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Radio Days

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Looks back on an American family’s life during the Golden Age of Radio using both music and memories to tell the story.

Performance Date: January 8, 1996

RAGTIME, the Musical

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Website: Ragtime on Broadway Home

At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing…and anything is possible. Ragtime returns in this all-new touring production directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge and produced by the team that most recently brought you The Addams Family, Spamalot, Rock of Ages and The Color Purple. The stories of an upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant, and a daring young Harlem musician unfold – set in turn-of-the-century New York. All three are united by their desire and belief in a brighter tomorrow. Their compelling naratives are set to theatre’s richest and most glorious Tony Award®-winning score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. Winning Tony Awards® for Best Book and Best Musical Score, this 13 time Tony Award® nominated musical is a timeless celebration of life – what it could and should be!


Performance Date: January 26, 2015; February 11, 2002

Raul Malo Band

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Considered to be one of the finest singers in the world, Raul Malo has always crossed cultures and blurred boundaries, breaking new ground with his distinctive balance of vintage sound and contemporary attitude. Best known as the founder and frontman of the Grammy®-winning band The Mavericks, he made his mark in the country music world and then drifted into the Latin and jazz arenas via rock ‘n’ roll. Unusually charismatic and possessing a keen wit, Raul is larger than life. To hear him perform live is to be in the presence of greatness. According to Rolling Stone magazine, “Malo has a voice on par with the best of ‘em: Sinatra, George Jones and Orbison.” In addition to band leader, he has established himself as a solo artist, as a producer and television musical director, and as a member of the super-group Los Super Seven.

Performance Date: November 30, 2011

Recycled Percussion

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Straight from the Las Vegas strip and smash hit performances on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” Recycled Percussion is taking the Newlin Hall stage by storm, defining a new genre of music called ‘Junk Rock’ by making catchy beats on bizarre, everyday objects.  Formed in 1995 by band leader Justin Spencer, Recycled Percussion combines extreme percussion, engaging humor and extraordinary athleticism similar to that of STOMP and Blue Man Group. The band has played over 4,000 shows in more than 15 countries, and also done guest appearances on “Carson Daly,” “The Today Show,” and the Latin Grammy Awards. After being featured on the cover of “USA Today” and being voted National Act of the Year a record-breaking six times, the band gained world-wide recognition. The show has been rocking audiences for over two years in Las Vegas, and will embark on its first US tour this fall. Whether they’re playing on buckets, ladders, grinders or sinks, Recycled Percussion’s boundless energy and creativity will blow you away. Audience members will be given instruments and encouraged to join in the music making fun!

Red Priest

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Website: redpriest.com

Red Priest is one of the major success stories on the international early music scene today. Named after the flame-haired priest, Antonio Vivaldi, this extraordinary English ensemble has redefined the art of Baroque music performance. Playing largely from memory, Red Priest combines the fruits of extensive research with swashbuckling virtuosity, creative re-composition, heart-on-sleeve emotion, and compelling stagecraft to create a kaleidoscopic range of moods and colors.

The only early music group in the world to have been compared in the press to the Rolling Stones, Jackson Pollock, the Marx Brothers, Spike Jones, and the Cirque du Soleil, Red Priest has been described by critics  as “visionary and heretical,” “outrageous yet compulsive,” “wholly irreverent and highly enlightened,” “completely wild and deeply imaginative,” with a “red-hot wicked sense of humor” and a “break-all-rules, rock-chamber concert approach to early music.”

Performance Date:February 19, 2009; January 10, 2006

Martha Redbone

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Martha Redbone Roots Project Norton Center for the Arts Anniversary: September 28, 2018

Martha Redbone is one of today’s most vital voices in American Roots music. A multi award-winning musician, the charismatic songstress is celebrated for her tasty gumbo of roots music embodying the folk and mountain blues sounds of her childhood in the Appalachian hills of Kentucky mixed with the eclectic grit of her teenage years in pre-gentrified Brooklyn. With her gospel-singing father’s voice and the spirit of her Cherokee/Choctaw mother’s culture, Redbone broadens the boundaries of Americana. Her latest CD, The Garden of Love- Songs of William Blake, produced by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founder and Grammy® Winner John McEuen is an unexpected twist – “a brilliant collision of cultures” (New Yorker) features Martha’s magnificent voice, Blake’s immortal words and a masterful cornucopia of roots music (folk, country, Piedmont blues, gospel, bluegrass, soul and traditional Southeastern Native American). From humble beginnings with residencies at the original Living Room on the Lower East side and at Joe’s Pub, and nationally at powwows across Indian Country, Redbone has built a passionate fan base with her mesmerizing presence and explosive live shows. Her signature sound will feel right at home in Weisiger Theatre as she makes a return to Kentucky for her Norton Center debut.

Reduced Shakespeare Company

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The Reduced Shakespeare Company is a three-man comedy troupe that takes long, serious subjects and reduces them to short, sharp comedies. The “Bad Boys of Abridgement” have created seven stage shows, two television specials, several failed TV pilots, and numerous radio pieces – all of which have been performed, seen, and heard the world over.

Performance Date: November 30, 1993; January 13, 1992

Renata Scotto, soprano

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Recognized for her sense of style, musicality and as a remarkable singer-actress, Scotto is considered one of the preeminent singers of her generation, specializing in the bel canto repertoire with excursions into the verismo and Verdi repertoires.

Performance Date: January 25, 1981

René Marie & Experiment in Truth

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René Marie is known for her vocal vibrancy and self-possessed boldness, making her one of the most compelling voices performing today. A distinctly American mélange of jazz, soul, blues, folk, and gospel give way to Marie’s innate theatrical ability to interpret a song deeply. The newest installment in René’s ever-expanding body of work is Sound of Red, released in April 2016 and her first album of all-original material. René’s clever songcraft and sensual vocal delivery make those personal moments not only meaningful, but enlightening to a broad audience. Guided and tempered by powerful life lessons and rooted in jazz traditions laid down by Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, and other leading ladies of past generations, René and her live band, Experiment in Truth, borrowed elements from folk, R&B, and even classical and country, to create a captivating hybrid style.

Performance Date: January 14, 2017


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Jonathan Larson’s groundbreaking Tony and Pulitzer Prize Award winner reinvented musicals when it debuted in 1996. An inspiring story about friends and artists struggling in New York City’s East Village, Rent tackles addiction, poverty, AIDS and most of all, love.

Performance Date: October 26-7, 2001

RENT: 20th Anniversary Tour

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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. 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.

Contains mature themes. Recommended for ages 13+

Performance Date: February 18, 2018


Rich Little in The Presidents

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Comedian/impersonator Rich Little presents a unique trip through American history as he assumes the guise of the American Presidents from the last 40 years. Joined onstage by various First Ladies, Secret Service agents, pundits, and many many more famous, and not-so famous people, this is a laugh-riot that is actually very reverential towards its subject matter.

Performance Date: October 25, 2002

Riders in the Sky

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For more than thirty years Riders In The Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, reviving and revitalizing the genre. And while remaining true to the integrity of Western music, they have themselves become modern-day icons by branding the genre with their own legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit, and all along encouraging buckaroos and buckarettes to live life “The Cowboy Way!”

Performance Dates: May 1, 2003; February 29, 1992


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Opera Verdi Europa

The Duke of Mantua is always in pursuit of his next romantic conquest. His jester Rigoletto is obsessed with protecting his innocent daughter Gilda from the corruption which has become a way of life in the Duke’s court. Rigoletto can lock his daughter away, but he cannot contain the passion stirring in her young heart. When a betrayed husband places a curse on the Duke and Rigoletto, a thirst for revenge leads to tragic results.

Performance Date: October 27, 2003

Ring of Fire

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Variety says “Ring of Fire is HOT!” And, you’ll agree as the music of the Man in Black ignites the stage in the new Broadway musical that features 38 signature songs from the legendary Johnny Cash. Stories of passion, redemption, humor, and salvation set the stage ablaze in this musical celebration of the world’s most famous rebel.

Performance Date: February 9, 2008

Robert Cray Band

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with Shamekia Copeland

Robert Cray, a five-time Grammy® award-winner (including Best Contemporary Blues Performance) recognized for his signature end ofR&B, pop, rock, soul and traditional blues, has introduced many new fans to the blues genre. He has performed alongside blues titans Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton and B.B. King, as well as icons Tina Turner, Keith Richards, Chuck Berry, Bonnie Raitt and Stevie Ray Vaughn. As a writer, his songs have been sought after by many of the greats, including B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Tony Bennett. Shemekia Copeland, a New York native, has been ranked as one of the world’s top blues performers. At a young age, Shemekia is already a force with which to be reckoned. While still in her 20s, she’s opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined numerous blues festivals internationally, scored critics choice awards on both sides of the Atlantic (The New York Times and The Times in London) and shared the stage with such luminaries as Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Taj Majal and John Mayer.

Performance Date: September 9, 2011

Roberta Flack

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Website: http://www.robertaflack.com/

Internationally hailed as one of the greatest songstresses of our time, GRAMMY Award winning Roberta Flack remains unparalleled in her ability to tell a story through her music. Her songs bring insight into our lives, loves, culture and politics, while effortlessly traversing a broad musical landscape from pop to soul to folk to jazz.

Performance Date: February 20, 2004


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Website: http://www.rockapella.com/

They’ve become one of the world’s most sophisticated, lasting, and imitated vocal groups around today. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more influential one out there in this new era of network television a cappella shows like NBC’s The Sing-Off, movies like Pitch Perfect, and innumerable college vocal groups that own the corner of cool on campuses everywhere. Since the early ’90’s when they first achieved national television fame on PBS’s Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?, they’ve toured the globe and provided a funky powerful soundtrack to several generations of vocal music fans, while keeping it all fresh along the way. With buckets of catchy original pop songs, and complete contemporary revisions of sparkling Motown, pop, and soul classics, this group has always been the one to watch. ”Often imitated – never duplicated” applies here. Now they’re better than ever!

Performance Date: November 11, 2003

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

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Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations, and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/ It’s Possible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago” in the hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a really great pair of shoes.

Performance Date: February 25, 2018


Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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Website: http://www.rpo.co.uk/

The last orchestra nurtured by famed conductor Thomas Beecham, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is one of five world-class orchestras based in London, a city where concert life in its modern form has roots three centuries deep. In 1813, a group of professional musicians founded the Philharmonic Society to organize regular concerts of orchestral music, and a century later, this Society was granted a royal charter by King George V, making it the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS). Nevertheless, it took the independently wealthy Beecham to keep the group from collapsing during World War I.

Performance Date: October 23, 1997

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