Let's face it: It's hard to keep a pair of thigh-high sequined boots under wraps.

The musical "Kinky Boots" was the most anticipated — and probably least surprising — show in the 2014-15 Broadway series that Des Moines Performing Arts unveiled during its annual season-announcement party Tuesday night at the Des Moines Civic Center.

The Hennepin Theatre in Minneapolis announced way back in January that "Boots" would kick off its own 2014-15 season, a promising sign for Des Moines.in the 2014-15 Broadway series that Des Moines Performing Arts unveiled during its annual season-announcement party Tuesday night at the Des Moines Civic Center.

It didn't hurt that DMPA invested in the production via the Independent Presenters Network, a move that helped Des Moines skip closer to the front of the line for the national tour.

DMPA President and CEO Jeff Chelesvig said a show hasn't generated so much buzz since "The Book of Mormon" rang the Civic Center's doorbell in early 2013.

Both shows, it turns out, will hit the stage here in January 2015, amid a fall-winter blitz that includes a new staging of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "Motown the Musical" and the acrobatically enhanced revival of "Pippin."

Together, "Kinky Boots" and "Pippin" racked up 10 of last year's Tony Awards. They are, respectively, the current titleholders for best musical and best musical revival.

Here's a look at the five main shows in the Willis Broadway Series.The season announcements came several weeks later than in years past, mostly because the Civic Center was booked with other events over the last few weeks. The announcement party itself has become an event over the years, with more than 1,500 patrons crowding in to see whichever Broadway stars DMPA quietly shuttles in to help unveil the big surprise.

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"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" (Nov. 18-23) retells the biblical story in a shiny new staging of the 1970 score by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber. The tour opened to promising reviews last month in Cleveland, Ohio.

It's the first production that DMPA's investment club, the Independent Presenters Network, initiated themselves (instead of backing other projects already in the works), DMPA chief Chelesvig said. And those who pay the piper — plus the director, designers, cast and crew — call the tune.

"Motown the Musical" (Dec. 2-7) packs in more than 50 golden oldies to recount the real-life legend of record producer Berry Gordy, who helped launch the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and dozens more.

"Kinky Boots" (Jan. 27 through Feb. 1, 2015) tells the tale of a drag queen who helps a struggling shoe factory reverse its fate by catering to a new sort of customer — specifically, the sort who needs sturdy steel stilettos. The script was written by Harvey Fierstein ("La Cage aux Folles") and the songs by Cyndi Lauper, who plans to join Cher for a June 9 concert at Wells Fargo Arena.

"Pippin" (Feb. 24 through March 1, 2015) dusts off the 1972 musical by Stephen Schwartz's ("Wicked") in a stunning new take by director Diane Paulus ("Hair," "Porgy and Bess"). With a backup chorus of circus acrobats, the fable tells the (sorta) true story of a medieval French prince who steps out from the shadow of his father, King Charlemagne.

"Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella" (July 14-19, 2015) gives the royal treatment to the show that started out as a made-for-TV movie in 1957, with Julie Andrews. The revival uses lavish effects for all the magic makeovers — the pumpkin into the carriage, the woodland creatures into footmen, and Cindy's ratty shoes into kinky boots. Just kidding: She still wears glass slippers.

But wait — there's more. The Broadway series offers four add-ons:

"Evita" (Aug. 21-23) returns after 20 years for the rags-to-riches story of Argentina's most famous first lady.

"The Book of Mormon" (Jan. 6-11, 2015) revisits for another round of so-wrong-it's-right humor about organized religion.

Audra McDonald performs showtunes with the Des Moines Symphony (Feb. 21). The actress and singer has won a record five Tony Awards, a distinction she shares with Julie Harris and Angela Lansbury.

"The Lion King" (April 28 through May 17, 2015) stampedes back to town after hugely successful visits in 2006 and 2009.

DMPA also announced its fifth annual Dance Series, which will include two world premieres. The first, by the famous Paul Taylor Dance Company (Nov. 8), will be the 141st work by the company's 83-year-old founder. The second is called "Cubicle," an office-inspired piece by the company Diavolo (Jan. 24, 2015), who wowed Des Moines audiences in 2012 with special effects and giant props.

The series' third and final group is Complexions Contemporary Ballet (April 11, 2015), founded by two alumni of Alvin Ailey.

DMPA also trumpeted its Family Series, sponsored by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. The 2014-15 lineup for the pipsqueak set, ages 4 to 10, features another Des Moines Symphony concert (Jan. 17, 2015), plus visits from the Peking Acrobats (Feb. 14, 2015), the Stomp-like percussion group Scrap Arts Music (March 7, 2015) and "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (May 23, 2015, at DMPA's Temple Theater).

For the first time in recent memory, subscriptions to the Broadway series went up for grabs immediately after the announcement. They start at $155.

Dance Series packages will go on sale in June, starting at $50, and Family Series packages will follow in July, for $27.

Three core shows remain in the current Broadway season — "Once," "We Will Rock You" and "The Phantom of the Opera" — which attracted about 10,600 season subscribers. That figure was slightly lower than the record 12,200 from the previous season, which included "The Book of Mormon" and injected an estimated an $26 million into the local economy.

Over the last decade, DMPA has hosted an average of 378 shows per year — more than one a day — among its three stages at the Civic Center, the black-box Stoner Theater, and the Temple Theater eight blocks to the west. And while the ink still dries on next year's schedule, they're already working on 2015-16.

"It's crazy," Chelesvig said. "We're holding dates for shows that haven't even opened yet on Broadway."