New shows, big shows: The best that Broadway has to offer comes to Boston every year, so that we locals don't have to venture into enemy Yankee territory.
Broadway in Boston recently announced its 2012-2013 season lineup, and it includes many of New York's heavy-hitters, including:
Oct. 10 to 21, Boston Opera House
If you missed the Oscar-nominated movie, here's your chance to catch the stage version. In 1914 England, a young boy goes to extraordinary lengths to save his beloved horse during World War II.
Dec. 11 to 23, Colonial Theatre
This Tony-winning musical — that got its start at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly — comes to Boston with a stellar cast. Set in the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tenn., the show follows a radio disc jockey who wants to change the world and a local singer ready for her big break.
Jan. 30 to March 9, Colonial Theatre
The story of rock 'n' roll Hall-of-Famers Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons returns to Boston, where it consistently sold out shows. Hear the music that made the group famous, while viewing what happened behind the scenes to break them apart.
Jan. 22 to Feb. 3, Boston Opera House
A nightclub singer witnesses a crime. She goes to police, and they hide her in the last place anyone would look — a convent! The hit movie that starred Whoopi Goldberg is now on stage as a musical.
The Book of Mormon
April 9 to 28, Boston Opera House
Winner of nine 2011 Tony Awards, this musical from the creators of "South Park" and "Avenue Q" should leave you in stitches.
May 28 to June 2, Boston Opera House
Everyone's favorite British nanny flies back to Boston (via umbrella, of course) for an encore performance. Based on the Disney movie and adapted for the stage by Cameron Mackintosh, the show features new dances and captivating special effects.
June 2013, Colonial Theatre
Another book-turned-movie-turned-musical makes its pre-Broadway debut in Boston. "Tuck Everlasting" follows sheltered Winnie Foster as she befriends a boy from an interesting local family with a shocking secret. (We'd tell you, but that would spoil it).
Aug. 7 through Sept. 15, Boston Opera House
Back by "Popular" demand, the cultural phenomenon that retells the story of the Wicked Witch of the West in Oz returns to Boston.
For more information, visit BroadwayinBoston.com or call 866-523-7469.