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Posted: January 31st, 2013
Erie Playhouse’s 2013-14 season; Train summer tour

The Erie Playhouse’s 2013-14 season will open in September with “Spamalot,” the Tony Award-winning musical that’s based on “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

Say no more, say no more!

Sorry; we will. Too much more ground to cover.

The mainstage season will also feature, just in time for Halloween, “Carrie: The Musical,” based on Stephen King’s novel. “Mary Poppins” floats in for the holiday season.
In 2014, the Playhouse will present “Once On this Island,” a calypso-flavored story from the creators of “Ragtime”; “The Great Gatsby,” based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel; “Chess in Concert” from Tim Rice and the two men from Abba; “Jesus Christ Superstar,” no explanation necessary; “Is He Dead,” a Mark Twain play; and Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein.”
The Twain comedy wasn’t published until 2003; it briefly played Broadway in late 2007 and early 2008. It’s about a painter who fakes his own death so his works will soar in price; he then disguises himself as a woman to keep the secret.
“Chess in Concert” is listed as a special event, not part of the regular main-stage season.

Here are the show dates:
“Spamalot” Sept. 12-Oct. 5.
“Carrie: The Musical” Oct. 18-Nov. 3.
Disney’s “Mary Poppins.” Dec. 5-Jan. 5.
“Once On This Island.” Feb. 7-23.
“The Great Gatsby.” March 14-30.
“Chess in Concert.” April 10-20.
“Jesus Christ Superstar.” June 5-28.
Mark Twain’s “Is He Dead?” July 12-28.
Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein.” Aug. 8-30.

The Youtheatre season will include “Freckle Face Strawberry”; “Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.”;and “A Little Princess.”

Looks like a strong season, though 2012-13 will be tough to top with the record-setting run of “Les Miserables.”

Train just announced a summer tour that will open at Blossom Music Center near Cleveland on July 17. No other area dates are included; the tour wraps up Aug. 14 in Washington.
Tickets will go on sale Feb. 9. The Script and Gavin DeGraw will open on all dates.
Train will also play live on VH1′s Best Super Bowl Concert Ever” telecast on Super Bowl Sunday at 9 p.m.

Latest adds to the Grammy Awards (Feb. 10): Maroon 5 and Alicia Keys (together) and Frank Ocean.

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