May 23, 2014

2014-15 Broadway Live Season Announced!

The 2014-15 Broadway Live show lineup was announced last night during the annual gala season preview event at the Lexington Opera House. The event showcased local talent who performed excerpts from top national touring productions, all booked for the coming season.

The 2014-15 five-show season features four Broadway musicals and a classic play from a renowned regional theatre company. "We are excited to announce a season of fantastic entertainment for the entire family,” said Opera House Program Director Luanne Franklin.  “Come Play!  There really is something for everyone – None of the 2014-15 shows have ever toured in Lexington and three of the productions have recently been on Broadway.”

Season ticket holders always receive the best deal -- 20% off the lowest ticket prices.  The five-show season ticket packages start at just $172!  Lowest season ticket prices are locked in until single Broadway Live tickets go on sale on August 25th.

“There has never been a more affordable time to become a season ticket holder and enjoy the benefits that come with it,” Franklin explained. “Season ticket holders enjoy the best prices; get the best seat selection before tickets go on sale to the general public; enjoy multiple payment options, the lowest handling fees and the security of ticket insurance in case tickets are lost, misplaced or forgotten; along with the ease and flexibility of switching show performances in the event of a schedule change.  Best of all is the great personal service that has become an integral part of the Broadway Live experience,” she said.

Season ticket holders also have the chance to buy additional tickets at 10% discount and in advance of the general public on-sale date of August 25th.  In addition, season ticket holders will have the FIRST opportunity to purchase tickets to A GRAND CELEBRATION featuring The Marcus Roberts Trio on September 12th and CHUGGINGTON, The Great Rescue Adventure LIVE coming in 2015. The two Variety Live presentations will be available for sale ONLY to subscribers at the same time as Broadway Live season subscriptions.

The Broadway Live series will present five performances of each title and all shows are scheduled to take place over the weekends, including three evenings and two matinees.  Season ticket prices are $320 for Level 1 seats, $280 for Level 2 and $192 for Level 3.  A special “value price” for the 6 p.m. Sunday Evening Performance will be offered again this year at $280 for Price Level 1, $240 for Price Level 2 and $172 for Price Level 3. Orders for Season Tickets for the 2014-15 Broadway Live season will begin on May 23, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Lexington Center Ticket Office.      

Lexington Center CEO and President Bill Owen said, "The Lexington Opera House, built in 1886, has been in service for 128 years and continues to go strong. The Opera House Fund and the Lexington business community are to be commended for providing the necessary sponsorship dollars so that we may continue to offer fine facilities for intimate live stage performances presented by both national touring companies and the local performing arts community alike.”


The 2014-2015 Broadway Live Season

ELF  – November 14 -16, 2014 

ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.  With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF.

Sponsored by:  Fayette Mall
Book by:  Tony Award Winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone)
Music and Lyrics by:  Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer)

GUYS AND DOLLS – January 23 – 25, 2015

Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, this oddball romantic comedy – considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy – soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters who have become legends in the canon:  Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight “mission doll,” out to reform the evildoers of Times Square, Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, the chronically ill nightclub performer whose condition is brought on by the fact she’s been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiancé, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating crap game.

Sponsored by:  Powell, Walton, Milward Insurance and Keeneland
Book by:  Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Music and Lyrics by: Frank Loesser

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER – February 6 - 8, 2015  

Peter and the Starcatcher, the most magical evening of madcap fun, is now on tour!  Hailed by The New York Times as “The Most Exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades,” this comedy takes a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew.  The winner of 5 Tony Awards, this swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan will have you hooked from the moment you let your imagination take flight.  Peter and the Starcatcher is the innovative and imaginative play based on the best-selling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.  A company of a dozen actors play more than a hundred unforgettable characters, all on a journey to answer the century-old question  “How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up?”  This epic origin story of popular culture’s most enduring and beloved character proves that your imagination is the most captivating place in the world.

Sponsored by:  Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky and Central Bank

Book by:  Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

THE GREAT GATSBY– March 13 – 15, 2015 

Witness the sweep, poetry and grandeur of America’s most celebrated novel as the Montana Repertory Theatre continues to tell America’s great stories with its production of F.Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby adapted by Simon Levy.  Watch the rise and fall of the notorious Jay Gatsby and the alluring and dangerous Daisy Buchanan presented by one of the nation’s premier touring companies.  Seeing The Great Gatsby live on stage renews and refreshes our understanding of this remarkable tale told by an American genius.

Sponsored by:  Kentucky One Health
Book by:  F. Scott Fitzgerald adapted by Simon Levy

SISTER ACT – April 24 – 26, 2015

Sister Act is Broadway’s feel-amazing musical comedy smash!  The New York Post calls it “Ridiculously Fun,” and audiences are jumping to their feet in total agreement!  Featuring original music by 8-time Oscar winner Alan Menken

(Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors), Sister Act tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look – a convent!  Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to REJOICE!

Sponsored by: Clark Distributing, Miller/Coors
Book:  Cheri Steinkellner & Bill Steinkellner
Lyrics by:  Glenn Slater
Music by: Alan Menken


A Grand Celebration – Featuring The Marcus Roberts Trio – September 12, 2014

This show will highlight the return of the Steinway Grand to the Opera House stage after a complete restoration!  Marcus Roberts, blinded by glaucoma in his youth, regularly performs with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.  He has achieved great success as a stride pianist who celebrates classic standards and jazz traditions.

Chuggington LIVE! – Coming in 2015, Date TBD

Based on Ludorum’s hit television series airing on Disney Junior, CHUGGINGTON LIVE! The Great Rescue Adventure makes its world premiere in 2015 on stages across the USA and Canada.  Traintastic adventures await when you ride the rails to the modern world of CHUGGINGTON!


Season Tickets On Sale  

A 2014-15 season brochure was mailed out to an extensive Broadway Live mailing list on May 23, 2014. Current season ticket holders also received a priority seating order form. 

Season Tickets are available now at the Lexington Center Ticket Office.  Season Ticket packages include a ticket to one of the performances of each of the five Broadway Live presentations and also provide the patron with additional benefits listed below.   

Season Ticket Benefits

    •    Better seats:  Season Ticket holders get priority seat selection over single ticket buyers.  

    •    Advance tickets:  Season Ticket holders can purchase additional single tickets to any Broadway LIVE presentations with their subscription package at the time of order and get the best seats, before tickets go on sale to the general public.  

    •    Great prices: Season Ticket holders save 20% off single ticket prices to each show.  Season Ticket holders pay only $320, $280 or $192 for an 8 p.m. evening or matinee performance or $280, $240 or $172 for the Best Value Sunday 6 p.m. show.  

    •    Exchange privileges: Only Season Ticket holders can exchange their tickets for another performance of the same show.  

    •    Quarterly Newsletter House Lights

Ticket prices cover only 60 percent of the cost of the shows and patrons are invited to support this world-class cultural resource by becoming a “Friend of the Opera House” or by joining the “Pub Club.” 

Patrons who add at least $50 to their individual subscription will become a “Friend of the Opera House.”  “Friends of the Opera House” benefits include:  

    •    Name Recognition in the Playbill

Patrons who add $150 or more to their individual subscriptions will receive additional benefits, depending on the level of giving.  Some of these benefits include:  

    •    Priority Seating

    •    Pardy’s Pub Club Pass:  Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks before the show and desserts during intermission of Friday and Saturday evening Broadway Live performances in honor of that show’s Corporate Co-Presenter. 

    •    The Theatre Club at Saul Good:  Saturday Matinee & both Sunday Show ticket holders get 10% off their total bill if they dine before or after the show on Broadway Live show days.

    •    Name Recognition in Playbill:  Acknowledgment of your contribution in all Broadway Live program books. 

      Beginning May 23, current Broadway Live season ticket holders may renew subscriptions by using their priority order form.  New subscribers may submit orders in person at the Lexington Center Ticket Office or by phone, (859) 233-3535; all orders will be processed after June 29th.  Individual tickets to all shows will go on sale Friday August 25, 2014.  Single tickets will be available at the Lexington Center Ticket Office, by phone or at all Ticketmaster outlets.  Complete information on the season and subscriptions is available on line at    

      Broadway Live season ticket holders have the exclusive, first opportunity to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the public for the Variety Live presentations of A Grand Celebration and Chuggington Live.

2014 - 2015 Broadway LIVE Season Ticket Prices  

Full 5 Show Series

Friday and Saturday Evenings and Matinees:  

Price Level A             $320/seat

Price Level B             $280/seat  

Price Level C            $192/seat  

“Special Value” Sunday Evening:  

Price Level A              $280/seat  

Price Level B              $240/seat  

Price Level C             $172/seat 

Note:  $30 "Spotlight" seats, located in the back two rows of level 3, are on sale for every performance, however they are not available for subscription or further discounts.