Direct from a smash-hit season at the Royal Haymarket Theatre in London’s West End comes the spectacular celebration of the genius of Ray Charles that the London Times called “Electrifying!” It’s 36 timeless his, including “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Georgia on My Mind,” “Hit the Road Jack,” “You Don’t Know Me,” “Crying Time,” “Unchain My Heart,” and “What’d I Say.” Be a part of the excitement as this glittering production launches its North American tour at the Norton Center.
Performance Date: September 22 & 23, 2006
It’s 1952 and you are a member of the studio audience awaiting the filming of two hilarious and oh-so-familiar I LOVE LUCY® episodes. Imagine stepping back in time onto the Desilu Playhouse soundstage where a charming host entertains and enlightens you to the behind-the-scenes filming process, the 1950s hi-fidelity technology and this brand-new thing called “television.” The episodes begin and you witness, firsthand, the side-splitting antics of that crazy redhead in the Ricardo’s New York apartment and thrill to the Cuban sounds of “The Ricky Ricardo Orchestra” at the famed Tropicana Nightclub. In-between scenes the Crystaltone Singers perform live advertising jingles of the show’s newest sponsors in perfect 50s style harmony. Can you say “Brylcreem?!”
The Early Music Institute at the Jacobs School of Music provides a comprehensive program in the study of historical performance on original instruments of music before ca.1800.
Performance Date: March 28, 1985
Inspired by Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars, and the pulp serials of the 1930s, The Intergalactic Nemesis is an adventure story—with a twist: more than 1,250 original full-color comic-book images blasting from a two-story-high projection screen; actors voicing dozens of colorful characters; a Foley artist creating a plethora of unbelievable sound effects; and a keyboardist accenting every move with an original score. Equal doses of humor and suspense, this production merges the thrills of a serial play with the vibrancy of a graphic novel to create an out-of-this-world adventure. Declared a “raucous romp” by the Austin Chronicle, this is a spectacle unlike any other and a show for the kid in everyone. In this performance, Book One: Target Earth, Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter Molly Sloan and her intrepid research assistant team up with a mysterious librarian to face the most terrible threat humanity has ever known: an invading force of sludge monsters from outer space known as the Zygonians.
Performance Date: February 7, 2014
Mind the wolf, heed the witch, honor the giant in the sky at this extraordinary musical about the power of wishes and what really happens after they come true. Audiences ventured back Into the Woods as the Dodgers (Jersey Boys, Matilda The Musical) teamed up with Networks (Phantom, War Horse, South Pacific) to present the acclaimed Fiasco Theater production that became New York’s surprise hit of the season. This Tony® Award-winning musical classic by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine was a witty and wildly theatrical reinvention. Including dazzling songs like “Children Will Listen” and “No One is Alone,” this thrillingly clever new version made Ben Brantley of the New York Times fall “head over heels.” The film adaptation of Into the Woods by Walt Disney Pictures premiered in 2014 with Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, James Corden, and Anna Kendrick, and was critically and commercially successful.
Performance Date: February 9, 2017
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1936 by Bronislaw Huberman and its inaugural concert, on 26 December 1936, was conducted by Arturo Toscanini. The IPO plays in subscription series, including a special annotated Youth Concert Series, special concerts, concerts as part of the “Arts for the People” project throughout Israel, and special concerts for IDF soldiers at their outposts.
Performance Date: March 11, 2004
Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to the irrepressible joy of making music, which he communicates. In January 2009, Mr. Perlman was honored to take part in the Inauguration of President Barack Obama, premiering a piece written for the occasion by John Williams and performing with clarinetist Anthony McGill, pianist Gabriela Montero, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. In December 2003 the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts granted Mr. Perlman a Kennedy Center Honor celebrating his distinguished achievements and contributions to the cultural and educational life of our nation. In May 2007, he performed at the State Dinner for Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, hosted by President George W. Bush and Mrs. Bush at the White House.
Performance Dates: October 10, 1996; March 5, 1985