Motown, Cinderella and Lloyd Webber's Oz Get Washington Premieres at the National

News   Motown, Cinderella and Lloyd Webber's Oz Get Washington Premieres at the National
 
Broadway at the National has announced that its 2015-16 season will feature the Washington premieres of hit Broadway productions Motown The Musical, the Tony-winning Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella and The Wizard of Oz, with additional new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The season will also see the return of the popular the Broadway shows Jersey Boys and Annie.

The season will kick off with Cinderella, directed by Mark Brokaw with choreography by Josh Rhodes. The Tony Award-winning musical features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, a new book by Douglas Carter Beane and original Book by Oscar Hammerstein II. Performances will run Nov. 18-29.

The Washington premiere of Motown The Musical will be directed by Charles Randolph-Wright with choreography by Warren Adams and Patricia Wilcox. The show follows the true story of Motown founder Berry Gordy, the man behind the careers of such legends as Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Smokey Robinson among others. Performances will run Dec. 1-Jan. 3, 2016.

Spring 2016 will see the return of Annie with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin and book by Thomas Meehan. Helmed by Charnin with choreography by Liza Gennaro, performances of the beloved orphan tale will run March 15-20, 2016.

Another favorite set to return in Spring 2016 is the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning musical about the true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Jersey Boys. Featuring such hits as "Sherry," and "Big Girls Don't Cry," music is by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. Jersey Boys is directed by Des McAnuff with choreography by Sergio Trujillo. Performances are set to run April 6-24, 2016.

The season will conclude with the Washington premiere of The Wizard of Oz adapted by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jeremy Sams, featuring the classic movie's music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, with additional songs by Tim Rice and Lloyd Webber. Helmed by Tony nominee Sams with choreography Arlene Phillips, performances will run from May 3-15, 2016. The National Theatre is celebrating its 180th anniversary year. For more information visit thenationaldc.com or by calling (855) 486-2516.

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