Just in time for Halloween, the Stephen Sondheim musical thriller “Sweeney Todd” will open The Grand Opera House’s “supersized” 2008-2009 season with two performances on Sunday, Oct. 12. The musical that inspired the Tim Burton and Johnny Depp movie of the same name is the first of seven nationally touring shows in the 2008-2009 Broadway Series at The Grand, a performing arts center of Mercer University.
The other six shows in the series include the international comedy phenomenon “Nunsense” starring Sally Struthers, Nov. 18-19; the timeless classic “Annie,” Dec. 16-17; the ultimate Fab Four experience “Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles,” Jan. 22-23; the 2005 Tony Award-winning musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” March 3-4; “Movin’ Out,” featuring 24 classic Billy Joel hits, April 23-24; and “The Drowsy Chaperone,” winner of the most Tony Awards in 2006, which will play May 7-8.
In addition to the Broadway Series, The Grand will present a diverse array of Season Specials throughout the season, including “Scrap Arts Music,” a raw, adrenaline-laced performance using more than 140 invented instruments hand-crafted from industrial scrap and offbeat materials, Oct. 30; the annual Central Georgia favorite “John Berry – The Christmas Concert,” Nov. 21; “Jim Brickman’s Holiday Concert,” a musical treat for fans of the dynamic composer, recording artist, radio personality and concert headliner, Dec. 19; “Seussical,” a nationally touring adaptation of the Broadway version especially for families, Feb. 25; the world’s premier touring bellydance troupe “Bellydance Superstars,” Feb. 28; a historical musical revue of soul music in America, “Songs from the Soul,” March 10; the Off-Broadway sensation “Menopause The Musical,” March 25-29; Grammy nominated bluegrass powerhouse “Cherryholmes,” April 19; and the living history cabaret “War Bonds: The Songs and Letters of World War II,” May 21.
Season tickets are still available for a limited time. Season ticket holders receive discounts on tickets to the Broadway Series and Season Specials, among other benefits. Single-show tickets to “Sweeney Todd” are on sale now and range $43-$47. Single-show tickets are also available now for all of the Season Specials. For tickets or more information, call Mercer Ticket Sales at (478) 301-5470 or visit www.TheGrandMacon.com.