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SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2007

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That’s the ticket!
Get season seats to Broadway Theatre League

By Patrice Stewart · 340-2446

“Let us entertain you, and we’ll have a real good time!”

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Those lines from the musical “Gypsy” are the theme for the coming season of Broadway Theatre League in Huntsville.

The lineup, of course, includes “Gypsy,” which Nov. 16-18 will begin the musical parade through the Von Braun Center Concert Hall.

This season may be the final chance to see Hal Holbrook play Mark Twain, as well as revivals of “Camelot” and “Annie.”

The league just began selling season tickets for 2007-08, some as low as $99 for the season. Tickets to individual shows will not be available until late summer.

Season ticket holders get a chance to purchase the best seats and those for specials before they are made available to the public, said Broadway Theatre League spokeswoman Becky Cobb, so that’s a reason to act quickly.

Season subscribers also have the option of exchanging tickets, up to one week before performances, for more suitable dates, she said.

Broadway Series

The Broadway Series season tickets, ranging from $99 to $220, include these shows:

  • “Gypsy,” Nov. 16-18

    The Vaudeville-era story of “Gypsy” tells how no-talent Louise Hovick rises from behind the shadow of Dainty June, her younger sister, to become the 1930s burlesque queen Gypsy Rose Lee. While the title suggests that this musical is about the famous stripper, it is really about her hard-driven, determined stage mother, Mama Rose. Among the hit songs are “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” and “Let Me Entertain You.”

  • “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” Jan. 18-20

    Based on the popular 1988 film, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” centers on two con men living on the French Riviera by talking rich women out of their money. They attempt to work together, but the small town isn’t big enough for the two of them. They agree that the first one to extract $50,000 from a young heiress wins, and the other must leave town; the result is a hilarious battle of cons.

  • “Camelot,” Feb. 22-24

    Tony-nominated actor Lou Diamond Phillips wears King Arthur’s crown in the lavish new production of Lerner and Loewe’s classic “Camelot.” Can the enchanted kingdom of Camelot, a place where honor and chivalry reign, survive when Queen Guinevere falls in love with Sir Lancelot, one of the king’s most trusted knights? The royal score includes “If Ever I Would Leave You” and “How to Handle a Woman.”

  • “Movin’ Out,” March 7-9

    Grammy-winning pop artist Billy Joel and legendary director and choreographer Twyla Tharp joined forces to create “Movin’ Out,” a musical telling the story of American youth growing up on Long Island during the 1960s and their experiences with the Vietnam War. The principal characters were created from various tunes by Joel: “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” “James,” “Why Judy Why” and “Movin’ Out.” Unlike the traditional musical, this series of dances is linked by a thin plot; all the vocals are performed by a pianist and band suspended on a platform above the stage while the dancers act out the narrative without dialogue.

    ‘Star Spotlight’

    The “Star Spotlight” special shows include:

  • Comedian Lily Tomlin, Nov. 4

    From spoiled rotten little girl Edith Ann to the snorting, eavesdropping and wisecracking telephone operator Ernestine, award-winning comedian and actress Lily Tomlin brings all of her infamous characters to life in this “greatest hits” show. Tickets are $46 to $51.

  • Hal Holbrook in “Mark Twain Tonight,” Jan. 5

    Almost 50 years ago, actor Hal Holbrook took the stage in a small off-Broadway theater and introduced America to a man they’d never forget. Today, he still charms audiences with his portrayal of American storyteller Mark Twain. Huntsville will be one of the last stops on Holbrook’s final national tour. Tickets are $37 to $47.

    Family Fun Series

    The Family Fun Series includes these shows:

  • “Jungle Jack Hanna,” Sept. 23

    Through his nationally syndicated television show “Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures,” plus hundreds of guest television appearances, Jack Hanna has become a well-known animal expert. This show features many of his favorite animal friends, as well as stories and footage from his adventures around the world. Tickets are $12 and up for students and $22 and up for adults.

  • “The Velveteen Rabbit,” Oct. 26

    “When a child loves you for a long, long time ... then you become real,” says the horse to the Velveteen Rabbit in Margery Williams’ literary classic. With an original musical score, puppets, masks and magic, Enchantment Theatre Company brings to life this charming tale of a stuffed toy rabbit yearning to be transformed into a real woodland rabbit. Tickets are $6 and up for students and $11 and up for adults.

  • “Arthur Live!,” Jan. 17

    This all-new musical stage production for the entire family features Arthur, Buster, D.W. and their friends investigating the world around them through singing, dancing and discovery. Entering its 10th season, “Arthur” remains a top-rated television program seen daily on PBS Kids. Tickets are $6 and up for students and $11 and up for adults.

  • “Annie,” Feb. 8-10

    America’s favorite red-headed orphan, based on the comic strip character Little Orphan Annie, returns to charm a new generation with her rags-to-riches tale from evil Miss Hannigan’s orphanage to life in rich Oliver Warbucks’ house. One of Broadway’s most memorable scores includes hits such as “Tomorrow,” “The Hard-Knock Life” and “Easy Street.” Tickets are $36 and up for all seats.

    Various season membership plans also come with reserved parking in the South Hall garage, Stage Door Club events, cast parties and souvenirs.

    For information and to purchase tickets, call 518-6155 or visit

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