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Vegas Arts & Entertainment Corner
Smith Center 2012 Broadway Series for Las Vegas
Sat Apr 30, 2011 13:09

The Smith Center for the
Performing Arts
Announces Broadway Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS ― The Smith Center for the
Performing Arts is proud to announce its
Broadway Las Vegas series as part of the
premiere season for this long-awaited
performing arts center. This series will
feature the best and brightest of Broadway,
bringing THE COLOR PURPLE, Disney and
Cameron Mackintosh’s MARY POPPINS,
to the stage in Las Vegas. These
exceptional shows join the ranks of the
previously announced WICKED, which will
open The Smith Center’s first full-length
season in August of 2012.

"We are thrilled to add such illustrious titles
as these Broadway hits to the
announcement of WICKED,” says Myron
Martin, President and CEO of The Smith
Center. “The addition of these shows to our
line-up of music and dance from around the
world proves that The Smith Center is
dedicated to bringing outstanding
programming to Southern Nevada.”

Tickets for individual shows in the
Broadway Las Vegas series start at $24 and
season tickets will go on sale this summer.

April 3 – 8, 2012

THE COLOR PURPLE, a soul-stirring
musical based on the classic Pulitzer Prize
-winning novel by Alice Walker and the
moving film by Steven Spielberg. It is the
unforgettable and inspiring story of a
woman named Celie, who finds her unique
voice in the world. Nominated for eleven
Tony® Awards, THE COLOR PURPLE is a
landmark theatrical event, a celebration of
love and a Broadway phenomenon. With a
joyous GRAMMY®-nominated score
featuring jazz, gospel and blues, THE
COLOR PURPLE is capturing the hearts of
young and old, and uniting audiences in a
community of joy.

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s MARY
May 22 – 27, 2012

MARY POPPINS is bringing its own brand of
Broadway magic to theaters across the
country, which has Variety raving, “This is
the rare touring production that over-
delivers on every level!” Featuring the
irresistible story and unforgettable songs
from one of the most popular Disney films of
all time, plus brand-new breathtaking dance
numbers and spectacular stage-craft, MARY

POPPINS is everything you could ever want
in a hit Broadway show! So get swept up in
the fun of this high-flying musical the New
York Post gives 4 out of 4 stars and calls “a
perfect piece of musical theater.”

June 12 – 17, 2012

hit Broadway musical, inspired by the true
story of the famed recording session that
brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis
Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and
Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On
December 4, 1956, these four young
musicians were gathered together by Sam
Phillips, the “Father of Rock ’n’ Roll” at Sun
Records in Memphis for what would be one
of the greatest jam sessions of all time.
legendary night to life with an irresistible tale
of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and
celebrations featuring timeless hits
including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,”
“That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great
Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta
Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Who Do You Love?,”
“Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,”
“Hound Dog” and more. This thrilling
musical brings you inside the recording
studio with four major talents who came
together as a red-hot rock ‘n’ roll band for
one unforgettable night. Don’t miss your
chance to be a fly on the wall of fame... at

July 18 – 22, 2012

underground dance clubs of 1950s
Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new
Broadway musical that bursts off the stage
with explosive dancing, irresistible songs
and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden
love. Inspired by actual events, MEMPHIS is
about a white radio DJ who wants to change
the world and a black club singer who is
ready for her big break. Come along on their
incredible journey to the ends of the
airwaves -- filled with laughter, soaring
emotion and roof-raising rock 'n' roll.
Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards®
including Best Musical, MEMPHIS, which
played pre-Broadway at the La Jolla
Playhouse and Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre,
features a Tony®-winning book by Joe
DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now
Change) and a Tony®-winning original
score with music by Bon Jovi founding
member David Bryan. Directing is Awards
Toy® nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu), and
choreography is by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey
Boys). Get ready to experience Broadway’s
most exciting new destination~ what AP
calls “The very essence of what a Broadway
musical should be.”

About The Smith Center
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a
public/private partnership that will become
the centerpiece of cultural life in Las Vegas,
offering a blend of performances by resident
companies, as well as first-run touring
attractions. The five-acre cultural campus
will feature three performance spaces, the
2,050-seat main performance area in
Reynolds Hall and Boman Pavilion’s 258-
seat cabaret theater and 250-seat studio
theater. The campus will also be home to the
Discovery Children’s Museum. The Smith
Center will be a living room for Las Vegas –
a place that will educate, entertain and excite
the citizens of our great community.
Located in downtown’s 61-acre urban
development, Symphony Park, The Smith
Center broke ground in May of 2009 with a
ceremonial carillon bell casting and ringing.
In February 2010, it celebrated its “Topping
Out” with the raising of 50 tons of steel. The
Smith Center will open in March 2012. For
more information about The Smith Center for
the Performing Arts, please visit Keep up
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