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Famous Artists Broadway Series preview: Favorites from ‘War Horse’ to ‘Dolly!’

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Sally Struthers will help the Famous Artists Broadway Theater Series kick off its 2013-14 season.

She stars as the strong-willed matchmaker Dolly in the Broadway classic “Hello, Dolly!” which runs Oct. 8 to 10 at the Crouse Hinds Theater in the Oncenter in Syracuse.

Four other shows are scheduled in the series, along with four separate one-night-only special performances. All together, the musical mix runs the gamut from a heart-warming tale of friendship involving a horse to a parody based on a best-selling erotic novel.

The touring shows in the Famous Artists series are booked by NAC Entertainment Ltd. The Syracuse Famous Artists organization was created in 1943 by Syracuse resident and Syracuse University professor Murray Bernthal, who died in 2010 at age 99. NAC’s partnership with Famous Artists began about a dozen years ago. Some shows are held at the Landmark Theatre on South Salina Street, others at the Crouse Hinds Theater at Mulroy Civic Center, Montgomery Street.

Best known for portraying Archie Bunker’s daughter, Gloria, in the CBS television series “All in the Family” and more recently as Babette on CW’s “Gilmore Girls,” Ms. Struthers has had an acting career spanning four decades. In addition to her television work, she has had feature roles in Broadway productions of “Annie,” “Grease” and “The Odd Couple.” In regional theater, she has appeared in “The Full Monty,” “Mame,” “Legally Blonde” and “Chicago.”

In addition to the title song, the score for “Hello, Dolly!” includes “Put on Your Sunday Clothes,” “It Only Takes a Moment” and “Before the Parade Passes By.”

Winner of 10 Tony Awards, including best musical, best original score and best choreography, “Hello, Dolly!” features music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart. Since its 1964 premiere, the show has had three Broadway revivals and tremendous international success, as well as a film adaptation that was nominated for seven Academy Awards in 1969.

The Syracuse production at Crouse Hinds Theater is directed by Jeffrey B. Moss, with choreography by Bob Richard, lighting design by Charlie Morrison and musical supervision by Skip Brevis. The executive producer is Daniel Sher at Big League Productions Inc.

Other shows in the 2013-14 Famous Artists Broadway Series:

“War Horse” Nov. 27 to Dec. 1

This show, the winner of five Tony Awards in 2011, tells the story of young Albert and his beloved horse, Joey. The drama/musical features inventive puppetry and has played to packed houses in London and around the world. The life-sized horses were created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Co. The galloping and charging horses are strong enough for men to ride.

“War Horse” will be staged at the Landmark Theatre.

“Memphis” Jan. 28 to 30

Inspired by actual events, “Memphis” is about a white radio disc jockey who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. The musical was the winner of four 2010 Tony Awards including best musical. It features book by Joe DiPietro (“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”) and original score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan. The Associated Press called the show “the very essence of what a Broadway musical should be.”

It will be staged at Crouse Hinds Theater.

“An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin” May 6 to 8

Two Tony Award-winning virtuosos (and lifelong friends) share the stage in this show for the first time since “Evita.” They share a musical love story told entirely through a selection of the greatest songs ever written for the stage.

The show will be staged at Crouse Hinds Theater.

“Million Dollar Quartet” June 3 to 5

This Tony Award-winning musical was inspired by the true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ’n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. They gathered on Dec. 4, 1956, when producer Sam Phillips invited them to Sun Records in Memphis.

Songs include “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Who Do You Love?” and “Folsom Prison Blues.”

It will be staged at Crouse Hinds Theater.

Special one-night shows

Nov. 12: “50 Shades! The Musical” — This parody, about a women’s book club that decides to read “Fifty Shades of Grey,” will be at the Crouse Hinds Theater.

Dec. 7: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at the Landmark Theatre.

Feb. 26: Green Day’s “American Idiot” at the Landmark Theatre.

March 20: “Rock of Ages,” celebrating 1980s rock, at the Landmark Theatre.



the details
WHAT: 2013-14 Famous Artists Broadway Theater Series in Syracuse
WHEN: The five-show series begins Oct. 8 to 10 with “Hello, Dolly!” and concludes June 3 to 5 with “Million Dollar Quartet.”
Show times for “Hello, Dolly!” at Crouse Hinds Theater are 7:30 each night. Prices range from $37.70 to $79.70.
There are also four special one-night-only productions.
WHERE: In Syracuse, at either the Landmark Theatre, 361 S. Salina St., or the Mulroy Civic Center at Oncenter, 411 Montgomery St.
TICKETS: Season tickets for the five-show series are available for $315, $255 and $170. Individual tickets for other shows, besides “Hello, Dolly!,” are not on sale yet. Season ticket prices do not include the one-night-only productions.
MORE INFO: For show previews, to purchase tickets and other information, go to famousartistsbroadway.com.
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