Blue Man Group to kick off 2014-15 Broadway series at Toyota Center in Kennewick

Dori O'Neal, Tri-City HeraldMay 28, 2014 

The Toyota Center and Jam Theatricals announced the 2014-15 Broadway series this week will kick off with the Blue Man Group on Oct. 15.

The popular act was originally scheduled to perform earlier this year but had to postpone the appearance because of a conflict with the date, said Jude Strode with the Toyota Center.

She is confident the rescheduled appearance will go as planned.

"We are still more than 60 percent sold for this performance so we feel as we get closer to the event our ticket sales will be great," Strode said. "It would have been a sell out in March so I'm sure it will be in October."

Following the Blue Man Group will be Disney's Beauty and the Beast on Oct. 27, Girls Night: The Musical on Jan. 16, Memphis the Musical on Feb. 3, Mamma Mia on March 19 and wrapping up with Guys and Dolls on April 22.

Blue Man Group is a wildly outrageous mime group of guys who paint themselves blue and raise all kinds of mayhem with cool music and comedic theatrics, all without uttering a word.

Beauty and the Beast was a hit on Broadway and is based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film. The classic love story features lavish sets and dazzling costumes to enchant the whole family.

Girls Night: The Musical is making some good noise throughout North America after making its off-Broadway debut. It's funny and touching all at the same time, and audiences have been known to start dancing in the aisles at performances.

Memphis the Musical is taken from the underground dance clubs of the '50s when rock 'n' roll was born. It tells the musical story of DJ Huey Calhoun, a good old boy from Memphis with a passion for R&B as well as the sultry Felicia.

Mamma Mia! has been performed around the world in sell-out concert halls. It all starts on a Greek island paradise on the eve of a woman's wedding and she secretly invites three men from her mom's past because she believes one of them is her father. But her mother has no idea they are coming. Chaos ensues and so does the fabulous music.

Guys and Dolls is also a staple in stage musicals. It's an oddball musical comedy with as much romance as good music. The story features a colorful cast of characters who are try to reform their neighborhood.

All performances are in the Windermere Theatre at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.

Season tickets cost $120 to $270 for all six shows. Individual tickets become available as the date of each show draws closer.

Tickets can be purchase at the Toyota Center box office or at Tickets purchased at the box office avoid service charges.

-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;; Twitter: @dorioneal

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