War Horse was a big winner at the 65th Annual Tony Awards ceremony presented in New York City on June 12. Originally staged by the United Kingdom's National Theatre, War Horse won the Tony Award for Best Play. Set during World War I, War Horse uses both human actors and life-size horse puppets to tell the story of a boy and his horse as the latter is sent to the trenches.
War Horse was adapted by Nick Stafford from Michael Morpurgo's novel, which has also been made into a movie directed by Steven Spielberg which opens in December.
War Horse won four other Tony Awards, including Best Sound Design, Lighting Design and Direction of a Play for Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, as well as a special Tony Award for the work of the Handspring Puppet Company.
War Horse is mounting a major national tour and will rehearse and tech the upcoming production for two weeks at Boise's Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts prior to presenting three previews for the public that are including in the 2011-2012 Fred Meyer Broadway in Boise Subscription Season.
War Horse - 1st National Tour Preview
June 7, 2012 @ 7:30 PM
June 8, 2012 @ 8 PM
June 9, 2012 @ 2 PM
"Five Stars-War Horse is spell-binding, theatrical magic!" -New York Daily News
"Theatrical Magic!" -The New York Times.
Described as "...so exhilarating that it makes you rejoice to be alive... Its sheer skill and invention are simply awe-inspiring" by The Times of London, War Horse is a powerful and imaginative drama set at the outbreak of World War I in the English countryside and also the fields of battle in France and Germany. Joey the horse has been sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. In a tale that the NY Daily News said is "Epic, intimate, and compels you to hold your breath with anticipation," Joey is caught in enemy crossfire and ends up serving both sides before landing in no man's land. Albert embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. War Horse is filled with stirring music and songs, and at the heart are life sized puppets which bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to life on stage.
More about the Fred Meyer Broadway In Boise 2011-2012 Season:
The Morrison Center is proud to announce its exciting Fred Meyer Broadway In Boise 2011-2012 Season. This season's lineup includes something old, something new, something special, something blue . . .
"Following upon the success of last season, the 2011-2012 Season has something for everyone," said James Patrick, new Executive Director of the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts. "Not only will we preview the 1st National Tour of The National Theatre's critically-acclaimed War Horse, but patrons also will enjoy other Morrison Center premieres, as well as classics revisited. The compelling 2011-2012 Season has both quantity and quality, boasting ten productions in all. This season continues to demonstrate that the Morrison Center is not just a source of regional pride, but also a major national destination for arts and culture."
The Fred Meyer Broadway In Boise series opens with the 1ST U.S. theatrical tour of the wildly popular Blue Man Group (September 30 - October 2, 2011). Next is a sparkling new production of the smash hit MY FAIR LADY (January 3 - 5, 2012). As many patrons may recall, it was MY FAIR LADY that opened the Morrison Center back in the 1980s. In March, the seven Tony® Award winning Broadway musical, DAMN YANKEES comes to town (March 13 - 15, 2012). In June, the Morrison Center is honored to host the 1st national tour premiere of The National Theatre of Great Britain's production War Horse (June 7 - 9, 2012). The season concludes the new 25th Anniversary Production of the legendary musical LES MISÉRABLES (September 18 - 23, 2012).
In addition, season ticket holders are first in line for five very exciting add-on performances. They are: the comedy smash hit, MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT (November 12, 2011), another sizzling Christmas performance by MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER (December 22, 2011), Mel Brooks' YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (January 26, 2012), just in time for Valentines' Day the showpiece extravaganza, LORD OF THE DANCE (February 14, 2012) and the new musical that explodes on stage, POP GOES THE ROCK by CIRQUE DREAMS (May 4, 2012).
Season ticket renewal packets have been mailed to current season tickets holders. Prices, including all fees, range from $188.50 - $287.50 depending on seating preference. Patrons renewing their subscriptions receive priority seating through June 24th. Season tickets are discounted 10% off regular ticket prices.
Groups of 15 or more for Blue Man Group can call Scott Bodmer at (208) 426-1629 for discount information and to make reservations. Group order forms and information are also available at http://mc.boisestate.edu/grouporders.html. Orders for Blue Man Group will be processed after July 1, 2011 on a first-come, first-served basis. Group orders for the remainder of the season will be accepted at a future time.