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Broadway's `Voice' to open season.

Byline: Richard Duckett

Betty Buckley, known affectionately as "the voice of Broadway" and the original Grizabella in the Broadway production of "Cats," will formally open the 2008-09 season of the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts with a concert Sept. 20.

The season - some of which has previously been announced - will include appearances by comedians Jackie Mason and Lily Tomlin; concerts by singers Kenny Rogers, Frankie Valli and "American Idols in Concert"; and at least two home-grown shows with "The Nutcracker" presented by Ballet Arts Worcester and "A Christmas Carol" featuring an adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic by the Hanover Theatre's executive director Troy Siebels.

More shows will be added to the season, said Lisa Condit, the theater's director of marketing and public relations .

Buckley won a Tony Award for playing Grizabella and singing the memorable song "Memories." Along with a string of other Broadway and Off Broadway credits, she has been seen on the movie screen and on TV, perhaps most notably playing Abby Bradford on the show "Eight is Enough."

The Hanover Theatre season will also showcase its Broadway series with touring productions of "Movin' Out," "Cats," "Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy," "Annie" and "Riverdance." Other shows scheduled include "Nunsense" and "Playhouse Disney Live!" Music Worcester Inc. will present its first production at the Hanover Theatre when "Swan Lake" is performed by the Russian National Ballet Theatre of Moscow.

The 2008-09 season lineup is as follows:

Sept. 20. Betty Buckley - season opener with founding member reception

Sept. 21. Russian American Kids Circus

Sept. 23. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

Sept. 24. Jackie Mason

Sept. 28. American Belles

Oct. 17 and 18. "Nunsense"

Oct. 19. Lily Tomlin

Oct. 24. Harvey Robbins Royalty of Doo-Wopp

Nov. 1. The Original Stars of American Bandstand

Nov. 2. "Playhouse Disney Live!"

Nov. 20. NBC's Last Comic Standing Live Tour

Nov. 21 and 22. "Movin' Out"

Nov. 28, 29 and 30. "The Nutcracker"

Dec. 13. Lisa Lampanelli

Dec. 14. Terry Fator

Dec. 19, 20 and 21. "Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol"

Jan. 18. Bob the Builder

Jan. 23, 24 and 25. "Cats"

Feb. 4. Kenny Rogers

Feb. 7. Buddy, Bopper and Valens

Feb. 13 and 14. "Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy"

March 18. "Swan Lake"

March 27. The Rat Pack

April 15. "American Idols in Concert"

May 8. '70s Soul Jam

May 15 and 16. "Annie"

June 5, 6 and 7. "Riverdance"

For complete information and tickets, call (877) 571-7469 or visit


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