Must-See National Tours for Summer 2013

Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You Can

For theatre fans who don’t live near New York City, touring productions bring Broadway-caliber musicals to the rest of the country. Being an actor on tour is no easy job and there’s something very special about the energy a touring cast brings to each new stage they play. Here’s what to look out for across the U.S. this summer.

The national tour of The Book of Mormon stars UK theatre fixture Mark Evans and comedian Christopher John O’Neill, a newcomer to professional theatre. This is Mormon’s highly anticipated first national tour after a so far endless run of sold out Broadway performances.

American Idiot

American Idiot

American Idiot, the rock opera based on Green Day’s album of the same name, will continue its non-Equity tour throughout this summer. With an active rock-and-roll score, the show stars many newcomers to the professional scene, some of whom are straight out of theatre school.

Flashdance, which premiered on the West End, is set to tour throughout the U.S. this summer before heading to Broadway. The production is based on the iconic 80s film that tells the story of a working-class girl, played by Emily Padgett, who dreams of attending a prestigious dance academy.

Sister Act closed on Broadway last summer, but the national tour is still going strong across the country. The production stars Ta’Rea Campbell of Lion King fame, Hollis Resnik and Florrie Bagel. The musical is based on the films that starred Whoopi Goldberg.

Anything Goes, which earned Sutton Foster her second Tony Award, is visiting cities nationwide after closing on Broadway last summer. Starring Broadway veterans Rachel York as Reno Sweeney and Fred Applegate as Moonface Martin, this classic musical brings a little Cole Porter back into the collective consciousness.

After a short-lived run on Broadway, Catch Me If You Can’s national tour gives it a second life and more of an opportunity for fans to catch it onstage. Full of fresh young faces, Catch Me If You Can will be criss-crossing the country throughout the summer.

Rock of Ages, with its humor and arena rock vibe, is a great show for the summer months. It isn’t called “Broadway’s Best Party” for nothing and the classic rock hits the production brings to life are wildly energetic. The tour will travel throughout the U.S. early this summer.

Known and loved classics like Wicked, Les Miserables, The Lion King, Chicago and Jersey Boys will also be making the rounds this summer with some talented stars at the forefront. Not to be overlooked, these theatrical staples will keep lighting up theatres across the U.S. and bringing Broadway to the rest of the nation.

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