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2013-14 Broadway season announced for S.L.

Published: Saturday, April 13 2013 3:00 p.m. MDT

The Broadway musical "Wicked."

Joan Marcus

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Horses, punk rockers, cheerleaders, even a green witch will make their way to Salt Lake City stages in 2014 with the upcoming Broadway Across America season.

"We're always looking for great shows; shows that have won Tony Awards," said John Ballard with MagicSpace. "We want to bring the best of Broadway to Salt Lake. And we're also looking for shows that our audiences will love and appreciate."

They'll kick off the season with "Bring It On: The Musical" (Feb. 25 to March 2, 2014), a high-flying journey through friendship, forgiveness and determination set amid a high school cheerleading competition. "When I first saw this in L.A., I thought 'this is a perfect show for Salt Lake,’ ” Ballard said. "It's athletic, it's high energy and it's fun."

Based on the movie, "Bring It On" showcases a Tony Award-winning creative team: Jeff Whitty (“Avenue Q”), Lin Manuel-Miranda (“In the Heights”) and Tom Kitt (“Next to Normal”).

Next will be "War Horse" (April 22-27, 2014). "This one is a little unusual for us in that we usually bring musicals," Ballard said. "But this piece is so extraordinary. The puppets are magical and within minutes you forget you're watching puppets and puppeteers and you just believe they're horses." Calling them "puppets" really doesn't do the majestic creations justice — they're life-sized horses and require two to three people to operate each one.

"War Horse" won five Tony Awards and tells the story of young Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, sold to the cavalry during the war. To say more might rob you of the journey. (And don't compare it to the movie that came out last December).

Another production will be "Memphis" (May 27 - June 1, 2014). "The music of 'Memphis' is really great," Ballard said. "Sometimes you see a new show and the music all sounds the same, but that's not the case with 'Memphis.’ ” This is thanks, in part, to David Bryan, the longtime keyboardist for rock band Bon Jovi.

From the underground dance clubs in 1950s Tennessee comes a hot new "black" sound that resonates with a white DJ who wants to put it on the radio. With thrilling songs, a bit of history and a little bit of romance, "Memphis" won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Subscribers will also be able to purchase extra shows to add to their season tickets including:

"Green Day's American Idiot" (Dec. 3-5, 2013) — With a Tony and Olivier Award-winning creative team, the show focuses on lifelong friends trying to find their place in a post 9/11 world. And it will rock you. The evening is filled with the music of the Grammy Award-winning, punk rock band, Green Day.

"This show is getting rave reviews," Ballard said. "It's high energy and a really great story. So people who don't really know anything about Green Day will love the story, and Green Day fans are going crazy for it."

(Content advisory: language)

"Wicked" (July 9 to Aug. 24, 2014) — What more needs to be said about this mega-hit that has sold out Capitol Theatre for its two previous engagements? A super-fan favorite of Salt Lake audiences, "we couldn't be happier to be bringing 'Wicked' back — people love it."

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