2012-13 touring Broadway season in Orlando: 'Memphis,' 'Mary Poppins'

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Musicals based on movies. Musicals constructed around pop songs. The Disney-fication of Broadway.

The major trends in musicals are reflected in the upcoming touring season of Broadway shows presented in Orlando by Florida Theatrical Association.

The group announced the schedule for its 2012-13 Broadway Across America season Monday.

  • "Beauty and the Beast" (Oct. 2-7) defied critics to become the eighth-longest-running show on Broadway. Thank the love generated by the Disney cartoon, with its signature songs such as "Be our Guest" and the title tune. If you don't know the plot, well, where have you been? It's a tale as old as time, as the song goes.
  • "Million Dollar Quartet" (Oct. 30-Nov. 4) is based on a true-life 1956 Memphis recording session by Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins. The show's songs include "Blue Suede Shoes," "Great Balls of Fire," "I Walk the Line" and the like.
  • "Sister Act" (Dec. 4-9) tells the story of a streetwise disco diva (played by Whoopi Goldberg in the movie) who after witnessing a murder gets placed in a convent for her protection. There, she shakes up the good sisters. Music is by Alan Menken, who also composed the songs in "Beauty and the Beast."
  • "Mary Poppins"(Jan. 8-13, 2013) is Disney's adaptation of its movie about the practically perfect nanny immortalized by Julie Andrews on film.
  • In "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" (April 16-21, 2013), three drag queens travel the Australian outback to a soundtrack of "I Will Survive," "It's Raining Men" and other disco hits, learning lessons of friendship and acceptance along the way. It's based on the 1994 movie "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert."
  • And it's back to 1950s Tennessee for "Memphis" (May 14-19, 2013) in which a white DJ and a black singer try to make it professionally — and personally — in a culture hostile to their dreams. "Memphis" has the best pedigree of the show: It won the 2010 Tony for best musical.

The series will continue its Tuesday-Sunday schedule for each show. Performances take place at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St., Orlando.

Season tickets cost $170-$600, depending on seating and day selected. Call 1-800-448-6322 or go to OrlandoBroadway.com.

2012-13 Broadway Across America series at a glance

Beauty and the Beast: Oct. 2-7

Million Dollar Quartet: Oct. 30-Nov. 4

Sister Act: Dec. 4-9

Mary Poppins: Jan. 8-13, 2013

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: April 16-21, 2013

Memphis: May 14-19, 2013

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