Theater & art

‘Million Dollar Quartet’ highlight of year’s Broadway in Boston

“Million Dollar Quartet”
Paul Natkin
“Million Dollar Quartet”

The Tony Award-winning hit “Once” will join the jukebox musical “Million Dollar Quartet,” the Lucille Ball homage “I Love Lucy Live on Stage,” the Queen musical “We Will Rock You,” and the screen-to-stage adaptation “Flashdance — The Musical” in Broadway in Boston’s 2013-14 season, which kicks off in July with the world premiere of the pre-Broadway musical “Tuck Everlasting.”

“Once,” which scored eight Tonys last spring, including best musical, will run Jan. 7-19, 2014, at the Colonial Theatre. Now beginning its second year on Broadway, it was developed in a workshop at the American Repertory Theater, where John Tiffany — who won a best-director Tony for “Once” — recently returned to stage “The Glass Menagerie.”

“Tuck Everlasting,” adapted from the 1975 children’s novel by Natalie Babbitt, will run July 28-Aug. 18 at the Colonial. With a book by Claudia Shear, music by Chris Miller, and lyrics by Nathan Tysen, it will be directed by Casey Nicholaw, a Tony winner for “The Book of Mormon.” The cast will include Marylouise Burke, Carolee Carmello, and Andrew Keenan-Bolger.

Joan Marcus
Will Connolly, Steve Kazee, Lucas Papaelias, Cristin Milioti, Paul Whitty from the “Once” Original Broadway Company.


“Million Dollar Quartet,” which imagines a legendary 1956 recording session by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis, will play the Colonial Oct. 8-20. “We Will Rock You,” constructed around two dozen songs by the band Queen, has been running since 2002 in London’s West End and will launch its first North American tour this fall, stopping at the Boston Opera House Nov. 5-10. “A Christmas Story, The Musical” will run Nov. 20-Dec. 8 at the Citi Wang Theatre.

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“I Love Lucy Live on Stage,” which premiered in Los Angeles in 2011, is set in 1952 at the Desilu Playhouse. The scenario is that the audience is watching the taping of two episodes of “I Love Lucy,” with music by the Ricky Ricardo Orchestra. The show will come to the Colonial Dec. 3-22.

“American Idiot,” the Green Day musical that played the Boston Opera House early last year, will be back for an encore there Feb. 7-9, 2014. “Flashdance — The Musical,” whose producers have said it will land on Broadway this August, is on a national tour pegged to the 30th anniversary of the 1983 movie. Directed and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo, the musical will come to the Colonial March 11-23, 2014.

Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” directed by Laurence Connor, will play the Boston Opera House June 11-July 20, 2014. Blue Man Group’s long-running show at the Charles Playhouse is also a part of the Broadway in Boston subscription season, marking the playhouse’s 175th anniversary.

Laura Collins-Hughes can be reached at lcollins-hughes@