2015-2016 Show Information
Saturday, June 20 at 8 pm
Ticket prices $44 / $34
Brooklyn, New York-based Snarky Puppy is an instrumental fusion band featuring a collective of nearly 40 musicians, referred to as “The Fam.” Created by Grammy Award-winning bassist, composer and producer Michael League, and formed in Denton, Texas, in 2004, Snarky Puppy incorporates a wide variety of instruments into their music, such as guitars, pianos, keyboards, woodwinds, brass, percussion and strings. The band released their debut album, The Only Constant, in 2006; their latest album is 2014’s We Like It Here. Many of the current and former band members were once students at the University of North Texas, and they are routinely joined by other artists such as Erykah Badu, Justin Timberlake, Kirk Franklin, Ari Hoenig and Snoop Dogg.
Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 8 pm
Music & Theatre Hall
Ticket prices $49
The most in-demand American tenor in the world in the bel canto repertoire, Lawrence Brownlee continues to astonish audiences with the elegance and agility of his instrument. From firmly American roots, Mr. Brownlee has become a star on the international scene, lauded for the seemingly effortless beauty of his voice. He has been featured in nearly every major theater in the world and enjoys a relationship with many prominent conductors and symphony orchestras. Operatic highlights of Mr. Brownlee’s career include: La Cenerentola in Milan, Houston, Philadelphia, and the Metropolitan Opera; L'italiana in Algeri in Milan, Dresden, Boston, Houston, and Seattle; and I Puritani in Washington, Seattle, and the Metropolitan Opera.
Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 8 pm
Tickets prices $57 / $47 / $42
Bobby McFerrin was always an unlikely pop star. The 10-time Grammy winner has blurred the distinction between pop music and fine art, goofing around barefoot in the world’s finest concert halls, exploring uncharted vocal territory, inspiring a whole new generation of a cappella singers and the beatbox movement. His latest album, spirityouall, is a bluesy, feel-good recording, an unexpected move from the music-industry rebel who singlehandedly redefined the role of the human voice with his a cappella hit Don’t Worry, Be Happy. Beyond that he always kept people guessing, what would be next: his collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma, Chick Corea and the Vienna Philharmonic, his improvising choir Voicestra, and his legendary solo vocal performances kept people doing just that. It’s been the quietest and most polite of revolutions.
Monday, July 13, 2015 at 8 pm
Music & Theatre Hall
Ticket prices $49
Kelli O’Hara has unequivocally established herself as one of Broadway’s great leading ladies. This year she received her 5th Tony nomination along with Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics nominations for her portrayal of Francesca in the musical adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County. Additionally, she starred as Mrs. Darling in NBC’s live telecast of Peter Pan. Kelli has worked extensively both regionally and Off-Broadway and performed with symphonies and orchestras across the country. She is a frequent guest artist on the PBS Memorial Day and July 4th telecast and has performed several times as part of the Kennedy Honor tributes for Barbara Cook, Jerry Herman and Barbra Streisand. This spring, Kelli will return to Broadway in Lincoln Center Theater’s revival of The "King and I" opposite Ken Watanabe.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 8 pm
Ticket prices $20
Newport News-native Heather Parcells performed in her first professional job dancing at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg during her senior year of high school. Heather received her BFA from the Florida State University, moved to New York and in 10 days landed the role of Velma Kelly in the National Tour of CHICAGO. Heather made her Broadway debut in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Her television and film credits include Every Little Step, Guiding Light, Good Morning America, The Today Show and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Heather also appeared on the 100th Episode of Dancing with the Stars with Mario Lopez. In NYC Heather is on the faculty for The Broadway Artists Alliance, and has taught for The Broadway Dance Center ISVP program, Broadway Classroom and Camp Broadway.
An Evening with Straight No Chaser
Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 8 pm
Tickets prices $67 / $57 / $47 / $37
Back By Popular Demand: Straight No Chaser!
If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses … think again. Straight No Chaser (SNC) are neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. They have emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fan base, numerous national TV appearances and proven success with CD releases. Straight No Chaser is the real deal, the captivating sound of 10 unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense ... and with a sense of humor. On the road, Straight No Chaser has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act.
“Weird Al” Yankovic
The Mandatory World Tour
Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 8:00 pm
Ticket prices $59 / $49 / $42 / $37
With more than 12 million albums sold, three Grammys to his name and one of only three performers in history to have registered a Top 40 single in each of the last four decades, “Weird Al” Yankovic is back on the road with The Mandatory World Tour. Fresh off the release of his 14th studio album, Mandatory Fun (the first ever comedy album to debut at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200), Weird Al takes no prisoners with parodies of some of the biggest hits from 2014 such as Pharrell Williams’ Happy (Tacky), Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines (Word Crimes), Lorde’s Royals (Foil), Iggy Azalea’s Fancy (Handy) and Imagine Dragons’ Radioactive (Inactive). Irreverent. Hilarious. And it’s
Grammy Winner Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick
Tuesday, August 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Ticket prices $109/ $89 / $79 / $49
Time-tested rockers Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick co-headline this concert for the ages in the fittingly, acoustically superb, Ferguson Center for the Arts concert hall! With more than 5,000 performances spanning four decades and 20 million records sold worldwide, Cheap Trick is undoubtedly one of the most influential classic rock groups of the past 50 years. The band was formed in 1974 and while it has evolved throughout the years, Cheap Trick has continued to reach mainstream and critical success. Hits such as “I Want You To Want Me,” “Dream Police,” and “Surrender” have cemented the group as one of America’s top rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time.
Peter Frampton remains one of the most celebrated artists and guitarists in rock history. At 16, he was lead singer and guitarist for British band the Herd. At 18, he co-founded one of the first super groups, seminal rock act Humble Pie. His session work includes collaborations with such legendary artists as George Harrison, Harry Nilsson, David Bowie, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ringo Starr, John Entwistle and many others. His fifth solo album, the electrifying Frampton Comes Alive!, is one of the top-selling live records of all time.
Live in Concert
Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Ticket prices $45 / $40
The perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality, Brian Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country. His non-stop theater tour has visited more than 80 cities each year since 2005 , and the quality of his material, relatable to a wide audience and revered by his peers, continues to grow Brian’s fan base.
On May 8, Brian made his 28th and final stand-up performance on Late Show With David Letterman, the most of any comic since the show began on CBS. Brian makes history again on September 26 with the live broadcast of Brian Regan: Live, from Radio City Music Hall, the first live broadcast of a stand-up special in Comedy Central’s history.
“No comedian in the world says, ‘Yeah, I want to follow Brian Regan.'” – Chris Rock
“I’ll take all of that guy you got…Very funny man.” – David Letterman
New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players
Albert Bergeret, Artistic Director
The Pirates of Penzance
Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 3 pm
Tickets Starting at $56/ $49 / $44 / $34
This New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players production is your chance to get carried away by Pirates. Join the band of swashbuckling buccaneers, bumbling British bobbies, frolicsome Victorian maidens and the delightfully dotty “model of a modern Major-General” for a rollicking romp over the rocky coast of Cornwall. This exuberant musical theater masterpiece, directed and conducted by Albert Bergeret with choreography by Bill Fabris, is performed in its original format. The rich sounds of full orchestra, chorus and legitimate vocal soloists resonate with classic elegance and power while the company’s vibrancy, energy and contemporary sense of humor keep the show alive and exciting to a modern audience. The Pirates of Penzance — they’ll steal your heart away!
Distinguished Speaker Series
Madeleine K. Albright
An Evening with Madeleine Albright
Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Ticket prices $52 / $42
Madeleine K. Albright has devoted her life to public service, not only on behalf of the citizens of the United States but the world. From 1993–1997, Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN. In 1997, she was named the first female U.S. Secretary of State. In that role she reinforced America’s alliances, advocated democracy and human rights and promoted American trade and business, labor and environmental standards abroad. Albright has also held (and holds) positions with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Policy Board and chaired a group of experts focused on developing NATO’s New Strategic Concept. In 2012 President Obama awarded the U.S. Medal of Freedom to Dr. Albright — the nation’s highest civilian honor — citing the inspiration her life is to all and that her scholarship and insight continue to make the world a better, more peaceful place. She is also the author of five New York Times best-sellers.
Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show
Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 7 pm
Ticket prices $57 / $47 / $37
There is ONLY one REAL Rat Pack Experience! Hackett Miller’s critically acclaimed production, Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show, is the Presenters’ Choice for the finest performing arts centers across the country. Broadway World writes, “The Best Show of the Year!” (reviewed at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts). Having their own personal connection to the Rat Pack has allowed the producers to tell this story like no one else can. Sandy Hackett’s father was legendary comedian, Buddy Hackett, and producer Lisa Dawn Miller’s father was legendary songwriter, Ron Miller, who wrote For Once In My Life (recorded by every member of the Rat Pack) and many other huge hits. Together, Hackett and Miller have created a truly entertaining theatrical production based on the musical and comedic legacy of the Rat Pack.
Chick Corea & Béla Fleck
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Tickets prices $69 / $59 / $42
Chick Corea & Béla Fleck, two master songwriters, musicians, and band leaders meet in a historic duet of piano and banjo. The Grammy-winning duet will combine Corea and Fleck’s most recognizable tunes with the music from their Latin Grammy-winning album, The Enchantment, and their brand-new live album. Corea, a DownBeat Hall of Famer and NEA Jazz Master, is the fourth-most-nominated artist in Grammy Awards history, with 63 nods — and 22 wins. Chick’s sound through the years has embraced straight-ahead, avant-garde, bebop, jazz-rock fusion and more. Fleck, who is often considered the world’s greatest banjo player, has virtually reinvented the image and the sound of the banjo through a remarkable performing and recording career. With a mix of jazz and pop standards, crossing a myriad of genres, from jazz, bluegrass, rock, flamenco to gospel, prepare to be thoroughly entertained by two icons from different musical worlds!
Compañia Flamenca José Porcel
performing Flamenco Fire
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Ticket prices $34 / $24
Flamenco choreographer extraordinaire José Porcel makes a brilliant return to North America with Flamenco Fire, a thrilling performance of classical and traditional Flamenco dance and music guaranteed to set your soul afire! Porcel and his company of dancers and live orchestra present a spectacle of classic Flamenco as it was danced and performed by the great masters, including Antonio Gades and José Greco! The dancers in the company are first-rate: “lithe and accomplished.” Porcel choreographed his first work in 1991 but has kept his dance spirit alive as mostly premier or lead dancer with numerous world-class companies. This breathtaking extravaganza represents the purity and authenticity of the golden age of Flamenco — it is Flamenco at its best!
Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 7 pm
Ticket prices $79 / $69 / $59 / $39
It is well known that The B-52s are The World’s Greatest Party Band. And after 20 million albums into their career, there can be no doubt as to why they remain one of rock music’s most beloved and enduring bands. From groundbreaking songs like Rock Lobster, Dance This Mess Around and Private Idaho, to chart-topping hits like Love Shack and Roam and Deadbeat Club, to their thrilling reemergence on the pop scene with their 2008 CD Funplex, The B-52s’ unforgettable dance-rock tunes start a party every time their music begins. As they (Cindy, Fred and Kate) take their party-music revolution into the 21st century, The B-52s show no signs of slowing down, serving up their own unique blend of music and showmanship to millions of fans around the world.
Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 7 pm
Ticket prices $77 / $67 / $57 / $47 / $37
Formed in 1967, signed in 1971 and fronted by iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon is a band whose credo is a never-ending desire to give their all to their fans. By the early ’70s, the band’s unrelenting drive, as well as non-stop touring and recording, carved a path straight to platinum albums and freeform FM radio staples such as Ridin’ The Storm Out. Soon to follow was 1980’s explosive Hi Infidelity. REO rode the top of the charts with a RIAA-certified 22 million albums sold in the U.S. and 40 million around the globe (all fueled by a string of gold and platinum records and international hit singles). Today REO is still doing what they’ve always done — taking care of their legacy, focusing on the future and carrying on with music that defines excellence in song craftsmanship and brilliant live performance for several generations of fans.
Reshimo by Vertigo Dance Company
Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 7 pm
Ticket prices $47 / $37 / $27
Founded in 1992 by Adi Sha’al and Noa Wertheim, the Vertigo Dance Company has established a
unique presence in the contemporary dance scene worldwide. Having developed a distinct artistic
language that emphasizes the link between “Art and Earth,” works challenge and create an awareness
to the limits of the human body. The result is a collage of intricate and singular dance creations
that exude the holistic and spiritual approach of leading choreographer, Noa Wertheim.
Since founding the Vertigo Dance Company, Sha-al and Wertheim have created a new production
each and every year, from original dance works to various collaborative projects — each time,
inviting audiences on a unique and enchanting journey.
John Cleese and Eric Idle: Together Again At Last ... For The Very First Time
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Ticket prices $99 / $82 / $72 / $52
Don't miss your chance to see the must-see new show, John Cleese and Eric Idle: Together Again At Last ... For The Very First Time! Cleese and Idle will blend scripted and improvised bits with storytelling, musical numbers, exclusive footage, aquatic juggling and an extended audience Q&A to craft a unique comedic experience with every performance. As founding members of Monty Python, Cleese and Idle are unarguably among the godfathers of modern comedy, helping to pioneer an irreverent, absurdist sensibility that is emulated by comics around the world. As individuals, they have written, performed and produced some of the most beloved and critically acclaimed shows of all-time like Spamalot, A Fish Called Wanda, Fawlty Towers and The Rutles.
Direct from Beijing
The National Acrobats and Circus of the People’s Republic of China
Performing Peking Dreams
Friday, October 30, 2015 at 8 pm
Ticket prices $42 / $37 / $32 / $27
Direct from Beijing comes The National Acrobats and Circus of the People’s Republic of China, performing Peking Dreams. Founded in 1953, the National Acrobats and Circus is one of the longest running and most distinguished circus troupes in China. They are especially acclaimed in China because of the unique acts in their program such as Grand Flying Trapeze, Group Contortion, Girls’ Balance With Bowls, cycling stunts and many other outstanding acrobatic acts. The Company has won more than 20 Gold and Silver medals and various other awards at international circus festivals including the Monte Carlo International Circus Festival, Cirque de Demain and China National Acrobatic Competition. Great fun for the kids, great fun for the whole family!
Mavis Staples & Joan Osborne
Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 7 pm
Ticket prices $49 / $39 / $29
Grammy Award-winning legend Mavis Staples teams up with multi-platinum recording artist Joan Osborne on the highly anticipated national tour, Solid Soul. From her early days with the iconic Staple Singers, when she was on top of the charts with songs like the 1972 #1 hit I’ll Take You There, to her recent albums with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples has been a leader in American music for six decades. The "Solid Soul" tour marks her first tour collaboration with Joan Osborne, the widely celebrated singer-songwriter who dominated Top 40 radio with her hit song One of Us and whose albums have garnered seven Grammy nominations. Osborne has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the great voices of her generation — both a commanding, passionate performer and a frank, emotionally evocative songwriter. Indeed a very soulful pairing.
Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers of India
Spirit of India
Friday, November 6, 2015 at 8 pm
Tickets prices $49 / $39 / $29
The Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers of India present Spirit of India, a new step toward a bold vision in Indian live music and dance! Rahis Bharti, one of India’s greatest musical figures, and the Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers of India, invite you on a lively musical journey from Rajasthan to Mumbai that characterizes the incredible India we know today. With 17 professional artists onstage, you will experience the soul of a veritable feast of Indian sounds, featuring a mix of Indian and Western instruments such as bass drums, side drums, trombone, tabla, dholak, harmonium and clarinet, among many others. The Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers of India give an authentic taste of the richness and excitement of Indian music.
Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 7 pm
Tickets prices $109 / $99 / $89 / $79 / $44
“Beautiful” simply does not describe the incomparable force known to the world as Patti LaBelle. As time continues to evolve, the soulful songbird’s name has become synonymous with grace, style, elegance and class. Belting out classic rhythm and blues renditions, pop standards and spiritual sonnets have created the unique platform of versatility that Ms. Patti is known and revered for. In 2009, the Philadelphia maven reunited with Sarah Dash and Nona Hendryx for the first time in 30 years for the critically acclaimed Labelle reunion album, Back to Now. Just this past spring, she danced her way into America’s hearts on Dancing With the Stars, working her way to week six! In addition to her amazing career as an entertainer and entrepreneurial success, Ms. LaBelle’s work as a humanitarian is just as legendary. She is an advocate for organizations and initiatives related to cancer, HIV and AIDS, adoption and foster care, among others.