You can get all the best of the performing arts without buying a plane ticket to the Big Apple! Blumenthal Performing Arts is your source for all the best performing arts events in Charlotte and the Carolinas. We offer the best in touring Broadway productions year-round. Blumenthal Performing Arts is also home to outstanding arts organizations including Charlotte Symphony, Community School of the Arts, North Carolina Dance Theatre, NCDT2 (Apprentice Company of North Carolina Dance Theatre), On Q Productions, Opera Carolina, Queen City Theatre Company, and The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film.
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
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.
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.
"Sparkling, fresh and lively." – Los Angeles Times
The Hills Are Alive! A brand new production of The Sound of Music is coming to Charlotte. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Edelweiss" and the title song.
The Sound of Music features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by "The Trapp Family Singers" by Maria Augusta Trapp.
The Sound of Music enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over 50 years when "The Sound of Music Live!" aired on NBC in December, 2013 and was seen by over 44 million people. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.
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.
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.
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.
RAIN - A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES celebrates the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band! For the first time ever, RAIN will bring the historic album to life in its entirety for this psychedelic multimedia spectacular in addition to all your early favorites!
This mind blowing performance takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is the next best thing to seeing the Beatles. Experience the worlds' most iconic band and come celebrate 50 years of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with RAIN – A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES.
Now Are The Foxes will be the featured cast this month, and they've invited some of their funniest friends to open the show! Guests include players from Robot Johnson, Idiot Box (Greensboro), DSi (Chapel Hill), Dad's Garage (Atlanta), and Alchemy (Greenville, SC). The Improv Room is designed to shine a spotlight on the local improv scene in Charlotte. This show will highlight Charlotte's best and brightest from the ever growing improv community featuring both short and long form comedic styles.
#FOLLOWME celebrates the hip-hop dance community, inspiring dancers to step into the spotlight, giving fans a once-in-a-liftetime opportunity to see, dance, and interact with their YouTube dance idols. You watch their videos. You learn their moves. Now it's time to see your favorite dance stars live on stage. #FOLLOWME is an electrifying live dance show featuring online dance sensations. Get your ticket, join the ultimate global dance crew and see WILDABEAST, NIA SIOUX, KENNETH SAN JOSE, and JANELLE GINESTRA step off the screen and onto the stage in this unique dance experience where dreams come true.
"Direct from sell out seasons in London, Hong Kong and Edinburgh comes the mind-blowing vocal show GOBSMACKED! the latest sensation from the UK.
This next-generation a cappella show redefines the limits of the human voice.
Featuring the reigning world champion beatboxer Ball-Zee and an international cast of world-class vocalists, GOBSMACKED! weaves stories through all forms of a cappella from traditional street corner harmonies to cutting edge, multi-track live looping.
Heart stopping singing and jaw dropping beatboxing guarantees the audience will leave with a song in their heart and a smile on their face.
GOBSMACKED! is the latest break-out show that everyone is talking about –it's funny, joyful and uplifts the spirits of all ages!"
Direct from its success in London's West End, a SOLD OUT UK tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back! Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this 50th Anniversary Celebration also features a full live band performing all the hits including 'Mrs. Robinson,' 'Cecilia,' 'Bridge Over Troubled Water,' 'Homeward Bound' and many more. Get your tickets fast as this is an evening not to be missed!