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Tech Crew Hard at Work in Knight Theater Preparing for Breakin’ Convention CLT!

October 6, 2015

It’s getting real, guys. Breakin’ Convention has landed. Crews are here setting up shop in Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts to bring the world’s best hip-hop to Charlotte, along with tons of other activities and fun for the whole family. Still need tickets? CLICK HERE!

Tech crews spent the morning at Knight Theater perfecting the lighting and sound. Check out some of the photos below!

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Trust us, you do not want to miss Breakin’ Convention this weekend, Oct 9-10, at Knight Theater. CLICK HERE for the complete schedule of events!

Breakin’ Convention Making Its Mark in CLT!

October 5, 2015

We are just days away from Breakin’ Convention and we’re seeing traces of it all over the Queen City! Just check out some of the photos below for proof that the renowned international festival of hip hop dance theatre is truly invading CLT. Graffiti artists are busy leaving their mark inside Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts! When you show up Friday and Saturday, you may not recognize the lobby. The columns throughout the theater are getting a whole new look!

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Still need tickets to Breakin’ Convention? CLICK HERE NOW! We’ll see you there!

Cast of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Visits Levine Children’s Hospital

October 2, 2015

On Thursday morning, cast members of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast interrupted their routines to visit the kids at Levine Children’s Hospital.

They gathered in Seacrest Studios located in the lobby to live-stream a group interview to each patient’s room. They talked a little about themselves and the show. The most touching moment was when they shared advice to follow your dreams and never give up, no matter what life throws at you.

The highlight of the visit was meeting a young patient named CJ on the hospital’s rehabilitation floor. CJ was all smiles and high fives as he played cars with cast members and briefly escaped his worries.

Blumenthal Performing Arts would like to thank all of our individual donors, the production sponsor, BlackArch Partners, and the cast of the show for making this possible.  To learn more about our community outreach and how you could help bring smiles to young people, visit

See photos of the visit, taken by Jessica Cleland, below:






Carolinas Healthcare System CEO and Blumenthal Performing Arts supporter Michael Tarwater and wife Ann meet Disney’s Beauty and the Beast cast members.

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CJ gives big high fives.

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The cast has a great time playing with CJ.

Breakin’ Convention is Almost Here! Print Your Copy of the Friday and Saturday Schedule Now!

September 30, 2015

Do you have your tickets for the world renowned international festival of hip-hop dance theater? Breakin’ Convention invades the Queen City Friday, Oct. 9-10. Better hurry and get your tickets today!

CLICK HERE to print the complete schedules below:










Tuesday Tune: “Stay (I Missed You)” by Lisa Loeb

September 29, 2015
Photo by Juan Patino.

Photo by Juan Patino.

Grammy®-nominated singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb started her career with the platinum-selling No. 1 hit song “Stay (I Missed You)” from the film “Reality Bites.” To this day, she is still the only artist to have a No. 1 single while not signed to a recording contract, a remarkable and unparalleled feat for any unsigned artist.

The story of Loeb’s early success is well-known. A native of Dallas, Texas, Loeb earned her degree in comparative literature from Brown University, where she experienced her first taste of real musical success with the duo, Liz and Lisa. The pair built a real following on campus and often booked shows in New York on the weekends. Fellow singer/songwriter Duncan Sheik (composer of Spring Awakening) also played in the band during Lisa’s final year of college. When Loeb moved to NYC after graduation, she continued to develop her vision, this time as a solo artist, and hone her artistic talents while carefully managing the business side of her career. This led to Reality Bites and “Stay” in 1994.  Since then, she has enjoyed a successful career encompassing music, film, television, voice-over work and children’s recordings.

Check out a solo acoustic performance of Lisa’s hit song “Stay (I Missed You).”

Don’t miss Lisa Loeb in a very intimate performance at Stage Door Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center this Friday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m. Tickets are still available and are only $32.50. Get tickets now!

Throwback Thursday with Kristin Chenoweth

September 24, 2015

Kristin Chenoweth, one of Broadway’s brightest stars, is headed to Belk Theater this January! The petite blond starlet has had a long and successful career on Broadway, as well as in film, television and music. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and check out just a few highlights from throughout Kristin’s career!

Kristin Chenoweth made her Broadway debut in Steel Pier in 1997. Photo from

She won a Tony Award for her performance as Sally Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown in 1999. Photo from

In 2003, Kristin originated the role of Glinda the Good Witch in the Broadway blockbuster Wicked. Photo by Joan Marcus.

She starred opposite Nicole Kidman in 2005’s “Bewitched,” in a role Kidman had written specifically for her. Photo from

She won an Emmy for her role in ABC’s “Pushing Daisies” in 2009. Rumors swirl that the short-lived show could return as a Broadway musical. Photo from

Kristin returned to Broadway in 2010 opposite Sean Hayes in Promises, Promises. Photo from

Fox’s “Glee” welcomed Kristin in a critically-acclaimed performance throughout the show from 2009 to 2014. Photo from

Kristin ventured into country pop music with the release of “Some Lessons Learned” in 2011. The album featured songs written by Chenoweth, Dolly Parton and Diane Warren. Photo from

She starred opposite Jennifer Lopez in the recent thriller “The Boy Next Door.” Photo by Suzanne Hanover.

Playing a temperamental old-Holloywood actress, Kristin returned to Broadway earlier this year in On the Twentieth Century. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Kristin brought her bright and bubbly personality when she hosted the 2015 Tony Awards with Alan Cumming. Photo from

Chenoweth released her latest album, “Coming Home,” last November. The CD is a live recording of her homecoming concert at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center in her hometown of Broken Arrow, OK. Check out her performance of “Maybe This Time” above.

A night that any self-proclaimed Broadway fan shouldn’t miss, Kristin Chenoweth performs for one night only at Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Sunday, Jan. 31. Get tickets now.

Keep Up With Breakin’ Convention CLT News, Updates

September 23, 2015

Breakin’ Convention CLT is almost here, and there’s more news – from events to performers – to share almost every day. Social media and our blog is a key way to get the latest news to you quickly.

Breakin’ Convention, an international festival of hip-hop dance theatre, is Oct. 9-10 at Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts. The two-day event features evening showcases of the top international, national and local dancers, crews and companies, which take place in Knight Theater.

Street Jam, a free, family-friendly festival, is Saturday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Spirit Square. Experts will lead workshops on the fundamentals of hip-hop including break dancing, and there will be graffiti artists, emcees and disc jockeys. The day also includes a fashion show and a healthy eating workshop for families.

Be sure to come out early and take advantage of all that’s going on.

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Breakin’ Convention: Jonzi D. and the crews are doing regular updates.


Breakin’ Convention’s channel is a treasure trove of performances, behind-the-scenes videos and interviews.

If you’re into hashtags, we’re using #invadingCLT for the overall event. And you can tag #StreetJam during the day-long festival on Oct. 10.

Got a question? Facebook and Twitter are two great ways to connect. Or email


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