Civic Theatre earns rights to Tony winners next season


Tony Award-winners “Clybourne Park” and “Les Misérables” are part of Grand Rapids Civic Theatre’s 2013-2014 lineup. Courtesy Civic Theatre

The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre announced its lineup for the 2013-14 season that includes nine productions — eight of which have not been staged at the theater previously.

“Sherlock Homes: Final Adventure,” “The Giver,” “The Sound of Music,” “Clybourne Park,” “Les Misérables,” “Junie B. Jones — Jingle Bells, Batman Smells,” “9 to 5 — the Musical,” “Disney’s Camp Rock — the Musical” and “The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe” will all take the Civic Theatre stage.

“We are thrilled to bring in such an incredible lineup to the stage next season,” said Bruce Tinker, executive and artistic director at Civic Theatre. “This award-winning season brings a number of new shows to our stage, not to mention new to our West Michigan theatre community, including the Michigan debut of the 2012 Tony Award Winning (Best Play) ‘Clybourne Park.’”

The season will kick off on Friday, Sept. 6, with “Sherlock Holmes: Final Adventure.” Holmes is on the case to solve blackmail involving a famous photograph, falling for the famous opera singer, Irene Adler, and tangling with a criminal mastermind, Professor Moriarty, all with the help of his faithful companion, Dr. Watson.

Every winter, the Civic Theatre produces a family favorite for the holiday season and this year’s selection is beloved classic “The Sound of Music.” Families will re-live the adventures and music of the Von Trapp family.

One of the highlights of this year’s season is the multiple Tony Award-winning masterpiece “Les Misérables,” which will run from Feb. 28-March 23, 2014.

“We are extremely honored to have been one of the first community theaters contacted for production rights to ‘Les Misérables,’” Tinker said.For the first time in this play’s 25-year history, community theaters are able to perform this piece for a very limited time only.”

The season will conclude with C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe,” running from July 25-Aug. 3, 2014. The children’s drama will transport audiences to the magical land of Narnia as the Pevensie children set out to free the land from an icy curse with the help of mysterious lion named Aslan.

“It is an amazing season, filled with mystery, drama, laughter and a myriad of award-winning pieces,” Tinker said. “There is something new to experience for actors and audiences alike.”

Ticket packages are available now for purchase at the Civic Theatre's website, and individual tickets will be available throughout the season.

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