WEST SIDE STORY - Coming soon!

Posted on December 11th, 2012




The tour of the smash hit Broadway revival of WEST SIDE STORY is coming to Huntsville, and is presented by Broadway Theatre League and Damson Automotive Group. WEST SIDE STORY will open at the Mark C. Smith Concert Hall at the Von Braun Center on Friday, January 4th for five great performances. Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction is recreated for the tour by David Saint, the Associate Director on Broadway. The original Jerome Robbins choreography is reproduced by Tony Award-nominee Joey McKneely (The Boy from Oz, The Life). WEST SIDE STORY will run from January 4th through 6th and is sponsored by Regions Bank, Stephens Millirons P.C., Lockheed Martin, and WAAY 31.

WEST SIDE STORY tells the story of star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria as they struggle to rise above the hatred and intolerance that surrounds them. WEST SIDE STORY soars as the greatest love story of all time and remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.”

The Associated Press says WEST SIDE STORY remains Broadway’s best dance-driven musical. Five decades have not dimmed the extraordinary choreography or the score that pulsates throughout.” Variety says, “The true stars of WEST SIDE STORY are Jerome Robbins’ graceful, endlessly expressive choreography and Leonard Bernstein’s score, which still sounds bracingly modern a half-century after it was first heard. The music is a primal force.”

WEST SIDE STORY is written by three theatrical luminaries: two-time Tony Award winner Arthur Laurents (book) and multiple Tony and Grammy Award winners Leonard Bernstein (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) in his Broadway debut.

WEST SIDE STORY features scenic designs by James Youmans, costumes by Tony Award nominee David C. Woolard, lighting by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley and sound design by Peter McBoyle.

The performance schedule for WEST SIDE STORY is:

Friday, January 4, 8:00 pm

Saturday, January 5, 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm

Sunday, January 6, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Tickets for WEST SIDE STORY are on sale and start at only $17 for students and $37 for adults. Tickets are available through Broadway Theatre League at 256-518-6155, online at ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, through all Ticketmaster outlets or at the VBC Box Office. Groups of 10 or more should call 256-518-6155.

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For additional information, photographs and to arrange interviews, please contact Amy Jones at 256-518-6155 or amy@broadwaytheatreleague.org.

The Stinky Cheese Man Canceled & Rescheduled

Posted on November 15th, 2012

Broadway Theatre League was informed on Tuesday that the touring production of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, scheduled for this Friday, November 16 for two performances, has been canceled due to cast injury.

The show has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 4, 2013 and all school, pre-school and home-school groups who were scheduled to see the show on Friday are invited to attend at that time.

Broadway Theatre League extends our wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured cast members and expresses a sincere apology for any inconvenience this cancellation may cause. Thank you in advance for all cooperation and understanding. For questions or more information, please contact BTL at 256-518-6155 or info@broadwaytheatreleague..org.

Broadway Theatre League Presents Free Children’s Show

Posted on November 6th, 2012

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales to entertain and educate 3,500 area students

Huntsville, AL – Broadway Theatre League (BTL) is pleased to present the first of two children’s shows for the 2012 - 13 season, The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. The show will be presented Friday, November 16 at 9:30 am and 12:30 pm. Based on the book by John Scieszka and Lane Smith and adapted for the stage by William Massolia, The Stinky Cheese Man is performed by the Griffin Theatre Company of Chicago, IL. Through generous donations from BTL patrons and with grant support from the Alabama State Council of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, BTL is able to present these performances free of charge to area schools, pre-schools and home-school programs.

For over 10 years, BTL has been providing an educational outreach program to area school children, bringing in special daytime performances of shows such as Velveteen Rabbit, Arthur and Peking Acrobats. In the beginning, the school performances were offered at a discount for students, with most costs covered by donations, sponsorships and grants. Now BTL is providing these school performances free of charge and continues to provide educational materials and study guides to accompany each show as well as a personal visit to attending classrooms by a BTL staff member. “We work hard to provide an opportunity for any student to see a show free of charge” said BTL’s executive director, Andrew Willmon.

BTL takes the educational outreach program a step further by offering a fun pizza party and celebration to the group of students who create and submit the best class project based on what they learned while at the show. This is a great way to continue the educational component and allows students an outlet to express their experience and thoughts from the show.

BTL’s mission is to provide students of the Tennessee Valley area a special opportunity to develop an appreciation of, and love for, live theater through these educational experiences. Any student has the opportunity to see The Stinky Cheese Man for free.

About the show:

Jack has a problem. He’s successfully grown an enormous beanstalk, scaled to the top, and stolen a golden harp and gold-laying goose from the sleeping giant. However, the giant has now awoken and Jack has scurried back down the beanstalk in the hopes of chopping it down before the giant can catch him.

As the hungry giant catches up to Jack, Jack is forced to find ways to divert the giant’s attention in order to avoid becoming an afternoon snack. When he is unable to find a suitable hiding place, Jack convinces the giant that a good story or two would be the perfect way to begin a meal.

Curriculum Connections:

Reading, Writing, Language Arts, Story Telling. Recommended for ages 4 - 9, Grades Pre-K - 4.

About Broadway Theatre League:

Founded in 1959, Broadway Theatre League is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization. The purpose of the Broadway Theatre League of Huntsville is to provide professional live theatre for citizens of the Tennessee Valley area, to complete a well-rounded educational and cultural program, and to provide students of the Tennessee Valley area a special opportunity to develop an appreciation of, and love for, live theatre through these educational experiences. Located in the Von Braun Center at 700 Monroe Street, Suite 410, Huntsville, AL 35801, Broadway Theatre League is online at www.BroadwayTheatreLeague.org.


Though many schools have already signed up, there is still space available for the 12:30 pm performance. If a school, pre-school, or home-school group would like to attend The Stinky Cheese Man, please call Pennie Wood at 256-518-6155 or email info@broadwaytheatreleague.org.

For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact Amy Jones at 256-551-2388 or amy@broadwaytheatreleague.org or info@broadwaytheatreleague.org.

Catch the BUZZ is Back

Posted on November 6th, 2012

Poor Catch the BUZZ blog. It was neglected in exchange for more time and focus on Facebook. Now we’re bringing it back, new and improved. We’ll have great information here including stories from staff, news and tid-bits from around the office and industry and great articles featuring our upcoming shows and other subjects of interest. So, thank you in advance for giving this blog a second chance.

Yours Truly,

BTL Staff


Posted on August 22nd, 2011

Season tickets & Pick 3 are on sale right now for the 2011-12 Season. Show’s include Young Frankenstein, Shrek the Musical, In The Heights, Rock of Ages and My Fair Lady. Give BTL a call at 256-518-6155 to get your Season tickets or Pick 3 today.

All show tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday, August 27 at 10:00 am.

Can’t wait to see you this year!

Be Our Friend on Facebook!

Posted on March 18th, 2011

So sorry that this blog hasn’t been updated very much! We are using Facebook too, so please make sure and be a fan of BTL’s Facebook page so you never miss anything! We post about our upcoming shows, upload great pictures and link videos, and even give away tickets!

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2010-2011 Season - On Sale Saturday

Posted on September 8th, 2010

All individual tickets for the 2010-2011 Season go on sale Saturday, September 11 at 9:00 am. BTL will be at the VBC Box Office from 9 - noon with coffee, snacks, free ticket giveaways and more during our special on-sale event. All tickets will be available through BTL’s office, Ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets beginning at 9:00 am on Saturday.

Don’t miss your chance to get your tickets first to see your favorite show!

2010/2011 Live it, Live! Season Tickets & PICK 3 Now on Sale!

Posted on June 30th, 2010

Broadway Theatre League is pleased to announce that the 2010/2011 Live it, Live! Season Tickets and Pick 3 are now on sale. Stop by BTL’s office, or give us a call at 256-518-6155, to get your Season Ticket or Pick 3 order in.

For renewing Season subscribers, packets have been mailed. The deadline to renew is Friday, July 23.

Please visit BTL’s web site at broadwaytheatreleague.org to see everything about the shows, sneak peek video clips and links to each show’s official web site. You can also download a Season Ticket order form or a Pick 3 order form. There’s even a graphic of the NEW Mark C. Smith Concert Hall seating chart!

Thank you for your continued support of BTL! We’re so excited about this season - where we can all Live it, Live!!

The Color Purple

Posted on March 30th, 2010

Broadway Theatre League’s 50th Anniversary Season is coming to a close. There is only one show left and it’s a must-see! THE COLOR PURPLE is April 30 - May 2 for 5 great performances. This is a soul-stirring musical based on the Pulitzer-prize winning novel by Alice Walker and the moving film by Steven Spielberg. Get your tickets today at the VBC Box Office, Ticketmaster or by calling BTL at 518-6155.

The Wizard of Oz e-cards

Posted on February 17th, 2010

Click here for THE WIZARD OF OZ e-cards. Send one to your friends and family and make plans to come to the show, March 5 - 7, VBC Concert Hall. For more information call BTL at 256-518-6155.