Last season, fans of Broadway had a reason to rejoice as the Thrasher-Horne Center assembled its first full season of some of theatre’s biggest and best touring musicals. Audiences were treated to full-scale productions of Annie, Ragtime, Saturday Night Fever, Once, and Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer. This year, we’ve filled the calendar once again with an assortment of shows that offer something for every theatre lover. In the coming months, our boards will be visited by the likes of Into The Woods, Avenue Q, Xanadu, and Mamma Mia! – and we want to offer our blog readers an exclusive sneak peak into these four incredible shows below.
Saturday, November 26 at 8 PM
With only 10 actors, one piano and boundless imagination, this witty and wildly theatrical re-invention is INTO THE WOODS like you’ve never seen it before! This stripped-down, unplugged, thrillingly clever new version includes all the dazzling classic songs like “Children Will Listen” and “Giants in the Sky.” Mind the wolf, heed the witch and honor the giant at this extraordinary musical about the power of wishes and what happens when they really do come true.
Into The Woods Tour 2016 by Joan Marcus
The Fiasco Theater production of INTO THE WOODS — which recently concluded its acclaimed Off-Broadway engagement presented by Roundabout Theatre Company — will launch its national tour this season at the Thrasher-Horne Center. Stay tuned for some behind the scenes looks on this blog as we get closer to the first performance!
This acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Tony Award-winning musical is brought to you by the original Tony Award-winning producers of INTO THE WOODS and its Broadway revival.
Friday, December 9 at 8 PM
AVENUE Q is the first of two shows being brought to the Thrasher-Horne through a partnership with Slow Burn Theatre Company of South Florida, giving us a chance to highlight the best of professional theatre being produced within our home state.
A laugh out loud look at life after college with badly behaved puppets. The 2004 Tony Award-winning musical, currently playing on Broadway, is an ingenious combination of The Real World and Sesame Street. Savvy, sassy and eminently likable, this breakthrough production is an “autobiographical and biographical” coming-of-age parable that addresses and satirizes the issues and anxieties associated with entering adulthood.
Part flesh, part felt and packed with heart, AVENUE Q is still the funniest and freshest show in New York City! This laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a bright-eyed college grad named Princeton. When he arrives in the city with big dreams and a tiny bank account, he has to move into a shabby apartment all the way out on AVENUE Q. Still, the neighbors seem nice. There, he meets Kate (the girl next door), Lucy (the slut), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie (the pervert), superintendent Gary Coleman (yes, that Gary Coleman) and other new friends! Together, they struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Come explore your purpose with them when the show arrives in December.
Saturday, February 11 at 8 PM
XANADU follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first ROLLER DISCO…hey, it’s 1980! But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds.
This hilarious, roller skating, musical adventure about following your dreams despite the limitations others set for you rolls along to the original hit score composed by pop-rock legends Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, and includes, “Magic”, “All Over The World”, “Suddenly”, “I’m Alive”, “Evil Woman“, “Have You Never Been Mellow” and “Xanadu”, to name a few, and is based on the Universal Pictures’ cult classic movie of the same title, which starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly.
It’s hilarity on wheels for adults, children and anyone who has ever wanted to feel inspired, as one of Broadway’s master storytellers, Douglas Carter Beane, weaves a moving, electrifying tale of endless fun that will keep you in stitches, while the original, legendary chart-topping tunes lift you out of your seat. You’ll want to keep the music in your head, and XANADU in your heart, forever.
Both AVENUE Q and XANADU are presented by Slow Burn Theatre, a regional theatre company from South Florida that is making a name for itself with their exciting and fresh theatrical productions. Subscribe to our blog for exclusive behind-the-scenes glances of this incredible company and our exclusive partnerships in the months to come!
Tuesday, June 20 at 7:30PM
A mother. A daughter. 3 possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!
Mamma Mia! North American Tour 2015 by Joan Marcus
We are thrilled to welcome back the blockbuster MAMMA MIA! to our Northeast Florida audiences. This will mark the second tour of MAMMA MIA! to grace our stage, and also the final opportunity to see this heartwarming and hilarious show on its farewell tour. If you missed last May’s stop in downtown Jacksonville, or if you saw it and loved it, now is your chance to catch it one last time! Introduce your friends and family to the runaway disco hit that has dominated Broadway for the last two decades!
Over 50 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show! Writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone’s having the time of their lives! With more productions playing internationally than any other musical, MAMMA MIA! is the World’s #1 Show!
Broadway Orange Park is ready so let the 2016-2017 season begin!