Dreamgirls, Heights, Frankenstein and Dalmatians Set for Columbus, OH, Touring Season

News   Dreamgirls, Heights, Frankenstein and Dalmatians Set for Columbus, OH, Touring Season The new Robert Longbottom-helmed tour of the Motown musical Dreamgirls and the Tony-winning musical In the Heights are on the bill for the 2009-2010 Broadway Across America season in Columbus, Ohio.

The touring season gets underway with Cirque Dreams' latest show, Illumination, running Sept. 29-Oct. 4 at the Palace Theatre. Neil Goldberg directs the work that promises aerial effects that will "redefine the risks of flight."

The Ohio Theatre will host Mel Brooks' recent Broadway spectacle Young Frankenstein, which runs Oct. 27-Nov. 1. Susan Stroman directs and choreographs the musical — based on the hit film — that features a score by Brooks, with co-lyrics and a book by Thomas Meehan.

The 2008 Tony-winning musical In the Heights follows, playing Nov. 24-29 at the Ohio Theatre. Featuring a hip-hop- fueled score by Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda and a book by Quiara Alegría Hudes, the musical brings the citizens of Washington Heights and their stories to life.

The madcap stage version of the classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller The 39 Steps brings a dose of film noir to Columbus, Jan. 19-24, 2010 at the Palace Theatre. Maria Aitken directs Patrick Barlow's stage adaptation of the 1935 film that features four actors portraying over 150 of the film's characters.

The much-anticipated tour of Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen's Dreamgirls will play the Palace Theatre Feb. 16-21, 2010, following a launch at the Apollo Theater in Harlem this fall. Robert Longbottom directs and choreographs the new version of Dreamgirls that will incorporate the song "Listen" from the 2006 motion picture. Emmy-winner Shane Sparks will lend additional choreography to the backstage story of a Motown girl group who rise to stardom. The new stage production of 101 Dalmatians the Musical will arrive March 2-7, 2010 at the Palace Theatre. Not to be confused with the Disney film, the new production based on the original 1957 book, features direction by Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks (Guys and Dolls), a book by BT McNicholl and a new score by Dennis DeYoung.

Columbus will also welcome the return of the Kander and Ebb hit musical Chicago, running June 8-13, 2010, at the Palace Theatre as well as the Stephen Schwartz-Winnie Holzman blockbuster Wicked, which flies into the Ohio Theatre July 28-Aug. 29, 2010.

Season tickets are currently available by visiting BroadwayAcrossAmerica, or by phoning (800) 294-1892. Single tickets for the Broadway Across America Columbus season typically begin sale four to six weeks prior to each show.