The tours are coming, the tours are coming! Los Angeles' Shubert Theatre has announced its season of Broadway musicals, kicking off with the city's premiere of London and Toronto's hit musical, Mamma Mia!, Feb. 22. Dame Edna, Saturday Night Fever and Kiss Me, Kate will follow.
Mamma Mia! incorporates some of ABBA's greatest hits into a comedy telling of a woman about to marry who wants nothing more from her mother than to know which of the three men her mom once knew is her father. The Shubert will be the second stop in the United States prior to the new tuner's Broadway opening.
The comic creation of Australian Barry Humphries, Dame Edna is the self- proclaimed megastar housewife who dons tiaras and bugle-beaded gowns and dishes out her singular, often politically-incorrect views about modern life. She will strut her stuff on the Shubert stage May 15-27.
Tony Manero comes of age in Saturday Night Fever, based on the hit 1970's film. Songs from the movie include "Boogie Shoes," "Disco Inferno" and "If I Can't Have You," as well as new songs like "Immortality" and "First and Last." Fever takes its first bow May 29.
Kiss Me, Kate, the recent winner of five Tony Awards at 1999's ceremony, will appear in summer, 2001. Set in a theatre company trying out a musical version of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, despite the actor-producer and his ex-wife's Shrew-esque squabbles, this classic Cole Porter score features "Another Openin', Another Show," "Too Darn Hot," "So in Love" and "Brush Up Your Shakespeare." Subscriptions to the Shubert season run from $278-$158. For reservations, call (800) 472-2272.