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Welcome to the Providence Performing Arts Center’s 2011/2012 Broadway season. We have an incredible schedule of shows for you this season including ROCK OF AGES, LES MISÉRABLES, and MARY POPPINS. We invite you to celebrate with us after the performance of MARY POPPINS at our Annual Gala on Saturday, February 18, 2012, so save the date! With the generous support of our loyal patrons, donors, underwriters, and sponsors, PPAC has made tremendous advances in completing major facility projects that increase the comfort and enhance the Theatre experience of our patrons. Some of these projects include the renovation of the Box Office, Lobby Lounge improvements, recessed concession stands which creates more floor space for patrons, and the installation of new LED screens in the Lobby and Arcade. All of these projects, and others like them, are possible thanks to your valuable support. Our Community Outreach Initiative continues to provide free or low-cost programs to individuals who would otherwise be unable to experience the magic of live theatre. We gratefully acknowledge the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the City of Providence for supporting these programs. We thank Textron for over 11 years of support of our ARTS Scholarship Program, which awards 25 scholarships to underprivileged students statewide. To date, over 375 scholarships have been awarded to Rhode Island students, making it possible for them to attend summer arts programs.

Stoico/FIRSTFED Charitable Foundation, each year 10 scholarships are offered to children who would otherwise be unable to afford Camp tuition. The Robert F. Stoico/FIRSTFED Charitable Foundation also sponsors From Books to Broadway – an educational partnership between PPAC and Rhode Island schools, which is designed to expose students to the magic of Broadway performances with a chance to “meet and greet” cast members. PPAC’s Arts Showcase, made possible in part by Bank of America’s ongoing sponsorship, brings Rhode Island middle school students, teachers, and artists together and personifies the true spirit of a community arts program. Each year, approximately 10,000 middle school students attend live performances of dance, music, or theatre at PPAC during regular school hours, creating a lasting educational experience that goes beyond the walls of a classroom. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I whole-heartedly thank you for your patronage and support of our presentations and programs. Your attendance and support is vital to PPAC. Please visit our website at if you are interested in more information about supporting the Theatre. I look forward to seeing you for another exciting year at PPAC!

Joseph W. Walsh, Esq. Chairman, Board of Trustees

Our free spring and fall Wurlitzer Concert Series is still as popular as ever, with a record turnout last season. This concert series is enjoyed by a wide range of attendees and is only possible thanks to the support of our Annual Fund donors. Camp Broadway® is a week-long theatre arts education and audience development program which connects professional artists with young people ages 10-17 who are interested in the performing arts. In partnership with the Robert F.

We invite you to become a

PPAC donor,

Joseph Walsh & J.L. “Lynn” Singleton photos by Shane Photography Cover photo credits (from top left): Scene from CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE; Scene from LES MISÉRABLES, Photo by Deen van Meer; SHREK THE MUSICAL, Photo by: Jason Bell; Scene from MARY POPPINS, Photo courtesy of ©Disney/CML; Scene from BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL, Photo by Greg Mooney; Scene from THE ADDAMS FAMILY, Photo by Jeremy Daniel; Scene from DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL, Photo by PAPARAZZIBYAPPOINTMENT.COM; Scene from COME FLY AWAY, Original Broadway Cast © Joan Marcus; Scene from BURN THE FLOOR.

PPAC’s 2011/2012 Broadway Series includes seven vibrant productions, the majority of which are brand new to the Ocean State! ROCK OF AGES, sponsored by *38 Studios, jolts our 2011/2012 season into high gear in October, followed by the impressive 25th Anniversary production of LES MISÉRABLES, sponsored by Navigant Credit Union. CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE, sponsored by *TD Bank, reinvents the holiday season and SHREK THE MUSICAL will make everyone a believer at the start of 2012. The Broadway sensation MARY POPPINS will delight audiences during a twoweek engagement in February. THE ADDAMS FAMILY, sponsored by Coastway Community Bank, is a smash hit on Broadway. The Broadway Series closes with the explosive BRING IT ON: The Musical, sponsored by *Tufts Health Plan, and will leave audiences cheering! We thank and acknowledge both our returning and *new sponsors! We greatly appreciate the generous and continued support of our long-time BROADWAY SERIES media sponsor WPRI 12 and our CONTEMPORARY CLASSICS SERIES media sponsor Cox Media. We’d like to thank and welcome TACO/The White Family Foundation as a returning sponsor of the TACO/The White Family Contemporary Classics Series. Our three-show series includes the beloved tale of DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL, the dazzling COME FLY AWAY, and the sensational BURN THE FLOOR. PPAC will also host a number of contemporary, dance, and music performances this season. Contemporary specials include the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra with conductor Keith Lockhart and featured guests Rockapella as part of their 2011 Holiday Pops Tour and The Dog Whisperer: Cesar Millan. By popular demand,

David Sedaris and RAIN - A Tribute to The Beatles will return for one night only engagements. Our POPS-PHIL-PPAC Series continues with a performance by acclaimed jazz musician Chris Botti and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. Dance specials include MOMIX: BOTANICA, which is part of the FirstWorks Festival 2011. Festival Ballet Providence returns to perform the holiday classic THE NUTCRACKER and the romantic tragedy of SWAN LAKE on the PPAC stage this season. The Veterans Memorial Auditorium, now known as “The VETS,” is undergoing phase one of its first major state of the art renovation plan, due to be completed in December 2011. The VETS Gala Concert: An Evening with Renée Fleming and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra in January 2012 will celebrate the rededication of The VETS. Thank you, The Providence Journal, WJAR Channel 10¸ The Rhode Island Foundation, TACO/ The White Family Foundation, and The Carter Family Charitable Trust for making this exciting engagement possible. The Music of ABBA and Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood, stars of Whose Line is It Anyway? will also perform at The VETS this season. The Providence Journal recently featured an article about high-priced ticket brokers. Be sure you are visiting our official websites at or when you are trying to purchase tickets to a PPAC or The VETS show. Please call our Box Office at (401) 421 – ARTS (2787) to speak with a representative, who will verify that you are purchasing tickets directly from us. On behalf of myself and the staffs at PPAC and PFM, thank you for your unwavering support of the productions we bring to our beautiful and historic Rhode Island Theatres – we’ll see you there!

J.L. “Lynn” Singleton President, PPAC/PFM

sponsor, or subscriber

this season!


Welcome to the 34th Broadway Season at the Providence Performing Arts Center and to PPAC Square! “From Screen to Stage,” this is certainly a “Picture Perfect Season!”



Subscribers may “opt out” of one show in exchange for any other show of their choice in the Broadway Series or TACO/The White Family Foundation Contemporary Classics Series per subscription. The “opt out” benefit is EXCLUDED from the Broadway Budget Package. Please contact the Box Office at (401) 421-ARTS (2787) or Direct Response at (401) 574-3136 for further details.

Subscribers may use these cards for special offers listed on the card at any concession area in the Theatre (except the White Glove Subscriber Service area) during any Broadway Series or TACO/The White Family Foundation Contemporary Classics Series performance throughout the season.


If a scheduling conflict arises for a patron’s regular series performance, an exchange may be made for best available seating for another performance of that show at no charge. Please note that exchange privileges apply only to performances within the run of one show – tickets may not be exchanged, for example, from SHREK THE MUSICAL to MARY POPPINS.

For all subscription performances, new subscription seats are assigned in order of date received and locations are guaranteed for the entire season.*Subject to availability at time order is received.


Subscribers may order tickets for all specials and additional shows presented by PPAC prior to public on-sale dates when time allows. Be sure PPAC has your current email address on file. **This option may not be available for shows presented by promoters other than PPAC; advance order option will be made available if time allows.



All series (except Golden Circle and Loge seating) are discounted, offering a range of savings over single ticket prices.


Subscribers receive PPAC’s complimentary calendar with detailed news and events to stay informed on all performances and events, sent 10 times per year. If current email address is provided to PPAC, subscribers will receive ShowTimes Online regularly during the season.

Before Broadway Series subscription performances, patrons may pre-order refreshments to be picked up at intermission in the special White Glove Subscriber Service area. Please note that coupons and subscriber privilege cards may not be applied to White Glove Service.




This is an incredible opportunity to become a PPAC Subscriber! You can see six shows in the Broadway Series (LES MISÉRABLES is excluded) for just $135.00 or see the complete TACO/The White Family Foundation Contemporary Classics Series for just $75.00 (INCLUSIVE of restoration and handling fees). Seating for this package is located in Section 3 (see chart on Subscription Pricing page). There are a limited number of these seats available for the following performances: Broadway Series - Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday evenings; TACO/The White Family Foundation Contemporary Classics Series - Friday and Sunday evenings. Broadway Budget Package subscribers can take advantage of the subscription benefits listed above; please note that the “opt out” benefit is EXCLUDED from the Broadway Budget Package. Orders can be placed with just a $99.00 deposit; these will sell quickly, so ACT NOW! Call the Box Office at (401) 421-ARTS (2787), Direct Response at (401) 574-3136, or Group Sales at (401) 574-3162 for complete details and to order.




The Tip Top Club, located in the Second Dress Circle, offers the complete 2011/2012 Broadway Series for $106.00 and the TACO/The White Family Foundation Contemporary Classics Series for just $39.00.

See great shows, enjoy dinner at Aspire or Davenport’s, and roundtrip transportation to the Theatre! Get all this and more for one convenient discounted price. For complete information, call (401) 574-3162.

Subscribe on Tuesdays and find out about meeting new friends for dinner before the show! For complete information, call (401) 574-3119.

Our best value package!

First Come, First Reserved!


Be sure to check out the following NEW website features and more for the 2011/2012 season! • Videos, photos, interviews, and web interaction to enhance your Broadway experience. • Connect to our Facebook page directly from our homepage and see what other PPAC fans are saying about current and upcoming shows. • Interactive visitor guide to local restaurants, hotels, parking, and directions. • “Mobile friendly” pages, making it easier for on-the-run navigation from your smart phone!

Join the Broadway Bunch!


Make a note to frequently check out the Broadway Buzz page on the PPAC website. Broadway Buzz is among our most-viewed pages where site visitors can get updates on some of the latest theatrical news. It is also a great place to easily find links to PPAC CenterStage advertisers’ websites and also check out their most recent special offers for PPAC Patrons!

...And SPECIAL PRIVILEGES! PPAC Subscribers receive one free appetizer valued up to $15.00. Limit one per table. Cannot be combined with any other offer. No cash value. Offer is subject to change/cancellation at any time. Hemenway’s Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar. On the River, 121 South Main Street, Providence, RI 02903, (401) 351-8570. NEW! PPAC subscribers receive a complimentary beverage coupon of their choice of one 16 oz draft beer, one glass of wine, or one 12 oz soda. One coupon per person. Murphy’s Deli & Bar, 100 Fountain Street, Providence, RI 02903, (401) 621-8467. PPAC subscribers receive a $20.00 dining certificate to McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant located at the Providence Biltmore. A daily changing menu of fresh seafood is featured in a relaxed setting. McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant, 11 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI 02903, (401) 351-4500. PPAC subscribers receive a complimentary appetizer with purchase of two entrées (some exclusions may apply). Davenport’s Restaurant, 1925 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914, (401) 438-3381 or 1070 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 02864, (401) 334-1017. PPAC subscribers are invited to present their PPAC tickets at Bravo Brasserie Restaurant and receive a complimentary dessert with purchase of another dessert. Complimentary valet parking, Monday - Saturday after 5P. Bravo Brasserie, 123 Empire Street, Providence, RI 02903, (401) 490-5112. PPAC subscribers can enjoy a 10% discount per table on their entire food bill, with PPAC ticket. Blake’s Tavern, 122 Washington Street, Providence, RI 02903, (401) 274-1230. PPAC subscribers can enjoy one complimentary appetizer per table, with PPAC ticket. McFadden’s, 52 Pine Street, Providence, RI 02903, (401) 861-1782. NEW! PPAC subscribers will receive a special offer with their July brochure mailing for “PPAC Night at PawSox” on August 1 vs. Louisville. Pawtucket Red Sox, McCoy Stadium, 1 Columbus Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02860, 401-724-7300.

Please patronize these sponsors and advertisers.

Located just one block from the Theatre, we offer PPAC subscribers complimentary valet parking if dining at Aspire. Enjoy our popular pre fixe menu for $36.95 per person, leave your car with us, and enjoy the show! Reservations suggested on all show nights. Aspire Restaurant, 311 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903, (401) 521-3333. NEW! PPAC subscribers receive 10% off their bill! Offer valid September 1, 2011 – June 1, 2012. Offer is only valid for the dinner meal period (after 4P) with parties of 4 or fewer. Please present your pass to your server. Cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion. Tax and gratuity not included. Fire & Ice Restaurant, 48 Providence Place, Providence, RI 02903, (401) 270-4040. PPAC Subscribers receive 10% off our Best Available room rate and complimentary valet parking ($26.00 value) on show night. Reservations required. Hotel Providence, 139 Mathewson Street, Providence, RI 02903, (401) 861-8000. The RISD Museum invites PPAC subscribers to visit the Museum during the exhibition Made in the UK. Bring your ticket from any PPAC show and you can buy one adult admission to the Museum and get a second admission at 50% off (September 23, 2011 – January 6, 2012). For more information, call Visitor Services at (401) 709-8402. 20 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02903. Supporting public television has its benefits! With a donation of $45.00, PPAC subscribers will receive a DVD copy of Rhode Island’s Historic Lighthouses (valued at $20.00) as a special thank you for your support. In addition, you will receive a personalized Member Card good for discounts at over 120 area retailers, restaurants, and cultural attractions throughout southern New England. Please call RI PBS Membership Department at (401) 222-3636 x 204. NEW! PPAC subscribers receive one $1.00-off admission per PPAC ticket presented. Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South Street, Providence, RI 02903, (401) 273-5437. PPAC subscribers will also receive special offers from



PPAC has an ATM in the Arcade next to the Box Office window.

Accessibility Services

The Arcade, Grand Lobby, Orchestra Level, Mezzanine, and First and Second Balconies are fully accessible from Weybosset Street. Notify the Box Office in advance of any physical limitations that restrict seating assignments. First floor restrooms, telephone, and water fountain are fully accessible; restrooms off of the walkway behind first dress seating are also fully accessible. Ushers are available to assist patrons. Ask for assistance at the House Manager’s desk in the Grand Lobby.


for Saturday 2P Broadway Series shows and other presentations is available upon request; for details, please call the Box Office at (401) 421-ARTS (2787).

and individual tickets for PPAC/The VETS events may be purchased by calling the Box Office at (401) 421-ARTS (2787) or in person at the Box Office window (in the Theatre’s Arcade), located at 220 Weybosset Street, Providence. You can also contact Sharon Corcoran in Direct Response at or (401) 574-3136.

Weddings/Special Events

Host your next important social or business event, holiday party, fund-raiser, or group excursion at the Theatre and make your guests feel grand! PPAC provides an in-house catering service with menus ranging from hot and cold hors d’oeuvres to full course meals. For more information about events, call (401) 574-3117.

Private Reception Rooms

Assistive Listening Devices

are available in the Loew’s Theatre Building for your group or special event. Call (401) 574-3117.

are available at the House Manager’s desk. A driver’s license or credit card will be requested as a deposit.

Children’s Policy


is located on the first floor across from the Grand Lobby and adjacent to the Lobby Lounge and provides access to the Mezzanine, and First and Second Balconies.

Group Discounts

All Subscriptions

are available for groups of 20 or more for most Broadway shows and for groups of 10 or more for most Family Shows; there may also be special discounts for students and senior citizens. Contact Paul Hiatt at or (401) 574-3162.

Any child aged two years and older must have a ticket for all shows. For Family Shows, any child aged twelve months and older must have a ticket. As a courtesy to our patrons and performers, any child that is causing a disruption during the performance will be asked to leave the Theatre. For children under the required age, please check the show policy in advance with the Box Office at (401) 421-ARTS (2787).



Photo by: Corey Martineau




The President’s Club

Subscribers may purchase a membership for two by making a $650.00 tax-deductible donation to the PPAC Annual Fund. Membership includes these special amenities: • access to reserved, preferred seats • private entrance to the Theatre • complimentary parking for subscription performances • private lounge area with restroom access • coat check • light refreshments To become a President’s Club member, contact the Development Office at or (401) 574-3122.


(L to R, foreground): PPAC Board of Trustees Chairman Joseph W. Walsh, Esq., Providence Planning & Development Director Thom Deller, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce President Laurie White, and Mayor Angel Taveras gather to unveil the new street signs for PPAC Square.

Joseph W. Walsh, Esq. explains the planned designs for the area surrounding PPAC.

Welcome to PPAC Square!

We’re honored to have the intersection of Weybosset and Mathewson Streets officially renamed “PPAC Square” by the City of Providence! During a press conference held in front of PPAC in spring 2011, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras said, “I am very pleased to honor the Providence Performing Arts Center for its great contributions to our city’s cultural life.” Thank you, City of Providence and Mayor Taveras for this distinction! All photos by: Caitlyn DiPompo Ta-da! The finish

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Rhode Island Monthly’s Best of Rhode Island® Party July 28, 2011 at 6:30P


Camp Broadway® August 8 – 12, 2011


Gazillion Bubble Show

September 30 – October 2, 2011

OCTOBER Rock of Ages

October 4 – 9, 2011

Momix: Botanica

October 29, 2011 at 8P

NOVEMBER Les Misérables

November 1 – 6, 2011

Dr. Seuss’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! The Musical November 15 – 20, 2011 November 16 is Kids’ Night on Broadway at 7P

Disney Live! Phineas + Ferb November 27, 2011 at 2P & 5P


Boston Pops Keith Lockhart, Conductor December 2, 2011 at 8P

The Dog Whisperer: Cesar Millan December 3, 2011 at 8P

Box Office: (401) 421-ARTS (2787) Summer Box Office Hours are M-Th, 10A-3P. Regular Box Office Hours resume September 6, 2011 and are M-F, 10A – 5P; Sa, 10A – 2P; and through curtain time(s) on show days. Ticket Questions:

Broadway Series

Dance Specials POPS-PHIL-PPAC

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Contemporary Classic Series Family Shows

Shows at The VETS



December 9 – 11, 2011

December 13 – 18, 2011


2012 ARTS Scholarships Applications available at January 3, 2012

Shrek the Musical January 3 – 8, 2012

At The VETS: The Music of ABBA Friday, January 6, 2012 at 8P

At The VETS: An Evening with Renée Fleming & RIPO Larry Rachleff, Conductor January 21, 2012 at 7:30P

Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles

Sesame Street Live!: 1-2-3 Imagine, with Elmo and Friends March 9 – 11, 2012

The Addams Family March 20 – 25, 2012

At The VETS: Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Two Man Group Tour March 30, 2012 at 8P

Chris Botti & RIPO Francisco Noya, Conductor March 31, 2012 at 7:30P

January 27, 2012 at 8P



David Sedaris

April 14, 2012 at 8P

February 8 – 19, 2012 February 15 is Kids’ Night on Broadway at 7P

April 24 – 29, 2012

Mary Poppins

PPAC’s Annual Gala: Mary Poppins February 18, 2012 at 7:30P

Bring It On: The Musical


Burn The Floor May 4 - 6, 2012

Come Fly Away

Festival Ballet & PPAC Presents: Swan Lake

2012 ARTS Scholarships deadline

Joe Bonamassa


March 2 – 4, 2012 March 5, 2012

May 11 – 12, 2012

May 22, 2012 at 7:30P

Visit and frequently for calendar updates!

Direct Response: (401) 574-3136, Group Sales: (401) 574-3162, Development: (401) 574-3122, General Email: Administration Office: Loew’s Theatre Building, 220 Weybosset Street, Providence, RI 02903-3783 Phone: (401) 421-2997 Fax: (401) 421-5767

Inquiries for Marketing Sponsorship or Advertising: (401) 574-3103, Attention Facebook Fans, Tweeters, and YouTube Viewers! Follow us on Facebook at on Twitter at on YouTube at


Log on to for current schedule and to order online anytime; please provide your current email address to receive updates and special offers from PPAC/The VETS.

Festival Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker


PERFORMANCE TIMES (unless otherwise noted) for the Broadway Series are: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7P, Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30P, Saturdays at 2P & 8P, and Sundays at 1P & 6:30P. Please note that dates, prices, programs, and artists are subject to change without notice; visit for frequent updates!

OCTOBER 4 – 9, 2011

The five-time, Tony Award® nominated smash-hit musical ROCK OF AGES is a hilarious, feel-good love story. In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl met a big city rocker and in LA’s most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the 80s. ROCK OF AGES is an arena-rock love story told through the mind-blowing, face-melting hits of JOURNEY, NIGHT RANGER, STYX, REO SPEEDWAGON, PAT BENATAR, TWISTED SISTER, POISON, ASIA, WHITESNAKE, and many more. Don’t miss this “awesomely good time” about dreaming big, playing loud, and partying on! 38 Studios Corporate Style Guide: Press Kit

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Cameron Mackintosh presents a brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical, LES MISÉRABLES, with glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. This new production has been acclaimed by critics, fans, and new audiences and is breaking box office records wherever it goes. The New York Times calls this LES MISÉRABLES “an unquestionably spectacular production from start to finish.” The London Times hails the new show as “a five star hit, astonishingly powerful.” The Star-Ledger says, “a dynamically reimagined hit. This ‘LES MISÉRABLES’ has improved with age” and NY1-TV proclaims, “this new production actually exceeds the original. The storytelling is clearer, the perspective grittier and the motivations more honest. Musical theatre fans can rejoice: ‘Les Miz’ is born again.” Based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, LES MISÉRABLES is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. The magnificent score of LES MISÉRABLES includes the classic songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “Do You Hear the People Sing?,” “One Day More,” “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables,” “Master Of The House,” and many more.

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JANUARY 3 – 8, 2012 DECEMBER 13 – 18, 2011

CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE is “so full of energy it could end our dependence on oil,” says the New York Daily News and is “stuffed with so much holiday cheer and audacious acts, Scrooge would exit with a big ol’ smile on his face,” proclaims the Erie Times News about this “Broadway-worthy spectacle.” Renowned director Neil Goldberg, creator of the groundbreaking Broadway hit CIRQUE DREAMS JUNGLE FANTASY, reimagines the holiday season with CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE. An international cast of over 30 multi-talented and brilliantly costumed artists come to life and perform astonishing feats of disbelief. Experience gingerbread men flipping mid-air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires, snowmen daringly balancing, icemen powerfully sculpting, penguins spinning, puppets dancing, and reindeer soaring high above a landscape of holiday wonderment. An original music score and some seasonal favorites accompany hundreds of spectacular costumes and holiday dreams in a setting of gigantic gifts, colossal candy canes, and 30-foot towering soldiers. CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE is the perfect way to come in from the cold, forget the holiday stresses, and rediscover the magic of the season. Don’t miss the international sensation that Sponsored by “Dazzled…at The Kennedy Center,” according to the Washington Post…CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE.

SHREK THE MUSICAL, based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life on stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a villain with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand…and his name is Shrek. Featuring a terrific score of 19 all-new songs, big laughs, great dancing, and breathtaking scenery, WWOR-TV proclaimed SHREK THE MUSICAL as “far, far and away the funniest new musical on Broadway!” SHREK THE MUSICAL is part romance, part twisted fairy tale, and all irreverent fun for everyone!

2011/2012 BROADWAY SERIES FEBRUARY 8 – 19, 2012

MARY POPPINS is bringing its own brand of Broadway magic to theatres across the country, which has Variety raving, “This is the rare touring production that over-delivers on every level!”

PERFORMANCE TIMES (unless otherwise noted) for the Broadway Series are: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7P, Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30P, Saturdays at 2P & 8P, and Sundays at 1P & 6:30P. Please note that dates, prices, programs, and artists are subject to change without notice; visit for frequent updates!


is Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 7P! With the purchase of a regularly-priced ticket, receive a kid’s ticket of equal value FREE, plus a pre-show event.

Featuring the irresistible story and unforgettable songs from one of the most popular Disney films of all time, plus brand-new breathtaking dance numbers and spectacular stage-craft, MARY POPPINS is everything you could ever want in a hit Broadway show! So get swept up in the fun of this high-flying musical the New York Post gives 4 out of 4 stars and calls “a perfect piece of musical theatre.”

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The weird and wonderful family comes to devilishly delightful life in THE ADDAMS FAMILY. This magnificently macabre new musical comedy, based upon the original illustrations by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, is created by Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, Drama Desk-winning composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party), choreographer Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys), and Olivier Awardwinning director/designers Phelim McDermott & Julian Crouch (Shockheaded Peter), with creative consultation by four-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Zaks. It’s every parent’s nightmare. Your little girl has suddenly become a young woman, and what’s worse, has fallen deliriously in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. Yes, Wednesday Sponsored by Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has a “normal” boyfriend, and for parents Gomez and Morticia, this shocking development will turn the Addams house downside up. Come meet the family. We’ll leave the lights off for you.





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APRIL 24 – 29, 2012

BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL is the explosive new musical comedy that raises the stakes on over-the-top high school rivalries. Set against the world of competitive cheerleading, this powerhouse new show hilariously proves that winning isn’t everything when it means losing something - or someone - you really care about.

BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL has brought together some of the freshest and funniest creative minds on Broadway, including Tony Award® -winning writer Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q); Tony Award® -winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (In The Heights); Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® -winning composer Tom Kitt (Next to Normal); lyricist Amanda Green (High Fidelity); Tony Award® -winning orchestrator Alex Lacamoire (Wicked); and Tony Award® -winning director/choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler (In The Heights). This entirely original musical comedy combines an exciting new sound, gravitydefying choreography, and a thrilling story to create a total theatrical event worth cheering for. Game On!

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PERFORMANCE TIMES* (unless otherwise noted) for the Contemporary Classics Series are: Fridays at 7:30P, Saturdays at 2P & 8P, and Sundays at 1P & 6:30P. Please note that dates, prices, programs, and artists are subject to change without notice; visit for frequent updates!

NOVEMBER 15 – 20, 2011

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THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL is a full week engagement, with 12 performances scheduled: Tuesday, November 15 at 7P; Wednesday, November 16 at 2P & 7P; Thursday, November 17 at 7:30P; Friday, November 18 at 5P & 8P; Saturday, November 19 at 11A, 2P, 5P, & 8P; and Sunday, November 20 at 1P & 5P.

Discover the magic of DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL, a production that has delighted thousands of families on Broadway and across the nation. Inspired by Dr. Seuss’ beloved story and featuring the hit songs “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas,” The Grinch discovers there’s more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heartwarming holiday classic. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the Whos, an endlessly cheerful bunch, bursting with holiday spirit. The Associated Press says, “This Grinch brings the Dr. Seuss classic fancifully to life – you might find your heart growing a few sizes, too,” and The New York Times says The Grinch Musical is “100 times better than any bedside story.”


is Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 7P! With the purchase of a regularly-priced ticket, receive a kid’s ticket of equal value FREE, plus a pre-show event. Media Sponsors


MARCH 2 – 4, 2012

COME FLY AWAY is the new Broadway musical that brings together the legendary vocals of FRANK SINATRA and the creative vision of Tony Award® winner TWYLA THARP (Movin’ Out). This one-of-a-kind experience combines the seductive vocals of “Ol’ Blue Eyes” with the sizzling sound of a live on-stage big band and the visceral thrill of Tharp’s choreography. As 14 of the world’s best dancers tell the story of four couples falling in and out of love, you will experience the exhilaration of a first kiss, the excitement of a first dance, and the bittersweet moments of a first good-bye in a world of sparkling romance and astonishing beauty. COME FLY AWAY features a score of beloved Sinatra classics including “Fly Me to the Moon,” “My Way,” “New York, New York,” and “Witchcraft.”

MAY 4 – 6, 2012

The international dance sensation BURN THE FLOOR visits PPAC direct from its record-breaking run on Broadway! You’ve seen Ballroom dance on shows like “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” Now, with BURN THE FLOOR, you will feel, live on stage, all the passion, the drama and the sizzling excitement of 20 gorgeous champion dancers, in a true theatrical experience, a performance with a grace and athleticism that The New York Times calls, “Dazzling!” From Harlem’s hot nights at The Savoy, where dances such as the Lindy, Foxtrot, and Charleston were born, to the Latin Quarter where the Cha-Cha, Rumba, and Salsa steamed up the stage, BURN THE FLOOR takes audiences on a journey through the passionate drama of dance. The elegance of the Viennese Waltz, the exuberance of the Jive, the intensity of the Paso Doble - audiences will experience them all, as well as the Tango, Samba, Mambo, Quickstep, and Swing. BURN THE FLOOR - it’s Ballroom. Reinvented.

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CONTEMPORARY SPECIALS The Dog Whisperer: Cesar Millan DECEMBER 3, 2011 AT 8P

From four-time Tony Award® winner Jon B. Platt (Wicked) comes GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW, starring international sensation Fan Yang, who David Letterman calls “the greatest bubble artist in the world!” Watch as Fan Yang performs the extraordinary bubble magic that has earned him an amazing 17 Guinness World Records! Be the first to see GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW and experience what Oprah Winfrey guarantees “will blow you away!”

2011 Holiday Pops Tour Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra Keith Lockhart, Conductor Rockapella, Featured Guests DECEMBER 2, 2011 AT 8P

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Kick off your holiday season with Keith Lockhart, the Boston Pops, and vocal powerhouse Rockapella! For the first time ever, “America’s Orchestra” joins America’s leading a cappella group for an unforgettable holiday show. Enjoy unique takes on classic favorites and brand new originals, plus a special visit from Jolly Ole’ St. Nick and a time-honored audience sing-along. Treat yourself and your loved ones to a holiday tradition that millions cherish! Sponsored by Media Sponsors

Please note: This show is for humans only; please do not bring your animal companions with you to the Theatre.

JANUARY 27, 2012 AT 8P

DIRECT FROM BROADWAY! RAIN RETURNS! RAIN, the internationally-acclaimed Beatles concert, returns by popular demand! As “the next best thing to seeing The Beatles!” (Associated Press), RAIN performs the full range of The Beatles’ discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. Together longer than The Beatles, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture, and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that’s as infectious as it is transporting. From the early hits to later classics (I Want To Hold Your Hand, Hard Day’s Night, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Let It Be, Come Together, Hey Jude, and more), this adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love and a little help from your friends!

MARCH 9-11, 2012

Imagine singing and dancing with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, and all your favorite Sesame Street Live friends! It’s as easy as counting “1-2-3 Imagine!” This high-energy musical will transport audiences to far away places as Ernie captains the high seas, Elmo dances to the rhythm of the African rainforest, and Bert meets an octopus who has the blues. It’s a story of adventure and fun that teaches children they can be anyone, do anything, and go anywhere with the power of imagination.

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The Future of Family Fun Has Arrived By Bubble! Bouncing Bubbles, Floating Bubbles, Misty, Tiny, Massive Bubbles will delight you in this multi-million dollar spectacular featuring dazzling special effects, spellbinding never-before-seen laser magic, and of course…A GAZILLION BUBBLES!


PPAC hosts World Premiere of the all new Gazillion Bubble Show!

Photo by : Joan


The world’s most renowned dog behavior specialist Cesar Millan is coming to PPAC. In addition to co-creating and starring in “Dog Whisperer” on the National Geographic Channel, Millan has co-authored three books: The New York Times #1 Bestseller Cesar’s Way, bestseller Be the Pack Leader, and Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan: The Ultimate Episode Guide. Cesar will touch upon his life experiences and teach the attendees at his live show how to apply his techniques in the training and rehabilitation of their own dogs.

MARCH 31, 2012 AT 7:30P

Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD When I Fall In Love, Chris Botti (pronounced boattee) has become the largest selling American jazz instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music and his ongoing association with PBS has led to four #1 Jazz Albums, as well as multiple Gold, Platinum, and Grammy Awards. Over the past three decades, he has recorded and performed with the best in music. Chris and his incredible band have also performed with many of the finest symphonies, at some of the Part of Media Sponsor world’s most prestigious events, including the World Series and Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony.

David Sedaris

APRIL 14, 2012 AT 8P

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers. Sedaris is the author of the collections of personal essays Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and When You Are Engulfed in Flames, each of which became a bestseller. There are a total of seven million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into 25 languages. Sedaris’ pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and have twice been included in “The Best American Essays.” His newest book, a collection of fables entitled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer), was released in September 2010. Sedaris will visit Providence for one night only, featuring all-new readings of his work and a book signing.

Joe Bonamassa

MAY 22, 2012 AT 7:30P

“They’re calling him the future of blues, but they’re wrong - Joe Bonamassa is the present; so fresh and of his time that he almost defines it.” - Classic Rock Magazine Joe Bonamassa has been lauded as one of the world’s greatest guitarists and he is fast evolving into a fullblown truly charismatic and mesmerizing blues-rock star, as well as a singer-songwriter of stylistic depth and emotional resonance. To support the recent release of his 9th solo studio album Dust Bowl, Bonamassa is heading back to Providence for his first visit since 2007. Download the title song, “Dust Bowl” for FREE at

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OCTOBER 29, 2011 AT 8P

Experience Mother Nature like never before through the phantasmagoric visions of Botanica—a full-evening fantasy blending movement, circus, athleticism, and magical effects. Creatures real and mythical materialize before your eyes thanks to dazzling projections, strobes, wind machines, larger-than-life puppets designed by Michael Curry—the Tony Award®winning designer of The Lion King—and most of all, MOMIX’s impossibly nimble dancer-illusionists. Redefining gravity, Botanica is an “herbal remedy and natural aphrodisiac for our current universal blues.” Co-presented with PPAC as part of FirstWorks Festival 2011. “The IMAX version of dance theatre…imagery that will leave your eyeballs hanging out.” – The New Jersey Star Ledger

Festival Ballet’s The Nutcracker DECEMBER 9 – 11, 2011

Festival Ballet Providence, Rhode Island’s premiere ballet company, presents THE NUTCRACKER. This beloved holiday tale of a Nutcracker doll given to Clara takes the young girl from a grand Christmas party, complete with a tree that grows 25 feet in height, to a midnight battle of toy soldiers versus giant mice led by the villainous Mouse Queen. Clara’s protector, a life-sized Nutcracker, leads her through a snow-covered forest and dozens of dancing Swarovski snowflakes to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier introduce the couple to brightly-costumed dancers from around the world. THE NUTCRACKER, featuring a return performance by Archie THE NUTCRACKER dog, is a holiday gift not to be missed.

Festival Ballet & PPAC’s Swan Lake MAY 11 – 12, 2012

Festival Ballet Providence and PPAC presents what has been hailed as “the most impressive, moving, and enduring” of the classical ballets, SWAN LAKE. It is the story of good and evil, of beauty and love. An evil sorcerer has put a curse on young women so that by day they live as swans in a lake of their tears, but at night they are women again. Only true love can break the curse and free the Swan Queen. The critically acclaimed staging of SWAN LAKE by FBP Artistic Director Mihailo Djuric and Milica Bijelic, based on the original by Petipa and Ivanov, returns to Providence this season for the first time in four years.


In the spring of 2011, Professional Facilities Management (PFM) and the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority (RICCA) announced that the Veterans Memorial Auditorium would be referred to as “The VETS” and unveiled a new logo, designed by Malcolm Grear Designers, for the venue during a press conference. During the summer and fall of 2011, The VETS will undergo much-needed theatre renovations. The VETS Gala Concert: An Evening with Renée Fleming and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra (RIPO) in January 2012 celebrates the completion of the first phase of renovations and reaffirms The VETS as a cultural center in Providence.


The Veterans Memorial Auditorium (The VETS) has been a cultural staple in the state of Rhode Island since its inception in the 1920s. Conceived by the Rhode Island Freemasons, The VETS was to be the first performing arts venue in the state; however, the Great Depression halted work on the structure in 1929. After World War II, the venue was completed and dedicated as a living memorial for all veterans for their services.

Since its completion, The VETS has boasted such performers as Tony Bennett, the late Luciano Pavarotti, RIPO, and Festival Ballet Providence. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The VETS is renowned for its intimacy, excellent acoustics, and beautiful interior design.

Photo by: Stephanie Izzo

The VETS is adjacent to the Renaissance Providence Hotel, near the State House. THE VETS ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER


(A fully accessible facility)

For directions by phone, please call (401) 421-ARTS (2787).

Theatre: 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI 02903

Administrative Office: 83 Park Street, Providence, RI 02903

FROM 95 NORTH Take Exit 22C directly onto Promenade Street. Follow Promenade Street until the end. The Providence Place Mall parking garage will be directly in front of you. Paid parking is available there. If you will not be parking at the Mall, turn left onto Park Street, and continue past stoplight. The entrance to The VETS is located on the right, at the corner of Park Street and Avenue of the Arts.

Phone: (401) 222-1467 || Fax: (401) 222-1466


By phone: (401) 421-ARTS (2787)

In person: PPAC/VETS Box Office, 220 Weybosset Street, Providence, RI 02903

FROM 95 SOUTH Take Exit 22C. Follow directions for 95N.

Summer hours: M-Th, 10A–3P

Regular hours: M-F, 10A–5P and Sa, 10A–2P

Please note: The VETS on-site Box Office (1 Avenue of the Arts) will ONLY be open on performance days; hours vary, please call (401) 421-ARTS (2787) in advance for times.



A Stern Re-encounter

Icy-Hot Romantics

September 24, 2011

Michael Stern, Conductor October 15, 2011

Viva Italia!

November 19, 2011

December 10, 2011

Who’s Better than Beethoven?

January 28, 2012

From Russia with Alban

America the Beautiful February 25, 2012

March 24, 2012 April 14, 2012

A Spiritual Masterpiece May 5, 2012

*All concerts are conducted by Larry Rachleff, unless otherwise noted.


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March 17 – 18, 2012


December 3, 2011

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World-renowned soprano RENÉE FLEMING will perform with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra (RIPO) for the first time ever as part of The VETS Gala Concert, which celebrates the rededication of The VETS. All proceeds from the Gala Concert will support VETS programming and RIPO educational programs at the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School. Known as “The People’s Diva,” Ms. Fleming captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry, and compelling stage presence. In recent years, this three-time Grammy Award winner has recorded everything from Strauss’ complete Daphne to the jazz album Haunted Heart to the film soundtrack of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Her recording honors range from the 2009 Echo Award for Strauss’ Four Last Songs to the Prix Maria Callas Orphée d’Or by the Académie du Disque Lyric for TDK’s DVD production of Capriccio. Tickets are $250.00, $150.00, $100.00, $75.00, and $35.00. Patrons who purchase the $250.00 tickets will attend a Champagne Reception prior to the concert and will have premium seating.

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JANUARY 6, 2012 AT 8P

Arrival from Sweden was founded by Vicky Zetterberg in 1995 Gothenburg, Sweden, and very soon became one of the world’s most popular and best-selling ABBA tribute groups. Since their start, the band has toured over 35 nations and appeared on several television and radio shows all over the world. The only group to ever get the exclusive right to reproduce ABBA’s original outfits and trademark, this production is the closest you ever will get to see ABBA! Even official ABBA fan clubs around the globe call the show “the best existing ABBA tribute show in the world.” Tickets are $36.00 & $30.00

MARCH 30, 2012 AT 8P

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, stars of the Emmy nominated Whose Line Is It Anyway?, have teamed up to present an evening of extraordinary improvisational comedy. Using their quick wit, Colin and Brad take contributions from the audience to create hilarious and original scenes….just like a live version of Whose Line! Throughout the evening, the show becomes truly interactive as audience members are called to the stage to participate in the fun. Their highprofile presentations have played to sold-out venues all over the country. Don’t miss the most exciting comedy event of the year! Tickets are $52.00, $42.00, $32.00

ORDER ONLINE AT WWW.THEVETSRI.COM OR CALL (401) 421-ARTS (2787) Please note: All ticket prices include a $2.00 per ticket facility fee. All dates, programs, artists, and prices are subject to change without notice; visit for frequent calendar updates!

Photo credit: Decca / Andrew Eccles

JANUARY 21, 2012 AT 7:30P



Are you wild for our Wonders of the Wurlitzer concerts? Crazy about Camp Broadway®? Do you know a middle school student who would benefit from an ARTS Scholarship or a Bank of America Arts Showcase performance? The Annual Fund is PPAC’s effort to raise funds in support of our Community Outreach Initiative, which makes the Theatre accessible to a wider range of audiences by providing free or low cost programs to more than 40,000 people each year. The Annual Fund campaign is vital to securing the continued success of the Providence Performing Arts Center. If you are interested in receiving more information, learning about our exciting donor benefits including the President’s Club, or making a gift, please visit our website at or contact the Development Office at (401) 574-3122. Donations can be made online or mailed directly to PPAC at 220 Weybosset Street, Providence, RI 02903. Please make checks payable to PPAC or charge directly to PRESIDENTS CLUB your Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover Card. PPAC extends a special thanks to the following supporters for their generous contribution to our Community Outreach Initiatives:

Photo by: Corey Martineau

Members of the RI National Guard and their guests (back row) and representatives from The RI Commodores (on couch, L to R): Karen Kane, RI Commodores Admiral Colin Kane, RI Commodores Flag Secretary David DePetrillo, and Jean DePetrillo.


In the spring of 2008, PPAC initiated a pilot program with the RI National Guard to provide preferred orchestra seats to Rhode Island service members and their families for Broadway, Family, and Contemporary Classics performances. Already, PPAC has provided over 4,000 tickets to the National Guard! This was made possible thanks to the support of our dedicated sponsors who are committed to upholding our Community Outreach endeavors. The feedback from military families expressing gratitude for such a wonderful opportunity is testament that the program truly has a lasting impact. Please call the Box Office at (401) 421-ARTS (2787) to learn about PPAC Military Discounts. If you are interested in sponsoring this program, please contact the Development Office at or (401) 574-3122.

Rhode Island students who demonstrate an interest or talent in the arts and have a financial need are eligible to apply for ARTS Scholarships 2012. Applications will be available at on January 3, 2012. Made possible in part by sponsor Textron and PPAC Annual Fund Donors.


Coastway Community Bank National Grid Navigant Credit Union Nortek, Inc. Raytheon The Rhode Island Commodores TD Bank

SILVER SPONSORS Thomas & Colette Fay MetLife Auto & Home New England Laborers’ Labor Management Cooperation Trust New England Laborers’ H&S Fund Nordstrom, Inc. TACO/The White Family Foundation

BRONZE SPONSORS Johnson & Wales University

The high school greeter program is open to students aged 15 – 18 and provides a great way for teens to become involved in welcoming theatregoers and other special projects. Contact Betty Benedetti at (401) 574-3119 for details and to sign up for the 2011/2012 season.

Enjoy concerts by local organists at the console of PPAC’s rare and beautiful Mighty Wurlitzer – these concerts are a gift to the Community from PPAC. Concerts are free and open to the public from noon – 1P. Visit for the 2011/2012 schedule.

The following two programs are sponsored by

Students from Woonsocket High School in Woonsocket, RI had the opportunity to attend a performance of Next to Normal. Cast members and a Butler Hospital representative visited the students at school to discuss the thematic elements of the show.

Connecting the Performing and Visual Arts Made possible from proceeds of Rhode Island Monthly®’s annual Best of Rhode Island® Party (2011 event is at PPAC on Thursday, July 28), Rhode Island Monthly® and PPAC collaborate on an annual art education project inspired by one of the current PPAC Broadway shows; the intent of the program is to provide an extended, indepth educational experience for students to create visual art that connects with the ArtReach-designated show. Rhode Island art educators are invited to submit applications for the current cycle (completed projects due in early 2012) based on the guidelines which will be available as of Sponsored by September 1, 2011 at For use against a white or light background

This program is an educational partnership designed to expose students to Broadway shows through attendance at a show combined with a “meet and greet” with the cast members of that show. The cast members discuss the type of education and experience they have and how they became involved in touring theatricals; in some cases, the cast members may demonstrate some of their skills.

Camp Broadway® is open to students aged 10 – 17 and introduces them to the world of life onstage with classes and training in singing, dancing, acting, and more. Registration information for the August 2012 Camp will be available in January 2012.

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Tickets to Bank of America performances are FREE; these tickets are not available to the general public. This program is an outreach offering to Rhode Island middle schools only. Middle school teachers who are interested in bringing their students to a Showcase performance should visit our website at for reservation information. All performances begin at 9:30A.

JANUARY 12, 2012

MIXED MAGIC THEATRE Shakespeare in the Spirit

Combining sonnets and scenes from Shakespeare’s plays with a great American art form -- gospel music -- this performance will explore the joys and pain of the human experience. Seeing how much of the material is already a part of their lives and language, students will realize they know more about these art forms than they thought and will gain a greater appreciation for both as they continue their education.

FEBRUARY 2, 2012 OCTOBER 27, 2011


A Performance of the Arts to Stop Bullying

In collaboration with STOP BULLYING NOW! RI, URI Professor Rene de la Garza, Opera Providence, and various emerging local talents, this performance incorporates original poetry, music, and dance into an awareness theme of bullying prevention. Transforming these art forms into a socially relevant message, students will be educated on how to recognize and learn appropriate responses to various forms of bullying.

DECEMBER 1, 2011


The eight talented members of this instrumental group demonstrate through ensemble and solo performances the musical elements of a Dixieland band. Highlighting the history of jazz and its evolution, this lively program encourages students to pursue musical talents or interests. Musical selections include vocals and student participation is encouraged.


Head and Heart: Making the Right Decisions

Using four different dances, this program looks at several difficult social decisions we are often faced with in life. Through the movement and emotion of dance, issues of heartbreak, loneliness, and conformity are addressed in contrasts of sadness and whimsical humor, with ample food for thought for the middle school audience.

MARCH 1, 2012


This lecture/demonstration explores the scientific properties of bubbles – liquids, solids, gasses, geometry, tension, pressure – in an entertaining and educational performance. Weaving stories of the history of soap bubbling to explaining tools used to produce some of the incredible bubble forms, this memorable, interactive program shows how science and art allow us to explore the world in meaningful ways. The Arts Showcase is sponsored by

SINGLE TICKET PRICING Please note: Ticket prices may be subject to change – prices include $3.00 per ticket restoration charge unless otherwise noted. Broadway Series:

Fri/Sat Eves, Sat/Sun Matinees

All others

Rock of Ages Les Misérables Cirque Holidaze Shrek The Musical Mary Poppins† - Weeks 1 & 2 The Addams Family Bring It On

$66.00, $59.00, $54.00, $44.00 $80.00, $73.00, $68.00, $58.00 $63.00, $56.00, $51.00, $41.00 $67.00, $60.00, $55.00, $45.00 $75.00, $68.00, $58.00, $43.00 $70.00, $63.00, $58.00, $48.00 $68.00, $61.00, $56.00, $46.00

$61.00, $54.00, $49.00, $39.00 $75.00, $68.00, $63.00, $53.00 $58.00, $51.00, $46.00, $36.00 $62.00, $55.00, $50.00, $40.00 $68.00, $61.00, $53.00, $38.00 $65.00, $58.00, $53.00, $43.00 $63.00, $56.00, $51.00, $41.00

Regularly scheduled Broadway Series performance times are: Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 7P, Thursdays & Fridays at 7:30P, Saturdays at 2P & 8P, and Sundays at 1P & 6:30P. † The complete performance schedule for MARY POPPINS is: Wednesday, February 8 at 7P; Thursday, February 9 at 7:30P; Friday, February 10 at 7:30P; Saturday, February 11 at 2P & 8P; Sunday, February 12 at 1P & 6:30P; Tuesday, February 14 at 7P; Wednesday, February 15 at 7P; Thursday, February 16 at 2P & 7:30P; Friday, February 17 at 7:30P; Saturday, February 18 at 2P & 7:30P; and Sunday, February 19 at 1P & 6:30P. February 8 – 14 is subscription week. KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY is Wednesday, February 15, 2012. Theatregoers under the age of 18 may attend a pre-performance event and receive a FREE ticket of equal value with the purchase of a full-priced ticket to the 7P performance of MARY POPPINS. The PPAC Gala is on Saturday, February 18, 2012 with a special 7:30P curtain time for MARY POPPINS.

Contemporary Classics:

Fri/Sat Eves, Sat/Sun Matinees

All others

Grinch Musical* Burn The Floor Come Fly Away

$65.00, $58.00, $53.00, $43.00 $63.00, $56.00, $51.00, $41.00 $65.00, $58.00, $53.00, $43.00

$60.00, $53.00, $48.00, $38.00 $58.00, $51.00, $46.00, $36.00 $60.00, $53.00, $48.00, $38.00

Regularly scheduled TACO/The White Family Foundation Contemporary Classics Series performance times are: Fridays at 7:30P, Saturdays at 2P & 8P, and Sundays at 1P & 6:30P. * PLEASE NOTE: DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL is a full week engagement, with 12 performances scheduled: Tuesday, November 15 at 7P; Wednesday, November 16 at 2P & 7P; Thursday, November 17 at 7:30P; Friday, November 18 at 5P & 8P; Saturday, November 19 at 11A, 2P, 5P, & 8P; and Sunday, November 20 at 1P & 5P; subscription performance times are in bold. KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY is Wednesday, November 16, 2011. Theatregoers under the age of 18 may attend a pre-performance event and receive a FREE ticket of equal value with the purchase of a full-priced ticket to the 7P performance of DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL.


Single Tickets

Chris Botti & RIPO - March 31, 2012

$75.00, $55.00, $45.00, $30.00

Family Shows:

Single Tickets

Gazillion Bubble Show - September 30-October 2, 2011 Sesame Street Live - March 9-11, 2012

$58.00, $38.00, $28.00, $23.00 Call PPAC Box Office at (401) 421-ARTS (2787)


Single Tickets

Boston Pops - December 2, 2011 Dog Whisperer: Cesar Millan - December 3, 2011 Rain - January 27, 2012 David Sedaris - April 14, 2012 Joe Bonamassa - May 22, 2012

$130.00, $88.00, $78.00, $58.00 $75.00°, $45.75, $35.75 $63.00, $56.00, $51.00, $33.00 $55.00, $45.00, $40.00, $25.00 Call PPAC Box Office at (401) 421-ARTS (2787)

° PLEASE NOTE: There are a limited number of $75.00 tickets to CESAR MILLAN. These tickets include a post-show meet and greet.

Dance Specials:

Single Tickets

MOMIX: Botanica - October 29, 2011 Festival Ballet’s Nutcracker - December 9-11, 2011 Festival Ballet/PPAC’s Swan Lake - May 11-12, 2012

$100.00ˆ, $58.00, $48.00, $38.00, $28.00 $98.00, $75.00, $48.00, $38.00, $23.00 $65.00, $55.00, $45.00, $35.00

ˆ$100.00 FirstWorks Gala package for MOMIX: Botanica includes a Golden Circle ticket and an invitation to VIP artists’ reception.

All dates, programs, prices, and times are subject to change without notice. Children’s discounts may apply for some shows; check with the PPAC Box Office.

SUBSCRIPTION PRICING NEW THIS SEASON AT PPAC: THE BROADWAY BUDGET PACKAGE! Get six Broadway Series shows (LES MISÉRABLES excluded) for just $135.00 or the complete TACO/The White Family Foundation Contemporary Classics Series for just $75.00 (INCLUSIVE of restoration and handling fees). Scan here or refer to Subscription Benefits page for more information.


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Series B Sa 8P

Series C Sa 2P

Series D Su 1P

Series E Su 6:30P

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Series G W 7P °

Series H Th 7:30P

Rock of Ages Les Misérables Cirque Holidaze Shrek The Musical Mary Poppins The Addams Family Bring It On Pricing

10/7 11/4 12/16 1/6 2/10 3/23 4/27

10/8 11/5 12/17 1/7 2/11 3/24 4/28

10/8 11/5 12/17 1/7 2/11 3/24 4/28

10/9 11/6 12/18 1/8 2/12 3/25 4/29

10/9 11/6 12/18 1/8 2/12 3/25 4/29

10/4 11/1 12/13 1/3 2/14 3/20 4/24

10/5 11/2 12/14 1/4 2/8 3/21 4/25

10/6 11/3 12/15 1/5 2/9 3/22 4/26

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$393.75 $393.75 $357.75 $357.75 $106.00

$393.75 $393.75 $357.75 $357.75 $106.00

$393.75 $393.75/$244.25* $357.75/$223.00* $357.75/$223.00* $106.00

$393.75 $393.75/$244.25* $357.75/$223.00* $357.75/$223.00* $106.00

$360.50 $209.50 $360.50/$224.50* $209.50 $326.25/$204.25* $190.50 $326.25/$204.25* $190.50 $106.00 $106.00

CONTEMPORARY CLASSICS Series 1 Day & Time F 7:30P °

Series 2 Sa 8P

Series 3 Sa 2P

Series 4 Su 1P

Series 5 Su 6:30P

Grinch Musical Come Fly Away Burn The Floor Pricing

11/18 † 3/2 5/4

11/19 3/3 5/5

11/19 3/3 5/5

11/20 3/4 5/6

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(1) VIP, Golden Circle, Center Orchestra, Loge (2) Orchestra Rear Orchestra (3) Side Orchestra 1st Dress Circle (4) 2nd Dress Circle (Tip Top Club)






$155.75 $155.75 $142.25 $142.25 $39.00

$155.75 $155.75 $142.25 $142.25 $39.00

$155.75 $155.75/$90.50* $142.25/$83.00* $142.25/$83.00* $39.00

$155.75 $155.75/$90.50* $142.25/$83.00* $142.25/$83.00* $39.00

$142.25 $142.25/$83.00* $128.75/$75.50* $128.75/$75.50* $39.00

Our best value package! The Tip Top Club, located in the second dress circle, offers the complete 2011/2012 Broadway Series for $106.00 and the Contemporary Classics Series for just $39.00.

Limited seating in Section 3 for Broadway Budget Package; call the Box Office for details.








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† THE GRINCH MUSICAL subscription performance time for Friday, 11/18 is at 8P.

*These specially-priced senior citizen and student subscriptions are located in the side orchestra, the last 10 rows of the rear orchestra, and first dress circle. Valid proof of status required for students and senior citizens.


° PLEASE NOTE new earlier performance times for Wednesday and Friday.

$360.50 $360.50 $360.50/$224.50* $360.50/$224.50* $326.25/$204.25* $326.25/$204.25* $326.25/$204.25* $326.25/$204.25* $106.00 $106.00

All dates, programs, prices, and times are subject to change without notice. Children’s discounts may apply for some shows; check with the PPAC Box Office.

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Protect yourself - be sure you are ordering from PPAC/The VETS

The Providence Performing Arts Center is your only OFFICIAL TICKETING SOURCE for tickets to a PPAC/ The VETS performance. If you or your friends end up purchasing tickets from another source, you will 1) likely pay too much for your tickets, 2) possibly have invalid tickets, and 3) not be able to get help from the Box Office if you have any trouble because PPAC will not have a record of your transaction. If there is any doubt, call (401) 421-ARTS (2787) to verify.

ONLINE ANYTIME Visit or to see views from various seat locations, to order tickets, and see what is currently on our schedule and on sale! Please provide your current email address to receive special offers and news from PPAC/The VETS. EMAIL TICKET QUESTIONS TO:

BY PHONE PPAC/VETS Box Office: Call (401) 421-ARTS (2787) during Box Office Hours (see details below) to order subscriptions or tickets for individual shows and for assistance and information regarding student and senior citizen pricing information (valid ID is required). Direct Response: To place a new subscription order, please contact Sharon Corcoran at or (401) 574-3136. Direct Response Hours are Monday-Friday, 9A-5P. Ask Sharon about arranging a time to come to the Theatre Monday-Friday, 9A-3P, to try out available subscription seating. Please contact Sharon for inquiries and assistance for CenterStage Program Book and Online Advertising. Group Sales: For Show Shuttle and group discount information (for groups of 10+ for most Family Shows or groups of 20+ for most Broadway shows) and to order, contact Paul Hiatt at or (401) 574-3162. Group Sales Hours are Monday - Friday, 9A–5P. For online information, visit and click on “Events & Tickets,” then select “Group Tickets” for details and pricing.

BY FAX Fax your order to the PPAC Box Office at (401) 351-7827.

BY MAIL Mail your order form(s) to: Subscriptions/Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02903-3783.

IN PERSON Visit the PPAC/The VETS Box Office at 220 Weybosset Street in downtown Providence. Regular Box Office Hours resume September 6, 2011 and are Monday – Friday, 10A–5P; Saturday, 10A–2P; and through curtain time(s) on show days. Summer Box Office Hours are Monday – Thursday, 10A–3P.

NEW SUBSCRIBER PRIORITY ORDER FORM - or subscribe online at Name:_____________________________________________________________________________ Primary Credit Card Holder’s Billing Address:___________________________________________________ City:__________________________________ State:_____________ Zip + 4:__________________________ Home Phone:_________________________________ Cell Phone:_________________________________ Email:_____________________________________________ Fax:_________________________________ q Check payment (required in full) payable to: Providence Performing Arts Center q Credit card payment IN FULL (use card selected below). q $99.00 Option* You may place a subscription order with just a $99.00 non-refundable deposit. The balance due will be billed in two consecutive monthly installments. q Half-payment Option* Total of order to be paid in two monthly installments. *Payment plans available through Monday, August 15, 2011 only. For installments, only one credit card may be used; by signing below, automatic payments are authorized. First credit card payment will be charged at time of order.

q Charge to my: q VISA q MasterCard q American Express q DISCOVER Acct. No.:______________________________________________________ Exp. Date:__________________ Signature:_____________________________________________________________________________

SUBSCRIBER PRIORITY ORDER FORM: SERIES SHOWS AND SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS To advance order, this form MUST be accompanied by your subscription order. You may purchase additional tickets to Series shows, and all other shows available for sale at the time of this order. Please note that for single tickets, your subscription locations are not guaranteed. Please use this order form, indicate method of payment, and enclose full and separate payments (or authorized credit card) for these additional tickets. The Providence Performing Arts Center reserves the right to limit the number of single tickets which may be purchased per show; seat locations are subject to availability. Thank you for your order.


To order Broadway Budget package, call (401) 421-ARTS (2787) or (401) 574-3136.

Please send me the following Broadway and/or TACO/The White Family Foundation Contemporary Classics Series subscriptions:

Number of Subscriptions

Series (A - H) and/or (1 - 5)

Location - 1, 2, 3, 4 (See seating diagram)

Handling Fee x $15.00 per subscription

Subscription orders are processed according to date received.




Subscription Total

q Please include a membership in the President’s Club ($650.00 per couple with subscription; tax-deductible).

President’s Club Total

q Please process my President’s Club membership for $1,000.00 (per couple without subscription; partially tax-deductible).

Optional donation to PPAC Annual Fund

INDIVIDUAL SHOWS Show Weekday Date Time

Must be paid in full at time of order

Total number of tickets

Number of Tickets

Individual Ticket Price

Handling Fee x $6.00 per ticket

Priority Order Total




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THE PROVIDENCE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER would like to thank the following sponsors: 2011/2012 Media Sponsors


From Points South, or from Route 195: Take 95 North to the Broadway exit #21. Turn left. At the next traffic light turn left and proceed through 2 traffic lights and at the 3rd traffic light turn left onto Broad Street which becomes Weybosset Street. From Worcester/Western Massachusetts: Take 90 East to Exit 10A (Worcester/Providence, Routes 146/20) which will lead to Route 146 South (Providence). Take Route 146 South and merge onto 95 South in Providence. Then, follow directions for “From Points North.”

Log on to for current schedule and to order online anytime; please provide your current email address to receive updates and special offers from PPAC/The VETS. Box Office: (401) 421-ARTS (2787) Summer Box Office Hours are M-Th, 10A-3P. Regular Box Office Hours resume September 6, 2011 and are M-F, 10A – 5P; Sa, 10A – 2P; and through curtain time(s) on show days. Ticket Questions:

Direct Response: (401) 574-3136, Group Sales: (401) 574-3162, Development: (401) 574-3122, General Email: Administration Office: Loew’s Theatre Building, 220 Weybosset Street, Providence, RI 02903-3783 Phone: (401) 421-2997 Fax: (401) 421-5767


Rt. 95

Exit 21 Exit 21

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Chestnut St.

Empire St.


From Points North: Take 95 South to the Atwells Avenue exit #21. Go straight through 4 traffic lights and turn left at the 5th traffic light onto Broad Street which becomes Weybosset Street.

Broad St.

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Rt. 95


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