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Artistic director Scott Spence announced Beck Center for the Arts 2012/2013 Professional Theater season that includes five locally produced premieres and an eclectic mix of outrageous comedies, award-winning musicals and inspiring dramas that Northeast Ohio audiences have come to expect from Beck Center.

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Individual tickets go on sale August 1, 2012.

Xanadu

September 14 – October 14, 2012; Mackey Main Stage
Xanadu follows the journey of a beautiful Greek muse named Kira who descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California on a quest to inspire Sonny, a struggling artist, to build his greatest artistic creation – the first ROLLER DISCO! (Hey, it's 1980!) But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters are enraged and chaos ensues. This hilarious, roller skating, musical adventure about following your dreams despite the limitations others set for you, rolls along to the original hit score including pop-rock hits such as Magic, Evil Woman, Have You Never Been Mellow, and Xanadu. Winner of the 2008 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Broadway Musical.

The Little Dog Laughed

October 5 – November 11, 2012; Studio Theater
Nominated for the 2007 Tony Award for Best Play and the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding New York Theatre, this fast-paced farce is an examination of the scandalous world of Hollywood celebrities. Follow the adventures of Mitchell Green, a movie star who could hit it big if it weren't for one persistent problem. His hard-driving Hollywood agent can't seem to keep him in the closet. Will the leading man’s career be derailed before it gets started with what his agent describes as Mitchell's "slight recurring case of homosexuality?”  Don’t miss what the NY Times called “Devastatingly funny, with dizzy, irresistible writing that brings down the house."

Annie

December 7, 2012 – January 6, 2013; Mackey Main Stage
Leapin' Lizards! Winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, Book and Score, Annie is the touching story of a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and finds a new home in the mansion of billionaire Oliver Warbucks, as well as a new family with “Daddy” Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell and a lovable mutt named Sandy. Annie is one of the world’s best loved musicals that includes such unforgettable songs as It’s A Hard Knock Life and Tomorrow.

Next To Normal

March 1 – April 21, 2013; Studio Theater
In collaboration with Baldwin-Wallace University Music Theatre Program
An emotional powerhouse of a musical, Next to Normal features a compelling Tony Award-winning pop rock score that shatters through the façade of a suburban family dealing with the traumatic effects of mental illness. Winner of three Tony Awards and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this intense, emotional, yet ultimately hopeful musical makes a direct grab for the heart with a story that takes us inside the lives of a typical American family that’s anything but typical. The New York Times said “NEXT TO NORMAL is a brave, breathtaking musical...It is something much more than a feel-good musical. It is a feel-everything musical.” Contains strong language and themes.

The House of Blue Leaves

March 22 - April 21, 2013; Mackey Main Stage
Considered John Guare's most popular and arguably most important play, The House of Blue Leaves won the 1971 Drama Critics' Circle Award and Obie Award for Best American Play. Meet Artie Shaugnessy, an aspiring songwriter with visions of glory. Toiling by day as a zoo-keeper, Artie performs in seedy lounges by night in Queens, New York where he lives with his schizophrenic wife, Bananas – much to the chagrin of his downstairs neighbor and mistress, Bunny Flingus. With the arrival of an old school chum, now a successful Hollywood producer, Artie plans to escape the life he despises and pursue his musical career in la-la-land. But like many dreams, this promise of glory evaporates amid the chaos of ordinary lives.

The Pitmen Painters

May 31 – July 7, 2013; Studio Theater
Heralded in London’s West End and on Broadway, this new play by the Tony Award-winning writer of Billy Elliot is based on a triumphant true story. In 1934, a group of miners in Northern England take an art appreciation class and begin experimenting with painting. They soon build an astonishing body of work that makes them the unlikeliest of art-world sensations. An arresting and hilarious salute to the power of individual expression and the collective spirit, The Pitmen Painters is richly funny, deeply moving and continuously entertaining as it examines the lives of a group of ordinary men who do extraordinary things. A heart-breakingly funny, inspirational story that takes you on an unforgettable journey from the depths of the mine to the heights of fame.

Monty Python's Spamalot

July 12 – August 18, 2013; Mackey Main Stage
Monty Python's Spamalot is the outrageous musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the cult classic motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail. With music and lyrics by the Grammy Award-winning team of Eric Idle and John Du Prez and book by Mr. Idle, Spamalot tells the story of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Winner of three 2005 Tony Awards including Best Musical, this hysterically irreverent musical features a chorus line of dancing divas, knee-slapping knights, flatulent Frenchmen, flying cows, killer rabbits, a legless knight, and several show-stopping musical numbers including Always Look on the Bright Side of Life and The Song That Goes Like This.

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