Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Award-Winning Play War Horse to Launch Tour in Boise

Posted By on Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Neil Patrick Harris presenting at the 2011 Tony Awards.
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  • Neil Patrick Harris presenting at the 2011 Tony Awards.

On June 12, the play War Horse went five for five, winning a Tony Award for every nomination it received, including Best Play. Now, War Horse is coming to Boise.

Wait, what?

Instead of opening in Los Angeles at the Ahmanson Theatre as might be expected, the play kick off its first national tour at the Morrison Center.

“This is quite a coup for the center,” said James Patrick, Morrison Center executive director.

The acclaimed play packed the house in the United Kingdom then crossed the Atlantic to premiere on Broadway a few months ago. Aside from the five Tonys it received, the production was given a special award for the remarkable workmanship of its life-size equine puppets.

Patrick said the producers of War Horse have brought other shows to the Morrison Center and consider the space to be ideal for tech rehearsals. But it was only after months of negotiations that they agreed to give three preview performances of War Horse on Thursday, June 7-Saturday, June 9, 2012.

So while the three shows are a tuneup for the tour, the previews next summer are still a big deal.

“We’re establishing that the Boise market can support these kinds of productions,” Patrick said.

Patrick also mentioned Wicked, which recently sold out 16 performances to make it the most successful show in the Morrison Center’s history. He explained that the center's physical layout makes it capable of presenting all but the most outlandish shows. (So, don’t expect Spider-Man to fall into the audience any time soon. Not that you were.)

“We’re becoming a major destination for arts and culture,” Patrick said. “We can really promote the city.”

Broadway in Boise’s 2011-2012 season includes another newcomer—Young Frankenstein—and returning favorites like Monty Python’s Spamalot and Lord of the Dance. The Blue Man Group, Mannheim Steamroller and the Cirque Dreams production Pop Goes the Rock will supply plenty of spectacle. Rounding out the lineup are a group of classic musicals, including My Fair Lady, Damn Yankees and Les Miserables. Click here for details.

If you want to make up for all the Vitamin D you lost this lousy spring, you can still (vicariously) enjoy the Greek sunshine in Mamma Mia. The current Broadway in Boise season ends Thursday.

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