Spamalot, Scissorhands, Pippin and Ray Charles Show Ready for Philadelphia Debuts

News   Spamalot, Scissorhands, Pippin and Ray Charles Show Ready for Philadelphia Debuts
 
Monty Python's Spamalot, Edward Scissorhands, Pippin and musical celebrations of Ray Charles (I Can’t Stop Loving You) and The Beatles (The Beatles Experience) fill the upcoming season at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center Presents Broadway at the Academy.

The lineup of musicals and more will also feature productions of Dorothy The Dinosaur's Dance Party, Disney Live!, Annie and Riverdance.

The 2006-2007 season (subject to change) is as follows:

  • Dorothy The Dinosaur's Dance Party (Sept. 16 & 17)
    "The Wiggles" best friends — Dorothy along with Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus — sing and dance to the children's television show's songs including, "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes," "Hot Potato," a "Wiggly Medley" and more.
  • I Can’t Stop Loving You (Sept. 26-Oct. 21)
    Straight from London's West End comes a new celebration of the music of Ray Charles. The production features a "non-stop parade of the singer/pianist's greatest songs" includes "Georgia," "Hit the Road Jack," "What'd I Say," "America the Beautiful," "Unchain My Heart" and more as performed by singers and dancers with a 12-piece on-stage orchestra.

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  • Disney Live! (Nov. 24 & 25)
    Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald and an all-star Disney cast perform live in this "magic show spectacular" billed as a "one-of-a-kind interactive experience for the whole family."
  • The Beatles Experience (Jan. 4-7, 2007)
    Performed by Beatles tribute group RAIN, the live and interactive multi-media show comes back to the Academy where it previously played to near sell-out crowds in its Philadelphia premiere.
  • Edward Scissorhands (Jan. 16-21, 2007)
    Swan Lake creator Matthew Bourne offers his new stage adaptation of the classic Tim Burton fairy tale film about a boy created by an inventor but left unfinished.  Directed and choreographed by Bourne, the dance work features the musical score of composer Danny Elfman with additional music by Terry Davis.
  • Annie (March 1-March 4, 2007)
    The tale of the red-headed orphan returns with a production directed by lyricist Martin Charnin.
  • Monty Python's Spamalot (March 20-25, 2007)
    The 2005 Tony Award-winning Best Musical hits the Philadelphia stage with the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Directed by Mike Nichols, the musical based on "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" features a book by Eric Idle with a score by Idle and John Du Prez.  Casey Nicholaw choreographs.   
  • Riverdance (May 15-May 20, 2007)
    Composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, the international dance phenomenon featuring Irish music, song and dance taps on the Philadelphia stage with an international company.
  • Pippin (dates to be announced)
    Scored by Wicked's Stephen Schwartz, the fairy tale comes to life again in a new production with choreography by original director/choreographer Bob Fosse. Subscription packages are now available by calling (215) 731-3333 or visiting www.kimmelcenter.org/broadway.  Single tickets will go on sale at a later date. For more information on subscription packages, call (215) 893-1955 or visit the website.

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