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Broadway on Palafox

By Jennie McKeon

Since 1981 the Pensacola Saenger Theatre has brought Broadway shows to downtown Pensacola, adding to the community’s theatre culture.

“We partner with Jam Theatricals to bring the best in touring Broadway shows to the Gulf Coast,” said Kathy Summerlin, marketing director at Saenger Theatre.

Most of the performers you’ll see in these productions have performed on the Great White Way. Seeing them on the Saenger stage is exciting and more wallet-friendly.

“Broadway in Pensacola gives locals an opportunity to see performances that they could see in New York City at a fraction of the cost of a NYC Broadway show,” Summerlin said.

Starting the season on October 7 was “Rock of the Ages,” the predecessor to the summer musical starring Tom Cruise. The next show will be “Shrek the Musical.” Whether you want to take the kids to a family-friendly show or finally see a classic on stage, the Broadway in Pensacola 2012-2013 Season is filled with crowd pleasers.

“Each season we try to get a mix of the classic touring Broadway shows like ‘West Side Story’ and ‘Hair,’ and the newer shows like ‘Shrek the Musical’ and ‘The Addams Family,’” Summerlin said.
There are still season subscriptions available. The subscriptions allow you to buy tickets to the next five shows at a discounted rate and guarantee you the same seat for each show. Individual tickets are available as well, but don’t wait until the last minute to see your favorite shows.
Summerlin already has her favorites.

“‘West Side Story’ is a classic and one of my favorites,” Summerlin said. “I’ve not seen the actual show, only the movie. ‘The Midtown Men’ is going to be a fantastic performance. It’s comprised of the four original cast members of ‘Jersey Boys’ and I just love the music that they’ll be performing.”

BROADWAY IN PENSACOLA 2012-2013 SEASON
“Shrek the Musical”- Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
“West Side Story”- Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
“Hair”- Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
“The Midtown Men”- Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
“The Adams Family”- Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

‘SHREK THE MUSICAL’
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 20
WHERE: Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox
COST: $48-$65 for individual tickets
DETAILS: pensacolasaenger.com or 595-3880