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Broadway in Columbia County prepares to raise the curtain on its 2022-23 season.

Returning to the Performing Arts Center for its second season, Broadway in Columbia County is setting the stage for four iconic musicals that feature sprawling dance numbers, timeless scores, rousing songs and talented performers.

“It’s a good mix of older classics and newer shows,” says Josh Small, the PAC general manager.

The season opens on Thursday, October 27 with Annie, a performance that originally opened on Broadway in 1977. Set in Depression-era New York City, this celebration of family, optimism and the American spirit remains a cure-all for the hard knocks of life and includes musical numbers “Tomorrow,” “Easy Street” and “It’s the Hard Knock Life.”

My Fair Lady, scheduled for Thursday, February 2, tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller who takes speech lessons from Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” Debuting on Broadway in 1956, the musical features classic songs such as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” and “On the Street Where You Live.”

On Thursday, March 9, a new production of Jesus Christ Superstar will be set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. With lyrics and music by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, the show, which debuted on Broadway in 1971, includes songs such as “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” “Gethsemane” and “Superstar.”

The season concludes on Wednesday May 3 with The Book of Mormon, which follows the adventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries as they attempt to preach the faith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the inhabitants of a remote Ugandan village. First staged in 2011, the satirical show co-created by “South Park” masterminds Trey Parker and Matt Stone is an R-rated, irreverent musical comedy that contains explicit and blasphemous language and is only for mature audiences.

All of the Broadway performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and tickets for individual shows range from $49 – $89 per person. Tickets for Annie will be available this month, while they go on sale in December for My Fair Lady and Jesus Christ Superstar. The Book of Mormon tickets will be offered at a later date.

“The Broadway Series is just one facet of what the building does. We’re pursuing more musical concerts,” Small says. “We’re in the process of reviewing several different opportunities to get a few more things for the fall, and we’re targeting the first quarter of next year.”

Other upcoming events at the PAC include a presentation of Peter Pan by Augusta Ballet at 7 p.m. Friday, September 16; Drivin N Cryin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 30; Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at 8 p.m. Friday, October 28 and Disney Princess: The Concert at 7 p.m. Monday, November 14.

For more information, visit thecenterofcc.com.