BATON ROUGE – The LSU Student Union Theater’s programming for 2013-14 includes six performances in the “Union Theater Presents” series. The six shows are “Memphis,” Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” “Sweet Charity,” “Yesterday – Beatles Tribute” and “Hello, Dolly!”
From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tenn., comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, “Memphis” is about a radio D.J. who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves – filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock ‘n roll. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards, including best musical, “Memphis” played pre-Broadway at the La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, and features a Tony-winning book by Joe DiPietro, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” and a Tony-winning original score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan. “Memphis” performances are Monday, Nov. 25, and Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 7:30 p.m.
NETworks presents Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” the smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to Baton Rouge. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of more than 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. Experience the romance of “Beauty and the Beast” on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.
“Sweet Charity” is a tender, poignant and consistently funny look at the adventures, or rather misadventures, in the ways of love encountered by the gullible and guileless Charity Valentine, the “lady of the evening” who always gives her heart, and her earnings, to the wrong man. The tuneful score includes hits such as “Hey, Big Spender,” “I’m A Brass Band,” and “If My Friends Could See Me Now.” Winner of Five Tony Awards, “Sweet Charity” performs Friday, March 7, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.
Live from Las Vegas! “Yesterday – The Beatles Tribute” celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Beatles 1964 arrival in New York City, signaling the historic beginning of the British invasion with their critically acclaimed Las Vegas show. The Beatles music became the most enduring and most loved of all time forever changing the face of pop music with such songs as “Hard Day’s Night,” “Help,” “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” and “Revolution.” Internationally touring “Yesterday- The Beatles Tribute,” with authentic costumes and instruments, recreates note for note the music of the fab four and can be seen Friday, March 21, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.
Winner of 10 Tony Awards including best musical, “Hello, Dolly!” is one of the most enduring Broadway classics. Emmy-award winning Sally Struthers stars as the strong-willed matchmaker Dolly, as she travels to Yonkers, N.Y., to find a match for the ornery “well known, unmarried, half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder. Featuring an irresistible story and an unforgettable score, including the title song, “Put on Your Sunday Clothes,” “It Only Takes A Moment,” and the show-stopping “Before the Parade Passes By,” “Hello, Dolly!” has been charming audiences around the world for nearly 50 years. The performance is scheduled for Sunday, March 30, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.
“Racine D’or” or “The Golden Root,” is an original, modern dance created by the Movement Workshop from Brooklyn, N.Y. Inspired by the culture and folklore of the deep South, the show finds its roots in the beats of Zydeco music and the rich and colorful communities of Louisiana. Cedric Watson, a four-time Grammy nominee, is collaborating with Movement Workshop Group to bring this exciting work to life. “Racine D’or” will also incorporate up to 10 local dancers in the performance on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Louisiana Division of the Arts.
Ticket Subscriptions go on sale Monday, July 22, at 10 a.m. Ticket information is available by phone at 225-578-5128, and online at http://www.uniontheater.lsu.edu.
For further information or group discount pricing, call Terry Serio, assistant theater director, at 225-578-6013 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.