Some recent Broadway shows combine with old favorites in new interpretations for the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall’s 2012-13 Broadway Season.
Newcomers include the Sarasota premiere of “Catch Me If You Can,” a musical version of the hit film about a dashing con artist who continually eludes the FBI. The musical was written by Terrence McNally with songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Whitman, the team behind “Hairspray” and the new TV series “Smash.”
Also new is “The Addams Family,” a musical twist on the cartoons created by Charles Addams and popularized in a 1960s TV series and several hit films. It’s about a ghoulish family and its unique take on life and love.
The season also will bring the return of “Les Misérables,” in a new 25th anniversary production staged as an elaborate concert performance. It runs March 5 to March 10.
Returning favorites include “Chicago, the Musical,” which reopened the hall after an extensive renovation in 2000; “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” seen last season; “A Chorus Line”; and the Beatles tribute show “Rain.”
There also will be two performances of the award-winning Broadway revival of “West Side Story” Dec. 10 and 11. Cathy Rigby is flying once more (but for the first time in Sarasota, as “Peter Pan,” about the boy who wouldn’t grow up), and the Tony-winning revival of the tribal rock musical “Hair” will make its Van Wezel debut.
Among other Sarasota premieres is “Traces,” described as a modern style of circus that blends acrobatics, music, dance, illustration, skateboarding and basketball.
Four veterans of the original cast of the Broadway hit “Jersey Boys,” about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, have joined together as “The Midtown Men.” Tony winner Christian Hoff, Tony nominee J. Robert Spencer, Michael Longorio and Daniel Reichard celebrate the hits of the Beatles, the Beach Boys, The Jackson Five and the Four Seasons on Dec. 28.
Another newcomer is “The Gershwin Concert Experience: Here to Stay,” a multimedia concert program celebrating the music of George and Ira Gershwin, performed by Grammy-winning soprano Sylvia McNair, tap dancer Ryan VanDenBoom and singer Kevin Cole.
“Hooray for Hollywood” celebrates 50 years of hit songs from the movies, with a cast of 14 singers and dancers. There also will be a production of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta “The Pirates of Penzance.”
The full Van Wezel season lineup will be announced later in the year. Subscription sales are now open; single-seat sales will begin around Labor Day.