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Emily Padgett as Alex Owens with AndreSpiridonakos Ballet Dancer 'Flashdance The Musical' | Phoby Kyle Froman

Emily Padgett as Alex Owens with Andrea Spiridonakos, Ballet Dancer, in "Flashdance The Musical" | Photo by Kyle Froman

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Updated: February 20, 2013 4:19PM

Something old, something new and something born and bred in Chicago. That’s the mix for Broadway in Chicago’s 2013 fall season lineup which will include:

“Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” (June 18–30 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph), a revival of the popular musical about the kid from Texas who enjoyed a meteoric rise and untimely death leaving behind such early rock ‘n’ roll hits as “That’ll Be The Day,” “Peggy Sue,” and “Oh, Boy!”

“Flashdance” (July 30–Aug. 11 at the Cadillac Palace), a pre-Broadway run of this musical previously seen in London, and based on the 1983 movie about a Pittsburgh steel mill welder with professional dancer dreams. Along with “What a Feeling,” “Maniac,” “Gloria,” “Manhunt,” and “I Love Rock & Roll” will be 16 new songs.

“To Master the Art” (Sept. 10–Oct. 6 at Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut): A remount of Chicago’s hit TimeLine Theatre production by William Brown and Doug Frew about the inimitable Julia Child, and her husband Paul, and their life in Paris in the 1950s.

“Evita” (Sept. 17–Oct. 6 at the Oriental Theatre): The musical about Argentina’s Eva Peron (and the revolutionary Che Guevara) that is arguable Andrew LLoyd Webber’s best show.

“Once” (Oct. 9–27 at the Oriental Theatre, 24 West Randolph): The winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, this show is based on the beloved movie about an Irish busker and the Czech emigre he falls for.

“Elf, the Musical” (Nov. 26–Dec. 15 at the Cadillac Palace): The comic tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole.

The “off-season specials” include “The Cat in the Hat” (June 15–Sept. 1, an Emerald City Theatre “family show” at the Broadway Playhouse); “We Will Rock You” (Oct. 22–27 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre), featuring hit songs by Ben Elton and Queen; and “Wicked” (Oct. 30–Dec. 21 at the Oriental Theatre), marking the 10th anniversary of the Broadway hit.

Tickets are now available for groups of 15 or more by calling (312) 977-1710. Current Broadway in Chicago subscribers can renew at; new subscribers can purchase season tickets beginning March 22. Individual tickets will go on sale at a later date.

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