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Boise’s Morrison Center will bring Carole King’s ‘Beautiful’ to open its 2016-17 season

Abby Meuller, right, stars as Carole King, (pictured left in 2013), in the touring production of the Broadway musical “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.” It features many of the hits King wrote as a solo artist and with her husband at the time Gerry Goffin, who also is a character in the musical.
Abby Meuller, right, stars as Carole King, (pictured left in 2013), in the touring production of the Broadway musical “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.” It features many of the hits King wrote as a solo artist and with her husband at the time Gerry Goffin, who also is a character in the musical.

The Morrison Center announced its 2016-17 season, with a new blockbuster tour of a Broadway classic, a magical story about a princess, and three jukebox musicals — one with a deeply-rooted Idaho connection.

The double-Tony Award winning “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical” features the songs and biography of singer and songwriter Carole King, who calls Idaho home. This production features Abby Mueller as King. She’s the sister of Tony-winner Jessie Mueller, who originated the role on Broadway.

The show chronicles King’s rise in the record business as a teenager and young woman, her marriage to Garry Goffin. Together they became a hit-writing machine for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life fell apart that she finally found her true voice that gave rise to her breakthrough “Tapestry” album.

▪  “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical”: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29-Thursday, Dec. 1, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.

▪  “Once” follows in January. Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards, including best musical, “Once” is based on the Academy Award-winning film about a street musician in Dublin who is about to give up on his dream, and a young immigrant woman who takes an interest in his haunting love songs. Together they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story. It features an ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, and the Academy Award-winning song “Falling Slowly.”

▪  “Once”: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21.

▪  “Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage” brings the Oscar-winning 1987 film to the stage. It’s about the summer romance in the Catskills in early 1960s of Frances “Baby” Houseman and the summer camp’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle. It includes popular songs from the era and exciting dance numbers.

“Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage”: 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 4, 2017, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5, 2017

▪  “Rogers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella” is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of “The King and I” and “The Sound of Music.” The original was written for television in 1957. This lush production hit Broadway in 2013 and features jaw-dropping magical transformations and some surprising new twists.

“Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella” 8 p.m. Friday, May 5, 2017, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 6, 2017

▪  The revival touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” will play 16 performances in June 2017. This refreshed production comes from epic producer Cameron Mackintosh (“Les Miserables,” Miss Siagon” and “Mary Poppins”). Critics are raving that it’s a visual spectacle with designs from a team of multi-Tony winning theater artists, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and fresh staging by director Laurence Connor. The production boasts many special effects, including the show’s legendary chandelier.

“The Phantom of the Opera”: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, and Tuesday, June 20, to Thursday, June 22, 2017; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 15, 2017; 8 p.m. Fridays, June 16 and 23, 2017, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, June 17 and 24, 2017, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays, June 18 and June 25, 2017.

Season Extras

“Cirque Dreams Holidaze” returns to dazzle with one show only at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016

The Irish Rovers will perform its rousing Celtic music at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, 2017

Fred Meyer Broadway series tickets:

$227, $273, $324, and $356.50 at MorrisonCenter.com

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