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The stage of Shea’s Performing Arts Center will be swarming with Mormons, Motown singers, drag queens, femmes fatale, fairy-tale figures and Bible heroes during its upcoming season.

Highlights of the season, which the theater announced Wednesday, include the Buffalo premiere of Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein’s “Kinky Boots,” the biggest Broadway sensation of 2013, as well as the return of “Phantom of the Opera” after a 12-year absence and a special engagement of the 2012 hit “Book of Mormon.”

The tried and true shows “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Chicago” also will make return trips, with local premieres of “Motown the Musical” and “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” rounding out the main season. Along with a 12-day run of “Book of Mormon” in June 2015, next season’s special engagements include “Mamma Mia” and “Million Dollar Quartet.”

Broadway producer Albert Nocciolino, the longtime co-presenter of Shea’s Broadway series, stressed that five of the six shows in the season are still running on Broadway. Three of them – “Kinky Boots,” “Motown the Musical” and “Cinderella” – opened in 2013.

After several seasons of stunning growth, Shea’s subscription numbers leveled off for the 2013-14 season at 12,244, down slightly from about 13,000 during the 2012-13 season. Given the popularity of shows such as “Phantom” and “Chicago,” however, that number might tick up again for the 2014-15 season.

“We’ve reached a level of support that’s commensurate with the size of our theater, subscription-wise, and we’ve maintained it. What’s important I think is the way we’re selling single tickets as well,” Nocciolino said, adding that the recent run of “Porgy and Bess” sold the highest number of single tickets so far on the 6-month-old tour.

“I think that speaks to the support that we’re getting in Western New York. Not just the subscribers, who are really important, but the people who are coming and experimenting with each individual show and buying single tickets to see the shows at Shea’s. That audience continues to grow and puts us where we have been,” he said. “Everybody wants to play Buffalo.”

As he has with many shows on this and past Shea’s seasons, Nocciolino has a stake as a producer in “Kinky Boots,” perhaps the most anticipated recent production on the schedule.

“I was very involved early on with the show and got a chance to see a first draft of the book that Harvey had done and to listen to a piano score that Cyndi had done and was really blown away,” he said. “It’s all about your gut and what you feel when you’re watching or listening or reading. As soon as I started reading the script, you start feeling for these two characters immediately.”

Musical fans may be disappointed that the recently launched tour of Broadway’s “Pippin” is not on the schedule, but Nocciolino said they should expect to see it during the 2015-16 season.

Here’s look at the theater’s six-show subscription series:

• “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” Oct. 7-12. Now playing on a high school stage near you, this war horse of a show by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice is a musical interpretation of the famous Bible story of the original favorite son and his jealous siblings. This tour stars former “American Idol” contestants Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young, casting choices that Nocciolino said were intended to introduce the show to a younger crowd.

• “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” Dec. 2-7. This show, which opened on Broadway in early 2013, is the latest retooled version of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s 1957 television version of the classic fairy tale feature starring Julie Andrews.

• “Motown the Musical,” Jan. 20-25, 2015. A jukebox musical biography in the vein of “Jersey Boys,” this 2013 show follows the early life and career of Motown producer Berry Gordy, who worked with Michael Jackson, Diana Ross and other stars of the era. It is a major draw on Broadway.

• “Chicago,” Feb. 17-22, 2015. The Kander and Ebb classic set in 1920s Chicago is making its third visit to Shea’s in a decade, a testament to the enduring popularity of its jazz-infused score and salacious story about sex and murder in the Windy City.

• “The Phantom of the Opera,” March 18-29, 2015. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s infectious 1986 musical is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Following the pattern set by the 25th anniversary of “Les Miserables,” this production features retooled sets, costumes and orchestrations. But die-hard fans of the musical shouldn’t worry too much: the swinging chandelier remains intact.

• “Kinky Boots,” April 21-26, 2015. The latest in Broadway’s unending string of film-to-stage adaptations, Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper’s madcap show is based on the story of a struggling factory owner who revamps his business plan with the help of a savvy drag queen. Hilarity, and plenty of glittery dance numbers, ensue.

Special engagements during the 2014-15 season include the Abba-fueled jukebox musical “Mamma Mia,” Nov. 7-9; “Million Dollar Quartet,” based on a 1956 jam session among Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins, Feb. 6-7, 2015; and “The Book of Mormon,” Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s popular show about a missionary trip to Africa gone horribly awry, June 2-14, 2015.

The theater will announce more special engagements at a later date.

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