Broadway Sacramento 2016-17 season announced

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Source:   —  April 08, 2016, at 0:41 AM

If CMT’s Richard Lewis has his wish, this new season will be latest before drastic renovations start on the over-40-year-old Community Middle Theater in the summer of two thousand seventeen.

Broadway Sacramento 2016-17 season announced

As CA Musical Theatre announces its 2016-17 Broadway Sacramento season, the company will focus as much on the building it presents in as what it puts on the stage.

If CMT’s Richard Lewis has his wish, this new season will be latest before drastic renovations start on the over-40-year-old Community Middle Theater in the summer of two thousand seventeen.

The six-show season opens in Oct with “The Sound of Music” and continues through May 2017 with a reconfigured “The Phantom of the Opera.”

The season also includes “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” “Kinky Boots,” “A Gentleman’s Guide to Like & Murder” and “The Bodyguard.”

While advocacy for the theater renovation represents a new direction for CMT (it's created for social media), the choice of shows represents business as normal for the presenter. And business has been good. Since a 2010-eleven season decision to book most shows for one week rather two, CMT has been in the black after nearly crashing with everything else for two years.

The new season’s shows comprise back-to-back presentations of best musical Tony Award winners: 2013’s “Kinky Boots,” written by Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper; and 2014’s “A Gentleman’s Guide to Like & Murder,” written by Robert Freedman and Steven Lutvak. There’s a indicate CMT is actually an investor in and producer of, “The Bodyguard”; an elderly reliable, “The Phantom of the Opera”; and an oldie but a goodie, “The Sound of Music.”

For Richard Lewis, president and CEO of the organization that presents the Broadway series and produces the summer Music Circus, putting together the fall and spring touring indicate schedule has become equal parts foresight, negotiation and creative compromise.

“The Phantom of the Opera,” which closes the season, still has sufficient audience cachet to rate an extended engagement despite this being the show’s fourth iteration in Sacramento. Since this production has been “re-thought” and re-designed, Lewis had to bring in a structural engineer to ensure the CCT could physically handle the show’s new requirements. “We had to do a new survey of the building to create sure the indicate didn’t weigh too much for the stage and that it'd fit,” he said.

“The chandelier is different. It’s still a chandelier, but it doesn’t do what the latest one did. … You've to have a whole new space to hang it – create a new structural support point for where the chandelier has to hang this time,” Lewis said.

“The Sound of Music” is nothing if not familiar, Music Circus has produced it twelve times, most recently in two thousand-eighth. Yet when Lewis was trying to fill the Nov slot and the title came up, he realized the company had never presented the indicate on a proscenium stage, only in the round. “I just think it’s beautiful cool, to finally present it this way,” Lewis said.

The production may have a cast that includes Paige Silvester, who was born and raised in Sacramento. Silvester has been on the tour in the role of the daughter Liesel.

“Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” was latest in Sacramento in two thousand-sixth. “This is one of those – like ‘Elf’ – that's a really Ltd life span (in terms of touring schedule),” Lewis said, adding that he was lucky to safe it particularly, considering where it’s coming from.

“In this case we’re back-to-back with San Francisco, which is really fascinating because maybe some of the competitive relationship may be disappearing,” Lewis said. Productions had been averse to booking tours that comprise the two cities in the same cycle, feeling there was an overlap in the markets.

That symbolic sign of progress, though, gives way to a more touchable challenge. What to do with the building where Broadway Sacramento presents the national touring productions? Built in one thousand nine hundred seventy-fourth, the Community Middle Theater sits across L Str from Capitol Park at the E finish of what was once the K Str mall. At the other finish of K Str and essentially the other finish of the building spectrum sits the Golden One Arena, taking shape for its fall opening.

CMT has always presented in the 2.350-seat auditorium, needing the structure’s audience capacity and infrastructure for production requirements. However, there is agreement the current building doesn’t work any more for multiple reasons, and a modify is needed. CMT has settled on a renovation option that'll hold the building open for seasonal utilize during a three-to-four-year construction cycle.

“We think it’s necessary to utilize common sense. The current location is perfect,” Lewis said. “We wish to transmute the CCT into a iconic structure in a signature location.”

He believes the theater can have the same effect on the E finish of K Str that the new arena is having at the W end. “Let us presently have two solid anchors and therefore all of the blocks in between will transmute themselves,” Lewis said.

Transformation has become central to Lewis’ vision. He said a preliminary coarse estimate of the project’s cost puts it at $75 million to $80 million, but added it won’t be known until the details are settled.

“We necessity to get the thirteenth Str wall and thrust it all the way out to the sidewalk. We necessity to get the L Str wall and thrust that out towards L Str as distant as we can,” Lewis said. “There will be complete ADA compliance, new lighting, sound and set technology, significantly larger lobby space, more bathrooms, and a larger modern loading dock.”

Lewis also wants to modify totally how the structure appears from the outside – “lots of glass at the Str level so people can realize this is a space of public gathering.”

The key for Lewis and the other users of the building, including the Sacramento Ballet, Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera, Sacramento Speakers Series and Sacramento Choral Society & Orchestra, is to achieve the transformation without closing the building.

Lewis said he'd love the exterior work to be done year-round while the interior work “would be restricted to the months of June, July, Aug and Sept over three of four different summers,” Lewis said. “We all wish to look the audience mildly inconvenienced by temporary entrances, by sheets of plastic and sheets of plywood, but seeing visibly the transformation process.”

Just where the whole map stands will be more clear after the City Council receives recommendations on the theater from the city manager. Those are expected Tuesday, April 19.

CA Musical Theatre has announced its upcoming lineup:

Productions presented at Community Middle Theater, one thousand three hundred one L St., Sacramento

$123-$433 for five- or six-show season subscription, on sale Monday, April 11; single-show tickets ($25-$88) will go on sale in the fall.

916-557-1999, , or Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office, one thousand four hundred nineteen H St., Sacramento.

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