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   BROADWAY IN EL PASO AT THE PLAZA THEATRE
 
 
 
2011 - Volume 2 Issue 2
Vida Buena
Let's Go Out
 
Article: Charlotte Tallman
 
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It won't be long before El Paso sees the likes of a wicked witch, a young Frankenstein, a green ogre and a bride-to-be living life through the words of ABBA. Broadway In El Paso is back at the Plaza Theatre!

    H. T. Ponsford & Sons began building the Spanish Colonial Revival style Plaza Theatre in 1929, which was designed by architect W. Scott Dunne and constructed by C.A. Goetting Construction Company. The Plaza started as a vaudeville house and soon graduated to movies. The Plaza Theatre is a popular El Paso landmark that boasts of a nearly $38 million renovation. After opening back up in 2006, the Plaza Theatre has a 2,050-seat main theater with a 10-story stage house capable of handling the large traveling Broadway shows, making it the perfect place to bring Broadway back to El Paso.
   
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The Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Center
125 Pioneer Plaza
El Paso, TX 79901
915-231-1100
theplazatheatre.org ticketmaster.com
El Paso Electric presents the Broadway in El Paso 2011-2012 season, which is better than ever and includes 26 performances of eight different shows. The 2011-2012 season appeals to both classic Broadway lovers and those who enjoy more contemporary performances.

The season opens with a beautiful princess who marries a brave ogre in "Shrek the Musical" (7:30 p.m. Oct. 25-26).

You will enjoy "The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein" at (7 p.m. Nov. 20), featuring song and dance from all of your favorite moments from the classic 1974 film and "Fiddler on the Roof" (7:30 p.m. Dec. 13), the eleven-time Tony Award-winning musical about Teyve and his daughters.

The most anticipated show of the season is "WICKED" the story of green-skinned Elphaba, and Glinda the Good long before Dorothy drops in, with shows Feb. 1-12. On Broadway and around the world, WICKED has worked its magic on critics and audiences alike. Winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, WICKED is "Broadway's biggest blockbuster" and "the defining musical of the decade" - The New York Times

The season continues with "100 Years of Broadway" (7:30 p.m. March 26), a tribute to everyone from Cole Porter to Andrew Lloyd Webber in this musical revue; the performance of Straight No Chaser (7:30 p.m. April 5), is a 10-man a cappella group originally formed at Indiana University and have become a YouTube sensation. One of my favorites is "Mamma Mia!" (7:30 p.m. April 10-11), a popular musical based on the songs of ABBA that tells the story of a young bride-to-be and her efforts to figure which of three men is her dad.

Closing the season, "The Rat Pack is Back!" (2 p.m. and 8 p.m.- May 5th), is a Vegas-style tribute that recreates the Las Vegas' Sands Hotel complete with entertainment by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Joey Bishop.

There are twenty-six shows overall. Three ticket packages are available, one more than last year. For more information on shows and tickets please go to www.plazatheatre.org. ///
 
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