Broadway comes to the Emerald Coast

Published: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 01:36 PM.

NICEVILLE — The Broadway is making its way to the Emerald Coast and taking center stage at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at the Northwest Florida State College.

This season the Mattie Kelly Arts Center will host 12 national and international touring shows, making it the biggest Broadway and Artist Event series to visit the art center.

Jeanette Shires, the associate director of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, said the Broadway series provides a wide appeal.

“We were trying to touch as many of our patrons as possible and also entice new patrons to our community,” Shires said. “This series is diverse. It offers something for everyone.”

The series includes award-winning productions such as, “Hair” and “Shrek the Musical,” as well as the National Circus of China in Cirque Chinois.

Richard Sandelin, a Broadway enthusiast and longtime supporter of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, said he is ex-cited for the season and plans to see a few shows.

“I’ve been going to theater for several years,” Sandelin said. “It’s a beautiful facility with great shows and acoustics. I and my wife thoroughly enjoy the Broadway shows.

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