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Beautiful The Carole King Musical

Wednesday October 9th

BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack of a generation.

Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song, BEAUTIFUL has a book by and Tony® Award-nominee and Academy® Award-nominated writer Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, choreography by Josh Prince, and took home two Tony® Awards and a Grammy® Award.


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The Ultimate Queen Celebration with Marc Martel

Tuesday October 22nd

The closest you will get to hearing Freddie Mercury live! IT’S THE ULTIMATE QUEEN CELEBRATION!

Queen was one of the most popular, ambitious and beloved classic rock bands ever. They were also one of the most commercially successful bands to emerge from the British rock scene of the early 1970’s. Queen originally consisted of vocalist Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and bassist John Deacon. The band became popular with audiences via their hit singles, live performances, originality and showmanship. Throughout their career, Queen achieved commercial and critical success, courtesy of hits such as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You,” “Another One Bites The Dust,” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”

Their Live Aid (1985) performance was voted the best live rock performance of all time in an industry poll. According to the BBC, Queen has sold more than 300 million albums as of 2009.

Over 125 million views online…Get ready to rock with Marc Martel, announced by Rolling Stone, as one of the 3 vocals (Freddie Mercury, Marc Martel & Rami Malek) used in the record breaking biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’

No stranger to fronting Queen projects, Marc Martel was handpicked by Queen’s Roger Taylor and Brian May to front their official Queen tribute in 2012.

“Marc Martel is a vocal doppelganger for the Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.” – NY Times

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An Evening with Johnny Bench The Vowels of Success

Thursday October 24th

Sports speaker Johnny Bench delivers a captivating how-to presentation titled “The Vowels of Success” - drawing parallels between the worlds of sports, entertainment, and civic involvement.

Johnny Bench was born in Oklahoma, in 1947. Bench’s childhood dream was to become a Major League baseball player, and his father counseled that the position of catcher was the most direct route to that goal. Taking that advice, he became a catcher and was selected in the 1965 amateur draft by the Cincinnati Reds and signed with them. After two seasons in the minors, Bench made Cincinnati’s Major League roster for the 1968 season. This marked the beginning of one of the most successful careers in baseball history.

This MVP’s honors include his election into the Baseball Hall of Fame, being named the National League Rookie of the Year, being a 14-time All-Star, and winner of ten Gold Gloves. Also, Bench was named the 16th greatest player of all time by the Sporting News in 1998.

However, Bench is much more than just a ballplayer. As a sports broadcaster, author, philanthropist, and Emmy® Award winner - not to mention one of the greatest Major League Baseball catchers in history - Johnny Bench is a symbol of winning through hard work and teamwork.

In addition to making regular appearances on ESPN and FOX Sports and hosting his daily in-season radio show on the Reds Radio Network, Bench has sung with the Cincinnati Pops, authored books, and hosted the Emmy®-Award winning instructional show, “The Baseball Bunch.”

There will be a Q & A following the presentation.

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An Evening with Sarah Vowell

Saturday November 9th

Sarah Vowell is the New York Times bestselling author of seven nonfiction books on American history and culture. Her most recent book and the evening’s topic is titled Lafayette in the Somewhat United States. By examining the connections between the American past and present, she offers personal, often humorous accounts of everything from presidents and their assassins to colonial religious fanatics, as well as thoughts on utopian dreamers, pop music, and the odd cranky cartographer.

Vowell was a contributing editor for the public radio show “This American Life” from 1996–2008, where she produced numerous commentaries and documentaries and toured the country in many of the program’s live shows. She was one of the original contributors to McSweeney’s, also participating in many of the quarterly’s readings and shows. She has been a columnist for Salon.com, Time, and San Francisco Weekly, and is a contributing op-ed writer for the New York Times.

Vowell is also the voice for Violet Parr in Disney Pixar’s The Incredibles and Incredibles 2.

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Cirque Musica – Holiday Wishes

Monday December 9th

Cirque Musica invites you and your family to WISH this holiday season. Cirque Musica presents Holiday Wishes brings a holiday story to life in a full theatrical cirque event for the entire family. Featuring the world-renowned cast of Cirque Musica with your favorite holiday hits all performed LIVE by a full symphony orchestra. Audiences will be amazed by the acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks and holiday cheer. The show blends the spellbinding grace and daredevil athleticism of today’s greatest circus performers with the sensory majesty of a symphony orchestra. Cirque Musica presents Holiday Wishes is the perfect opportunity for the entire family to experience great holiday music while enjoying an edge of your seat circus experience. Holiday Wishes come true with Cirque Musica!

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The Simon & Garfunkel Story

Wednesday February 5th

Since its sell out in London’s West End, ‘The Simon & Garfunkel Story’ is now the World’s leading theatre show about Simon & Garfunkel featuring a full live band and state of the art video projection and lighting. The show includes all of their hits, including ‘Mrs. Robinson’, ‘Cecilia’, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, ‘Homeward Bound’ and many more.

With more than 100 million album sales since 1965, Simon & Garfunkel’s perfect harmonies and songs that poignantly captured the times made them one of the most successful folk-rock duos of all time. Over the years, they won 10 Grammy® Awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. In 1977, their “Bridge Over Troubled Water” album was nominated at the 1977 Brit Awards for Best International Album. In 2003, Simon and Garfunkel were awarded a Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award and the following year saw their “The Sound of Silence” awarded a Grammy® Hall of Fame Award.

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Madame Butterfly

Friday February 7th

For over a century, Madame Butterfly has survived the test of time, being the most performed opera in the USA and one of the top five in the rest of the world. The opera is told from the point of view of the title character, who endures both shame and sorrow, until she decides to take destiny into her own hands—leading to one of the most devastating and legendary final scenes in all of opera. The drama, accompanied by Puccini’s emotionally charged score, portrays the dangers of misguided love and a brave pursuit of a better life.

Puccini’s score suggests the composer’s intent to craft a dramatic and musical synthesis, and the success of this opera is always driven by the performer singing Butterfly -one of the most demanding roles in the soprano repertory. Not only is Butterfly constantly present onstage - she must express an astounding array of emotions to realize the singular character development achieved in the drama. The vocal abilities needed to convey this complex character are like no other in opera.

This fully-staged production from Teatro Lirico D’Europa, performs with 30-piece orchestra and English supertitles.

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Finding Neverland

Thursday February 20th

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!”

Originally directed by visionary Tony®-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award® winning film, 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. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event.

FINDING NEVERLAND is “far and away the best musical of the year!” (NPR).

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America 50th Anniversary Tour (CANCELED)

Thursday March 12th

The iconic classic-rock favorite AMERICA has amassed six certified gold and/or platinum albums, with their first greatest hits collection, “History,” hitting 4 million plus in sales.

The Grammy® Award winners’ widely renowned singles - including “Horse With No Name,” “Sister Golden Hair,” “I Need You,’ “Ventura Highway,” “Don’t Cross the River,” “Tin Man,” and “Lonely People”- were considered cornerstones of the 1970’s Top 40 and FM rock radio.

AMERICA has gained 1.4 million plus monthly listeners on Spotify, with eight songs receiving over 2 million streams. This includes: “A Horse with No Name” (42 million+ streams), “Sister Golden Hair” (11 million+ streams) and “Ventura Highway” (10 million+ streams).

AMERICA - lead singers, songwriters, and guitarists Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell-continues to be a band capable of transcending borders with their uplifting music and positive message. Embracing a rainbow on divergent cultures, AMERICA’s audience continues to grow, comprising a loyal legion of first, second and third generation fans, all bearing testament to the group’s enduring appeal.

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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour (CANCELED)

Tuesday March 31st

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is the most prestigious mountain festival in the world. Right after the festival, held every fall in Banff, Alberta, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour starts to travel around the globe with stops in about 450 communities and 40 countries.

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Waitress (Postponed to November 19)

Thursday November 19th

“THE WOMEN OF WAITRESS ARE CHANGING BROADWAY!”- Time Magazine.

Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland). “It’s an empowering musical of the highest order!” raves the Chicago Tribune.

Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna - a waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.

Don’t miss this uplifting musical celebrating friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.

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