Curtain Up! Light the Lights! Phyllis Sigal September 12, 2019 Curtain up! Light the lights! … Season 11 of Broadway at The Capitol is starting here, starting now. … You’ll be swell! You’ll be great! You’ll be … “Beautiful.” The musical tale of singer/songwriter Carole King’s life turns Monday, Oct. 7, into “one fine day” to start off the Broadway at The Capitol season. Clear the decks! Clear the tracks! Make way for the return of “Jersey Boys” on Wednesday, Oct. 23. Chilina Kennedy in “Beautiful.” Everything’s coming up sunshine and Santa Claus with “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” on Tuesday, Dec. 14. Everything’s coming up daffodils and roses … and holly? “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” hits the stage on Friday, Feb. 21. Everything’s gonna be bright lights and lollipops when the ballet musical “An American in Paris” dances our way on Tuesday, April 21. And nothing’s gonna stop us ’til we’re through! The season finale is “The Color Purple” on Monday, May 18. The lineup of musicals for 2019-20 is enough to make you break into song (in this case, “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” from “Gypsy”) — or at least break out the credit card to buy tickets for this amazing season. ‘SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE’ “We always strive to bring a series to Wheeling that provides something for everyone,” says Daniel Hampel, managing director of The Roberts Group, which selects the touring shows. “In the case of this season, I think we have done just that. There is a lot for the music-history lovers — “Beautiful,” “Jersey Boys” and “Buddy.” A little culture with “The Color Purple” and “An American in Paris,” as well as something for the family, with “Rudolph” returning, back based on demand,” Hampel said. “I really think that everyone will be blown away by ‘Beautiful — The Carole King Musical.’ It’s a fantastic walk down memory lane including so many songs that I think many will not even realize she wrote. We always like to start off with a bang, and I think we will do that with ‘Beautiful’ and ‘Jersey Boys’ in October.” TOP-NOTCH TOURS It’s hard to believe, Hampel said, that it’s the 11th season of bringing popular touring Broadway shows to town. The Broadway at the Capitol series launched in 2009, when The Capitol Theatre re-opened after extensive renovations. The Roberts Group, however, had been presenting Broadway shows there prior to that, Hampel noted. And, why after so many years are shows still selling out and attracting crowds? “I think it’s because we are bringing these shows direct from Broadway,” he said. It’s not always easy for people from Wheeling, West Virginia, to travel to the Big Apple. “These are top-notch touring shows, many times with actors who come straight from and return to their roles in the same shows on Broadway.” Title sponsor Bordas & Bordas is on board for its second year, Hampel said. “They are a huge part of the continued success of the series. Their support of our series and the arts in Wheeling is tremendous.” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” is back by popular demand. THE SHOWS: BEAUTIFUL — THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, Monday, Oct. 7: Tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. The show features a stunning array of beloved songs, including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and more. (Tickets on sale now.) Subscribe to Weelunk JERSEY BOYS, Thursday, Oct. 23: The Boys are BACK! They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard … and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect onstage, offstage it was a very different story — a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. (Tickets on sale now.) One of the most popular Broadway at The Capitol shows, “The Jersey Boys” sold out before Christmas for the April 2018 date, and this upcoming performance in October is already nearly sold out. RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL, Tuesday, Dec. 17: Following a sold-out engagement, this classic family tale returns to Wheeling. The musical tells the story of a young Rudolph who, because of the appearance of his bright, shining nose, is excluded from the Reindeer Games. He flees Christmastown and meets up with new friends Hermey the Elf and Yukon Cornelius. (Tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 20.) BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY, Friday, Feb. 21: Forget feel good, “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” is FEEL GREAT! Experience the drama, passion and excitement as a cast of phenomenally talented actors and musicians tell Buddy Holly’s story, from his meteoric rise to fame, to his final legendary performance at The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. (Tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Oct. 11.) AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, Tuesday, April 21: The Tony Award-winning musical tells the tale of an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. (Tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Oct. 11.) THE COLOR PURPLE, Monday, May 18: The 2016 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical Revival is a joyous American classic about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South. (Tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Oct. 11.) FOR TICKETS: For tickets, call 304-233-4470 to charge by phone, visit the WesBanco office 2 14th St. in Wheeling or log onto www.CapitolTheatreWheeling.com. Season tickets are available through Oct. 7. “Everyone loves a night out at the theater, and it’s our hope that the Broadway at The Capitol series provides that,” Hampel said. * For the complete lyrics of “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” from the musical “Gypsy,” referenced above, click here. To hear Ethel Merman sing it (after the standing ovation and applause!) click here. • After nearly 38 years as reporter, bureau chief, lifestyles editor and managing editor at The Times Leader, and design editor at The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register, Phyllis Sigal has joined Weelunk as managing editor. She lives in Wheeling with her husband Bruce Wheeler. Along with their two children, son-in-law and two grandchildren, food, wine, travel, theater and music are close to their hearts. 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