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By Jim Weber/ The Commercial Appeal
By The Bakersfield Californian
The Beatles, Johnny Cash and Green Day add a decidedly rock 'n' roll vibe to the 2013-14 Broadway in Bakersfield season, announced Wednesday.
Joining stage classics like "Hello Dolly!" -- starring Sally Struthers of "All in the Family" and "Gilmore Girls" -- are "American Idiot," based on the punk rock opera of the same name by Green Day, and "Million Dollar Quartet," inspired by the true story of the famed recording session in which legendary producer Sam Phillips brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis. Rounding out the list are "The Addams Family," "Hair" and "Experience the Beatles with Rain."
Subscriptions -- ranging in price from $140 to $275 -- are available by calling 852-7308 or visiting rabobankarena.com. Prices for each show were not included in a media release sent Wednesday.
'Million Dollar Quartet'
7:30 p.m Nov. 14
Relive a historical night in early rock history when four legends came together for one unforgettable jam session in this Tony Award-winning Broadway musical.
'The Addams Family'
7:30 p.m. Dec. 2
A musical comedy that brings the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and Lurch to spooky and spectacular life.
'Hello, Dolly! Starring Sally Struthers'
7:30 p.m. Feb. 27
Winner of 10 Tony Awards, including best musical, "Hello Dolly!" is an enduring Broadway classic. Emmy-award winning Sally Struthers stars as the strong-willed matchmaker Dolly, as she travels to Yonkers, N.Y. to find a match for the ornery "well-known unmarried half-a-millionaire" Horace Vandergelder.
7:30 p.m. March 27
The exuberant musical about a group of young Americans searching for peace and love in a turbulent time has struck a chord with audiences young and old since its 1967 debut. The unforgettable songs include "Aquarius" and "Let the Sun Shine In." For mature audiences. While many find this show suitable for young adults (13 and older), parental discretion is advised.
'Experience the Beatles With Rain'
7 p.m. April 27
"Rain" performs the full range of the Beatles' discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs the band recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. From the early hits to later classics ("I Want to Hold Your Hand," "Hard Day's Night," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "Hey Jude"), this tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love.
7:30 p.m. May 20
Based on Green Day's groundbreaking rock opera of the same name, this daring new musical tells the story of three lifelong friends forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia and features the smash hits "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "Holiday" and "21 Guns." "American Idiot" contains adult content and strong language.
-- Adapted from a Jam Theatricals media release