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WestCoast Entertainment announces 09-10 season

SPOKANE, Wash. - WestCoast Entertainment announced on Thursday that the 2009-10 Best of Broadway Series will include a four week engagement of "Disney's the Lion King". In addition, the world renowned Chaim Topol will star in the farewell tour of "Fiddler on the Roof", Melissa Gilbert will star in the new Broadway musical "Little House on the Prairie", and "Avenue Q" will make it's premiere in Spokane as part of the 2009-10 season. WestCoast Entertainment also announced they will present the 50 th Anniversary Concert of the Chad Mitchell Trio this fall. All engagements will be held at the INB Performing Arts Center.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - starring Chaim Topol

September 1 - 6, 2009

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, the Tony Award winning musical that has captured the hearts of people all over the world on its North American Tour. In what is a huge theatrical feat, audiences will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Chaim Topol, star of the original motion picture, in his farewell performance of the award winning role that made him legendary in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF.

Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF has been lauded by critics again and again, and won the hearts of people all around the world. Filled with a rousing, heartwarming score, which includes "Tradition," "Matchmaker, Matchmaker," "If I Were A Rich Man" and "Sunrise, Sunset," FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is a timeless classic.

No other musical has so magically woven music, dance, poignancy and laughter into such an electrifying and unforgettable experience. Relive a glorious tradition of the musical theater with TOPOL's farewell performance in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF.

DISNEY'S THE LION KING

November 9 - December 6, 2009

Experience the phenomenon of Disney's THE LION KING. Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by award-winning director Julie Taymor, whose visual images for this show you'll remember forever. Thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African Pride-lands and an unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice's Oscar®-winning song "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" and "Circle of Life." Let your imagination run wild at the Tony® Award-winning Broadway sensation Newsweek calls "a landmark event in entertainment." Spokane's most eagerly awaited stage production ever will leap onto the INB Performing Arts Center stage this fall.

AVENUE Q

February 11 - 14, 2010

AVENUE Q is Broadway's smash-hit 2004 Tony Award® winner for BEST MUSICAL, BEST SCORE and BEST BOOK. A hilarious show full of heart and hummable tunes, AVENUE Q is about trying to make it in NYC with big dreams and a tiny bank account. Called "one of the funniest shows you're ever likely to see" by Entertainment Weekly, AVENUE Q features a cast of people and puppets who tell the story in a smart, risque and downright entertaining way. The New Yorker calls it "SUBVERSIVE and UPROARIOUS! Wicked fun for grown-ups"

RECOMMENDED FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY.

LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE - starring Melissa Gilbert

April 8 - 11, 2010

LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE has remained one of the most popular and beloved celebrations of early Americana since the appearance of Laura Ingalls Wilder's popular classic book series 70 years ago. Now the inspirational stories take on a brand new frontier in an uplifting new musical. Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura for 10 years in the much loved television series, continues her legacy by starring as Ma. Families will continue to fall in love with these life affirming stories about the Ingalls' struggles and triumphs through the celebration of the pioneering spirit and the core values on which this country was founded - a spirit that resonates within each of us today.

OPTIONAL PRODUCTIONS - not included in the season package

Chad Mitchell Trio - 50th Anniversary

Saturday, October 24, 2009 - 7:30pm

Featuring all original members - Mike Kobluk, Chad Mitchell and Joe Frasier

The Chad Mitchell Trio, one of the most popular folk groups of the sixties, completed over a dozen classic albums. Their blend of humor, political satire, and stunning harmony took the folk world by storm. One of the heralded headline groups of the golden age of folk music, the Trio has found itself responding to the nostalgia of their generation of fans by performing at a limited number of special concerts. Disciplined harmonic musicianship is the trademark of the Trio throughout a repertoire of frontier songs, Elizabethan ballads, work songs, gospel songs, love songs, children's songs, and biting social and political commentary and satire.

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