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Broadway in Atlanta announces premieres, favorites for 2014-15

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Motown the Musical is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy's journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more.
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ATLANTA -- The newly-announced Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta 2014-2015 Season will include five premieres and several favorites.

The Atlanta premieres include Newsies, The Little Mermaid, Pippin, Motown the Musical and Dirty Dancing.

The favorites will feel fresher with a new production of The Phantom of the Opera and return engagements of Blue Man Group, Wicked and Mamma Mia!

Here are more details about the shows and dates:

THE LITTLE MERMAID
JULY 8-13, 2014
In a magical kingdom fathoms below, we meet Ariel, the little mermaid who is tired of flipping her fins and longs to be part of the fascinating world on dry land. Joining her are Sebastian, Ariel's crabby sidekick; Ursula, the evil sea witch; Triton, King of the Sea and the handsome and human Prince Eric. Based on the Disney animated film and hit Broadway musical, The Little Mermaid is making its Atlanta debut at The Fox Theatre. 

MAMMA MIA!
SEPTEMBER 23-28, 2014
Mamma Mia! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Now it's your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA's greatest hits, including "Dancing Queen," "S.O.S.," "Super Trouper," "Take A Chance on Me" and "The Winner Takes It All," with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
OCTOBER 22-NOVEMBER 2, 2014
Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's phenomenal musical success features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and a new staging by director Laurence Connor. The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show's legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score, with songs like "Music of the Night," "All I Ask Of You," and "Masquerade," will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this Phantom one of the largest productions now on tour.

DIRTY DANCING - THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE
NOVEMBER 25-30, 2014
An unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance, and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring the hit songs, "Hungry Eyes," "Hey Baby,""Do You Love Me?" and the heart stopping "(I've Had) The Time of My Life." You'll have the time of your life!

NEWSIES
JANUARY 20-25, 2015
They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines. Direct from Broadway comes Newsies, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Choreography, Newsies has audiences and critics alike calling it "a musical worth singing about!" (The New York Times) Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it's a high-energy explosion of song and dance you just don't want to miss. Based on true events, Newsies tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. It's a rousing tale about fighting for what's right...and staying true to who you are.

WICKED
FEBRUARY 18-MARCH 8, 2015
Winner of 50 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, Wicked is "Broadway's biggest blockbuster" (The New York Times). Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One--born with emerald green skin-- is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for "the most complete--and completely satisfying--new musical in a long time" (USA Today).

BLUE MAN GROUP
APRIL 7-12, 2015
Blue Man Group is best known for their wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts which combine music, comedy and multimedia theatrics to produce a totally unique form of entertainment. Although it is impossible to describe, people of all ages agree that Blue Man Group's show is an intensely exciting and wildly outrageous experience that leaves the entire audience in a blissful, euphoric state. With no spoken language, Blue Man Group is perfect for people of all ages, languages and cultures.

PIPPIN
MAY 5-10, 2015
With a beloved score by Tony nominee Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Wicked), Pippin tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory. This captivating new production is directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus. It features sizzling choreography in the style of Bob Fosse and breathtaking acrobatics by Les 7 Doigts de la Main, the creative force behind the nationwide sensation Traces. Join us... for this magical, unforgettable production!

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
AUGUST 18-23, 2015
It began as one man's story... became everyone's music... and is now Broadway's musical. Motown the Musical is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy's journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat.


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