Thursday, May 19, 2016

'Dirty Dancing,' 'Once' headline Sangamon Auditorium 2016-17 season

With the current season coming to a close, Sangamon Auditorium is looking toward the 2016-17 season with an eclectic lineup of shows.

“We have a full season of Broadway, our Visiting Artist series and our Kitchen Sink series,” said Bob Vaughn, director of Sangamon Auditorium. “And each of those series have a variety of different things going on.”

Audiences will be most familiar with the shows in the UIS Broadway series. This year, the touring Broadway productions of “Dirty Dancing,” “Once,” “Pippin,” “Chicago,” and “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” will hit the stage.

While “Chicago” and “Cinderella” are household names, “Once” is still a fairly new musical to most audiences. Premiering on Broadway in 2012, the show is a stage adaptation of the 2007 movie of the same name. The two main characters, Guy and Girl fall in love, using the power of music to navigate a relationship complicated by outside forces. The show won a number of Tonys that year, including Best Musical.

In addition to the Broadway series, UIS has a Visiting Artists series, and this year’s lineup is a diverse group.

The story was reported by The State Journal-Register on May 19, 2016.

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