Harvey, Millie, Chicago, Oliver, Starlight Headline Boston's Next Wang Season

News   Harvey, Millie, Chicago, Oliver, Starlight Headline Boston's Next Wang Season Boston is in for a bang as its Wang Performing Arts Center announced its upcoming 2003-2004 season.

The Massachusetts complex which houses the Wang and Shubert Theatres will play home to Harvey, The Sound of Music, Miss Saigon, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Chicago, Hair, Nunsense, Oliver and Starlight Express.

Starting off the season is the Charles Nelson Reilly-helmed staging of Mary Chase's Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy Harvey. Charles Durning and Dick Cavett will star in the tale of a man befriends a 6-foot-3-inch rabbit that no one can see but him.

Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music and Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's Miss Saigon will each see productions at the Beantown stage next, followed by the current Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie and the reinvigorated Kander and Ebb musical Chicago — the movie adaptation of which just won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

The musical Hair will see a new dawn after opening on Broadway 35 years ago. Nunsense also enjoys a special celebration with a 20th anniversary all star tour featuring Kaye Ballard (Carnival!, Molly), Georgia Engel (The Boys from Syracuse, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"), Mimi Hines (Funny Girl, Grease), Darlene Love (Carrie, Leader of the Pack) and former Miss America Lee Meriwether (Grandma Sylvia's Funeral).

Producer Cameron Mackintosh's production of Lionel Bart's Oliver based on the Sam Mendes-Matthew Bourne staging that appeared London will hit Boston. A new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Starlight Express will conclude the season at the Wang. The complete season and theatres (subject to change) follows:

  • Harvey - Shubert - (Sept. 9-23)
  • The Sound of Music - Wang - (Sept. 16-21)
  • Miss Saigon - Wang - (Sept. 23-28)
  • Thoroughly Modern Millie - Wang - (Oct. 7-12)
  • Chicago - Wang - (Nov. 4-9)
  • Hair - Shubert - (Jan. 20-Feb. 1, 2004)
  • Nunsense 20th Anniversary All-Star Tour - Shubert - (Feb. 10-15, 2004)
  • Oliver - Wang - (March 2-7, 2004)
  • Starlight Express - Wang - (April 27-May 2, 2004) For tickets to shows at the Wang Performing Arts Center, 270 Tremont Street in Boston, MA, call (800) 447-7400. For more information, visit www.wangcenter.org.