Non-AMTSJ subscribers can buy subscriptions for between $120 and $440, with single tickets ranging from $20 to $90 later this year. Broadway San Jose is offering Inaugural Season Ticket Holder deals for visitors to get great seats, deals and special benefits.