Pantages new season: ‘Mormon,’ ‘Catch Me If You Can,’ ‘Sister Act’


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The new season at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood will feature several prominent Broadway titles, including the previously announced ‘The Book of Mormon.’ The 2012-13 season, which was unveiled Tuesday, will also include touring versions of ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,’ ‘Sister Act’ and ‘Catch Me If You Can.’

‘The Book of Mormon’ -- the Tony-winning musical from the creators of ‘South Park’ -- will make its local premiere (Sept. 5 to Nov. 25) as part of a national tour. The engagement was first reported in December.


Three recent musicals based on popular movies will be part of the season -- ‘Catch Me If You Can,’ (March 12 to 24, 2013), adapted from the 2002 Steven Spielberg movie of the same name; ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,’ (May 28 – June 16, 2013) based on the 1994 Australian movie; and ‘Sister Act’ (July 9 – 28, 2013), adapted from the 1992 Whoopi Goldberg movie.

An early version of ‘Sister Act’ was staged at the Pasadena Playhouse in 2006 before undergoing revisions for London and Broadway.

The season will also include ‘Donnie & Marie -- Christmas in Los Angeles’ (Dec. 4 to 23) and ‘Peter Pan,’ (Jan. 15 to 27), starring Cathy Rigby. As previously announced, a new revival of the musical ‘Jekyll and Hyde,’ starring ‘American Idol’ alumnus Constantine Maroulis, will arrive at the Pantages as part of a national tour. The engagement (Feb. 12 to March 3) follows a tryout run at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and an inaugural tour engagement in San Diego.

The Pantages season will also include ‘Chicago’ (May 15 to 27), starring Christie Brinkley; ‘Rain -- A Tribute to the Beatles’ (Jan. 28 to Feb. 3, 2013); ‘Disney’s Beauty and the Beast’ (March 26 – April 7, 2013); and ‘West Side Story’ (April 9 – 14, 2013).


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-- David Ng

[Updated: A previous version of this post states that the ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ tour would kick off at the Pantages. In fact, the tour will begin in San Diego.]