Citi Performing Arts Center Announces Shows for 2015-16 Lineup

Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal Reunite in “LOVE LETTERS” “ELF THE BROADWAY MUSICAL” in Boston Premiere “Best Musical” “ONCE” Back by Popular Demand “RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL” Returns

Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal, stars of the 1970 classic romantic movie Love Story, reunite on stage in LOVE LETTERS, the Boston debut of ELF THE BROADWAY MUSICAL, the Tony Award- winning musical ONCE, and the return of last season’s holiday hit RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL are coming in the 2015-16 season to the Citi Performing Arts Center.

In announcing the shows, Josiah Spaulding, president and CEO of the Citi Center, remarked “We have a great lineup coming to the Citi Wang and Shubert Theatres: two outstanding holiday shows, the return of an award-winning musical, and a legendary couple reunited on stage in a celebrated play about love. A fifth show, that will take the audience over the rainbow, will be announced at a later date.”

ELF THE BROADWAY MUSICAL is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF. Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone). ELF THE BROADWAY MUSICAL makes its Boston debut Nov. 17-Dec. 6, at the Citi Wang Theatre. Ticket prices will be announced in the near future.

Returning to Boston after a sell-out engagement last season, an original television Christmas classic comes to life! First airing in 1964, RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER has become a beloved Christmas tradition - capturing the hearts and wonder of generations of fans. Something magical will happen this holiday season as the beloved story soars off the screen and onto the Citi Shubert Theatre stage. Join Citi Center in celebrating Rudolph and all of your favorite characters including, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius, and the Misfit Toys in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL, playing Dec. 1-6, 2015. Tickets are priced at $38.00 - $58.00.

ONCE, winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, will return to Boston by popular demand to play a three-week engagement at the Citi Performing Arts Shubert Theatre, playing Dec. 8-27, 2015. Also named Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards, ONCE is the celebrated new musical based on the Academy Award-winning film. It tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together. Brought to the stage by an award-winning team of visionary artists and featuring an ensemble cast of gifted actor/musicians, ONCE is a musical celebration of life and love: thrilling in its originality, daring in its honesty... and unforgettable in every way. Tickets are priced at $48.00 - $98.00.

Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal, stars of the 1970 classic romantic movie Love Story, will reunite on stage in “LOVE LETTERS,” coming to Boston’s Citi Shubert Theatre, Feb. 2-7, 2016. Playwright A.R. Gurney’s enduring romance about first loves and second chances, is directed by Gregory Mosher. In the production, Andrew Makepeace Ladd III wrote his first letter to Melissa Gardner to tell her she looked like a lost princess. They were both seven years old. For the next 50 years, through personal triumphs and despair, through wars and marriages and children and careers, they poured out the secrets of their hearts to each other. They defied a fate that schemed to keep them apart, and lived – through letters – for the one most meaningful thing, their undying love for each other. Tickets are priced at $34.00 - $89.00.

Tickets for LOVE LETTERS, ONCE, and RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL are now on sale at the Citi Center box office, through www.citicenter.org or by calling 866.348.9738. Groups of 10 or more may reserve tickets now by contacting Citi Performing Arts Center Group Sales at 617.532.1116 or groups@citicenter.org. Tickets for ELF THE BROADWAY MUSICAL will go on sale in the near future.

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About Citi Performing Arts Center:
Citi Performing Arts Center [formerly The Wang Center for the Performing Arts], which includes the Wang, Shubert and Emerson Colonial Theatres, is one of the nation’s foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions. As New England’s largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, one-night engagements, international sporting events, and Broadway musicals. Its education/public programming initiative presents City Spotlights and SpectrumBoston. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston’s historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community’s collective, daily experience. For further information, please go to citicenter.org .

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: February 25, 2015
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