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Broadway at the Capitol: 2010-11 Season Announced

July 18, 2010
By PHYLLIS R. SIGAL Design Editor

"It's a good blend," said Dennis Magruder, of the 2010-11 Broadway at the Capitol season.

"Tim Roberts and Daniel Hampel (of the Roberts Group) did a great job putting it together. They've been the series presenters since the beginning," said Magruder, executive director of the Greater Wheeling Sports and Entertainment Authority. He pointed out that Roberts has been bringing touring shows to the Capitol since the mid-1990s.

The five shows being offered for the upcoming season include "Legally Blonde," "Grease," "Fiddler on the Roof," "The Wizard of Oz" and "Music Man."

Magruder said the shows appeal to a wide range of ages, from the 20-somethings to the retired set.

He believes that "Music Man" and "Fiddler" have withstood the test of time; "Wizard of Oz" appeals to everyone; while "Legally Blonde" will attract the younger people.

"I'm looking forward to all of the shows," he said. "Each for a different reason."

Hampel, too, is pleased with the lineup.

"We have two classics - 'Fiddler' and 'The Music Man,' a newer Broadway smash hit, 'Legally Blonde,' and of course everyone loves 'Grease,'" he said. "The Wizard of Oz" and "Grease" are both new touring productions, Hampel said.

Hampel also is happy about the timing of the shows, and how they flow throughout the season.

"We (The Roberts Group) do five seasons around the country. I think this is our best one," he said. He believes the fact that two of the shows are on Saturdays is a great selling point. Usually the shows are Tuesday-Thursday, "but to get Saturday nights is great," he said.

During the opening season, there were some complaints about doors not opening early enough at the Capitol Theatre, especially on cold and snowy evenings. Due to actor's guild regulations, actors' call for the show is one hour prior to curtain, which allows for 30 minutes of final lights, set and sound checks.

"We can't control the time, but having said that, our situation will greatly improve," Magruder noted.

"This year, the gift shop will reopen as a concession area, and the ballroom will be open by September, probably by the first symphony concert."

Within the next two weeks, the elevator to the ballroom will be assembled and installed.

While theater-goers can't go to their seats, doors can open earlier for people to enter the concession area or ballroom.

Magruder and his staff are in the process of deciding how to best utilize the ballroom, which can accommodate several hundred people.

Drinks, snacks and or dinners may be available prior to the shows, he noted.

Season tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday. Single tickets, if available, will go on sale about four weeks prior to each show.

Patrons will have the choice of purchasing all five shows, or a four-show package of "Legally Blonde," "FIddler," "The Wizard of Oz" and "Music Man."

Tickets can be purchased at WesBanco Arena box office or online at www.ticketmaster.com. For information, call 304-233-4470.

 
 

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