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Make Your Company Part of our ‘BIG’ Corporate Program

January 28, 2015
Visit for a complete list of the amazing shows just around the corner!

Visit for a complete list of the amazing shows that are right around the corner!

The BIG (Blumenthal Improvised Groups) Corporate Program was designed specifically to give businesses, organizations and their employees or members access to purchase show tickets online at a discount.

It’s perfect for people in charge of employee or member perks; this system does all the work for them. All they have to do is distribute to their employees or members a special monthly purchase link that contains a link to the discount offer. The employees or members then click on the link and purchase as few or as many tickets as they would like. They pay for their own tickets and the tickets are mailed to them. No one has to act as group leader, collect money or distribute tickets. They also have 24/7 access to the link, so they can purchase whenever it is convenient!

If you would like to sign up for the BIG Corporate Program and you have 100+ employees or members, please send an email to

Someone from our Group Sales department will contact you to get everything set up, and you’ll be on your way to the theater! Visit for a complete list of shows and other show-related information.

Tuesday Tune: ‘Remember Me’ by Chris Mann of The Phantom of the Opera

January 27, 2015

Chris Mann

Chris Mann is an acclaimed vocalist and songwriter, was a finalist on the second season of NBC’s “The Voice” and will appear as The Phantom when the spectacular new production of The Phantom of the Opera comes to Belk Theater Feb. 4-15. Mann released a new single titled “Remember Me” on Jan. 20.

Mann co-wrote the song with his wife, Laura Mann, and with world-renowned neuroscientist and Alzheimer’s researcher Dr. Rudy Tanzi. They wrote the song for families dealing with Alzheimer’s, with the hope that the song and social media campaign #RememberMe will put greater national focus on the disease and increase fundraising to find a cure. Portions of the proceeds from sales of the song, now available via iTunes and Amazon, will go to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, a nonprofit organization where 100 percent of all donations go directly to research.

The song is written from the perspective of someone with Alzheimer’s who pleads to be remembered when they can’t remember themselves. “I’ve had strong responses to songs before,” Mann said, “but nothing ever like this. This song is special, and it’s speaking to people. When I sing ‘Remember Me,’ there isn’t a dry eye in the room. It’s powerful. It makes people want to unite and find a cure.”

The music video for “Remember Me” was directed by Laura Mann and features Christina Dooling — a cast member of the Ballet Chorus in the national tour of Phantom — as an elderly woman stricken with Alzheimer’s who dances away both the age and disease. The design talents of additional members of the Phantom tour cast and crew are also featured in this compelling representation of the song. Watch the video here.

The social media campaign, #RememberMe, also launched on Jan. 22, asks for anyone whose lives have been touched by Alzheimer’s disease to share the video online, post pictures of themselves holding signs with “#RememberMe” and their loved ones’ names, including the #RememberMe in social media posts and purchasing the single.

We encourage you to share this blog post and include the #RememberMe to promote this great cause. “Remember Me” can be purchased on GooglePlayAmazon and iTunes.

Don’t miss Chris Mann as The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera at Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Feb. 4-15. Get tickets now!

Katie Travis and Chris Mann in The Phantom of the Opera National Tour. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Katie Travis and Chris Mann in The Phantom of the Opera National Tour. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Follow Chris Mann on Twitter: @IAmChrisMann

Looking Ahead: The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible is Finally Here! Plus, a Chance to Meet Them!

January 26, 2015
The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible plays in Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts Jan.27- Feb 1.

The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible plays in Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts Jan.27- Feb 1.

According to The Daily Telegraph, “It’s deliciously, self-knowingly over the top and brain-bendingly spectacular — genuinely satisfying family entertainment that should not be missed.” I don’t know about you but that sounds like quite a show to me, and I can’t wait to experience it! The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible opens tomorrow night in Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts. Don’t have tickets yet? You better hurry! CLICK HERE to nab some before they all disappear. 

Direct from Broadway, this mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth. The Illusionists has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This nonstop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.


Add more magic to your show experience! Meet two of these incredible magicians after the show. Get their autographs and have your photo taken with these amazing stars.

This great VIP Meet and Greet is only $25 per person. Very limited number available.

If you already have tickets for the show, call 704-372-1000 to add the VIP Meet and Greet to your package. Hurry! Numbers are limited.

To purchase show tickets that include this great opportunity, CLICK HERE NOW!


The Illusionists are here for one week only!

The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible is here for one week only!

Plus, keep your eye out when you tune in to some of your favorite TV stations this week. The Illusionists are scheduled to make their rounds with appearances on WBTV on Bounce TV in the 8 a.m. hour and WCNC’s Charlotte Today Tuesday, and then you can catch them again on FOX 46’s Good Day Carolinas on Wednesday morning! CLICK HERE for a list of the Twitter handles for the stars of The Illusionists to keep up with the very latest while they are here in Charlotte.

CLICK HERE to read the digital playbill for The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible.




Friday Giveaway! Enter to Win Tickets to Banff Mountain Film Festival March 22

January 23, 2015
Don't miss Banff Mountain Film Festival March 22.

Don’t miss Banff Mountain Film Festival March 22.

Rain might be in the forecast for the next couple of days here in Charlotte, which is a bummer, but hey– at least it’s Friday! Let’s make things even sweeter with a Friday Giveaway! You may have attended the Banff Mountain Film Festival last year and if so, you know exactly why you don’t want to miss it this year.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival, a program of The Banff Centre, is the largest, and one of the most prestigious, mountain festivals in the world. With stops planned in about 400 communities and 40 countries across the globe, this year’s tour features a collection of the most inspiring action, environmental, and adventure films from the festival. It comes to McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square on Sunday, March 22, at 7 p.m.

Traveling to exotic landscapes and remote cultures, and bringing audiences up-close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports, the 2014/2015 World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world.

From approximately 350 films entered into the annual festival, award-winning films and audience favourites are among the films chosen to travel the globe.


Email to tell us why you would love to win two tickets to attend Banff Mountain Film Festival! Use the subject line: Banff Giveaway! A winner will be selected at noon Tuesday, Jan. 27, and notified via email.

Generosity of Donors Provides Amazing Opportunities for Students to Experience the Arts

January 22, 2015

Blumenthal Performing Arts’ Individual Giving Manager Tara Spil is still reeling from the school performance of Black Violin this morning. She says it’s an experience she will remember for a long time and it reminded her of the impact we can have on young people in our area with the help of generous donors!

Read on to see what Tara had to say. If you would like to help make a difference through the arts, just follow the link at the bottom of this post.

Black Violin plays in McGlohon Theater for hundreds of local students.

Black Violin plays in McGlohon Theater for hundreds of local students.

Wow! I was just in McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square with 630 enthusiastic students from 12 schools around the Charlotte region. The energy and excitement was through the roof as kids screamed for the explosive sounds of violin and viola! They were here to see Black Violin, a classically trained duo from South Florida.

Wilner Baptiste and Kevin Sylvester are two virtuoso musicians who infuse hip hop, R&B, and even bluegrass into classical violin, and, man can they play!

This is not your typical symphony music. Instead, imagine violins rocking to a serious backbeat made by the DJ and drummer playing behind them.

As soon as the duo came out on stage, they encouraged the entire theater to party! “Stand up, clap, dance, take photos,” they insisted, and from the minute the first note sounded, you couldn’t help but do just that.

IMG_3612Baptiste and Sylvester met in second period high school orchestra class where they learned to play Beethoven and Mozart. In their spare time they listened to American hits by Beyonce, Jay Z and Mariah Carey. Fifteen years later, they’ve connected their passions and the result is authentic music that is totally relevant to our youth and anyone else who is tuned into the music of today.

Hearing hundreds of kids scream for the sounds of classical music is inspiring and definitely different for a typical Thursday morning … You can’t help but wonder how this experience will transform the students’ imaginations and create new ideas about how they will approach their instruments and music making.

This life-changing experience does not exist without the generosity of our members and supporters. Thank you for making a powerful impact on young minds and giving them creative arts this January morning!  

– Tara Spil

For information on how you can join the impact, please visit

Black Violin performs at 7:30 tonight at McGlohon Theater, but the show is almost sold out. Click here for information and ticket availability.

Congratulations to Blumenthal’s Center Stage Honorees

January 21, 2015
Mary Nell McPherson poses with Blumenthal President Tom Gabbard and Board of Trustees Chair Rick Puckett.

Mary Nell McPherson poses with Blumenthal President Tom Gabbard, left, and Rick Puckett, chair of the board of trustees.

This time last week Blumenthal Performing Arts was hosting its Annual Meeting in Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Three Center Stage Awards were presented to well-deserved community leaders.

Center Stage Awards are presented to individuals or organizations whose service or partnership with Blumenthal Performing Arts has furthered Blumenthal’s mission and reach and improved the programs Blumenthal provides to the community.

Congratulations and a big thank you to the following three people for your amazing work and dedication!

Charlene McMoore

Charlene McMoore is a Charlotte native and is a project manager in the IT department at Duke Energy. She was a volunteer at Spirit Square in the ’90s before Blumenthal Performing Arts came into existence in 1992. Soon after that, she joined Blumenthal’s newly formed volunteer program. She has been a committed and faithful volunteer who always works more than her required number of events each month, and she provides excellent customer service to Blumenthal patrons. Last year alone, McMoore provided more than 200 hours of volunteer service. She says she enjoys volunteering at BPA because it provides a great atmosphere to meet and be of service to a variety of people in the community who attend events in Blumenthal’s six theaters.

Rebecca Henderson

Rebecca Henderson is completing six years of service as a trustee. During her tenure, she steadfastly worked as a volunteer fundraiser every year on the corporate campaign and she was very successful. Over the past six years, Henderson helped raise more than $500,000 for Blumenthal’s education and outreach programs, during the most challenging economic years in memory.

Freedom School Partners (accepted by Mary Nell McPherson, executive director)

Freedom School Partners is a nonprofit organization that provides Charlotte area literacy-based summer education programs to prevent summer learning loss for students in grades K-12. It is the largest provider of Freedom Schools in the nation: a full 10 percent of the nation’s total Freedom School scholars and interns are served in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. While many schools today are focused on STEM, Freedom School Partners believe STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS and Math) to be the key to a child’s success. Each summer they incorporate performing arts opportunities to broaden their scholars’ creativity, social and emotional intelligence and to inspire them to dream big.

Through a partnership with Freedom Schools in FY14, and fueled by the generosity of thousands of constituents, Blumenthal increased by 400 percent access to a Broadway performance for families and kids least able to afford a ticket .



Be Sure to Purchase Tickets Through Blumenthal Performing Arts’ Channels

January 15, 2015

Blumenthal Performing Arts draws thousands of people to its theaters each season by presenting one amazing show after another. Purchasing all of your tickets to these great shows through Blumenthal channels is more important than you might think.

Just read this Instagram post (that we reposted) from the sold-out run of Newsies in Belk Theater last week.


Luckily, we were able to work something out for this family, and they still got to see the show. Sometimes, this isn’t the case. When you search online for show tickets, don’t assume you are on our site; in fact, you could end up on a broker’s site paying far too much for tickets. It is crucial to make sure you are on our channels when purchasing tickets online: or

Blumenthal cannot guarantee that tickets purchased on a broker site are not counterfeit. Next time you are visiting our site, just bookmark the page to ensure you are purchasing tickets through our channels each and every time.


  • Brokers do not sell tickets at face value, even if they are the least desirable seats in the venue.
  • Just because tickets are listed on a broker site does not mean tickets are unavailable on our site. Always check first.

Feel free to call us at 704-372-1000 if you ever have any questions when purchasing tickets. We’re always happy to help!


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