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Music Circus single tickets on sale Monday

Single tickets for this summer’s Music Circus shows at the Wells Fargo Pavilion at 15th and H streets will go on sale to the general public on Monday at 10 a.m.

This summer’s performances of such venerable Broadway staples as Thoroughly Modern Millie, Guys and Dolls and Into the Woods continue a Sacramento tradition that’s now 58 years old.

Tickets will be available by phone at (916) 557-1999, at the Wells Fargo Pavilion box office window at 1419 H St., or online at sacramentomusiccircus.com. (Ticket orders made online are processed by Tickets.com and include additional convenience charges.) Tickets are also available by phone through Tickets.com at (800) 225-2277.

Tickets are $50 for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings, as well as Saturday matinees. Tickets are $53 for Friday and Saturday evenings and $41 for Thursday matinees. Seven-show packages are also still available for $250 to $322.Three show Mini-Series packages for $117 to $151 are also on sale. Call (916) 557-1999 for more information.

Children 4 to 11 are $15 off.

There will be special family-friendly curtain times for CATS performances from Aug. 25 to 30 with a 1 p.m. Sunday matinee on Aug. 30.

Seven-show season subscriptions for Music Circus are still available for $250 to $322 .

Dates for the shows are as follows:

Thoroughly Modern Millie – July 7-12
Altar Boyz – July 14-19
Guys and Dolls – July 21-26
Into the Woods – July 28-Aug. 2
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers – Aug. 4-9
Man of La Mancha – Aug. 11-16
CATS – Aug. 18-30

Here are more details on each show, from the Music Circus’ press release:

Thoroughly Modern Millie – July 7-12

Music Circus premiere! The fun, adventure and scandal (gasp!) of New York City in the 1920s lure aspiring flapper and stenographer Millie Dillmount to Manhattan, intent to fall in love with her rich boss, whoever he may be. The pull of the big city, money and especially love are at the center of 2002’s Tony Award-winning Best Musical.

The title role will be played by Sacramento area-native Mara Davi, whose Broadway roles include Maggie in "A Chorus Line" and Janet in "The Drowsy Chaperone." Broadway and film actor Ruth Williamson, who starred as Mame at Music Circus, will play the comically villianous Mrs. Meers. "Millie" will be directed by Glenn Casale and choreographed by John MacInnis with musical direction by Bill Stanley.

Very limited seating for the Thursday matinee of this production.

Altar Boyz – July 14-19

Music Circus premiere! "Altar Boyz" is a foot-stomping, rafter-raising, musical comedy about a fictitious Christian boy-band on the last night of their national "Raise the Praise" tour. The Boyz are five all-singing, all dancing heartthrobs from Ohio: Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham. With their tight harmonies and spectacular choreography, the Alter Boyz will delight you. As they perform their signature hits such as "Rhythm in Me," "The Calling" and "I Believe," the Boyz question their loyalty to each other and ask whether or not faith is really holding them together. They finally deliver a message of unity, that "there is no star as bright as its constellation, no harmony in a single voice."

The Altar Boyz will be played by Devin DeSantis (Matthew), Jamison Scott (Mark), Ryan Nearhoff (Luke), Xavier Cano (Juan) and Tim Dolan (Abraham). The production is directed by Stafford Arima, a Music Circus veteran who staged the original New York production, with Tye Blue serving as associate director.

Guys and Dolls – July 21-26

"Luck be a lady tonight …" In Frank Loesser’s musical fable of Broadway, falling in love is a crap shoot – a matter of chance as well as the heart. The colorful denizens of 1940s New York – showgirls and gamblers, missionaries and gangsters –create musical comedy magic accompanied by Broadway’s most rib-tickling ditties: "A Bushel and a Peck," "If I Were a Bell" and "Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat."

Tony Award winner Gary Beach will star as Nathan Detroit in "Guys and Dolls." Beach is familiar to Music Circus audiences for roles as Pseudolus in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," Rooster in "Annie" and Luther Billis in "South Pacific." He received his Tony Award for best supporting actor for his role as Roger de Bris in "The Producers," a role he reprised in the film. He will play opposite Heather Lee as Miss Adelaide, who appeared in "Sweeney Todd" last summer as the Beggar Woman. Matthew Ashford, known to daytime fans as Jack Devereaux from "Days of Our Lives," returns to Music Circus where he played Thomas Jefferson in "1776." Ashford will play gambler Sky Masterson opposite Montego Glover as missionary Sarah Brown. Glover played the lead role in "Aida" under the tent. The cast will also include Conrad John Schuck (Ben Franklin in "1776") as Arvide Abernathy. "Guys and Dolls" will be directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge and choreographed by Bob Richard with Dennis Castellano serving as musical director.

Into the Woods – July 28-Aug. 2

A seed of magic and discovery sprouts into a beanstalk of caution, danger and adventure in Stephen Sondheim’s wry fairy tale musical – a witty look at Jack, Cinderella, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood for those who once were children but have forgotten the lessons of youth. Find out what happens after happily-ever-after.

Comedic stage and television actress Vicki Lewis, who starred in "Gypsy" last summer, will return to Music Circus as the Baker’s Wife opposite Jeffry Denman as the Baker. Denman is well known around the country as a leading song and dance man for his performance on Broadway in "Cats" and around the country starring in "White Christmas." He last appeared under the Tent in "Cats." Yvette Cason will play the witch. The production will be directed and choreographed by Glenn Casale and the musical director will be Craig Barna.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers – Aug. 4-9

What makes rowdy mountain men not just jump for joy, but twirl, flip and pirouette? One of the most loved Music Circus productions returns with its legendary high-kicking choreography to show that it takes a bride to turn seven unshaven unkempt brothers into manly gentle men and to turn desire into romance.

The cast will be lead by Music Circus favorites Joseph Mahowald as Adam and Jacquelyn Piro Donovan as Millie. Mahowald whose Broadway credits include the lead role in "Jekyll & Hyde" has been seen here in the round in "Seven Brides" and "South Pacific." Piro Donovan was most recently under the tent as Sally Bowles in "Cabaret." The cast will include 18 young singers and dancers playing brothers, brides and suitors. Longtime Music Circus fans will recognize Richard Bulda who returns to the tent. "Seven Brides" will be directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge with Jim May conducting. Pepper Clyde, who choreographed all the previous Music Circus productions of "Seven Brides," will return to once again recreate the high energy, acrobatic dance sequences.

Very limited seating for the Thursday matinee of this production.

Man of La Mancha – Aug. 11-16

We all long for a better world, and no literary character has inspired us to see things as they should be more than Don Quixote: to see truth over reality, adventure in everyday life and beauty in the heart of a vulgar barmaid. In this Tony-winning musical, an imprisoned writer transforms himself into a deluded knight who beckons to come with him and "dream the impossible dream." >more

Broadway veteran Walter Charles will return to Music Circus in the lead roles of Miguel de Cervantes and Don Quixote. Valerie Perri, who is best known for her performance in the national tour of "Evita" will star as Aldonza. The production will be directed by Guy Stroman (whose work is currently represented by "Forever Plaid" at The Cosmopolitan Cabaret) and choreographed by Bob Richard. Dennis Castellano will choreograph.

CATS – Aug. 18-30

The magic, playfulness, dignity and tragedy of the feline comes to life on stage in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s magnificent musical. Spectacular costumes, fanciful choreography and whimsical lyrics based on T.S. Eliot’s poetry will delight theatregoers of all ages. For the first time ever, "Cats" is offered at a discount for children 4-11.

Jacquelyn Piro Donovan, who will appear earlier in the season in "Seven Brides," will recreate her 2003 performance as Grizabella. Tony Award nominee Ken Page will play Old Deuteronomy, a role he created in the original Broadway production. Jeffry Denman will play Munkustrap in the 20-member ensemble cast. The production will be directed by Richard Stafford and choreographed by Dana Solimando with musical direction by Craig Barna.

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