In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson's RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters-love.
Broadway's Under the Sea Spectacular!In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories, with music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, it's a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. Come fall in love with the magic for the first time-or all over again with classics such as "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl, "Part of Your World" and more! Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID is produced by Pittsburgh CLO & Kansas City Starlight.
"One of the most ravishing things I have ever seen on a Broadway stage." - Time Magazine
"THE MOST EXCITING MUSICAL BROADWAY HAS SEEN IN YEARS."
– Chicago Tribune
"TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE!" raves the New York Post for JERSEY BOYS, the 2006 Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award®-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30! JERSEY BOYS features their hit songs "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Rag Doll," "Oh What a Night" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You." "THE CROWD GOES WILD!" cheers The New York Times.
The JERSEY BOYS creative team comprises two-time Tony Award®-winning director Des McAnuff, book writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, composer Bob Gaudio, lyricist Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.
"A landmark production that will forver change what is possible in musical theatre."
– The Huffington Post
Every once in a while a Broadway musical comes along that surprises, moves and excites audiences in ways only a truly landmark musical can. The "groundbreaking," "life-affirming" and "exquisite" new musical Fun Home was the event of the Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike, winning five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Musical and making history along the way. Based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood. A refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes, "Fun Home is extraordinary, a rare beauty that pumps fresh air into Broadway." (New York Times)
A beloved fairytale and Academy Award-winning movie, The Red Shoes has seduced audiences and inspired generations of dancers with its tale of obsession, possession and one girl's dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. Victoria Page lives to dance but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion.
Matthew Bourne's magical new adaptation of the legendary Powell and Pressburger film reunites the team who brought you New Adventures' worldwide hit, Sleeping Beauty, with sumptuous designs by Lez Brotherston (set and costumes), Paule Constable (lighting) and Paul Groothuis (sound).
This world premiere is set to a new score arranged by Terry Davies using the mesmerizing music of golden-age Hollywood composer, Bernard Herrmann (most famous for his collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles and Martin Scorsese), The music will be played live by the New Adventures Orchestra.
Broadway's biggest new hit and the winner of Broadway.com's Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash "captures the kid-at-heart," says TIME Magazine. Vogue cheers, "It's a must-see you'll remember for years to come!" Directed by visionary Tony®-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award® winning film starring Johnny Depp, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys' enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever.
"I doubt I'll see a better production in my lifetime." – Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
"SOMETHING WONDERFUL indeed. THE KING AND I is a five-handkerchief masterpiece." – Ben Brantley, The New York Times
Lincoln Center Theater's critically acclaimed production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's THE KING AND I directed by Tony Award® Winner Bartlett Sher won four 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical.
Bartlett Sher is reunited with the award-winning creative team from South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza. THE KING AND I features sets by Michael Yeargan; costumes by Catherine Zuber; lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Scott Lehrer and choreography by Christopher Gattelli based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins.
One of Rodgers & Hammerstein's finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score which features such beloved classics as "Getting To Know You," "I Whistle a Happy Tune," "Hello Young Lovers," "Shall We Dance" and "Something Wonderful."
Rumer began singing at the age of three, performing for her family in their living room. She joined a music conservatory in Idaho at the age of 12 studying opera and then continued her classical training at Interlochen Arts Academy. Lending her talents to various musical theatre productions in high school as well as joining the Jazz Band, her love of music only continued to grow.
In 2014 she started a weekly residency at the famed Sayers Club in Hollywood, where she honed her stage presence and sultry vocals. After releasing her cover of Britney Spears' "Toxic" on iTunes last year, she took the stage for her Broadway Debut as Roxie Hart in Chicago. Most recently she starred in the film adaptation of the musical Hello Again and made her solo cabaret debut and the famed Café Carlyle, receiving rave reviews from the NY Times and other publications across the board. She is currently working on her debut album with legendary writer and producer Linda Perry.
Neil deGrasse Tyson was born and raised in New York City where he was educated in the public schools clear through his graduation from the Bronx High School of Science. Tyson went on to earn his BA in Physics from Harvard and his PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia.
Tyson's professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way. During the summer of 2009 Tyson identified a stable of professional standup comedians to assist his effort in bringing science to commercial radio with the NSF-funded pilot program StarTalk. Now also a popular Podcast, and a limited-run Television Series on the National Geographic Channel, StarTalk combines celebrity guests with informative yet playful banter. The target audience is all those people who never thought they would, or could, like science.
Selling 4 million tickets worldwide and described by The Times as "The Gold Standard," and The Daily Mirror as "The Kings of the Genre," The Australian Pink Floyd Show gave its first ever concert in Adelaide, Australia in 1988. Since then, they have performed in over 35 countries worldwide; played at David Gilmour's 50th birthday celebration and were even joined on stage by Rick Wright.
TAPFS is the leading and biggest show of its kind in the world. Performing the music of Pink Floyd with note for note perfection, this critically acclaimed tribute show has been astonishing audiences worldwide. Striving to reproduce the Pink Floyd experience and bring the music to new audiences, the show continues to include a stunning light and laser show, video animations, filmed sequences on a large LED screen and other special effects. To accompany these visuals are several large inflatables including a giant pig and their own distinct Pink Kangaroo.
Béla Fleck--Already a powerfully creative force in bluegrass, jazz, pop, rock and world beat, Béla at last made the classical connection with "Perpetual Motion", his critically acclaimed 2001 Sony Classical recording that went on to win a pair of Grammys, including Best Classical Crossover Album, in the 44th annual Grammy Awards.
The recipient of Multiple Grammy Awards going back to 1998, Béla Flecks' total Grammy count is 14 Grammys won, and 30 nominations. He has been nominated in more different categories than any instrumentalist in Grammy history.
Multiple Grammy Award-winner and MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile, a member of Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek, and now the host of A Prairie Home Companion, is a mandolin virtuoso, composer and vocalist.
Beginning in fall of 2016, Thile took the helm of A Prairie Home Companion, a public radio favorite since 1974.
Multi-Grammy Award winning band TOTO has announced the first set of dates for their Summer U.S. tour, which will begin on June 2nd in Lake Charles, LA. The shows are billed as ""An Evening With Toto" and their performances will feature repertoire for their latest studio album XIV, classic hits, and both band and fan favorites from their vast catalog in performances that will stage two hours of music. Last summer, Toto embarked their first U.S. headline run in over a decade.
The core Toto members, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Joseph Williams will be joined by Lenny Castro (percussion), Shannon Forest (drums), Shem von Schroeck (bass), Warren Ham (saxophone, vocals). Guitarist Steve Lukather shares, "We had such a great time last summer that we wanted to regroup and hit some cities we didn't get to last time. Always a thrill to bring our full show around the country."
Peppa Pig, the #1 Family show of 2016, is back with an action-packed live show featuring your favorite characters as life size puppets and costume characters in Peppa Pig's Surprise! Come join Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and more in an all singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and surprises!
Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter hits the road in 2017, performing songs from her expansive 14-album catalog and new songs from her latest record The Things That We Are Made Of, released May 6, 2016.
Produced by 2016 Producer of the Year Grammy-nominee Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton), the album features eleven new songs written by Carpenter, and has received critical acclaim from NPR and Rolling Stone, among others.
On May 10, 1996 Finnish Rockers, Apocalyptica, released their epic debut Plays Metallica By Four Cellos. The instrumental cello-driven rock opus changed the landscape of heavy music for years to come. To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the album, the group is re-releasing it remastered with 3 bonus tracks on July 22, 2016. Added to this new version will be brand new/never-before-released instrumental recordings of "Battery," "Nothing Else Matters" and "Seek & Destroy." The album will be available on vinyl (2 LP set) for the first time in many years. Upon its release, Plays Metallica By Four Cellos was a new approach to the hits of the biggest metal band the world has seen. Even more Apocalyptica created their very own genre and laid the foundation to a career that has lasted for 20 years so far with millions of records sold and sold out shows around the world.
What is Charlotte Squawks? It's Saturday Night Live meets Broadway meets our beloved Queen City! Celebrating the thirteenth edition of Squawks, the creative team of Mike Collins and Brian Kahn collaborate with the area's most talented performers to make fun of pop-culture, sports, life and politics both local and national. We could tell you what you should expect, but part of the fun of the show is anticipating who and what will be squawked!
George Thorogood and the Destroyers will begin the New Year doing what they do best – live touring – across the U.S. with their "Rock Party Tour," starting February 28 in Tucson, Arizona.
The group is also putting their talents to work by helping The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to help find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients, as they will be donating $1 from each ticket sale of their "Rock Party Tour" to LLS.
Two time Grammy-winner, singer-songwriter, John Prine, is among the English language's premier phrase-turners.
Forty-five years into a remarkable career that has drawn effusive praise from Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Roger Waters, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, and others who would know, Prine is a smiling, shuffling force for good. He is a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member whose classic debut album, simply titled John Prine, is recognized as part of the Recording Academy's Grammy Hall of Fame.
Bruce Hornsby's work displays a creative iconoclasm that's been a constant in the artist's two-and-a-half decade recording career. His commercial stock soared early on, when "The Way It Is" - the title track of his 1986 debut album - became one of the most popular songs on American radio. Despite his early mainstream successes, Hornsby has pursued a more personal, idiosyncratic musical path, focusing on projects that sparked his creative interest, including collaborations with the Grateful Dead, Spike Lee, Ricky Skaggs, Don Henley, Ornette Coleman, Bob Dylan, Bela Fleck, Bonnie Raitt, Pat Metheny, and Robbie Robertson. Hornsby's performance will offer a glimpse of a restless spirit who continues to push forward into exciting new musical terrain.
Prairie Home Love & Comedy Tour. Two-plus hours of stories, love duets, Guy Noir, Cowboys, poetic outbursts, and our famous Singing Intermission at which the Eager & Able-Bodied stand and sing around the campfire. Garrison Keillor celebrating his 75th, with the extraordinary Heather Masse, sound-effects genius Fred Newman, Richard Dworsky and the Road Hounds.
As original members of UB40, Ali, Mickey and Astro helped to define reggae music for a generation. The multi-racial band, formed in 1979 in the Birmingham suburb of Moseley, pooled a diverse set of influences to put a fresh, indigenous slant on Jamaican reggae. After encouragement from Chrissie Hynde, who offered them support slots with her chart-topping band The Pretenders, they recorded their independently released debut album, Signing Off, on an eight-track tape machine in the home of producer Bob Lamb. An unexpected number two album, it gave them the conviction to chart their own course.
UB40 went on to dominate charts around the world, not least with the hugely successful Labour Of Love series. The first Labour Of Love album, in 1983, yielded a cover of Neil Diamond's Red Red Wine that topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.
Seventeen-year-old singer, songwriter and actress Sabrina Carpenter's journey into music, television and film began at the age of two.
Staying true to her first love of music, Carpenter released her debut album Eyes Wide Open at the age of 15. Fueled by youthful exuberance and irresistibly buoyant singles such as "Eyes Wide Open" and "We'll Be the Stars," the album reflected Carpenter's life over the previous three years. With the release of her sophomore album EVOLution in October 2016, the gestation period was shorter, but clearly encompassed even more growth. Having co-written on the album, Carpenter sought to "work with people who are young and hungry - people like me." The album's current single, the instantly catchy "Thumbs" is pushing through to Top 40 all across the country with more than 23+ million streams on Spotify.
Don't miss our free outdoor performances every Friday night this summer at Spirit Square! Local musicians will perform from 7:00-8:30 PM in the Square at Spirit Square. The events will be moved indoors if there is inclement weather.
Concessions and beverages will be available for purchase. Don't forget to bring your own lawn chair!
This new series will be kicked off on Friday, May 5 with Girls Rock Charlotte! Check back soon for details on other Sounds on the Square performers.
The Kingston Trio today consists of Bill Zorn, George Grove and Rick Dougherty. They are continuing the Kingston Trio legacy with fantastic reviews, command performances and standing ovations wherever they perform. As a fan put it, "Our generations might not live forever, but I bet The Kingston Trio will!"
Musical legend The Kingston Trio is booking more gigs than ever, a sign of the boomer generation's return to acoustic music. In this economy, most consumers are looking for high value for their precious entertainment dollars. What's better than a time-tested, quality experience like seeing – and hearing - an amazing band from your youth?
Many people are not only returning to see their prized Trio, but are taking their children and grandchildren in their wake. What's more, they are now sharing the experiences online with social media networking tools like Facebook and Twitter, where fans can interact with their favorite folk music group.
There's more to Improv Charlotte than putting on a good, family-friendly show that is both intellectually stimulating and laugh-out-loud funny. From the beginning, the mission of Improv Charlotte has been to "Serve [their] Community through Comedy," which they do by giving away 100% of their regular, monthly show proceeds to local charities. And if that doesn't warm your heart a little, one of the best things about watching them perform is watching how much they genuinely enjoy performing with one another. Improv Charlotte is "thrilled and honored" to celebrate their 10-Year Anniversary Show with Blumenthal Performing Arts at the Stage Door Theater, and they invite you to come and be part of what will be an amazing show!
Before we go any further, before we address anything, I'd like you to forget. Maybe forget what Gillian Welch shows you've seen, the floorboards all sparking from the weight of these two souls, Gill and Dave, and their four collective cowboy-booted soles; maybe forget when you first heard "Orphan Girl," that song that seemed to exist outside of time and caused everyone who heard it to become the itinerant, the loner, the longing; maybe forget the years that have passed when last a new Gillian Welch record graced the hi-fi's of the music-listening world -- forget the pop stars risen and erased in those years, the administrations and regimes born and gone in those years -- forget, indeed, that there are eight of them, eight years, since Soul Journey arrived into the world.
McDaniel, Nick Villalobos, and Zack Clark, together known as Simply Three, has been captivating audiences worldwide with high-octane performances since 2010. Acclaimed as "having what it takes" (Boston Philharmonic) and "highly imaginative and well played" (Maine Today), Simply Three continues to receive praise for their ability to impress listeners with a multitude of genres that span from Puccini and Gershwin to artists such as Adele, Coldplay, and Michael Jackson. By reshaping convention through this style of genre hopping, the trio continues to seek the true essence of classical crossover with original works as well as innovative arrangements that showcase their technical virtuosity and heartfelt musicality.
"MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT. THE SIR NOFACE FOOTAGE DEFINITIVELY PROVES THE EXISTENCE OF GHOSTS" – Award winning director Chad Calek
On February 22, 2013 The Australian Government contacted civilian ghost hunter Craig Powell with an unusual request – They wanted him to conduct an extensive investigation of Sydney Harbor's Cockatoo Island to determine if claims of paranormal activity could be substantiated. This government sanctioned investigation would last nearly two years and the evidence captured would change the lives of all involved forever.