The Orange County Performing Arts Center's expands Hairspray, Oliver!, The Lion King, Movin' Out, Little Shop of Horrors


Hairspray, Oliver!, The Lion King, Movin' Out, Little Shop of Horrors

Added week will accommodate subscriber demand

COSTA MESA, CA - The Orange County Performing Arts Center's popular Broadway Series will expand to two weeks of subscriber performances for the 2004-2005  season and will feature performances of some of Broadway's biggest hits - all of them being presented at The Center for the first time ever.

"This is something that we have been working toward for some time now," said Center President Jerry E. Mandel when making the announcement. "With our new concert hall and music theater under construction and scheduled to open in September 2006, we can now commit the additional time in Segerstrom Hall to expand our popular Broadway Series to two subscriber weeks. With twice as many seats available for our subscribers, we are looking forward to introducing new audiences to the magic of live performances at The Center."

The 2004-2005 Broadway Season opens with the 2003 Tony winning Best Musical Hairspray (October 12 - 24, 2004).  Some of Charles Dickens' greatest characters, including Oliver, Fagin and Artful Dodger, spring to life in the charming and celebrated musical, Oliver! (December 21, 2004 - January 2, 2005)  The breathtaking spectacle and creativity of Broadway's award-winning Best Musical Disney's The Lion King (March 11 - April 24, 2005 - subscription performances are March 15 - 27) leaps onto The Center's stage in its eagerly-awaited Orange County premiere.  Twyla Tharp and Billy Joel's innovative Movin' Out (June 28 - July 10, 2005) features 24 classic songs by Billy Joel in a show hailed by Time magazine as "The #1 show of the year!"  Little Shop of Horrors (August 16 - 28, 2005) is everyone's favorite boy-meets-girl, plant-eats-world musical sensation.  Final negotiations are underway to bring a sixth show to The Center that will complete the blockbuster season.  Of the five shows announced in the six-show season, all are new to The Center.

Subscribers also have priority privileges for ordering tickets to two special bonus options: Rent, the Pulitzer Prize-and Tony Award-winning phenomenon (Segerstrom Hall / September 14 - 19, 2004), and Side by Side by Sondheim, a revue of songs by the legendary Broadway composer, Stephen Sondheim (Founders Hall / September 7 - 19, 2004).  Tickets are $22 - $55 for Rent and $46 for Side by Side by Sondheim.  

The Center applauds the following for their support: Bank of America, Mercedes -Benz, Sempra Energy and Cox Communications.

Pricing for the six-show series ranges from $99 - $472.  Renewal information will be sent to current subscribers the week of January 19.  Season tickets for new subscribers will go on sale at The Center's box office beginning April 26; however, advance priority orders may be placed by calling CenterTix at (714) 556-2787 or by visiting The Center's web site at


October 12 - 24, 2004

Broadway's new musical-comedy sensation takes you back to 1962 Baltimore, as 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad sets out to dance her way onto TV's most popular show. Can a big girl with big dreams - and even bigger hair! - change the world...and still have time to win the boy she loves?  Winner of eight 2003 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this mega-hit is piled bouffant-high with laughter and romance-and enough deliriously tuneful new songs to fill a non-stop platter-party. As
The New York Times says, "If life were everything it should be, it would be more like Hairspray. It's irresistible!"



December 21, 2004 - January 2, 2005

"Everyone's asking for more!" says
London's Daily Mail.  Dickens' memorable characters (Oliver, Fagin, Nancy, Bill Sikes, Artful Dodger and Bumble) spring to life once again in this celebrated musical, and Oliver!'s magical spell has everyone "Asking for More!"  The show's unforgettable songs include "Food, Glorious Food," "Consider Yourself," "Where is Love?," "You've Got to Pick-a-Pocket or Two," "I'd Do Anything," "Oom Pah Pah," "As Long As He Needs Me" and many more!

Disney's The Lion King

Disney The Lion King

March 11 - April 24, 2005

Experience the phenomenon of
Disney's The Lion King. Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by award-winning director Julie Taymor, whose visual images for this show you'll remember forever.  Thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African Pridelands and an unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice's Oscar-winning song "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" and "Circle of Life."  Let your imagination run wild at the Tony Award-winning Broadway phenomenon Newsweek calls "a landmark event in entertainment."  Orange County 's most eagerly awaited stage production ever will leap onto The Center's Segerstrom Hall stage this season.

Movin' Out

Movin' Out

June 28 - July 10, 2005
Five-time Grammy Award winner Billy Joel and legendary director/choreographer Twyla Tharp have joined forces to create the spectacular new musical Time magazine declares "The #1 show of the year!"
The New York Times calls Movin' Out "a shimmering portrait of an American generation. These tornado-driven dancers and rock musicians propel the audience into delirious ovations."  Movin' Out brings 24 Billy Joel classics to electrifying new life as it tells the story of five life-long friends over two turbulent decades.  It all adds up to one unforgettable Broadway musical sensation.

Little Shop of Horrors
August 16 - 28, 2005
It's everyone's favorite boy-meets-girl, plant-eats-world phenomenon. Meek, mild-mannered, out-of-luck Seymour Krelbourn has just discovered an exotic little plant with a strange and unusual appetite. The plant is growing remarkably fast - and so is Seymour's love for Audrey, his co-worker at the flower shop. But she has a boyfriend ... and the plant has a bloodthirsty secret that threatens the entire planet. The feeding frenzy begins as Seymour becomes a celebrity and the plant becomes a larger-than-life sensation. 
The New York Post raves: "A brilliant musical! Wondrously entertaining!"

Subscription Bonus Offer:
Side by Side by Sondheim
September 7 - 19, 2004
Founders Hall

This critically acclaimed revue is a collection of both famous and not-so famous songs with music and lyrics by Broadway icon Stephen Sondheim. In the intimate Founders Hall setting, audiences will be able to savor all the sophistication, wit, heart and genius of one of American musical theatre's most innovative and influential artists. This is a full evening of showstoppers drawn from many of Sondheim's Tony Award-winning shows: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, A Little Night Music, Follies, Evening Primrose, West Side Story, Gypsy, The Mad Show, The Seven Percent Solution, Anyone Can Whistle, Pacific Overtures and Do I Hear A Waltz?

September 14 - 19, 2004
Segerstrom Hall

Don't miss the chance to experience this phenomenon for yourself as Rent returns to The Center for one week only. From the Pulitzer Prize to the Tony sweep, from the critical accolades to the nightly ovations, Jonathan Larson's musical has become an American icon. Rent is about being young in New York, being brave and being scared, being in love and being in trouble - having hope for today and faith in tomorrow. Newsweek called Rent "A thrilling musical performed with explosive talent." Time wrote,"It shimmers with hope for the future of the American musical."

For more information about these or any other Center events, please call (714) 556-ARTS or visit The Center's Web site at Artists, shows and dates are subject to change.


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