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Broadway trip lineup revised

| Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006

Because of sellouts for a couple of previously announced Broadway musicals, we're amending the lineup for The Tribune-Review's spring Broadway trip to be hosted by Broadway and film critic Ed Blank April 25-29.

It still includes two big new musicals and a promising Tony Award contender play:

  • "Hot Feet," with direction and choreography by Maurice Hines, weaves elements from the Faustian legend and "The Red Shoes" into a high-octane musical about a young woman who strikes a bargain with the wrong dude, slips on her dancing shoes and loses control of her feet. The score is by Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire.

  • "Ring of Fire," subtitled "The Johnny Cash Musical Show," features 38 of the songs popularized by Cash including "I Walk the Line," "Ring of Fire," "The Man in Black" and "Five Feet High and Rising." The musical was conceived and directed by Richard Maltby Jr.

  • "The History Boys" is Alan Bennett's witty British play about rivalries on the faculty and among the students of a disharmonious school. It's a National Theatre of Great Britain production directed by Nicholas Hytner, whose Broadway hits include "Miss Saigon" and "Carousel."

    The trip will include round-trip airfare to LaGuardia Airport, group bus transfers within New York, four nights of accommodations at the conveniently located Crowne Plaza Hotel (Broadway between 48th and 49th Streets), three new Broadway shows and dinner together the first night at The View restaurant atop the Marriott Hotel.

    Cost per person is $1,495 based on double occupancy. The price for a single is $2,170. For three in a room it's $1,395 per person.

    A new feature of the trip is that theatergoers may substitute any or all of the shows. Joe Weigler of Shadyside Travel will try to get you whatever shows you wish, with an additional charge for anything beyond the first three. Choose the shows you want to see (a maximum of five is possible during the trip) and submit several picks in sequence of preference.

    Those wishing to add a fourth and even possibly a fifth show may do so for the additional cost per ticket.

    Seven shows are virtual sellouts - "Spamalot," "The Odd Couple," "The Color Purple," "Jersey Boys," "Wicked," "Tarzan" and "Three Days of Rain" - but the many possibilities include:

    "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," "The Light in the Piazza," "The Producers," "The Phantom of the Opera," "Lestat," "The Wedding Singer," "Hairspray," "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," "Chicago," "Barefoot in the Park" and "Doubt."

    Full payment is due with the application, due no later than Thursday to: Shadyside Travel, 1601 Penn Ave., Suite 6000, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15221.

    For details contact Ed Blank at 412-854-5555. For an application phone Shadyside Travel at 412-241-8692.

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